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Friday, March 19, 2010

Kitchen tour part two and a recipe

Hi blogland buddies,
I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful weather that God is sending our way. Spring has finally reared it's beautiful head in our neck of the woods and I've enjoyed listening to the birdies tweeting their little hearts out, new buds on the trees, and a pop of bright yellow Jonquils poking through the ground recently. I simply cannot wait until the rest of the trees and flowers start to bloom ~ it is a beautiful sight to behold here in our area!
On my most recent post I told you I'd be back w/some more pics of our new kitchen, so here they are~ these are mostly of the cabinets, which go around on two sides. Our old kitchen was long and narrow, but we knocked out the back wall of our house, (which I will show renovation pics on another post later on), but we ended up w/about a 20X20 ft. square, which allows for a lot of space all around. We ended up going w/maple cabinets, praline stain, and a mocha glaze for just a touch of rusticness, (is that a word? lol). Our old cabinets were original to the house, back in the late '50's, not in very good shape so I had painted them a dark red. They were really more pitiful than primitive, so after 8 yrs. of cabinets that would not close all the way, it was time to move on.....

The double ovens we bought for half price. (I'm all for a bargain and saving a few bucks). Actually we got great deals on several of the appliances too.

I now have Easter dishes inside the glass cabinet. Mr. Fix It installed lighting both under the cabinets and above them. All I have to do is push the remote and wa-la, they turn on/off.
The breadbox has a tin punch panel in the front and a shelf inside. It really holds a lot of bread! To the left(under the double cabinet) is a 'hidden' tv that swings down and around for viewing, then tucks up underneath for saving space. That was one of my Christmas presents from Mr. Fix It.
The red basket holds snacks and I got it from Gooseberry Patch.
This is to the right of the corner cabinets.

We thought we'd try going w/a few extras in the new kitchen. This is a close-up of a 'pot filler' that we special ordered from a kitchen supply store where we bought our cabinets. The backsplash is that new faux tin panels in a 'smokey pewter' that you can find at Lowe's.
The red speckled stock pot I also bought from Gooseberry Patch when they had a sale right before Christmas.

These canisters I bought one at a time at Hobby Lobby w/my 40% off coupon. Just the other day I had Mr. Fix It spray the lids RED for me to give a pop of color on that side of the kitchen. I also added some labels to the glass fronts.
This is at the end of the right side. The door used to lead into the garage, but is now our master bedroom.
This is a vintage sign I bought off E~bay that goes between the fridge and our bedroom door.

A few posts ago I showed pics of our new laundry room and forgot to show a full view of the pie safe my MIL gave me. It holds all my Christmas dishes. It fits perfectly in the space and I like to decorate the top of it seasonally. We tried putting it in another room, but it didn't look right, so back to the laundry room it went.
Gotta tell you a funny story before I leave. The other night, Mr. Fix It mentioned there were no sweets in the house(meaning he was itching for me to bake something), so I had been wanting to
try a new recipe. I found a new sugar cookie recipe I'd never tried before. The recipe said to chill the dough one hr. Well, I got busy doing other things and it chilled for several hrs, as in, overnight! So yesterday I got the chilled dough out and it said to roll out the dough first and cut out w/cookie cutters. To save time I thought I'll just roll them into balls and let them spread out on the cookie sheet while they're baking. Several minutes later I went to check on them in the oven and they NEVER spread out. They still looked like miniature dumplings! LOL But the ironic thing was ~ they tasted great! Everyone popped them in their mouths like they were candy! So now we nicknamed them "Doughball Sugar Cookies"! LOL
Here's the real recipe if you want to try them, but please let me know how yours turn out! I guarantee you can't eat just one!
Best Ever Sugar Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teas. salt
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350* (175* C)
2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda and nutmeg.
3. Cream together the butter and sugar. Blend in the sour cream; add dry ingredients.
4. Chill dough for 1 hr. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness on a sugar and floured surface.
5. Cut w/cookie cutter; bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8-10 min's.
Easy peasy! Give 'em a try!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your weekend! Come back soon for part 3 of the kitchen tour!


Prim N Raggedy said...

Your new kitchen looks amazing Tanya, you must be delighted with it! Going to give your cookie recipe a try next week...thanks for sharing!

Audrey said...

Your kitchen looks great....I love the cabinets...and I love your farmhouse table...beautiful!!

Country Prims said...

Hey Tanya! Good to hear from you! Wow, love that kitchen-your cupboards and backsplash are just lovely. Great pie safe too.
Thanks for visiting-did you get the e-mail I sent you last week?
Speak soon,
Blessings, Shazy x

the primitive country bug said...

Hi Tanya,
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. It feels good to read friends blogs and comments again from all my blogging friends.
Your kithchen is AWESOME! So beautiful!! I hope you take a picture of your canisters now that the covers are painted red and you've added something to the front. I liked them before but would love to see the makeover.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs~ Birgit

Prior said...

LOVE your Muffin tin and scales and LOVE red! Lezlee