How to cook with no kitchen?? | SURVIVING A KITCHEN RENOVATION

Hello hello! Happy Saturday!!

We’ve been working on this renovation for six months. Six long months. No kitchen table. No fresh bred. Lots of crock pot meals. And yet, even though we’re living in a SEVERELY truncated kitchen, it’s not…terrible? Seriously. Like it’s not FUN. But it’s not that bad.

Most importantly we are not:
1. Starving
2. Eating out profusely
3. Fighting over Ramen.

Which overall I am going to count as a win in my book. So today I want to share with you FOUR TIPS we’ve picked up on how to set yourself up for a less stressful kitchen renovation.

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Crock Pot
Electric Skillet

Mudroom Sink

My favorite one pot meals:
Pizza Pasta Bake
Homemade Stroganoff
5 pounds of whatever chicken
2 cans of whatever bean
1 can of something tomato
1 can/frozen bag of something vegetable
2 packs of seasoning (taco, fajita, whatever)

Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred chicken. Add one dollop of something creamy (sour cream, cream cheese, plain yogurt, whatever) EAT.
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  1. Eileen Alholinna on July 28, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Thank u, Paige, for responding to my comment and giving me the link to how u manage cooking!

  2. P.S. Koger on July 28, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    What breed are your chicks? We have yellow buffs currently. I love the barred rock but are not wanting to get into the mixed breed situation again.

  3. Bismillah Arif on July 28, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Please post some new interior design videos. I really love your explanation.

  4. La Tui on July 28, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    omg I *love* the passthrough in the cabinet! Craftsman houses are so cool because of hidden secrets like this!

  5. Noreen Perez on July 28, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Like your channel,but there is to much talking🤔and drama.

  6. Denee McKim on July 28, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I would like you to do a day in the life video. Where you name all of your animals, I need names of your furry family members. I keep stopping the videos trying to identify the animals, but can’t keep them straight because I don’t know their names.

  7. seriously? really? on July 28, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Been there did that ! Crockpot; Microwave; Electric Skillet – the Holy Trinity! … oh yeah and a French Press because we had no room for a coffee pot on the card table that stood in for a countertop,/ food prep station. Everything was sorted and stored in clear rubbermaid totes labeled and slid under the table including food stuffs because even though we put up heavy duty plastic barrier walls between us and the construction the plaster dust still infiltrated every nook and cranny. Everything was in covered labeled bins. For 7 months ! Had to wash dishes in a dishpan over a bathtub faucet in a brand new remodeled bathroom. (yeah… the pedestal sink was too small to wash pots too. ) All because a new laundry room and full size butler’s pantry was part of the new construction. It all had to be built where no foundation existed before. I was so "traumatized" by the experience I went all out, over compensated and put in a deep restaurant style commercial stainless steel sink with integrated drainboard in the butler’s pantry. " to paraphrase Scarlet, "with God as my witness I’ll never wash pots in a itty bitty dishpan again!" Best idea I ever had! I put all my spices in clear plastic shoe boxes. bought dozens of them. 4 yrs later we’re still finding things we packed away for the construction. I guess if we didn’t missed things after 4 yrs we really didn’t need them!

  8. Fiona Fowlks on July 28, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I was given a tall, old school, five-drawer metal filing cabinet that I use as a combo pantry and cook/bakeware storage. It has a tiny footprint but affords us massive amounts of sleek, rodent-free storage.
    Currently, we have our coffee station on top, but after our kitchen is done, we’ll move it into our horse trailer turned camper and put our convection/microwave on top.
    Metal filing cabinets such as mine can be found on Facebook Marketplace all day long, and often they are super cheap or even FREE!

  9. Karla Hernandez on July 28, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    I ripped my kitchen to pieces in 1989. I was still able to cook on the stove, do dishes in the bathroom sink and I still had a working refrigerator. Then the earthquake hit. No water, gas or electricity. Thank goodness I had camping equipment. I cooked outside for weeks.

  10. Kathy Atkinson on July 28, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    My husband made us shaker cherry cabinets which were amazing. Before I let him tare out the old cabinets and appliances all the new cabinets had to be done and ready to install. I was without cabinets for a week and they another couple weeks of working on plywood counters before the soapstone arrived. The finish product was amazing… it was the best kitchen ever.

  11. N Foss on July 28, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Only 6 months?

  12. pamela Allen on July 28, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    You my dear, are one of the most interesting people I have watched on YouTube ever. You are "ageless", and by that I mean you look like your in your 20’s, but have the speaking abilities of a much more mature person. I have raised 2 generations of girls so I know of what I speak. Love your ideas and looking forward to everything you both accomplish.

  13. NothingToNoOneInParticular on July 28, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Let thrift stores save you. Bread maker. Toaster oven. Crock pot. Hot plates. Coffee maker. Life is good. How did you get thru Uni?

  14. EmeraldVideosNL on July 28, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Good ‘food’ for thought when we’re going to do the kitchen (next year). We have a laundry room that has a sink, and I could use the washing machine and dryer as usuable surfaces. I’d only need a sturdy table to put our camping cooker on, and some storage space.

  15. Joyce Taggart on July 28, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I really enjoyed the old fashioned decorations. You really did a good job following the times. The candles are such a good idea. I never could figure out how they didn’t burn the house down, My grandparents only opened the parlor for Christmas and Easter. Basically because of saving on heat. But that room had a big wool rug. I have the upright piano that was in that room. We don’t know what to do with it when we leave this house some day. If you are interested , it is yours. I don’t want to take it to the dump. Makes me cry. The chicks were so cute. Wish they stayed like that, Oh well thanks for the memories. Joyce

  16. Sue Hill on July 28, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for the lovely bonus! So dang cute. And beautiful music choice!

  17. xXocea on July 28, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I’ve been a silent viewer of yours for quite some time now, been here since the beginning of the year watching with my mother while she was battling cancer. Watching your renovations, and other content brought us a lot of joy during those trying times. She’s no longer with us, but I wanted to say that the double sided cabinet in your laundry and bath is such a creative idea and my mother would’ve fallen head over heels for it. She really liked how you tried to keep things as historically accurate to your home as possible while also being practical. Its something i want to do for my own home in the future. I hope you continue to share your renovation journey in the years to come and that I can continue to watch.

  18. Chrissie Walker on July 28, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Try a multicooker. I think you call it an instant pot in the US. Love your video. Best wishes from London

  19. Wanda Martin on July 28, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    You are forever hilarious!!!

  20. LJ H on July 28, 2020 at 10:38 pm


  21. Street Smart on July 28, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Yes I I’ve cooked in Skillet is the most wonderful thing to keep cooking in that skillet do not let them tell you you cannot cook a full meal In that skillet

  22. icantbelieveimhere wow on July 28, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    We used our grill a whole lot during our reno!

  23. in time on July 28, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Very off topic, but did I just find your curly hair channel “alabaster shelf”?!?

    I’m geekin’ out 🙈😊
    (If not, you have a serious YT twin!!)

  24. Michele kuhne on July 28, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I had a utility sink put in the laundry room and that is where I did dishes for months. The dish rack went on top of the washer. My temporary kitchen was in my living room. I agree about the electric frying pan and crock pot. I used those a lot. The hot plate kept popping the breakers so I got rid of it. I also used a couple metal racks for food and dish storage and had a couple banquet tables to set everything up on. The refrigerator was also in the living room. I thought it was quite a clever arrangement. My husband has trouble with finishing projects so I knew I had to be prepared for long haul. I’m back in the real kitchen now. Although it still needs finishing touches. As does the other 52 projects he has started and not finished!

  25. Eileen Alholinna on July 28, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, what a great concept!! I love the sink in your laundry room!! You are doing a marvelous job!

  26. Gail Forest on July 28, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Instant Pot! When you are in a hurry.!! Love your tiny kitchen make do space!.
    So. Since we both love Victorian style homes.. Take a few minutes and browse on line at the Victorian dress shop. The items I have from there I love..

  27. Dawn M. on July 28, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    I agree with all 4 tips. Recently our filtered water faucet leaked. We turned boff the water and ordered a new one. But because of the Pandemic the faucet took way too long and the water was off at that sink.
    So, I had to carry dishes to my laundry room sink and countertop similar to yours. I washed the dishes for 2 meals per day until the faucet was replaced a week or more later. It was a life saver.

  28. Angie Valentine on July 28, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    1. Simplify your meal choices. 2. Get good tools (i.e. crockpot, electric skillet). 3. Set up a dedicated space (that resembles a small kitchen). 4. Figure out a sink (a legitimate sink somewhere in your house, before beginning the renovation).

  29. Beth P on July 28, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Have you ever baked a cake in an electric skillet? You might want to try it. I lived in a motel room for a month, until my house was built, and I learned all kinds of things you can do in an electric skillet

  30. Luella R on July 28, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Ahhh ! Love your little chicks!! We just "lost" our last hen to some critter. Her name was Cinnamon and she was quite spoiled. She was VERY free range since we adopted her. She would go through the woods and all around the neighborhood. After her sister was horribly killed and carried away , we kept her in our basement for a couple days in a plastic tub. We got her coop all ready for her again but she wouldn’t go in it on her own. So, she would come and perch on our front porch swing or stand and wait until we would carry her down , each night, and tuck her in her safe coop. She actually like to be held and rocked in the front porch rocker. We really miss her. 🙁

  31. chromemaster on July 28, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    You guys are killing me….I want to see the completed kitchen😁😁😁😁 It’s just that I’m so freaking excited:) Eeeek and those chicks, too cute. I love what you are doing, and cannot wait until it’s all done. xo

  32. Angie Valentine on July 28, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    The shower caddy is a great idea and I stole it. I had an extra shower caddy that is now being used in my kitchen. Bam! brilliant idea.

  33. Cassie Sheridan on July 28, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I love how excited you get when you see your own cats, like you don’t know they’re around 😂😂

  34. Nate Hine on July 28, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    I own a cabinet shop in NJ .. but now living in MD ..kitchens ripped apart .. now can’t travel .. corona restrictions .. so we are gonna be down for a while kitchen wise .. got stove and sink hooked up to get us thru .. oh blah dee ..oh blah da .. love your fridge

  35. TheBereangirl on July 28, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Can I just say how much I love your neat and organized recipe notebook?– And how you sensibly have a fire extinguisher in your makeshift kitchen?! Aw… the chicks are so cute! What kind? I have a menagerie of 17 hens.😉

  36. Ashleigh Logan on July 28, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Shout out to the one chick I thought was dead off to the right side of the chickbait section I had to rewatch to make sure it was only asleep!

  37. Cathy Blasco on July 28, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    That laundry/bathroom pass-through is brilliant.

  38. Deanna Cottle on July 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I really don’t know how to tell you this. But the little white shelf was used for a very large electric roaster. My Mom had one when I was growing up… I am a boomer girl…

  39. norweavernh on July 28, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Love your videos, but you dont need an "and" if you have an Instant Pot w air fryer lid.

  40. DrummerlovesBookworm on July 28, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Dang, I love this channel.

  41. RobnGail Gallasch on July 28, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    so true on the sink, watched the guys take out the counter that contained the sink, two days later my husband unearthed the laundry tub 6 am workers returned to see it in the middle of the reno space. Install it or I’ll call your wife (one of my good friends) it was done and no one died!

  42. P Ney on July 28, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Hey it works….Got my electric skillet in 1965, it’s still working. It’s a life saver , brown your meats, then lower the heat, to a simmer..AWESOME….I fried DONUTS…can pick the exact temperature..perfect!

  43. debbieomi on July 28, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Someone may have commented this already but if push comes to shove and you HAVE to use the tub for dishes, here is what I did for two months: get two five gallon totes. Use one for washing and as you wash, put into the second tote. Once dishes, cups, silverware are cleaned, rinse the wash tote thoroughly. Now, rinse dishes and put back into the other tote. Take dishes to their storage area and towel dry. Now, repeat the process with your cooking utensils, pots, etc. Thankfully, there were only three of us, 1-2 meals per weekday and three on weekends so it wasn’t too overwhelming but you have to keep up with them.

  44. Aly B. on July 28, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Salsa Valentina. I approve 🙌🏻

  45. Jaime Morgan on July 28, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Don’t worry, Paige, you’ll survive this! I’ve been living in a tiny converted schoolroom with hubby and four kids with no kitchen and no bathroom for 2 years while we build… Don’t get me wrong: it sucks. Especially when other Instagrammers and Youtubers and Facebookers are showing off their recently completed builds and renos and celebrating having beaten the Covid-19 Lockdown.
    We have: a plug-in hot plate (not great, but we do use it several times most days); an electric jug; a toaster; a slow-cooker; an actual, legitimate single sink (cold water only), AND; roughly double the counter space you have.
    Nobody has starved or lost their marbles. Yet.

  46. Katie Phillips on July 28, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    You are so frugal! I love it! What is the name of the paint color in your mud room? GOREGOUSLY elegant!

  47. CeCeCT Connecticut on July 28, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Cute fridge!

  48. Angela Moran on July 28, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    The baby chicks are the sweetest 🥰🐥

  49. Dinah Consumption on July 28, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    I also have a questionable kitchen area–induction burner on a wire service cart, a pressure/multi-cooker, and a convection toaster oven that I can roast a chicken in. And a massive 4-hole industrial sink for soak-wash-rinse-sanitize. And an espresso machine. I am having some realizations about my priorities.

  50. Amy Wilkins on July 28, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Well this could not have been posted at a more perfect time! We had a bad leak damage a lot of our kitchen so I’m looking at a 3 week emergency renovation. Cooking for myself and a toddler out of a spare bedroom and washing dishes the bathroom sink and tub. Would you say a toaster oven is necessary? I have everything else and will source a small microwave since ours is built in the kitchen, but I’ve never had a toaster oven.

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