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Spring cleaning has come and gone. Our apartment is finally feeling homey and clean, although I think I'll always have things to rearrange. I'm also still working on downsizing little by little after that minimalism challenge I did in April.
That being said, after I do a good clean-out I often find myself admiring lovely little things that fit the fresher feel of the place. That's admittedly not the most minimalist tendency, but I don't actually buy things nearly as often as I browse.
The main space I've been browsing for items for lately is the kitchen. I'm loving the citrus-y soap from Bath and Body Works that I have on the sink at the moment. With the light, floral, sunny feel of May and impending summer, I've been compiling a cute batch of summery kitchen items that I like - the "must-haves," if you will. Here's my wish list of Summer Kitchen Essentials!
1. Citrus Juicer
Manual Citrus Juicer
It would be so nice to sit on the front porch with a glass of super fresh lemonade this summer. Swooning!
2. Kitchen Lemon Hand Soap
Bath and Body Works Kitchen Lemon Gift Set
Speaking of lemon, I'd love to add more citrus-y soap to the edge of my sink like I mentioned earlier!
3. Dinner Napkins
As a way to go greener, we switched from using paper towels to kitchen napkins this year. These would be a lovely addition to our collection!
4. Honey Sticks
Sweet fresh lemonade during the day and delicious warm tea with honey in the evenings. Yes please.
5. Utility Cart
3 Tier Wood Metal All Purpose Utility Cart
My kitchen is honestly a bit small for this, but I would love to have a cart like this for coffee and tea fixings! It would look lovely topped with fresh flowers, too.
6. Spatula Set
Spring Shef Spatula, Pastry Brush, and Whisk
I love the color of this set! And I'm a sucker for wooden kitchen items? Plus I'm enamored with the idea of baking pastries this summer.
7. Honeycomb Canister
Creative Co-op Ceramic Canister
I'm honestly a bit obsessed with honeycomb print, especially on ceramics. And that yellow just feels so summery!
8. Breakfast Table
Greenco Bamboo Foldable Breakfast Table
I think I'll use this nifty breakfast table to eat all those pastries I mentioned while I lay in bed. Plus, I could use a laptop desk to do some work from bed!
9. Drip Coffee Maker
Diguo Glass Coffee Maker
Of course, breakfast is never complete without a good cup of coffee. I'm interested in these glass drip coffee makers, especially with the pretty wood and leather details.
Now I'm even more excited for keeping the kitchen tidy and making it feel like summer!
What are your essential kitchen items? Have any summery suggestions?
Growing up in the south, baked potatoes were always considered something of a luxurious comfort food - somehow both a household staple and a food fit for occasions.
Whether you consider baked potatoes a regular side option or a treat to have on a special occasion, they're actually fairly easy and hands-off to make. I recently discovered a recipe that makes them even easier and incredibly more delicious than any baked potatoes I've ever had. It was one of those rare times when I fully succeeded at making a recipe from Pinterest. We'll never make baked potatoes a different way ever again.
You can check out the full recipe from Gimme Some Oven here!
Have any delicious potato recipes, baked or otherwise?
P.S. Happy Pi Day!
As you may have seen in my post Healthy Cookbook for Two: 10 Recipes to Try, my husband and I have been scouting out some healthier meal options to make throughout the week.
We also love finding recipes that are simple and can be made with ingredients we already have on hand.
Sunday night I decided to make some super easy turkey chili, inspired by both a recipe in the aforementioned book and a family recipe my Dad always makes. I considered what we had on hand and took some liberties.
Here’s a delicious, fast recipe for turkey chili that you can whip up any night of the week.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 - 15 minutes
Total time: Approximately 20 minutes
Note: When I made this, I did not have any onion, chili powder, or cumin, but I think they would be great additions to the dish.
It’s great served over rice and sprinkled with cheese, with crescent rolls or garlic bread on the side. I think it would also taste great with some beans added in!
This dish is so simple, filling, and delicious. We had leftovers that I will gladly eat for lunch tomorrow!
Any great chili recipes to share?
I'm so glad it's the weekend! The weather has been a tad warmer than usual, and I get a long weekend because the school I work at has a bad weather day on Monday.
Today my husband and I are enjoying hanging out, reading, catching up on rest, and getting a few things done that we put off earlier in the week. One of those things for me has been figuring out some new recipes for us to try.
A lot of our diet lately has consisted of crescent rolls (which are super versatile and cheap, but probably not the healthiest option in the world) and ground turkey. Needless to say, we've been getting kind of bored of the three or four dishes we have been cycling through, plus we want to try our best to pick healthy options.
(You can check out a super easy Crescent Roll Pot Pie recipe here!)
So today I made a cup of coffee, pulled out some sticky notes, and sat down with this Healthy Cookbook for Two to tab some recipes for us to try soon. We received it as a wedding gift from my aunt a couple of months ago, so I'm excited to finally give it a try!
Here are 10 healthy recipes for two that we thought sounded especially delicious and would work with our time/budget/tastes.
I'm pretty excited to give some of these healthy recipes a try! There are, of course, way more than ten delicious recipes in this book, but these were a few we chose that we hope to make in the near future.
We plan to likely substitute a few things here and there and maybe leave out a thing or two on some of these (shrimp is honestly more of a special occasion food for us). I'll be letting you know for sure if I cook up a homerun soon.
See any recipes that sound good? Have any to share? I'd love to hear from you!
After a long week, it's nice to have something easy and fast to throw on the table for dinner that isn't a pizza or take-out (while I do love me some Domino's).
Here to solve your Friday hunger is an incredible pot pie recipe from The Food Charlatan.
My favorite thing about this recipe (other than how fast it is) is that it uses crescent rolls, which I love and which are pretty stinkin' cheap. You can clearly see that my husband and I buy like 95% store brand - he's a graduate student and I'm a substitute teacher, soooo.
Hop on over to The Food Charlatan for the full delicious recipe!
Any favorite fast-and-easy meals? I'd love to hear from you!
P.S. You can check out other recipes on my Pinterest board here or below!
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.