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Stevie's Crazy Kitchen

Bit, by the busy bee bug! 
Apr. 20, 2010 2:54 pm 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2010 4:31 pm
Once again, it's been crazy around here,  but in different directions!  The satellite dish went out for my kitchen tv a few days ago... waiting for the mail to bring a new one, so began hanging out in the back sitting room (loosely translates to JUNK ROOM!)  The plan had been to paint back there after finishing with kitchen and dining rooms, after kitchen remodel last year.  Painting was finished, and began the tree skirts...  They are on hold, obviously.

Trying to be the "frugal" one my dad raised, checked out my stash of partial cans of paint, went and bought a gallon of white, and spent time over the past two days painting, thinking YUCK, and set about dumping these assorted mixtures of cinnamon (my bedroom paint,) and white.  I now have 5 containers of various shades of (yuck) tan...  Bingo!  Remembered I had a partial can of  mustard yellow left from yrs ago...  A splash of it in a batch of pinkish tan, turned into a warm, medium dark tan...  The two exterior walls are all glass, with brick/block construction about 3 feet hi under the windows, which I painted in the cinnamon, lightened only slightly with white.  Having so much trim work all around, decided to do it all in white semi-gloss, and then all plaster (including ceiling) in the lighter shade of tan.  So, now that the tan has a warm tone to it, believe it will look quite sharp!  Perhaps I can get back to painting back there tomorrow!

Today, I am awaiting UPS delivery of some bedding...  Not at all pleased with the UPS right now.  December, sis called to ask had her gift arrived... no.  She was told, it had been delivered...  Ordered the bedding, I was told, delivered.  Called the store back???  We show delivery on your front porch.  Funny, I was home all day, and never heard a delivery truck in the cul-de-sac!  My order was shipped again, and should be delivered today!  I keep checking the tracking info provided to find only, "out for delivery."  We'll see!  Keeping fingers crossed, would hate to have to call the store back... AGAIN!  Seems the US mail gets it right... 

Forgot to add regarding the tv, I was informed that the boxes are interchangeable, so late last afternoon, removed the dead one, replacing with the sitting room box...  Once again, I am back in my "nest" at the breakfast bar, but now have no tv to keep me company while I paint.  Course, could just turn on music!!  Felt strange spending the better part of 48 hours away from the kitchen!

So, that's the report on my past few days of silence.  Am looking forward to doing some actual cooking today!  Last night, frozen meatballs, jar of sauce, pasta and broccoli (steamed in the micro.)  Do believe that tonight I'll actually peel some spuds to go with leftover ham I had in the freezer.  I happen to love ham/scolloped potatoes, but usually heat some ham on it's own for J, as he prefers the two not be mixed together. 

As always, enjoyed reading your comments of last time, keep checking in!  Till next time...
Apr. 20, 2010 3:16 pm
Crack me up! Not sure what the problem is here in the Phx area with UPS....I frequently have to walk around the neighborhood delivering packages to my neighbors which have been delivered to my door by mistake; perhaps because Mr. UPS delivers here so often (I have a bad Amazon habit) that he sees the street name and just assumes... There must be a painting bug going around, as well. I have paint chips taped up all over the house. Must get it done before the weather heats up to unbearable!
Apr. 21, 2010 3:27 am
hey stevie, glad all is well in your part of the world, i think we all have spring fever...ha ha...i too am looking at paint...ttyl
Apr. 21, 2010 7:56 am
I'm not painting, but if it counts, I'm feeling guilty about not painting. Remember back in the days of yore when we could do stuff without the tv on? If you get desperate, and you have a laptop, you could pop in a DVD or listen to internet radio or watch HULU shows. I like to listen to audio books when I'm painting. Big projects call for long books. I lent one to my sister to listen to while she was gardening. She enjoyed the book so much (with headphones on) that she worked until her back was sore. She finished it up recouperating in bed.
Apr. 21, 2010 11:24 pm
Thanks guys, got a yuck or two from your comments... Was talking to a friend of mine about an exercise machine I have. Mentioned I do well using 1-2 mins. She thought a waste of time, I thought push too hard, work up a heart attack! Can relate to muscle aches, after painting what I have, legs and butt are sore!! Guess it all does one good in the long run!
Apr. 22, 2010 4:31 pm
Thanks folks! Yes today went MUCH more smoothly, with the phone guy arriving about 10:30am or so! Knock me off of my "high heels!" Ha! Hope you check back Rebecca, have a q for you... Was just reminiscing of a time lonnng ago, 20+ yrs... Were you here then? Used to go to a wonderful restuarant twice a year, for birthdays... Mother Tucker's was on Lincoln, at either 16th or 24th St. Believe it's been gone for years, but do you know of this place? Thanks!! Today's post will be of a more cheerful note, but as usual, probably not until most of the country is tucked in, sawing wood...
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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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