Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

January and The Kitchen

This is my kitchen
In my 1920s house
Basically, there isn't much more than what is shown in this photo
In the 20s, kitchens were food factories
It wasn't a place to entertain or even socialize
And when Linderhof was built,
it was meant to be the domaine of the paid cook

And even though I love to cook,
my small kitchen really suits me
for I'm not a social or an entertaining cook
I like to cook
Then in the dining room or breakfast room, have people enjoy
the delectables which came out of the kitchen!

Every January, I do a closet, cabinet and drawer clean of the whole house
Christmas is often not good for my organization
Plus cleaning sometimes in December is spit and polish
as one find time or just before company comes.

The dreary January days are perfect for going through everything
And then coming back and really cleaning.
Not quite as thorough as the Spring or Fall clean
For it's really more about the inside of closets, cabinets and drawers!

But this year, I decided that my kitchen cupboards needed a redo
Sadly, I don't have any before!

Last weekend, I took EVERYTHING out of the cabinets
It was ALL OVER the countertops and island
It looks as if a TJ Maxx had exploded in my kitchen!

Then slowly, I went cabinet by cabinet, replacing the shelf paper
And adding plastic lace to the shelf edge
And put back what I felt like I used
Where I thought I would use it!
(Which wasn't necessarily in the same place it came out of --
which confuses Husband Jim some . . .
but it's good to give them puzzlements ...sometimes!)

And when I was finished I was quite proud of my work!

My main cabinets where I keep those items I use most often

The cabinets on the other side of the kitchen

The double door cabinet
which now houses all of my Johnson Brothers Indies
on the bottom two shelves
It's my breakfast dishes
and my luncheon dishes
The top shelf holds some Blue Room plates
(which I often use when I have company for lunch and don't want to do dishes by hand!)

The corner cabinet next to the double cabinet.
Bottom shelf holds my bone china Spode Camilla tea set
(and now I have a teapot to match!)
Middle shelf holds a Wedgwood pottery Asiatic Pheasant tea set
And the top holds blue and white milk pitchers

The cabinet to the left of the sink
holds the glasses that we use the most
I've had them "forever" and not broken a one
They're French and plain and are wonderful
And next to them juice glasses

To the right of the sink:
My blue and white breakfast for one set on the bottom and middle shelf
(An estate sale find for "nothing" because the estate sale company thought it was a bunch of mismatched china!   I immediately realized what it was and was so excited)
The top shelf holds some German cake plates that matches a big German cake plate that is stored elsewhere!)

The corner cupboard
Bottom shelf holds my English mixing bowls
The middle shelf holds my mother's covered cake plate
And the top holds my Spode punch cups

The little cabinet next to the corner one
Bottom shelf holds smaller French glasses
(I had no cabinet that would hold them all!)
Middle shelf holds my breakfast things -- egg cups, egg coddlers)
Top shelf holds more cake plates -- these are French and are blue and white with fruit on them and I have a sandwich plate and a round cake plate that match.

A couple of days later, I finished the "outside" of the cabinets,
I scrubbed all the cabinets, washed all the glass doors, wiped down backsplash, washed off light fixtures

So the kitchen shone . . . both inside and now out!

And there's always something nice about the smell of clean!

The island is a piece of marble over 100 years old from the kitchen
of the place where I worked for 30 years.    When it closed, I was able to get this piece of marble
that had seen many biscuits and breads made on it's surface.

The refrigerator, cookbooks and the cabinet next to it that holds most of my baking pans
and items too deep to go into regular cabinets.

The other side of the kitchen where the coffeepot, tea kettle, toaster and mixer reside.
The island shelves hold small bowls which I often use when I cook,
teapots (the Utilitarian ones so that they're hand if I want to make a pot of tea)
and the bottom shelf holds pitchers for when I want my tea cold!

It was nice on Tuesday, to mop the kitchen floor and know I was done . .  .
At least for a year!
Will it stay this way?
Who knows.
What will happen to the things that I found non-essential?
Who knows,.
But I do know that I will not get rid of them until at least January 2020
In case there is something important there that I truly need!


Pat said...

So many things have changed. . .and yet, are so~o~o familiar in your Kitchen.
The cabinet arrangement is absolutely lovely!
I changed many things around our Galley Style Kitchen cupboards
after we arrived home from vacation to "Mr. Ed's" puzzlement, as well!
Love the addition of lace on the shelves!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

The is amazing! I love your kitchen, though I like larger kitchen, too. But yours is so cleverly arranged and filled with such beautiful and useful things! I should really do some reorganization in my kitchen, but I think I need to wait for more daylight and energy.
Your energy is astonishing!

Kim said...

You have a lovely kitchen! I love everything about it. Where did you buy your lace for the cabinet shelves? I really love how the lace looks.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the color of your cabinets. Your kitchen looks small but compact and efficent to put out your delicious meals. We are putting in new door fronts so we too have taken everything out, nothing is going back unless I really need it and not till cleaned.
So TJ Maxx exploded in my dining room where I have put it all!

Karen said...

Well I have to tell you - I am a huge fan of Gladys Taber myself.. just came across a blog entry of yours from years back when I googled her name to find a book title - and your "galley" kitchen reminds me of the kitchen at Stillmeadow! I live in Connecticut in an 1835 farmhouse we resurrected- and after I discovered Gladys books a few years ago, my husband and I took the 1.5 hour drive over to Southbury to see the house also. So enchanting to see it in person! Brings Gladys writing truly to life! Your home has the same charm.

But I got way off topic here - glad to have found your blog - you have a new reader.

Zaa said...

Such a charming house... I love the way you renovated the chicken cabinets...Older homes seem to have a personality that shines when put your heart and soul into it... all the little lace embellishment made me smile... DELIGHTFUL ...Hugs