After 30+ hours of driving, lots of coffee, way too much wind for comfort, and the crossing of 7 states, I made it to my new house in Michigan. I’ve spent the last week-ish unpacking, shrieking at the insect population (there are a LOT of bugs in Michigan), and trying to gain some bearing. Truth be told, it’s all still a little weird and surreal. I feel like I am on vacation…but, the kind of vacation where you have to clean your kitchen and do laundry.
Since I have been here, we’ve had some oppressively hot days. I am used to summer heat…I did live in the desert for 13 years after all. It’s the humidity that takes getting used to. It’s like a hot, moist, blanket of death. My new place doesn’t have working AC yet (installation is Thursday!), but it does have a gas range, yay! So, my hiatus from the kitchen continues. I wanted to share something with you guys, I’ve been feeling a lot disconnected, so I snapped these photos of a few areas of (mostly) my kitchen.
Those two purchases below made my day: White Lily Flour and Pioneer Sugar. These are not products I have ever seen available out west. The sugar made from Michigan sugar beets, so it is truly a regional product. I’m pretty sure I squealed a little in the store when I spotted the White Lily. It’s first destiny will be biscuits…when I’m not sweating bullets while motionless, that is. You may or may not have heard southern ladies sing the praise of ultra soft and light White Lily flour, but there seems to be a following and a history behind it. I love American food products with a history!
Have a good week and, fingers crossed, I will be back with pictures of edibles and recipes soon!
yes snapping photos and sharing them does help break up the disconnection doesn’t it? i know what you feel. i had that this weather with our very long lack of SUN.
so now you’re in humidville? it is very hard to get used too; get a/c and soon.
and a new journey begins….
thanks dawn 🙂 a new journey definitely does begin…and the ac will be here in a few short days!
your new home great! yes, humidity and bugs will take some getting used to, but you will. hope you have some lovely light in your new place!
thanks cindy! i do have some good light, I am pretty excited 🙂
I miss you friend. I was looking at these pictures and found myself thinking that they were of your house just across the parking lot. But they aren’t…they are of your house far, far away.
i miss you too!!! le sigh…
I just lol’d at your hot, moist blanket of death description. Today is a definitely that kind of day. And, being in Michigan, I’m pretty sure I’ve never bought sugar that wasn’t pioneer sugar. I hope it is up to your standards and helps you create wonderful things in your kitchen.
haha! thanks Kimberly. I am really excited to get to some baking and to use my Pioneer sugar!
Welcome back Cindy! I’ve missed your posts. Thank you for sharing a bit of your life (your kitchen pics). They kinda gave me some ‘warm fuzzies’. 🙂
warm fuzzies are awesome! thanks 🙂
natalie @ The SoHo
I just love these photos. It looks like a home already.
thanks natalie. Michigan won’t feel like home for a while, but my house definitely is starting to!
Cindy! I love the details in your new place. And I agree, these hottest days ever have been torture. I’ve been camping out in the bedroom with a window air conditioner unit.
And that picture of your pup peaking through the curtains is adorable. Did you make those?
megan! it is torturously hot, right? i would be camped out right in front of the window ac unit too…for realz. i tried to get a photo of both dogs, but Luxe hates the camera and hid under the couch like a punk. i didn’t make those curtains, i bought them at world market…but i have some sewing projects on the roster!
Good luck with your new move. It will be a while before it feels like home.. I remember moving from Sydney to Melbourne to live with my husband and I felt like you did on holidays but having to cook and clean. It will be a while before it feels like “home” but I must say that even after almost 7 years in Melbourne and loving it and feeling like it’s “home” I only ever truly feel like I’m home when I fly home to Sydney to where my family and friends are.
Melissa, thanks for the kind words and advice…it really does make me feel better to know that others have dealt with similar situations 🙂 I think I will always feel like “home” is where my family and friends are, but it makes visiting that much more exciting!
So glad to see you made it safely and are back “on blog”! Love your pics.
I can’t wait to see what you create with the White Lily flour and Pioneer sugar.
I love your website!! I was just wondering where you got the stacking dolls plates shown in one of the above pictures? So cute!
Thanks Judianne! The nesting doll plates were a gift, but I believe they came from World Market 🙂