|Yes, that shirt does say "The Coolest Thing That Happens in Parkersburg!" LOL|
That being said, I think I need to say a proper goodbye to the old place.
Goodbye old kitchen. Good bye ugly avocado green counters. Goodbye stupid dust collecting shingle roof (although I will miss decorating you for the holidays in the most ridiculous ways I could think of). Goodbye mismatched fruit tiles and your nicotine stained grout. I've cooked a lot of great things in you, and I hope you treat your next inhabitants well! I'll miss you, gas burners!
Hello expansive granite countertops, matching appliances, real hardwood floors, and mile high cabinets that I can't even reach standing on a chair! Hello tons and tons and tons of natural lighting! Hello glass cooktop, which I have NO idea how to use... I'm looking forward to many fun Daring Kitchen challenges in you!
I have been cooking! We went to the farmers market the other day (they have it twice a week!). It's definitely a far far cry from the Des Moines Farmers Market, or the City Market in Kansas City's River Market... but it's all I've got, and I'm going to utilize the crap out of it! AND I got 2 zucchini for $1!!! I ate one for dinner and turned the other into zucchini bread!
By the way, check out the cleanliness of my oven! Holy Cow!! It SHINES in there!
We've done a bit of exploring around. There is a really cool historical district a block away from us, and a downtown area that has so much potential (you can tell they are really trying to turn it around. It has a few great cafes and shops in there, and so much room for more!) There is a church about a block away, and it beautifully rings in the hour all day. I love it! We also found a really cool park that overlooks the city:
If you can climb the stairs of death to get there.
Man, a trip up there everyday and I'm going to have buns of STEEL! It's like a whole mile of stairs! Really!
Just to let you know, my Daring Bakers Challenge (which is going to be a good one, I can feel it!) is going to be a few days late. Tomorrow I'm flying up to Wisconsin for one of my best friend's wedding this weekend, and I won't get back until too late to post it. As soon as I get back Joel starts his residency, and then it will just be the little lady and I, but I'm going to work it in between nap times (since every second of awake time is being spent learning how to WALK!), and I promise to have it done soon!