Sweet Jamie left me a comment saying I should post pictures of my kitchen. I realize if I were cooking for you in person you would see my kitchen, but pictures? It's always so messy! I know, so is yours, but would you take pictures?
Well, yesterday morning after I got a pot of garden vegetable soup on the stove for my lunch, I cleaned up a little and took some pictures. Now, my kitchen is not big. My working space, with an island in the center is about 9 ft. by 10 ft. But, it works, except at Thanksgiving, and then I go nuts with all the people crowding in and no place to move. But, other than Thanksgiving, it works for me. So just a few pictures, folks and you've seen it all. Don't blink.
My new stove -- ain't she pertty? She is, but now I have mismatched appliances. When Doug decided we should buy a new stove instead of repair the old one, he also decided we should switch to stainless (I don't know where that man gets off making all these decisions in my kitchen. You'd think he pays the bills or something.) So now I have a stainless stove and a bisque microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. I think the microwave will be replaced next.
That's my big pantry to the right of the stove (with the sliding doors -- it was a laundry room when we moved in 11 years ago, and was promptly converted to a pantry. I just couldn't get used to the idea of doing laundry in the kitchen -- very European I think.) The dining room is through the open doorway. I'd like to put a French door there, but I can't convince my handy man.
Standing near the entry way to the kitchen from the front hall. The sink is to the left and the refrigerator is on my immediate right. Obviously the island is right in the middle. I don't know what people did before kitchen islands -- it's where all the action is. I have too much stuff sitting on the back of my counters around the room (I know I should clean them off, but every time I do, it all ends up back there anyway) -- the island is the only place there is space.
My sink -- full of suds -- and window. Whenever I start to cook I always fill the sink with soapy water. Then when a utensil or dish is dirty, it can soak while I cook. I can also use the sudsy water to clean my hands. My Kitchen Madonna is there on the right.
Very typical refrigerator with stuff all over it -- next week's menu, prayer cards, kid art (That handsome man -- no, not the pope -- is my husband. He brought that picture home to me the other day). I also have a small canned goods pantry on the right side of the refrigerator. I keep vinegar and oil and baking supplies in there, also.
That's it -- that's where all the cookin' around here gets done. I hope you didn't blink!