Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

San Pablo Before & After

March 25, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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boring boring kitchen as it looked upon purchase. perfectly acceptable and UTTERLY BORING! i never used it. we moved in and a day later
Mr CM was here setting up plastic walls.

As my kitchen looks now. Only 175 days elapsed between shots. yes, i’ve removed non-working days.
-This post brought to you by waiting around for our last party member to arrive then off to airport!-

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March 15, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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the Old’Ore as she looked this morning. She’s come so far.
So have I. A few years ago i’da never believed in myself enuf to even want to try a project of this size. now I find myself asking
“What Next?”

the poor dear… all exposed and so vulnerable. Dec 10 2009
Good thing we fixed her up. =) Pretty soon i’m gonna be out of a job. got any leads?

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She’s Got Cabinets! #fb

March 11, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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11/17/2009 Oh the poor poor dear, as she looked the day i acquired her. she has so many colours, so long neglected. that fridge was a biohazard.
had to call a special disposal crew for it. truly gross. Plz Note the round end-of-cabinet- open shelves.

11/18/2009 I think once upon a time this kitchen was rather sweet. Blue walls, friendly yellow beehive tiles. ┬áthen something happened right around the 80’s
and thru the 90’s she fought a good fight. but finally in early 2000’s she just gave up. this once cheery kitchen just heaved a deep hibernating
breath and just let go. (watch the orange wall)

11/02/2009 In order to resuscitate that once was dead y’ve got to dig down to her bare bones and see if she wants to be revived. Turns out she
was ready for a slow long careful wakening. (studs left only of orange wall)

01/22/2010 for her revival into the second decade of the two thousands, i believe, given the age of her bones, she would
like some internal warming. also with the warmth came new vessels to carry water, sewer & electrical impulses too.
(the wall, did it ever exist?)

03/11/2010 Sorry, for the flip in perspective, but i thought it’d be nice to show just how nice this room is without orange wall.
She’s been weaned off the life support and taking practice breaths on her own now. i believe she’ll wake up raring and ready to take on
this new life. Plz Note the open shelves at the end of cabinets. they are also duplicated at the far end of the kitchen just under the second window.
you see what i did there? with the little open shelves?
most ppl see only the big huge changes and fail to notice the little things. the little nods to her past that i brought into this renovation.
there’s just a few… but if you look closely y’ll see them.

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The Brining of the Birthday Hens

September 9, 2009 in Uncategorized | Comments (2)

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24 hours in a citrusy salty bath.
seekrit ingredient= a cup of brown sugar!

Today’s 6 hour marinade. in the green bowl are 3 sliced lemons, 3 sliced oranges, 2 cinnamon sticks & a handful of cloves. pictured we have onions, paprika & chili powder, a quarter cup of garlic powder! parsley and EVOO. and that pepper that tried to be 3 Tablespoons but ended up being until my wrist rebelled.

this is the end result. at this point i nearly quit and tossed it all. it really smells unpleasant. onions & oranges & paprika?? ya, not so much fun. back to fridge to marinate throughout the day.

Drunken Asparagus. only missing ingredient here is salt.

TaDa!! dinner is served. all photos taken w/iPhone so the quality is sparse. next time i gotta figure out how to get some good colour on the skins. the brine served as practice for our first Turkey Day in the Casa. i’m happy to report that the flavour of the hen was really really really quite tasty. however boring she looks.

this was also to be me Mumz’ Birthday (tmrw) dinner, however her car had other plans so she went with those instead. So we turned it into my Bro-in-Law’s Birthday (Sat) Dinner!! his first time at the casa too!! then we all played a few rounds of Beatles Rock Band. my verdict is i LIKES it.

also met with an architect today, wrt the deck/outdoor living ideas. i’m hopeful he’ll have some inspiring ideas. i think i made my point that i So Do Not Want To Have A Pool Area that looks like a hotel. ah, i feel bad now but i did tell him what i want looks nothing like his portfolio pictures. he seemed to take it in stride tho and i heard him mention he was excited to do something more modern and sleek. GLEE!!!! cos yes, thats it exactly! i hope it comes with a workable budget…

something is trying too hard

September 6, 2009 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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Didn’t get photos of breakfast. Shouldve. It was a hit. “breaky

cupcakes” the pecan pie is practice for thanksgiving.

photo.jpg Tonight’s dinner; tuna puttenesca w/ penne. penne unshown.

photo 2.jpg yes, yes i do add a shot of crown royal to pecan pie!
it takes the edge off the total sweet.

photo 3.jpg fin!

Can Haz Perfect Pantry Plz?

August 23, 2009 in Uncategorized | Comments (1)

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Casa Beauty! Or I Made It Myself! (w/whole lotta help)

July 23, 2009 in Uncategorized | Comments (2)

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<–After (more or less)

a few quick facts. the square footage of the kitchen is exactly the same. the major appliances are also in exactly the same spots. the space the coffee maker (in the last shot) occupies was the entry to the kitchen (seen in the 3rd shot). Now the entry to the kitchen is WIDE OPEN SPACE since the desk area (in the 3rd shot) has been deleted!

here i must-stop-talking cos the changes are too numerous to list right now. i will. i promise. but for now i just leave you with the evidence of my handiwork. i do, i do, i claim this as mine. i give all the credit to others for making my vision come true. y’ll see the credit ( my gushings) in a future post…


July 16, 2009 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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From the dedicated ice machine!!


The unvieling occurs!

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Hello Fridge! Make me a taco!!


at this shot it’s still in my dining room. but 15 minutes later it lived in its perm home!!