The last time I was this excited over something it was covered in gravy.
Here's your first glimpse of me in my new kitchen.
The October issue of Canadian Living magazine is on stands now! And if it's not where you are in Canada it will be in the next day or two. I know. It's September. Early September at that. But that's the way magazine work and since it gives us all a chance to see my kitchen in print a month earlier than I thought I'm O.K. with it.
And yes. That is my dear little Cuddles sharing the spotlight with me. When Cuddles came close to dying a few weeks ago I thought … I won't even be able to open the magazine. It would be too much to bear. But that little Cuddles made it through her mystery illness and lived to see her magazine debut.
In March of 2013 I decided to rip up my horrific kitchen floor and install VCT tiles. Black and white check. While the floor was up, I decided it would be stupid not to install heated floors while I was at it. With such a good lookin' floor I was suddenly embarrassed about my sink. Why had I never noticed the horror that was my sink? I should get a new sink. That one from Ikea with the apron front.
Only the sink didn't fit because my counters weren't deep enough. I could maybe get new counters to accommodate the new sink so as not to embarrass my floors. Floors are very sensitive that way. Everyone knows that.
Cut to a year later, my entire kitchen is ripped out, a new ceiling is going in, cupboards are being hoisted over fences, the fella has left and I'm pooping in a bucket.
How did THIS happen?
I'll tell you how it happened. I'm like you, you're like me, we're all nuts. And that's O.K. That's how it goes in this world and the people who aren't nuts are boring.
I lived through a kitchen renovation and even though people told me I was going to forget all about how gross it was once I had my new kitchen I didn't believe them. In fact I pretty much silently cursed those people until I started cursing them out loud. With big, new curse words that only a kitchen renovation can pull out of you. But they were right. I don't remember any of the pain and every time I walk into my kitchen I still gasp and sigh and smile. Then I cook something and leave the dishes to clean up in a week or so.
When I realized this tiny little kitchen update was actually going to turn into a full blown renovation I emailed someone I knew at Canadian Living. Brett Walther was someone who I worked with when a different magazine shot my house a few years ago. I told him what I was doing and asked if he'd be interested in featuring it in the magazine.
He said yes. I said good. He told me I couldn't show my kitchen until it was released in the magazine, I said bad. But agreed, because I could understand his point. Canadian Living wanted the big reveal to be in their magazine. Who could blame them. The only problem was I couldn't take any pictures, or do any posts or videos that revealed my kitchen for a year. A YEAR.
That year is up. I still can't show you my kitchen but I CAN soon because the Canadian Living article is out now.
Love that Cuddles made the photo shoot. Bet she doesn't want to talk about gravy though...
I love gravy! The photo of you and Cuddles is very nice BUT it would have been better with a little Nigerian Dwarf kid. :)
Once a month we have breakfast for dinner and it involves gravy. Gravy is my comfort food. Thank you for the giveaway.
Ps. I like how your dress matches cuddles outfit
Of course I love gravy! What's the point of Thanksgiving if not for gravy?
Your dress is awesome. I'm jealous that you have a cuddly chicken - mine only love me for the treats.
Of course I want a copy of the magazine - duh! We've waited a year to see this kitchen.
Sausage gravy with biscuits...mmmmmmmmmm...
I love gravy. I make gravy from soysage patties (i've been veggie for 25 years). I know it's blasphemy. I'm a sinner like that.
....and my favorite part of the chicken is the cloaca....and this is the second time today i've mentioned a chicken's cloaca. I'm dirty like that.
I have a VCT floor too....so cheap....so simple....so chic.
Give me a magazine. :)
I used to love gravy. But, one day I decided to leave it off; and, guess what? There were some really delicious potatoes under there. I haven't used it since.
I don't eat meat and gravy is just meat juice and flour...I no like!
I love gravy! Whats not to love about gravy? My favorite is one I make every Thanksgiving, done up with a scratch made giblet stock that I do a few days ahead of time, and use exclusively for the gravy. Thats love, and dedication.
Gravy? What's that? It is probably an item invented by fat people to get skinny people fat! And I bet it even drips down your chin while ferousiosly slurping it. Wonder if one could bathe in it. Now, if it goes with potatoes, I would definitely consume much of it and say " to hell with skinny"! Lol
What I see I love! Hope to see the whole shooting match when I win. Cuddles is pulling for me because she knows I pulled for her.
I saw you and you son's picture in Cdn. Living (and your beautiful kitchen too). You did a fantastic job - congratulations.
I question your sanity if you DON'T like gravy!
I love gravy.
And Cuddles...I now want to raise my own chickens. :)
Just in under the wire! I will send you a picture of me eating gravy while reading Canadian Living Mag in my not-so-stylish kitchen looking at your beautiful kitchen dreaming of the day I could have a kitchen like yours if I win!! (Sorry, husband won't allow live chickens in the house even for a photo shoot...killjoy)
Good Morning from beautiful sunny Oregon! I'm the "go-to" gravy queen in our family... I'm not sure how that happened, since about 50 years ago as a new teenage bride they only thing I knew how to cook was Campbell's soup. My family loves all kinds of gravy, ie, ham, roast beef, peppered white sausage breakfast gravy, chicken or turkey gravy, etc. If I am in attendance at a family get together meal, I am assigned to making the gravy. It's okay... I get out of a lot of other less attractive jobs that way. :-) Can't wait to see your new kitchen Karen.... and sitting on the countertop with Cuddles in your lap is adorable!
I used to like gravy, but had to go gluten free in 2001 (straight up celiac over here, no trendy nonsense) and GF gravy just doesn't cut it. Still looking for a good substitute there.
I do love that you brought the chicken in the house for the photo. I'm going to assume that's less of a regular thing you do, though, since I know why you fenced the chickens into one particular part of the yard after the face.
try arrowroot as a thickener, it's fantastic. Only issue is it won't retain it's thickness upon reheating, so you have to eat it all in one sitting. The horror.
I love gravy.
Everyone's got a gravy story and mine's too long for here....
I like gravy, but it has to be vegan gravy or I won't eat it. I like vegan biscuits and gravy from my local vegetarian restaurant. Your chickens could even eat the vegan biscuits and gravy...
Also, please send me a copy of Canadian Living! I have been showing my parents the little snippets of your kitchen in an attempt to get them to remodel theirs to be like yours. So it would really help me to be able to see the whole shebang in your magazine spread!
Love gravy? Who doesn't? My HUSBAND. Sauces neither. I suffer because i only cook for the two of us and we Minnesotans love gravy, sauces made with soup, cheese, etc. Peeps from Wisconsin love cheese. Not my HUSBAND from WI. I live for the evenings he's not home for dinner so i can make my favs. Sorry to vent but thanks for asking.