As I was designing this kitchen, this was the space that I could see before everything else. A big beautiful farmhouse sink. After looking at prices, I thought it would never happen, not to mention there's a global pandemic limiting me from being able to shop in stores. I resorted to trying to build a sink out of concrete. Just as I was starting the research process for that I found her. The most beautiful sink at the most incredible price, on Amazon. Soon after I found the faucet and it all fell into place. This space is nowhere near done, but here are some of the sources so far!
We love pizza in our house. We even opted for pizza for our rehearsal dinner (fancy pizza and cheeses and meats, but pizza none the less). It is our dream to have a pizza oven, but until that comes to fruition, pizza on the grill is a very close second.
We've been grilling pizza for some time, usually making it with pizza dough. However my husband's coworker recently tipped us off to using naan bread as a pizza crust.
We tried it on the grill and IT.IS.EVERYTHING. If you like coal fired pizza, this is the easiest and yummiest way to get that same taste at home.
Yeah, yeah, I jumped on the trend. If you know me though, you know I can't just leave well enough alone, so I changed it up a bit. I love cinnamon and coffee, so here's my twist: Dalgona Coffee with Honey Vanilla Cinnamon milk!
It seemed silly to me to make this luxurious foamy top for my coffee but then just put it over plain ol' milk. So, I decided to make a cinnamon honey vanilla milk and top it with the Dalgona coffee.
Guys..... this. is. everything.
We had planned on an addition/kitchen remodel in the near future. Unfortunately with the state of things right now, and the financial uncertainties of the future, we've decided to postpone most likely a few years.
While I am sad, I also decided that it doesn't mean we couldn't do a refresh. The goal was to build a kitchen, cash only, not dipping into any kind of savings. I believe the term is "shoe string" budget.
Adding to this problem? We're in a global pandemic, you can't just go to a store and get stuff. So I've been relying on a combo of materials I had on hand and whatever Amazon was willing to deliver. I decided to do everything possible from scratch to save even more. Here's where we are at one month in.
My grandmother's banana bread is unparalleled. Unfortunately she refuses to give the recipe to anyone. She claimed to have given it to my aunt, but I believe it was a fake. Oh those grandmothers and their secret recipes!
I've long given up trying to replicate hers and instead have spent some time making different ones.
Quarantine has brought about an abundance of overripe bananas in our house. I decided to challenge myself to make a banana bread from scratch, using what I had, but try to elevate it some way. I ended up making a banana cake of sorts, it had the flavor of banana bread and the texture of a piece of cake it isn't really one or the other so maybe it's a banana brake (Can you tell I need to get out of my house?. I bet you have all the ingredients I used. This hit the spots; sweet, nutty, and comforting.
In trying to keep a sense of normalcy around here, I thought I would take some time to do a cookbook review, this being Saturday and all!
With everyone being stuck at home, I know that many people have increased their cooking and baking. I've been thinking about why this is, but I think in part it's because there is an extreme sense of comfort to be derived from being in the kitchen. The world feels very overwhelming right now, and things feel a bit out of control. But cooking? You can control that. If you whisk eggs and cream and butter, you know what you're going to get. There's comfort in that.
For this week's review I've selected the Magnolia Table cookbook from Joanna Gaines. I am reviewing her first book as she has her second one coming out this week.
I remember helping my grandother clean up after Thanksgiving on eyear, and she instsisted on putting everything away herself. At first I thought she was being stubborn, but one year she admitted, "if I don't stack everything just so, it doesn't fit." At the time I didn't understand, but I now have a kitchen built at roughly the same time as my grandmother's. If I don't stack everything "just so" it doesn't fit.
Prior to starting this kitchen remodel, I made a list of all the "problem" areas in my kitchen and vowed to come up with solutions to fix them. One such area was the fact that our pots and pans were stacked and you had to move them all to get at the one you wanted. As I began building the cabinets, I knew their had to be a better way. I turned to an Ana White plan, and I'm thrilled with the results.
I'm in an awkward phase of home ownership that I'm sure many of you can relate to, we're going to renovate in the near future so I don't want to spend money on remodels that are going to be done again...but not so near in the future that I can live with it how it is.
Our hosue has not been updated since the 1950s, the kitchen is original. After emptying our savings to buy our house, there was nothing left for a remodel. So, I slapped white paint on eveyrthing, made faux counters, put some peel and stick down and called it a day. We could revisit in the future when we had more money.
Well, as the countertop slowly warps in and the cabinets no longer close, we're at a precipice. We're still a few years from a big remodel, but we can't live iwth it how it is. I was going over options one night when it came to me, let's just do it ourselves. I mean the whole thing. I could customize it to fit in the small space, make it functional in the mean time, and if/when we remodel I can use what we made here in our planned in-law. Once again the goal is to do it on a very small budget, so I'm going to layout my plans here and I'll let you know how it all plays out. We had planned this prior to social distancing, so we're going to try to make the best of being quite literally stuck at home and use this time to build as many components of the kitchen as possible.
This is not going to be my usual Sunday Coffee post, because these are not usual times. I have been wrestling for the past week with what to do with this little space. Would it be tacky to continue writing blog posts with everything going on in the world?
After much thought and discussion, I'm going to keep writing, as more and more people find themselves social distancing, or even quarantined, I think feeling connected is more important than ever. How lucky we are to live in a time when we can still find community through the internet, even when we may not be able to join it in person.
My husband is a Science teacher and has been trying to mentally prepare me that this would happen since the first outbreak in Wuhan. I have to admit that I didn't fully believe him. We are both social creatures, we meet up with friends several times a week and love to host gatherings. We love to go out in the city to dine and shop. It feels all feels so strange. So I hope that you see this, not as me ignoring what's happening in our world, but continuing to connect with the community here. Here are 5 things to do while you are social distancing.
I have an affinity for books, and for the past decade I've sadly relegated them to bins and boxes. I recently found an essay I wrote in high school on my love of reading and in it I said that I wanted the "finest thing in my house to be my library." I think high school me would be pretty proud of these book cases. My favorite feature is the lighting. It gives such a nice glow at night, and elevates the whole piece. I was able to find very affordable lighting that was easy to use. If you are illuminating a bookcase or adding under cabinet lighting in a kitchen, you'll want to read on. Here is all the lighting info!