Wednesday, June 2, 2010

green



off the wagon

A few years ago I quit drinking coffee, because I am a very high strung person and I thought ditching caffeine would help me relax. I don't know if that helped, but I no longer rely on it to function, so I consider that a win. But, I've been a barista for most of my food service career, and my husband works for a large local roaster (ahem ^^) and so, we're a coffee family. We have a coffee tree in our windowsill (a housewarming gift from Alia and Jason) and I'm finding myself drinking coffee more often these days. OR MAYBE IT'S JUST BECAUSE IT'S STILL SO GODDAMN DREARY HERE, I AM TRYING NOT TO GO ALL SYLVIA PLATH ON EVERYONE.

I know I'm always BOO HOO CRYBABIES, THE WEATHER ISN'T THAT BAD! I like rain! It's nice! Scarves are cute! Forget everything I said. Nonstop rain (okay, like 3 or 4 days of random sun breaks stuck in there) through June can S my D.

I'm paranoid about my plants, but so far the tomatoes aren't dead yet (knock on wood) and the peas really like it.











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And finally, an obligatory kitchen progress shot. We are SO CLOSE.

so close

It looks so much better than I even imagined it would. It feels weird (wrong?) to have a brand new shiny kitchen because I've never owned anything this NICE before. Is this being a grown-up? Paying bills and working and being stressed out about shit isn't fun, but I guess I can hang with it if it means I get a new kitchen out of the deal.

START MAKING BETS ON THE FIRST THING I'M GONNA COOK! (I'm leaning towards roasting a chicken, but I might just end up poaching some eggs for breakfast as the first thing.)

29 comments:

mllenoelle said...

Judging from your previous blog posts, I'd wager that it would be an egg in some form.

Love the shots of the pea tendrils and the color of your new kitchen!

januarygirl21 said...

I am also very DONZO with this asinine weather. I am really pissed because I planted all of my starts a couple of weeks ago when it was warm and then BOOM it gets rainy and cold and everything dies. The tomatoes are still alive but they are sad about it, I can tell. GUHHHHHH.

Chris said...

Definitely poached eggs.

julie said...

Does he roast for Stumptown?? I was at the Ace hotel in NYC this weekend and their little coffee shop was selling the beans like hotcakes!

shesagoodegg said...

Haha, I always love when you show in my google reader. You are funny, lady.

So a couple of things:

1. I LOVE that green color on your walls. It is really great, and it looks like a place I'd want to hang out in.
2. I am so with you on the rain. I have lived in the NW for 25 of my 32 yrs, and this is insane this year! We had more rain in May than in December, huh?? I can even accept the fact that it always rains in June for the Rose Festival, but May is usually never so bad. It's definitely making me a little crazy - today I nearly lost it over what to wear because it's humid, too.
3. I am also a new veggie gardener, and I am hopeful it will be okay.
4. Hmmn, I think I'll bet on burritos as your 1st meal. I could be wrong on this one, as you're probably sick of taco truck meals. Love your spanish rice - I do this one a lot, so thank you - it makes for any lunch to take to work. I hate cold sandwiches for lunch.

and ps. Because I am juvenile, I think my word verification today to leave this comment is funny -- "homating".

chetanddot said...

i'm in pdx too, and this weather is f'd. it is june, some freaking sun would be nice.

your new kitchen looks lovely. i don't see a lot of green kitchens, but i love it.

and yay coffee!

Kristin said...

poached egg/hippie chow?

Sarah said...

Roast a chicken, poach eggs, whip up some cookies, steam peas, boil pasta...enjoy your new kitchen. I'm super excited for you. big fan of the blog and your vibe.
Cheers,
Sarah

ashley said...

I'll admit, I got to your blog through the broccoli, but I've been following it for quite a bit now. Looking forward to the new recipes you try out in your new kitchen!

My husband and I are visiting PDX soon for the first time and you keep talking about taco trucks, I want to know where I can find these and which are the best ones! Future post? (Ha, because you're not busy with a million other things...)

Becs said...

Feeling your rain-induced pain up here in Vancouver, BC. Sucks.

I vote poached eggs. For any meal.

Lindsay said...

We're in Milwaukie and planted our veggies in containers the day before the sky started its lovely rainfest a couple weeks ago. I'm pretty nervous for our tomatoes and such too, but it's supposed to perk up for a few days next Monday. We'll see...

I dig the kitchen progress. How much longer until it's done?

Heather said...

A coffee tree on the windowsill! Is it growing well? We once cultivated hibiscus on a sunny windowsill in a frigid wilderness. That made me so happy. Perhaps a coffee tree would work here indoors in Pennyslvania. What do you think?

Emma said...

Just wanted to say...I really enjoy your blog. =D I'm not sure if I've commented before.

I hope you get some sunshine soon!

karrey said...

Oh my god, your countertops! And that sink! Ugh, I love it.

sTyliSH1 said...

I say roast a chicken, then shred peices apart and top it with a poached egg...mmm now that's a breakfast :)

P.S. I don't even eat meat and that shiz sounds good lol.

Busy Peas said...

I love the photos in your post...peas are my fav! We are about to have a weekend of rain here in NZ, so I am feeling your pain, and your right, scarves are cute!

Kimberly said...

The weather, truly, is making me mad. As in insane. I can hear the rain pouring through the downspout as I type this. So...ditto. And your peas are looking gorgeous (as well as your kitchen - JEALOUS) and you've reminded me I need to rope back mine.

Pacific College Mom said...

Your kitchen and peas look equally inspired, and as for being bored silly with the rain, SAME HERE IN CRESCENT CITY!!!!! We've had 5 inches (no, that isn't an exaggeration, sad to say) IN THE LAST 2 DAYS. And this has been the norm all winter and spring. Don't get me wrong, I like the rain, too. Otherwise I would've moved away from here years ago. But even if we did need the rain, I would love just a couple of days without it, is that so much to ask??

Course, next month when it finally does simmer down, I'll be complaining about something else, so what ya gonna do???? eheheehe

Love your blog!

Melynda said...

First, I love the shots of the peas, very nice. And second, the kitchen is coming along nicely. Being all adult and in charge is really OK, which translates to, you can cook what you want! Enjoy.

maggie said...

LOVE the garden shots. Makes me wish I lived in a place where the weather wasn't "hot" and "hot as a crotch," like TX is. Sweet spring veggies like peas don't stand a friggin chance in my garden.

Mandy said...

scrambled eggs, just to keep it simple, because moving back into a kitchen always takes some time and lots of dinners of scrambled eggs, at least in my experience.
Your pea plants look gorgeous. Ours are just finishing up their year here in Southern Indiana.

Victoria said...

Oh it's lovely, I adore the colour. Yours is a gorgeous pea colour, we too have a green kitchen with white cabinetry, but it's a more soft olivey green, but without the khaki factor in it. I love yours, so fresh and the tops are gorgeous.

Lisa-Marie said...

Your pictures of green-ness are beautiful, and I LOVE your kitchen!

Poached or soft boiled eggs with asparagus soldiers and some parmesan? This is what I am craving at the moment, so it is what I suggest!

Christine said...

I've been trying to give up coffee for the same reason but to no avail. I absolutely love that shade of green in your kitchen. Can't wait to see the final results.

Mary said...

The weather has been terrible here as well. The kitchen is really coming along. I know it will be a relief to have it done. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

Bossy Chef said...

I vote eggs in hippie chow.

Jessica said...

I love the paint color you've chosen for your kitchen. And I have to say I could do with a little cloudy rain, as long as it's not accompanied by the insane heat here in Texas.

Kenon Thompson said...

Great post and congratulations on the new kitchen! I'm going to put my bet on the poached eggs being first.

Tom said...

Hi just foun your blog, and foun it very interesting, good work. having your own garden is a amazing thing :D Nice pictures as well.