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I am a wife, mother and grandma who enjoys the many aspects of homemaking. A variety of interests and hobbies combined with travel keep me active. They reflect the importance of family, friends, home and good food.
Cook ingredients that you are used to cooking by other techniques, such as fish, chicken, or hamburgers. In other words be comfortable with the ingredients you are using.
--Bobby Flay

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Exciting News!

If you have been following this blog for awhile you will know we bought a vacation home in the sunny south last March.  Within days of buying it we put our primary residence here in Canada on the market.  The primary goal of selling our home and moving to another home was two fold with being closer to family and friends that will watch our home while we are away.  Our goal is to spend three to four months of the year at our vacation home, something that is not practical in our current rural location.  I am please to announce after sixteen long months our home is officially SOLD and today we signed the final paper for the purchase of our new home.  The new house is actually larger than our current house AND the kitchen is larger as well.  I will have a full and I do mean large bedroom sized room for my pantry.  We have made arrangements with the sellers to move in three weeks before the official closing date so have plenty of time for cleaning, painting and moving the smaller personal possessions.  The larger furniture and appliance will be moved closer to but not on the closing date.  Now let me tell you a bit about my new kitchen and a few goodies on the property.

There are three peach (? apricot) trees, a pear tree and grape vines!  There are a few perennial herbs as well as an established garden area that I will be turning into my traditional square foot raised beds.  The kitchen has a marble floor that I thought was black from our first walk though but turns out to be a dark brown so that changes me colour scheme of black, grey and white with burgundy accents.  The countertop and back splash is tile.  The painted areas are taupe.  The cabinets are oak and their three year old fridge stays so we will have two full sized refrigerators, both Whirlpool.  The built-in dishwasher stays as well.  Unfortunately it is not a Bosch so will be replaced as soon as we move in.  There is a gorgeous deck off the patio doors perfect for dining in the nicer weather.  My husband has talked of turning this deck into a solarium open year round to the kitchen.  There is also a deck off the pool that is suitable for dining pool-side.  We have already purchased a new dual fuel grill still in the crate for the new house since we are not taking our old and quickly aging gas grill.  The new grill is charcoal on one side and propane on the other so watch for more discussion on that after our move.  I am currently shopping for a dual fuel kitchen range even though we are bringing our Jenn-Air slide-in range with us.  I want a gas cooktop with electric convection oven.  There is an outdoor fire pit that we are a bit iffy on but plenty of room for my coveted smoker and with a bit of luck wood fired oven. 

Now you know why I've been a bit slack in posting the last couple of days.  My gosh things have been a whirlwind of activity here with the sale since the buyer wanted a home inspection (3 hours) and then was here later the same day for another hour before waiving all conditions.  The following day we went through the house we are buying again, my husband had to pick up the boat to bring it back to our slip and we had company.  Last night I drifted off to sleep organizing my new kitchen and pantry in my mind :)

2 food lovers commented:

LindaG said...

Congratulations on selling your house!

Kim said...

Congrats - so is the new house in Canada or the US? I didn't quite get that.