From this viewpoint you can also see the wine rack which is rarely empty. LOL...On top of the wine rack are scrapbook layouts awaiting placement into an album. The two cabinets above the computer house lots and lots of cookbooks. It's overflowing, actually!
This next pic is the view from in front of the fridge. I really, really love my kitchen. It is so spacious. I love the amount of cabinet space and counter space I have! There are, however, a few modifications that Jack and I have talked about making. I don't think it will be anytime soon, but when we can afford it, we plan on getting Quartz countertops (not Granite...Quartz is much sturdier, and less maintenance), a glass backsplash, and a pot rack that hangs over the island!
Oh, btw...the pumpkins in the corner are for carving...3 for home and one is going to Lily's classroom for a project.
In the pic below you can see the table and new clock on the wall. I love that clock. It's so big! We used to have a tiny clock hanging on that big wall and it looked so empty. I love how my kitchen is open to the rest of the house. It is the hangout room whenever we entertain!
I hate having things out on my counters. I prefer to see as little as possible. If I had my way, the coffee maker and mixer would be out of sight, but Jack uses the coffee maker daily and gets annoyed when I put it away. And, I have used the mixer a few times lately, so I've left it out.
I also think that we will upgrade our appliances in a year or two and we'll get stainless steel. For now, these are doing just fine!
Last night I decided to make up my own new creation. I had planned to make pork chops, warm apples and veggies for dinner, but I had about 5 jalapenos from my garden sitting on the counter and I needed to do something with them. So, I made plain pork chops for the kids, but when I cooked the chops for Jack and me, I sauteed them with some diced apples and jalapenos. It gave them a really great, spicy flavor! The carmelized apples almost tasted onion-y in combination with the peppers! If you like jalapenos, give it a try.
Lily was in charge of dessert yesterday. She said it was for our anniversary. (Yesterday was our 13th anniversary)! My friend Pam recommended a cooking website called Baked Bree (http://bakedbree.com/). She had this cute Halloween parfait idea. Lily and I made it our own. We layered the following things: Reese's Puffs cereal, whipped cream, butterscotch pudding, candy corn, and orange sprinkles!
We had an observer while we cooked...Hi, Astro!
When Jack came home he surprised me with roses...