A Menu, A Mantle, and Me Time

A Menu

We are slowly making progress on our kitchen.  This week we met with the salesman from our food distributor.  He was super nice and really helpful given the fact that this is a whole new ball game for us.  We went through the menu and he offered suggestions and agreed to bring us samples to try next week.  At this point we REALLY liked him!  There was one point however that things got a little worrisome.  When we got to red beans and rice on the menu he suggested a prepared item that they have.  I thought ken would PASS OUT.  You see, in our house you cook red beans and rice from scratch.  I scraped Ken off the floor, got him some water, and assured Mr. Salesman that I knew their product was good but we would be cooking our beans from scratch.  Mr. Salesman smoothed things over with an invite to a food show where we could sample a variety of foods that they offer ...we will bypass the red beans and rice!  I'm looking forward to the show.  In fact, having to sample food as part of the job might just be my favorite thing about this business so far!  I'll keep you posted and promise the final menu will be coming soon.

A Mantle

The Mayor is a regular customer in our store.  On one of his recent visits we solved a few world problems over a Mountain Dew and a muffin.  Then he dropped this bomb shell on us...he had not one but two old mantles that he was thinking about tossing on the burn pile.  Excuse me!  What did you say?  He proceeded to tell us that they came out of a house in Clayton, AL in the 1960's.  Well lock the door, shut of the gas pumps and start the truck!  Let's go get those babies.  Ken wanted to know what we needed two mantles for.  Hello, to display all the awesome stuff I've ordered for our "gift department."  He did not see my vision but agreed to pick up the mantles.  To clarify, gift department might be a bit of a stretch.  It's more like a gift area...more on that real soon.

The mantles are now in our garage.  They need a little TLC but ya'll they are wonderful.  A lot of chippy paint goodness that many a product has been made to mimic.  They are constructed with square nails.  Ken was really impressed with that.  I think it means they are really old. Stay tuned to see where these mantles end up.

   

 

 

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It's a little dirty and needs some love but you need to have vision people.

Me Time

Time to my self is pretty rare these days.  A doctors appointment and a few hours away from the store is a real treat.  Checked the appointment off my list and had some time to spare so I finally made it to a boutique I've been following on Facebook.  Ya'll need to check out Blondellamy'Dean.  They have the cutest clothes and a great selection of game day apparel.  It was so nice to try on clothes other than t-shirts and capris.  Can't wait to sport my new stuff!  Thanks Jessica for being so sweet and helpful!  After the doctor and shopping I headed to the grocery store.  I had not shopped at a Winn Dixie in forever.  It was a pleasant experience for grocery shopping.  That about sums up my "me time."  Crazy life I know... don't be jealous!

 

Where we've been, where we are, and where we are going

It has been almost a month since my last post.  We were on vacation in the mountains enjoying cool crisp air...NOT!

 

Where we've been

*School started for Nicholas.  Third grade is hard and he doesn't like that PE is in the morning.  Nine year old problems are tough.  On the upside he likes his teacher, the pep rallies and snacks.

 *Dixie (the dog) and I both had surgery...no more babies in our house.  I kind of hate to say this but I enjoyed a few days of sleeping later than 4:30 a.m.  We a both fine and back at work.  Me at the store and Dixie chewing stuff she isn't supposed to!

*We had carpenters here for about 3 weeks building the kitchen.  It is not complete but getting close.  It was a mess.  They had to sheet rock the ceiling and to prepare for that they put plastic up to try and keep some of the dust contained.  The paper fell and set the alarm off twice in one night...fun times!

Where we are

*The kitchen is just about complete. We have a few finishing details and appliances to put in place.  Ken is just about finished with the lights and we have bar stools at the counter.  It's getting close!

*Almost all of the floors are done.  We (by we I mean someone other than me) have one section left to remove the old floors.  My hope is that the original wood floors are in good shape.

*We moved the cash register which is really throwing people off but I think it will work well when the kitchen is up and running.

Where we are going

*We are finalizing a menu and will share that as soon as we are done.  We plan to serve breakfast and lunch.  

*We will have a nice selection of gift items here in a few weeks.  Plenty of Alabama and Auburn stuff, some great handmade beanies (more on that coming soon!) and I have a few other things I'm working on.  We will be your one stop shop....gas, goodies, and gifts!

*We  plan to start cooking in October if everything goes according to plan.   We hope the weather will cooperate and it will cool off because I don't want a hot kitchen and I don't want to put in a new air conditioner right now.  Hint hint Mother Nature.

Thanks for following along!