In My Kitchen: Reality Check

Reality Check in my kitchen

Reality Check in my kitchen

Reality Check in my kitchen

Reality Check in my kitchen

Reality Check in my kitchen


I’m playing along with Heather over at Beauty that Moves. Here’s a look at what’s going on in my kitchen!

It has been quite the week in our house. We’ve had a bit of illness, a bit of last minute birthday parties in Germany, and a bit of getting ready for a long trip to grandma and grandpa. I’m feeling worn out and excited all at the same time. I’m taking a break from my meal planning series. Now’s a great time to catch up on soup, pantry, and fish days. I’ll do pasta next week.

As much as I’d love to be sharing pictures of yummy food, the fact is that most of our meals came together in a blur this week. Soup never happened, I think we ate leftovers. On Tuesday I made Indian food that only the adults liked. Last night I walked in the door at six, cooked like crazy for 45 minutes, and then at dinner Peanut told us he’d eaten fries and frikandel at the birthday party. In other words, Pumpkin wasn’t hungry after a roll late in the afternoon and Peanut had already had dinner. We could have eaten those Indian leftovers at least half an hour earlier. I could only laugh.

Today’s a reality check, because after dropping kids off at school, this is what I came home to. A kitchen in need of a attention that mirrors pretty much every other part of the house and, to a certain extent, my life just now. There were shoes left on the mat from Pumpkin playing shoe store yesterday morning. There were dirty dishes in the sink and clean dishes in the dishwasher. Our breakfast tray was still on the table (this is how we try to be efficient with getting bread toppings to the table in the morning).

My first move on entering this mess was to make a cup of coffee and attack the situation the only way I know how: make a plan. I used the last of the milk and managed a half-a-cappuccino. The lists have been made and I do believe I’m ready to tackle this day. Wish me luck!


Let me know how things are going in your kitchen, then click that link and go see more kitchens at Beauty that Moves.

11 responses on “In My Kitchen: Reality Check

  1. Joy

    Oh, how I understand! The mess can be overwhelming, and yet clearing and cleaning always seems to calm me down in the chaos, too. I am laughing at the kids who have already eaten, too. I feel your pain. I’m afraid the last time it happened to me I didn’t have nearly the sense of humor that you did. Cheering you on as you clean today!

    1. Christine Post author

      It might have been a laugh of total defeat – or realizing I’m the one driving myself nuts. The mess is starting to be replaced with order. I do believe I’m breathing again. Thanks for stoppin by.

    1. Christine Post author

      Things are busy but turning out OK. I’ve also discovered that this day, like so many others, will actually end. Then we get to go on to the next adventure – whee!

  2. Lora S

    We were sick with the flu for ages, it seemed, after a trip to Asia in September — I just realized that might be why I’m literally tired of cooking right now. But I adore your philosophy — and your kitchen looks fantastic despite your misgivings!

    1. Christine Post author

      Family flu is no fun at all! I always end up back to the basics at those times. A few years ago, I started keeping a list of family favorites by season. There are only a few dishes per category (maybe two or three soups, for example), but they always make us happy. It just might have to become the comfort food list! Thanks for stopping by.

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