31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration Archives

31 days of writing on the same general topic. 31 days of Kitchen Inspiration. I loved it. I hope you did too. Celebration Time! Grab a bag and munch along with me…:) Crispy Chocolate Popcorn with peanuts.  Mmmmm… Thank you all for your commnts and visits during my 31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration series.  I loved everyone of them. They made it all the more fun. ****************************************************************************** To finish up this series I wanted to talk a little about Hospitality. May I encourage you to reach out to those around you – co-workers, friends, neighbors or ones that go to your church?  Share a little of your own kitchen inspiration by giving hospitality. Hospitality really isn’t an option although most of us practice it that way. …

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31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration

Always looking out for 100% fruit juice drinks that are carbonated, my hubby found one at Costco the other day made by… It’s an Italian sparkling fruit drink with ingredients like carbonated water, blood orange juice and black carrot juice.  Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Apparently Audrey thinks so, too.  The other day she was wanting some but I told her no, that we were only going to open for special times.  Then in a very whiney voice she said, “IIII waaaant some blooood juice.”  sniffle, sniffle I broke out in laughter at that.  Oh, dear.  What kind of child am I raising?  She sounds a little blood thirsty.  Eeek!      

This series of Fun Ways to Dine has been a lot harder to put together than I would have imagined.  I thought of fun and interesting ways to dine but when I would go online to find a picture, I had difficulties. Don’t these places sound fun to have a meal in? snow cave tree-house teepee indoor tent (that the kids make) hayloft Garden Parties Well since I couldn’t find any photo material on any of the above ideas, I decided to go with garden parties – cultivated garden parties in the backyard and garden parties in the wild.  Hey, I live in Arizona, so cultivated garden parties aren’t too plentiful. I love this garden party themed baby shower the ladies in Pennsylvania gave my sister…

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Now this is not the kind of mystery dinner where you have to find out “Who done it.”  This is a mystery dinner in that you don’t know what food you will be having for your evening meal. I went to one of these once with our homeschool group and thought it so much fun. So here’s what you do. Plan Your Mystery Dinner Decide on the food.  It would probably be wise to choose food you know the kids will like otherwise they may not want to eat at all.  I can’t stand picky eaters but it’s a fact of life and if you do it with kids other than you own, you might as well go with the flow. You are going to be serving…

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Now why is that kids’ imaginations allow them to think outside the box and have meals somewhere besides the kitchen table?  Whatever the reason, no one needs to suggest to the littles to have tea somewhere besides the kitchen.  They think of it all by their own-self. Have you ever had a meal where you sat on the floor?  That’s exactly what happened to me when I was invited to a luncheon back in 2008. My heart melted… Who couldn’t love being a mom? I know all you mom have had your children do this for you. Did you care that it may have only been grilled cheese & pickles? with cookies for dessert? No, because for us it is like being an honored guest at a…

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I barely got today’s post up but since I’ve almost reached my goal of writing the whole month of October on Kitchen Inspiration, I couldn’t quit now!  So here it is.  Quite late or early depending on where you live.  (It’s 11:30 p.m. here. 🙂 ) I asked my sister if she would consider letting me put some of her anniversary photos online for this weeks theme of Unique Dining Experiences and she agreed!  All it took was some arm twisting and bribing.  (Just kidding.) Thanks, big sis! She even let me post her water heater closet turned pantry online.  She’s just too nice or it may even be that she loves me so much she couldn’t bear to tell me no. 🙂 She’s an amazing mom of 7 children and rarely goes…

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365 days in a year 104 of the 365 days are weekends (Friday and Saturday) Subtracting the weekends from the rest of the year, you have 261 days remaining. Have a Unique Dining Experience That’s 261 days that you can do the normal and eat at your dining room table.  But why not spice things up a bit, shake the routine and do something dIfFeReNt?  The kids will love it and I daresay you might, too. No money to go to a fancy restaurant?  No problem.  When you decide to have a special meal somewhere besides the normal dining room table, the rules all change.  Fancy is relative.  You could have the simplest of meals but that will be inconsequential because you have “spiced” things…

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Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. Acts 14:17  

This week in our month long topic of 31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration, we’ve talked about gifts from and for the kitchen. First we had Handmade Gifts for the Kichen on Day 19.  We showed some homemade potholders and an hand embroidered apron that was made for my daughter by her grandma. Then on Day 20 we talked about Giving a Meal to New Mothers or 2nd, 3rd or 4th time Moms. (you get the idea, right) Day 21 we again revisited Handmade Gifts for the Kitchen with a few more ideas for those of you who like to sew or are crafty. Frugal Gift Ideas from the Kitchen Today (Day 22) we’re going to wrap up this vast topic by showing you some frugal ideas one can make in their…

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Anna left a comment a few days ago in response to a question I posted on Handmade Gifts for the Kitchen.  I was asking for any ideas people would have on gifts one could make for the kitchen.  Anna responded that she likes to crochet potholders and dishcloths for the kitchen. I’ve received a few crocheted dishcloths in the past but had forgotten all about it.  Thanks for the suggestion, Anna. Here’s one my aunt gave Serenity which she placed away in her hope chest.  (I’ll have to show you the hope chest her brother just gave her – AFTER our 31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration is over 🙂 ) I do find them to be somewhat bulky to work with. Is there a way to make…

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31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration Day 20: Giving a Meal

Do you remember when you had your children the meals that were brought to you afterwards and what a blessing it was?  I’ve had 6 children and although I was only brought a few meals throughout the years of having children, they were so wonderful to receive. I was inspired to start organizing meals for new moms after visiting my sisters church in Pennsylvania.  They plan meals for the new moms for 2 weeks after she has had her baby.  Wow!  What an act of love to show to new moms.  I’m not sure if they do it for moms that having their 2nd and 3rd but I think it’s almost even more necessary the more children one has. We have a new teensy tiny baby that was born…

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Christmas Gift Ideas Handmade gifts are so special and I love the thought of giving them but because I’m not sure of myself in this area – it paralyzes me.  Anyone else like that? I love to quilt (if and when I ever get the chance) and have wanted to make pot holders for a very long time as gifts.  But then my niece beat me to it because she didn’t let her thinking get in the way.  She just did it.  And I love them. The picture shows some graininess on the white muslin – not sure why.   I’ve also received another set of pot holders a few years ago that are so beautiful – Very detailed.  The young lady that gave these to me also gave…

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31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration Day 18: Campfire Cooking

Plenty of cooking happened while I was at hunting camp.  I was supposed to make breakfast for 11 but ended up making it for 14.  Evening meals were group efforts with the main item being brought by yours truly. Campfire Cooking – Chicken Packets One night we did campfire cooking.  I don’t have it completely mastered but since this is my second year to try it, I’m starting to get some things figured out. Since I was cooking for over 50 people I needed a large grate.  We had brought some hog panel fencing along and so we took 2 hog panels and tied them together for my “grill” trying to make the opening as small as possible so no food could slip through.  We then placed…

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 I’m home from hunting camp and plan to be back tomorrow, Lord willing, with more Kitchen Inspiration. 🙂    

31 Days of Inspiration Day 16: Contentment

********** And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  I Timothy 6:8 ********** Join me for the month of October for 31 Days to Kitchen Inspiration.

My mother has always enjoyed embroidering and her handwork is some of the best I’ve ever seen. She takes such pleasure in it that she emboidered an entire quilt top for each of her girls (me and my 2 sisters).  She’s embroidered pillow cases and baby quilts also, but I think her favorite embroidering projects have been tea towels. A few hours go into stitching 1 tea towel.  She is now on a mission… to make a set for every grandchild… boys or girl. Love stitched in with every pull of the needle. Proverbs 31:19, 31:27 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Today is going to be a short post because we’re leaving for our annual elk hunting/camping trip.  I’ll be cooking on a camp stove and will even be doing some foil packet cooking for about 60 people.  You say 60 people?  Yes, we have a rather large group of us that go hunting/camping every year. It’s a really nice time for us all.  We make a nice big wagon circle (trailers and tents), have a big campfire and group meals every night. Kids are running around having a good time, games are being played and we’ve even had “tea” in the Wall Tent Parlor (a fancy name for our wall tent).  The real reason we go is for the hunt, so we’re happy when the victory sound…

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31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration Day 13: Farm Style Sinks

Farm Style Sinks My sister was the first one to introduce me to the farm style sink.  She’s always been interested in architecture and ideas that are unique from the mainstream.  I’m always a little slow to the game.  I have to see something a lot before I really start to notice it. Well I have to admit, she’s right. You hear that, sister? I do see the charm and beauty in these old-time sinks… now. 🙂 southernliving.com These sinks sell for a pretty penny, so if you’re ever out garage saling and spot one of these, you’ll want to snap it up. auctiongirlvintage.typepad.com Remember this next picture from the other day’s post on open shelving? 4.bp.blogspot.com A Few Advantages of Farm Style Sinks (Since I do not…

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31 Days of Kitchen Inspiration Day 12: Kitchen Baskets

Kitchen Basket Inspiration How about some kitchen accessory inspiration using baskets?  Baskets not only serve on a functional level but they add such charm and warmth.  What about adding a few baskets to your kitchen?  Take a look at these pictures and see if it might be something you would like to add. I noticed when looking at baskets, many times they’re used in conjunction with open shelving. I like how the black in these baskets ties it in with the light over the table and other black accessories. houzz.com This is absolutely charming, no? marthastewart.com Check here for similar bike baskets.   potterybarn.com  kitchenbacksplashes.blogspot.com Baskets above the cabinets 2.bp.blogspot.com littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com Here’s a cute hanging basket Amazon sells. A kitchen island using baskets. arena-kitchens.co.uk theletteredcottage.net So do you like baskets?  Where do you…

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