All the counters are cleared (for a change)...and no cooking is happening here today. Our country farmhouse was built fourteen years ago and nothing has changed since then.
A panorama shot gives you a better idea of the layout...a u-shaped kitchen which is open to the dining room and great room. The bar is perfect for 'dinner for two', which is where most of our meals are enjoyed. Above the double oven is a television (behind closed doors when not in use)...handy for watching the news over coffee or while working in the kitchen. The door on the right opens to a fair-sized pantry...a great place for storing anything and everything.
That door is normally closed...for good reason! One of the best decisions we made was to put a small chest freezer in the pantry. It comes in handy.
Behind the pantry door is a wall of narrow shelves...perfect for storing tins and bottles which can be easily seen at a glance.
My cabinets feature several towers of pull-out shelving that work well for me. The one above is next to the stove and the ideal place for keeping oils, vinegar and seasonings often used when cooking. The other one stores baking supplies and is next to my flour and sugar bins.
For many people, the space above the hood fan over the stove is a wasted space. But for someone who is tall (as I am) it is the perfect spot to store commonly used herbs and spices. A tiered spice rack makes good use of that space.
As for the floors...they are re-claimed British Columbia fir. When we did a re-model of the original barn on our farm, we saved the timbers and had them cut into wide planks of varying widths, which were then sanded to bring out the rich and distinct patina of the wood. We used this wood (more than a century old) for the floors of the main living area of our house, including the kitchen.
What could be better than having the grands join me in the kitchen...baking cookies, decorating cakes or making desserts? Two of these grands are now teenagers. They no longer sit on counters or stand on chairs to help in the kitchen. Good memories!
Having the whole gang around the table is always a joy. At times it's a bit of a zoo, but that spells family! The table extends to seat sixteen...and when that is full, we set up another table.
Over the years we have shared many wonderful moments with friends around that table. Let me throw in a photo of the ten of us MGCC ladies...taken the first weekend that we all met up face-to-face, in the late summer of 2010.
Whether it is the corn harvest in fall...
...or the doves on a misty morning in spring
...or the sun setting in the western sky, it makes standing at the kitchen sink a pleasure.
And that was just a wee peek into my kitchen...the kitchen that is 'the heart of the home'.