Kitchen Gets a Facelift

When we moved in to our house about a year and a half ago, I thought that the kitchen was the only room that didn’t need painted.  And then I changed my mind.  I realized a few months ago that everything in our kitchen was the same color.  The floors were the same color as the cabinets, the trim, the walls and the counter tops.  Monochrome was what that room was.   Don’t get me wrong – it’s an awesome kitchen; it just needed a few minor upgrades.

I was also unhappy with the way I had decorated it.   The decorations I used were a hodgepodge of things from my college apartment.  A clock that didn’t work anymore; a tiny picture that I bought years ago that I no longer liked.  It all had to go.  And I wanted a paint color that a.) wasn’t brown or beige like everything else in the kitchen and b.) within the same color family as the color in the dining room so that the two rooms flowed better.

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You can see where I painted samples trying to decide on a color.

You can see where I painted samples trying to decide on a color.

There's not much of a difference here except the change in wall color above the cabinets.

There’s not much of a difference here except the change in wall color above the cabinets.

I used my own prints from when I went to the greenhouse.  I’m really happy with how they look.
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Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies

In case you’ve never heard of snickerdoodle cookies, it’s a sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon-sugar mixture.   They are one of my favorite cookies and I recently found a recipe that puts a yummy spin on them.

IMG_2492Behold!  Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies!  For the recipe, head over to Ambitious Kitchen.

A few notes:

  1. I was impatient, so instead of refrigerating my dough for 3 hours (or overnight as some commenters suggested),  I put my dough in the freezer for an hour and a half.  Afterward, I let the dough thaw for about 30 minutes.
  2. After the dough thawed, it was a little crumbly.  I just made cookies with similar dough a few weeks ago and those cookies turned out delicious so I was not afraid.
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  3. The dough rolled into balls just fine.  I baked the cookies for 13-14 minutes.
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The brown butter gives the cookies a delicious nutty flavor.  I will definitely be making these again.
IMG_2491_copyI hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Nightstand Before and After

Remember a few months ago I posted about a nightstand my father-in-law bought for me at an auction?  Well, the warm weather finally lined up with my free time long enough for me to get outside and sand it.  Sanding took a few days and afterwards I put on 2 coats of ebony stain and 3 coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.   It looks painted, but it’s not.  I promise.  Here are some pictures!

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3I’m pleased with how it turned out.  It took me forever to decide on the knobs.  I stood in the knob aisle at Hobby Lobby for a good 20 minutes.  I’m really glad I picked these because they provide a mix of vintage and contemporary.

Portland Day Two

Today in Portland, my sister and I went to Washington Park and walked through the Hoyt Arboretum and the Japanese Garden.

We are tired.  We decided tomorrow is going to be “relaxation day”, so instead of going out and getting pictures, we’re going to sit in the hot tub.

Portland Day One

My sister and I arrived in Portland, Oregon today!  Yay!  I am here for a work related conference and neither of us had ever been to Oregon (or any other state in the northwest) before so we were pretty excited.  We are tired from the traveling but we did have some energy to walk around downtown.  Here are some pictures we took!

More pictures to come.