Archive for October, 2011

I love it. It’s a bit cold out there today (windy and highs in the 40s, with the surprise ice from Saturday’s storm still on the patio tabletop…) But here’s a lovely fall shot before “all that weather” hit us!

The patio was designed and built by Anthony Wilder Design/Build. The pergola itself was built after our remodeling was completed by the folks at Fine Earth Landscape. They are about to do some work on our front walkway and flowerbeds. (can’t wait!)

Yesterday I had a massive cooking session, the first one I’ve done solo since the kitchen was finished. Oh, I have done little projects here and there with batch cooking when there were loss-leaders on chicken or other cuts of lean meat. But this was my first once-a-month-cooking day in a whole year. Part of that I’ll chalk up to being too busy to plan it. And the other was that I needed motivation to get past the casual, more laid-back pace of summer.

Well, that motivation came when I realized that as of next week I’ll be back on a chaplain’s schedule, with limited free time (and pretty tired when I do have it.) So I cranked out a BUNCH of things and have them in the freezer. You can read more about them on my cooking blog. Most of the recipes are up there too. 🙂

I have to say, though, having the SPACE and EQUIPMENT available to do this massive cooking job was pure joy. As you’ll see from the slideshow, I think I used every inch of space. And I loved being able to spread out and really utilize it. The dining room was my staging area for ingredients, just steps away. (I used to stack things on the floor!) The apples you’ll see are becoming a pie as soon as I stop playing on the computer (which happens to be handily located on the kitchen desk! 🙂 )

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So many times I have seen remodeling jobs which are just showcase kitchens (i.e. they look purty but you can’t work in them). Our kitchen is not only beautiful, but highly functional. We love it. And at the moment, it sure smells great!

Deb

P.S. a special “get well” to George, our lead carpenter.