Thursday, July 29, 2010

Deconstructed BLTs, Cabinet Painting and Helpful Hands

I tip my hat to those who make it through an entire kitchen renovation. Who knew what havoc a simple cabinet painting could create? All the cabinet doors are away at the painter's shop. What was behind those doors is revealed to the world right now and it's not pretty!

All the needful appliances are strewn about the dining room. All the utensils that were stored in drawers are hidden no more. They are strewn about the all-purpose room (breakfast nook, simple supper dining area, computer room, etc.). The bacon for our deconstructed BLT last evening almost burned because I couldn't remember where the tongs were residing at the moment.

The painter is slow and methodical--perfect! And, while he works on the base cabinets, he regales me with stories about our neighborhood. He's lived in this town all of his 68 years. In fact, he lives in the house his grandfather built. I have a list of questions regarding local lore that I plan to ask him over the next few days.

Let me tell you about our deconstructed BLT. I had some more of the naan in the freezer and some of those lovely tomatoes (artfully displayed on the living room coffee table--remember the kitchen is being painted). I refreshed the naan in the toaster oven (in the dining room) and topped it with a variety of tomato slices which I marinated in a balsamic and olive oil dressing. I added some torn fresh basil, crumbled bacon and bleu cheese. It was beautiful (I couldn't find the camera for a photo) and quite tasty.

And when all is finished, I'm going out and flag down....



23 comments:

  1. Laughing out loud at that crazy car! How embarrassed do you think they are to drive that contraption around town?

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  2. That car is so funny! It's almost as bad as that exterminator car with mouse ears!

    And your description of your entire kitchen strewn all over your house is very familiar. But just think of the great kitchen you'll have. It was the only thing that got me through it!

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  3. Yes.. kitchen renovation.. shades of November '09. I remember it well. STILL putting things back. It will be worth it.
    Guess what we had for lunch yesterday... thin sliced french bread, a little canola/mayo, sliced tomatoes with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Bits of basil on top. YUMMY!! We decided this would become one of our typical lunches. (Having to find news ideas now that hubby is working from the home.) I did broil this.
    Have a great day!
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  4. That car definitely attracts your attention!! Hope their cleaning job is as good as their ad campaign! LOL! BTW, your description of the BLT made me drool!

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  5. Hi Bonnie, your kitchen reminds me of my bathroom reno. A tiny project that turned into a big nightmare. Still not done as a new floor needs to be put in. I'll post when it's comleted! Anyway, BLTs and just a plain old tomato sandwich are soooo delish.Tomatoes are my fave vege...I know, it's really a fruit but...

    Have a lovely day, B.

    PS - your son was at Comic Con the biggest convention held in SD every year except it has now outgrown the convention center and is in danger of changing its venue. The city is on pins and needles about this! Did he manage to visit Old Town?

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  6. I've been there with the kitchen renov. A royal pain in the...but you'll be SO happy when you've got your new kitchen!

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  7. How wonderful that your painter has lived there forever! Enjoy the tales!!!!

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  8. you have my sympathy's while you wait. the problem with talking workers is they take much longer to get through. we had a plummer put new pipes and faucets in our kitchen sink, he was a story teller. what should have been a 1 hours job took 4. my husband was livid. for that reason the next time we got another one and I asked the lady on the phone to send her fastest and best plumber. she sent a jewel. he did not say 10 words while working and did it fast and wonderful. of course you would miss all those story's.
    love the maid service. what a creative idea.

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  9. Cute, Bonnie.... Renovation 'has' to be done--and it is such a hastle, but just think how great it will be when it's all finished!!!!!!

    We have a maid service around here called "Merry Maids" ---and it reminded me of the ones in your picture.

    Your sandwich sounds YUMMY.....

    Hang in there... It will all be over soon.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. We went throught this same thing maybe ten years ago, when we had the whole kitchen completly renovated. The fridge had to reside in the living room, no cabinets at all. What is naan, I don't remember you talking about it before, did I forget? Your kitchen will be worth it, how much longer?

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  11. Your BLT sounds delicious but I also like the plan to have Merry Maids assist in the reconstruction. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. You are keeping your sense of humor. That is all that is important during construction.

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog this morning. It's always fun to "meet" new friends, isn't it?

    Anyhow, I know I wouldn't want to go through a kitchen renovation. Several years ago, we ceramic tiled our kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room. That was bad enough...and everything was well hidden behind the cabinets which were not touched.

    My daughter, who aspires to go to culinary school, has become the cook in our family. She's been wanting to take over the kitchen duties for awhile, but I enjoy cooking too, so I wasn't ready to give it up. However, it's a passion for her (I only like it), so in April, I surrendered my kitchen to her. And she makes all sorts of delicious creations...and turns us on to different foods. Naan is one of those foods. She made a chicken korma about 6 weeks ago, and it was served in naan. Prior to that, I couldn't have even told you what it was. The things you learn from your kids!!!

    Anyhow, wishing you a lovely day,
    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

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  14. Ginny: Naan is an Indian flatbread. I used it in my tomato sandwich a few posts ago.

    I haven't seen the drawers and cabinet fronts but the base needs one more coat. He also painted our back door this morning and then said "you can't close it for 24 hours". Huh? I guess Oliver will have to really perform as a guard dog tonight.

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  15. I know it's an inconvenience, but it will make you appreciate the finished kitchen even more! At least you know it's temporary and that you'll soon have a fabulous kitchen. (And your sandwich sounds delish!)

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  16. I feel for you! There's nothing worse than renovation, especially KITCHEN renovation. We're having our wood floors done next week, but we scheduled it specifically because we'll be out of town. Otherwise I'd go nuts!

    And I'll probably be finding me one of those "helpful hands" when I return home too...LOL

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  17. The maid service will certainly get your attention. Just keep reminding yourself how wonderful your kitchen will look when all is said and done.

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  18. Bless your heart! For me, the only good things about all that would be a. knowing my cabinets were going to look fantastic and b. the 'old days' stories. A BLT in any way, shape or form is good comfort food. I'd say you needed it. Happy reno-ing!

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  19. I went through kitchen renovation a couple months ago and almost went nuts; those are tough times.We have Molly Maids around here.

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  20. I'd love to have them visit my house too! Hope your kitchen gets done soon and you can get back to normal. Meanwhile, it sounds/looks like you are still getting some fine food!

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  21. I am so glad you visited Artfully Graced and gave me the opportunity to meet you. This BLT sounds intriguing...something my husband would love. I'll run next to you as you try to catch the Helping Hands maid car...I need help, too. No kitchen reno, yet, but a house in need of cleaning as I paint...Have a wonderful weekend...and I'll be back soon.
    Jane

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  22. Wow, that BLT sounds good. I love Naan...and bacon...and fresh tomatoes... I'm definitely going to give that one a try! Hope we can see the finished product when your kitchen is done!

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  23. You are so brave for living through a kitchen reconstruction. I've done it once and it was a killer. Your BLT sounds fabulous. I love the little Naan breads.
    Sam

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