Yes, this is the inside of my pantry..just what you always wanted to see. I love this chalkboard – or, at least, the memory that goes with it – and I did not want to get rid of it when we moved but I could not seem to find a place to put it in the new house. Then one morning as Hubbie was leaving and asked (as he does EVERY morning) what’s for dinner?? I had the brilliant idea to write my weekly menus down…but I don’t like things on the refridge, so where to put the menus – and the rest is history.
The green at the top is scrapbooking paper that covers the original picture of apples – which leads me to the story behind the chalk board. There was a time when I had an apple themed kitchen (as did half of America, I believe). The problem with themed kitchens, or any room for that matter, is the theme can quickly take over. It was apples everything!! Actually, I just took the last of my apple items to a local consignment store and have finally, officially ended the apple era at our home:)
However, during the time when apples were king in our kitchen, I took an amazing trip. My mother and I travelled to Moscow – by way of Paris! (A trip to ANYWHERE by way of Paris is an amazing trip!) We met a friend of mine in Paris and had a great long weekend….I will have to share more about that trip some other time.
Of course, we did what any good girlfriends would do when in sight of the Eiffel Tower…we ate and shopped – and then ate and shopped some more! While shopping, I came across this blackboard. So cute – AND it had apples at the top. I was convinced it was the perfect souvenir. A blackboard hanging in my American apple pie kitchen to remind me of my wonderful trip. Great idea….until you try to carry said blackboard through airports, in taxis, and every other tourist filled spot between France and Russia. It did not take long to regret my decision to buy such a large, awkward size souvenir (did I mention I don’t travel too far from home very often!)
The worst experience was at the airport in Russia as we tried to leave to go home. The gate agent there went nuts over this blackboard as if it was some top secret contraband. He literally wanted to take it apart. I was a nervous wreck and, at this point, was thinking he could just have the board….but my brand new sister in law (we were there for my brother’s wedding) “exchanged a few words” with him – I though for sure we would all end up arrested but apparently that’s the custom and we were on our way. Oh my goodness. All that for a Parisian blackboard.
And the funny thing – once I got it home, the apples were a off-yellowy color and didn’t match the kitchen at all…and it ended up hanging elsewhere in our home! HA…but it always reminded me of that trip. So, I am glad I found a spot for it in our new home. And Hubbie likes knowing what is for dinner – has always liked that. Sure wish I could write on it with a really cute handwriting – hats off to all my teacher friends that can actually write in straight lines on a blackboard!
Yes…I said all that to ask about your menu for this week! Do you have a special Easter menu? or something that you have every year that makes it Easter dinner at your house? I am putting the final touches on our menu today…and would love some last minute ideas. Hope you will share (and maybe I’ll write it down on my blackboard…my cute Parisian blackboard!) 🙂