Cooking, Travel and just Other Stuff

You have to understand. I come from a line of very crafty people. My sister paints, one niece can knit anything out of a ball of yarn...oh and she paints and wood carves and makes jewelery. The other niece designs things and then sews them and then my great niece...well we will just call her insanely crafty. They all have blogs where they show all of their wonderful things they do. So, that brings me here. I decided I wanted a blog too, but what to write about. I'm not insanely crafty, can't paint, don't wood carve, tried knitting-didn't work....hummm, what do I do? Well, I like to cook and travel and eat, so I thought maybe we can start there. My blog will be about recipes I've made, places I go and restaurants I eat at with a few other things thrown in along the way. I've also heard that writing is good for you brain, so I figure-as I'm getting older now-this could be a good thing. So anyway, if you find my rantings worth commenting over, I'd love to hear from you. If I post a recipe you like, please let me know, other wise you can keep your opinions to yourself. This, after all, is my blog to make myself feel better, to try and compete with my family, because I don't do anything crafty.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Kitchen Redo

It has been a while since I have taken the time to post anything on here, but some of you have been asking what we are doing so I thought I would start posting something today. Some of you have had to listening to my whining on Facebook. I don't mean to whine it's just that I like to cook and have not been able to do so for over two weeks. Money guy and I are REALLY tired of eating out. Last week's saving grace was that we went to Las Vegas for four days so at least I didn't have to be here. It's like I don't know how to function without my kitchen. Anyone else have this problem or is it just me? Probably me, huh? Oh well it should be done by next Tuesday and I will be all back together by next weekend. I can't wait. I don't think I will want to go out to dinner for a while. Anyway, here are some pictures to show you what been up. I will post the grand finale when it's done.
So the first thing we did was take the half wall out. Sorry I don't have a better picture but I guess I just never took a picture of it. The wall was between the living room and dining room. I always felt like it made the room look smaller. Your eye stopped at the wall, so we had it taken out. Love it! 
It will really make a bigger difference when we get the hardwood floors done and your eye doesn't break at the carpet. The next thing we did was move the laundry room out to the garage. Since our kitchen is in the middle of the house there is no way to make it larger without taking in the laundry room. So that's what I did.
This is what the old laundry room looked like. It is 
now called the butler's pantry.
After we did that the door needed to come out and make an arch to open the room up and make it look a part of the kitchen.
Old doorway

New arch

So that was the beginning. I will post some more later but right now I need to go hide Easter eggs.


  1. Looks good so far! Can't wait to see more!

  2. YEAH! you posted!! I am so excited to finally see what you are doing to your house! Can't wait to see more photos!