I did a whole bunch of cooking over the weekend, but guess what? Not a single thing turned out well enough to blog for y’all.
Can you believe it? It was my boyfriend’s birthday, so I did some steaks with a fancy pan sauce, and a beautiful cake. The problem is, I have a bad habit of always trying new recipes, especially with my close family, and this weekend was no exception. The store didn’t have the tenderloin steaks I wanted, so I settled for sirloins, which were definitely not as tender as I wanted them to be. The pan sauce was only so-so. The cake was gorgeous – but the flavors just didn’t work for me (I’ll do that recipe again another time with some flavor adjustments). Overall, everything was acceptable… but not nearly as fabulous as I had wanted, and not worthy of blogging about for you! So, no recipes today.
Instead, let’s talk about kitchens!
My current kitchen is quite spacious, but the house is 31 years old and the cabinets are the same ones the house came with back in 1979. Sturdy? Yes. Efficient and attractive? No. The cabinets have held up pretty well, although some of the shelves have a bit of bow in them, and the doors are so loose the cats can open them and explore the cabinets at their whim. The shelves are also not spaced properly for the things you would expect to put into them (like, say, a bottle of olive oil).
The drawers, unfortunately, are a lost cause. Many of them come off the track regularly, and one is completely broken off the track and just sort of hangs there. It will be quite a while before we will be able to update the kitchen (if ever), so I make do with what I have. At least it’s not tiny, too! And the appliances are relatively new.
In the meantime, I love looking at kitchens and imagining my “dream kitchen.” I think every avid cook dreams of their One True Kitchen. How big should it be? Lots of windows for natural light, or unbroken walls for art? Tuscan, Southwestern or good ‘ol Country style? Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect kitchen entails.
When I first moved into this house, I wanted to go Tuscan style. Warm mustard-y colored, textured walls. Tiles above the window. Pottery accents. But I’m finding that the older I get, and the more I cook, the more I am gravitating toward contemporary styles. My boyfriend and I actually have a 5 Year Plan – that is, we are trying to pay off all our debts, get the house in saleable condition and move to another state in the next 5 years. We’re tired of living where we ended up – we want to really love where we live! The most likely destination is Colorado, or maybe Washington state.
It’s so beautiful in those places, and the summer weather is so much more pleasant than here in the Houston area. I dream of being able to bake and cook in the summer without collapsing from heat exhaustion. Of being able to open the windows for a cool breeze. Of being able to go outside without being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
What can I say? It’s the little things.
Until we can make that happen, when I’m feeling down or frustrated, I find pictures of beautiful kitchens to sustain me and help me figure out exactly what I want in my dream kitchen.
Right now, I’m dreaming of a comfortable, “modern rustic” (is that even a real style?) home, and a kitchen with big windows to let in lots of natural light.
What does YOUR dream kitchen look like?