Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My New Microwave Oven

I finally broke down last week and got a microwave after all these years. We have one downstairs but how inconvenient is that to have to run down a flight of steps to use one? So I put mine in the pantry and it worked out ever so much better than I ever thought it could. We have been having healthier meals too -- like a baked sweet potato for lunch. It seems right at home in the pantry too. It wouldn't have been appropriate on any of my kitchen counters. Why did I wait so long?

When you look in the pantry from the kitchen, you don't even know a microwave is hiding just around the left corner.


Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you and this lovely new microwave for it has a swell home among your collection on the pantry shelves. We who are generally "content" do make do with what we have and take all the more delight in the little changes which make life better, easier, more appealing to the eye when we finally fold them into our otherwise fine routines. Good for you, Rosemary. And, I do believe that I shall enjoy a sweet potato for lunch today!!! Great idea.
Happy autumn day.

Content in a Cottage said...

Linda...Sweet potatoes "baked" in a microwave are fabulous. Don't forget to pierce yours. We have had one for lunch every day since I got my new appliance. Must buy more today. So much better than a sandwich for lunch and they are one of the super foods too.
xo, Rosemary

Gail, in northern California said...

I just revised my grocery list. A quick check of the internet discovered one cup = 180 calories. Not bad. Of course you wear off all calories with your mowing and walking Mr. Webster.

Off the subject of sweet potatoes for a second...when do you bring in your geraniums and where do you put them?

Content in a Cottage said...

Gail...we put butter and salt and pepper on our baked sweet potatoes.

I brought in my geraniums last weekend. They are in almost every room in the house. On top of the radiators in bathroom and bedroom. On top of the microwave in the pantry. On kitchen counter beside kitchen sink. Two big ones in front of french door overlooking deck in living room. One on a table in living room overlooking front yard. I still have to repot the ones in the urn beside the front door. Those will overwinter in the attic. Almost all of geraniums I have inside now are starting to bloom!

tammy j said...

i also gave in and got one just a few years ago. a long hold out.
now i wonder why!
the pictures of your cottage always make me feel so good.
so welcomed.

helene said...

Oooooh- splendid! You will never regret it! I love it when I make a small change that makes such a positive difference in my life. Sweet potatoes are also delish sliced thin and fried in a bit of canola oil sprayed onto a frying pan. Yum!

Garden, Home and Party said...

I don't use ours for much other than heating a cup of coffee that's cooled too much, or melting butter and chocolate. I will have to think about getting some sweet potatoes and cooking them in it. I love your walk-in pantry. So pretty. Do you use the copper pans or are they just for collecting?

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Great addition, Rosemary! I will have to try a baked sweet potatoe. Sounds yummy!

The Queen Vee said...

I'm so happy you have found the perfect convenient spot for your new microwave. No one would be the wiser if you hadn't shared it's hiding place, in your beautiful pantry, with all of us. I admire your love of style/visual over convenient, but I'm really happy you've been able to figure out how to have both. Keep eating those sweet potatoes, they are so good for you....Yes I know you know that.

Vicki said...

your pantry is more beautiful than most kitchens!! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosemary! Your pantry is so warm looking! I've overwintered the same geraniums for probably eight years now. I cut all of the flowers and leaves off and put them in the dark basement area. Spray them with water when I think of it. Maybe I'll try just bringing them in! Are there any secrets? Thanks, Sara

Janie said...

I am so jealous of your darling pantry with the Dutch door! And, you keep it so perfect! Where are all the cans and bags of pasta????
Those sweet potatoes are the best! Had not thought of one for lunch. Yummy!

Gail, in northern California said...

Yes, Rosemary. I'm with Sara...tell us more about winterizing geraniums.

Ordinarily it would not be such a grave concern for me but you see, a dear friend gave me a "start" from her plant and it's doing so well, I almost hate to move it but know I must. The flowers are like miniature pink roses but I'm sure she said it's called "Apple Blossom" and I just love it.

Does your house get very warm during the winter months and does that harm the geraniums? I'm wondering if I should keep mine in the garage but then I worry about exhaust fumes from our cars.

Content in a Cottage said...

Geraniums are so easy to grow indoors and they winter over beautifully. Actually they thrive on neglect. When you first bring them in they will develop lots of yellow leaves which you should break off. Find a nice sunny window and that's about it. I have mine in everything but north facing windows. Don't overwater, but don't let them get too dry either. If you do, they will bounce back when you remember to water. They improve the air quality of your home. I don't keep my house too warm. But if you do, you'll have to water more often. I think they like to be handled too :) so keep the old leaves picked off. That's about all there is too it. If they look a little straggly at first, just wait a while and they will fill in nicely.

Gail, in northern California said...

I'm so glad you warned me about the probability of yellow leaves. That would have really freaked me out!

Thanks, Rosemary, My baby will winterize in the entryway. Indirect sunlight, mornings.