Tiny Houses and Tiny Kitchens
Tiny houses are the popular thing for people downsizing to minimalist living. The downside is a tiny kitchen. If you like to cook often, this could be a problem. [Read more…]
Chocolate is worth enjoying occasionally!
It’s fun to sit down to an artfully prepared and appetizing breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert (especially chocolate). That’s part of the enjoyment I get out of blogging on Kitchen Southern Hospitality.
When I visited a Houston cafe with my daughter, my granddaughters, and friend, I could not resist trying out the featured fancy chocolate muffin shown above. Of course, I had a good
excuse reason to buy and devour it – I’m a food blogger! It was the most mouthwatering, delectable, ooey-gooey deliciousness I could have imagined. Mmmmm!!!
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Blogging about food, new recipes, and grilling by Mr. Fun are only a segment of what this blog is about. I like to share the southern style events around the kitchen with my readers like:
French Vanilla Coffee Dessert
Blog Parties this week:
Full Plate Thursday with Miz Helen
Today is a special day, not because of Cinco de Mayo, but because it is the day my mother was born – May 5. I was inspired to begin the Kitchen Hospitality blog because of her. She was an exceptional lady, and I loved her cooking. She cooked for her family as one of ten children. She and her older sister were given household chores to do, and hers was to prepare the meals. I couldn’t let May 5 go by without honoring her memory on kitchenhospitality.com.
This week I launched a new product now for sale on the blog – aprons. Mother and her mother wore aprons, and I just think they’re the most practical item to have. Have you ever been cooking in your kitchen and got spots on your nice outfit? So why not use an apron? Not only are they practical. They’re pretty and go right along with comfort cooking and entertaining in the kitchen. Aprons are the first of Kitchen Hospitality’s new product line, but more items are coming soon. The design/manufacturing team is made up of two individuals – my friend, Brittany, and me.
Other products coming include some adorable placemats, potholders, and … well, how about I just surprise you? More cute, girly, and retro aprons are on the agenda, and some for the guys. So visit again soon to see what’s new.
You know how authors dedicate their books in honor of someone special? I can’t wait to design a special feature apron and dedicate it in memory of my mother. We’ll be sure to make several of those.
When was the last time you ate a Spudnut? My grandmother found out about them and showed my mother and the ladies at our church how to make them so they could sell them as a fundraiser. Spudnuts were donuts made with potato flour.
I’ll never forget those early Saturday mornings when Mother would wake me up to go to the church at 4:00 am. She would let me lie down on the bed to sleep in the little apartment (we called it the evangelists’ quarters) that was next to the kitchen. Several ladies would meet us there to make the Spudnuts. Later in the morning, a team would go out and sell the donuts. Incidentally, count on having white splotches all over your clothes if you aren’t wearing an apron when you make donuts.
The Saturday donut fundraiser was one of many that my parents had at the churches he pastored. Mother was an incredible organizer and came up with great ideas. The two of them made a fabulous team – and loving parents.
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The best kitchen decor is the kind that comes with a story. It serves a purpose in your kitchen and is a great conversation piece.
I found the perfect gadget holder one day when I pulled up at a vintage shop. One of the vendors had pulled out several old vintage items from her trunk to show the shop owner. While the owner was making her decision on which things she wanted to keep for the shop, I studied two chair springs. Thinking that I could make use of them somehow in my kitchen or upcycle them to sell, I knew I just had to have them.
When I purchased the springs, my first thought was to make utensil holders. Several months went by. Then my daughter showed me a picture of a board she found at a second-hand store that she made into a cup holder. I showed my husband, and we both agreed that the larger of our two chair springs would make a great cup holder. My husband painted the wire part a dark red to match the red accents in our kitchen. Now we have a nice display for part of our cup collection.
Kitchens have intrigued me since my early memory of eating sugar in a cup and making mud pies. To this day I like sweets and digging in the dirt (though not together). It’s no wonder that I have an herb garden handy just outside my cabin kitchen. Come to think of it, however, I do have dirt and sweet combined. I planted a Sweet Maya Stevia in a basket that sets on top of a scale! If a Stevia plant could talk, this one must be telling me that it felt offended at being placed on top of the scale (one of my favorite vintage finds). I think the little herb only has one or two tiny leaves hanging on. The rest of the plant shriveled up, and it’s the second one I’ve tried to grow. Too much sun? I don’t know. According to the directions on the little card that came with it, the Stevia plant grows well in the sun. This one hasn’t, so I’ve thought about moving it to a shaded area.
Fitting the cottage cabin’s rustic style, vintage kitchen finds draw my attention at flea markets, yard sales, and vintage shops. One of my latest kitchen treasures came from the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market that I’ve read about in the Flea Market Style Magazine.
My friend Rusty and I went on Mother’s Day. She’s got an eye for unusual antiques, beneficial for her as she is president of So Cal’s high desert’s Lucerne Valley Museum Association. Before telling you about our finds, however, there were two things that did not occur on our flea market trip that I would have loved. Meeting Ki and taking more than two pictures! I always take loads of pictures, but Rusty and I got so carried away by the huge Rose Bowl market that I totally forgot about taking pictures. Rusty and I both took a couple of photos and spent the rest of the time walking and shopping.
While Rusty was keeping a lookout for antiques, I had kitchens in mind and found a 1930-ish linen fork holder. It’s great for storing in the kitchen and picnics – and it’s red with a sprinkle of blue flowers (my favorite two colors!) and “FORKS” stitched in green.
I do love red kitchens. My first tiny apartment kitchen had red in it with strawberries. Years passed, and so did the red kitchen decor except for a utensil crock painted with strawberries by aunt and a knife and strawberry peeler with red handles that my mother purchased in Switzerland on a missions trip with my dad one year. The two red-handled utensils have traveled with me around the U.S. in my RV kitchens and are currently well-cared for in my cabin kitchen. I consider them part of my kitchen comfort from Mother.
I’m joining Pink Saturday in time for red, white, and blue and July 4th! I’ve got my red, white, and blue – kitchen utensils, red “FORKS” with blue flowers, and my white ruffled jacket at Rose Bowl Flea Market – that counts for red, white, and blue -right? 🙂
Hospitality in the kitchen has included all three for me through the years since my love and I married in the 70s. We were two hearts in love living in an apartment with a small kitchen (and the tiniest stove I ever saw) decorated with red accents. One accent was a wedding gift from my aunt, a utensil stoneware crock with red strawberries. It’s a gift that has become a sentimental treasure.
Kitchen color preferences changed from one kitchen to another. Red has reappeared in my kitchen decor. It looks warm and inviting in the cottage cabin fixer upper my love and I purchased.
Blogging pals Rusty and Patti and I discovered an adorable red canister set when we strolled through a favorite antique shop. Rusty and I spotted it about the same time. Her kitchen has red accents, but red is more than an accent in mine. We came up with a couple of options for both of us to enjoy the red set. She could use it one year, and I could use it the next. There were three canisters, so we could each have one. Red isn’t Patti’s kitchen color, though. Rusty came up with the idea that I could purchase the canister set only if I agree to invite her over. It sounded fair to me. The deal was made.
When I think of food and the color red combined, two things come to mind. One is a healthy recipe I made with slivers of red beets. The other is a memory of a comical dinner I cooked about this time of year in the early days of my marriage.
Let’s start with the Blood Red Orange Salad recipe:
Blood Red Orange Salad
Now for that comical dinner story, my husband and I had been married about a month. He asked if he could bring a coworker home for their dinner break. I decided to bake chicken and cook vegetables. They came in and sat down at the table. I excused myself for a moment. Before I returned I heard my husband ask his friend, “Shall we pray again?” I walked back to the table to see why he had asked the humorous question. Red was oozing out from where a fork had been stuck into the chicken. Horrified, I put the chicken back in the oven – and nearly burned it that time. Never will I forget that awful chicken dinner. I made sure anytime I baked chicken from then on that it was well done with no red.