Saturday, August 20, 2016

First Breakfast in the New Kitchen -- I'M BACK!!!

Good morning! It seems like a lifetime since I've posted here. As some of you already know...I moved recently to a new home. It has been a long and arduous, not to mention HOT, process to say the least (so far we've had 70+ days above 90 degrees here when the average is only 30 days). Not exactly the perfect temperature to be moving in...and the humidity...DON'T EVEN ASK!

We are slowly getting settled into our new home. Still have lots of boxes to unpack but I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We've installed new carpet, repainted much of the house, re-done the kitchen (yes, ANOTHER kitchen remodel...the 2nd in 2 years -- am I crazy or WHAT?). We've got the last (hopefully) contractors coming later this morning and then life will hopefully return to some sense of "normal" (after I finish unpacking the last 40-50 boxes, that is). I've spent the last few months keeping my other house "showroom ready" and spotless (brutal), packing what seems like hundreds of boxes and now unpacking all of those boxes that seem to have doubled. I've not gotten more than 3 hours of sleep in a night except for ONCE in the last few months. I'm hoping to slowly re-emerge from "zombie mode" back into the human race. I've been blessed by a very understanding boss who has allowed me to juggle one million things at once which has enabled me to retain my sanity (or most of it).

Anyway...be expecting to see more and more of me again SOON! I wanted to share a photo with you of my very first breakfast in my new kitchen. After 2 nights in a row of "yogurt" for dinner...I decided I needed some REAL FOOD this morning to get me through the day. It isn't anything fancy, and the photo was taken with my phone (sorry), but it's the maiden voyage on my new stove, so I wanted to share it with you! LOL Scrambled eggs w/ cheese and bacon...not to mention I also enjoyed the FIRST cup of coffee in my new house this morning, too. I've missed blogging more than I could have imagined but just couldn't squeeze one more thing into the short 24 hours in a day. It feels GOOD to be back. Enjoy!




17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are back! I've missed you!
WDM Iowa reader

CyberSis said...

Hi there, Ayla. Welcome back! I don't envy you the moving ... been there, done that a few times ... LOL! But on the other hand, it IS a nice feeling getting a fresh start in a new home, isn't it! I know that you still have lots to do to get settled (a gross understatement, I realize) so take your time getting back into the "swing" of blogging. In the meantime, I didn't run out of recipes while you were away ... N-oooo! Between the old favorites plus all the other ones waiting in the wings, no way was I going to run out!

Terrific pic of your first "real" meal sizzling away on your new stove! Thanks for sharing it. So comforting ... looks like home. :-)

Stephanie Trahd said...

Welcome back - I've missed you! I hope this is the first of many wonderful breakfasts in your new home! Wishing you all the very best settling in and making it your own.

Eileen Vogel said...

We have MISSED you Ayla! Love your new stove and cannot wait until you are settled, rested and ready to send us new ideas to try! You are THE BEST!

Carol Wilj said...

So glad you're back!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! I'm so excited to have you back!!

Barbara Gordy said...

Welcome back! Love the stove.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks to ALL of you for the kind comments. It is good to be back. :-)

Denise Bricher said...

I've been looking for a new recipe for a few weeks, and finally discovered that you were in the process of moving. A new kitchen is a bonus to the move and don't forget you get a shiny clean house to live in - uncluttered!

Ken Carpenter said...

You have INCREDIBLE taste in stoves.....Brand please!

Missed ya and hope you and your husband are getting settled in!

Peg said...

Well, HI GG!!! Gosh I've been wondering what happened to you. So glad to hear that all is well. Congrats on the new house. Can't wait to see what new dishes you come up with in your new kitchen :-D

Unknown said...

Welcome back. I enjoy your blog. Is that a Samsung range? I'd love a review as I'm considering one in the future.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Unknown,

Yes...it is a Samsung range! I love it. It comes in both regular stainless steel and Black Stainless...I went with the black stainless (primarily because that color came with a black porcelain top which is easier to clean without scratching than the brushed stainless steel cooktop). It is a beautiful range with a huge oven and the capability to use it as 2 separate ovens as well. To be completely honest, I've only used the cooktop a few times since I got it 2 weeks ago and I used the oven for the first time this evening. Both worked nicely. I can probably give you a better assessment in the near future when I'm fully back to cooking with it every day (we're still unpacking). Stay tuned! :-) Oh, P.S. -- this is the model I got: http://www.samsung.com/us/home-appliances/ranges/slide-in/nx58k9850sg-slide-in-gas-flex-duo-range-with-dual-door-black-stainless-steel-nx58k9850sg-aa/

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Ken!

Thank you. We are slowly but surely settling in. It's a Samsung range. This is the model I got (a slide-in range): http://www.samsung.com/us/home-appliances/ranges/slide-in/nx58k9850sg-slide-in-gas-flex-duo-range-with-dual-door-black-stainless-steel-nx58k9850sg-aa/

:-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Denise,

Thanks. Well...it will be uncluttered once everything is unpacked and in place. Now, it's sort of a mess! ;-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Peg,

Thanks so much! I just created my first new recipe in the new house this evening. Stay tuned for it to be posted later this week! I actually turned my oven on for the first time! ;-)

Unknown said...

Thank you for your feedback on the Samsung range. It sounds like a great product.