Saturday, June 7, 2008
The Pantry comes to Fruition
I don't know if I've mentioned it in passing, but for Mother's Day, Mac had a pantry built for me. I have complained for years that I never have room for anything in any house we've lived in. Mainly it's the myriad pots, pans, cooking gadgets and canning apparatus that have been the troublemakers. It got to the point that when I saw a new cooking gadget (like my wonderful rotisserie ) I get questions like "and where do you plan to keep that, under the bed?" or statements like "just what you need, another piece of equipment that doesn't have a home". But you must understand, these are not just things I need, but things I must have. Like my wonderful KitchenAid food processor with the multitude of attachments and my kitchen aide mixer with just as many plus the juicer...well you get what I'm saying. Anytime I wanted to bake a cake, prepare a fancy salad, or roast a nice fat hen it became a production as big as Oklahoma...I hated it when Mac would say things like "where are we keeping the chips this week?" I think that was the statement that sent me off on a tangent. I remembered the pantry in the house in England and longed for the days when everything had a place and everything was in it. I pointed out the cabinets that were few and far between and the cupboard that really didn't qualify as a pantry...no matter how much it had been touted as the "pantry of tomorrow". If that's what I have to look forward to tomorrow, then as Gilda (Radner) would have said..."never mind." So on Mother's Day the plans were laid for the pantry. The back porch is 12 feet wide and 30 feet long. We closed in the last 12/12 area where a back door leads directly into it. It has lots of shelves and plenty of floor space underneath the shelves for the large items that up til now had to be left in the shed til I needed them (and so much trouble to dig through the crap that had accumulated in front of it that I seldom felt the need for their use). The work began on Friday after Mother's day and was finished last weekend. I stayed up til past midnight loading it in. And as I took stock of what all it contained, wondered at my filing system for these things , bp (before pantry). I had to have been pretty darned creative to have found space for all this stuff in my small kitchen area. The next project on our list was the Ridge Vent roofing project which was completed yesterday...more on that later...right now I'm going to go play in the pantry.