Kitchen Makeover

After many weeks of neglect I am finally back with a new post!  I have so many exciting projects to share with you and am really going to try to get into a more regular posting schedule.

One of the biggest projects that we have completed in our house remodel so far has been the kitchen.  You can see the original kitchen below:

Before
The room has excellent lighting and a good basic layout.  Unfortunately, the honey oak cabinets, laminate counter tops and flooring, and the appliances were all outdated and had to go.  We also decided to give the space a more modern look by removing the soffit above the cabinets to make room for crown molding.


We completely gutted the kitchen and started from scratch.  The old cabinets found a new home in my sister-in-law's kitchen which is another post for another day!

During
We purchased all of our cabinets, sink and oven hood from Ikea.  Anyone who knows me, knows my love for Ikea!  I love how quick and easy it is to buy from them.  I designed our kitchen online using the Ikea kitchen planner, printed it out and took it into the store.  The very helpful employee in the kitchen department looked over the plan I designed and made a few excellent suggestions.  We put the order in right there and in less than an hour we were driving home with our entire kitchen in the trailer behind us!

After
As you can see it is quite a dramatic transformation!  We decided to forgo the island and create a peninsula instead.  It really gives the kitchen a more open feeling.


I went with a white theme with lots of glass.  I love how it brightens up the space and really adds a comfortable farmhouse feel.


We chose to go with a corian counter top.  It has been so easy to care for and always looks beautiful. 


The floor is a beautiful dark Pergo laminate.  It is so durable and really looks like hardwood.  We have had all kinds of adventures on it already and it shows no scratches or wear whatsoever.


No farmhouse kitchen is complete without a beautiful farmhouse sink.  Ikea sells this beautiful version for an amazingly low price.  It is such a nice large sink perfect for filling up with all those dirty dishes that four kiddos produce.


The glass front cabinets are beautiful and I love showing off my pretty glasses and favorite dishes.


I really wanted to come up with a way to hide the microwave and at the same time make it accessible for the kids.  We solved the problem by placing the microwave in a nook in the peninsula.  It is the perfect place for it!


We added a hood over the oven and also as a little bonus we put in a pot filler.  It really is so convenient.  We love that it reaches perfectly to fill up the coffee pot!  The back splash is a beautiful tile we purchased at Costco.  


One of the final things that we did was add crown molding to the top of the cabinets.  This really gave the kitchen a custom feel that Ikea kitchens are sometimes missing. 



Another custom finish we added to the kitchen were these trim pieces on both the bar and the refrigerator surround.  My husband came up with an ingenious solution to matching the color of the cabinets.  He purchased extra pieces of the toe kick boards and used those to create a beautiful decorative trim.  He's so awesome!


I love the dramatic difference we made in this space.  It has been so fun to transform every part of this kitchen and I am so happy with the results!

New banner June 2014

Fall 2014

Fall has sped by and I have been so busy with the kids and all of our remodel projects that I haven't had any time to keep up the blog!  I was getting ready to take down all of my pretty fall decorations today and I though I would do a last minute fall decor post.

I love the colors of fall!  Our first fall here in Pennsylvania has been gorgeous, even now, in late November, the view out my kitchen window is beautiful.


Every fall I try to bring some of those wonderful fall colors inside.  This year I focused on my dining room, living room mantel and entry table.  With all of the projects going on (new floors, kitchen, bathrooms, and finishing an attic) I had to keep it simple and easy to dust!

In the dining room I used lots of pops of orange and natural elements.


I love the way the bright orange stands out against my dark furniture.


I repurposed this bookshelf into pretty dining room storage and have really enjoyed dressing it up for the seasons.  Just a few small pumpkins and leaves give it a fun fall look.


My sideboard is the perfect spot to display this beautiful fall wreath, as well as my favorite deer mugs from Ikea.


I added a few subtle fall touches to my entry table, and if you look closely you can see that one sad green army man was left behind from the boys last adventure!

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And finally, my very favorite spot to decorate...the mantel.  A glass pumpkin and a few pretty silk flowers give it a touch of autumn without being overwhelming.  

I can't believe all of this will be put away soon, although my head is already swirling with Christmas ideas!  Hopefully you will get to see some of those ideas before January!  Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!



Menu Plan - Oct 5--12

Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry Cobbler
We had such a fun weekend together as a family.  The weather was a bit chilly so we bundled up for soccer games and then went to a farm for pumpkin picking and a corn maze.  It was a fun filled day and we made lots of great memories.

This week I'm looking forward to preparing lots of delicious home cooked meals for my family.  Fall is my favorite time of year in the kitchen.  I love pumpkin, apples and all the flavors of fall!  Here is our plan for this week.

Monday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, applesauce)
Lunch (egg salad sandwiches, whole grain chips, pineapple)
Dinner (black bean and cheese quesadillas, blackberry cobbler)

Whole Grain Pancakes

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches Recipe
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Tuesday:
Breakfast (snickerdoodle muffins, raspberries and yogurt)
Lunch (chicken pesto flat bread pizzas, pineapple mango smoothies)
Dinner (chicken pot pie, tossed salad)

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Pineapple Mango Smoothie
Chicken Pot Pie IX Recipe
Chicken Pot Pie
Wednesday:
Breakfast (oatmeal with apples and pecans)
Lunch (pasta salad, pear slices)
Dinner (slow cooker taco soup, tossed salad, apple pie)

Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe
Taco Soup
Thursday:
Breakfast (pumpkin donuts, yogurt and granola)
Lunch (toasted roast beef sandwich, cucumber salad)
Dinner (slow cooker pot roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad)

Pumpkin donuts
Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe
Pot Roast
Friday:
Breakfast (waffles with strawberries)
Lunch (turkey sandwiches, veggies with ranch dip)
Dinner (pizza and movie night)

Saturday:
Breakfast (sweet potato muffins, scrambled eggs, sliced fruit)
Dinner (sandwiches with leftover roast, tossed salad)

Sweet-Potato Muffins Recipe
Sweet Potato Muffins
Sunday:
Breakfast (zucchini carrot bread, pear slices)
Dinner (grilled chicken, baked sweet potatoes, tossed salad, butterscotch peanut butter bars

Zucchini Carrot Bread. Photo by Mikekey
Zucchini Carrot Bread
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Bars

Menu Plan - Sep 22-28

Classic Crispy Waffles
Crispy Waffles
We had such a beautiful weekend filled with family fun and lots of soccer!  I love September, and I can't believe that it's already almost over.  In other news, my kitchen is almost completely finished, we just need to do a little painting.  I love it and am having so much fun cooking in there!  We are going to celebrate the first official week of fall (and the new kitchen) with lots of great food. We have a pretty busy after school schedule so I have lots of crock pot meals.  There is nothing better than walking into the house knowing that a hot meal is all ready to go!  Here is the plan for this week.

Monday:
Breakfast (crispy waffles, strawberries)
Lunch (macaroni and cheese, salmon patties, peas)
Dinner (lasagna, tossed salad, bread, peas)

Tuesday:
Breakfast (scrambled eggs, whole grain toast, turkey bacon, orange banana smoothie)
Lunch (tuna sandwiches, tossed salad)
Dinner (taco soup, corn bread muffins, carrots and celery sticks, ice cream with sliced strawberries and bananas)

Orange Banana Smoothie Recipe
Orange Banana Smoothie

Easy Taco Soup  Recipe - TodaysMama.com
Taco Soup
Wednesday:
Lunch (toasted roast beef sandwiches, tossed salad)
Dinner (slow cooker steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, snickerdoodles substituting stevia for sugar)

beginners luck green smoothie recipe
Green Smoothie
Slow Cooker Steak with Gravy
Slow Cooker Steak With Gravy
The Best Snickerdoodles - Soft, pillowy puffs that are so irresistible! The closest recipe to Mrs. Fields snickerdoodles that you'll find!
Snickerdoodles
Breakfast (cereal, yogurt with blueberries and granola)
Lunch (black bean quesadillas, veggie sticks)
Dinner (slow cooker Korean beef, broccoli, carrots, zucchini and mushroom stir fry)

Slow Cooker Korean Beef - Amazingly tender, flavorful Korean beef made right in the slow cooker with just 3 ingredients and 5 min prep!
Slow Cooker Korean Beef
Friday:
Breakfast (whole grain pancakes, homemade applesauce)
Lunch (grilled cheese and tomato soup, tossed salad)
Dinner (pizza movie night)

Saturday:
Breakfast (bacon and egg sandwiches, berries and yogurt)
Dinner (crock pot cream cheese chicken, pasta, tossed salad, asparagus, crumb topped apple pie)

crock-pot cream cheese chicken
Crock-pot Cream Cheese Chicken
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Crumb Topped Deep Dish Apple Pie
Sunday:
Breakfast (overnight apple French toast, sliced fruit)
Dinner (roast chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans)

Overnight Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast | www.wineandglue | This stuffed french toast is insanely good and can be made the night before!
Overnight Apple Pie French Toast

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