Food and Garden Dailies started as a way to record my family's favorite recipes. It has come in handy many times when I'm asked for a recipe. I simply email a link to the blog! But I couldn't just stick to recipes. The kitchen is tied to the garden in so many ways...and so I let you into my ever changing garden as well.

If you're interested in my all-time favorite recipes, check out this post first: My Favorite Recipes

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sabbatication: Getting Settled in the House

Pin It So we got to the house...only to find that the code we had to enter the garage didn't work. UGH. We were so tired and so ready to crash. Poor Katie burst into tears.

We called our landlord's cell phone, but couldn't reach her. We had her address (a 20 minute drive) so we drove to her home only to find no one home. We left notes on her garage and front doors and then went to wait a bit at the closest eegees, hoping she'd soon get either our note or phone message.

We were giving her until 9, otherwise we'd find a hotel for the night...

Just as we arrived at eegees we got a call from her boyfriend. He had the code! YEA!! We were just one number off... We got our eegees (2 pina coladas and one strawberry/lemonade) and headed back "home". THIS time the code worked. We were so tired I think we were giddy!

Upon entering the home, we were thankful to find a nice, clean, simple southwestern home. COMFY sectional couch, complete with a recliner and large flat screen TV. 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms. Little galley kitchen where we bump butts a lot. Tiny kitchen table with three chairs. The master has a great mattress, and Brian and I are getting used to a queen bed again. The master's decor is a safari theme...complete with green and purple walls. WOO! Katie's room was nicely decorated in a brown/sage green theme which she just loves. And the office was functional with desk, comfy chair, fold out single couch, etc. Plenty of room for us to work and for *a* guest to stay! Married folk will have to flip a coin, I guess...

The house was stocked with lots of kitchen gadgets, coffee maker, clocks, games, books, linens, pillows, bedding, cleaning supplies, dishes, cookware, storage containers. Plus the internet and cable TV was already hooked up so there were no service call waits. Oh, and EVERY room has a ceiling fan. I know those HGTV designers would rip them right out, but they are appreciated by our family!

The next two days were errand days...a HUGE shopping trip to Target to buy some basics, school supplies, and some school clothes. Then came the grocery shopping. Our cabinets and fridge are well stocked with the exception of spices. We have three. This will be hard for the cook who is used to having at least 50 spices on hand at all times! I'm trying to be a smarter shopper as I don't want a lot of stuff leftover when we leave in December.

Once the shopping ended, our focus was on Katie's school...the Sonoran Science Academy on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. But you'll have to wait for the next sabbatication note to hear that riveting story...

(Did you notice I gave a link to eegees multiple times in this post?! It was definitely deliberate. Yes, eegees (no caps LONG before no caps were trendy in brand names) is a Tucson institution. They're known for their shaved ice drinks which are out-of-this-world, unbelievably fabulous!! They're not your run-of-the-mill slushies. No sirreee! Upon returning, they were our first stop.)

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