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January 31, 2013


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I'm not sure where you live, or what the climate is in February, but my folks did a complete remodel of their kitchen a few years ago. They live in Southern California (so, you know, no real winter) and they grilled a lot. My mom also would put pots of water right on the grill and make pasta, scrambled eggs, etc as if they were camping. But, if your winter is anthing like it is here in New England, not really an option for a February remodel.

My folks' remodel ended up taking several months because the remodel company mis-measured their counter which ended up being too long and blocked the front door. So, I'm crossing my fingers over here for you that yours goes much more smoothly!

Christy M

I would totally go for the crockpot. If you don't want to pay for a new one, check a secondhand store. Even the new ones aren't much money if you get a pretty basic model. You can do the standard stews and roasts, but you can use them like an oven too, like to bake potatoes and even cakes. I'd also recommend grilling too if possible, people forget you can just throw a skillet on the grill like Emily said and go to town.


I think you definitely should get a crockpot! So easy! I was going to recommend grilling as well if you are in an area where the weather isn't awful.


Crockpots are great just for having around, and maybe also an electric griddle? I have one that I use a lot even when my kitchen isn't being renovated. (And, uh, my kitchen never has been renovated.)

Thanks for your posts here, I've always enjoyed reading them!


Toaster oven? I love mine, and all you need is an outlet to make that work. I'm thinking with toaster oven plus crockpot you can do a lot.

Jen L.

Elissa! I have always loved your posts. I remember your "eating pregnant" post--it made me smile. Wishing you all the best!

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Thank you, Jen! Oh, yes, Erica--chocolate vodka party at my house. Wear your tiara.

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