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Monday, February 9, 2015

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Hello, how are you?  It seems I missed January entirely, what have you been up to?

Our house renovations wrapped up last week and I haven't stopped cooking since.  Lots of vegetable soups, but with cream and butter, it is winter after all.

Ridiculous wine stopper thing.
 I bought this insane wine stopper thing from Pottery Barn at Christmas, I can't even explain why I like it so much.

For our first dinner in the new kitchen I decided to give the range hood a real test: grilled lamb chops.
 It's such a novelty to have a range hood, how did I live without one for nine years?
A range hood sucks out the greasy smokey air, is this not a good invention?
 Cream of broccoli soup for lunch, and after-school snack:
 I've been testing those ovens with lots of baking:

 We didn't have a kitchen for the holidays this year so I'm making up for lost time: potato latkes.
 The key with latkes is to get them perfectly brown before you flip them, don't flip too soon, take my word for it.
Listen to me: don't flip too soon.
That's advice you could take in many areas of life, but nevermind.

Potato latkes with the fixings.  Swiss chard on the side.
 Remember my temporary kitchen?
 Thing of the past!
 I do like that chandelier.
The glass bits slip off for cleaning.
Our painter Ryan noted that they were just the size for beer shots.
I think he'd had a long day.
 The millwork throughout the house makes such a difference, don't you think?
Snap!  It cost a fortune but it was worth it.  
 A friend sent me this Emma Bridgewater mug which now has pride of place on one of the barn board shelves:
I adore it, thank you!
 Because of course, I do love those goofy dogs.
Scout embracing winter.
Scout is happy to be done with the renovations, we had to keep her away from the trades all day because she wanted to Help Them by eating their tools and knocking over their paint cans.  It was a bit trying on the nerves I have to say, Scout was near end of her rope with it all (ah-hem).

I smashed my camera dropping it on the icy sidewalk which is going to cramp my blogging style, these iphone pictures are not quite the business are they?  I'll try to get up to speed and if you stick with me I'd be most grateful.

I hope you've been Top Drawer, in health and happiness,
xoxDani




65 comments:

  1. LTNS, Dani! Your new kitchen looks fantastic!

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    1. Hi Rose, I had to think about what LTNS meant :) Thanks!

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  2. Oh Wow Dani! Your kitchen looks so beautiful! It must be the biggest relief to have farewelled all the builders, and to be getting your home back to normal. I'm sure Scout is not the only one thankful to have a bit of peace and quiet at home.
    Love all your cooking on that stunning oven, and this will no doubt kick off a lot of cooking for years to come. I have no idea how you survived without a range hood either! I didn't have one in the old kitchen pre renovations, and didn't cook fish for 3 years as a consequence (unless it was on the BBQ in summer). The smell of that, or a curry would linger in the house for days. And I'd guess with snow on the ground you're not exactly able to open a window to assist with airing the house out! So glad you're back blogging too xx

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    1. Heidi smells would linger for days and days right up to the third floor, it was gross! There was a loud fan in the middle of the ceiling which provided little help, this LaCornue range hood is the absolute business in comparison.
      We now have windows that open in the kitchen as well, the new ones pictured have retractable screens to maintain the clear view... worth the extra cost.
      Thanks Heidi

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  3. Oh, no. My comment got eaten (?). I wanted to say, v glad you're back blogging and your kitchen looks truly lovely - ace chandelier. Will try the potato latkes today and make an effort to cheer up a lacklustre Monday no end. Xsue

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    1. Sue that happens to me on other blogs, wish I could figure out why. Thanks for persevering!
      Thanks very much and do make latkes today, good idea, Mondays deserve a little extra attention :)

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  4. Welcome back, Dani, I'm loving the way the Reno turned out and dying to see more!

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    1. Fred I need to do a before and after post, really missing my camera just now!

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  5. Dani, I am so happy for you. The new kitchen is just spectacular! It came together so well. I think you will find it the room which no one wants to leave. The stove, large windows over the sink, homey wood floors, chevron backsplash, I could go on but God bless. I hope you and your family and lucky guests all spend many happy times and enjoy all your delicious meals there for many years to come! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Teacups. The one element I'm worried about standing the test of time is the backsplash, but MrBP chose it, the herringbone pattern likely reminds him of his tweed jackets. ;) It is a subtle marble though and the colour meshes quite well with the caeserstone counters we chose.
      I do like that it is installed right up to the ceiling, it's quite the wall of marble.
      It is an inspiring place to cook that's for sure. :)

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  6. Welcome back and I see you've turned into my favorite rat Ratatouille, cooking delectable dish after dish on your new and fabulous kitchen toy. You must be thrilled to have bid adieu to your builders, although, strangely, I always miss ours whenever we are done with a project.

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    1. CD it's funny I miss them too, what a bunch of characters and always joking and a bit grumpy...!

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  7. Fabulous reno job!! Your kitchen looks amazing. I hope you will post more photos!

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    1. Louise I will, trying to fight the inevitability of having to use my iphone for the after photos...I'm hoping my camera can be fixed. I hope you are well!

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  8. It all looks lovely....we have many friends who are not in good health that I have been simmering soup on the stove and ordering flowers for delivery....where would we be without our kitchens?
    So nice to have you back. I do hope all is well.
    XO

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    1. Hostess it is definitely the time of year for soup on the stove. Very sorry to hear you have friends in poor health, I'm sure they will appreciate all of your efforts :)

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  9. Hello Dani,

    Your kitchen is totally transformed. No wonder you are spending so much time in it and how wonderful for your family to be able to eat the delicious results.

    The detailing everywhere makes such a difference. You have clearly gone to a lot of trouble to ensure that the finish is perfect and it has resulted in a very professional looking end result.

    It must be so good to get back to normal now your renovation workers have gone. Somehow whichever room is being worked on, the whole house gets turned upside down. Now all you have to do is enjoy!

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    1. Jane and Lance, I see a new post from you today, I can't wait to read it!
      Very nice to have things sorted and even yesterday I was unpacking items into the kitchen, that's all through now and I've even had time to clean the chandeliers which were very dusty and driving me crazy.
      I hope you are both well and healthy.xo

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  10. Yay you're back!!

    I got a sneak peak on IG and love it all. Just looks beautiful and functional at the same time which nowadays is becoming a rare thing. I agree not to flip too soon but it tries the patience and that's not just for latkes as you say. So happy for you to be snugly ensconced at home xx

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    1. Naomi I have to struggle with being patient it is not my way, trying though. The design functions so well and I really enjoy not having to cross the kitchen from stove to sink, everything is at hand which makes cooking a joy. Thanks xo

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  11. It is so nice to see you back blogging, and sharing your new kitchen. It looks fabulous, so elegant in its white and cream detailing. No wonder you are in there cooking up a storm! Love the wine stopper - so glam!

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    1. Patricia it's a bit crazy isn't it, not sure what possessed me to buy that thing, but now that I have it I'm using it, it's like jewellery for wine. ;)

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  12. Love it all! I collect wine bottle tops because I collect, but never keep, wine, which I promptly drink up, so that's not really much of a collection is it? I admit to a fierce love of the stove! I have a small rNge hood, but when we eventually do our Reno, I see some horribly expensive thing that will require fine craftsmen and a swiss bank! They are a necessity, aren't they? And crown moulding makes a room. Barry won't get our dining room done till spring when he can use the table saw in the driveway, and I so miss it.

    So happy your home world is back to normal, I am totally impatient during renos, so I salute you! Xoxo

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    1. Wendy it was fairly painless due to Julie and her expertise, and I am also impatient as heck! The range hood was very spendy but I appreciate it very much, that range needed the matching hood to complete the look, truly the focal point of the kitchen.
      Crown moulding! We put it up through the entire house and the difference is huge!

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  13. Yay, you survived! Everything looks beautiful and I can "hear it" in your writing that you are delighted. So...another Yay! We have moved upstairs and are redoing our master bath/closet. Since Mr. H is inconvenienced it is getting done REALLY quickly. I really miss my winter baths. Keep pinning those healthy recipes...I do try them.

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    1. BB baths are so essential in winter. It's damp and freezing here today, -12 but feels much colder.
      I love the new cozy kitchen, everything came together beautifully. Yes some people do get crabby when inconvenienced... hehe I hope it gets finished real real quick. ;)

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  14. Your kitchen is so beautiful! It was really, really worth the wait! I am so happy for you. And your cooking makes me hungry! Good job! Here January is really busy as I started my holistic nutrition courses... It is progressing well and so I should be certified soon ;-) Take Care.

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    1. Steph that seems like just the thing for you to be doing... sounds like you'll be offering us more inspiration, I can't wait. Thank you :)

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  15. Dani, your kitchen looks fabulous! The cabinets, the floor, the window, the trim, the range, everything is just perfect my dear. I love how it is not one of those 'look at me' kitchens, it looks like it has always been there. Nothing wrong with 'look at me' , mind you, but this is so your style, sophisticated but understated, elegant but warm and inviting. I know you love to cook and this is going to be a wonderful gathering place for your family and friends for the years to come. Your whole house looks beautiful. The renovations always seem to last forever and evoke the 'what-I-have-gotten-myself-into' feelings while they last but once done you cannot imagine how you could ever live without them. As you know, I have been doing some renovations and decorating of my own, so I love those posts but also any other of your musings.
    Enjoy your new kitchen, the food looks delicious. Love your wine stopper :)

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    1. Thanks a, I did have a few moments thinking "what have I done", mostly around the window seat addition which offered some problems. Of course now I'm really happy with it, I'm planning to write a post on it, I didn't find much online on window seat additions last fall.
      Excited for your new place and to see what you are doing with it! Thanks very much, and I'm so happy that you are back to blogging. :)

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  16. I've never had a range hood - such a mod con! What an array of fine foodstuffs you have been creating, you deserve that range Dani, I'm more on the new toaster level with my cooking.
    That is a very high Catholic wine stopper, it's like a baroque monstrance .

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    1. Tabs so true it is High Catholic no wonder I like it so much ;)
      The range hood feels very professional I have to say, I didn't expect it to be so amazing.

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  17. Ah, Dani, how good to have you back! I love your copper pot on the stove, so warm and shiny. Your new kitchen looks gorgeous - so please you hung a chandelier! Your kitchen does look like you indeed.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, the chandelier is from Currey and Company in the US, their website is full of treasures.
      When I'm feeling gloomy I polish the copper pots, works every time as a mood brightener and gives that productive feeling.

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  18. Welcome back Dani! Your kitchen is simply marvellous! I especially love the chandelier and the crown moulding, but, of course, that range is the pièce de résistance. You sound so happy with it all - all the inconvenience was definitely worth it!

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    1. Patricia thank you, and like childbirth the inconvenience is a thing of the distant, forgotten past. ;)

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  19. That. Kitchen. Love it all. I think the marble will be OK, and hopefully they've used the grout with the sealer right in it. The best stainless steel cleaner I've found is called Thor; I found it through an episode of This Old House years ago, and you have to order it, but I can't find anything better.

    How lovely to be "breaking in" this wonderful room!

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    1. Lane I will look for this Thor cleaner, sounds serious! I did see Robert sealing the marble, I told him I'd be making a proper mess of it every day.
      Thanks Lane :)

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  21. Love your kitchen reno, Dani! Must pop over for dinner - I'll bring the filet mignon! Should we do a reno housewarming? Enjoy your kitchen.....

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    1. BagLady sound like we're going to have a splendid time :) Thanks very much, hope you're well.

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  22. Your kitchen looks amazing! And, it's so refreshing to see a gorgeous kitchen where real food is cooked and baked regularly! Stay warm and healthy!

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    1. T&CMom, thanks very much, staying warm is the challenge, another good reason to stay in the kitchen ;)

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  23. Dani what a treasure you now have, a gorgeous kitchen, that fabulous molding, and lots of good things to eat!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Featuring The HighBoy

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    1. Thanks Karena, cooking is a treat after all of the take-out we had to eat, ugh, I never want to see another packaged meal. Hope you're well :)

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  24. Glad the renos are done. I miss my old grill! Love to hear your thoughts on that gorgeous range. I think we've decided to move next year instead of build but a stove replacement can always be negotiated! Happy you are back in blog world!

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  25. Hi Jen, the range is terrific, and if you care for a road trip you can visit mine and the LaCornue dealer which is a couple of miles away from me. I bought mine in August on a 10% discount (significant considering the price) not sure if the August deal is a regular thing but it might be... mine took 4 months to get here. I love it! Highly recommend!
    Sounds like you'll be looking for a bigger nest :)

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    1. Yes. Five kids to house (but two away at school and only home in summer.) I'd love to visit your range and you. Let's get that set up for early spring when a little walk with Scout is possible!

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  26. NEW BROOM Ahhh, the return of Mop Monday and that photogenic rascal Scout. Now that I'm done smiling at Emma B.'s tea soldiers I sadly can't dwell on this post too long. Golden latkes making me too hungry. Glad you have the home fires burning Dani. Keep enjoying luxury and utility, it's lovely.

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    1. GF standing invite for the weekend and I'll be sure to put latkes on the menu.
      Just watching CBC's Power and Politics now, the current camera shot of the Parliament buildings looks like Siberia...Poor us! Stay warm and eat something warm too.

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  27. Dani, So glad to see you back with the renos done! Jill

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  28. Hello!! Good to hear from you. Your kitchen looks amazing I have stove envy. I'll bet its a dream to cook on. So sorry about your camera, but these phones do a pretty good job.
    Enjoy your week:)
    xoJennifer

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    1. Jennifer the stove is a wonder. It was worth the wait. Thanks DollFace :)

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  29. Welcome back Dearest Dani !!!
    You certainly have been missed! The renos look wonderful especially with that millwork. With all those yummy smells wafting through that fancy new kitchen. you'll need to share a few tasty treats with some rascally updates and what Scout thinks of the new Harper Lee(?) Mockingbird sequel business and we do hope you are keeping warm and toasty in some fab Brora cashmere tights.

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    1. G Scout was just telling me she feels a little suspicious of the whole business, I guess we'll have to wait for July to know for sure.
      It's all Brora all the time around here just now, -20 today.

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  30. It's so annoying how it seems there is a mandatory 1000 mile distance between all bloggers' homes. You could have dropped by for my sad super bowl party (I was the only patriots 'fan' and was blamed for the Seattle people's demise. And then I could drop by and enjoy this gorgeous kitchen and all this fabulous food! I love your bedazzled wine stopper too. I have to regift those when they're given to me as I don't think I've ever had leftover wine.
    Love the backsplash. Poor Scout! Dogs must be in on the projects. So happy for you!

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    1. SAJ it is SO annoying! We would have had so much fun at your SuperBowl party, and yes you are welcome at any hour, I just made brownies for after school snack, 3:00 is a good time for a visit and so is Scotchtail Hour as we call it.
      Scout was fairly pissed off that she wasn't allowed to do any "helping".

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  31. Beautiful kitchen. I am particularly taken with the chandelier. I love glass light fixtures.

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    1. KnitYarns, the chandelier fits in perfectly, I can't take credit, our designer gave us two choices....much better than looking through websites of lighting fixtures when I don't even know what I'm doing.

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  32. So glad you're back! It was a long January without you, Dani. The kitchen looks so good. I love the chandelier! Such an elegant touch that most people don't associate with kitchens. Not surprising that you brought a touch of luxury into what is normally a room for utility. It must feel wonderful to have the house back in order.

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    1. DF it's GREAT to have the peace and quiet and my house is much easier to clean, a combination of new floors and millwork and all of the crap I got rid of during the process. Thanks Doll.

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  33. You certainly have been cooking up a delicious looking feast. How do you like the La Cornue stove? Wishing you many years of happiness and good times with family and friends your impeccably renovated home. Don't forget to keep Scout's nails clipped to keep the floors and rugs looking their best. My dogs wore my wood floors out very quickly. Hope that everyone is feeling well. Glad that you are back to blogging! Stay warm.

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  34. Gosh your kitchen looks wonderful! I am loving that chandelier and that silky looking tile - it all looks fabulous. Those copper pots are just wonderful too. Are those pinwheel scones I spy? Gosh i miss making those. So happy to see Scout, snow must be like being on the beach for dogs.

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  35. Dani, I love your kitchen. It's simple and elegant as I would have expected from you. The wall herringbone pattern is gorgeous. I love a good hood too. I know you will love it as you cook so much. There is nothing like a beautiful kitchen to spend the day in. Many happy days to come for you in there I hope. Golly that chandelier is fabulous and so is the millwork. I also adore the niche for cups and books. It's the perfect mix of pretty with practical. Love it! xo Kim

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