Monday, July 17, 2017

i have a feeling victor is going to become a big part of our life this year

Last night I made this thai pork stir fry for dinner.  Matt prefers brown rice, so I made that for him, and basmati rice for myself.

(Side note, normally I am the one to create alternate pronunciations for things, but Matt calls basmati rice "bas-MATT-i rice" and it cracks me up.

Anyway, the full cup measuring cup was dirty, so I had to use the half cup, and therefore, conduct some math calculations.  I thought I'd done it correctly but when we Matt took his first bite of rice, his facial expression spoke a thousand words.

I asked him what was wrong, and listen, that is RISKY TERRITORY, because I'm of the belief that if you have a problem with the meal, you can go right on ahead and become the chef.  Matt thought for a minute and then said, "Nothing's wrong.  It's just that my rice is a little bit...crunchy."

Naturally, I was annoyed, until I thought back and realized that I'd only filled the measuring cup twice.  I always fill it twice for rice but that's because I'm usually using the full cup measure.  So instead of cooking the rice in two cups of water I cooked it in one, and therefore was half raw.  


I took a bite and it was totally disgusting, like a mixture of clay and sand.

Look for me on for on the next season of Iron Chef.

On Friday it was a trillion degrees so we decided that we'd ditch the original dinner plan and I'd stop at Fresh Market after work for watermelon and potato salad and some burgers for Matt to grill.  Part of the road to Fresh Market is a small bridge, which is being repaired, so the four lanes are down to only two.  Friday was the first day of the road closure and traffic was a nightmare.  I texted Matt about the unfortunate turn of events and joked that I had to ditch the car in the Ashley Furniture parking lot and walked to Fresh market for the burgers.  

Later on, when we sat down to eat, Matt said, "I can't believe you walked to get these."

Apparently my sarcasm did not translate through text.

The rest of the weekend was a success.  We had a meeting with Lowe's about the future of our kitchen, which I can assure you is brighter and more modern than the current state.

Matt put in recessed lighting a few weeks ago and now that it's actually bright in there I can see how truly bad it is.  Also, the designer at Lowe's, Victor, kept saying things like "You know how your grandmother had _____ in her kitchen," or "You know how you see pictures of kitchens from the seventies and you see _____."

Oh yes, Victor, we know.  Our kitchen could be in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in an exhibit called HELLO, NINETEEN SEVENTY.

There's nowhere to go but up, right?

We also got some goodies from our garden.
And Matt caught the raccoon that's been terrorizing gardens near and far.  The neighbors heard the good news and on Sunday one of them brought over this coonskin cap and dubbed Matt "the raccoon master of the neighborhood."

We're going to hang it up in the new kitchen.


Victor would never allow that.


julie @ said...

Omg, for a moment I thought you guys had made a coon hat from the raccoon Matt had captured. HAHAHA Ooh, I can't wait to see what the new kitchen is gonna look like!!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Wait. That's your kitchen? I am so jealous. And I'm not being sarcastic either. It's HUUUGE! The kitchen at our current rental is really small, as was the kitchen at our old house. Of course, the kitchen at our old house was also the Smithsonian display for the 1940s, so I suppose this is an improvement. Of course it is, because this one has a dishwasher. Alleluia.

What did you do with the raccoon? Perhaps you were trying to be delicate when you say "caught," and you really mean he shot it or something, but of course I'm curious. I mean, my husband and son actually have REAL coonskin caps that my husband made for them by hand from hides he trapped himself, so obviously I'm not going to be the squeamish sort. Also, I hate raccoons. They do absolutely brutal and disgusting things to chickens.

Faith said...

Your kitchen has SO much potential and I cannot wait to see what y'all (Victor) does to it! It's so spacious and well, I love it, haha.

Oh and yes, crunchy brown rice is the worst!

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

haha, you guys are too cute. Racoon, so what did you do with it after you caught it? Funny that he was terrorizing the whole neighborhood. Traffic stinks, hopefully it won't last long!

Rebecca Jo said...

WHooo - new blog look - I was like, 'Am I in the right place?"

I thought those were 2 different kitchens from the 2 pics - the lighting made the cabinets look so different.
I want a new kitchen but know I need to move to a spa for a month while renovations happen because I'll loose my mind.

Marie said...

Your kitchen is huge and has much potential. I can't stop laughing at it because it looks just like my friend's mom's kitchen from the her old house.

Emily at 'a little bit of Emily' said...

I seriously cannot wait to follow along with your kitchen reno because I am sure it is going to turn out so good!!!! And thank you, always, for making me laugh. Bas-MATT-i rice. The coon hat. It just doesn't get better, haha.

Shea Sayers said...

Ooh a newly redesigned kitchen, how fun! And wow, I admire your gardening skills--I have a black thumb myself :)

rooth said...

I do love how BIG and bright your kitchen is. Can't wait to see what Victor does with it ;)

Julie said...

Yay for remodels! :)

Erica @ Whimsical September said...

OMG I cannot WAIT to see your kitchen!! It looks HUGE and has SO much potential!! That story about the raccoon and your neighbors is a riot!! LOLed through that whole last part!

Audrey Louise said...

Dude. Your kitchen is huge. And I'm obsessed with the ceiling!!
I bet it's going to look awesome once Victor's done with it ;)

Laura at Fantastically Four said...

Ooh, excited to see the remodel process in your kitchen!

StephTheBookworm said...

My kitchen is definitely 1970's style too... ugh! Plus it's small. Your kitchen is nice and roomy and I love that it has an island. It's going to be SO nice once you have it remodeled!

Hena Tayeb said...

yay for a new kitchen. I want a new kitchen too.
I hate it when there are kitchen fails that are discovered during dinner.. totally kills the mood.

julie @ a hopeful hood said...

I loooove calling things by wrong pronunciations but whenever Devin does it, I'm like "wait do you not know how to say that word?!" hahaha. Also way to GO Matt on catching a pesky raccoon. They're seriously the worst.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

hahaha i love your 'if you have a problem become the chef'. KC has no problems telling me when something is wrong with the food. we totally do the weird different pronunciations as well! yay kitchen things, how exciting! we are doing that but we don't have a victor. we need one as my kitchen is very 50s!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Your garden veggies look lovely :)

Kristy Sayer-Jones @ Southern In Law said...

HAHAHA I love that your neighbours brought over the coonskin cap. That is so awesome!

And I'm totally glad Victor isn't seeing our house.. It's in serious need of a makeover and definitely not Victor approved...

sara [at] journey of doing said...

I'm sorry, did you say Matt installed recessed lights?! Good. Bye. That's amazing!!