Finally, I am so thrilled, I have a working kitchen again. My all new kitchen. The remodel is finally complete. I will add the photos shortly. I am just so happy it is all completely finished and it has turned out so much better than the one in my head.
First, getting back to a normal routine. I am going to link up with Menu Plan Monday over at Organized Junkie. I have not really had time to create the menu plans the way I wanted, but now that the kitchen is back up and running and I have my pantry, fridge and freezer all stocked pretty well, I will be working more on that. My main obstacle is the mess I face in my sewing room slash office. I can't even find the desk, have no comfortable chair to work out of, so that will actually be my priority this week. Nothing is going to get done today, I am taking a day off for my birthday. I know, kind of silly but just being honest. Another one of my goals for this year, honesty and being more realistic in my plans. So, that being said, this is my plan for the week.
Mon. - Steak, baked potato and salad. Hubby is grilling for my birthday tonight.
Tue. - Chicken enchiladas, beans. (using left over rotisserie chicken being)
Wed. - Roast, carrots, potatoes, green beans.
Thu. - Stuffed peppers, corn casserole
Fri. - Teriyaki Chicken and rice. (this is actually Hawaiian chicken that was on sale at Costco)
Sat. - Burgers and fries.
Sun. - Ham, broccoli cheese casserole, carrots, rolls.
This week end is Valentine's which has a totally different meaning for me than others. I will share that story another time. My son and his wife are going to a marriage retreat those days so I will have the babies all day and over night as well. Miss Zebra will be gone with the church youth to winter camp those days as well. I have had Mr. M overnight, when his little sister was born, but have not had baby girl over night. It will be a rough weekend for sure, but am glad that hubby will be here and son and daughter-in-law really need a little get away.
Now...drum roll...the new kitchen. Here is the post with all the before photos. If you want to see the journey, just look back over the old post. I will start out with one photo taken before we started to show what the old kitchen originally looked like.
Now, after moving the pantry to the opposite end of the kitchen, creating more prep area, moving the fridge to the opposite wall and end of the kitchen, centering the stove on that wall a bit more, moving the dishwasher as well, I now have a wonderful new kitchen.
The original window was a total mess, it is very strange to be able to see out once again.
And, as you know I have added a few new small appliances as well. Hubby was very skeptical of the Keurig, especially since I don't drink coffee I just wanted hot cocoa quickly. Have to say, he is getting in to the whole K-cup experience though. He had to go out of town for a week, work related, and he called to tell me he wished he had taken some pods with him because his hotel room had a Keurig machine in it.
As I said, I have only had the functioning kitchen for a couple of weeks, but OH MY GOSH, WHAT A TOTAL DIFFERENCE. It really is a pure joy to work in this new kitchen, the new design flows SOOOO much better. I have to admit also, it is a lot more fun to clean up, now that I don't dread walking in it. Still have to fine tune a few things, change up a few cabinet contents as I have found that some things that I use more often than I thought are located to high to comfortably reach often. I am bound an determined that I only have to use the step stool occasionally to reach a pan or such instead of every day, which seems to happen now. I will get it figured out though.
Okay, now for a couple of other photos to share. Remember I told you about that window? Well, the original window was a double pane. The seal had deteriorated which made the glass milky between the panes. While I could still see out, it was like looking through a window that had been smeared with white paint or such.
This is a closer look at the new window. My little gnomes hanging out happy in the new window sill, my new cactus balls and now I have some colorful wind chimes hanging in front of the window to look at as well.
Speaking of plants. My front entry way is my on going new project.
Goodness, this posting has gotten long. Thank you for stopping buy for a visit and please come back again.