Calling in the experts

Have you ever survived a kitchen remodel? No? Me either. But I’m hoping to.

Several weeks ago, we decided to replace our kitchen counters. A slab of granite was chosen. Estimates were gathered. The date for templating (that’s what the stonecutters call the time when everything is measured and there are no changes allowed to the existing area from that point on) was scheduled.

Removal of the counters brought to our attention the extremely poor quality of our existing cabinets. Placing granite on these cabinets would not make sense.

Change of plans!

Templating was cancelled. New appliances chosen. A new sink and a new faucet purchased. Plans for new cabinets drawn. Paint samples are being mulled over. Oh, and a new slab of granite has been placed on hold.

Now, two weeks before Thanksgiving, we’re in full remodel mode, phase one.

Here’s what our kitchen looked like before demolition started…



I have to admit, it is pretty fun to plan a new kitchen. I’ve spent many hours on Houzz bookmarking many fabulous ideas. If you haven’t checked out this site, you must!

Here’s the basic color scheme I’ve narrowed down.

Kitchen planning

Keeping the walls, cabinets, appliances and counters neutral, would then allow me to throw in a splash of color. Like this yummy ‘spring grass’ green…

Kitchen planning

Working in the our kitchen in its current state is a little like cooking at a campsite… most of our supplies are in boxes around the perimeter of the kitchen. Our makeshift countertops now consist of plywood. The sink is propped up on a couple additional pieces of wood, and the old faucet is still in place, so at least we’re not washing dishes in the bathtub… yet.

Did you know Thanksgiving is only two weeks away? Did I mention this already? Fortunately, I will not be hosting this year. I will, however be making the pies.

In my search for ideas, I found these tasty looking pastries…


French Pear & Almond Tart by David Lebovitz


Pear and Almond Tart from Bon Appetit, February 2005

I’ve also had the urge to make a sweet potato pie.


Sweet Potato Pie (from Martha Stewart, channeling Danny Glover)


Sweet Potato Pie (from Joy the Baker’s Dad)

I could skip my traditional pumpkin pie for one slice of sweet potato.

Tell me, what’s your favorite, must-have Thanksgiving Day pie?