Today, we’re sharing our super simple Christmas Inspired Kitchen which feels completely ironic because most of you already know that while I’m a rock star baker, when it comes to cooking, I totally stink at it.
No playing, I put “learn to cook” down on my 2018 goals list and had secretly written it off until my bestie S fell in October. Since then, I’ve been all but tied to the kitchen for 3 meals a day, nearly every single day.
I’m not going to lie, we’ve eaten some pretty bad meals. The kind of meals where you’re so thankful to have food you dare not complain about the “nourishment,” ha ha.
In fact, a few weeks ago, I invited my family over for chili, hot dogs and s’mores and I’m pretty sure I blew their minds making two different kinds of chili. They were beyond generous with their praise, never mind the fact some of the hot dogs were foot long size and hanging out of the buns, while others barely reached the end of the bun. Since I don’t eat a lot of meat and I definitely do not eat hot dogs, I had no idea they actually came in different lengths!
Anyway, the good news is that while it hasn’t been perfect, it has been fun to learn new techniques and try different recipes.
Given we just finished the kitchen makeover not even two months ago, I wasn’t in a big rush to change things up or to decorate too heavily for Christmas.
The desk area is probably my favorite because I love having a tree in the kitchen. My Mom found these cute little card catalog notecards and to keep the pops of pink going throughout the house we just added a ribbon to the faux pine branch.
The kitchen island has been covered in all sorts of candies, sugars and cookies as we’ve been baking up a storm these past few weeks. I’m totally going to blame it on the cold and the comfort food factor (wink, wink).
I made this sign several years ago and it reminds me of my grandparents every time I look at it. They would always host a Wizard of Oz viewing party for us at their house each year and to this day, it’s one of our favorite movies to watch during the holidays.
Speaking of family and favorite things, I realized when we had everyone over for chili how much fun having an open concept house can be. I was standing at the sink washing dishes, while some people were making s’mores by the fireplace, others were hanging out on the couch talking and the littles were all snuggled up watching a movie how the openness gives a sense of everyone being included without feeling crowded, which is nice.
I’m definitely going to miss looking out from the kitchen into the living room and seeing all the lights on the Christmas tree. I feel all cheery and sentimental every morning I head to the coffee pot.
Thankfully, for now, we’re going to celebrate all the fun things that have come out of kitchen so far and look forward to all the edible dishes that are still to come.