Happy Monday, folks! It’s been a busy couple of days over here. Remember when I posted what I wanted for my birthday? The top of my list was to get our kitchen renovation started and by the title of the post, I bet you can guess what we’ve been up to.
Ugh. The matching color of the cabinets and to the counter tops, not my style at all! This house isn’t that old but clearly this kitchen is in need of an update. We bought this house in September 2014 knowing that we would need to give it a facelift and I’m so happy we are finally getting to it.
We researched lots of options from painting the cabinets with an all in one kit and re-surfacing as well as getting all new cabinets. We decided on not painting them ourselves because I haven’t read good things about the durability of those kits. We want this renovation to be the only time we have to re-do the kitchen. And cabinet re-surfacing was quite pricey. For our sized kitchen, Home Depot wanted $13,000! I wasn’t too keen on that idea either. So, we found a really good deal on new white shaker cabinets for right around $5,000 of course that’s without the labor.
Enter our labor: Dave’s dad is quite handy as he’s done a kitchen reno twice before so they came down from Chicago to help. We had from Wednesday to Sunday to get all the old cabinets out and the new ones in. Us ladies really weren’t much help.
And Exhibit B:
My mother in law helped out a bunch with kid duty as I still had my full load of classes to teach in the mornings and evening. These kids can be a real handful especially when Corrine just wants to play with daddy and he was busy with power tools and making a big mess in the kitchen. We did our best to stay out of the way while the boys put in solid 12 hour days for 4 days.
And here’s what it looks like currently:
Step one is done. All the new, beautifully white cabinets are installed with very bright under cabinet lighting installed as well. On to step two: quartz counter tops which will look like this:
But one major kitchen feature is missing:
How the heck am I suppose to feed this family without a kitchen sink??? So far, here’s my solution:
We are using an enormous amount of paper plates, disposable utensils, and plastic cups. If you knew me, you would realize what a big deal this is for me. I hate hate hate spending money on disposable kitchenware. Why spend more money on something that I already have and are reusable. Paper plates and utensils are just throwing money down the drain. But for the sake of not having to do all my dishes in this tiny little tub, I can afford to throw a little bit of money down the drain for convenience and to save my sanity.
I will say not having a kitchen sink really sucks though especially since we don’t have a utility sink in this house. You never really realize how many times you use your sink throughout the day until you’re without it. One bright side, is that I do have an excuse for my kitchen not to be clean! Our counter tops guys are coming on Friday to measure and hopefully the turn around time isn’t too long. Please it can’t be too long. I want to use my new sink and faucet, which by the way, is no touch motion activated turn on. So excited! (Yes, I’m very excited about a new sink and faucet. I guess I’m officially an adult homeowner now).
Trying to plan a week’s worth of meals using limited amounts of cooking was a challenge but I think I’ve got a good combination of meals with are still well rounded and nutritious but don’t use alot of cookware. Check it out:
The salad for tonight is a convenience salad I picked up from the produce department. Check out this post where I give you my tips for a quick lunch and talk about these salads. These salads are life savers! And to tell you the truth, we normally have one of these almost every week for a quick and easy dinner. I top it with whatever leftover meat we have and viola! Dinner is done!
The rest of our meals are already prepped, the meatloaf and stuffed peppers and rely only on the oven to cook. Here’s a really neat grocery store find that makes steaming veggies a breeze.
Have you tried these? Ziploc Zip n Steam. They are a lifesaver! Chop your veggies, place them in the bag and steam them in the microwave. Each bag has instructions to tell you how long to cook your veggies based on the type and how much are in the bad. Ingenious. I’ve already gone through one pack already. They make prepping sweet potatoes for Joelle super easy! Check them out.
Frozen pizza is quick and easy. I like the California Pizza Kitchen Four Cheese Pizza. It’s thin, crispy and not a very big calorie or fat bomb. We will pair it with another chopped salad for a pretty decent meal on Thursday night. Burgers and fries on the grill with hardly any clean up. If there’s any meal that might get replaced this week, it’s the grilled pizza. While the majority of the cooking is on the grill and oven, it takes a lot of prep work from making the dough, letting the dough rise, chopping and cooking the toppings. It’s a mess but this pizza is worth it. My Apple Onion Bacon Pizza. I’ve talked about it before and it’s my all time favorite pizza to make at the moment.
So, anywho. That’s what’s going on in my little corner of the world. I hope you all had a nice weekend and a fantastic rest of your Monday. I’m off to make my playlist for tonight’s BodyPump and BodyFlow classes while the girls are still napping.