Sunday, 17 January 2016

#HostWithHabitat Our Kitchen & Competition News

My kitchen is a work in process; it has its plus points like being a decent sized room, with plenty of light.  But its not visually where I want it to be, we bought our house after it had been a commercial property and are gradually transforming it into a home, but for now I have to make the best of it.  It’s not a priority at the moment because it’s still functional, whilst we sort out the more pressing issue of leaks with new windows, flashing and re-pointing, the kitchen is on the back burner.  But it does not stop me day dreaming about the type of kitchen I would love to have.  It’s hard because most of the work completed in our house has been to the exterior, but once we are water tight we can focus on improving the interior finally!!!

We have made some small changes like removing an extra hand washing sink and an integrated table, but I would love to get rid of the uninspiring lights and the wall mounted HyrdroBoil for instant hot water (seriously I would prefer sticking with my kettle!), that helpful piece of kit is an eye sore!  When the precious occupants were making hot drinks for lots of people it was probably handy to have but just for hubbie and I (and for youngest to have his occasional hot chocolate or cup of tea) its really not needed.

The cabinets are relatively modern and the cooker looks quite impressive (if only it worked as well as it looked!) but the room does not have much character.  From choice I would go for a country cottage kitchen, a cosy room that is inviting for everyone, the heart of the home.  Something like the picture below. 

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Our kitchen just serves its purpose lots of storage space, ample worktops for food preparation and a separate freezer (when buying frozen food on offer in bulk!).  We could if we wanted to cater for the boys birthday parties and having friends and family over quite easily, I just wish we could make the kitchen look more appealing.

Part of improving matters without spending too much has been investing in lovely dinnerware, which really does make a difference; I found some attractive mugs, plates and bowls from Habitat.  

They really are quite lovely; the simple leaf design is very effective and they survive going in our dishwasher!  Now we have got one I do not want handwash only items in the kitchen…

We hosted a come dine with me evening last night with hubbie and five of my girlfriends; they really appreciated the new plates and cups (not everyone was drinking wine!).  After the meal and a competitive game of Family Fortunes we gave him scores, everyone was very generous with 10’s and 9’s, the food and company were both wonderful but my 8 is bringing the average down, but I couldn’t give more until we actually paint our dining room.  

Our gorgeous dining table is let down with the state of the walls, but we will get there eventually.  Like everything in this renovation its not a race, we have to keep saving up for the next project.

I was excited to find this competition to Host with Habitat to have a professional chef come to your house and cook up a delicious meal for four.  It would give my hubbie a rest if we won as he was working flat out making a tasty and filling lasagne and a very indulgent cake for dessert, the hardest part would be picking which friends could come!  So if I am lucky I think I would choose to spoil my parents instead, a thank you meal for everything they do.

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