Yesterday my angel of a carpenter came by to finish up a couple projects. He constructed a unit around the washer and dryer to make them seem built-in, and then he made me a counter in the walk-thorough pantry for my baking nook.
It's nothing fancy...just a nice sturdy counter top. There is enough room to keep my honker of a Kitchen-Aid mixer, baking supplies and small appliances. I could have almost kissed him. He did a fabulous job and it only cost $100 as he used some leftover laminate from another job. Check it out...
The pantry can be accessed from the mud room or the kitchen. There is shelving on both sides and pocket doors to hide my chaos from company. This is the view from the mud room. I am finally using the canister set I got as a wedding gift 14 years ago...we didn't have a spot to fit them before .
The view from the kitchen/dining area (with the pocket door open) is this...
Now my family won't run for the hills when I beat cream...this mixer is amazing but certainly not quiet.
If you have a busy family and ever consider building from scratch I would whole-heartedly recommend a laundry/mudroom off the garage with an entry into the kitchen. This little passage way is full of easily accessed storage and super convenient for everyone in the family.
I have a cute chalkboard for that wall behind the mixer, but for some weird reason it's surface has turned shiny and you can't write on it anymore. What the heck? Any advice from chalk board experts out there?
Today I had planned to can pears, the jars are all ready, the pears are ripe, BUT I went for a big walk in the woods with hubbie and Ry and came back with loads of amazing fallen branches. Now I am completely absorbed with creating some sort of sculptural piece for the big awkward niche going up the stairs. I had hoped to find birch branches but it's not as easy as one would think. Unfortunately folks in the neighborhood like their Birch Trees and I haven't found any fallen that weren't rotten.
Poor Pears! You just need to hold on one more day.
Fight the mushies, you are going to have the best time having warm syrup drizzled over you in cozy jars tomorrow.
Anyone doing any canning this year? I'd love to hear what you are working on. Preserving fruits and vegetables is pretty darn rewarding...it's definitely a new love of mine. As far as I'm concerned, it is an edible form of art.
The Pioneer Woman has posted the most scrumptious recipes for fall comfort foods lately. If you feel like drooling uncontrolably check out her site from here, or from the link on my Inspirations sidebar. The new Tasty Kitchen feature Ree created is second to none.