Upgrading From Small Townhouse To Mini Mansion

Getting the right kitchen set up is critical for smooth domestic bliss.  I have a daughter who runs a very busy web based business – she and her partner are on the go all the time.  To add to the mix, they have two dogs, both of which need plenty of exercise and hands on care.  I sometimes wonder if they’ve gone stark raving mad.

They are currently in the process of moving to a much bigger house, out in the country.  Living up to the dreams of so many hopefuls on a certain well known daytime lifestyle property search programme.  We spent the last week chatting endlessly about what needs to be installed in the new kitchen “if we’re lucky enough to move . . . .” following every sentence.  The new house will need new white goods in the kitchen and utility room – as a first port of call.  Good job there are some fantastic online sites dealing with kitchen and homeware upgrades!

Vigilance Needed For Party People With Special Food Needs

By golly it can be a very trying time to be planning weddings and anniversary parties for the average British summer at the best of times, but this year has been unbelievably complicated.  Spring eventually drifted in from a cold and very wet, but not particularly notable winter.  The flurry of spring weddings and easter festivities generally happned without a tremendous amount of heart ache.  There was pockets of bizarre activities on the news – variouss old fashioned ames being revived for the many charitable bashes about.

When catering for a large and varied bunch of folk, there will inevitably be cause for concern that everyone has read the invite / ad and noted if they need to request any special dietary items.  At a recent party held a a local boating club, the hosts had made sure there were choices, and these were kept entirely separate from main stream.  Oh and don’t get me started on gluten-free!

Luncheon Parties Need That Special Extra

Ah the need for a good clean kitchen – imperative when certain relatives are on the prowl.  I am not big in entertaining per say, but when it is my turn to do lunch, the food part is only one minor element of a very busy session of me becoming more closely acquainted with the room at the back of the house with the strange cooking implements and large stainless steel sink.

I have got my recipe planning down to a fine art, I have six complete main meals and three alternative desserts which I select from, depending on the season and what I already have in stock.   A rissotto is my default choice, but obviously not too often in case I repeat it in a moment of forgetfulness.   Once the food side is clarified, getting it prepared early on is essential.  I then give my kitchen a really good going over!

Sporting Jam Scones Have To Be Planned For

Ah, just as the sound of leather upon willow conjurs up the tsmell and taste of cucumber sandwiches for me the very name Wimbledon, or as it is now very fashional to do, call it SW19, brings the thought, sounds and taste of strawberries and cream!  There are probably many other very good examples of such food and sport pairings.  This brings me to the subject of kitchens.  Whenever there is any kind of amateur sporting fixture that needs food to complete the afternoon, then someone’s kitchen is going to be needed to bring about this feat of domestic engineering.

With any kitchen related purchase, be it the full remit of cabinets, integral whit goods, thre has to be a proper plan of action before any purchase and fitting is attempted.  Online suppliers offer a tremendous scope for design, installation and fitting – all it takes is a bit of cooking skill and heaven is acievable!

Kitchen Ideas Stimulate Latent Domestic Passions

In a recent splurge of activity I was going around some of the more up market kitchenalia suppliers for ideas to offer a dear relative of mine who is about to reluctantly downsize house – but not her kitchen supplies.  It was a breath of fresh air to me for sure, having not really taken on board a great deal of the excitement surrounding the upsurge of interest in all things baking, master chef-ing, pattisserie-ing etc.  I am a basic down to earth cook but with a stunted imagination.  It was wonderful to look at the kitchens themselves – great shiny gorgeous cookers of all sorts.  An absolutely amazing array of appliances, big and small.  What I really liked was the colour co-ordination going on in most of them.

The sheer joy of the demonstrators was unbridled passion in some quarters.  What happiness can be gained from all kinds of kitchen ideas!

From Advertiser Acorns Come Ideas Like Oaks

Oh for that beautifully appointed kitchen – the object of many a dream.  Perfection in the execution of every kind of meal imaginable.  The confection that could be oozing from the beautifully matching appliance . .  . .  oh yes, the best possible things happen to every family with a decent kitchen, or so the advertisers would have us believe.  It is true to say though that if you have all the right components in useable, ergonomic sensible placement, then this should fire up the thought processes when a stream of mial times is called for.  Not all of us like the idea of delving into the deep freeze for that next box of ready meal.

With the sheer number of fantastic food based programmes about, there should be more really good food put ot there on the collecting meal table! A few ideas online can also be a great mood booster – being able to browse for kitchen design and behavour

Spring In The Step Follows A Spring In The Air

The joy of a new fresh spring arriving cannot ever be over stated!  The long winter season has gradually shifted away, taking with it the grotty dank muddy cold.  Boy hasn’t it been cold too.  Not quite as much snow as the children would like of course, but freezing conditions for many more days in the late season.

Now though, having established that spring is in the air, we turn our attention to the joyfulness of the lighter season.  Firstly we have the Eastertide festivals – family gatherings with lamb and lighter meat meals and rather a lot of chocolate quite probably.  Before that of course comes Good Friday with the ritual hot cross bun eating toasting and eating.  Kitchen appliances are always lovely to have and renew.  Easter seems such a good time to do this, especially with such a choice online.  It is now possible to get anything your kitchen loving heart desires.

Keeping Your Kitchen Looking It’s Best

Kitchens are a main hub of the home, so it is important that they are kept looking their best!  This can be done easily using a few handy tips and tricks to keep your kitchen clean and beautiful.

Firstly, make sure all clutter is put away or thrown away.  This is the number one rule for making sure your kitchen looks tidy – simply washing the dishes and putting them away after you have finished with them will make a big difference to the overall look of the kitchen.

Next, have a good look round at the appliances on your worktops – do you use them everyday? If not, could they be stored in a cupboard out of the way?  This would free up lots of space on the worktops and make the room look much bigger.

Finally, keep your window clean!  It is surprising how mucky a kitchen window can get, especially with cooking steam and oils being used daily.  Keeping your window clean and streak free will make your kitchen look lovely.

Designing the Ideal Kitchen

A kitchen is a fundamentally important room in the home – it is often where guests seem to congregate during social gatherings and it is obviously where we spend a great deal of time preparing food and eating.  It is therefore important that this room is designed with ease of use in mind as well as visually pleasing design features.

First and formost, think about the space you have to use.  Are you planning to fit a table into your kitchen?  A breakfast bar?  If you have the space, it can be a nice idea to have a table within the kitchen as it offers a space to eat the food you prepare without having to take it through to another room.

Try to get your cooker, oven, sink and fridge aligned nicely so you do not have to move too far between each one.  You want a ‘working triangle’ where you can easily get to your different appliances.