My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Sunday
Apr172011

snafu

A little past my 7pm EST deadline…whoops!

We hit a few snafus today, but nothing we couldn’t get past.  Speaking of snafu.  Did any of you own an Intellivision when you were younger?  Really young.  Pre-Nintendo!  It was only the best video game system ever!

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Intellivision

The technology and graphics were boyend simple, but you wouldn’t believe how many games they had for this.  We must have owned at least 30 or 40.  One of my favorites was, Snafu.  If you need a refresher, you can check it out on you tube.

This sight this morning looked like this.  Looks like something out of an episode of Hoarders.  I promise it has improved, at least slightly! 

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I installed the base drawers yesterday, for our large pantry cabinet.  We’ll also be adding trim under the top refrigerator cabinet, so it looks more “finished.”  There will also be handles installed soon as well.

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My first task:  cleaning out the under sink cabinet + moving cleaning supplies

There was quite the mess from the plumbing + electrical work that we had done.  I also needed to install a new door that IKEA sent.  The one that was previously there, was slightly damaged during shipping.

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cleaned + new door attached

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easily organized + room for more

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Snafu #1: The bottom shelf was not rotating out of the cabinet.

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This piece needed to be flipped over horizontally, to work right.  Between figuring it out, downloading the instructions, reattaching, etc. this set me back an hour.

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We at a late breakfast, and as you can see by the clock, we also ate a late lunch.  I used the range for breakfast + lunch!!  Woohoo!!  So far I absolutely love the gas burners.  There is so much control over the flame and they heat the pans extremely fast. 

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Chris had a grilled tempeh + cheese and I had a salad with, spinach, shrooms, tempeh, cuc’s, hemp seeds, hemp oil + balsamic.  Sautéing tempeh, in a little oil for a few minutes on each side, is delicious!  It gets nice + crispy.  Perfect inside a grilled cheese or on top of a salad.

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All photos in this post are shot with the wide angle lens, if you’re wondering why some look slightly distorted.

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I got the bottom shelf back in and it’s working perfectly.

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I also started putting shelves in the upper cabinets.  First, I had to completely wipe them clean.  They were filled with dust!

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Snafu #2:  Chris spent quite a while trying to install the ice maker/water line.  The directions were not too clear and there were a few parts he had to run out to get.  Definitely took longer than expected.  We were both a bit frustrated today!  Can’t be calm allll the time.

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But after I got that pull-out shelf back in and started organizing the cabinets, I was having fun.  These drawers are insanely huge!!  I am storing 32oz jars in the top pantry drawer, and other items like random flours, protein powder, Amazing Grass products, a lot of Bob’s Red Mill bags, etc.

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The bottom drawer manages to hold ALL of my 1/2 gallon mason jars.  This is super exciting!!  I will be labeling the tops of the jars at some point soon, since it’s a little hard to see what’s in each one.

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Slowly, the mock-kitchen started to empty out.

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At least for now, the top shelf of this pull-out lazy susan, will store all of our spices.

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The whole shelf is full!  Empty jars + bags of bulk spices [bought at Natural Grocers] are stored in the back.

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Compared to the 2nd photo in this post, a lot of progress has been made, but nowhere near being done!

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Time to get back to the kitchen, to fill the cupboards!

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I’ll have more progress to show you tomorrow.  At least I hope so!

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Better get back to it, before I get too comfy on the couch-bed and fall asleep.

Ashley

Sunday
Apr172011

hold me to it

There was progress made today, but not as much as we would have liked.  Chris was gone in the morning, running a 5k in Denver, to help raise money for a city school our friend works at.  Please explain to me how he can run a 5k without having run for over a year!?  I would have collapsed, even with all of the cycling + swimming I do.  To go out and run a 5k, after taking such a long break, just isn’t happening for me!  Boys.  Ugh!

While he was in Denver, I worked on kitchen things.  Sound familiar?  It’s getting closer + closer everyday!!

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The appliances were delivered yesterday, and today our plan was to install the dishwasher.  The actual connecting of the water line, drain hose, and electrical panel were not too bad.  Leveling it was the hardest part.  Without going into details, because I would put you to sleep, we finished successfully in 3.5hrs.  Oh, and don’t worry, the dishwasher isn’t blue.  That is just the protective plastic.

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While we worked on that, nothing else got done!

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We finished at 8pm, and there was no way I was about to start making dinner.  We headed out [by foot!] and enjoyed a relaxing end to the day.

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Tomorrow, it’s go-time.  Some of this chaos needs to be dealt with!  We are both ready to lose our mind with the mess.  So it’s your job, to check back here, at 7pm [EST] to see how much we’ve gotten done.

Hold me to it!

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When we returned home from dinner, Chris cracked a beer…

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…and I grabbed some wine.  Yes from a box.  Yes in a juice glass.  Yes we’re classy.  And yes, I swear it’s good! 

Then, we turned the dishwasher on for a test run.  We braced ourselves for an electrical short, spewing water, and anything else that could have gone wrong.  We turned it on + heard typical dishwasher noises.  Then we checked to make sure the tub was filling up with water, but found a completely dry interior.  No water!

Maybe you need to turn the water supply on first?  Yeah, that may have caused the problem.  We turned the water on, restarted the dishwasher, and could now hear the water moving through the hose.  There were no leaks, no electrical shorts, just a full functioning dishwasher!  We were more than pleased with ourselves. 

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I think we’ll stop there for the night and end on a good note.

See you tomorrow at 7!

Ashley