The Ultimate Kitchen Space

Creating the Ultimate Kitchen Space

Designing a kitchen for a new house or renovating an existing kitchen is an exciting experience. Your dream kitchen requires careful planning with attention to the wants, needs and use patterns of the family, regard for energy efficiency and painstaking thought concerning the smallest details. Thorough research into new ideas and products and appliances is essential. 

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Appliances

Influenced by international trends in design, appliances evolve and change continually. For example, the popular American fridge freezer with twin doors was once too big for the average UK kitchen, but the design and size of this space has changed and a large frost-free fridge freezer is now easy to accommodate. Its size encourages weekly trips to a large supermarket instead of daily shopping.

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A self-cleaning oven and an induction ceramic hob featuring different sized cooking zones are time-saving necessities. The large family or the gourmet, fond of entertaining friends at home, will appreciate an easy-cleaning range with a double oven, seven gas rings and a large burner for a wok. A stainless steel finish for the oven and the American fridge freezer is popular, but the metal’s pristine appearance is difficult to maintain with small children in the kitchen.

Counters and cupboards

A wide range of materials exists for countertops: granite and quartz are luxury high-end materials. The advantage of quartz is that it doesn’t need sealing. Granite, however, requires sealing on a regular basis to resist stains. Both surfaces are easy to keep clean and provide a look of elegance to the kitchen.

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 A backsplash of complementary glass tile adds the finishing touch in food preparation areas. Cupboards that reach the ceiling will provide more storage and get rid of an area that traps dust. Light coloured top cabinets provide a stunning contrast to bottom cupboards in a darker shade. Frosted glass doors and open shelving to display interesting pottery are attractive finishes.  It allows the eye to be creative. With frosted glass doors you may use pretty dishes to display also.

Underfloor heating

Programmed to warm up the kitchen on a cold winter morning, underfloor heating gets everyone’s day off to a good start. As a replacement for traditional radiators, underfloor heating frees up additional wall and floor space. Although it can be used with a variety of floor coverings, this type of heating works best with stone or tile floors.

Your dream kitchen can become a reality with assistance from appropriate professionals. 

La Madeleine – Children’s Hunger Fund

A few week’s ago my friend Jess and I got to visit the new La Madeleine’s in Flower Mound before it opened. To our surprise we got to hear the owner of La Madeleine’s speak about how he build his business catered to women. I found it very interesting as I really do think it is great restaurant for women. Though I have been able  to find something on the menu that almost everyone in my family would eat. We went back a number of times now. Enjoyed both dinner and desserts on several occasions. 

La Madeleine's Jess and I had a chance to try the wine along with the baked potato soup, basil soup, and a few of the desserts. We lucked out and got a chance to sit directly by the fireplace. It was such a fun event that benefited a good cause. The Children’s Hunger Fund helps those in need for food. They were that evening with a raffle for those to pitch in to win a great gift pack to/from La Madeleine’s. All monies benefited the Children’s Hunger Fund. As a food blogger I very largely support the any organization that helps feed those in need. Once, a long time ago, went without food and this is not something I would wish for anyone. Food is the most basic of necessities. While most food bloggers write about things like high end meals I am always humbled to make a simple dish that is only cents on the dollar or a few dollars to make. Everyone needs to eat!

lamadeleinesoneAnother fantastic part about being a food writer and blogger is I get to express those opinions and tell all you great readers about great events like this. There is many organizations that help and I love that, what’s become one of my favorite restaurants, does work with organizations that help others. 

I have to admit La Madeleine’s is the only place of it’s kind serving French food to a urban Texas city. I love it though! My great grandmother was French. It’s like an ode to my heritage when I have a chance to eat there. Have you ever been to La Madeleine’s? Do tell! 

SodaStream – Orange Soda Float

About a month ago I received a Soda Stream in the mail. My son, Chancelor, wanted a SodaStream since they first came on the market. It was a win, win situation. What I did not expect was the plethora of flavors they sent along with it. We didn’t even know they sold that many flavors including Kool-Aid and Pina Colada! The Kool-Aid and the original soda flavor were the first to go. Next up was root beer. We even had friends over on two occasions to try it and it was definitely a hit!

Orange Soda Float

After the initial use of the machine I wondered how much fun I could have with it. Different floats for parties and drinks for adult parties. I would love to get some Italian gelato and make a blood orange Italian soda float. I love those; they are hard to find here. My son and I had some fun making a float in this big stein glass. As you can see below he really loved it sticky hands and all. 

Orange Soda Float

SodaStream has a full line up of products including the machine named Source. It comes in a whole line up of basic colors to match your kitchen. We received the black which fits perfectly with our red and black kitchen set up. What color would you choose from the pretty line up below?

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 It’s really simple to work too. All you do is fill the liter bottle with water either via tap or refrigerated, insert into the machine and press for carbonation. No need for an electric source or batteries. With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 60 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free sodamix flavors to choose from, you’ll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and diet. Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame. Plenty of reasons to own one. Now I just need to figure out where to hide it when he decides to move out. He is already insistent he wants it in his room.

Orange Soda Float
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Ingredients
  1. Water
  2. Orange syrup
  3. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Follow directions to make carbonated water via the SodaStream. Add in orange syrup and pour into a glass. Add two scoops of vanilla and serve.
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*I was not compensated for this post. Soda Stream provided me with product for review purposes. All opinions stated her are my own.  * 

MyYogaWorks – Wedding Time

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for MyYogaWorks. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

You knew these posts were coming. The ones were I tell you all about how I plan to lose weight for the wedding, everything I am buying, and well in general gushing. Before I will even share with you what I plan to buy I want to share with you my plan to get fit. It’s called MyYogaWorks and I can do it from anywhere especially right from my living room. That’s killer for me as my schedule with three teenagers and adopted teenager friends can be pretty hectic. I don’t even think I find time to hang out with friends anymore lately. 

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I really love this site because it allows me to use this at a friend’s house, at a park, or at home. You can’t take a gym with you. I cancelled my gym pass and decided between my treadmill and MyYogaWorks I will have an routine that I can manage with my super crazy schedule. MyYogaWorks offers 500 online yoga classes ranging in length from 5 to 90 minutes. Classes are available for all skill levels and range from beginner to advanced.

For a limited time, visit MyYogaWorks and use the coupon code YOGA2014 to receive a free, one-month subscription to MyYogaWorks.(Please note, a credit card is required to sign up, but the credit card will not charged until the free promotional period ends.)

A Christmas Engagement

We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve which means I spent most of the day preparing for family and baking a cheesecake to take to V’s parents house. After hours of baking and cleaning I finally got the chance to shower and get dressed for the festivities. Some family cancelled so we just headed over to V’s parents. When you enter the house the table is set like your eating at a palace. Very elegant and the music fits the entire setting.

Christmas Dinner

Traditional Czech Christmas is fried fish with the most delectable potato salad paired with homemade tartar sauce. To start off dinner it is a Cinzano wine toast and a Christmas beef soup which is very light as seen above. Then drinks are served with dinner which included fried fish, pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes, potato salad, fried shrimp and homemade tartar sauce. All served up on Christmas dishes! We eat and enjoy talking about history, family, and just joke around with each other. Then it is time for the gifts!

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Everyone takes turns opening their presents to allow time to capture expressions and to enjoy each gift that is given. Menya played Santa passing around gifts. The boys opened their XBOX One, controllers, and plenty of games to go with it. Menya opened her make up kit, Christmas earrings, and nail polish kit. The XBOX one was for all three and the Avatar movie for the family. His mother opened her Vera Bradley tote bag and book cover. His father received his leather jacket and wallet. All three kids also received a wallet. Vojta got a back massage machine, two gift cards and a helicopter he refuses to stop playing with. I received a lovely PINK outfit and two gift cards. Over all it was a lovely Christmas!

Christmas Menya

Just when we thought all gifts were handed out my sweet V tells Menya that there is one more missing. She looks and doesn’t find it. He directs her to a little red box behind the tree. She hands it to him and he hands it to me. Snuggled inside is a necklace and earrings with a missing ring. I said thank you and curiously asked where the ring is. No answer. We watched the video from our Christmas and listen to some music over a few drinks.

Christmas Vojta & Tommy

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Right after midnight Vojta asks me to please stand up. He is super nervous. His mother asks what is wrong and he said it’s a life changing experience. She tells him to write it down but in the process figures out what he is about to do. After ten years together he is finally going to ask me to marry him. She tells him not to get down on one knee. He decided to use a chair and put his knee on it and asked me to marry him in these words “Will you marry me, Darling?“. He calls me Darling all the time. I don’t think in ten years I have ever heard him call me Jenne, Jennifer, or like there of. Of course I immediately say yes with a huge kiss and a hug. I am very excited to share many years to come with my family, his family, and most of all my best friend Vojta! Hope you enjoyed my story of our Christmas Engagement.

A Christmas Engagement

A Christmas Engagement

Gift of Lights & Snow – Texas Motor Speedway

My daughter had a chance to visit Gift of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway about two years ago with friends. She loved it! I knew I had to experience it for myself. We love going to the track for races and just the all around experience. She tells me when she is older and has kids that we will share that experience with them too. That would be pretty awesome for me since I seriously love racing.

Gifts of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway

Gift of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway is pretty neat. When you arrive at the front of the track the staff will guide you in. They have the inner ring of the food court lit up with lights as you take a drive through. You can also tune in your radio to holiday music to listen in to. I highly suggest bringing along some apple cider and cookies for the drive through. Make sure to turn off your head lights while driving through, it allows for a better view of the lights and great pictures.

Gifts of Lights and Snow at Texas Motor Speedway

After riding through the tunnel of lights you can come out and to the right and then left is the snow village. My friend Jess and her daughter Ava joined my daughter and I for this adventure. We turned in our tickets for tickets and zip ties we could hook onto ourselves. The first thing they all wanted to do is hit the snow slide in which you sail down in a tube. Here’s a little video for your enjoyment.

After their fun on the snow slide we ventured around to see what else is nestled in the snow village. We got to warm up in the North Pole shed while Ava wrote Santa a letter and mailed it. There is a food truck for snacks and a merchandise truck also. Several warming areas along with a huge play land of snow. Best of all, they have Santa and Mrs. Claus. My daughter had one goal and it was to get Santa to do duck face with her. She almost chickened out until Mrs. Claus mentioned Santa did funny faces. Here is the proof below that she achieved her goal with Santa.

Gift of Lights and Snow - Snow Village

Overall I have to say this place is a blast and we will definitely be visiting every year. For more information on when it’s open pending weather you can ‘Like’ their Facebook page at Gift of Lights – Texas Motor Speedway. Information on prices and times are listed at their website.

Christmas Date Night Hot Chocolate Basket

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What I love about Christmas is buying gifts for friends or making a pretty basket fit for a movie guru. Often if I don’t know much about a person I will do the Christmas date night hot chocolate basket. You always need one of those on hand. It’s a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of after Christmas specials. Swiss Miss hot chocolate, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn and Slim Jim jerky make the perfect basket paired with some candy canes and any movie of your choice.

Christmas Date Night Basket  #EasyGifts #shop #cbias

While picking up a new cardigan at Target I bought the stuff to make this adorable basket for a friends’ gift this Christmas. They are movie buffs and would totally dig making some snacks. The candy canes are great to stir in your Swiss Miss hot chocolate for a peppermint hot chocolate. The cheesy Orville’s popcorn is perfect with the sliced Tabasco Slim Jim and topped with cayenne pepper for a spicy twist on popcorn.

Christmas Date Night Basket #EasyGifts #shop #cbias

Don’t miss out on some coupons to help you save on that adorable Christmas Date Night Basket!

After printing your coupons simply grab a adorable box or basket. Fill with some tissue paper of choice. Add in Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Slim Jim’s, and Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn with any movie of choice. Add some candy canes or Christmas candies. Don’t forget to print a little tag with the recipe below for some spicy popcorn! Just love the vintage Swiss Miss can too!

Spicy Popcorn

Spicy Popcorn

Ingredients

1 bag of Orville Redenbacher's Cheesy Popcorn
1 Slim Jim Tabasco stick; sliced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

Pop popcorn according to directions. Pour popcorn into a bowl and add Slim Jim slices to it and toss. Dust with cayenne pepper and toss. Serve with hot chocolate!

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Don’t forget to take a moment and stop by this Easy Gifting with Conagra Pinterest board for more gifting ideas.

Gaming with M – Pixel Art Contest

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Do you remember how your mom told you to never play with food? Well today I defied that rule and did it anyway with my daughter and her favorite candy M&M’s. She loves to eat them while she games. I know soon the entire bag will disappear off to the abyss she calls a room.

We had fun design three pixel art (sprites) for the #FueledByMM contest on Instagram and Twitter. Here is our three designs. First is Menya’s creeper from Minecraft.

 Creeper #FueledByMM pixel art (sprite) #shop #cbias

 Then my 22 in support of Joey Logano NASCAR racer.

Logano 22  #FueledByMM pixel art (sprite) #shop #cbias

And a sword from your choice of game. Now the question is which one to enter?

Sword  #FueledByMM pixel art (sprite) #shop #cbias

Forza has to be one of my son’s favorite all time video games. Before he got a job he would sit in front of his TV for hours on end playing it. Lots of yelling would ensue! We have to many Xbox’s in this house. They are all hoping for a Xbox one.

M&M Pixel Art Contest #FueledByMM #shop #cbias

Get creative with M&M’s® and win an Xbox One gaming with M pack!

Create your own Pixel Art using M&M’s ® candies and snap an Instagram Photo. Tag your image with #FueledByMM AND #Contest and post the image on Instagram and Twitter.

One lucky Pixel Artist will win a new Xbox One and Gaming is better with M pack including the Forza 5 Motorsport game and a 14 oz bag of M&Ms®.  Contest runs Dec. 4th – Dec. 18th and winner will be chosen at random.  More on the contest at this link. Full details at this link.

BUY. SNAP. REDEEM. GET SAVINGS WITH XBOX FORZA 5 AND M&M’S

Beginning on November 22, 2013, you can get a $10 eGift card to Walmart when you buy the Forza 5 game and any participating M&M’s products (+ Participating products include: M&Ms Peanut 42oz Stand Up Pouch, M&Ms Milk 42oz Stand Up Pouch, M&Ms Peanut Butter 38oz Stand Up Pouch, M&Ms Pretzel 30oz Stand Up Pouch, M&Ms Peanut 19.2oz Large Laydown Bag, M&Ms Milk 19.2oz Large Laydown Bag, M&Ms Peanut Butter 18.4oz Large Laydown Bag, M&Ms Pretzel 15.4oz Large Laydown Bag.)

Snap a photo of qualifying items on the receipt on your phone and text it to 811811. You will receive a text back with a reward code valid for a $10 eGift card to Walmart.

For more details, click here beginning on November 22, 2013.

Fat Cow BBQ

Are you like me and search for a place to find good BBQ? I have to admit I love Mom and Pops restaurants. I will gladly be the first one to try the new place out. This is a problem for my other half, V, he never trusts a new place. I had to beg to get him to try Fat Cow BBQ and he kept saying no. Finally, my son, Chance and I were out shopping at Lowe’s and you could smell the food inside the store. It’s located across the street. That did one over on him and I. I looked at Chance and said are you hungry, he said yes, and we’re very glad he did.

Fat Cow BBQ is one of the best BBQ  joints this side of Dallas. On our first visit my meal consisted of a brisket sandwich with a side of mac and cheese and potato salad. The brisket is pulled not chopped which is the number one thing on my list. I don’t like chopped brisket. The mac and cheese is to-die-for. Seriously! The potato salad seems to be made with red potatoes and enlists some red onion which is puts it in favor for me. My other half LOVES their potato salad and he grew up hating potato salad.

fat cow bbq, peach cobbler

Then they served my son and I the best peach cobbler ever (mine’s pretty good, maybe a close second). It comes with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream. Need to stay away from the desserts… way .. too… good. On top of the amazing food the service is always friendly. Very talkative and funny! Honestly, I’ve been back to Fat Cow BBQ now four times and head there tonight for another dinner with friends.

I have it on a good note that the slider buns are awesome according to my daughter. I might try those tonight. The tacos are really delicious too!

brisket tacos, fat cow bbq

Then there is the buttermilk pie. I will be honest that this is my first time to try buttermilk pie but it’s the owner’s grandmother’s recipe. I loved it! Super soft and not overly sweet. I could eat it any day with ice cream.

buttermilk pie, fat cow bbq

If you’ve tried Fat Cow BBQ I would love to hear what you think. If you haven’t and live in DFW area then it’s a MUST! 

Blog Anniversary & Product of Gir Giveaway

Today is my three year blog anniversary! Tomorrow’s my birthday! I wanted to have something extremely fun here on the blog for this day. I specifically asked Product of Gir if we could do a giveaway. Product of Gir spatulas are literally my best friend in the kitchen. I refuse to cook without them. I will search till I find my spatula where ever my daughter hid it when emptying the dishwasher.

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I meant to post my review awhile back but I am glad I got the time to really see that these spatula’s hold up to the roughest tasks. I am serious, I’m mean to spatula’s. Currently, I have an orange spatula and the lovely bacon spatula which is just flat awesome! I cannot wait for the mini, skinny and pro to come out.

It’s amazing to me that over three years of blogging how far I have come; especially with photography. It’s on my to-do list this year to go back and remake and photography the earlier recipes on this blog. The recipes are great but I definitely think the photos need updating. More people will have an interest in the food visually.

Overall though I love how the blog has developed. Sometimes I think about adding in a DIY here and there. What do you think? Should I add in some DIY projects? You can look for the book section to grow soon. Plenty of reviews of wonderful cookbooks on the market. I would love to work more on other sections this year so that’s my goal. We will see how this pans out. Any feedback would be fantastic.

So without further ado here is the lovely giveaway and Happy Blog Anniversary to me!


Oh! In light of my birthday tomorrow if your feeling generous stop by Joey Logano Foundation and donate :)