Long Time Away

  I feel so rotten that I haven’t posted in so long. Honestly? Time just got away from me. I suppose that happens to all of us at some point in time.  There really hasn’t been too much that has happened. Life seems to be on a steady (ish) road. At least for now.
   We have been actively searching for solutions to our little “Bad Credit” issue.  I think I’ve said it before. We love where we’re living. But this little 1000 sqft 2 bedroom townhouse is too small for a family of 5. We met with  someone this weekend who is going to help us fix our credit. He said realistically we can look at being in a house of our own by next August. AMAZING!  Sometimes I just really lose hope for change. I think we all do at some point in time right?
  SO with renewed hope I begin to plan. Again.  I have no desire to get caught packing and sorting 5 days before a big move. Perhaps if I have 9 months to plan, sort, de-clutter and save perhaps I can be prepared when the time comes. Well, knowing myself like I do I will likely procrastinate as much as possible until the last possible moment. But there is so much we will need and want.
  So. Once again my focus comes to my kitchen. Poor thing, is so tiny there is hardly any counter space. Let alone storage room for more than what I consider to be a modge podge of the absolute most primitively basic necessities. 
   I truly believe that my most logical actions are to put my safety suit on and properly dispose of the items that currently reside in my kitchen. Well most of it.  My grandmother’s china and my grandfathers mugs that he won in a fishing competition need to find a place of honor worthy of housing such valued sentimental pieces. However most everything else was given to us when we very hurriedly moved into where we are now. So to say they are very used may be the most grand understatement of the year.
    I was using one of my pans today and I found myself thinking “Wow, I can’t believe that I have had these for more than 5 years and they lasted this long!”  We purchased the set at Walmart for $39. All I can say is Never again. I think I’d like to replace them with something I took the time to research and pick out carefully. Of course I feel lost. I don’t even know where to start! But I would like something similar to these: (Sorry I can’t figure out how to add code right this moment -_-  )
5-Piece Enamel Cast Iron Red Cookware Set
KitchenAid Gourmet Aluminum Nonstick 10-Piece Cookware Set, Red
And Don’t even get me started on bake ware! I think I might just have a slight addiction. I have a slight obsession with Vintage Jadeite. I would fill my kitchen with it if I could afford it!:
Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Baking Dishes
Bonjour 3-1/2-Quart Covered Round Casserole
Camp Chef Home Seasoned Cast Iron Bread Pan

Rada Cutlery Stoneware Cookie Sheet, Made in USA, 12 x 15 Inch
Calphalon Classic Bakeware 12-Cup Nonstick Muffin Pan
Old Stone Oven Pizza Stone Round
 Goodness, Can I express how much I love to use my kitchen!? Cooking, baking they are so much fun! Mixing bowls? I prefer stainless steel. Mainly because when I am making lemon curd or melting chocolate I like to have the ability to stick the mixing bowl directly in a pan of boiling water.
Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowls

Misc Kitchen Tools? Yeah Like a kid in a candy store, I can NEVER make up my mind:
Progressive International Silicone Spatula 3-Piece Set, Red
Core Bamboo 2971 3-Piece Colored Utensil Set, Strawberry
Oxo SteeL 11-Inch Balloon Whisk
Taylor Classic Instant-Read Pocket Thermometer
CDN TCG400 Professional Candy & Deep Fry Thermometer
Progressive International Stainless-Steel Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Set of 5
Measuring Cups – 7 Piece Stainless Steel Set by RSVP
Oneida Wing Corkscrew, Chrome Plated Cast Zinc
Ironwood Gourmet Acacia Wood Large End Grain Prep Station
Ginsu Kotta Series Japanese 420J2 Stainless Steel 16-Piece Cutlery Set in Bamboo Storage Block 4816

Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Grinder

Le Creuset Stoneware 27oz. French Press, Truffle

Geez and this isn’t even everything… I think I’ll take a break!