You have probably heard that North Carolina got some snow on Wednesday and it was kind of a disaster. Cancelled UNC-Duke game, hundreds of cars abandoned after sliding off the road, this girl’s 7-hour journey home (thank you Chapel Hill Transit for braving those conditions). The bright side? The snow totally masks the blue undertones of our house and makes it the shade of gray we were aiming for.
Grisha harvested our last crop before North Carolina’s epic 2 inches of snow last week. I ate the entire crop in one sitting. Were carrots worth the wait? Worth the heartbreak of sacrificing one every few weeks to see how they were doing and feel a stab of disappointment, only to forget you planted them and find them gloriously orange and tangy? Absolutely.
We picked Oliver up from the kennel. His report card was outstanding, with one exception: food. He refused to eat or finish his meals. We realized that it’s probably because they don’t feed him the same way we do. Below is a typical Oliver meal. It happens twice a day and includes an endless combination of tricks, hiding spots and knots to slow him down.
To another year of absurd new traditions!
Ever since I dropped the blender on the stove, we’ve been talking about a kitchen renovation. The current set up is a galley, but does not allow for someone to be washing dishes or loading the dishwasher while someone else is cooking, which makes meals a sort of dance routine. After much debate and talking to experts, we’ve decided that it’s best if we take the peninsula and flip it around to the wall that anchors it. Something like this:
We would keep the pantry, but update it with more efficient shelving. We’re debating rearranging the orientation of the stove and fridge. Does it look like too little shelving to you? We’d try to remedy that would some tall hutch-like cabinetry on the far wall at the front of the house. I love the idea of a butcher block island to increase prep space too.
Oliver got into the spirit of the season and prepared his own duck and stuffing for this Thanksgiving.