Hello, Susie Homemakers…welcome to this month’s Where Bloggers Live 07.2020 where I’m sharing my kitchen. My cocina, küche or cuisine in Spanish, German and French, if you prefer. Last month’s post where I shared my outdoor space was one of my most popular posts lately. That makes me smile. If you missed it, please check it out here. As much as I had hoped we were beginning to come out of our Covid cocoons last month, I am just not thinking so today. The number of Covid cases in El Paso are growing by 300+ daily. Gratefully, the hospitalizations, ICU patients and those on ventilators are not increasing anywhere near as quickly. But still!!!
WHERE BLOGGERS LIVE
Before we get started, just a word about Where Bloggers Live. This fun series is kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…with bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes and lives? In the coming months, this group of 7 bloggers will be sharing our vacations (what vacation, you ask) and closets. Hope you will join me then, too.
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But today’s theme is mi cocina. So, let’s grab our aprons and measuring spoons and check it out.
Raise your hand if you feel like you have become Betty Crocker or Chef Boyardee or Rachel Ray lately? I wish the dishes coming out my kitchen were worthy of any of those cooking gurus. But they aren’t. And with each day we are in ‘stay at home’ mode, the better Hamburger Helper is looking and tasting! Lauren gifted us a Hello, Fresh meal and I loved it. PC and put it together on a particularly stressful day and I was so glad to have clear-cut directions and an extra pair of hands for the gouda vibes burgers we made.
Saw this funny on Pinterest and had to share.
We are back door buddies, right? You wouldn’t come to the front door when you visit. So here’s the view of my kitchen, where all the *magic* happens, if you are coming in from my outdoor space and the pool. Don’t worry about wiping your feet. We track in grass, leaves and junk all the time.
You might notice right away that the patriotic decorations have come down and my summer cactus themed things are up in their place. And there’s the highchair for Camila and the booster for Lucia that know no seasons! They stay out month in and month out.
Let me show you around a little.
We eat at this table just about every night of this world. It is bar height which I wasn’t sure about when we bought it but love now. And the (faux?) slate top is wonderful, too.
I ordered these summery placemats on Etsy a couple of years ago. The other evening, Lucia was quite taken with the pocket on each one. If I ever set the table like a civilized hostess, I could put our silverware in there. All bunched up together. Because who remembers on which side of the plate the fork goes? And who cares? See the little cacti?
A couple of years ago, we purchased 2 bar high chairs for the island. Little did we know at the time, that the island would become my Prince’s office off and on for 10 months or more. First, when his job was going away and he was working at home looking for a new job. And then for a couple of months this year because Covid. His was the chair without the booster seat.
Let’s look a little closer at my decorations…isn’t that what a kitchen is for? To display seasonal decorations? I keep my 2 tier tray on the island and change it out for seasons and holidays. If you don’t decorate much but would like to up your game, I suggest trying a tiered tray. Dollar Tree is a great place to find inexpensive (cheap) decorations and it is fun to change things up each holiday. Target’s dollar area is another good place to get cutesy things.
We have cactuses growing on the tops of all of our kitchen cabinets. Anyone else have that trouble? I promise I do dust up there!! Click for a closer look. You can find similar cactus pillow covers to mine, here and here.and some darling potted cactus here and here.
This little area is an extension of my desk and blogging work space which is officially in my loft. I have my quiet time books, my Bible and Bible journaling things here during the summer. I can grab them and head out onto the patio for my daily devotional.
My mother-in-law, May, made the framed “Be a light for all to see” picture. The photos are 2 of my faves of Cady in blue and Lucia in pink. They are both so joyful in them.
I bought this wooden iPad stand (similar, similar) so I could refer to recipes on Pinterest while cooking. Yes, I do a little cooking in my kitchen. Now and then. But I don’t just tell anyone. Hey, check out that cookbook. “Your Victory Lunch Box,” copyright 1943. A gift from May. Isn’t that a keepsake?
You know how I like a good World War II book!
Our home is 12 years old this month…happy birthday! When we had it built, I had the option of granite counter tops or tile. Probably every other woman in the world would have chosen granite. But I liked the tile. And it has served me well.
When I built my little house in 1991, I had the option of white cabinets but went with natural wood. In 2008, when we built this house, dark wood was all the go. But now I see so many gals whitewashing their wood. I love the clean look of the white but I figure if I wait long enough, the dark would will come back in fashion.
One of my hobbies is cleaning! Love a good spring cleaning. In fact, as I am writing this, I am doing my weekly house cleaning. Type a little, clean a little. I shared some of my spring cleaning tips, here.
Before I call this a post, just wanted to share a few things that make my kitchen upkeep a little less taxing.
Plastic placemats on the frig shelves. These help so much with spills. And little plastic bins to corral tubs of margarine, sour cream, yogurt and jars of pickles and salsa.
This snack rack on the inside of the pantry door. Let’s face it, when you are hungry and need a snack, you don’t want to have to search for it. Especially after midnight in the dark.
Yeah, that’s a lot of chips. And popcorn salt.
See those racks for my canned goods. Lifesavers. And space savers. As well as the lazy Susans (I take exception to that – my middle name is Susan). Bought mine at Walmart (similar). On the top shelf, I have Walmart plastic bins for pasta. Have the same thing for cereal. And if you look closely, right above the lazy Susans, there are 2 under the shelf baskets where I store bread and buns. No more funky shaped bread for sandwiches at our house.
I do most of my chopping and food prep on the island. But our trash cans are around the corner in a closet off the kitchen. Got tired of running to the trash can with my hands full of onion skin, celery leaves, banana peel. So I bought this collapsible trash can for scraps and this one for recyclables.
Last night I was worn slick. We had Monte Cristo sandwiches, tater tots and corn on the cob. Hardly a time-intensive dinner. But what I saved in time I gained in calories and Weight Watcher points. Anyway, I didn’t feel like scrubbing the glass bake ware that I had cooked the tater tots in. But it wouldn’t come clean. Finally remember the old trick of using a fabric softener sheet on top of the baked on food in the bake ware filled with water. Five minutes later, the tater tot tidbits were gone.
Another trick I use when company is coming…which is never. Or when I am taking pics of the appliances for a post… WD40 on the stainless steel. Shines those babies right up, without a lot of elbow grease. You’re welcome.
So, there you have it. My kitchen. Off to figure out dinner now!!
Turn-about’s fair play so tell me a little about your kitchen in a comment below. Is there something you particularly love about it? Compared to the galley kitchen in my little house, this kitchen is a dream. I couldn’t open the oven and the dishwasher doors at the same time in my old house. What a treat to be able to do that now.
Hope you will take a minute to visit the blogs of the other gals in this great group. I am excited to see their kitchens, too.
Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Iris at Iris’ Original Ramblings
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Julia at When the Girls Rule
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After
Then make plans to join us the second Friday each month for other editions of Where Bloggers Live. Here are the posts we have planned for the remainder of this series. Hope you will mark your calendars and plan to stop by for each.
- August 14: Vacation/Staycation
- September 11: Closet Tour
Enjoy a restful weekend, my friends. Stay well.
Hugs and kisses,