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My intro to my shoebox kitchen... 
 
Jul. 5, 2011 4:00 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2011 8:09 am
Well I have a lot going on, with like 3 blogs being set up and running. But I thought I'd add or intro my kitchen. Someone asked when I complained about how my kitchen was relatively small, but how do I do it...well I'll show ya my kitchen. Come on in to my ramblings. ;-)
 
So...welcome, come on in.
 
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Jul. 5, 2011 6:33 pm
Government planning at it's peak. It probably took an architect and an engineer (both men) to plan that! My sympathy.
 
mis7up 
Jul. 5, 2011 6:57 pm
oh thank you...is like WTHeck...big families don't cook? We don't need a kitchen??? ;-) Hello! ya think. 6 people in my house. We don't eat.
 
Jul. 5, 2011 7:31 pm
mis7up, your tour of your kitchen is interesting. There are a couple of things that I noticed. You probably have a reason but is it possible for you to have yur microwave mounted either over your stove or under one of your cabinets? Also, have you considered purchasing a small rolling island? I have one that measures 20" x 28". It is butcher block, has a drawer and 2 doors with two shelves inside, along with towel and knife holders. I love it. Also, is it possible to put your bread machine somewhere other than your cabinet top? Like I said, you probably have a reason - just my observation. Thanks for the tour.
 
mis7up 
Jul. 5, 2011 9:02 pm
okay...no microwave mounted over the stove that is a hood vent. And it has a fire exstinquisher system inside it and threw the doors above it. We aren't allowed to do any modifications to our place. And I use my bread maker a lot so, it's not one I can really put anyway because my storing cabinets don't accomandate it's size. Plus..I have a storage unit in my carport that also has kitchen storage with a standing deep freezer and another refrigerator. A rolling cart would be fabulous however, there is no accomendating space with the layout of my kitchen to put it in. Nor in between the walk to the living room-to the pantry and dining room. Plus I have clausterphobe issues...need space. Appreciate the thoughts but I guess I also better explain. I live on a Military installion(army base) and these are the accomendations they give us. Room for the family...no room or needed room for kitchen facilities to accomendate a family of 6 with 2 cats. We can't add things like mounts and such to military property. It sucks. My house in Texas was being remodeled when we had to move to post. I'd prefer to be there for space reasons...But we will not be moving back due to medical reasons for our family...We are soon to be PCS'ing with medical retirement orders to Oregon and establishing a new place up there to help with taking care of my in'laws. And I'm not moving into any place with out seeing the kitchen 1st...LOL Thank you soo much for your input...but I have to go threw a hassle daily to take this out of here, move that, bring this in here, oh wait...darn, I need that. And I play musical kitchen equipment on a daily basis..not fun not fun. Been going on 2 1/2 years. This house was a converted barrix(spelling). SO some one goobered in the designing my place BIG time. And thank you for watching my video. ;-)
 
Maggi 
Jul. 6, 2011 3:58 am
Oh for crying out loud. I shook my head throughout your video. I don't think I will complain to you about my small galley kitchen...but I will say I don't cook as much as I would because I have stuff stored in the basement & it just sometimes feels like too much work to run downstairs. You have more patience than I do!!! I certainly envy your pantry though!!!
 
mis7up 
Jul. 6, 2011 10:50 am
HAHA Maggie. Yeah it's pretty small. Will be getting slightly smaller in our move to Oregon in the next little bit. SO I might be pulling my hair out for a couple of months. But will be glad to have a large kitchen again with SPACE.. Hmm Johndrake, thank you for that bit of tidbits.
 
moaa 
Jul. 6, 2011 1:43 pm
I really enjoyed the tour. And man, love that pantry. I don't even have a walk in one; we only have sliding drawers. I do have tons of storage downstairs but that's too much leg work lol. That rice storage/measuring bin are so awesome. My dad have one too but the floor size one. Its so perfect for big families. Thank you for the tour.
 
Bibi 
Jul. 6, 2011 4:35 pm
Thanks for the tour! I lived with a galley kitchen for 17 years, so I can appreciate your challenges! Just goes to show you that a little creativity goes a long way. Kudos to you for refusing to be defined as a cook by your kitchen!
 
mis7up 
Jul. 6, 2011 9:15 pm
Thank you moaa, that's about one of the best features...is a walk in pantry. And Thanks Bibi...it's a challenge and I love the comment. TY
 
Jul. 7, 2011 6:47 am
That's funny mis7up. That's exactly what I call my kitchen too....A SHOEBOX! We commonly refer to it as a 1 butt kitchen. If you can believe this, you have more room than I do. I used to have the big fancy kitchen in the big fancy house, but since I was forced to downsize, I really downsized. Like you though, I still have all of my "stuff" and just make it work. I have an area in my garage with shelves and an extra fridge. I lovingly call that my "walk in pantry". Maybe when you move up here, you will get the opportunity to see it first hand.
 
mis7up 
Jul. 7, 2011 8:09 am
Oh Man AVON....prayers. LOL Ya know, it's going to be small then that for me for 2 or 3 months until we get into our house....dum dum daahmm! The camper kitchen. I will say I'm not looking forward to that part. I know I'll be able to use my MIL's when I need to I guess. But Girl....I totally feel for you. Totally. Yeah mom says to others it's a butt bumping kitchen ;-) I used to refer it as Tori Spelling's shoe closet but then Tori bought that house and it's now bigger them mine. ;-)
 
 
 
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I'm an active mom of 4 and married the love of my life. I'm a full~time certified care giver, part~time food blogger @ http://the7upexperience.com , avid & obsessed novice photographer. I love allrecipes and pretty much an addict. I'm also a new member to Banana Belt Photography Club that's local to my community, and an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. And have stamped allrecipes on me for life. The site has opened up my eyes to so much more then just recipes. I'm proud to be a member of this site and my love, passion & learning other recipes from other valued members has really broaden my horizens.
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Asian, Mexican, Multi-cultured foods, Low-fat, Low-sugar, Stews, casseroles, slow cooker meals and baking......Everything!!
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Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the kitchen...lol My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
My cooking triumphs
Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
My cooking tragedies
I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
 
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