I’ve lived in my apartment for almost two years now and spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, so I thought it was about time to share my top 3 tips for working with a small kitchen space.
If you’re moving out on your own for the first time, moving into a new space, or organizing your existing space don’t feel like you have to organize and buy all the kitchen tools at once. That’s certainly not what I did. You can add on naturally according to your needs and lifestyle.
I love cooking and baking and pretty much everything related to that, EXCEPT doing the dishes. Does anyone love washing dishes? Sometimes it can be relaxing. But more than anything it’s a chore that can’t be ignored.
When I was a kid (and even teenager and young adult), I wasn’t always the best about doing the dishes. My mom was not happy about that. She had to remind me to clear my plate from the table. I would sometimes rather do homework that wasn’t due soon instead of do the dishes. And that was back when I lived in a home with a dishwasher.
Growing up, I always wondered why mom had so many cookbooks, yet another one would always show up on her Christmas and birthday wishlists. She’s such a good cook and she doesn’t always use a cookbook when she’s making dishes. Sometimes what she’s making is so simple or she’s made it so many times, that no recipe at all is required. Or, a lot of times she will pull out one of her recipe binders with tattered papers of various sizes — cut outs from magazines and newspapers, notebook paper with handwritten recipes from close friends and printouts of emails from family members.
Now I get the obsession, if you will. It’s not about wanting to cook every single thing in a cookbook, but rather getting inspiration from a variety of talented people with different interests and specialties.
I guess what it comes down to is that when you’re into cooking like my mom is, and I have become, you want to use every available resource to get good food on the table for your family.
Here are the cookbooks in my current collection:
Fast & Simple
The Cookbook of the United Nations
The Portlandia Cookbook
The Everything College Cookbook
Shoutout to my friend Mina who got me the first two on this list. :) The cookbooks “Meatless Dishes in Twenty Minutes” and “Cheap. Fast. Good!” shown in the photo are actually my mom’s and I’m just borrowing. Also, as you can probably tell from the title, The 12 Bottle Bar is a cocktail book and that doesn’t count as a cookbook.
And here’s what’s on my cookbook wishlist:
Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen
The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes and Kitchens from Apartment Therapy
Do you have cookbooks and use them regularly or do you find yourself more often searching the internet for recipes? A bit of both? Are there any cookbooks on your wishlist? I’d love to hear!
Hello, hello! It’s past midnight on a work night, but I just wanted to check in and share some photos from my new home.
I still find it hard to believe that I live within walking distance of the beach. This is seriously a childhood dream come true! Considering that, though, I should really go there more often. I should make it a goal to go to the pier, shore and/or walk along the sand at least once a week.
Santa Monica sure is pretty! It’s very inspiring.
P.S. Speaking of goals, I’m going to get a post up soon about how I did with my 24 before 24 list. As of Groundhogs Day, I’m 24 years old and getting older all the time. As Ferris Bueller said, “Life goes pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
After about a week of no posts, I’m back to blogging. The past seven days have been fairly busy, but fun. I just wrote a post about what I did each day and I accidentally closed the tab right as I was coming to the end, but before I had saved it. Does that ever happen to any of you?
Well, here is just a little of what I have been up to since my first post last week when I promised a post every day. That goal should be more realistic now that I am done moving from my apartment to my mom’s house.
On Friday, the day after I started this blog, I moved from the apartment I had been living at all school year (that’s nine months!) to the house my mom, aunt and older sister have been living in. My sister and I are sharing a room since the first time since I was 9 years old and she was 12 or about that. On Monday, my mom got me a new dresser from a coworker to help give me more space. She is so sweet!
This is my boyfriend Paul and me at El Torito Mexican restaurant on Saturday for our school newspaper’s end of the year banquet. Thanks to the copy editor, Charlina Allen, for the photo. He was the multimedia editor for The Poly Post, Cal Poly Pomona’s independent student newspaper, and I was the news editor. On Sunday, he graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and I sat with his family as we cheered him on. It was a good weekend!
This is an amazing dessert creation by my aunt Georgia. She brought a pan of these delicious things over last night when she and my uncle Paul (one of the many Pauls in my life) came over for dinner.