I think I may have mentioned at some point how much I hate my counters.
(I’m going somewhere with this, I promise. Stick with me.)
We purchased this house from another family, and they had decided to have tile counters installed in the kitchen. If you’ve ever worked in a tile kitchen, it’s not ideal. First of all, any time I attempt to roll something out, I end up with creases from the grout dips. Second, the grout cracks and no matter how much we try to refill and seal, it just keeps happening. And finally, it just looks like crap. The grout they chose is a light gray color that has degraded to a speckled, dirty mess – and nothing gets it clean.
I had learned to live with this over the seven-plus years we’ve lived here. Mostly because I could ignore it, since I rarely did anything in the kitchen except the dishes.
But now, now that I use the counters many times a week, it drives me absolutely crazy-insane.
So, this spring, when Hubs got a nice little bonus check, we decided something needed to be done about it. And we went forward with ordering some gorgeous slate-colored acrylic counters. I can’t tell you how excited I was.
Well, while ordering, they asked us if we wanted to pay for demo…or do it ourselves. In the interest of saving a little money and having fun swinging a sledge-hammer, we opted to do the demo ourselves.
Let’s just say our plan to demo the small bar area and lower it to give us more counter space did not quite go as planned. As in, we found a fun pipe about a half-inch taller than the existing counters. (Half inch – grrr!)
Countertops are now currently on hold, as we prepare to open the half wall, re-pipe, and rebuild the wall.
So, to make my long story even longer, I have not been happy with my kitchen, so I haven’t wanted to really cook.
But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking for fun non-cooking recipes to make with my boys that I can share with you.
Pina Colada Popsicles, from The Reality of Skinny
1 can pineapple chunks, in juice
1 can coconut milk
1/2 t vanilla extract
Blend and freeze.
This counts as cooking, right? And the boys got to play with the blender – a favorite thing to do in our house.
I did one batch in our popsicle mold and another set in an ice-cube tray. Both turned out really good. Honestly, they taste just like virgin pina coladas.
(Which has me thinking that they might be even tastier with a little rum thrown in….hmmm.)
The boys (and their friends who were visiting) loved them. And I knew that they weren’t too bad at all for them to eat.
The small ones are perfect for quick pick-me-ups.
And I have visual proof that they both enjoyed them.
Now I just need to make a batch for Hubs and I (with rum) as a celebratory treat – when we finish the wall.
Wish us luck.