Slowly but surely, we’re making progress on our home renovations and redecorations and making the house feel more like ours. We used to have a pass through between our kitchen and our living room.
Now we don’t.
The white balance wasn’t off in one of those pictures; the kitchen is now a different color too. It’s more of a greenish yellow now. While the pass through was something that Jason really hated, my main concern was the lack of cabinets. Honestly, this is what we were working with:
Those black cabinets are the only upper cabinets that we have. The former owners redid the kitchen at some point with all Ikea stuff. I actually asked them why they didn’t put more cabinets in and they said that they didn’t want to make the kitchen too dark. Fair enough, but why do black cabinets in the first place if you’re worried about that?
On Saturday morning we took a trip to Ikea. While Ikea might not be my first choice for new cabinets, we figured it would be easier (and cheaper) to add to what we have rather than getting rid of everything and starting over. As luck would have it, they were having some sort of promotion where if you spent more than $100 dollars, you’d get a free lunch. I’d never eaten in the Ikea cafeteria before and I probably never will again. Meatballs and tilapia floating in butter sauce aren’t for me. I had a salad and a bowl of tomato basil soup.
Doesn’t look like much, but look what it is:
Obviously, they still need to be hung, but definite progress. I also went to World Market to make a return. Here’s an FYI: if you don’t know what a jute rug is or what it feels like, don’t order one online; you’ll be surprised and not in a good way. I was too lazy to return the rug for a few weeks but I’m glad I finally did because I got the coolest jars there to store my grains. They have little chalkboard ovals so you can label them. No more, “Is this barley or millet?”
Only not as cute as I thought because some of the lids don’t stay on very well.
The cabinet side of the kitchen was out of commission tonight, but the stove side wasn’t so I made a nice dinner – dairy-free spinach stuffed shells.
For some reason, I had a ton of shells leftover. I don’t know if I bought a big box or I was overstuffing what I had or too much of the stuffing was making it’s way into my mouth instead of the shells, but I had big bowl full of leftover shells. Pasta salad, maybe?
This was delicious and tasted exactly like ricotta cheese stuffed shells. I didn’t tell Jason that they were vegan until after he’d finished and he was shocked.