07 January 2009

OK, here is how you use a less-than-user-friendly kitchen. It took a long time for me to get it perfected but bottom line is you just wing it and go with the flow - every time! Here you see the limited table space piled high, with the bag of pecans resting on a stool. Sometimes the chairs all have items on them too!
Here is the ONLY real counter space I have. The width of my dishwasher, which I DID NOT have when we moved in. It took a lot of talking and pleading to convince my husband it could be done. Since it is across the room from the sink the water line was challenging, especially since the crawl space under the kitchen wasn't big enough for a person to get through.
As you can see I use my stove for counter space too, which makes the stove fun to clean up!
To make the kitchen space work the best plan is to have the dishes in the dishwasher clean and get them all put away so you can be putting dirty ones in as you go.
This area can be piled a little fuller if need be. You learn to get very creative with the space you have. Notice the colander is full with a recipe magazine on top of it.
Sewing table in the room off the kitchen doubles as a cooling spot for a pan of Pecan Squares.
And the dining room table gets the honors of holding the baked cookies as they come off the pans! I used an old tablecloth to protect the table
One secret to GREAT cookies is the silpat. Love it. Don't bake w/out it!
Ready for the oven.
The only spot I had to put the hot cookie sheet straight from the oven.
And the end result!



Blogger Rachel said...

I feel your pain! Although I have a tad more counterspace..I don't have a table in my kitchen. I definetely use my dining room table..and the colander piled full...and the stove as counterspace! Good job on the cookies. Can I come over? Yum!! (or are they gone??!)

January 7, 2009 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Mrs. K said...

Ok, I'll stop whining, I do have more counter space. But, like Rachel, I don't have a table in my kitchen. I used to but then I found that it got piled with stuff (surprise, surprise) so I moved it somewhere else.

January 7, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jill - I am completely impressed with your creativeness!!:) Not just that the cookies look absolutely edible but also the way you made good use of your kitchen. It might be small but pics show you have it fixed up real darling-like!
I'm enjoying your blog here lately - found it last week!
-amber miller

January 12, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

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