Friday, August 14, 2009

My Dream Kitchen Reality

For quite a while I've been involved in a project that I couldn't say too much about and it was killing me because it's so exciting. I've been dying to share it! Forgive me as I indulge in a very personal post about me as a real person and not just a craftin' decorating blog surfin' kitty lover but mostly it's a post about the incredible blessings I've received. I promise there's pictures of something I created further down *smiles*

Remember when I went to the Sysco Food Show in Charleston earlier this year? I didn't exactly explain why I was there, what purpose it served other than I was helping out my friend Cindy with her project. Here's Cindy's project.

Now y'all know me as a Hob Lob lovin' gal... but what you don't know is way before that I went to school to fulfill a dream of becoming a Chef. I ran out of money half way thru school and decided to learn the rest on my boss's dollar. And I did... I learned a lot. I also learned that a woman with a teenager son and husband who traveled for his career at the time wasn't an ideal candidate to climb the corporate kitchen pot rack to the top ~ super long hours, late nights, weekends, holidays, basically no real family life.

I worked here and there... Met some incredible people along the way, made friends, kept in touch. But I couldn't find just the right fit for me and my family so I ended up in retail. I never meant to stay there so long but it just sort of happened. What was supposed to be seasonal work to get me thru the holidays till I could find something in my field turned into years. I got lazy, I quit looking, I shopped the sales *smiles*

Then I got an email, I've had the same goofy email address since 1996. It was from one of the friends I've made along the way in my working life ~ Cindy! She was in the planning stages of making her dream come true and God Bless her (!!) she invited me to join her. And by joining her, my dream came true!

Hello... I'm the Chef!

Welcome to my dream kitchen I designed!

My pot rack table, how cool, I can't wait to see if all filled up!

My beautiful hot line where the magic will happen!

The giant monster back in the corner is my HIGH temp heat sanitizing ware washer!

My beautiful floor!

My desk!

My pot filler!!!

Top left is my steamer and on the bottom left is my baker's DEPTH combi oven! Be still my heart!

I went shopping yesterday for my smallwares and once they are delivered then I'll share some photos of those. And I met with my purveyor Jack from Sysco and dazzled him with my menus I've been working on. The whole experience has been exciting and a dream come true. Thank you for coming on my little kitchen tour, I hope you enjoyed seeing it as much I have enjoyed sharing it with you!


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Grits414 said...

What great news!!! Congrats!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!


Lorrie said...

What wonderful news Miss Kitty--this is a fabulous kitchen. Can't wait to see/hear more!

Melissa Wertz said...

Congratulations! Dreams do come true. Looking forward to reading about your journey!

Darlene said...

Well Kitty,

I'm not sure how I missed this post but somehow I did. With your comment this morning I had to come over and see what I missed.

I am SOOOOOO thrilled for you!!!!!! I can't WAIT to hear more about it and maybe you might share some of your menus with us (oh, not the "secret" ingredients), but just show us some of your cooking all plated up and ready to serve!!! What an opportunity to get back to doing something you love! Again, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!♥

Kathy said...

Well, what an amazing kitchen, Kitty! I can see why you're so excited. What a fabulous opportunity for you. Congratulations! I can't wait to hear more about your exciting new career. Have a beautiful week...Kathy