June 11, 2010

It's Kitchen Day!

Here it is...my new "Cozy" Kitchen!

Complete with my new "toy"...a GE profile Microwave/Convection oven. 
Oh my goodness girls, you can TOTALLY bake in this thing. 
I made delicious muffins the other day and a Hawaiian Chicken Casserole too!
I baked three large pans of muffins at the same time! 
I don't think I will ever use the regular oven again! 
And since it is up high there is no bending over!


And does anyone else have one of these Hamilton Beach combo toaster/toaster ovens! 
  Right before we moved my toaster died and I found this one on sale at Fred Meyers.
  It takes up the same space as my old toaster too!
 Another new toy!
I know...it's crazy how cooking appliances can make me so happy!???

 So here's the deal....since there was no pantry here...
my husband and I decided to turn the coat closet into one..

the only thing...there wasn't quite enough room  for all of my baking supplies.
In case you didn't know...I LOVE to bake!
Well my daughter had this darling armoire in her bedroom at the old house...

and I thought...
...hmmm...what if I turned it into a old fashioned baking cupboard?
We took out the hanging bar, added some shelves and VOILA!

Didn't it work out great?
Just the perfect size for under the staircase....
...and no one knows what is hidden inside!

 Finally...my "Lisa Kaus" Perpetual Calendar makes it all "feel like home again"!

There you have it...My Cottage Cozy Kitchen!

Where should we go tomorrow????
My Craft Room?  The Garden???
I hope you will come again...I love company and I can't wait to show you more!
...and I promise to serve some treats too!

In fact...when our tour comes to an end...
I will be putting all of my visitors names in a little red jar for some special giveaways
that I have been saving just for this time!



sweetiepie said...

Your house is lovely. You have a real knack for decorating. Thanks for sharing.

Deborah said...

Carrie!!! I love everything you have done, how wonderfully you have used the space. You are a true Mental Ninja. I am so happy to see the golden oak with the dark granite, for I have similar cabinets and we want to put in granite tile on the counter tops and now I know what it will look like. Gotta go right now and check out that combo microwave! Mine is 22 years old and I have been fearing it's eminent death, but fear no longer! Congratulations on an excellent job and Welcome Home!
**blows kisses** Deb

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I've been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing settling in to a new home. I love the kitchen and pantry. I really like the painting over your sink!

Elyse said...

great ideas! when your home is small you HAVE to be clever and resourceful. way to go!



Your baking pantry is perfect...so are so smart. Love your ktichen and I would LOVE to see your craft room!!!
Thank you!
Deb :)

Just Breathe said...

Love it and what a great place you have for the extra storage. That cabinet looks great!

Leslie said...

I love it Carrie!!! The cabinet is friggen genious! AWESOME!

Florence and Mary said...

It's fabulous!!!!

Victoria xx

sandra said...

I would love to have your kitchen. It is beautiful. Can we have the craft room tomorrow please!!

Diane said...

Such a transformation! Very neat how you added the shelves in the Coat closet to make a perfect pantry! And I too think the picture looks perfect above the sink, kinda like a window (; You sure got organized quickly! Very cool I just know you are going to be thrilled with your "new" home. Love your new toys! Hugs & Kisses, Your Sis ox

Debbie@Nanas Sweet Dreams and Memories said...

Carrie...I love what you have done with your new home...it is lovely.
I love your baking pantry...I too am a fan of Tupperware Modular Mates...they keep everything so organized...mine are the ones with blue lids:)
I'm looking forward to seeing more of what you have done...so homey and cozy looking.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your new kitchen and it's fun to have some new appliances and gadgets! Love the cupboard..what a great idea! I have the same situation with my kitchen sink in my condo. I like the large painting you've put there...perfect! ♥

Creative Breathing said...

Carrie, Truly you are home! I can feel through your words that you are embracing this new adventure. It makes me smile from ear to ear. You are a decorating master, how I long for this skill. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. I can picture you now making your organic dishes! Elizabeth

Aly said...

I've never seen a toaster like that...how cool is that?! You are going to be spending a lot of time in there I can tell already!

Mags said...

I just love looking at other people's kitchens. The black and chrome is beautiful and with your touches remains your signature "cozy." LOVE the armoire filled with your baking supplies! No one will be the wiser as to what's hidden in there!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

You, my Dear, have worked your magic - it's a wONDERful home..er..cottage! Love seeing all the rooms and can't wait to continue the tour ;-D

vivian said...

wow! Love your kitchen! My mother has a confection oven and loves hers too. I need a new oven, just was looking at some on line.. holy cannoli!! they are sooo expensive!!
enjoy your sweet cozy new home!

koralee said...

Lovely....i like your ideas of an extra storage cupboard and I so so want that black stair stool of yours...my grandma had a blue one like that...I wonder where it is today?
Thanks for the tour.


Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love seeing the inside of your new home. Everything is decorated so nice, and it has such a welcoming feel. I have, to ask, do you have more than one of those Kitchenaid mixers? I saw one with the mixer itself, and then saw it up on the shelf. I'd never have thought to do that, but it looks wonderful!

Jenny said...

The kitchen looks great! I love the colorful painting over the sink!! I can't wait to see more of your new home!!!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I LOVE...LOVE..LOVE...LOVE...LOVE...your old fashion baking cupboard! Great idea....and so pretty to boot!

You've done an amazing job decorating!! :-)

Debbie said...

Love looking at your pictures!!!!! You're house is beautiful! Keep posting them!

grammy said...

I love that calendar
and the stool (my grandma had a red one)
the whole place is looking wonderful

Country Dreaming said...

Your kitch looks great! You have done sooo much. I can't believe you just moved in! It looks like you have lived there forever!
Your microwave, toaster, pantry and baking area are just super--I'm jealous.:)


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Marvelous! Amazing! Love it!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Btw, do you know that you have Word Verification Setting turned on?

Did you know that some bloggers will not come back to blogs, with Word Verification turned on?

We need to protect our blog Comments from SPAM, etc. So I use Comment Verification.

We all read our Comments. I just read mine, and vet them, before I click on them to Publish them. And I don't have to make my readers do Word Ver. :-)

Please don't think me a 'busy-body' for saying this. I just feel it's nice to mention this... In case the blogger doesn't know that Word Ver. is turned on. Or doesn't know there is another simple way, to protect her comments.

Gentle hugs...
Btw, I am having to do Word Ver. 2 times, just to get this comment to show up here. -sigh-

pollydove said...

Such a great idea to use your cute cupboard that way! And I LoVe your perpetual calendar! Looks like you are really settling in!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What an adorable little larder that cabinet made....

Shelia said...

Hi Carrie! OH, I just love your kitchen and your cabinets are wonderful! Love how you've added those little holders for all your spices. The olden cabinet for your baking things was ingenious! I love that and it looks like everything you would need to bake with is in there! You're just the smartest one.
Thank you so much, Carrie, for coming to my party.
You are a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie, I think your kitchen is just great! I especially love the gorgeous flower painting over the sink. What a delightful place to do dishes ;-) Your closet pantry and the vintage armoir make excellent storage. You have a cozy kitchen. Blessings, Pamela

Fauziah Sukiman said...

Hi Carrie! I really adore your baking cupboard! Actually, I'm going to shift to a new house soon and looking at your baking cupboard gives me an idea on how to settle my things out!

Thank you for dropping by my blog, Carrie!

Hugs, PuteriFauziah.

Cindy said...

Your new microwave and toaster oven are wonderful! Also, I love the looks of your counter top, is it granite√Č Your idea of making pantries is great, especially the armoire, it is beautiful and no one would guess what is inside it! Just beautiful!
Hugs, Cindy

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