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Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:03:52 pm »
Madly I'm getting a kitchenaid.  I have wanted one for ages  :D. I'm getting the ice colour.

I have nearly refilled the pantry - yay. Still a few things to go, but it's getting there.

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: July 20, 2013, 02:27:39 am »
Thanks for the help choosing ladies  :D  I think I will go with the colour on the left - just need to check it with the colour of an appliance I have on lay by - want to make sure it comes close to matching  ;D

Bedlam - the new floors are an Embleton bamboo called Beach House.  I love it!

We did have a few teething issues with some things.  The oven had an incredibly noisy cooling fan.  After a weekend and one service call I had a repairman here the following Monday.  Turns out the fan was not installed properly and was hitting the casing when it was on.  Now fixed.  Same weekend - we had a leak in the cupboard under the sink (all plumbing was done on the Friday).  Luckily it was a small leak and easily contained by a Tupperware container  :D.  Damien the plumber came by on Monday and fixed it up.  If they are the only problems I'm very lucky!

One of the funniest things to watch was the boys bringing the new fridge inside.  It had been sitting in the garage for about 4 weeks and I was hanging to have it inside and working.  They couldn't get it through the front door - even after removing the security door.  Had to take it the long way around the house and over a grassed area to take it through a set of double doors in the lounge room.  All very amusing I assure you.  3 fellas - one fridge - the fridge almost won!


Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:49:24 am »
Yes Michele - I designed just for the TM - it even has it's own downlight  :D

You sure did see a scrubbie Gert - they're great aren't they?

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:35:17 am »
OK so it's been more than two weeks - but the bench tops are in!!!!  So I now have a cooktop, sink with running water and a dishwasher - bonus  :D

The newly functional kitchen has been busy too.  Had my brother, SIL and kids over for dinner last weekend and last night we ad a joint birthday party for my SIL and her eldest son.  The kitchen has had a workout.  Cooking for 15 done!  I've been challenged to go for 20 next time  ;)

The only thing left are the splashbacks.  They have been measured and I need to finalise the colour.

The photos show the now clean kitchen - with benchtops  :D and a close up of the splashback colours.  They are similar, one is slightly more blue and the other slightly more green.  I'm not sure which one to go with.  I'm open to ideas from my fellow forumites  ;D

I'm loving the new layout.  We managed to have 5 people in the kitchen last night making sure dinner was served and hot without running in to each other.

If anyone is local you are welcome t come and have a sticky beak  :D  I'm near Frankston in Vic.


Chit Chat / Re: I Love Chocolate I Love Thermomix Book Competition.
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:57:25 pm »
My favourite is cheesecake.  It love the baked variety, but any cheesecake will work for me  ;D

I am number 24.

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: July 01, 2013, 01:42:51 pm »
Well it's been a big 3 days since the last post.  Saturday was spent emptying the lounge room to pull up carpet.  Also pulled up the carpet and remaining Lino tiles in the hallway.  There was a crew of 11 (Including 5 kids) who worked incredibly hard to get this done.  Oh and we removed all of the skirting boards too.  That was fun! My brother and I left a few commemorative holes in the walls  :D

A big thank you to all of my family for pitching in and helping us get it done!

Today was the big flooring day!  It looks magnificent. Yes I have photos, but I'm in bed so I'll post them tomorrow.  Should be the last kitchen construction day tomorrow, so nearly complete kitchen photos complete with awesome floor coming to you soon  ;D


Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:04:41 am »
GF - I did hear your swoon, but you're in good company I do that when I look at it too  :D

DJ - glad you are getting some inspiration.  I have to say I have loved planning my kitchen.  I took my time, did a lot of research about the products I wanted to use and how I wanted it to look.  I found going to the Grand Designs Show last year was a big help.  I ended up basically planning it myself and pitching my design to the 5 people I had come in and quote for the job.  I got my own way on most things too  ;D

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:46:12 am »
Friday afternoon is early knock off for my kitchen installer - more time for me to stand and stare as well as open and shut all available door and draws  ;D  I do love soft close!

So, as mentioned earlier it isn't complete, but I'm not annoyed.  I think Adrian has done a great job so far and he will be back next week to complete the job - yay!

I've attached 3 photos from various angles in the kitchen.  What is amazing to me is that the kitchen actually looks bigger now.  I'm not sure that comes across in the photos though.


Chit Chat / Re: Kindle advice please
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:50:46 am »
A friend of mine has the paperwhite - she loves it.  We both have the old keyboard version and she has been pushing me to get a paperwhite  :D  It does help that she has relatives in the US and has it sent to them.

I can't justify a new kindle as my old one functions quite well, but the paperwhite is on the list for the future.

Chit Chat / Re: Here's a thought! Would you . .?? Could you . .??
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:46:43 am »
Yes not sure I could do it.  OK lets be honest I'm essentially lazy so I probably would be bothered  :D

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:27:21 am »
I'm having a marvellous time sharing all of this!

The kitchen won't be finished this afternoon - apparently it's a big job  ;)  It is all coming together now.  Most of the cabinets are in place - including the work cupboard - yay! (That's for when I work my way to my Kitchen Aid goal - because I really MUST have one).

I'll definitely post pm photos today though  :D

The templates for the stone benches are done now - they are going to be picked up today.  The rest of the electrical is happening next Wed and the plumbing the following week when the stone is installed.

As I am having the bamboo floors installed on Monday Adrian (who is too shy for a photo - sorry Robyn) will be back next week to finish the pantry.  So it's taking a wee bit longer than expected, but as I have to wait for stone for functionality it really doesn't matter.  :)

Photos later.


Cakes / Re: Madeleines or Bear Paws
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:08:27 am »
Ooooh I wondered what that tin was when I cleared the baking cupboard.  Excellent!  This will be one of the first recipes for the new kitchen - well up there on the list anyway  :D

I wonder if they will covert to gluten and dairy free easily????  Anyone tried it?

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:51:16 pm »
Update - yay!  We have cabinets installed!!!!!!

We weren't without water for long Michele - just a few hours on Monday to isolate the kitchen plumbing.  So all good  :D

The kitchen is going well, I think the plan is to have all the cabinets done today.  The stone people are coming for their bench template this afternoon - the holes for the sink and stove were done this morning.  Oh yes it was an early start today - but not too bad.  6:30am is better than 6:00am  ;D

So the photos show the work in progress.  They are taken roughly 2 hours apart - so about 1pmish, 3ish and 5ish yesterday.

It was great seeing the reaction from my sister and nephew when they arrived home yesterday - they're excited now that they can see what I was imagining!

Babies and Kids / Re: Home-made tinned spaghetti
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:23:55 am »
Just saw this one.  Thanks JD - I will be making this for my nephew and then teaching him how to make it.  The boyo would live on tinned spaghetti if he was allowed to  :D

Chit Chat / Re: Woohooo - New Kitchen has begun
« on: June 26, 2013, 02:01:37 pm »
Ooh Gert you could use banana leaves too!

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