Monday, November 25, 2013

Creative Cooking - without a Kitchen

A few months ago I posted about how we bought a house and that it might need a little work....

A month ago (plus...) we got these delivered...

But we weren't really ready for them, with permitting and contracting and all, plus a little prep work to my living room became a kitchen full of boxed cabinets.

After getting the sticker shock of our lives with what a contractor wanted just to install the cabinets and pull an electrical line or two, we regrouped.

Poured a glass of wine or three...

Then a friend (professional cabinet installer) said, "Hey why are you hiring someone?  If you'll do the prep, I will help you put those cabinets in."


So we started knocking down walls and stuff so the electrician could fix the wiring mess...
If he would just show up, which he didn't do for three weeks.  (insert exploding head here).

After about three months of planning and 6 weeks of "prepping," our kitchen looked something like this.


 Um remember us joking in August about how we "better have a kitchen by Thanksgiving?"  Turns out the joke is on me.  Now I'm PRAYING (and yelling and freaking and drinking gallons of wine stressing about) having a kitchen by mid-December when the hordes begin to arrive for the holidays.

Meanwhile, you can't eat out all the time, so the Captain and I have gotten creative.

Here's where we prep the food - who says you can't have a kitchbathroom?

What do you mean you don't have a refrigerator in your family room?  Works great - if we had TV we wouldn't have to walk far for a drink.  But alas we don't have TV (what?!)

And here's the Captain grilling in a rain storm with his headlamp.  Yum Grouper and veggies.

And after dinner where to wash the dishes?  Why the bathtub of course!

Yes, someday we will have these gorgeous countertops on which to prep and serve food:
Until then?  We will continue to step over boxes on our way to the kitchbathroom, fruitlessly dusting the drywall dust off of EVERYTHING, enjoying the new "Killz" colored highlights in my hair, and explaining to my colleagues that no I can't bring one of the Captain's awesome key lime pies to the party I have no kitchen.
Please pass the wine.


ChiTown Girl said...

Oh, good Lord! You are a better woman than I am, that's for sure! I'd have moved into a hotel until the project was finished!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and The Captain!!


Gigi said...

You have my sympathy! But, if it helps you are in good company, because WE are moving during Thanksgiving weekend - how brilliant of a strategy is that?

Lifting a glass right there with you.

Jennifer Denise Ouellette said...

I lived that in 2012--with kids! I look back and don't even know how I did it.

Can't wait to see your finished product!

Stephanie said...

Ug. Renos are so hard!! We just re-did our floors, it only took about 4 weeks but it felt like it took over our entire lives. The good news, once we got through it we were thrilled and I'm sure you will be do! Until then I hope you enjoy the chaos!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I feel your pain; renovating is SUCH a pain. You are brilliant with the bathroom/kitchen idea. We used our laundry room.
So, how hard is it to bathe with the dishes in there???
Wishing you ALL the best in getting your kitchen done before the peeps arrive!!!

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