Whew, we ran a bunch of errands today! All the way down in the cities, even. It started because Rob wanted to get an espresso maker, which he could have easily bought on-line (but it was priced the same at Crate and Barrel, so we went there). Without cramming everything side by side, there wasn’t really enough counter space, so we started looking at little kitchen carts that would look nice and have room for the coffee machine. It seemed like the one that would work best was at Ikea, so that was another stop. But we were thinking about kitchen storage in general at that point and decided we should look for a buffet-type piece to go under the big clock in the kitchen/dining area.
We wound up finding just the right thing from Pier1 — and since it was the floor model and had a couple of scratches on the top, we got quite a nice discount! I’ve put most of our having-guests-over stuff in it already, and the baskets will hold similar items that have been sitting downstairs, waiting for a home. (That blue box, by the way, is a nice single malt scotch that Rob brought over to give to our neighbors.)
The espresso maker is proving a challenge to figure out — it seems to produce a ‘single shot’ that’s only half an once instead of a full one. Rob added frothed milk to one of the trial shots, though, and it tasted quite nice. The best part is that I can move some of my cookbooks onto the new little cart — most are stored downstairs, but the few I use most often are in the cupboard above the stove — and then the pot lids can be stored up in that cupboard. I think pot lid storage must be the bane of every kitchen, right?