Kitchen Creations, or...
Sep. 9, 2012 8:53 pm
Updated: Sep. 10, 2012 7:22 pm
Creating a kitchen? It's true that I've been off in my little world for a week, distracted enough that I've not been inspired to share my escapades... there just hasn't been much "worth" sharing, I guess! Don't get me wrong, I've been here at allrecipes
almost daily, I've just not had the motivation to sit, and share any of my "crazy" antics...
Then came a double "boost" that has reminded me that despite falling into a hum-drum culinary funk, this weekend has me revved me up once again, and ready for a challenge. I can't say that I've stumbled across one of those recipes that "scream" at you, that
you simply must try it, despite it seeming impossible to duplicate... You know the "type," the one that seems far ahead of your capabilities. I have discovered over the past few years, that with a little due diligence, I'm fully capable of cranking out some
dishes that not long ago, I would have passed over, out of total FEAR!
Basically, I've been cooking simple home cookin' type meals, including just a few days ago a slow cooker full of beef stew. You may ask, "what, in Phoenix in September?" It just so happened that the day I'd planned a "beef" meal, it was cloudy/gray all day,
and actually rained in a wonderful slow but steady shower into the afternoon. CrazyCook was in heaven!
Step in my good friend Denise... For some months she's been talking about remodelling her kitchen, and has estimates from 3 different contractors (that vary by about $20,000 by the way...) I must admit, that she didn't exactly "request" my assistance, but
I simply couldn't keep my nose out of things! She did ask about my experience with the company IKEA, and what I feel about the quality of products (per cabinets.) Fact of the matter is, that I love mine for a number of reasons... I no longer have to listen
(while trying to sleep,) to cabinet doors or drawers slamming shut, I love the deep drawers that I have in one spot that hold a myriad of larger items, and the engineering aspects simply shout "common sense!"
Yesterday (Saturday,) I took Denise on a tour of the website, and showed her what I'd found online for available styles and colors of the currnet cabinet fronts... Total dismay! She finally, with a sour look on her face, stated that "well, one of these two
will just have to do!" Truth of the matter was, it turned out, that she likes my cabinets, and wanted "the same" for her kitchen... Mine have been discontinued... Before she headed home for the evening, she asked if I might be available to go to the IKEA
store with her, to help her try to decide... of course, I could not refuse. After she left, I set about sketching a bird's eye view of where I thought she would like appliances etc to be placed.
The "up" side of our trip today, is that she has a better grasp of styles, and to my surprise picked the darker shade of the two "wood like" finishes, which has the warm, rich glow of a mahogany tone... I think I'll be jealous once her kitchen is done! Once
home, I showed her my "plan." After a couple of comments, she asked if she could show my drawing to her contractor, but did admit that a couple of placements he would not like... Guess I couldn't argue, depending on just where he wants to put the frige...
I will give her a "revision" to show Brian, and await to see the finished project! Truth is, that once the job has begun, I'd like to be able to say honestly, that I did have a "little" to do with the planning - at least!
So, as much as missed you all, it would seem that I've had that shot in the arm that I need from time to time, and hope to be a little more sharing! Well, till the next bout of "boring" hits me!
Till next time, be happy, be healthy, be crazy!