Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The kitchen that Papa built

Mary Clare received an extremely special Christmas gift from Papa and Nana Thole this year -- a kitchen set built by my dad, with pot holders, a towel, an apron and a chef's hat made by my mom. Saying that Mary Clare loves it is an understatement. Hell, Chip and I love it. Just look at that bad boy.

The sink can hold water, the oven has a motion-sensor light, there's plenty of cabinet storage, and the magnetic knife block can accommodate Mary Clare's impressive W├╝sthof collection. And the refrigerator is equally grand, with an adorable produce crisper at the very bottom.

I must say, I do appreciate my parents' attention to detail. And their imagination. All of the accessories on the set are standard household items from Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's and Ikea.

So let's hear it for Nana and Papa, and for a daughter who loves to cook in her kitchen while I prepare dinner in our kitchen.


  1. Nana and Papa need their own crafts show. That kitchen is nicer than my own. I am not too proud to be jealous of a 2 year old's kitchen.

  2. I second the previous comment. Why a toddler has a fancier kitchen than a hard-working (okay, semi-hardworking) woman as myself is beyond me. At least it wasn't stainless steel, you know that would have really fired me up!

  3. Girls, if it makes you feel any better, the stove is electric, not gas. How in the heck am I supposed to raise an Iron Chef with electric?

    Better yet, why am I still being punished with electric?

  4. I love it! With my little ones bday a month away, my Hubby is going to have a project on his hands!

  5. ... my dad modeled this set off of the one that Land of Nod sells. He could not find any good plans, so he just winged it based on their measurements and pictures.

  6. that is AMAZING that they built that!!


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