Christmas Kitchen and a Special Birthday!

Happy New Year my friends!  Where did December go?  This month is always a busy one!

My precious twin boys are officially teenagers ( I am in denial as I write this;)  I could not be more proud of these young men.  (These were obviously from last year as they are now 13:) As you can see their culinary tastes are quite different!  I look forward to venturing into these unknown teenage waters;)  Wish me luck!

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I am sure you all are over Christmas decorating posts;) Well, I had all intentions of doing a post of my kitchen before Christmas, when my camera decided it did not want to cooperate.  Let’s just say I need to bring it in the shop again!  Ugh! I did manage to get a few shots.  Be prepared that some of the pics in this post are iPhone pictures.

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I love decorating now that my cabinets are painted white (White Dove-Benjamin Moore).  When we purchased this house 11 years ago we were fortunate the previous owners remodeled the kitchen and used a very good quality cabinet and loads of granite;)  However, the cabinets were hickory wood (not my taste) so we had them painted about 5 years ago.  Like my fireplace, it was the BEST decorating decision EVER!  It really opened up the space and of course made mama happy;)

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This vintage frame was a DIY chalkboard project.  It is a sentimental piece because it was gifted to me by my late Grandfather. I simply added the chalkboard. Love it!

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As you can see that lovely Ballard Designs harlequin ribbon is used all over my kitchen too;)

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We have done updates to the kitchen so it is more functional for our family.  In the bottom right hand corner you can see a bit of where we added a “bar” area with stools. This added more seating as our eat-in area is a bit tight in front of the sliding doors.

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This is my baking station.  As you can see Santa likes to oversee my culinary adventures and puts a bit of magic into my Christmas cookies every year;)

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That is my Christmas kitchen! Now I have to take it all down:( Although, I do love “cleaning the slate” and starting anew.  There is something refreshing and invigorating about that….don’t you think?

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