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a simple tray + the best gold spray paint (1)

hi friends! before signing off for the weekend i wanted to share a super quick and easy project with you. a simple golden tray! i have always loved keeping a tray in my kitchen for all my cooking essentials: salt & pepper, honey, measuring spoons and a container for compost. i was inspired to paint the tray gold to match the gold tipped spoon on my new porcelain salt cellar from honeycomb studio. i think they make a beautiful pair!

a simple tray + the best gold spray paint (2)

this tray from ikea was exactly what i was looking for in regards to size, but i couldn’t get over the loud polka dot pattern. nothing a quick paint job couldn’t fix! i ended up loving the soft white color underneath and bold brown edge, so i carefully taped around the edges to preserve them both.

step 1: find your perfect tray. ikea offers several sizes, all perfect for different spots in your kitchen!

step 2: tape along the edges, preserving the brown edge (if you like).

step 3: with light and even strokes, spray paint the top. my all time favorite gold spray paint is brilliant gold by design master. it’s brilliant, smooth and soft.

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bicycle wedding tag printable

Have you ever received a food gift and really wished for the recipe once the goodies were gone? I know I have! This little printable recipe card is perfect to give with your delicious concoctions. It’s also a beautiful little way to gather family recipes and kitchen secrets. I love reading through my grandmother’s cookbooks.

You can print this recipe directly onto 4×6 index cards if you have a printer with those capabilities – just make sure your printer is set to a 4×6 page size and print one side and then the other. Otherwise, print the full page PDF with two sides on card stock, and cut to size!

I hope that many wonderful recipes are written on these cards – enjoy! – Abigail

Abigail runs her freelance business with her soon-to-be husband, and when she’s not designing they love to go camping, listen to good music, and go on foodie adventures together!

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a fairy tale garden shed

June 19, 2012

as i was scouring the web for garden greenhouses yesterday, i couldn’t help but fall in love with this dreamy garden shed. i just had to share it on it’s own!

a fairy tale garden shed

gail and mark dupar’s dreamy shed is the heart of their kitchen garden. it’s where they start seedlings, arrange flowers, raise tomatoes, store tools and dry freshly harvested shallots. the shade-cloth covered glass roof helps brighten the inside where tender plants hibernate over the winter. i especially love how they have integrated vintage pieces throughout- a former kitchen cabinet holds vases, seeds, and books and an antique leaded glass window hangs from an overhead beam. clear glass bottles let light from the greenhouse filter into the main shed while darker bottles, marbles, and twiggy prunings fill in around them. it’s quite the dreamy place, don’t you think?

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lisa rupp tea towels

February 15, 2012

Posted by in handmade

lisa rupp

lisa rupp

lisa rupp

you know i’m a sucker for cute kitchen accessories! i love the vintage, hand drawn feel to these happy tea towels by lisa rupp. i can see them now, swung at my side through the loop in my apron, coated in flour (along with my face and a little bit of my hair).

lisa rupp: etsy | portfolio | blog

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painted handles

January 5, 2012

i’m thinking this idea might mean a run to the thrift store. though these superior servers are available for sale (and appropriate for everyday use), i’m thinking a diy version could make for some unusually beautiful kitchen art. what do you think? framed, strung or even bunched in a canister- i think this would be an easy way to add a classy splash of color to your kitchen!

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2011 gift guide kitchen goods i don’t think it’s any secret that i have a special affinity for kitchen textiles, so they are an obvious gift choice for me during the holidays. i love having pretty things around in my cooking area, and feel extra special when i’m wearing a beautiful apron. so, here are a few of my favorite kitchen gift ideas!


julia vol. 1 – $42 | reversible linen apron – £36.00 | watering can apron – $30

tea towels

tea towel calendar – $30 | moose tea towel - $18 | be happy tea towel – $16

oven mitts

resourced fabric oven mitts – $26 | yellow geometric oven mitt – $18 | church flowers oven mitt – $14

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the huge variety of oils at the store have always put me on overload. which ones are the best? why? what are they all for? well i decided to put my research hat on and find out a little bit more about them. here is a quick overview of the best oils, and some resources to boot. which oils are your favorite?

Art for Kitchen - OLIVE OIL

art for the kitchen – OLIVE OIL

extra virgin olive oil

this one is the big winner, woohoo! that’s good, because this is the one i use the most. evoo is a less processed and (therefore) more flavorful oil than other oils and wins for best oil because of it’s monounsaturated (that’s the good one) fats and plant compounds that protect against heart disease and cancer. lucky for us, it also tastes oh-so-good.

sesame oil

i’ve started to incorporate this one more and more into our diet (mainly because of this amazing recipe) and i have to say, it adds a powerfully yummy taste to many dishes. it is derived from toasted sesame seeds and may help to lower blood pressure. it’a also great in asian inspired dishes.

flaxseed oil

since we don’t eat fish, flax oil is a big component of how we get our heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids in each day. these essential fatty acids protect against bone loss and reduce inflammation in people with arthritis. heating flaxseed oil will destroy it’s nutrients, so keep this one in the fridge and use on salads or in smoothies. (hint: we also add about 1 tbs to toaster’s food each day! it keeps his coat shiny and skin extra healthy.)

walnut oil

i haven’t used this oil very much, but i know one thing, i do love walnuts! walnut oil contains a specific antioxidant that helps prevent cancers (say no more!). it turns bitter when heated, so this is another one to keep in your fridge and drizzle over salads or pastas.

peanut oil

this nutty tasting oil contains resveratrol (the same antioxidant found in red wine) which helps to prevent blood clots. it can take extremely high temperatures, so this one is best for pan frying.

sunflower oil

you got it, this one is made from sunflower seeds! it has a light taste and contains vitamin e, which reduces your risk for heart attack.

did you know?

it’s best to store your healthy oils in a dark, dry cabinet away from heat or sunlight (preferably, in the fridge). nut based oils such as walnut, flaxseed and sesame need must be refrigerated as they can turn rancid at room temperature.

for a more in depth look at oils, read this great article on cooking oils.

simple living

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harvest and preserve

September 21, 2011

felix doolittle

whether we’re ready for it or not, summer is coming towards an end, but one of they many joys of fall is getting ready to harvest and preserve our seasons yummy produce. when i saw these summery kitchen labels from felix doolittle, i immediately thought about how pretty they would make a cupboard or how lovely they would make a gift of your garden’s goodies.

felix doolittle

with chef medallions, baker’s labels and oval kitchen labels, they are perfect for sharing garden goodies, canning, making jams and throwing parties! they all feature a gorgeous watercolor illustration by felix (he paints them almost to scale with a very tiny brush!) and come with personalization in a cute little tin, aren’t they lovely?
felix doolittle make sure to cruise by their notecard collections as well! i’ve found that if i have pretty notecards within reach, i’m much more likely to write my friends and family, something that i’ve been trying to a lot more of lately!

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