The destruction in our kitchen started this past weekend! I am so lucky not only to be married to the best guy ever, but also a very talented and resourceful man! I couldn’t believe how quickly Dale disassembled the cabinets, countertops, sink, dishwasher and stove.

Dale and I are big on reuse and recycling, so the cabinets and countertops will be put to good use in our garage (aka, Dale’s man cave)! The kitchen sink, faucet and dishwasher will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Restore. As for the electric stove, that will eventually be hooked up in our garage. I can always use this oven as a back-up.

There’s not much I can do right now to help Dale with the destruction of the kitchen, as he likes to be work by himself. I think that has been an added benefit to us being married 35 years this August. We both work well on our own, we have the same work ethic, and we know when to help each other, and when to leave each other alone!

Meals have been interesting in our household. We have the essentials. A coffee pot (an absolute must), microwave, toaster and our grill. I learned yesterday, that I can’t run all the small appliances at one time!

Although we’re not liking the idea of using paper plates and plastic ware, it’s our only option right now, as we only have the bathroom sink. Yup, in this old house built in the early 1930’s, we still only have one bathroom, and that’s the way it will remain until we need to move some day.

My office upstairs has become the gathering place for many of the boxed up items from our kitchen. The rest are on my commercial baking racks in our garage. Dale’s office has become the holding area for our large appliances, And our living room has become our main living quarters.

All in all, I would say that I’m doing pretty good with not having my kitchen to work out of. Of course, it’s only been a couple of days, so we’ll see how I am handling the withdrawals of not baking in a month or two from now!

Dale and I keep reminding ourselves, that even though we are doing this kitchen renovation, we also need to make time for ourselves, family and friends. One can get so caught up in a timeline of when you think things need to happen and need to be done, but we also need to be realistic. We are just taking everything one day at a time.

Until our next post, have a great day, and enjoy the warmer and sunny days ahead this week! Happy Baking!