In my kitchen is my now retired husband…
Okay, that’s not my husband but a gift to him from someone who’s obviously not worried about John doing his performance review next year. My husband’s hair is a little sparse and I admire the extent that this fella went to to find the perfect gift. There’s Chia Pets all over the stores but it’s hard to find a Chia guy and you might not be able to read the fine print, but it is HANDCRAFTED! Can’t beat that now can you? Actually, after 20 years as a controller with EMC my husband had quite a round of parties and send offs from people from all over the company (and yes, he did get some extremely generous gifts other than Chia Guy).
John’s been incredibly worried about what he’s going to do in his retirement years but I took care of those worries the first morning of his retirement! Despite an incredible heat wave here, we needed to get the yard spruced up because this Saturday is the engagement party for my daughter Niki and her fiancé Tim. So we’ve been scraping and painting the deck, taking out shrubs, digging out stumps, and slinging mulch. We ended up with a huge brush pile and I was lucky to coerce our backlogged landscaper to at least come with the chipper and get the mountain of debris out of the yard.
Then, the food planning and decorating ideas…
Rather than take individual photos of what I have (still more to buy), I just took one shot of what I have so far (still plenty more to buy). I found terrific disposable steam tables (back left) for the hot foods. They have a metal stand, then you put the foil tray for hot water on the stand with the food trays above (cans of sterno under). The craft store had some little chalkboard stands to label the food and note everything that’s gluten free for those with sensitivity. Since the wedding colors will be gray and pink, I found silver plates and utensils. In the middle are adorable flower shaped cupcake papers for pink M&Ms and I will put the little silver balls in the center since they only had one box of those. Boy, are M&Ms expensive! The candy store has these dispensers where you put the plastic bag under, pull the lever…and spill about $40 worth of M&Ms all over the floor! I went into shock when I weighed and got the price on my bag of M&Ms but decided not to complain since I’d trashed the woman’s store…oh well.
We’ll be using plastic wine glasses and my “pink” champagne glasses arrived yesterday.
What? They don’t look pink to you? They don’t look pink to me either and I was about to call the company to complain when I looked at my online order…yes, they certainly were pink in the picture but then after reading the description that says CLEAR champagne glasses, I realized they’d just poured pink bubbly in the glasses for their photo. Guess I’ll be looking for some pink champagne.
But my absolute favorite item in my kitchen this month came all the way from South Africa! My dear friend Mandy (do check out what she has in her kitchen this month too) sent me these perfect cake decorations. I get excited any time I get mail that isn’t a bill or piles of advertisements but I was truly touched that Mandy would go to the trouble to send me this little gift which I will use to top the mini cakes – I’m thinking of a making heart shapes on the cakes. Thank you again Mandy, you are one of the sweetest most thoughtful bloggers I’ve been lucky to meet via our blogs.
So wish us well and send us some sunshine. In the meantime, check out what Celia has in her kitchen this month, as well as the other IMK friends who’ve posted what they have going on. Thanks as always to Celia for hosting this monthly feature – Celia, you’re the best!