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Micro Kitchen Ideas

20 Feb

Today is a day for Shopping!

Right now I’ve been thinking on this kitchen in the new apartment. It’s tiny. I mean teeny weeny tiny. And we are kitchen people. We like to have a menagerie of spices on hand at all times and we have a pretty nice collection of pots and pans. Shawn being a professional chef and all… a fully stocked kitchen is an occupational hazard! So, I’ve been trying to find ways of saving space and making the place look nice all at the same time.

Ok, so this is the kitchen from the apartments I’m moving into… only without the new cabinets. We have those old white faced, wood trim cabinets. (the unrenovated unit was so much cheaper per month)

I took the picture from the apartment’s website.VERY small.

The first thing I’ll need to address is a spice rack. We have tons of spices and I hate keeping them in that tiny cupboard above the stove! I’m only 5’4… I don’t want to have to find a place to store a step-stool too. We can put the stemware up there and I’ll only have to get up there once in a blue moon, but the spices I use on an almost daily basis. I also don’t want the spices taking up precious counter space! I’ve already got enough things to do that between my coffee machine and cookie jar.

1. Magnetic Spice Rack

So there are plenty of magnetic spice racks on the market these days,

Ibut I’d like to conserve space at the same time. I found this idea over at www.addicted2decorating.com

I love the look of this. On her site she has instructions on how to make this great little spice rack, but I think to make it fit for what I need I might do this instead:

  1. cover the front of the freezer door in removable chalkboard contact paper.
  2. get a lightweight frame (from a thrift store will do) the size of or slightly smaller than the front of the freezer door
  3. spray paint said frame brown/gold and let dry overnight
  4. spray paint frame a fun color and using a paper towel gently brush away the paint from the tops of some of the details to let the under color show through.
  5. back frame with either adhesive or magnet strips.
  6. affix frame to the front of the freezer door
  7. Stick on magnetic spice tins and label with chalk.

I found some great spice tins on Etsy’s Salt City Spice

I like these because spices are so colorful and these give you a nice wide window in which to show them off! You can get a set of 8 for only $19.00. Here!

2. Pot Rack

So, we have a LOT of pots and pans. They end up taking up quite a few cabinets just on their own. Right now we have twice as much cabinet space as in the upcoming apartment and are still overflowing. We need some vertical stackage. So on that wall at the end of the kitchen, up towards the top I think we need one of these:

This would give me a chance to get some of the smaller pots and some of the utensils out of the cabinets. I think we could also keep the cereal boxes on the shelf up top (if not some nice decorative books). At a price of $79.99 I might wait for this one to hit the clearance shelves, but I still think that this will be a much needed addition. Get it here!

3. Decorate

Alright so once we get those two things out of the way I should have just enough room for my already crowded kitchen to squeeze into the new smaller kitchen. But then… I still have to look at it.

Shawn and I are big fans of our decor doubling as humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and neither should our house. So at the back wall beneath the pot rack I wanted to put a medium-sized framed and matted print of… The Swedish Chef. At first, we had discussed putting a portrait of a famous chef or an old wine label. But, when we saw this print from allprints.com we knew we’d been beaten.

We love the Swedish Chef. And this print is just enough of “Old World” meets “Ridiculous” for us. The pricing ranges all over based on a lot of variables. I think with a nice mustard yellow matte and a simple brown frame this could be a winner!

So those are just a few of my ideas so far. I hope you guys are having a great day! I am!

Parks and Poems

15 Jan

Today hubs and I decided to have a mini-adventure. That’s usually when we get in the car with absolutely no set destination and see where we end up.

First, we went to Home Depot to shop for home improvements (for that house we don’t own… it’s such a fixer-upper). We looked around and dreamt of kitchens and counters, bathrooms and patios. It was fun quizzing the staff about different counters and the energy efficiency of washers and dryers.

After that we headed for a long drive. It was such an awesome day out. It was sunny and cool, just warm enough to not need a sweater. We took the bug and headed out down country roads winding through woods and swamps, past lakes and farms. We rode about 4 towns over to a small artsy Victorian-styled town called Covington where we parked and proceeded to have coffee at a small independent coffee shop called St. John’s. What I love about St. John’s (aside from the awesome art and occasional live performances) is the tea. They have some fantastic loose-leaf teas. They have some awesome baked goods as well. Today I tried a chai spice cupcake. It was good but not amazing.

Once we were well caffeinated we headed out for a long walk around the town. We walked down the old-timey streets past small cafes and art galleries, took a turn down a little residential street and ended up in Bogue Falaya Park. It’s a pretty little place they used to take us during summer camp and on field trips when I was a kid.

Here are some photos we took:

We walked along the water and talked about life and plans and all that good stuff. It was really nice and relaxing. Afterwards, we headed back to the car (the long way).

On the way home we stopped at a thrift store. I picked up some more silverware and a few more mugs. I guess I should explain a little:

I was always plagued growing up by my mother complaining whenever she lost a knife or a fork because (I assume) she’d have to find replacements in the same pattern. So, I decided to solve this issue by never buying more than one of the same pattern. In other words every single piece of my silverware is secondhand and the only one of its pattern in the drawer. When you set the table it actually looks pretty cool (I think). We have a couple different (complete) sets of plates/bowls/etc. so those would be annoying to replace, but I did something similar with my glassware. I love colored cut glass. And there’s tons of it in thrift stores. So, I just pick up those lonely single cups/glasses etc.  The different colors all on the table (the one my apartment is too small for) looks awesome. When we move and I actually have a dining room to take a picture of this all in, I’ll show you. But, until then you’ll just have to imagine.

Also at the thrift store I bought a book. It’s called The Limerick by G. Legman. When I tell you I have never laid my hands on anything so hilarious… I mean it. There are limericks in this book that would immediately turn my blog from it’s beloved PG-13 rating up to R. They’re so funny! I have chosen a couple to share with you. Trust me, they get MUCH worse.

It always delights me at Hanks
To walk up the old river banks.
One time in the grass
I stepped on an ass
And heard a young girl murmer, “Thanks.”

A nudist by name Roger Peet,
Loved to dance in the snow and the sleet,
But one chilly December
He froze every member,
And retired to a monkish retreat.

This book is downright dirty and pays homage to the “bawdy limerick”. I’ll have to get rid of it the moment I have children so I’ll have to read a lot of it first. They are so funny! Some of them downright gross.

But, enough of this horrid inappropriateness.

Since today is almost at an end I’ll skip my traditional to-do list. Instead I’ll write a “have-done” list.

TODAY:

  1. Woke up late
  2. Enjoyed breakfast out
  3. Went for a long drive to nowhere in particular with the windows down, singing all the way while hubs napped
  4. Had a fantastic cup of tea
  5. Went for a long walk through an old town
  6. Stopped to smell the roses
  7. Enjoyed the company of the man I love
  8. Came home and made dinner
  9. Watched tv until we were tired
  10. Now I’m off to bed

Goodnight everyone!

Super Easy Possibly Peppermint Mocha

12 Jan

Yesterday’s post was so very serious that I thought we could all use something to help us relax a bit. Remember the other day a while back when I was [dramatic music] out of milk? [Gasp!] I had to figure out a nice way to enjoy my coffee sans dairy (or other sodium caseinate creamer product).  I said I would share a recipe with you and here I am today to do just that. It’s a very simple one too. Good for winter especially just after Christmas (or other yule-time holiday).

Ok, here we go!

1. Gather all the things you’ll need:

  • Coffee (I use a k-cup machine)
  • Packet of hot cocoa mix
  • Awesome mug (the awesome factor is REALLY important)
  • Milk or Creamer (optional… today I actually have some)
  • Candy cane (Optional… I like peppermint)

2. Start the coffee brewing! If you’re using a k-cup machine I suggest the largest size you have on yours (or two small size ones)

3. Wait patiently for the coffee to brew. (This is by far the hardest step of this entire process)

4. Mix the packet of hot cocoa mix into your cup of coffee.

5. Stir like you mean it!

6. (optional) Add milk if you have some and are feeling good about it.

7. (optional but suggested) If you’re feeling REALLY good about it add a candy cane to turn your plain-Jane mocha into a delicious wint’ry peppermint treat!

8. Enjoy!

Wasn’t that the easiest thing ever? I can’t believe I even had to write a how-to for that. In fact, I’m pretty sure this entire post is rather superfluous. YAY!

Anyway I hope you enjoy the coffee treat and saving money by not paying $5 for one of these things at Starbucks. (I paid something like $4 for a tall skinny mocha yesterday… there wasn’t even a candy cane in it! This is soooooo much better.)

TODAY:

  1. WORK!
  2. Drink coffee… like the one I just made for this tutorial!
  3. Read more of “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin -loving it!
  4. Clean house
  5. Go to the gym
  6. Get some sleep!

 

Curls and Monikers

9 Jan

Sunday was awful. I mean awful. I was so sick.

Saturday was fun, my mother and I went to see Gregg Allman live at the Hard Rock in Biloxi, MS. I have never really listened to his solo work (or the Allman Brothers for that matter), but we got the tickets for free and I had a free buffet they sent me for my birthday so we figured we’d go and check it out. It was fun though I don’t think blues shows are my thing. I liked the music, but at times I found myself yawning. My mother said the same thing and she was disappointed that she only knew one song, most of what he played was from his solo career (which is totally understandable and I don’t hold it against him at all). Overall, aside from one very rude bartender we had a good time.

The being sick didn’t start until about 3am Sunday morning. May have been something I ate, who knows.

Last night I decided to do my hair. I used this awesome tutorial from youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYxS1ohz4Ao

And these were my results:

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With a little fun vintage coloring via the picplz app for android

Forgive my horrible self-photography skills, but you get the idea. I like this style because it only took me roughly 10 minutes in the morning to do my hair and the work the night before didn’t take long either. Downside is my hair is only barely long enough yet for this. Still trying to grow it out.

So, today had me thinking on baby names for hopefully upcoming (as in SOON please?) pregnancy/embryo/eventual child. I think my favorite name for a little girl is Nora Kennedy. But, that has long since been shot down by Sir Hubby. So instead I’m pondering Zoe and Heidi. As for boy names… forget it. We cannot agree on anything. I’m fond of the names Owen, Elliott and Nolan. He thinks every name I come up with is overtly feminine. So… I started picking names from things like the list of Nobel Prize winners, famous authors, etc. Needless to say neither of us has given to compromising as of yet. Luckily we have at least 9 months+ to think about it.

TODAY:

  1. Work
  2. Drink coffee
  3. Go to gym
  4. Clean house
  5. Continue reading “A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin
  6. Play Skate 3 (picked it up for $14)
  7. Sleep?

An Air of “Blah”

7 Jan

Today is simply one of those days when I don’t feel much like doing anything. The hubs went to work early this morning leaving me home all by my lonesome. Sure, I’ll get some cleaning done, but I’m just feeling “blah”.

So what do you do on “blah” days? Go for a walk. Get out of the house, take the dog and just go somewhere else… I would do that until I remembered I let hubs take my car this morning (his car hates me and every time I drive it something breaks… so I don’t). So Chase and I had to amuse ourselves by walking around the apartment complex. It’s kind of an icky day so we didn’t walk very far but here are a couple photos from our journey:

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The ducks are back in town for the winter.

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Chase is due a haircut soon, I think.

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Looking out into Lake Pontchartrain.

 The walk was nice. We brought the ducks some left over Christmas cookies. They seemed to appreciate them.

Well, now the time has come for me to clean house and get my chores done for the weekend. Tonight my mother and I are headed out to see a Greg Allman concert at the Hard Rock Casino as well as use up the free buffet ticket they sent me for my birthday! I want to try and do my hair pretty, like the waterfall braid tutorial I found the other day…. we’ll see if I can manage it. I’m usually rather clumsy and my hair is just getting long enough to dip past my shoulders.

TODAY:

  1. Laundry & cleaning
  2. Drink coffee
  3. Go to the gym
  4. Go to the casino
  5. Win money
  6. See music
  7. Sleep!