Thursday, March 31, 2011

New BNR Treasury on Etsy!

Here is a link to a BNR treasury on Etsy that I'm featured in! :)
If you buy something from one of the featured stores, something from your etsy store will replace the item from their store. Easy enough right? :)


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Comprehensive Exam Today!

I'm posting this early because I know I won't be blogging Tuesday morning! :)

Pray for me today that I'll be able to recall everything I've studied over the last few weeks...month....(years really!) as I take my Comprehensive Exam for my Master's degree!
I'm excited and nervous at the same time!
Excited because I love this stuff...nervous because it's a big test!


Good books on the topic...you know, if you're like me and enjoy reading textbooks...don't judge. :)

       













PS My professor writing this test co-authored the second book...and the Anatomy Coloring Book is one of my favorite go-to books when I'm looking something up. :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lavender Cookies

I got this recipe from Beat Until Fluffy (now Bake, Sew, Sing).  She doesn’t have the recipe on her blog anymore, but she does have a Lavender Cupcake recipe I want to try!

Here is a link to her recipe for Lavender Cookies and here it is typed out in case you can’t get the link to work for whatever reason! :)  I didn’t make the drizzle icing, but I probably will next time! :)

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Lavender Cookies
½ Cup Butter (room temperature)
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil (Canola, whatever, just not Olive Oil)
½ Cup Superfine Sugar
¼ Cup Water
1 Large Egg
1-2 Tsp Dried Lavender Buds
2 3-4oz Boxes Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 Tsp Baking Powder
½ Tsp Salt
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour (unbleached will work as well)
A small bowl with some Superfine Sugar for rolling
Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine Superfine Sugar and Lavender in blender or food processor and process until Lavender begins to break down. Combine all dry ingredients together, except for pudding mix, and set aside. In your mixer bowl, combine all other ingredients and beat until thick and well-combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well-combined. Scoop by teaspoon-full, roll gently into a ball shape between your palms, roll in bowl with Superfine Sugar and place on cookie sheet. Here, you can leave them to their natural shape, or, press them down gently with a glass-bottomed item. The cookies in the photo have been pressed. (I re-purposed a tea light holder as a cookie press.) Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks. This recipe will make around 4 dozen cookies if you make them teaspoon size.
To ice, use the Whisk Drizzle Icing recipe. Place waxed paper, butcher paper, plastic wrap (whatever you have) under the wire racks the cookies have cooled on. Mix up a batch of the icing and drizzle over cookies. Allow the icing to set and serve.
Whisk-Drizzle Icing
This is a very simple cookie glaze and will harden nicely.
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
1 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
2 Tbsp Milk (you’ll need a little more after you’ve whisked in the first amount)
In a smallish bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Keep slowly adding milk until you get a slightly thick, drizzle-able icing. The icing will settle out and smooth nicely once you’ve applied it. This recipe will ice about 4 dozen cookies and can be colored with liquid food coloring if desired. I drizzle this icing with a whisk. By all means, if you prefer, put it in a zip lock bag and snip off a corner for a make-shift icing bag. Drizzle away…

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Go check out Dawn’s site if you haven’t already! She’s got LOTS of great recipes! :) Quite a few of them are bookmarked on my computer!!00

Thursday, March 24, 2011

White Sandwich Bread

I talked about how excited I was to make sandwich bread over here…but I never actually posted the recipe I used!  I found a recipe at allrecipes.com (Traditional White Bread by Danialle) and changed it up a little to make one loaf instead of two, and swapped oil for the lard.  I still haven’t quite perfected the bread.  I have a tendency to add more and more flour as I knead it on a floured surface…  It is delicious, that’s for sure! A grilled sandwich on this bread is SO GOOD.  The only thing is, it’s pretty dense, which makes a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich incredibly filling!  I’ve read a few different places that if you decrease the amount of flour you use in a bread recipe, it will be lighter, so I’m working on that.  Do any of you make bread? If you do, is it dense or light? If it’s light….what do you do? :)

Here is a screen shot of the recipe in case you can’t get the link to work! :)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meat Marinade inspired by Mountain Jerky

While we were on our Honeymoon in the Smokey Mountains, we stopped to play some putt-putt at Walden’s Landing Firehouse Golf.  We had to. :)

It was a windy day, hence, the hair in my face!

In the shopping center around the putt-putt course, there was a Jerky Outlet that sold all sorts of Jerky.  We bought some Buffalo Jerky and some Elk Jerky while we were there.  I ordered some more Buffalo Jerky for Adam for Christmas and he really really liked it, and wanted to see if he could concoct something to taste similar to it that he could use as a marinade for meat.  He did a good job, and here is his recipe! :)

Adam’s Meat Marinade

Mix the following together and pour over meat to marinade before cooking….

2 Tbs soy sauce, 2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce, 1 tsp water, 1 tsp Grill Mates Peppercorn & Garlic Marinade seasoning, and a touch of olive oil

You can put the extra seasoning from the packet into an old spice jar to use later.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blogging for Books - The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall

This was a wonderful book that explored the relationships of a group of friends living in an Amish community in modern times.  The Bridge of Peace is the second book in the "Ada's House" series.  I read this book without having read the first book in the series.  At first, I was concerned that I would be "lost" and not know what was going on, or who the characters were.  This was not the case.  Soon after starting the book, I was hooked and felt as if I knew the residents of Dry Lake and Hope Crossing.  Cindy Woodsmall does a fantastic job of exploring each relationship in the community.  The reader is able to learn how each member of the community interacts with every other member.  At one point, I was half-way through the book and thought I would read one chapter before going to sleep.  I absolutely could not put the book down and read for hours!  There are twists and turns in this novel that keep you interested in how Lena, Grey, Deborah, Johnathan, and everyone else in the two Amish towns continuously rely on God despite their trials.  I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading book one in the series, The Hope of Refuge and the third book in the series when it is released!

Be sure to note the helpful character list and Pennsylvania Dutch glossary in the back of the book.



Note: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group
for this review through Blogging for Books. 
You can find more information by clicking on the link in my sidebar.

Chocolate Oat Clusters

My mom used to make these cookies (or something extremely similar) when I was growing up.  It always made my day when she made these!  I don’t think I realized how incredibly simple they were (that and Jell-O…I always thought Jell-O was some expensive dessert to make, so I felt extra special when we had it at the house hahaha!  Mom laughed at me when she found that out!  I’ll keep it in mind when I have kids…”If you make good grades this semester, we’ll have Jell-O for dessert!” :) hehehehhe)

Anywho, here is the recipe that my Dad emailed me from a healthy living newsletter he got at work.  I made them about 5 minutes after he sent it to me, because that’s how long it took me to copy the recipe and gather the ingredients haha! :)

  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  1. Place peanut butter, milk, & chocolate chips in a saucepan.  Cook over low heat until chips melt.
  2. Stir in oats & remove from heat.
  3. With a spoon, drop 8 (give or take) ball-shaped portions on a wax-paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Let set in fridge for 10 minutes before serving.

Next time, I made increase the PB and decrease the chocolate because Adam said they were a bit too  chocolate-y for him, but I loved them and so did the girls in my building! :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Meatless Manicotti – aka My husband’s new favorite food

Kuzak’s Closet posted a delicious recipe for Meatless Manicotti back in August and I’ve been wanting to make it ever since.  Well, I finally did, and as soon as it was gone, the hubby wanted me to make more.  He’s requested it every day for dinner since then!  I guess I’ll have to put it on the April meal plan more than once huh? :)

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The only changes I made to her recipe were that I use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese.  Also, I just happened to be watching one of those cake decorating shows (I believe it was Cake Boss this time!) and thought, “Piping would work great for getting this cheese mixture into these shells!” So…I put the cheese/spinach mixture into a ziploc bag and cut off one corner (so that the hold is smaller than one end of the shell) and piped the mixture into each shell.  It worked perfectly!  In fact, after stuffing each shell so that there was no more room, I still had extra cheese mixture.  Adam wants to try some manicotti with meat too, so if I do manicotti twice in April, I’ll do once with meat and once without!

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I have Coupons for a Pet Owner! :)

I got my paper this morning and there are $9.50 worth of coupons for dogs and cats….I have neither so….I want to pass them on to someone who can use them or knows someone who can use them.

First to comment saying they want them gets them!  Make sure you include an email address so I can get in touch with you if you don’t have it set up on your Google account. (If you’re not sure if you do, or if you do and you want to change it…go here for how-to instructions from Mandy at Mandipidy :) )

Included in this little pack of coupons is…

  • $2 off any 2 bags of Purnia Cat Chow or Kitten Chow (expires 5/15)
  • $1 off any 2 Temptations Treats for Cats (expires 5/1)
  • $1 off 2 10oz packages of Purina Beggin Strips (expires 6/20)
  • $1 off 2 6oz or smaller packages of Purina Beggin’ strips (expires 6/20)
  • $1.50 off 1 4lb or larger bag of Purina Little Bites Dog Food (expires 4/9)
  • $1 off 1 Cesar treats for dogs (expires 4/30)
  • $1 off 1 any size Pedigree Breathbuster treats for Dogs (expires 4/30)
  • $1 off 1 Pedigree Dentastix treats for dogs (expires 4/30)

Chili in a Breadbowl

I found this recipe a while back at $5 Dinners and of course had to put my own spin on it based on our favorite ingredients! :)  Also, in the original recipe, she uses a bread machine to make bread, but I don’t have one so I had to alter the bread recipe for that. Here is a link to the original recipe! And here is our version! :)

Breadbowl – Chili style

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour (I always use self-rising)
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (I use the yeast from the jar.  If you use packets, use 1 packet)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (you can leave out if you’re making this for another soup)
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  1. Dissolve the yeast in water.  Let set until creamy (10 minutes).
  2. Add the olive oil, salt, 1/2 cup flour, sugar, and chili powder and mix.  You can use a mixer set to medium to help you mix if you like.  Add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time.  After the dough starts to pull together, knead on a floured surface about 6 minutes.
  3. Pour a little olive oil in a bowl (you can use the bowl you were mixing in) and coat the bowl with oil.  Place the dough in the bowl and turn so that it is covered in oil.  Cover the bowl with a warm moist towel and set in a warm place to rise for about 40 minutes. ((I often put the bowl in top of my stove – not on one of the eyes – and let it rise under the lamp above my stove.  You can also turn on the oven to let it start to preheat if you like because that will provide extra warmth for the dough))
  4. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and sprinkle with the corn meal.  Divide the dough into 4-6 equal parts (depending on how big you want your bowls) and roll into a ball.  Place the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and let them rise for about 30 minutes ((once again, I do this on top of the stove under the lamp.  If you haven’t preheated your oven to 350* yet, now is a good time to do that)).
  5. START CHILI…..THEN COME BACK TO THE BREAD. Smile
  6. After you’ve started the chili, bake the bread bowls at 350* for 15-20 minutes.  You know they’re ready when you tap on one and it sounds somewhat hollow.
  7. Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes, then cut out the top with a knife (or cookie cutter) and fill with chili! Enjoy!! :)

Chili

  • 1.5 lb lean ground chuck
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz can Mild Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 green bell pepper (Tip: you can buy these and freeze them whole.  When you’re ready to use one in a soup or stew, let it set out for about 5 minutes to thaw slightly, then it slices so easily! Plus, it’s not nearly as messy as slicing a fresh bell pepper! :))
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1-2 Tbsp chili powder (more or less to taste)
  • Toppings: Shredded cheese (4-cheese blend), sour cream
  1. While your bread bowls are rising on the cookie sheet, brown the meat, onion, and garlic in a large saucepan. Drain and return to the pan. (I didn’t have to because the leanest meat was on sale when I bought groceries…which meant, there was nothing to drain! Yay!)
  2. Add the tomatoes, Rotel, Pinto beans, green bell pepper, and chili powder.  Let simmer for 20-30 minutes (which is about how long it takes for the bread to bake and cool).  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Plate Easy enough right? :) Enjoy! Plate

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Recipes, Recipes, Recipes

I'm cleaning off the chip clip on my refrigerator that has lots and lots of recipes I've made and been too lazy to put into my recipe binder....so....expect to see lots of recipes being posted the next few days! :)  Also, as I'm going through these recipes, I'll be working on my April Meal Plan, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well! :)  I'm going to try to post what sales & coupons I'll be using for certain ingredients as well, so maybe that will help with some of your shopping! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

58 cents for 20 boxes of pasta? I'll take it! :)

$0.58 woohoo!!! :)

My advisor is an awesome couponer.
In fact, she blogs about it, and she gets great deals! :)
And...she knows I love to save money and cook.

She told me about the deal Kroger was having on pasta and I had to go get some! :) Basically, Kroger has a special if you buy 10 items from their list of items in their circular, you get $5 off when you use your Kroger Plus card.  Add that deal with an awesome coupon, and the pasta comes out free.  My total tax was $0.78, but after coupons, my total was $0.58

Pasta before any sales: $1.99/box
Pasta with Kroger card along: $0.99/box
Pasta if you buy 10 items and get $5 off: $0.49/box
Awesome coupon found here: $1 off of 2 boxes
Pasta after Kroger Card, 10 item deal, and coupon: less than $0.03/box including tax

My receipt looks like this at the bottom....

And it's all healthy healthy healthy pasta too!! :) :)
 Yay for paying for groceries with dimes! :)

THANK YOU MAUREEN!!! :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday–Week 2! :)

Thursday
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  • Shirt: Made by An Iowa expat wanders about the South The picture on the bottom is from her blog; it shows more detail! :)
  • Cardigan: Made by me.  Take a long-sleeve shirt, cut it down the middle, and stitch bias tape on the freshly cut seams…now you have a cardigan! :)
  • Jeans: American Eagle
  • Sandals: my favorites from my last WIWW post. :)
Friday
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  • Shirt: Old Navy clearance rack with solid pink shirt underneath from Wal-Mart
  • Cardigan: Target (clearance in the kids department! :) An XL fits the same as a Women’s Small for half the price!
  • Jeans: My $10 Seven brand jeans
  • Shoes: Ballet flats from Wal-Mart
  • Necklace: Eiffel Tower necklace from my in-laws

Saturday/Sunday = laziness. Too cold to go outside for this girl who was loving the 70* weather earlier… :/ haha
Monday
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  • Jacket: Old Navy (2002…I think I got my $10 worth haha)
  • Blue long-sleeved round neck from Old Navy (I promise they didn’t pay me haha, but I did get it on sale for cheaper that what it is online right now !:))
  • Teal shirt underneath: Gap
  • Pink floral flats: Wal-Mart
  • Scrabble Tile Necklace: Mom got it for me from Spiffy! Cool! for Christmas…I love it! It’s a scene from the Wizard of Oz (the book not the movie)
Oh No!!! That’s all the cuteness for this week!!
Haha. In all seriousness, I didn’t leave the apartment most of Tuesday because I was studying (see previous post…) and today was just GROSS outside.  I got rained on and I need new rainboots because mine no longer keep my feet dry in torrential rains. (But they do great in light rains haha!)

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

*Virtual Coffee*

If we were having coffee together right now....

You'd see me drinking hot Mango Tea in my France Coffee Mug (I'll have iced coffee with caramel later, don't worry! :) )

You'd hear my favorite Pandora station for studying...  la musique fran├žais (I hope that link works! It sneaks in a few non-French songs from time to time...sometimes I keep them, and sometimes I give them the boot! )

You'd see me studying for my Comprehensive Exams for my Master's...so my books and notes look something like this and this... :) I'm looking over notes for Biomechanics, Sport Injury, and some basic anatomy at the moment.  I'll look over some Motor Development stuff later ! :)

And....you'd be eye-ing the last Mini Moon Pie sitting on my coffee table that one of my residents brought me last night! :) She brought me two Peanut Butter ones and one Banana one. :) Yum! :)

If you're having virtual coffee today too, link up with Lucky Number 13 with me! :)


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Blog Award from TRU TALES FEATS

Thank you so much! Smile

Last week I was given an award over here at TRU TALES FEATS. I’m a little late posting, but better late than never! :)

Here are the rules…

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

Seven things about me…

  1. I married my high school sweetheart. <3
  2. I like coffee…in fact I’m drinking iced coffee with caramel right now…
  3. I love to sew & wish I had more time to do that!
  4. I love to paint, but haven’t in a while…maybe during Spring Break?
  5. I love school & going to class…I suppose that makes me a nerd! :)
  6. The girls in my building call me “Mom” and it makes me smile. :) I like to think I help them feel at home away from home. :)
  7. One day I want to be a real mom. :) My mom is a good example and I pretty much want to follow her footsteps! :)

15 great bloggers! Smile(my 15 most recent commenters!!)

  1. Through the Looking Glass
  2. Emerging Em
  3. Relatively Unique
  4. So I Say...Living Life to the Fullest
  5. This Italian Family
  6. the shepard life (who is in Uruguay right now, keep them in your prayers!)
  7. CHESTERRIFIC
  8. TRU TALES FEATS (who gave me this! You don’t have to reaccept, but you deserve it! :)) I’ll name 16 instead of 15!
  9. The Cellar Door Stories
  10. the cape on the corner
  11. Solamente Monos En Mi Casa...
  12. Wifey In Training
  13. At Home With K
  14. {Love Stitched} (PS I’m super excited about getting my necklace from her soon! :))
  15. This is what I eat.... 
  16. Fierce, Fit and Fabulous

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A new treasury! :)

 

Here’s a new treasury for everyone to check out! It’s a BNR Treasury, so if you buy anything from any of the shops on here, something from your shop will take its place!! :)

BNR Alabama Accents Team

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Who likes those blue earrings? ;)

Twitter....

If you're not following me on Twitter, you should!! There's currently a coupon to my etsy shop in my Tweets....so go follow @wendyamarie (chances are, I'll follow you back! :) ) ps if you were following me before about two minutes ago, I was @wendaybird but there was a wendybird out there that wasn't me...so I changed! :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I’m joining The Pleated Poppy for “What I Wore Wednesday" :)  I figured this was a good week for me to start since I already couldn’t wear jeans because I burnt my leg cooking spaghetti (good story, huh? No really though, the water jumped out of the strainer and landed on my leg!!) So…in order to keep as much clothing as possible off my leg, I’ve been wearing more skirts and dresses (especially at the beginning of this week).

So here goes! :)

Thursday

I took picture number one, then said to myself, “Hmm…can’t see the entire outfit in this picture!!”

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  • Shirt: Gap Outlet about four years ago
  • Dress: A local boutique that closed last year because the owner wanted to pursue her dream of owning a bakery! Paid $10 because the strap needed re-sewn.  Took me less than 5 minutes to fix! :)
  • Sandals: Rack Room Shoes, I wear them LOTS. Here’s a link…do you know how tempting it is to buy the brown ones too? Or black??
  • Purple Flower Ring: Market in Nice, France. I LOVE IT. (Hi blurry phone picture b/c Wendy was too lazy to take the camera card out of the computer!!)

Friday

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  • Shirt: From this store called G+G that just closed Crying face
  • Skirt: Thrifted! :) I got it on a deal day, so I paid $1.50!
  • Sandals: Same ones :)
  • Necklace: I bought this pretty from a guy making and selling jewelry from his bicycle in Nice, France. :)

Saturday

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  • Shirt: hand-me-down from a friend (sometimes being the short friend has its advantages!!)
  • Jeans: Seven brand from Marshall’s ($10 yay!!)
  • ballet flats: Wal-Mart
  • Necklace: My sister-in-law gave it to me for Christmas. :) It’s an orange and blue flower glass pendant.

PS I’ve decided I look like I have shorter legs than I do in real-life in this picture…oh well! Smile

Sunday

I was a lazy slob who slept too late and then wore a tshirt and Nike shorts all day. :/ woops!

Monday

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  • Blue shirt: Old Navy
  • Green Shirt: local boutique
  • Coral Shorts: Old Navy
  • Sandals: Same ones! :)
  • Headband: Made by me! :) I call it my Wizard of Oz headband because there’s a little influence from the ruby red shoes, yellow brick road, Emerald City, and Dorothy’s dress. :)

Tuesday

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  • Shorts: Don’t judge…same ones as the day before, but I only wore them about an hour on Monday because I didn’t have anywhere to go after class and I just sat at home and studied. :)
  • Shirt: Hand-me-down (from the same friend haha! :))
  • Flip Flops: My favorites!! Chaco sandals last forever, by the way….I got these about 2 or 3 years ago, and I still feel like I’m getting a foot massage when I put them on! :)
  • Headband: Oh Sweet Joy!

Wednesday

I didn’t look cute…although looking around campus, I was dressed less sloppy than a LOT of other folks, so I felt all right in my Nike shorts and long-sleeve tee! I couldn’t dress too nice to help out with 3-5 year old PE time at daycare! :)

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Little Kitchen

Today, {Love Stitched} is having a kitchen feature (and a giveaway!) I know I may have one of the smallest kitchens in the Linky party, but will say…I’ve had smaller! :)

Well, here goes! This is my entire kitchen!

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The lovely laminate flooring was laid by my hubby.  It’s the kind that sticks to itself and not the floor, so essentially, it’s a custom made wooden rug to cover the tiles underneath.

That’s not a dishwasher behind the black curtain (that just made me think of the Wizard of Oz, by the way), it’s just a curtain I made to hide our cleaning supplies.  I have a table too, but it really sits in the “den” or “dining area” whichever you want to call it! :)

Here are some close-ups…

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The left side of the kitchen…What do you think about that loooooong cabinet on the left? When we first moved in, we thought it was a little odd, but now we have come to realize that it’s the perfect coffee cup cabinet! :)

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And the right side of the kitchen…where we have our fridge FILLED with pictures (and aprons hanging on the side) On top of the fridge, do you see the pink and white sugar and cream jars? My great grandmother made those! :) Oh, I’ll take a close up real quick and add it…

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From left to right….behind the coffee&Eiffel Tower themed cutting board my sister gave me…..olive oil in the pretty jar my mom & dad gave me for Christmas, seasoning olive oil in a jar my mom got at Olive Garden, bowtie pasta, pepper&salt, spaghetti noodles, and empty Eiffel Tower jar, mortar&pestle, cookbooks!, a print from my friend Catherine, coffee, coffee, and more coffee, my French press, a tile I got as a birthday present from our friend Adam that says “A Day without prayer is like a day without coffee”, there’s some cherry flavored liquid sugar hanging out back there behind our coffee grinder, and there’s the coffee machine. :)

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And…if you look to the right, you’ll see a box holding vintage salt&pepper shakers (did I mention we collect these??), fake books holding up dessert-themed cookbooks, a banana that should be eaten today, and my cookbook holder that holds a calendar when it’s not busy.  My CrockPot hides behind the cookbooks and cookbook holders (we have to be thrifty with space in this kitchen).  And this cutting board is from my MamaRie & PawPaw.  They gave it to me when I got my second apartment (which had a kitchen smaller than this one, but larger than my first one!)

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And the oven (love this thing).  They replaced the oven in our apartment just before we moved in.  I think the guy who lived here before us may have cooked pizza in it once.  Like the pot holder on the side that I made? And the Orange Tea Pot my sister gave me?  To the left, there is a little candle melter with a coffee-scented candle on top.  We can’t burn candles in the Residence Halls because they are a fire hazard, so candle melters are wonderful (and make the place smell better than just burning a candle would!!)  There is another candle on the back burner that melts when we’re cooking…it smells like dessert….cinnamon rolls I believe! :)

And there you have it, that’s our little kitchen!