January 16, 2017

Our Kitchen as of January 2017

If you've been following along for a while, you will remember we finished our biggest renovation so far, the kitchen, back in October and shared it in our kitchen reveal post. There you can see all the cringe worthy before pictures along with links to all the products we used. In our Projects for 2017 post, we mentioned that one of our goals is to actually tile that backsplash. Why didn't we do it before we moved in when everything was still in construction and dirty you ask? Well, that's what happens when you get impatient. And we definitely were. 

For Christmas we got a few things for the kitchen including these acacia salad bowls, this smoked amber and balsam candle, this white utensil crock (only $10!!), this glass whistling kettle, and a blue and white vase (from CK Morgan and Co., similar one). The acacia salad bowls are so pretty but also have many benefits when using them! Like cast iron, the wood is seasoned over time and needs to be oiled after use. The wood keeps its season and gives the salad a more flavorful taste. This Overstock article gives some great tips on seasoning and cleaning your wood bowls.

I went out to get a utensil crock because keeping the cooking utensils in a drawer just wasn't cutting it, so I guess you can say I gave myself a gift. We still have a drawer with the odd and end utensils but we put the ones we cook with every day in the crock - best $10 ever.

The pictures in this post started out as me practicing my photography skills on our snow day.  Little by little I am learning how cameras work and how I can use my Nikon D60 DSLR to take indoor photos. I've read countless blogs, watched a million videos, and I still have a lot to learn. Then I realized that I hadn't shot the kitchen since October so I thought you guys would like to see where we are right now! I really try to keep this space clean and the dishes done, otherwise we end up with a pile of dishes and no dishwasher. I get asked if we hate not having a dish washer - our answer is no. We only have two people, so we don't have a million dishes every time we cook. Yes, it may be two or three pans and some plates, but we save more water washing them by hand than running a half loaded dishwasher.

You may know we don't like making New Year's resolutions (you can read more about why in this post), but since the holidays we have picked back up our exercising and healthy(er) diet habits. And I LOVE oranges. Really, I just love fruit in general. It probably is because they are full of sugar, but they are great in moderation. After only 2 weeks, I already feel more energetic and stronger. 

Thankfully, I have the MLK Day off since I work at a University, but a lot of people don't. So today I'm headed to work on my other part time job as a social media manager. Anyone else have the day off and have plans? The other half of my day will be getting the guest room into order. My shelves fell down in the closet the other day (thank you really old sheetrock), so I will put up another. Happy MLK day! I'll end with one of my favorite qutoes from Dr. King: 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

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