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!



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.