Creativity In the Kitchen

The kitchen is a creative space, and food preparation is a creative process. Cooking takes a lot of creative processes—as there are hundreds of dishes. A cook mixes, slices, cuts, blends, boils, bakes, fries, grills, and serves—ensuring that the food smells nice, looks good, and has a fantastic taste. Food is a work of art, and the kitchen, the equipment, and every other element in the kitchen are components of the artist’s studio.

Like an artist’s workplace, a kitchen’s layout or design is determined by the taste of the chef or cook. The same way an artist’s workplace helps to inspire many artworks he produces, the kitchen also provides the right atmosphere for a cook to work. Hence, an excellent kitchen layout or design remains one of the most important factors to consider in a home.

People have different tastes, and these tastes affect their preferences. In choosing a kitchen outlook, some people would instead go for a modern kitchen or for one with a classic or vintage outlook. Others might find it challenging to settle for one and then combine vintage and contemporary trends in their kitchen décor.

What Makes a Vintage Kitchen Vintage?

Modern kitchens are wonderful. But the vintage kitchen holds one spellbound, especially if you love the classics. The type of tiles used, choice of cabinets, color choices, arrangement of dishes, and even the kind of kitchen artworks all arouse your senses—beyond your need for food. You can quickly tell that you are in a vintage or traditional kitchen when you identify the surreal, warm, and welcoming art pieces. Vintage kitchens are based on the idea that less is more; hence, vintage designs are beautiful, simple designs with soft colors and ambiance that leave you stunned.

Vintage kitchens bring about a sense of connection with the past; it is the same feeling you get when you walk into a museum and see century-old artifacts or artworks. The sentiment is like ‘I belong here; this is home.’ It is the same way the vintage kitchen draws you into the past—century-old pasts with classy luxury, fine furnishings, and allure elements.

If you have traditional equipment or tools that belonged to your parents or grandparents, why not put them to good use instead of throwing them away? If you are lost on how to go about this, why not check out ideas on vintage kitchen decor, here you will be provided with many décor options, and all you have to do is decide your most suitable choice and work with it.

Vintage kitchens are inexpensive to build—unless you plan to purchase million-dollar worth of artifacts and equipment. Other things being equal, some of your grandma’s possessions, like the priceless chinaware, pots, and spoons, are excellent for designing a vintage kitchen.

While you decorate, you should always consider style and size when choosing wall art. Summarily, wall arts should occupy sixty to seventy percent of the available space. Complementing the kitchen you should also make changes in the dining room decor. You can check some excellent dining room wall art decor ideas to enhance your living space area

Strawberry Whipped Cream Mocktail

This post is sponsored by Perrier® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Spring is here and I couldn’t be happier. Our flowers are blooming, we power washed the deck and brought out all the outdoor furniture. The sun is setting later and later and the afternoons are just perfect on a Sunday to relax with the hubs and get in some quality time together while enjoying the beautiful weather.

Finding time to spend just the two of us is a bit harder these days with the kids. We definitely relish the time we can catch up together alone with a cold beverage, while the kids are playing in the yard or taking a nap. 

I recently received a beverage that has brought our small afternoon “dates” to the next level. I have always been a fan of Perrier® and I was recently introduced to my new favorite flavor. Not just any flavor, but my favorite flavor; Strawberry! 

I love strawberry anything and the fact that there is sparkling water that I already love and now has my favorite flavor? Win, win! 

Walmart.com and the Walmart app have been a lifesaver to me and my family. The convenience is amazing and it has saved me so much time not having to go grocery shopping. I just place my order on the app and go pick it up. Walmart has a special pick up area. I let Walmart know I am coming on the app and check-in when I get there. When I picked up my groceries, I think I waited under 3 minutes. 

The staff at Walmart are always so kind and helpful and it is super easy to do contactless pickup too. 

I have been drinking this Perrier® Strawberry non-stop. Because it is so yummy, I decided to make our little afternoon date even more special with a Strawberry Whipped Cream Mocktail. 

This recipe blew our minds with how good it was. It is super simple to make too and you won’t be disappointed. 

Strawberry Whipped Cream Mocktail

2 servings

Ingredients:

Directions:

Muddle the strawberries with sugar in a bowl. Add half of the mixture to each glass. Scoop 3-4 small scoops of strawberry ice cream on top. Pour Perrier® Strawberry on top. Top with whipped cream. 

We had our mocktails with pound cake with extra whipped cream and it was just like a strawberry shortcake dessert party (for two.) My favorite couple of hours on a Sunday have officially gotten a little sweeter. 

Healthiest Chicken Tenders For the Entire Family

This post is sponsored by CAULIPOWER but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I am always looking for healthy alternatives for myself and my family. Especially for my 3-year-old. She loves, loves, loves chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, popcorn chicken, chicken, chicken all the chicken.

It isn’t always the healthiest, but she will never turn down some deep fried chicken. And as a toddler, she doesn’t always finish her food, so who ends up eating the scraps? Mom here!

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Giant Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

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I don’t want to brag, but my kids friends think I’m the greatest mom in the neighborhood. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I bake cookies pretty much every week.

It’s kind of hard to keep coming up with new cookies to bake each and every week, and it’s not too often that I get to return to an old favorite. In fact, I remember one day when one son was gushing over the cookie of the week, and the other son commented, “Do you like that? Because you’ll never have it again.”

Having a cookie blog is a double-edged sword, my friends.

I decided to revive an old favorite this week, one I haven’t made for maybe 2 years. One that is extra large and extra chocolatey, just the way I like my cookies. I used an amazing recipe from Cookie Madness, though I did make one tiny little addition, one that is completely optional, but more on that later.

The recipe calls for 12 oz. of chocolate, chopped up into pieces. That equals 3-4 good bars of chocolate or 1 bag of chocolate chips. This go-round I used 2 Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bars, 3 oz. each, and half of a bag of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips. Honestly, the chocolate chunks are kind of nice, because they get chopped into different sizes, so there’s really no uniformity to it. It’s cool, in a old-fashioned, rustic sort of way.

The addition I made was to add just a little swirl of peanut butter. I used only 1/2 cup for this small batch, and swirled it into the dough at the very last minute. I wanted some bites to be more peanut-buttery than others, kind of like the chocolate, I guess. If you’re not into peanut butter, though, just leave it out and no one will be the wiser.

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