How My Kitchen Looks Right Now

This is the current state of our kitchen. All pictures were taken by Rob with his new fancy camera.I realise I should show you how the kitchen looked when we bought the house first, but I will save those snaps for the post about our kitchen in the big reveal when we have finished the work as before and after comparisons. In about about a month or so – the longest month of my life!

Tuesday Tune

I am not a huge fan of punk/metal I am more a grunge/indie/dance type, but back in 2003 I bought this CD from one of the five record shops to chose from in my town centre, I think it may have been from MVC or one of the two Our Price branches, sigh I remember those days now there is only HMV left (and for how much longer?)

I liked The Distillers music because Brody Dalle‘s voice is so unique and un-girly and she out sang the likes of *shudder* Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park who seemed to be everywhere at the time, both of who I still cannot stand!

Fast forward to nine years later and I had pretty much forgotten about them, until one of their songs came up on Rob’s iPod which was playing whilst we were decorating the other day. I said “hey did Brody play the guitar as she is def one for my Tuesday tunes!” to Rob, a quick google search later and sure enough she does. I would have been disappointed if she never as she rocks!

Also respect to Brody for marrying Josh Homme the only fit redheaded male out there no less.

Rob and I were here at Reading 2004 too!

A Vegan Science Lesson and a Vegan Dinner

I love me some Etsy as you might have already guessed from this blog. I heart Etsy so much in fact that I willingly signed up to most of their mailing lists. This product was on the Etsy “dudes” email I received a few days ago.

Poor Kermit

This is why I love Etsy, for all its extreme crafting. It is not just about the nice knits like granny squares and wrist worms. Now the squeamish cannot get out of their biology lessons anymore!

Also here is a vegan recipe for when you are free-styling cooking with no kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 6 carrots
  • 1 quarter of a squash you got to use up
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Half an onion leftover from cheese and onion crumpets the other day when you had a cooker *sigh*
  • water
  • curry powder

Directions

Spend 10 minutes looking for your slow cooker, find said slow cooker in mess piled on dining room table under dust sheet. Clean dust off slow cooker. Go to top of stairs landing space and plug in slow cooker, fill kettle from bathroom sink and boil it on top of washing machine plugged into an extension cord in the dining room. Drop stock cube straight in slow cooker. Pour in boiled water after carefully carrying kettle upstairs. Gather remaining vegetables from fridge in the lounge and locate knife and chopping board from spare bedroom. Chop veg, plonk in slow cooker. Switch on slow cooker and leave soup cooking for 5odd hours. After cooking time find your hand blender then bung it in the slow cooker bowl then try to blend soup without it splattering everywhere and fail. Try to blend every last lump of chopped veg and fail. Realise that you forgot to add the spices earlier. Add a little bit too much curry powder by tipping it straight in the soup instead of using a measuring spoon. Serve and enjoy. Voila!

soup landing ahoy!

BTW I am not vegan but for what ever reason I really enjoy reading vegan food blogs. I almost feel as if I am absorbing some of their healthy, nutritious vibes through my computer screen, because if I served Rob lentils for dinner he would leave me!

 

 

Kitchen Wants From Etsy

Rob and I are currently in the middle of ripping out our old crumbly kitchen to fit in our shiny new one which we ordered today from the evil blue and yellow maze – sorry – Ikea. Plus I ordered a dishwasher too! Whoop! I cant wait!

Tomorrow our old broken cooker comes out and gets donated to the pikeys – sorry scrap metal collectors – and the washing machine and sink will be disconnected. Eek, I have not yet ordered our new oven! I will be attempting to cook meals with a George foreman, a rice cooker and a slow cooker (I don’t have a microwave) on a camping table from now on. I will have to be pretty resourceful me thinks, but I have done it before for a week when the cooker was broken and I still cannot face anymore panini’s!

While we are in the middle of the during phase, I like to daydream about filling my future kitchen full of lots of baking and vintage paraphernalia. Here is a Etsy treasury that I created, but sadly I do not have the budget or the space for all of these items, but a girl can dream!


5×7 Art Print – Vintage Pyre…

$8.00

Kitchen Aid Baby, You Spin M…

$11.50

Cupcake T-shirt – Baking is …

$14.00

Vintage Bake More Cake Lette…

$15.00

retro mixer print 8 x 12 Lif…

$22.00

Pyrex Daisy Print

$10.00

Adorable Pink Cupcake Cross …

$15.00

Retro 1950s Kitchen Pink and…

$35.00

lidded bowl happy sandwich (…

$32.00

Kitchen Art Print – Retro Ke…

$8.00

8×10 Keep Calm and Bake On p…

$15.00

Retro Vintage Pink Kitchen…..

$5.00

Vintage Butterprint Pyrex Mi…

$18.00

Sagaform Retro Tea Pot print…

$10.00

Custom Wedding Cake Stand – …

$140.00

Tuesday Tune

Continuing my theme of female guitarists again this week, I have chosen a new lady on the scene called Anna Calvi. Check her out here.

Now I will admit that I am still unsure if I can call myself a fan of her music, as it is a little bit too dramatic for me. But I do respect her passion for her music, and that she puts so much of herself into her performances. Just watch the clip below to see what I mean. So while I probably would not download her album, I would definitely seek her out if she was playing at a festival that I was attending.

Plus its funny to watch her in this interview as you would not believe that such a sweet, shy little person could make such a strong sound!

Roof Rack

Sadly this is not our van - sorry I do not know the pictures source

Rob recently lost out on one of these nice wooden T25 roof racks, which was going at a super-bargainous price on EBay. He was out bid by ¬£2. Don’t you just hate it when that happens. Drat!

Why?

I am a huge chicken, I previously mentioned that zombies keep me awake at night. I am also so unadventurous that I refuse to go on any scary roller coasters etc. But that said, I have a weakness for watching videos on YouTube showing nutters doing daft/brave stunts so that I will never have to.

I saw this clip on the brilliant blog Colossal and I had to share it here. Nice rock BTW.

Here is another one of some mad man jumping off a very high rock into a crack. Just don’t type that into a search engine!

2/3/2012 Edit – See I told you roller coasters are bad. This one ripped the limbs off dummies during testing!

Cupcake Decorating Course Week 4

This was the final night of my course and these cakes were the most technically difficult and fiddly of all the cakes that we created! We were shown how to decorate four more cupcakes to become sunflowers, flowers, wolves and a scottie dog. Boy these were tricky! Piping is not my strongest point and I did struggle to ice these, especially the scottie dog and the sunflower cakes. If I am to be honest though, the biggest struggle I had was my own lack of patience in doing anything fiddly! Lets just say that I am not likely to start making cakepops anytime soon!

I am quite pleased with these for my first attempt. I think with a little bit more practice and with the correct equipment I could recreate these at home again.

Unfortunately on my way home my scottie dog‘s nose fell off! So the snout hair’s parting icing effect and his tongue that I lovingly made got ruined! I managed to stick it back on with a cocktail stick to show you. It was a shame because he looked so much better before! Anyways I don’t think Bakerella is quaking in her boots about me as competition!

I apologise for the quality of these pictures, it was a very dark February day! I have tried to enhance them the best I can on iPhoto!

Iced by moi!

after surgery!

 

Zombie Valentine

This print makes my heart a flutter! It is valentines day today incase you had’nt heard. I don’t celebrate it, but Rob ironed my uniform ready for my new job this morning, and I am going to attempt to make my first ever chicken pie from scratch for him tonight. These are the kind of sweet thoughtful and practical things we do for each other everyday, not just today!

This romantic print below is from the dizzylittledotty store on Etsy. It kind of reminds me of those fabric softener dolly’s from a few years back.

Some people have phobias of spiders or snakes. I have a an irrational fear of zombies, thankfully I have not come across one while out and about yet. But you never know what is lurking around the corner! I got the fear big time!

Zombies are not just after one thing

 

Tuesday Tune

For this week’s Tuesday tune/lady who plays guitar I have chosen Donna Matthews the lead guitarist from Elastica.

Donna & Justine

Now I was a teenager in the mid 90’s and I was around age 14-15 and heavily into Britpop when Elastica came on to the scene. I played their album to death. Picture me teenybopper Helen shut in her bedroom doing her art homework with Elastica’s album playing on repeat in my CD player. Daydreaming about being allowed to travel up to London to go to gigs on my own, and to look old enough to be served in the pub or The Good Mixer where I read that my idols drank in the Melody Maker, NME and Select magazine. I wanted to leave my school where all my friends liked music like this, and be able to drink pints down the pub with indie pretty boys who looked like Justin (Elastica’s drummer), and talk about important stuff like good music all day.

Soon enough I grew up to become the pisshead I daydreamed about! Sadly the boys down the pub were not that pretty! Good times! But my party days are behind me now. These days I prefer a cup of tea to a pint.

Here are a couple of videos from Elastica who’s music I think has stood the test of time.