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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

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!

Sep. 10, 2012 3:14 am
hey stevie, thats so nice of you to help your friend out ,sounds like you knew just what to do, after all look at how nice you did your kitchen,stay busy friend, we will wait for your next blog, be well....judy
Sep. 10, 2012 4:19 am
Gotta say I love touring the Ikea store! They have some ingenious ideas!
Sep. 10, 2012 10:00 am
What fun-will look forward to photos of the newly designed kitchen for your friend. I am having a contractor come in and maybe I will get a solar tube in the kitchen. My kitchen needs more light. We will see.
Sep. 10, 2012 12:26 pm
I have never looked at Ikea. My kitchen is done and only if I win the lottery do I get a do over. I would if I could! That was nice of you to help out a friend!
Sep. 10, 2012 2:28 pm
I could spend a whole day wandering around in IKEA! And some of their Euro style cabinets are to die for. It has been my experience that few contractors actually cook, so your input could be invaluable. Glad to see you, I wondered if all was ok.
Sep. 10, 2012 7:09 pm
Judy, haven't much felt like cooking of late... to hot and "summer" is supposed to be over, darn it! Helping Denise will keep the "juices" flowing! Be well, friend, and good to hear from you!
Sep. 10, 2012 7:10 pm
Maggi, I agree! I had to walk in with blinders on and head straight to the kitchen cabs. and stuff! Denise was ready to leave before we really got started, but did look at lots of great stuff! Be well!
Sep. 10, 2012 7:13 pm
Lela, guess I'd best get some before shots to share when the job is finished. What's more exciting than watching a new kitchen rise from the rubble? I put a round dome style skilight in my kitchen years ago. (Sola-tube?) I've loved it, even now half of that wall is missing & lets in some daylight... Be well, and enjoy!
Sep. 10, 2012 7:16 pm
Cat, Ikea could easily cost me the rest of my inheritance - lol! I've gotta watch it, but fortunately it's so far from home, and I "can't" drive the freeways anymore, so guess I'm "safe." I would have roamed longer, but Denise just doesn't enjoy shopping much... go figure? I wanted to hunt bargains, and she couldn't get out of there fast enough! (something wrong with that picture, I'm sure!) Be well, friend!
Sep. 10, 2012 7:22 pm
BigShotsMom, next time I'm out your way, what say we don our shoppin shoes, I'll grab my walking stick (glad I'd taken it Sunday!) and a fist full of credit cards... I'll even buy lunch! Bet we'd have a blast! Sorry to have been "away" so long... I just can't wait to turn off the a/c and open the house up again! Well, for a couple months, anyway! Hope that you're well! Nice that you commented!
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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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