When we decided to start the work in our kitchen while the kids and I were in Minnesota for the summer, we were hopeful that we might come back to a somewhat functional kitchen. As most people who have been through a renovation warned us, we were hysterically off in our timing estimates. Due to a major subfloor issue and some structural obstacles, our renovation turned into a much bigger project than we expected (to be expected in a 100 year old house). But we are making it work! We’ve made a little temporary kitchen on our dining room table, a pantry on the entry way bench, and have been ordering lots and lots of takeout. The floor in the kitchen is finished and our refrigerator and oven are plugged in and functional. We also have a microwave in the dining room (hello TJs frozen Mac and Cheese). We are so grateful for friends who have invited us over or brought us meals, and we seriously have ordered takeout more nights than I’d like to admit. But one of our favorite ways to not create too many messes in our temporary kitchen is to head outside for a picnic. We quickly make a few sandwiches and pack up anything we can find in the “pantry.” The kids would never be excited about a sandwich with a side of peanut butter pretzels at home, but for some reason when we pack it in a cute basket and eat it outside on a blanket they’re all in. Last week the girls and I had lunch back at our favorite spot, Tree People.