Thursday, October 22, 2015

30+ days without a kitchen: The wrap up

It's been awhile I know. 
My last post I was updating everyone on my new kitchen adventures or lack of a new kitchen adventures. I had decided to challenge myself to living without a kitchen for 30 days since well I didn't have one due to some setbacks in the remodeling process we had undertaken.

Well it turned out to be a bit of a failure.

The 30 days without a kitchen dragged out to 110 days. 
3 weeks into the first 30 days we became aware of another setback that extended the 30 days to 90 and I became discouraged (cabinets did not come in and when they did they were not the right ones). At one point I didn't think it was ever going to be finished. I was so discussed I didn't even want to go into the empty shell that was once a kitchen.

But Hazzah!

It is finally done!

Here are some pictures I took along the way.

The truck finally arrives.

Boxes of cabinets

Cabinets going up

Pantry cabinets going in

Pantry cabinets

Another look at the pantry

another picture on the cabinets

The floor was refinished

All up, just waiting for the crown moldings

Countertops are in

Countertops in, aren't they pretty?

Appliances are back in.

All done.

Pantry finished

What I learned
  • do not put anything into the hands of strangers 
  • I now know where my limit is (30 days is all I can take)
  • I need to come up with a menu plan for no kitchen cooking
  • I have to work on my skills of cooking without a kitchen
  • I need to come up with a better alternate washing area
  • Crockpot liners are my new best friend

The first few weeks I was eager and excited to try new dishes and adapt our favorites to different cooking methods. We were loving our grill for a while but that got old after about a month.
I don't know how those women that lived on their crockpots for months did it. I enjoyed finding things to make in my crockpot but hated cleaning it without a sink.
Again crockpot liners are my new best friend!
I think the hardest part of the whole ordeal for me was not having an adequate space to prepare and can or freeze all the veggies/fruits coming out of the garden.
I missed out on strawberry season this year as well as a lot of veggies but mostly strawberries(my favorite). 
I am really sad I missed out on strawberry season.

But in the end 

I got my beautiful new kitchen!

Isn't it lovely?!?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Around the Homestead July2015


July has been a busy month, we built a carport on the side of the house for my truck as it will not fit in the garage, the kitchen is getting new cabinets and countertop, and the garden area is getting some updates as well.

 As you know my hubby and I stripped the kitchen last month and that there was a problem with the cabinet order. We have been living without a kitchen for about a month 

I removed the flower bed beside the garage.

And a carport is was built in its place.

The driveway was also replace and widened at the same time.

The garden area needed some serious help it has been cleaned up and mulch has been added, next up is paint for the beds.

This little guy came to visit, he was tiny. Sam seemed to like him and he was not afraid of us so I moved him to shelter under a tree.

And the fence is on its way to being finished.

Its been a very busy month so far.

Happy homesteading!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Crockpot Baked Beans

What you need 

2 cans (16 ounces each) baked beans
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
5 slices bacon, cooked crisp, drained, crumbled
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

What you do

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 7 to 9 hours


Thursday, July 16, 2015

What to do when your dog encounters a skunk

While at work last night I got a call from my hubs. In a panicked voice I hear "I think Sam got sprayed by a skunk". In the background I can hear the dog shaking his head and fussing. So I ask "where is he" to which he say's "on the bed".


So I left work and headed to the store.

What do you do when your dog encounters a skunk?

Move out of your house and leave your dog behind!
Nooo just kidding.

First of all DON'T PANIC!

If the dog is still outside keep them outside and get them away from the area where they got sprayed. Check to make sure it did not get in their eyes, if it did flush with water and monitor. If their eyes become irritated call your vet for medical attention.

Ok now heres where it gets fun. If you have somewhere outside to do this DO THIS OUTSIDE, if not get the dog into your tub without contaminating the rest of your house. I know, easier said than done but trust me, try!

There are a few different remedies that people swear by, I will share the ones I've tried.

Tomato juice.

pour tomato sauce all over your dog, rub it in and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse it off when the skunk smell dissipates.
(This one did not work for me)
I did however get the urge to make pasta


Pour listerine all over your dog and let it sit 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse it off when the skunk smell dissipates.
(also did not work for me)

So one of my coworkers told me to try, 

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1 tsp liquid dish soap.

Mix together in a bowl and bathe your dog with it. 
Keep it out of your dogs eyes, It will burn if it gets in their eye.

Let it sit 10 minutes and rinse out. 

Repeat as needed.

Then wash them with regular dog soap.
(This worked best for me)

Now if I can only get my house to smell better!

Happy homesteading!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

30+ days without a kitchen: week 3

Week 3, another week of grilling, we grilled steaks, brats, and burgers.
Its been a very rainy week here but we still managed to get some grilling in.

It rained almost every day.

Steak on the grill
with green beans from the garden.

Brats from the grill, we had chips with them.

Homemade cheddar burgers with campfire potatoes
We actually had these a few days this week because they are easy and quick.

Campfire potatoes

 Went out to eat one day, minestrone soup.

 We are getting use to not having a kitchen now and I almost don't mind not having one, almost.

Good news though the cabinet company called yesterday and the cabinets will finally be delivered on the 24th!
Just a few more weeks and we can cook in our new kitchen!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chicken Kabobs

What you need

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts- cubed
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 large red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 onion, cut into wedges
1 cup BBQ sauce

What you do

Soak skewers in water for about an hour
Preheat grill on high
Thread chicken, green pepper, onion, red pepper pieces onto skewer alternately
Place kabobs on heated grill and brush with BBQ sauce. Cook, while turning and brushing with more BBQ sauce for about 15 mins or until chicken juices fun clear


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Classic Potato Salad

Classic potato salad is one of my summer staples, I just love it. It's so simple to make, cost effective and filling.

What you need:

5 pounds red potatoes, peeled
6 eggs
2 cups mayonnaise
1 onion, diced   
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and
1 can black olives, drained
1 jar spanish olives, drained
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste 

What you do:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender but still firm. Drain, cool and cut into cubes.

2. Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop.

3. In a large bowl, combine chopped potatoes and eggs. Mix together mayonnaise, chopped onion, green pepper, black olives, spanish olives and celery. Season with salt and pepper, mix well. Sprinkle with paprika and cover, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.