Kitchen chaos and a yummy treat

Our kitchen remodel is underway. There’s no turning back now. To catch you up: old cabinets have been demoed, the ceiling repaired and resurfaced, woodwork paint burned off…



Fresh new paint has been applied to all woodwork, the ceiling, and walls.


I look forward to sitting in this little nook with coffee and a hot scone.


Behind the scenes, in a shop across town, cabinets are being made, and scheduled to arrive here, ready to install, beginning Monday morning.

We’ve set up camp in the dining room, and although it’s not really that fun washing the dishes in the bathtub, eating at home is not as challenging as you might think. The slow cooker, rice cooker and microwave have served well. But the $30 electric skillet I picked up at Target has been a godsend! Last night I made spaghetti and meat sauce, in that handy appliance. If you’ve never made pasta in a skillet, I can assure you, it’s very efficient. The water boiled quickly, and having the noodles laying flat made for quick, even cooking.


Beyond the obvious inconveniences and disruption to our everyday lives, the most challenging part of this project, is the number of details…

Paint: what colors? what sheens? I’ve learned more about sheens in the past few weeks than I ever thought possible.

Cabinet hardware: what style? what finish? Who knew the finishes on oil-bronzed hardware could be so different?

Granite: which slab? where should it be placed? should it have a 4″ backsplash? should it go behind the stove? around the sides of the stove? what should the edges look like?

In my opinion, it’s these small details that are most important in the final focus and look of the room. As much as I love poking around stores like Rejuvenation, my over-stimulation issues surface, and make seemingly easy decisions painful for everyone around me. Yesterday, after we spent five hours shopping for cabinet hardware, my often not-so-patient husband told me he actually admires my detail neurosis! Yay! After nearly 19 years of marriage, he gets me!

Unfortunately, this remodel has kept me from baking… that is until I discovered individual chocolate chips cookies microwaved in a jar!


Moist, gooey, delicious!


With or without ice cream…


Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar
Serves 1

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla
Pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
3 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

In a microwave safe jar, mug or ramekin place 1 Tablespoon of butter. Melt it in the microwave for 15 seconds at 70% power. Add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir well. Add the egg yolk and stir well. Add the flour and mix well. It will be the consistency of cookie dough. Add the chocolate chips and stir just to distribute. Microwave for 30-40 at 70% power. Continue to microwave 10 seconds at a time at 70% power until the dough begins to puff up a bit. It will look like it’s not done, but it will be cakey in the center. The cook time depends on your microwave. Do not overcook, check at 50 seconds. It may not need any more than that.


5 thoughts on “Kitchen chaos and a yummy treat

  1. Lookin good, lookin good! It’s a lot of work, but sooo worthwhile! Just think how lovely and cozy an functional your new kitchen will be! I am quite jealous – even with the disruption. And – as long as you can whip up the individual cookie as needed, you are in very good shape!
    Can’t wait to see the final photos!

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