As the days grow shorter and the mornings cooler, there is something wonderfully comforting about spending time in the kitchen. It's made all the more special at the moment as I unpack my favourite vintage kitchen wares and family treasures and find my way around each corner and cupboard of our new home.
It's been a long time between kitchens for us, as we created a pop up kitchen of sorts in our previous nest. And while it did the job at the time, I longed for space, sunshine and a place I could really call the heart of our home. Now I must admit the kitchen and I have not always had such a fond connection, in fact it has always been more of Ben's domain (he's the cook in the family). As cliche as it may sound, as soon as my motherly nesting instinct took hold, so did my desire to spend more time creating a warm and inviting kitchen. With big windows and a lovely view to the garden, our new kitchen is just right and as the warm morning sunshine fills each corner, I'm find myself smiling as I fill the kettle and delight in a quiet moment dreaming of what herbs I'd like to grow on the window sill.
While one day we aspire to create a no waste kitchen, right now we are working on the little things we can do, to simplify and really enjoy the heart of our home. We're planting our new veggie and herb gardens and planning to eventually enjoy at least one meal a day from our crops. Composting, stockpiling, baby food making and preserving are all on our Autumn to do list, as well as our regular bread baking. Autumn also calls for stock, soups and chutney to be made and Anzac biscuits and pumpkin scones to be baked. And if there is anytime left over, we might even practise our mulled wine and ginger beer making, just in time for Christmas in July.
I love that there is always something to be done in the kitchen, a conversation to be had, a cat to feed or a cup if tea to enjoy. It is where I find a little bit of romance in my everyday.
What's been happening in your kitchen lately?