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bend it like bekvam

I hope you caught my latest pistachio-filled post over on Anilia’s blog A Little Inspiration.

We are super, super busy taking apart furniture, wiping down cabinets in the new condo, and squeezing through the maze of moving boxes in our apartment.

You were right (FBI agent Mr. John S. was indeed the first to guess) that we do not have a microwave in the new place—and, no, I would never sacrifice the counterspace for one. We’ll live. We will also live without phone, cable, and internet due to the massive Verizon worker strike. (September 7th update: we are still without virtual connections to the outside world—Verizon estimates 7 weeks to installation—hence the lack of gorgeous food on the blog. We have, however, been eating plenty in the new, fabulous kitchen).

Some consolation: I’ll be too busy to surf the net unpacking all of my kitchen goodies and interpreting the Sweedish instructions to assemble BEKVÄM, the kitchen cart on which I finally landed. It’s smaller than what I would love to have both counter and storage space. But to fit both a mobile work station and my cookbook shelf (aka a great piece from Andrew’s childhood bedroom), this is the best bet.

(Click here to see the new kitchen where Bekvam will reside next to Prickles and Rocket, my new plants).

Your turn:

Does anyone have experience staining birch? Spray vs. paint primer? Techniques? It’s not an immediate goal, but would be fun to stain this at some point to make it a classier home for my mixing bowls and kitchen tools.

Do any readers own Bekvam or have any experience with IKEA kitchen products? IKEA would not be my first place for furniture, my upcoming trip is primarily to load up on affordable ceramic pots for the abundant greenery I picked up at Peppers yesterday. Our new kitchen has two bright windows with generous ledges already filled with arugula, chives, cilantro, parsley, and rosemary. We have no furniture in there yet, but the greens are already flourishing!

I must rest up before tomorrow’s big and rainy move, but I will report back on kitchen things (and my herbal survival rates) when I sneak back to the apartment for internet connection [to you].

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Once again, dear readers, we are mixing it up.

Smitten Kitchen was my first. I had really not discovered another blog—I mean blog of any kind—before starting A Pear to Remember. But then came Use Real Butter and Not Without Salt and the blog love began. One could spend an entire day discovering new writers and recipes on blogs; thank goodness I do not own one of those “intelligent” phones with internet access.

Though my food blog community is growing, I am utterly hooked on home rennovation blogs and cannot pass up an opportunity to point you to the right (okay, scroll down a little more) to the new Nesting category.

You may recall my nutty nut wreath and abundance of interests outside cooking. Like reupholstering chair seats. What fun Mom and I had updating a chair for Lindrew’s bedroom at my parents’ home—yes, the walls are eggplant, how delicious! Sometimes I simply cannot restrain myself and must share other fun things with you (perhaps a flute concert next time). Who doesn’t love a fun before and after???

Since conquering this bitty chair, I’ve been eyeing all kinds of furniture to which I can take a staple gun (which I will be needing for Christmas, hint). Just need a house first. Andrew and I will be moving in the upcoming fall into a real live house, and I pray daily for a gas stovetop.

You will only find a few home blog links for the time being, but they are really cream of the crop. I think our apartment is super cute (in a funky, artsy way) and will be soon documenting our place in all its tiny glory before we pack up. Can’t wait to share with you. Food next time, promise.

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