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Welcome to My Kitchen

February 23, 2011

I love my kitchen! I spend most of my time at home in that area of the house.

So follow me and take a tour…

Here is my kitchen as you’re looking in from the family room. Not pictured on the right side is the pantry, refrigerator, a small counter with cabinets, and a long vertical cabinet stuffed with plastic food containers.

I love the windows that look out to the backyard. I also love my large counter-top that’s great for cooking. We bought the framed “California Wine Country” art piece in Santa Barbara.  The remaining kitchen artwork is by our artist-in-residence.

I am very fortunate to have a husband who makes me coffee nearly every day. If I were in charge of morning coffee, we’d be broke from Starbucks.

I found the coffee tin at an antique store. We use it for coffee liners.

Next to the coffee station and the stove is my utensil crock and “staple” area. By staple, I mean my container of olive oil, black pepper grinder, and a small crock of Kosher salt. By the way, that salt crock is actually a tealight holder. I always leave those three items out because I use them every day.

I got these colorful bowls and matching plate at an awesome kitchen decor store in the upscale San Diego community of Del Mar. These were the only things in the store I could afford.

Here’s the matching plate. But I use it as a display piece.

On the kitchen window-sill is a little card seed box I found at Goodwill Books. And How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food. I love the color and design in this book. It’s a great teaching tool and kitchen decoration.

Can you tell how much I love Ina Garten? I have all of her cookbooks and they are proudly on display. I have many more cookbooks. But these are the ones I use the most right now. That book between Pioneer Woman and the Chocolate book is a recipe journal where I keep various recipes not found in books. The scale is from an antique store. (Nice toaster plug sticking out!)

This is my spice rack. I LOVE it! My friend, Megan, bought it from Martha Stewart. When Megan moved, she had to give it up … luckily to me. I remember my winter vacation of 2004 when I searched San Diego high and low for all those spice holders. It was torture getting the sticky adhesive price tags off them ( the trick: peanut butter).

This is my pride and joy — my walk-in pantry. Seriously, it’s one of the main reasons I wanted this house. I don’t think I can ever move because I’ll never find this much pantry space. And this is just a small view of it.

I bought these hand-painted seasonal blocks from a local artist at my neighborhood Farmer’s Market. They hang over one of the large bay windows.

So there you have it — my kitchen.

We have lots of plans for this kitchen — hardwood floors, new cabinets and counter-tops, and new appliances. If only that winning lottery ticket would show up so we can get started with the remodel.

Until then, I have fun filling my kitchen with color and joy, making it a happy place for me and my family.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    February 23, 2011 11:15 pm

    Glad to see the spice rack is still going! I still love that thing. There was no wall in the new house to put it. There is now, but I won’t take it back…I promise.

    • leahsinger permalink
      February 28, 2011 10:18 pm

      I want to see your new kitchen!

  2. February 24, 2011 5:05 am

    I love your splashes of color. Thanks for giving us a peek into your home. I feel like a know you a little better now. (My favorite is the artwork by your resident artist.)

  3. February 24, 2011 9:02 am

    Beautiful Kitchen. I love that it has so much light and color 🙂

  4. February 28, 2011 7:26 am

    I’m loving the cookbook lineup. It looks eerily similar to mine. Love that Ina Garten- she has never led me astray!!

  5. November 25, 2011 9:23 pm

    AWESOME! I am completely in love with your spice rack and cookbooks!

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