Unfortunately, not much to update. The tile should be completed by the end of this week. Hoping faucets and range hood get put up by then, too. Lots of little finish work here and there, as well as painting of some doors. But after two months since demo, I will consider the kitchen done once my faucets are in and I can start properly cleaning and putting stuff away.
Of course, we still have to eat. Saturday I decided that I could not live another minute without a couple of gallons of rice pudding on hand. So….two gallons of milk later, a few vanilla beans scraped and multiple cups of sugar dumped, me and my growing girth had rice pudding. I finished it off this morning for breakfast.
Our garden! It is like an extension of our kitchen, although it has not been very bountiful this year. Our soil could use some conditioning. Nevertheless, the kids love it and the herbs have done really well. My son’s sunflower flourishes and tomatoes are plentiful enough to keep the front of my daughter’s shirt squirted with tiny red seeds.
The morning of 4th of July, my family headed to Lake Alice for a morning stroll through the drizzle. Venumadhava had a great time climbing trees and Madhumati had a great time picking flowers, a step up from picking her nose, for sure!
We came across huge elderberry bushes the size of trees and I immediately got that crazed jelly look in my eyes. Conservation area? Whatever! This was rampant elderberries, ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, these must be of the red variety because they were absolutely tasteless. Good for dyeing but lousy for jelly making. Ho-hum.
Dinner. We eat it. Yesterday, the husband and I went shopping and bought my favorite tofu, Tree of Life. Love to eat this stuff raw, just slice and chew. It is great in salads. The husband does not love to eat it raw, so I dutifully cooked some for dinner.
We are still really low on kitchen organization so again I stuck with fresh garden herbs, Braggs, hing, salt, pepper, paprika, Old Bay Seasoning (I know) and buttah. Lots and lots of buttah.
Countertops are in so technically I should be open to baking. However, I am still holding out for sinks. Hopefully everything will be in order by Friday since I am committed to making croissants for my friend, Adi Gopi’s baby shower brunch on Sunday. Here we are below, trying to compare baby bellies.