LAKE LURE COTTAGE came up with a terrific idea, November 18th would be the first annual kitchen reveal day! I have this image of every one's kitchen, and would love to see where you all create your magic. I very quickly agreed to play along. So, here we go (BTW, if you double click on any of these photos, the magic of the Internet will make them bigger if you want to see some more details)...
It's a gray ugly day outside in god's country, but usually, with the windows open, it is very bright and sunny. We have a tall cathedral type ceiling, makes the room look VERY large (but does not make the counter tops any bigger (sigh). I have a very convenient bar separating the kitchen from our dining room. I don't mind an audience, but I prefer not to have help. It's a great gathering spot to serve appetizers as I am trying to get everything served hot at the same time.
We have a cheap little sitting area that is mostly used by our cats. But notice the back wall. It does not show well in the photos, but in a rare Martha moment, my wife got this terrific idea... The bricks are all individually painted. Paint the wall gray, then use a sponge to make the bricks, and spend ALL day adding individual touches to make the bricks look unique. Like snowflakes, no two bricks are exactly alike (now would be a good time to double click that photo so you can see what I mean). It is so realistic looking that new people always go back to rub the wall to be sure.
I like this touch that was added, again, not a sign, but painted into the wall (Scott is our last name).
Here's a funny shot (to me). When I started cooking as a hobby, I begged to get my own cabinet space (it is hard to share a kitchen). I was given the lower cabinet and a single drawer. Last week, I got the cabinet above as mine. Eventually, mine all mine bwahahaha
My wife likes magnets.
Someday we will organize this better (soon, mine all mine, bwahahahaha), and yes, we recycle in god's country)
View towards the dining room.
We liked this guy a lot... And in another Martha moment, we put red colored glass marbles in the glass to look like red wine.
I have no idea why my wife finds this funny??? This can't be about me, I wear a T-shirt with sleeves.
This is my cat Eng. He likes to help cook, gives me someone to talk with. We never ever let him walk on the counters... never, really, never, ever... really. Would I lie to you, of course not, after all, have you ever been lied to by a man, of course not... But, I am 100% positive that we never serve anything in our house without a little bit of cat hair protein added to taste.
My wife's cat Cheng is not as thrilled with the cooking process, and spends 23 hours a day in her basket. Anyone have an idea why the active fun cat is so fat, while the lazy good for nothing cat is thin???
We have crystal, just like fancy folks! And, we do try to use them. Sure, they are expensive and breakable, but you should use them. It's just stuff and it is replaceable, but what are you saving it for... use it! Same thing with fancy underwear... ladies, what are you saving it for???
OK, I said replaceable, but the memories are not. Here's a clue into the sordid past I led before I started cooking... Notice the rocks glasses here, they were a wedding gift from Jimmy Doohan, Scotty from the real (original) Star Trek. His drink of choice was gin and tonic (three ice cubes).
And this Japanese serving dish was a gift from George Takei (Sulu). He drinks Merlot.
And Flounder from Animal House was a guest at my wedding reception! Oddly enough, he does not drink at all. Someday I will tell the tale.
So, join the fun, what does your kitchen look like (feel free to post another day, the rules of the Internet are flexible).