January 4, 2011

This is a trying time. Trying to get things back to normal. Trying to get my kitchen and pantry reorganized. Nothing seems to be where it should be. Various containers are stacked any which way and the shelves where they belong are full of other things and I don’t recall exactly why I put them there instead of where they belong. It must have made sense at the time but at present it just seems to be a jumble.
I know all this stuff fit on the shelves neatly before I began pulling out containers of ingredients. I haven’t added any new containers so they all ought to fit comfortably on the shelves but for the past few days I have just been staring at them, on my forays into the pantry, and wondering how I am going to get everything reorganized where there seems to be no empty spaces.

This is the way the pantry looks at present:
All those containers stacked on the floor belong in those shelves behind them. They came out of there and have to go back. Otherwise I will never be able to find anything.

At least the cart that transports the mixers still has a place to fit although one of the rollers has caught on something on the floor – I hate cork flooring!

The other cart holds my extra oven (also another mixer that usually sits on the other cart but it is easier to move without that extra weight.

I know that I am procrastinating and everything will get done once I actually begin work on it but I am being rather lazy at the moment. A bit of a let down following the holidays and all the activities of baking and etc.

We had snow night before last, 4 to 5 inches in my yard but almost all of it was gone by the end of the day yesterday. I still have a few patches on the north side of the house where the sun doesn’t reach but that should be gone tomorrow when it warms up a bit more.
There were the usual problems on the Grapevine and in the Cajon pass, as well as on the 14, but not as bad as it was a couple of years ago and certainly not as bad as we had the El NiƱo year when the roads were closed for a couple of days.
I know people from back east and up north think we are strange for having so much trouble with such a small amount of snow but when people are not used to those driving conditions, it can be scary, and dangerous.

Aston did some exploring in the snow – gingerly.

He shows what he thinks about this stuff.

And after we came back inside and he had his feet warm and dry.

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5 Responses to January 4, 2011

  1. cherie says:

    andie, you hate your cork floors???! i aspire to them…why do you hate them? my beloved library (pasadena central) has them, and i love them there, and have heard that they make great kitchen flooring…did you install them, and what turned you against them? i’m crushed to hear that, as i value your experience and opinion greatly!

    • asenjigal says:

      This cork floor in the pantry is old and pitted in places and almost impossible to get really clean. It has been resealed a couple of times because I had plans to replace all the flooring and was hoping to keep it a bit longer but it’s getting to the point that I simply can’t live with it.
      This was the first or second generation of cork flooring and I’m sure the stuff available now is much better.

  2. Darienne says:

    I can see why you are so enamored of Basenjis. Aston is a beautiful dog. So clean-cut and elegant looking.

  3. Ann Putnam says:

    Hey (as they say in the South,

    I just discovered your blog from one of your posts on egullet and was amazed that we have so many things in common. I was born and raised in Western Kentucky also, now live in California (above San Francisco), am obsessed with food and cooking, have more cookbooks than I can count (some of which are the same as yours), and was also born during World War II, so we have to be close to the same age. I too garden, though not always successfully.

    I am fascinated that you make your own butter. Your photographs are terrific and
    if I could carve out the time I’d try my own hand at it. I will try your cornbread recipe. I order my meal from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and have recently gotten back to preparing iron skillet cornbread fairly often, even though here in the Bay Area we have so many incredibly fabulous breads.

    It has been a treat “meeting” you through your posts and blog. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m actually a “pre-war model” as the folks used to say back when WWII was the main war worth mentioning. I remember the later years of the war, VE day and VJ day, when we got our news on the radio.
      I’ve ordered heirloom cornmeal from the sites listed on the Cornbread page, Anson Mills, Falls Mill (also in Tennessee) as well as some others.
      I did place one order for the Old Mill popcorn meal and a bag of their buckwheat flour but was disappointed with both.
      I’ll have to try again with another product.
      I still have more than twenty pounds of dried corn so won’t be ordering cornmeal anytime soon.

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