Monday, March 16, 2015

onward, kitchen soldiers! {pot farm!}

My sister came home for a visit last summer.  She lives in Alaska where she eats fresh muskox, sunbathes nude, doesn't wear deodorant, and doesn't shave.

Perhaps you really are what you eat.

not my actual sister

She's extremely opinionated (she would argue this description and say that she's simply right...about everything).

Her latest crusade is to rid all households of every ounce of aluminum.  "THOSE POTS ARE MADE OF ALUMINUM!  Don't use them unless you want to get ALZHEIMER'S!"

I replied, "Who are you and how did you get past my security trolls?!?  Don't eat my dog!!!"

I have an old set of pots (Phil bought them a long time ago--a very nice set) that are aluminum.  Gina freaked out.

So like a good little sheeple, I followed her to Costco where I bought a beautiful, shiny new set of stainless steel pots and pans.  They really are lovely.

I got home, ready to purge the offending aluminum, when I re-read the bottom of the pots.  WEAR-EVER ALUMINUM (Plus Stainless Inner-Clad)..... Oops.

And made in the USA. Yeah, like I'm going to get rid of those.

But I really liked my shiny new baubles, and since they weren't made in China, I decided to keep the lot.

The fact I'd already ripped the box open may have had something to do with it.

My first new kitchenware set!

But now I need somewhere to put all this crap.  Because my pantry is still the dumping ground tool shed.

My husband is a dang genius and designed a pot rack for my new toys. We stole were given some FREE rough-sawn cedar from our neighbor.  It used to be the paneling in their old restaurant!

Phil measured and cut the frame, and using his Kreg pocket screw Jig, drilled the pocket holes for the screws to connect the pieces.

It's Eddie-approved.

We bought 3/4" copper pipe, elbows, threaded fittings, and cast iron floor flanges to attach them to the frame. Philly (my hubby) soldered the fittings to the elbows, inserted the fittings into the flanges, then screwed them to the frame.

Don't hate me because I've got 2 inches on the window frame.

We bought a bunch of copper pipes because we thought copper would be cool.

The crossbars are not soldered to the elbows, allowing hooks to be added or subtracted at a later date.

Something is still not quite right...ahhh...there it is!

I printed and cut out my letters, tacked them to my board, then traced them.  Phil played with his router, then I filled the letters in with antique copper metallic craft paint.

I was initially going to add a marijuana leaf to the sign, but Phil was mortified.

"We're going to have neighbors over and they're going to think we smoke pot!"

Me: "What neighbors?  We have no friends.  No one is coming over.  Even if they do, do you suppose they have no sense of humor like you? Besides, it's our damn house and I'll do what I like."

In an attempt to foster an acceptable blood-pressure level, I decided to leave off the leaf.

But just for fun:

And seriously people...have you seen the action on my Pot Farm Hometalk post?  It's insane.

If you missed part one of Kitchen Soldiers! you can find it HERE.

If you missed part two of Kitchen Soldiers! you can find it HERE.

Coming up on Kitchen Soldiers!:

Crown Royal!

Stay tuned....

Sharing my pot with:
Between Naps on the Porch
That DIY Party
Trash 2 Treasure
DIY Dreamer  
Wow Us Wednesdays
Fluster's Creative Muster  
DIY by Design
Outside the Box
Work it Wednesday  
I Gotta Create
Funky Junk  
Saturday Sparks
Bouquet of Talent 



  1. Not sure what I envy most, your sense of humor, your possession of power tools or the knowledge to use them!!!!

  2. As usual your wit and humor have me so enthralled I almost forgot to tell you that's a pretty cool ..... rack? Farm? Pot rack? Nothing seems right.

  3. I love you, Andi.
    My mom made me do that years ago...who's going to complain about new pots, right?
    I will laugh all evening at your description of your lovely sister. hahahahhahha
    But where does the pot go??? Is there a secret compartment???

  4. Dang. And here I thought this was going to be about pot. You disappoint me.

    I bought hubby a Kreg jig over a year ago. It's still in the box. Maybe your hubby can talk to him and tell him how awesome it is.

    Seriously, that pot rack is fabulous. I would so put a leaf on it.

    I can't tell you how happy I am that your mom is ok! I read somewhere not too long ago that 1 in 3 people are misdiagnosed. That's crazy! And tell your sister to shave her pits. This isn't the age of Aquarius, ya know?

  5. SO thankful your mom is ok and the docs were wrong!! God IS good! And so is that hubs of yours! Great idea! Of course cleaning his tools out of the pantry is a good idea, too. But not as nifty lookin'. As for the leaf, don't you think if anyone recognized it for what it is, that would tell you something about THEM??!! I say go for it. Or not. Dona

    1. should have SEEN him when I said I was going to add a pot leaf to the sign! He's such a prude. :P

  6. Oh no! My clock friend isn't.... gasp..... aluminum, is it? Is it safe from the purge? What's the story with aluminum? Never mind, I guess I can google it. What about aluminum foil? I have no idea what my pots & pans are made of - metal? Perhaps I don't know because of my Alzheimer's? I will admit that for a spell in the 80's I had those brown glass-like pots & pans that apparently had some explosion issues. ARE WE EVER SAFE ANY MORE?

    1. I went and checked out my own pot farm. They're old. "100% pure lead." Whew, what a relief. (Okay, truth: mine are stainless. Thanks for my Today's Lesson.)

  7. Oh. Em. Gee. Craziness. Please do not go out and buy a (very) used Ford Pinto.

  8. I laughed out loud at pot farm. I was going to suggest one of those hanging things for the new pots, but I would probably bump my head on it when I come to visit and then I'd have to sue you and it would be too much trouble, so carry on. And tell your sister to shut up.


  9. So funny that the new pots are also aluminum--ROFL! But they're so cool! And not you have a special place for them to live over at the pot farm. I would not worry about people coming over, either. If they don't like it they can lump it. Your house. Your rules. Your place to laugh your a$$ off. ;)

  10. When I read pot farm I wasn't thinking of these pots

  11. Your sister is going to kick your butt!!! You're such a rebel rouser. We just watched son's of liberty on history channel, and I am pretty sure it would have been you and handsome Sam Adams getting all troublesome on the Brits. Love it!! To heck with your stuffy, British, tyrannical neighbours!! We're bloody American and we'll do what we want to...I fear Phil may be a British spy. Keep an eye on him.

  12. I am so glad to hear your mom is doing better! Did your sister go with you when you bought the new pots and pans? lol! That pot holder is SO freaking awesome and on trend, too! You could totally sell those!!

  13. Great news about your mom!! I wish I had a free wall to grow my own pot farm! XOXO

  14. Glad your mom is better girl! Best pot rack EVAH!! (I think I have some seeds stashed away with my old concert tickets if Philly wants to give it a go...he needs to lighten up. LOL!) Thanks for a great morning read my dear.

  15. HAHAHA Love your pot farm..Pure genius! Glad to hear your mom is OK Andi!!!

  16. Just discovered your blog today with this post and I LOVE IT! First I love the pot rake on the wall..great idea! But your play with words is awesome! I love it and your sense of humor! I am a subscriber now!

  17. Fun-eeeeeeeeeeee woman!! I must know your sister's reaction to this post!

  18. Oh my goodness, I'm laughing so hard! That's such a great idea.

  19. First of all I'm so happy your Mom is well !
    Secondly I'm a nervous wreck now because I use aluminum foil for everything ( and it's starting already because I forgot how to spell aluminum and had to scroll up to see )
    Off to pin - before I forget................................xoxo

    1. Oh & fourthly - I wonder if pot would help with memory loss ?
      Or does it create it?

  20. Love your pot rack Andi! I'm so behind, but I'm glad your mother is doing well. I have a fabulous aluminum shingled roof on my house that I absolutely love. I guess I'm doomed. lol.

  21. Oh I love your pot rack! That is so awesome!! If I had a kitchen wall to install one I'd so do it (I need one)! But I have none sadly. I'm thinking yes, better without the little leaf symbol. lol


  22. Oh I love your pot rack! That is so awesome!! If I had a kitchen wall to install one I'd so do it (I need one)! But I have none sadly. I'm thinking yes, better without the little leaf symbol. lol


  23. Gods zegen voor je moeder , en jullie.

    Een zus in de Here uit Holland

  24. I've been cooking peppers and onions in the skillet on the grill a lot lately. I'll have to add jalapenos next time. Yum. I like cooking bacon that way too, although hot fat + open flame adds a nice element of danger. I used to get flank steak, but my husband got me to try the carne asada cut from our local market, and I prefer it. Not sure if it's thin-cut flank or skirt (I'll have to ask), but it looks like this 

  25. "Pot Farm", I just about spit my coffee all over the computer screen. Witty, my dear is a trait to be admired, and I do. Your husband did a great job on the rack.

  26. I love your sense of humor! I like the pot farm too.

  27. Love your creativity and sense of humor, I would of put the pot leaf on it anyways! Lol


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