Sunday night late I cleared the counters for the tile install, piling most of the stuff on the island.  I turned the lights out on my way to bed but forgot the under cabinet lights.  I took a picture.We went with plain tiles nearly the color of the painted walls.  The green rosettes are plastic spacers that help keep the tiles from shifting.  I don’t think they would fall off the wall but the grout gaps might close up some.They’re finishing up above the range hood.  They ran the tile right up to the ceiling.  They grouted between the tiles and cleaned it up pretty well and then left it there for the day.  They wanted to come back in the morning when everything was set before rubbing the shine back into the walls lest they move anything out of line.Having fun now!  I’m trying to season this stainless griddle and am making plenty of smoke.  It was a good trial run for the range hood.  The smoke alarm didn’t go off but there was a bit a haze in the kitchen so I opened the windows.  You think that’s a griddle?Now that’s a griddle!  It covers four burners, I fired them up but the burners weren’t drawing air very well and I fretted that I wouldn’t be able to use it but the burner grates all flip over accommodate round bottom woks and when turned over they elevated the griddle an extra inch or so and everything worked just fine.This has been a go to for us lately. The kimchi is growing on me, I think I need to buy another head of Napa cabbage to keep it going.Mmm… chicken noodle soup. I was called out for putting broccoli in there but I wasn’t having any of that.Gabe is tuckered out. We’ve had a kitchen full of people for a month and a half and he’s a nervous wreck. The kittehs are still hiding under the couch. The remodel is very nearly complete – there are a few handles still on order and then we will be settling up with the contractor.
We are pleased with their professionalism and are happy with the result.

Last Lunch – First Lunch

This is the last lunch we fixed and ate in the basement.  I made some kimchi because I always get some when at the Chinese buffet, muttering under my breath that I could do as well as they.  It’s good fresh and you can leave it out to ferment to your liking.  Refrigerate when it tastes right to you.
The potato salad is from the Kroger deli but the slaw/salad is something I made copycat style trying to replicate the Kroger version. It’s chopped cabbage with chopped cucumber and tomato in a buttermilk/mayo dressing. I put sweetener in because theirs is sweet. Add salt and pepper to taste. A splash of seasoned rice vinegar works well in these style dressings.  It’s good freshly made and it ages in the fridge well.Ta-Da!  I can’t claim that this is the first lunch we made in the new kitchen but it is the first one we sat at the island to eat.  I have a pair of rib-eyes going in the sous vide gizmo for dinner tonight. We’ll have asparagus and a small baked potato with it. I think I’ll steam the asparagus and then finish it in garlic and butter on the stove top. Love the new range, a six burner job. Wait till you see the griddle top I have coming for it! The  dishwasher is  very  quiet. Our old one was not – sounded like a train passing by some times.This entire wall was (intentionally left blank) left bare save for the video stuff.  The TV is hooked to the Dish satellite receiver and a mini PC.  It’s a smart-ish TV and it has its own ethernet connection so we can use the LG app for Youtube or watch it via a web browser.  The built in wi-fi is good but I prefer hard wired connections where I can get them.  I’ll fiddle with the cables to tidy that snarl, soon.  Promise!
We have pretty much got all the parts and pieces out of the garage and basement and loaded into a drawer or a cabinet. I’ve moved some of the stuff four or five times trying to find the most efficient places for them. I’m sure there will be additional adjustments.


They are in the midst of setting them.  We’ll be happy to see the plumber come in to hook up the sink, I hope he comes out today.  I am so tired of cooking and washing dishes in the basement.  The contractor has some odds and ends of trim yet to put up.  They are still waiting to get in the cabinet door handles they miscounted – over a dozen short.

More later.

Stuffing Shelves and Shells

This will be the island when the top is installed, it has 4 roll-out bin plus the 4 drawers at the top.  The other side is not as deep and has fixed shelves 12 inches deep.We have 2 of these tall pantry cabinets.  They are floor to ceiling with 4 of the roll-out bins per each and a large fixed  shelf.  An upright freezer will occupy the corner where the ladder and vac are stored.Some more storage adjacent to the stove.  On the left are 2 deep drawers that look to be good for pots and pans of various types.  I have cast iron tin there now, most everything is being placed on a trial basis and subject to change.  Haven’t run out of room yet.  Need more stuff!I did mention shells.  These are stuffed with cheese and we sauced them with a sausage and ground beef mixture.Worked out nicely with enough leftovers to make today’s lunch.



Yay! The major appliances have arrived.  Not sure when the plumber will be here to hook up the gas to the stove and water to the fridge.The fridge even has a coffee maker in the door, an attachment holds a coffee pod that uses hot water from a dispenser in the door.  Not sure if it will be useful or just a gimmick.Unloading the stove.  It’s a 36 inch dual fuel range – electric oven and gas burners at the top.  We’re installing a range hood for it that will exhaust through a vent in the roof.  I hope it gives the smoke alarm a rest.  The installer is in the  attic  space as I type this.Meanwhile in the basement, the electric skillet is getting a workout.  I used it as a slow cooker for these pork chops.  Browned them then reduced the heat.  Lots of onions and a jalapeno..followed by a little bbq sauce and a couple of cans of pinto beans along with various seasonings.Mostly our meals are simple sammiches or one pot meals.  Soups and stews, grilled cheese, chili, etc.I made a big pot of Italian beef and smoked a pork shoulder to freeze and thaw as needed.  Made up a lot of sides but those are mostly gone now.  Kroger sells a pretty good potato salad.Breakfast for dinner is still a popular option.Bitsy checks out some sushi grade tuna on one of the Youtube foodie episodes.  The cats are freaked out by all the commotion.  Ginger Boy spends the day under the couch with Ollie.  Gabe is a happy puppeh with all the new people to greet.

Countertop Guy

It might as well be magic. He’s using a laser to generate a countertop template to feed into the machine that does the actual cutting. He won’t give me an estimate on delivery date but the woman who designed the kitchen layout mentioned two weeks. On the other hand, she said three weeks would be sufficient to do the whole job.

Looking Like Something Now

Moving right along!  Reduces the clutter when everything is where it belongs.  The counters will be the hold up now.  Probably will get the appliances in next week.  Quite a lot of finishing work to piddle through while we wait for the countertops.


The cabinets were delivered today, and the boys are busy sorting and carrying.  Most of the base cabs will be in the room when they are done, the wall hung cabs may spend a while in the garage.We will have two tall ones along the west wall.  The doors are off to make them lighter for the trip from the truck.  Our stand up freezer will slot into the corner.There will be an island in the middle.  The sink will be under the window on the left.  The new range will go on the far wall, the fridge goes on the left wall just this side of the sink with the dishwasher between them.