Changes In The Kitchen…

Thanksgiving 2010

 Thanksgiving 2010 (we’ve added two family members since then!)

Throughout my forty years of being a wife and mother, my kitchen has been the hub of lots of different activities–from birthday parties to board games. In fact, some of my all-time, favorite family memories center around the kitchen, but that’s a post for another day.  Today I’m writing about changes in the kitchen, as my life continues to progress.

Over the years, I’ve experienced lots of changes concerning cooking in the kitchen–from learning to cook for a newly married couple, to learning to feed a family of five. From feeding a family of five, back to learning to cook for only two again!  Now when the entire family gathers, I’m feeding a family of eleven (twelve, counting my MIL)…and praise the Lord, we’re still growing! Feeding our family has evolved into more of a challenge than I ever could have imagined as a young bride, but I always wanted a large family!  Just think, it’s only taken us forty years to get here!

I’ve learned, over time, to change and adapt my recipes (and pot sizes) to fit our family’s changing needs. My pot cabinet is filled with pots of all sizes, to accommodate any number of people, but I’m quickly learning I don’t have enough large pots to make a meal for a family of twelve! It takes a lot of food to feed a dozen hungry people!  In fact, I may have to invest in some new pots soon.

When we moved into this house, I searched high and low for a kitchen table large enough to accommodate our growing family. I failed!  Five years ago, there were only eight of us.  These days, even when we add two extra chairs at both ends of the table, we still can’t seat everyone, but it’s a wonderful feeling!  Thank goodness for the portable card table!  It’s a funny thing, when I was growing up, the children always sat at the extra table during family dinners. These days, Ed and I usually end up sitting at the card table because nobody else wants to!  What’s up with that?

Until recently, one could always find plenty of snacks in my kitchen.  I loved to snack on cookies, cake, or candy, and made sure I had plenty of this type of food in the kitchen.  These days, thanks to my new dietary restrictions, about the only thing you will find in my kitchen are some graham crackers, rice cakes, some fruit–and the candy that was left over from Halloween!  My hungry visitors probably don’t find my kitchen such an exciting place anymore!   I’m afraid Ed and I may be rapidly falling into the category of ” old fart” parents!  In fact, these days, it’s quite common for our hungry off-spring to bring their own food whenever they come to visit!

One other thing makes me wonder if, perhaps, Ed and I may be quickly becoming “old farts”.  Ed always helps me with kitchen duty, but prefers to wash dishes by hand, rather than unloading and reloading the dishwasher.  This wouldn’t bother me much, except Ed forgets to turn on the lights over the sink, and refuses to wear his glasses while he’s washing the dishes–so he’s basically washing dishes like a blind man.  The end result can be disturbing!  Ed’s sometimes misses a few specks of food on the dishes, here and there!  I’ll know we’re in real trouble when the kids start bringing over their own eating utensils, too!  In the meantime, we’re not officially “old fart” parents– yet!

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My Coca-Cola Kitchen…and My Wall of Shame…

About 4 years ago, my husband and I renovated our existing game house, added on to it, then made it our new home.  We took great pains to design and rebuild the home just the way we wanted it to be.  I think we enjoyed almost every minute of it–except the few times that my husband had to move a wall or a doorway–or when he had to move the entire hallway because our helper made it too wide… the words”if you want it done right, do it yourself” still come to mind… 

The kitchen turned out to be one of the most challenging rooms to do.  We ended up redesigning the entire room–which meant that my husband had to remove the old, then run new plumbing.  We used our existing cabinets and counters in an effort to cut costs, which limited our choice of design.  Believe me, we moved those cabinets and appliances all over that kitchen–on every wall–until we found the best place for everything! 

When all was said and done, I ended up with a huge blank wall at the end of my kitchen….Not a problem!  I am a collector of stuff, and it was not a problem to find enough “stuff” to fill up my wall.  I call it my “wall of shame”–because I have no shame when it comes to what I like! 

Kathy's kitchen wall of shame...

In case you can’t look at the wall and guess, I collect coca cola stuff.  We had the game house decorated in the coca cola theme, so we decided to use those items in our house as well.  I found most of my coke stuff on Ebay. 

The most interesting item on the wall is a “certificate of good taste” that belongs to my youngest son.  It’s from the coca cola company, and Brad received it after he called the 1-800 number listed on his Coke can,  and told them how much he enjoyed drinking their products. (he was bored and had nothing better to do)  I love it!  How many people can say they have a “certificate of good taste” on their wall? 

The oldest items on the wall are the giant spoon and fork.  Those belonged to my mother, and used to hang in her dining room…many years ago.  Notice the coca cola shelf in the top right side of the photo, it was made from an old wooden crate.  It’s my newest addition to the wall.  I have Coca Cola Merry Moos sitting on top of it. 

Here are a couple of other photos of the rest of the kitchen–just in case you are curious.  The first one shows off my Coca c Cola cookie jar collection on top of the cabinets.  

Kathy's coca cola kitchen...

The last photo shows the “picture window” that my hubby put in the kitchen wall for me.  It over-looks the woods next to our house.  Notice my “Kathy’s Diner” sign that I got off Ebay?  Those are Coca Cola canisters on top of the fridge–and a Coca Cola light switch cover on the wall…Ebay has it all. 

I do apologize for the “stuff” sitting all over the counters…the pics were taken at Christmas, just before a small party, and there was food sitting everywhere.  Well…that’s what kitchens are for, right? 

Coca cola Christmas kitchen...

Thanks for stopping by, and sharing my crazy Coca Cola kitchen with it’s wall of shame.  I really enjoy your visits, and your comments.  If you leave a comment,I’ll hop over and return the visit.  

Today is the last day to enter my cash drawing fo twenty dollars.  If you are new, I am celebrating my first year of blogging!  I’ll take entries up until midnight EST tonight.  I will announce the winner in my Six Word Saturday post tomorrow.  Good luck to all who have entered. 

For more interesting blogs, hop on over to Friday Follow hosted by One2Try, HeartsMakeFamilies, and MiddayEscapades.  I appreciate these ladies for doing this.  It’s a great chance to meet new blogging friends.  Have a great weekend everyone.  Kathy

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