A Drenching Departure
My kitchen faucet took leave of me last week. But not before it gave me and the floor a good soaking. While clearing out the under-sink cabinet for the plumber, I poked my head into the dark abyss. It was scary in there. The space looked like Hanger 51 in an Indian Jones flick.
The kitchen purgatory with its crook-necked water pipes, a garbage disposal, cleaning supplies, and unused cookware had become the final resting place for far too much “stuff.”
Ahh. . . but, all was not lost. A plumber introduced me to a new Grohe faucet. We have since bonded and all is well again.
Found in Hiding
As I sorted through the under sink cavern, I marveled at both the treasure and trinkets that I turned up. Most items were put there years ago for safe keeping or easy access. Instead they disappeared.
How exciting to come upon 5 packets of kitchen sponges nesting in a back corner. (Right away, I struck those from my grocery list.) Likewise, for the partially-filled containers of dishwashing liquid.
A fire extinguisher commanded space in the opposite corner. It came with my condo 20 years ago. I was ready to get rid of it, but my plumber intervened, telling me its “Best Use By” date was still valid. He was joking, I think. Even so, I gave the canister a swipe with a wet rag and stuck it back in the corner.
I also recovered my long lost garbage disposal wrench. I put it in a labeled Ziploc bag and put it back into hiding.
My most interesting discovery was a Nordic ware shortcake pan. I must’ve thought I needed it at one time, though it was still wrapped in the original cardboard band. The recipe on the label was so simple, that I was attracted to it once again.
All ingredients in this recipe are mixed in the same bowl. According to the recipe, you can fill the cups (3/4’s full) with a cake mix. Or use it for individual gelatin molds. (Kitchen Note: I cut back on the amount of sugar because I prefer a less sweet batter. Next time I also plan to add a bit of orange zest and/or rum.
This Shortbread Basket currently ranges in price from $26 to $36 on line, so you might want to hang it on your kitchen wall as artwork.
Having had such good fortune in cleaning out my under-sink cabinet, I’m eager to move onto nearby shelves. Who knows what treasures lurk in those dark, secluded corners? I don’t.
Freda Shen says
You inspire me. My dark under sink hidey-hole contains numerous little gizmos that I’ve tossed into a large paper cup, thinking I’ll remember what they are and what they’re used for. I never do. From now on, I’m using your labelled Ziplock method. Out with the paper cup.
Next: How to conquer a mountain of Ziplock bags.
Thanks for the inspiration to clean out some cabinets!
Our plumber duct taped the disposal key right into the disposal. Sure saved me when I needed it!
I love your posts. Please keep them coming!
Jean Carnahan says
So good to hear from you, Deb. Taping the key to the garbage disposal is a great idea! Sounds
like you have a wise plumber.