My Cookbooks love their new home!

I apologize for the lack of posts going on around here. I’m trapped in boxes and packaging tape over here. If I see a roll of tape I’m going to throw it out of the window! And boxes – I’m so tired of them! They are going to haunt me for quite some time.

The hardest part so far is trying to find room for everything. Our new apartment is smaller than our last apartment. It’s like trying to fit 10 lbs of sugar in a 5 lb container.  So I’m going to have to put my organization skills to the test and see what I can do! But in due time everything will be unpacked and have a place to go!

But our new place has a killer view. You have to see the beautiful view from my living room. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

I wanted to show you the beautiful home for my cookbooks. It’s the Lack Wall shelf from Ikea. And it’s a steal at $49.99!!  It’s like the perfect space for them. Although as you can see, I don’t really have much room to grow. If push comes to shove I can always find a new home for my Staub Vertical Roaster (that I absolutely adore!).

I mean seriously – wasn’t that Wall shelf MADE for that kitchen?

It’s funny because I bought that wall shelf when we lived in our old apartment. And Mr. Curly Fry kept going on and on about how I didn’t need that, it wasn’t necessary, blah blah blah. Well when we moved into our new place and I put it there, he said it looks great and we may need to get another one. What?! I made him repeat himself. That was music to my ears.

So that’s what I’m up to. Unpacking. And it’s really no fun. But what I am looking forward to is getting back into the kitchen! I can’t wait to cook and bake.

Something new for my kitchen is coming via UPS today, and I’m SO excited!!! Stay tuned to see what it is!




Favorite Holiday Gift

My favorite Holiday gift was a Vitamix!! Now I’m looking for anything and everything to blend! I’m so amazed that you can make soup in this thing and it comes out STEAMING! Photo from

What was your favorite holiday gift?

Move over Mrs. Fix-It!

…and make room for me!

I’ll be making a trip to Lowe’s later today. Unfortunately the flusher thingy on our toilet in the downstairs bathroom broke. At first it just broke where the rod attached to the flusher thingy. So in the meantime we could just pull up on the rod to make it flush.

Last night I was watching Modern Family while eating this:

And I hear Mr. Curly Fry yell for me to go into the bathroom. Umm, I’m eating ice cream! Please don’t disturb me! LOL! But he made me put it down (the nerve!) and go in there. Yeah, he broke the rod in half. Do not ask me HOW he managed to do that. So I had to tape it to something else so that it wouldn’t fall into the water. Gross! THIS is why I’m in charge of repairs, home projects, etc.

So yeah, that’s why I’m on my way to Lowe’s to pick up a new rod thingy. Hopefully that is all I need. But needless to say, this trip should be interesting seeing as I don’t use the actual part names. Instead, it’s a rod, flusher thingy, etc. I guarantee I won’t make it out of there without asking for assistance!

Wish me luck!

You know you're getting old when…

…you are totally thrilled to get new kitchen appliances.

Seriously. I was like a little kid on Christmas day last week when my new stove, microwave and dishwasher were delivered and installed. We ordered a new fridge, but it can’t be delivered until February 16th. So until then it’s killing me that all of my appliances don’t match.

So below you can see the old stove & microwave, and my sparkling new ones. And you can see the old, ugly dishwasher along with my new, sparkling, pretty dishwasher!

Of course now I’m totally dying for a new floor and counter top! The gray has GOTTA go. And we need to paint the walls to get a little color in there.

Now give me your opinions!

  • What color would you paint the wall?
  • What color counter top would you pick?
  • What flooring would you put in?

Getting Organized: Pantry

In an effort to get my kitchen more organized, I cleaned out the pantry. Oh what a task that was! As you can see, it was a disaster, and it needed cleaned out in the worst way. I had no idea what was in there, and I knew there were some items in there past their expiration date!

Here are the before pictures:

It was quite the mess, wasn’t it? Looking for something in there was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Seriously! So I put on some music and went to work.

Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

And here are a few close-up shots…

I threw out 3 trash bags full of expired food :(

Now let’s see how long it stays that clean & organized! Shall we place any bets?!