Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gardens, Groceries, & Gadgets - Oh My!

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Okay, here goes: My name is Tami and I am addicted all things gardening, groceries, and gadgets.

Since it's winter in the cold Midwest I can concentrate mainly on the cooking related addictions, although yesterday (Christmas Day), it was sunny and bright, and I decided to clean out some of the front beds. A little outdoor exercise before grilling a monster steak for dinner, ahhh. (Yes, it comes back to the food. It always comes back to the food).

My kitchen is a disaster of unorganized, poorly designed, barely made out of particle board, cheapo cupboards. It isn't helping that I keep bringing home things like applewood smoked salt and vanilla fig balsamic vinegar expecting them to find a comfortable home among their previously purchased condiment counterparts.

And the gadgets? Oh they are spread throughout the house. Some are resting comfortably in the (never used) dining room, some in my office, and the rarely used/scared to use, in the basement. (The pressure cooker has graduated from 'scared to use' to the dining room, but that's a whole post of it's own.)

So it's time to get it under control. I really want to demolish the plastic kitchen (I swear I think Barbie's dream house has nicer features), and replace it with materials actually found in nature. I have been pouring over the glossy magazines trying to figure out just exactly where to put all of my treasures so that I can actually see and use them. I have a preliminary professionally produced design. I don't, unfortunately, have a winning lottery ticket, so that makes the whole design process a little more thought provoking and difficult.

So that's what I'll be thinking out loud about. In between, I will be cooking for myself and clients (I am a personal chef), and gardening for myself and others (I am a gardening coach), and posting successes and failures on those fronts.

So many gardens, groceries, and gadgets, so little time...

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