Friday, June 23, 2017

Hit the PAUSE Button

Just when we were gearing up for the kitchen finish,
 the countertop people added two weeks to their schedule.
"Look for us by the Fourth of July," they said.
 
Calling on Patience.
What to do with the time?
I guess I'll...
 
Visit the Little House while Kim and Adam are in Europe.
 

Go shopping.


Light candles.
 

Drink something cool.
 

Walk in a forest cathedral.

 
Gaze upon stars.
 
Photo: Wikipedia

Go to grandsons' ball games.
 
 
And light a fire under those countertop boys
to celebrate the Fourth of July!
 
 
Watch this space...
 
and have a great Fourth!
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

D Day in West Des Moines


We moved to our townhouse a year ago,
 knowing we'd update the kitchen.


 I took the door off the closet-like "pantry" after we moved in
 to make things more accessible behind the awkward swinging door.

 

This week, the guys Demolished the kitchen in just two hours.
The Disappearance of cabinetry was followed by new plumbing and re-wiring.
 
 
 
 
The electrician loved the vanished ceiling.

 
We did a two-day road trip while the painters wrapped
 adjacent spaces to prepare for painting.
 
The kitchen (below) is ready for installation.
 Tomorrow is another sort of D- Day~~the FUN part!

 
 
Watch this space!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bon Voyage!


OK, I'm not taking a cruise...I'm just setting the table
for family members who will soon fly to Paris.
 
I have a penchant for playing with parchment (makes me think of ancient abbey scrolls) but can't decide on the best plate-setting presentation for
French bread.
 It could be this...
 
Kitchen twine tying a sprig of rosemary and baguette in a parchment sandwich bag.
...this,

A menu penned on parchment.
 or this:
 
A place card holder.
Which do you prefer?

Of course, the menu will reflect the destination. When we visited Paris, we often ate Salade Nicoise because it was an affordable menu selection. Originating in Nice, it was known as "simple food for poor people "--uncooked garden vegetables plus boiled eggs and anchovies.

Sometimes Salade Nicoise is presented in a "composed arrangement" of groups of individual vegetables.
Landon likes meatballs so I'm slow-cooking meatballs with a special sauce.
 
 
Oops! BREAKING NEWS!
Our contractor just called to say he's ready to begin our kitchen renovation.That pretty much puts a stop to this party plan. Maybe it will be a Welcome Home celebration.

 Meanwhile, watch this space!