How did it get to be a new year already?! The holidays came and went, now is the aftermath of cleanup. More importantly, school begins again in a few days. Yeah! Anyway, it’s time to join Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for another In My Kitchen post.
Things were busy here as usual over the holidays. Josh’s mom was here for nine days so we were up to our usual chaos plus a houseguest. Everyone had fun and now it is back to reality. We baked lots of cookies and several cakes as gifts and some to keep. In all the madness though, I realized I didn’t get a single picture. So this month it seems there are no food pictures for my IMK post, but believe me, we ate plenty this month. And all delicious!
This month did bring lots of new items to our kitchen. Both Josh and I got several gifts now living in the kitchen. This also means temporary chaos as we made room for everything. Let’s start with the big stuff, all new appliances.
First is the fridge. This required some work to get in as our space was too small. Several years ago Josh built in a wine storage next to the fridge for our wood anniversary (yes, we usually stick to one of the the traditional gifts if it works). Unfortunately that took up the extra space we now needed for a newer and bigger fridge.
He managed to make it fit well. He sawed off the entire side wall and moved it several inches, all to keep our wine storage. The good news is that I actually now have a little space to keep a couple cookbooks.
Then comes the new range. I love it so far. It has a proof setting which is wonderful for bread baking. It is also convection which is great for baking. Our Christmas turkey turned out wonderful! And best yet is that the top is induction. Boiling is now so fast! No more heating up the house as much, that will come in extremely handy in the summer. On the top is also a new griddle, handy for making the boys their beloved French toast.
We also got a new dishwasher and the microwave is only a few months old. The biggest hassle was emptying the fridge to move it, putting everything back in the new one. THEN I emptied the fridge that was already in the garage and put all that stuff in the one that just came out of the kitchen. It is now in the garage. The fridge that was in the garage is now in Josh’s garage.
Josh now is living the life, his new MASSIVE garage/workshop is close to finished and he has a fridge to hold lots of beer in it. He also got the old range. Sounds almost like he has a kitchen in there, but he actually uses the oven for car parts! Actually, he also seasoned the new cast iron pans in his garage so we didn’t smoke up the house. No appliances went to waste, we just need to unload the old dishwasher on Craig’s List or find a charity. It works, just doesn’t clean well.
My beloved Meissen teapot. My parents brought this back for me from a trip to Germany YEARS ago, long before I was married. Somehow I always forgot to pack it up when I was at their house. I finally brought it home and love it. We’ve already had several pots of tea and I look forward to many more.
This was actually in my parents’ kitchen. They received a gingerbread house kit from their contractor (clever idea for a house contractor) and we let the boys go wild building and designing. This is their masterpiece.
It was a busy month indeed. This is all we managed to capture, life was too hectic to bother with a camera. Or it was very cloudy and rainy, horrible lighting for photographs. But alas, only another month until our next post. There are many more new goodies to include in the next post.
Thanks again to Celia for hosting the In My Kitchen roundup. Head on over here and see what is happening in everyone else’s kitchens.