Healthy and Sane

The big reveal

February 24th, 2010 · 48 Comments · breakfast, dessert, oats, pizza, salad

First of all, thank you guys for your congratulations on my recent promotion. You are so sweet! Second of all……. the kitchen is done, the kitchen is done!!!!!! Man, I was starting to lose it but it is all worth it at the end.

Let’s remind ourselves what the kitchen looked like before:


That hole on the left wall is the opening to the living room.



Oh yeah, 1980’s all the way! ๐Ÿ˜†

And now the after pics.






Can you see how open it is now to the living room?

It’s looking a little bare right now. I can’t wait to put all of our stuff back in and make it really ours. For now, it just feels like we are in someone else’s (nicer looking) house. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We couldn’t be happier!!

What do you think? How did we do? ๐Ÿ˜€

I broke out the new stove by making a… wait for it…. frozen pizza! Hehe, we had no groceries and I actually wasn’t sure that the kitchen was going to be done today. It’s been going to be done “today” for over a week now.


TJ’s wild mushroom black truffle flatbread – my favorite!


I had 1/2 of this. Good thing I’m a good wife because I easily could have eaten the whole thing but I left the rest for Adam.


Adam was a good husband too. He brought me cookies that I “urgently” requested. Sometimes a girl just needs cookies. :mrgreen:


I’m just a model of health here today, aren’t I? I figured it was better to satisfy my craving than eat everything else in the house.

The rest of today’s eats…

2 mini cinnamon buns from Holey Donuts


Instant blueberry oats, 1/2 banana, Barney Butter and cherry preserves


Very sweet but oh so good.


Mixed greens, grilled chicken, dried figs, cucumbers, pears and goat cheese


The pear slices were by far the best part of the salad!


Clif Mojo mountain mix bar


Smartfood popcorn clusters


Too much sugar, not enough fruits and veggies. Oh well. Everyday can’t be perfect, right?

We’re taking my parents out to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate my promotion and the new kitchen, so my next post will be a dinner recap (I have a pizza lunch tomorrow at work – not exactly exciting stuff).

The kitchen is done!!!!!! Sorry, I just had to say it one more time. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Weeeeeeee

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48 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Maria

    Congrats on your promotion! That is great news and I LOVE the new kitchen. That didn’t take too long. I can’t wait to see what you create in your new place! ENJOY!

  • #2 - Becky @ flybynyght

    Gorgeous kitchen!!!!! …although I would have given my eye teeth for your old one (ya, mine is *that* bad!!!)!!! Enjoy breaking it in!

  • #3 - Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises)

    Oh I love the kitchen. I like that you opened it up to the livingroom – makes it seem much bigger. Plus I like being able to be in the kitchen but not feel left out of whatever is going on in the next room. :)
    Congrats on the promotion.

  • #4 - Nicci

    I adore your beautiful kitchen, looks beautiful. Have fun whipping up amazing meal in it.

  • #5 - Jenna

    Looks awesome!!!

  • #6 - Shannon

    omg, i love it!!! no worries about the days eats, you’ll be back cooking in no time :)

  • #7 - Kerstin

    Yay! What a fabulous remodel! I really love the back splash!

  • #8 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    It is BEAUTIFUL! I am oh so very jealous!

  • #9 - Lara (Thinspired)

    It looks WONDERFUL! Wow, it seemed to get done quick, at least from reading about it…I am sure to you it did not feel quick ๐Ÿ˜‰ Look at all that cabinet space! Lucky girl! :)

  • #10 - Kelli

    Wow, it looks fantastic! And I gotta say, what better way to break in the oven than a pizza?

  • #11 - MelissaNibbles

    Congratulations! It looks very nice. I like the modern style!

  • #12 - Tiffany

    Wow, the kitchen looks AMAZING! I love it :)

  • #13 - Shannon

    That is just amazing! What a transformation! I love it :)

  • #14 - Lauren

    SO MUCH BETTER! I especially love the new “window” into the living room. I bet it feels so nice to finally have this project done!

  • #15 - Eve @ nutritionbyeve

    First off congrats on your promotion!! And also the kitchen looks absolutely gorgeous! I absolutely love open kitchens, they are so great for entertaining. Really great choices all around.

    That flatbread pizza looks so good. Right now there’s only one TJs in manhattan and it’s not close to where I live at all. But one is going to open up a couple blocks from my apt this summer!! Can’t wait :)

  • #16 - Sara

    Your kitchen is gorgeous!!! Love the golden oak color! I bet you can’t wait to start cooking in there again.

    and…um….I am totally craving some moist cookies after reading this ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • #17 - Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    Oh my goodness it looks SO beautiful!

  • #18 - Cara

    How exciting! It looks beautiful.

  • #19 - Morgan

    It is gorgeous, I love it! Congrats

  • #20 - Caroline

    Oh wow! It’s totally gorgeous! I love your tile choice and the cabinets are so beautiful! I bet your gonna have fun setting it up and cooking. :)

  • #21 - sister inna

    it looks soo good. like a showroom good. like — “this is what you could have but can never afford it” good. except that you have it. awesome.
    the pizza looks super yummy too. next you need to make a roast + cookies at the same time! use that fancy oven of yours USE IT!!!!

  • #22 - Mellissa

    I love the colors in the kitchen! We just bought a house that has similar colors of wood and stainless steel so it is nice to see some color in the tile.

  • #23 - Nicole (dishin')

    I LOVE your kitchen, Elina! It’s gorgeous! The wood is so pretty! You guys did a great job :)

  • #24 - Bridget

    YAY!! It came out amazing!!! Congrats! You must be SO excited :) I’d want to just hang out in that kitchen all day.

  • #25 - RunToTheFinish

    YEAH!!!!! I was very excited when I saw the title because I knew it was done! Are you just so excicted to cook!

  • #26 - Sophie @ yumventures

    OMG the kitchen is beautiful!!! You guys have great taste =) I can’t wait to hear about future dinner parties and cooking experiments! So happy for you, two great things in one week!

  • #27 - Kelly

    Congrats on the kitchen and the promotion. I’ve been so stuck in my own world lately that I missed the latter. The kitchen is gorgeous and the promotion well deserved.

  • #28 - Liz

    The new kitchen looks fantastic! I’m so glad it’s finally finished; that must have been such a huge inconvenience.

  • #29 - Betsy

    Gorgeous, I love it. Your tile color looks fantastic!

  • #30 - KellyB

    WOW, it looks fantastic, Your dad is very excited about seeing it and going to dinner!! I saw him studying the menu :)

  • #31 - Husband Adam

    I like how the pictures show how much brighter the new kitchen is compared to the old one! The old kitchen really felt like a cave (it only had 2 spotlights in the ceiling)

  • #32 - Andrea

    Looks great!!

  • #33 - Julie

    gorgeous!!! You’re having a pretty good week, aren’t you?!?

  • #34 - kitchenbelle

    Wow! What a transformation! It is so sleek! Nice work!

    Side note: I think it is so cute when you take photos of your work snacks on reports and spreadsheets! It makes me laugh for some reason!

  • #35 - Jen

    It looks unbelievable!!! Congrats!

  • #36 - Tina

    WOW!!!!!! It looks amazing! We’ll have to celebrate that and your promotion on Saturday! :)

  • #37 - Carly

    The kitchen is STUNNING!!!!! Hope you are loving it and I can’t wait to see some of your meals cooked in it :)

  • #38 - Noelle

    “I figured it was better to satisfy my craving than eat everything else in the house.”

    True that! I need to work on that, rather than eating 5 bananas and half a jar of peanut butter b/c i won’t allow myself to have a muffin. Haha… not that I’ve actually done that. But you know what I mean!

  • #39 - Jenna

    My eats were also lacking in the veggie area today. But you’re right, oh well! You’re eats beat mine out though! I’m drooling over that pizza and salad!

  • #40 - One Healthy Apple

    It’s beautiful! Congrats! I just need to find a half of a year’s salary to do mine!

  • #41 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Awww! It looks incredible! Way to go!

    I love how open it is now and it makes it look waaay bigger.


  • #42 - Sara

    The kitchen looks great, congrats! That is so exciting :)

  • #43 - Gabriela (froyolover)

    Your kitchen lots INCREDIBLE!
    Congratulations ๐Ÿ˜€
    Have a great weekend!
    Brazilian XOXOยดs,

  • #44 - Kelly

    WOW! I can’t believe that’s the same kitchen, it looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

    What an exciting week for you!

  • #45 - Dominique

    The first thing that popped into my head when I saw the new kitchen was “holy sh%t!” It looks amazing! I’m so jealous–in a good way ๐Ÿ˜‰ First a promotion and now the kitchen is done…what a great way to end of the month!

  • #46 - Michal

    Your new kitchen looks wonderful, enjoy it!

  • #47 - Kathy

    The kitchen looks awesome!!!! Nice job!!! I love all of it and especially the backsplash!

  • #48 - Amy at TheSceneFromMe

    That kitchen redo turned out totally awesome! I love how modern it looks and the backsplash is very cool!