Monday, January 22, 2018

Kitchen Anniversary Clean OUT!

Last year we did an entire kitchen gut and remodel. You can follow the story on the blog, starting here, Whole House Remodel: Kitchen--Finally!

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We are in our late 60's and we did the entire thing ourselves....with help from friends and family. We assembled and planned an IKEA kitchen. It was a dream kitchen designed for big family meals, canning, baking, and a love for crazy amounts of vintage stuff. 

When we moved into the kitchen after four months of construction---ALMOST---everything I could possible want to use fit in all the planned storage. We decided to keep everything that fit, and purge those items not used after a year.

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Well, it's purge time. I'm not an organized person by nature, so along with a cleaning program, I began on the drawers last week. The section above had been designated everyday dishes and casual entertaining a year ago. 

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Drawer 1 is the everyday silverware and casual serving ware. We entertain family a lot. Usually under 12 people. I cleaned this out reorganized a tiny bit. I've used dividers in this drawer and don't regret this at all. The drawer basically stayed organized for the whole year. (I did pull a lot of pushpins, screws, nails, toothpicks and some paper bits out of here, though)

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Drawer 2 Before----I use paper plates and plastic plates as buffers. The bowls and small plates all stack very well, so there's no shifting to speak of.

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After cleaning and re-stacking the drawer, I have space in front, perfect for some bags of napkins, I use for quick use if someone pops in for a cup of coffee or desert. My casual dishes are mixed blue and white, and a few red, vintage as well as new. I have a stack of green anchor hocking bowls, I wish I could find more of.

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These paper napkins were found here and there in the kitchen, so I organized them and used them for the front space of my Drawer 2.

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This works, and I will continue to use the paper plate dividers, until I come up with a better (redo) solution. Purchased dividers would be expensive and wouldn't be the correct sizes anyway.


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Drawer 3 was filled with casual serving pieces, bowls, and my Chopper/mixer case (I use that a lot, 

right above on the counter). This had lots of odds and ends stuck in there---that didn't belong. 

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No. 3 empty--this is a huge drawer, I have one IKEA divider holding everything.


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While the drawers are being cleaned, I mineral oiled all the teak handles on my mid-century Scandinavian serving pieces and some of my wood bowls. These get a work-out all year long serving the extended family. They are unbreakable so no one has to worry about breaking anything. Formal dining is lovely for holidays, but for a Sunday cookout not so much.


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Drawer 3 completed: I alternated glass against plastic/metal/or wood. Rearranged with the odd pieces pulled out and there is lots of room and it's all easily accessed by the drawers.


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Surprisingly, I have used everything in this drawer way more than once this year. Some things weekly.

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This vintage platter---I'm moving to the living room buffet housing the formal dinnerware. I had pulled it out for the holidays before we put up the Christmas tree, as it was hard to get into the buffet with all the holiday decor surrounding it.


I started next on the island which has two cabinets of 3-30" wide drawers.

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This is my cleaned top drawer in what I called the baking cabinet. Very little left this drawer and very little had to be moved. Zoning drawers is the best way to stay neat. YES, I use everything here often. We do 'family' (sometimes 4 family) baking or cookies, pies, pizzas, and canned applesauce.

The box on the left is my silicone pastry pad. I have mixed and matched dividers in here. The cup of batteries are for my scale and auto-mixer for pot stirring, which I don't leave in the appliances.

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Drawer 5 is the middle drawer and has mixing bowls, glass and plastic measuring bowls, my blender stick, battery pot-stirrer, rolling pin, caulk gun cake decorator, two antique sifters, and all the tips for cake decorating, corn syrup and two containers of shortening. I have thought of dividers for this, but after using one for awhile I pulled it out to utilize all the space.



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This is the purged stuff from the 5 drawers---well, the napkins were reorganized, the plastic serving pieces/bowls actually belong on the back porch cabinet. The rest will be dealt with or filed. 
Not too bad for an unorganized person for a whole year.



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NOW---BEFORE--Drawer 6 with baking supplies, well, it's a disaster. Basically, I bought too much stuff to do at Christmas and then it didn't get it done...sigh. So--I have to tackle this which has to be organized---in a better fashion--for the next post, or.... 
maybe AFTER I bake Valentine's goodies!


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Hopes for a New Year

I started this blog as "Something Old, New, Green, Redo." I wanted to share life experiences, the arts, my meagre talents, my humor,  and exhibit the treasure trove of vintage goodies I have inherited and those fun things I find.

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But, like all the fabulous ideas in my life-- I have managed to only become Old and I think in complete need of a Redo!


Blog or not to blog, that is the question.

Do you ever feel like that, overwhelmed and definitely in need of a redo? How about being an unfocused mess---that's what my blog seems to me. Like falling down the rabbit hole.....ever deeper.
However, that is me...an unfocused sometimes messy person.

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Blogland 


What has changed in three years---well, the actual Blog World mostly, not me--for sure.

The vibe is different now. Not as personal, but calculated. Posts are more and more generic, aimed at the largest audience. Buzz themes are for the moment---geared toward advertising. I don't even have to look at my blog reading list to know decluttering, closets and storage are the unwritten themes for this month. Blog sponsors and sponsored posts will be from those categories.

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Not here---Everything is old or scrounged for my coffee cabinet. No promotional possibilities here...lol.


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Organized drawers from our kitchen remodel...they don't look like this now, lol.
I still love my dividers---possible promotion there.


You've got Mail!

I have watched my primary and social g-mails lists go from full everyday to insignificant, while the promotional section has swelled past 100's each day as everyone jumped on the advertising promotional bandwagon. I can't tell you of how many blogs I have dropped/or blocked emails from, this last year.

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I checked my mail last night about 8pm, but---Primary this morning was 21, Social 30, Promotions 92.

So what about the content? Primary mail includes my Etsy shop and paypal--which was 10 of those 21. Seven of the remaining 11 were my own comments to others. Social---is filled with notifications and newsletters, not much better if they are also in Promotions. And hidden in Promotions were some of my favorite blogs, operative word--were my favorites.

How to lose your readers.

How do you lose my interest?---Inundate me with blog posts of how great this ugly (promoted-free) plant looks in my home, regardless if it is to scale, or even close to what a real plant might look like in my locale.

Example, cactus in a traditional home in New England, or a Norfolk Pine in the desert.

How about a post (several) of a hideous orange rug (from a sponsor)---placed in a new room in a new home---that just doesn't work---but is promoted with smiles by the blogger and kudos from the reading masses.

That post brought to mind the Hans Christan Andersen fairytale of "The Emperor's New Clothes."  The King was convinced he looked fabulous by adoring courtiers as he paraded in his 'all together-', until an honest child broke the spell, laughed-pointed, "The King is in his all-together!"

not mine- source- UK phrases


The unwritten RULES.

I do know the rules,---never say anything negative---just say nothing at all.

Despite the orange rug promoter having one of the most popular link parties in blogland, I dropped the blogger from my list and said nothing at all until now. Dozens of you are cringing remembering that post and the sell-out! Miraculously the rug disappeared once the bloggers contract with the company was completed only to be replaced I'm sure by something else. I hope the rug was donated to a charity, so something positive could come from it.


"To thine own self be true."

Three years ago, a blogger blogged maybe three times a week. Now popular blogs-post everyday sometimes more---with some sort of BLOG-MASTERBOT, linking/themselves with infinite podcasts, U-tubes, newsletters, updates, pinterest, twitter, blog-loving....and lots of other ways of screaming READ ME, I don't subscribe to.

I thought blogging was to enhance a life-style, not become one? I don't begrudge someone wanting to make a dime, but there must be better ways and still keep your 'soul'.

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Only a few bloggers---really SHARE---their actual selves or skills on their blog. I gravitate toward those blogs and hope my readers are doing the same.

My own blog posts now have fewer comments and are far between, why? Are my posts---really unread, or irrelevant? Or have I just NOT jumped on the promotional bandwagon to produce those desirable  numbers to venture into Ad-arama blog-land. I have long been eligible.  Since I'm not planning on doing any sponsored posts or be owned by any major company---should I continue?

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Unnamed Mulch at the bottom of the stairs---? Ad opportunity?




Do I try harder, or fall to the wayside, like dozens of my favorite bloggers? My hopes for 2018....

WE shall see.


Hmmmmm...perhaps like-minded bloggers could promote PROMOTIONAL FREE BLOGGER  on their site with a logo or something? Maybe we need to start a movement!

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Wouldn't that just be the cake and the frosting for 2018, lol, having to PROMOTE---promotional free blogging.

The below has always been on my blog, perhaps I need to post it at the top? It was a conscious decision, a thoughtful intent. 


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Traditional Danish Christmas Luncheon

GLAEDELIG JUL!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, this year, I had a taste for our OLD traditions.
Since my parents have past, we have not had a Christmas Day Brunch. Here we normally celebrate 
a traditional Christmas Eve and everyone has Christmas Day in their own homes.



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The Danes celebrate both days. 
The Smorgasbord style meal is a mixture of hearty foods. 

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The cold plate is sausage, Leverposte (Liver pate baked) with red onions, Rollepolse (traditionally lamb or pork rolled with pepper and spices) these are served with hearty rye, pumpernickel and egg breads.


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A crab-shrimp salad with chopped celery and onions served with lettuce.

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Cheeses, Jarlsberg wedge(nutty creamy cheese-Danish), Danish Blue cheese, American sharp cheddar, and mozzarella.

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Pickles are served in a variety of styles, the pickled asparagus was served with ham wedges.



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Herrings, and hot garden mix. Pickled gherkins, beets, dill pickles and American corn relish, a favorite here.

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Danish Sausage (Medestepolse-is a mild pork sausage with a delicious mix of spices, this is served hot or cold-boiled.

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Hot Parlsey buttered red potatoes, American mix veggies, and creamed cabbage which is sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. 

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The table is waiting for the guests. My husband was Santa Claus and very hungry, 




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Lots of coffee and cocoa!

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Normally this luncheon would be served with spilling glasses of beer and shots of a wicked 
liquor of Akvavit in shots, But, everyone travels so far, that drinking and driving is not a 
great idea. Instead we have coffee, cocoa, fruit juices and water with lemon. 

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After cookies and cake, we have presents---Lots of presents.
Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas full of memories and family. 

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Nostalgia and Whimsy

I've been slacking on posting this year. I've been slow at everything, and decorating has been a month long...snail's pace process. The buffet is always a centerpiece for our home.

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When you have Grandchildren you decorate for them. Usually this buffet has the entire village up, but this year, I went with a snow and our favorite things theme.




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Unpolished family and thrift store silver softly reflects the lights. The white weasels are Royal Copenhagen from my family's collection. 

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A dapper mouse ski's on the snow, while Santa floats in a boat.



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A sugarplum fairy, vintage trees, a plastic scene, an old chalkware Santa, and mice all occupy my buffet forest.

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Two polar bears nestle under a dome, while birds, shelter below.

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The Nisse elf (representing Scandinavia), is one of an old series of Santa's around the world, issued by Carson Pirie Scott in the 1990s. I have several. I have two Rudy's, one from my husbands grandparents, and one from mine.

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We can pretend it is Rudolph and clarice.  The Ty baby, is the Grand's and she always wants it in the decorations.


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Mama Bear and baby, play in the sparkling snow---they are Royal copenhagen from my family.
The sweet bird, is one of the last gifts I gave my mom.

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Back in the forest, a sweet fairy does her magic.



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Only a few feet away is the Christmas tree. This is the first year with all glass ornaments in quite awhile. We downsized the tree last year, and it has wonderful open spaces to showcase our collection.



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In an Antique fenced stand, a few toys lurk before presents are banked around the tree.

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My 19th Century spinning wheel, has a few decorations. I still have elves to find that will play on this.
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Hoping your Christmas is filled with Nostalgia, Whimsy and Love. 



Thanks always for visiting. 
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