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Nov. 27, 2011 8:03 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 8:25 pm
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, but with it now in the "rear view mirror" so to speak, and having returned the house to some form of "normal," I took time late this afternoon to upload some new pics to share with you!

We had a wonderful  Thanksgiving evening, despite being short by 3 guests...  They were missed, but we managed without them!  Much chatter and catching up... some of these folk we hadn't really visited with for some months... 

I'm really excited with the new look of those old cabinets in the pantry hall...  What a difference new doors can make, and a few strips of veneer!  I knew that I'd never hear the end of things, if I didn't post at least a few!

  From the kitchen, looking into the hallway. and a closer look...  The bar lights are led and run on batteries of all things!  I've placed them to backlight the shelves, as top mounting didn't work out, so I"ll just make do!
  These better show the actual color of the wood.

Backtrack a post or two if you missed it, I've posted pictures better "explaining" the cabinets and the hallway that houses them.  So, this is what I was up to leading into the holiday, and of course there was then the aftermath to deal with...

Spent a bit of time this afternoon attempting to "measure" out the top and bottom pieces for my comforter cover, which has become a massive disappointment...  Perhaps it can be saved, but might just take one with more experience at the sewing machine!  It can go back onto the back burner for a while... perhaps a break from it would be beneficial for now, after all, I've got cabinets to finish. 

So, the life of CrazyCook as I know it should soon fall back into crazy routines and lazy days.  Get these cupboards done (between days in the crazy kitchen, of course!) and Christmas will be here with all of the scurrying around in wild attempts at accruing gifts for friends, baking for the neighbors... AND thank goodness for ordering off the internet for those pesky out of state relatives!  I've had to chuckle... within the past couple of months, I've received a gazillion catalogs...  The stack has to be 3" deep at least, though multiples from the same source in some cases.

Ahhh, then there's the decorating for the holidays...  Is it time to take down my "autumn wreath" and replace with the Christmas, on the front door?  I noticed that many neighbors already have lights strung, and next door their tree illuminates the living room!  Can't I wait at least until December?

So, be happy, be healthy, be crazy... it's only gonna get worse till January!
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Nov. 28, 2011 3:16 am
Looks very nice! Have fun filling them up! ;) We have our tree and decorations up; we always do it the Friday after Thanksgiving so the son can help before he heads back to school.
Nov. 28, 2011 2:25 pm
What a difference those doors make! And you make good use of them with the lights. Enjoy!
Nov. 28, 2011 3:33 pm
Wow! I really like the way that looks. Good job, Steve. : )
Nov. 28, 2011 4:33 pm
Mother Ann, I'd go "early FESTIVE" with Christmas, but grumpy only complains... hates that I've now got 3 trees to put up! Mid Dec. maybe... Be well!
Nov. 28, 2011 4:35 pm
Big Shots Mom - I'm a "sucker" for what I've always called "mood lighting." Hide a lamp on the floor behind a 5 foot tall house plant... instant OMG! (for instance!) I certainly will enjoy this upgrade for many years (if I live that long... lol!) Be well!
Nov. 28, 2011 4:37 pm
Linnie, did you see the "old" cab's as of just 10 days ago? You're right, WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I've heard of "re-facing" cabinets for years, but never thought of that for this hallway! Be well!
Nov. 29, 2011 7:30 pm
Awesome.... That's all I can say!
Nov. 29, 2011 8:25 pm
Thanks, Terry... I should have done this years ago!! Be well friend!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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