I love to cook, but unfortunately, I have found myself in a situation where I have a somewhat incomplete kitchen.  It consists of an island, two wall ovens, a double-burner hotplate, and an electric frying pan, which has saved me.  I have a few random pieces of furniture that serve as storage for cookbooks, dishes, and other things which would usually live in cupboards.  I do have a dishwasher and cook top, but they are still in their boxes.  It won't be possible to put them into use until the cabinets are put in.  Oh, and the kitchen sink?  It is in the basement in a box, so for now I use the utility sink in the laundry room.  Just when we seem to put away enough money to get somewhere, my work load is cut back, or something unforeseen happens.  But the purpose of today's blog is not to gripe.  I have gotten quite used to my half-kitchen and although it takes quite a while to heat my large stock pot, I manage. I do catch myself daydreaming at times....just thinking about washing dishes in the kitchen, rather than walking them to the laundry room gives me goose bumps! 
   This situation has not stopped me from cooking for friends and family, though I often feel as if I have a hand tied behind my back.  I have learned short cuts, and also have become really good at a few things ....figuring out what I can cook ahead of time, boiling potatoes in the least amount of water possible, as it takes some time for a pot of water to come to a boil, and narrowing down my tools, since there isn't room for everything.  I am figuring when I do get this kitchen completed, I will be able to do things in record time!  There is a bright side to everything, and I believe, a purpose for every situation.  I love watching  visitors when they go to put a glass in the sink.  One lady literally spun in circles looking for it, and the puzzled look when she couldn't find it was priceless.  And it is humbling.  Cooking is one of my passions, and I can't wait to dive in with both hands....but in the meantime I am cooperating joyfully, most of the time.  With one hand behind my back.

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