Where there is potential

Nick and I are browsing regularly for housing now, with our impending wedding, and planning to purchase a house not long after we’re married (if all the cards fall correctly, anyway!).  It’s been an interesting search so far; we’ve gone from downtown lofts to outlaying almost-rural areas, to established urban neighborhood fixer-uppers.  We’re still in the deciding phase, but here is an example of something that sort of scares us regularly about purchasing an older, unrenovated home.

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This is my personal nightmare.  I hate this layout with a passion.  I have purposefully strayed away from some of these styles of homes because of this terrifying kitchen.  But maybe I’m wrong…

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WOAH!  Talk about impressed!  The combinations of wood, stainless, and brick are exactly what we were looking for in the loft-style homes we were originally after.  Also the sliding chalkboard, so fabulous!  This gives me a lot of hope for developing a great design even in a home that’s not (or even far from) perfect.  I didn’t realize there was this much potential in a kitchen like this!  Wow!  Makeover originally posted at Apartment Therapy.

What’s the most surprising transformation you’ve seen lately?

Get into my car!

So, to take off from last Foodie Monday (I had a really good name for what Monday posts were going to be called and I have since forgotten completely.  I am slightly annoyed about that) post, wherein I plotted to begin using MyRecipes.com to create a little more interesting meals for Nick and me.image

One of the things that’s pretty new to me is fresh garlic.  It.  Is.  Amazing.  Period.  However, it is a nasty mess to chop.  I have a few good knives, but I don’t know yet how to use them well enough for chopping.  Besides that, I hated for my fingers and hands to smell like garlic for days after.  So I went looking for a garlic press, and instead I found… this!

I am calling it a Garlic Car, and it is my new favorite thing.  It is actually the Handheld Garlic Chopper, but that’s just no fun at all.  It has wheels, it’s a car now.  Anyway.  It’s simple to use and really safe, a clove or two of garlic go in the top, and then you send it on a trip around the counter or six.  Magically you have wonderful, tidy chopped garlic.  Want it minced?  Go around a few more times!  And after you have delightful minced garlic?  Your fingers don’t smell like it for three days!  Hooray!

It was more expensive than a regular garlic press at about $10, but for the fun little thing it is and how useful it can be, it was totally worth it!  It definitely seems it would be good for little kids, too, safe and fun to roll around.  I can’t wait to let my nephew try it!

What’s your favorite fun kitchen utensil?

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