Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Big move from Florida to Texas

So big changes around the Creatively Domestic blog. If you've noticed I've been MIA for a few months and re-hashing old (but still relevant) posts, then you are on the ball.

My husband took a new position in Texas, so we are living in a temporary furnished apartment while we wait for our new house to close. The new house is Texas-sized (huge, at least to us) and has a great kitchen and pantry I'm looking forward to breaking in.

We sold our Florida house, the movers took all of our "stuff" and are storing it in Florida, and we made the 3 day drive from Florida to Texas. We moved into a 2 bedroom furnished apartment, started house hunting, and my husband started his new job. Now we are just slowly moving into our "new" normal and getting adjusted.

Living in a small furnished apartment sounds a lot better than it really is. The kitchen is small, but functional. To say it's adequate is pushing it. To sum up what the shape the kitchen is in, here is a photo of my temporary coffee pot:

It's functional, but not pretty. 

I bought a crockpot to use in the meantime. That means by the time we get all of our furniture delivered from Florida, I will have 3 crockpots ready and waiting for me in my Texas-sized pantry. At least they are all different sizes, but I think I'm a little spoiled in that regard.

The crockpot has saved my sanity and allowed us to eat homemade food without the use of many pans or basic kitchen staples like flour, sugar, spices, etc. These are some of the things I've made with the crockpot:
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup (we've eaten this at least twice!)
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks (instead of the spice mix, I used Mrs. Dash Chicken Grilling Blend)
Pot Roast with carrots
Pulled Pork

We has also eaten our fair share of simple, quick, and cheap foods. These aren't pretty, but it saved us from eating too much fast food and helped our grocery/new house budget:
Simple Chili (made with a seasoning packet)
and then Frito Chili Bowls the next day 
Hot Dogs & Mac & Cheese
Smoked Sausage and boxed Jambalya mix
Store bought Rotissere Chickens
Take and bake pizzas
Fried Rice
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Also, I am surprised at how cheap the groceries are in Texas! And at the amount of options for grocery stores! To say my couponing, stockpiling, and overall frugal tendencies will get a workout is putting it mildly. 

So look for some new recipes soon. Just as soon as I get my new house painted!