Kitchen tour 

I’ve been asked to post more pictures with details of The Wolf Lodge kitchen. Some of  these were taken around thanksgiving, as you can tell by the decor.  But none the less, here you go. Enjoy! 

The outer cabinets are painted white while the island is stained Sherwin Williams Ranch Oak. The granite used is Viscon White.

Half of our counters are covered with a brushed stainless steel. I highly recommend stainless in the kitchen, but be sure to get it brushed. This hides all the scratches that will appear with use. The sink with drainboard has been welded seamlessly.

We have very few upper cabinets, one because I am short and end up using only the bottom shelves, tow, because we have amazing windows that leave us little room for upper cabinetry. You can also see our 3 minute was commercial dishwasher in this pic. Love that dishwasher!

The baking center sits a bit lower.

The floors in the kitchen area are a rolled black rubber with cream specks. I absolutely love the way cleans up and is easy on the feet and legs while cooking.

I hide my kitchen cart and wheeled garbage can under the tallest part of the island. This area has proved to be very functional. You can also see the commercial dishwasher racks hidden back in there.

Behind that cabinet hides our toaster and all the mess it creates. It has turned out to be a great use of that space.

The three cabinets on the end of the island open up to linen storage

Both sides of the islands have a bit of bling and open shelving that is used for dishes needing to be accessed often.

The multi level island gives us beautiful eating space and a usable prep area.

Reach in access to walk in fridge is to the left of the stove.

To the right of the stove you see the swing door that accesses the pantry and walk in fridge.

Antique 100 yr old Walk in fridge door through pantry access

We put rubber flooring in our pantry area as well. Pantry shelving has yet to be complete, as of now we are using some garage shelving. Our freezer sits between the sets of shelves.

The commercial ice and water dispenser proves to be hand for parties.

 

The beverage center has its own fridge. This area gets a lot of use.

The Wolf Lodge kitchen, being the heart of the home, is beating strong. Our desire was to marry beauty with function. We hope that it will be a useful tool in feeding many folk over the years. Maybe even you! 

Living Life Loved through the Little Things

Be loved. Live loved. Act loved.  What do these statements mean?  After many weather and mechanical delays, I found myself sitting at a window seat on a recent airplane ride home.  Early in the procession of delays I made the decision to “be happy and go with the flow.”  This is not my usual go to reaction. 🙂 But I made a conscious choice.  I was not supposed to have a window seat, another inconvenience, but I could not have been more blessed by it.  You see, my relationship with Jesus has been somewhat stale lately.  I’ve found myself spiritually dry.  As I gazed out over the moon lit snow and houses illuminated with life all across the landscape, I felt a deep love for those individuals holed up in each glowing home.  I was impacted. I was loved.  I was renewed in my faith.  And unbeknownst to me, tears escaped down my cheeks.  (good thing it was dark in that plane)  This, as I experienced for the first time, in a long time, was to be loved, live loved, and act loved.  I got off that plane with a new sense of resolve.  Live life loved in the little things.  As I shared this experience with a life long friend, we agreed that so many joys in life can be missed. We. Must. Stop. Rushing.  It’s in the subtleties, the decisions to “go with the flow”  or “look outside of our own pain” that we find and can give love.

As far as work on The Lodge, last blog I left you with quite a mostly finished yet unfurnished house.  Well, we have filled it with some furniture and finish carpentry and best of all, people; sweet family and friends joining in celebration here at the lodge. These are joyful times, letting this big house be used to bring joy to all.  That is The Wolf Lodge mission, to be a place of joy and peace for those who walk through it’s doors.

Wintery welcome to the Lodge

Wintery welcome to the Lodge (taken by Matt Hanford upon his December welcome)

Thanksgiving with The Wilsons, MacAninches, Hulls, and Cincoviches.

Thanksgiving with The Wilsons, McAninches, Hulls, and Cincoviches.

Brent and Bobby Jean both came at Thanksgiving for a really sweet visit.

Brent and Bobby Jean, Brent’s significant other, came at Thanksgiving for a really sweet visit.

Asher is home from Arizona and getting some brother time.

Asher is home from Arizona and getting some brother time.

Grandpa Wilson and his boys on Christmas Eve.

Grandpa Wilson and his boys on Christmas Eve.

This kiddos are so not into eating when presents await.

This kiddos are so not into eating when presents await.

Gunner and Michelle, Love.

Gunner and Michelle, Love.

Holidays are for catching up with those you don't usually get a chance to visit with.

Holidays are for catching up with those you don’t usually get a chance to visit with.

The Reidt brood on Christmas morning

The Reidt brood on Christmas morning

New Year's eve at The Lodge with the Whelhams, Moulds, Wilsons, and McAninches.

New Year’s eve at The Lodge with the Whelhams, Moulds, Wilsons, and McAninches.

Icicle anyone? Max and a friend Jacob are game.

Icicle anyone? Max and a friend Jacob are game.

The evidence of a dozen of Max's friends who make a weekly spend the night at our place.

The evidence of a dozen of Max’s friends who make a weekly spend the night at our place. I wish I had a picture of them and the many breakfasts that are peeped in my kitchen feeding teenage boys.

Now for some pics of the work we’ve been doing:

The fireplace mantle. We still need to put rocks on the wall around it, but that chunk of cedar is a beaut!

The fireplace mantle. We still need to put rocks on the wall around it, but that chunk of cedar is a beaut!

We purchased a hot tub. Once agin the genie lift proves useful in getting it up to the second story deck.

Winter is the perfect time for a hot tub. Once again the genie lift proves useful in getting it up to the second story deck.

Jared's current project...closet organization.

Jared’s current project…closet organization construction.

Yep, I actually do occasionally work on something other than paperwork, cleaning, and purchasing. :)

Yep, I actually do occasionally work on something other than paperwork, cleaning, and purchasing. 🙂

First coat of chalk paint is on.

First coat of chalk paint is on. Each piece is found in Wilson’s room, pics below.

And now for a Wolf Lodge bedroom tour…all but the master that is.

Wilson’s suite until he leaves for college in the fall…

Wilson's room

 

Wilson's room

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Auntie Linda's desk I repainted.

Auntie Linda’s desk I repainted.

Grandma Joyce's upright hope chest I refinished.

Grandma Joyce’s upright hope chest I refinished.

Asher’s suite while he is home from college over breaks…

Asher's room

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Maxwell’s suite…

Maxwell's room

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Liberty’s colorful suite…

Liberty's Turquoise room!

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Our guest suite, which we lovingly call Brent’s room…

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I have a few wall pictures and such yet to put into place, but this gives you an idea of how the lodge is decorated.  I will post a complete kitchen tour very soon.

Now go, and take the time to live loved.  🙂