The kitchen finally happened!!!

It doesn’t happen often that we have all 5 kids and their families together, but this year we all plan to be here at our home for a whole day during the holidays, and I am over the moon excited.  Someone please remind me to take a picture!!!!  So, you know I am busy planning, making lists, shopping, wrapping, decorating, and on and on.  I want everything to be perfect or as close as to perfect as I can do, which will be nowhere near perfect!!

If you follow my blog, you know that our house remodel has gone on for about a year and a half now, and the last really BIG project was to be the kitchen.  Well, until the next big project of the addition and our dock is started.  But for now, I am celebrating my kitchen and the fact that I can cook for my family for Christmas.

I thought I had a couple of pics of the makeshift kitchen we had the past year, but I haven’t been able to find them.  Frank built a counter out of plywood and 2X4’s that he mounted a kitchen sink in.  We bought a refrigerator when we moved in and a couple of stainless commercial type tables with shelves underneath for storage.  I used a propane gas iron two burner cooker for cooking, along with my crock pot, microwave, grill and smoker.  Let me assure you, we did not miss any meals.  My waistline can attest to that!  But, my new kitchen is so much better.

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Our white shaker cabinets came from Super Home Surplus in Madison, TN.  I met with the kitchen designer, Jill, and she was fabulous.  She has many years experience and has great ideas and always responds promptly to calls and emails.  I highly recommend her for any of your cabinet needs.  Once we nailed down the layout, we placed the order and the cabinets were ready for pickup in about three weeks.  We did the delivery and install ourselves.  Frank and Jimmy also did the trim work.  Our appliances are from Lowes.  I waited until October to order those, as that’s when the best appliance sales are. 😉

Can we just talk about this fabulous island???  I think I could do a whole blog about it alone.  Mr. Junior Brown of Waverly, came out and met with me to get my ideas and measurements. He had built cabinets for us at another house and knew he did excellent work.  I had several pics that I printed from the internet and tried to explain how I wanted to combine them into this beautiful, functional, work of art.  He could not have built anything I would have loved any more!!  For me, it has become my favorite part of the kitchen.  Mr. Brown also brought his counter top guy with him, Mr. Swaner, which measured for our quartz counter tops.  I wanted to go with a gray counter top on the white cabinets and a white Carrera top for the island.

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154 Periwinkle Lane kitchen Island

Did I mention, besides being beautiful, this island is functional?  I asked for a double trashcan pullout, pullout shelves, and an oversized silverware drawer.  I love being able to chop up veggies and rake off anything that I don’t want into the trashcan.  The plastic white silverware separators come out and go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.  We originally planned to build a pantry across from the island, where the fish pictures are, but after seeing how much room I have in the island, we decided against it.  I added a bench there, and it has become the place to catch my bag and jacket or whatever I have in my arms when I come home.  The bar stools and wooden bench are both from Wayfair and the fish prints are from Etsy.

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Last, but certainly not least, is the backsplash and floating shelves.  It took me a while to finally decide on the backsplash.  I brought home several different styles of subway and mosaic tile to compare to my counter tops.  All of the grays made my countertop look brown and I wanted something different than the stark white against my white cabinets. I hadn’t really thought about glass, until I laid one down on the countertop.  That was all it took.  Frank wasn’t sure about them, but after installation, loves how it looks.  Tile is from Lowes.

I showed Frank what I wanted for shelves and we measured for what we needed and a week later, I had the last element that I had been waiting on for the kitchen grand reveal!!  I love how the shelves turned out.  You too, can have floating shelves.  Just email me with your measurements and if you want them stained or painted, and we can give you a price.  He can also do the wooden window shutters and flower box that I featured a couple of posts back.  Be sure to check them out!!

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Well, that’s it for now.  I hope you all are getting ready to make lots of fun family memories!  I plan to do another post of Christmas decorations soon, so stay tuned!! Until then, you better be good, cause Ole Santa is watching!!!

xoxo – Mitzie

Giving thanks everyday.

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Thanksgiving 2017 has come and gone, but I wanted to give you a recap of our home  before all of the festivities began. Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, and this one was no exception.  This year was especially wonderful, because for over a year I haven’t had a real kitchen, but now I have an all new kitchen that I love and I was so excited to get in there and mix things up.

MJ had spent Tuesday night with us and she was here to help and keep me company.  Frank stayed here that morning and played with MJ and kept her busy, while I started cooking.  Here they are having pop tarts for breakfast. 😉

Frank and MJ having poptarts

I love to turn on some music, put on my apron, light a candle, and get busy in the kitchen.  Before long, I have every cabinet door open and every bowl and pan dirty from mixing up everyone’s favorite dish.  Frank likes to do the turkey in the smoker, so I prepare a ham and sides.

Of course, I always realize that there are a few items that I forgot to pick up at the store. It is Frank’s job to head off to Walmart with a detailed list in hand to tackle the crowd and checkout lines, while I stay and watch over the cooking pots.  His best thanksgiving shopping tip is to park your buggy in a central location and go and get the items and bring them back to add to your cart.  Also, ask women where things are, because they are so impressed that a guy is in there shopping, they want to help.

I like to go ahead and set the table in advance, and I decided that I wanted to do something different from the traditional fall colors this year.  I wanted to use the dishes and napkins I already had, so I decided to go with a white theme.   I found some little orange plastic pumpkins for .99 each and painted them with white flat spray paint and shimmering gold for the stems.  I added some greenery and little twinkling white lights. Easy peasy and everyone loved it.

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We were so happy to have my mother, Beverly, and Frank’s mother, Barbara, and sister Vanessa and her son, Parker, along with our son, Cole, here for dinner.  Our daughter Meredith and her boyfriend Austin joined us a little later.  My mom made the dressing and I need you to know, it was the bomb.  I have never made dressing and I’m so glad she made it for us.

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Meredith Parker and Cole Thanksgiving 2017

I have so much to be thankful for!!  I’m so thankful for the journey that my father in heaven is taking me and Frank on,  and I AM SO THANKFUL TO FINALLY HAVE A KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!! The next post will be all about the kitchen.  Until then thank you all for your love and support.  I feel it in your likes, comments, and shares.

XOXO – Mitzie