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DIY Kitchen Update Ideas

August 18, 2014

Here are some stylish ideas on how to give your kitchen a little DIY makeover without a complete remodel.

It’s official. We’re going to update our kitchen.

After getting quotes on a full kitchen remodel we’ve decided to go the budget friendly route and give our 1967 kitchen a few (ok, maybe a lot of) DIY updates. If you’ve checked out our house tour, you may remember that we have a tiny galley kitchen with the original cabinets and dark blue formica countertops. When we first moved in, we immediately updated the fridge and the dishwasher with bright, shinny stainless appliances. But the other side of the kitchen has a very old cooktop and a wall oven. After considering an entire remodel, we decided the biggest feature we wanted was a new double oven because I cook so much and our current oven doesn’t heat consistently or have a self-cleaner…or timer for that matter.

So here’s what will be on our DIY list:
- Swapping the super old wall oven for a slide-in range
- Painting all the original cabinets bright white
- Covering the blue formica with concrete
- Removing the tiled backslash and patching the drywall or adding white subway tile
- Installing a new sink and faucet
- Installing new lighting
- Adding new hardware to the drawers and cabinets
- Painting the ceiling and walls

Whew, I’m already exhausted just after typing that! I foresee lots of take-out and late nights DIYing in the near future.

1. DIY concrete countertops | 2. Westwood residence kitchen | 3. Open shelving created by removing cabinet doors | 4. Moen Arbor pulldown faucet | 5. Kohler Riverby single bowl top mount sink | 6. Samsung Flex Duo slide in range | 7. Gorgeous kitchen update

Links to Love

August 15, 2014

Links to love: perfect decor for your next party! Featuring the Oh Joy! fall collection, printable cookie container labels and DIY paper daises.

Today we’re heading to Atlanta for the weekend for my brother’s wedding. It going to be a fun wedding, with lots of pretty details, so be sure to follow my weekend adventure on Instagram. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite links from this week.

1. The fall OhJoy! collection arrive at Target this Sunday. I’m eyeing that white and gold pitcher.

2. Printable cookie tub labels would be perfect for a quick house warming or feel better soon gift.

3. Can you believe these Gerbera daises are made out of paper?

I’m also loving:

These tips on refinishing kitchen cabinets will come in handy (more about this on Monday).

Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream with homemade dough AND homemade ice cream. Yum!

This tutorial on how to arrange a mini succulent garden is so simple and so so cute.

Happy weekend!

Printable Jungle Baby Shower Banners

August 14, 2014

Welcome guests to your jungle themed baby shower with this free printable chevron banner.

This past weekend I, along with three of my close friends, had the honor of hosting a baby shower for a dear friend. Rather than go crazy and make everything match like some of the showers I’ve spotted on Pinterest, we kept the decor simple and focused on having a big spread of brunch food. Our friend’s nursery is a jungle theme so I re-created the cute animals from the bedding she got and made a couple banners to match the decor.

We welcomed guests with this little “welcome” banner that we hung on the front door. I just loved the way it popped against our bright teal doors! We hung the Oh Baby! banner above the sideboard in my dining room, which doubled as a welcome station and yogurt bar.

Download and print this adorable free jungle themed baby shower banner. Perfect for hanging above a dessert or gift table.

All you need to do is download, print and cut the banners. Add holes with a small hole punch (I used this 1/8″ punch) on the top corners of each banner piece and then thread them through some cute twine.

Download the ‘Welcome’ banner

Download the ‘Oh Baby!’ banner

A sweet and simple baby shower brunch buffet. Love the big chalkboard menu and tassel garland.

Here’s a peek at the other side of the dining room. I pushed our large dining room table against the wall and covered it with kraft paper and some gray and white polka dot paper I picked up at Home Goods. The awesome tassel garlands are from The Flair Exchange. They are a custom color kit, but here’s a kit in a similar color palette.

Love free printables? Check out my freebies page for more!

S’mores Ice Cream

August 13, 2014

Your favorite camp fire dessert can be enjoyed indoors with this easy no cook ice cream recipe.

I never was a big fan of marshmallows. In fact, growing up, they were the only food I think I actually wouldn’t eat. But a few years ago that changed and now I can’t get enough of them when they are paired with graham crackers and chocolate. You seriously can’t go wrong.

So when I was choosing the next ice cream recipe to try, without hesitation I decided on chocolatey s’mores ice cream. Even though I usually prefer vanilla, this rich chocolate ice cream that’s loaded with graham crackers and marshmallow fluff has won me over.

This is a smores treat you can enjoy year round and indoors too. Whip up a batch of this ice cream that's loaded with graham crackers and marshmallow fluff.

Chocolate lovers will love this rich and creamy ice cream thats loaded with graham crackers and marshmallow fluff.

Chocolate S’mores Ice Cream
adapted from Cuisinart

- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- pinch salt
- 2/3 cup half and half
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff, softened in the microwave for about 10 seconds
- 4 graham cracker sheets, crushed into 1/2″ size pieces
- 2 ounces or 1/3 cup dark or semi sweet chocolate chips, melted and at room temperature

You will also need:
ice cream maker
- container for storing and chilling ice cream

1. Place the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer to chill, at least overnight. I store one in the freezer all the time so I can make ice cream on a whim, even though this recipe needs to chill 2 nights.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Then use a whisk or a hand mixer to to whisk in the half and half. Mix until both the sugars and cocoa powder are dissolved.

3. Stir in the heavy cream and the vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4. Place a frozen ice cream bowl and paddle on the ice cream maker. Place the clear cover on top and turn it on. While it’s running, slowly pour in the chocolate mixture. Let it mix for about 12-14 minutes. It should start to look like soft serve.

5. While the ice cream maker is running, add a spoonful of marshmallow fluff at a time. This part is sticky and you may need to push the marshmallow into the bottom of the mixing bowl so it fully incorporates. Then add the graham crackers, mixing them with a rubber spatula until they are mixing in too.

6. Turn off the ice cream maker and transfer the ice cream into a container. Place it in the freezer and allow it to chill for several hours, overnight it best. After it’s chilled, then it’s ready to be scooped and severed.

Love s'mores? Then you have to make this easy no cook ice cream. It's just as good as campfire s'mores!

Want to try out another ice cream recipe? Check out my other recipes here.

{Polka dot napkins from Anthropologie}