As well as creating a kitchen that looks and feels the part, you no doubt want to make sure that this area of your property is low maintenance. Whether you’re rustling up a quick breakfast, preparing a hearty feast for all the family, catching up on your laundry or anything else, it’s important that this room is easy to use and quick to clean. With this in mind, here are some top design tips to help ensure that your kitchen fits the bill.
Add design details that make your life simpler
One of the keys to kitchen design success is paying attention to detail. By adding a few simple but effective accessories to this space, you can help ensure it functions perfectly. For example, to help protect your work surfaces, it’s well worth investing in some stainless steel hotrods. These items are set directly into worktops and they allow you to place hot pans and dishes down on your counters without scorching or damaging them. These rods can make keeping your worktops in tiptop condition much easier. If you’ve not seen the products before, you can get the full lowdown on them by visiting the websites of worktop specialists like worktop-express.co.uk.
Kitchen backsplashes are also a savvy investment. When placed behind your sink and cooker, they can stop any splashes from staining your walls. These items are easy to clean and they come in a range of colors and styles, meaning you won’t struggle to find versions that suit your interior design scheme.
Steer clear of shiny materials
Shiny materials like polished stone, plastic and glass may look pretty, but they are a nightmare to keep clean in the kitchen. If you buy worktops and cabinets made from these materials, you’ll seem to spend half your life keeping them free from greasy and sticky fingerprints and marks. A much more practical option is solid wood. This won’t show up every spec of dirt and imperfection.
Choose flooring that’s quick to clean
Be careful when choosing your flooring material too. Ideally, you should select something that’s easy to mop and has no grout lines, like sheet vinyl or lino. Hardwood can also work well, but bear in mind that you’ll need to wipe up any spillages straight away if you want wood floors to stay in good condition.
Make sure you have lots of storage
If you don’t have enough storage, you’ll find yourself in a constant battle to keep your countertops clear of clutter. This is why plenty of cupboards are a must. To help you make the most of the space on offer, you can opt for full-height cabinets. Well-designed corner units can help you to fit more into your kitchen too. By making sure there’s a place to store everything from your blender to your bowls, you’ll find it much easier to keep your kitchen spic and span.
As long as you follow basic design principles like these, you’ll succeed in creating the perfect low-maintenance kitchen.
Why is everyone in such a hurry these days? What happened to stop & smell the flowers? Maybe it’s because summer time is drifting away and everyone is getting a little impatient. Here are a few things that irk me to no end.
• When the light turns green & people start blowing the horn. Geez, at least give the person in front of you reaction time. I allow at least 10 seconds before I start my beeping. I think that is enough time to see the cars moving and to notice the light is green which means get your behind out of my way.
• Quick to bite off your head when your only the messenger.
• when people pass to get 5ft ahead. I love it when I see speed racer pass a car to get a car ahead then the surrounding cars block him in so he is forced to go the speed they’re going. This makes me giggle and I will pin them too.
• When people tap their foot in a hurry.
• All the sighing & grunting people do is great too. That reminds me of a bull, which reminds me of a china shop. Then I giggle because I think of the bull having tea.
If you or someone you’ve seen is having a bad day because they’re late or impatient just smile & give them a wave. It will either make them smile or make it worse. If it makes it worse they can go %#$& themselves.
Hey friends! I have something that I finally decided to venture into after months of thinking about it & I’m really excited.
I’ve decided to become a Thirty One consultant! I’d been thinking of something to do as a hobby & I thought this would be perfect. I already love the products & if you have any Thirty One product(s) then you already know how awesome it is too.
Today’s post is just to let you know I’d love to be your Thirty One consultant if you don’t have one already. I will have a post once a month to keep you up to date on the specials for that month & also the lovely hostess gifts!
If your interested in hosting a party then what better way to do it online with a glass of wine? Yup, you can host a party without the clean up. Thirty One offers really great hostess gifts & the gifts grow as your group orders grow – earning you more free goodies. If your wondering how this works I’d just add your party to the party page & all of your party “go-er’s” would click on your party to place their orders. That will give the option of shipping their delightful new things straight to their home.
The special for the month of May is a really awesome deal! With every $35 you spend you get the large utility tote for $10 or a Stand Tall Organizer for $15! The stand tall organizer if a seasonal exclusive & it’s only around for the month of May.
If you have any questions or you’d like to host a party please feel free to email me.
With the warm summer breeze blowing across my hair and sweet smell of an apple pie getting baked, I couldn’t avoid the tenacity of trying out my specialty. I am a fun loving girl with a great passion for baking. Life is about trying out new things and embracing it in a lovely manner .
Baking cake, hanging out with friends, yummy food and so much more I had in my mind. But baking hot chocolate brownies was at the top of my list. Here, I started with my yummy old recipe of baking a hot chocolate brownie:-
1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2. 1/2 tbs. vanilla extract
3. 2 large eggs, room temperature
4. 1 3/4 cup hot chocolate mix
5. 3/4 cup all purpose flour
6. 1/2 tsp. salt
7. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
8. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips\
Directions to be followed:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan.
3. Melt butter, stir in the hot chocolate mix and add the sugar.
6. Slowly mix in the eggs and vanilla.
7. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder.
8 Mix until well combined.
9. Add chocolate chips
10. Bake for 35 minutes.
While I was waiting for my brownie to get baked, I got reminded of a thrilling way to spend my 35 minutes, as delicious aroma of the half baked brownie was not letting me stay still. Anyway, bingo is a great way to have a fun filled time with an awesome gaming experience. Plus you get to chat with your other bingo friends and share your experiences through out the day.
Once I went for a sleepover at my friend’s place and was simply browsing through a list of bingo sites. Then my friend introduced me to this fantastic bingo site called New Look Bingo, where I came across a fab range of online bingo games. The best part about this site is that, it provides you with a welcome bonus of £15 with a simple sign up. So, Isn’t that something worth trying? I think it is. I had a full time bingo experience is this site for the whole 35 minutes. Then, my alarm rang and I realized my delicious hot chocolate brownie was ready. I garnished it with some hot chocolate sauce which I prepared in advance. Then I invited my friends over at my place and I had a the perfect summer evening with bingo, friends and chocolate brownie.
So I’ve mentioned the Hannah Swenson series I’ve been reading “Fudge Cupcake Murder” by Joanne Fluke, I think I also said something about the recipes that Joanne adds to each chapter that had been used in that chapter. I decided I wanted to see what the people of Eden Lake Minnesota liked so much about these recipes. Yes, I know they aren’t real people but the way Joanne grabs your attention with them you’d think they were.
I was already baking a couple sheet cakes for work last night when I saw the “Fudge Cupcake Murder” book sitting on my kitchen counter. While I waited for my last cake to bake I was thumbing through the recipes, then it hit! I was going to try one out. I absolutely love making cupcakes so I thought the fudge cupcakes to be a no brainier. I checked out my pantry and actually had everything to make them with, then I got excited. I pulled my cake out of the oven & had already filled the cupcake holders before I knew it.
What followed next.. Well about an hour later, I bit into a little chunk of what I’d believe to be bliss! Oh man these are good! I should’ve tried them when they were mentioned in the book. This little experiment has intrigued me to try more recipes from the books.
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1⁄4cup white sugar
1⁄2cup raspberry flavored syrup (for pancakes, not ice cream)
1 2⁄3cups flour
1 1⁄2teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2cup butter, room temperature
1 1⁄2cups sugar (you’ll use 1 3/4 in all, this is not a misprint)
1cup chocolate chips (6 oz, half a bag)
1⁄2cup sweetened condensed milk (actually a little less, about half a can)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, rack in the middle position.
Line a 12-cup muffin pan with double cupcake papers. This recipe makes 18 cupcakes, so you can add an additional 6-cup muffin pan or you can butter and flour an 8-inch square cake pan.
Microwave the chocolate, raspberry syrup and 1/4 cup sugar in a microwave safe bowl on high for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave again for another minute. At this point, the chocolate will be almost melted, but will retain its shape. Stir the mixture until smooth and let cool to lukewarm.
Measure flour, mix in baking powder and salt, and set aside. In an electric mixer beat the butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition to make sure they’re thoroughly incorporated. Add approximately 1/3 of the flour mixture and 1/3 of the milk. When that’s all mixed in, add another third of the flour and 1/3 of the milk. Once incorporated, add the remaining flour and milk. Mix thoroughly.
Test your chocolate mixture to be sure it’s cool enough to add (don’t cook the eggs!). If it’s fairly warm to the touch but not so hot you have to pull your hand away, you can add it. Stir thoroughly.
LET THE BATTER REST FOR 5 MINUTES. Then stir it again by hand and fill each cupcake paper 3/4 full. (If you decide to use the cake pan, fill it as well.).
Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. (The 8-inch cake pan should bake an additional 5 minutes.).
You can use a double boiler, or a saucepan on the stovetop, stirring CONSTANTLY.
Put the chocolate chips in the pan/boiler over medium heat. Stir until chocolate chips are melted. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and cook approximately 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the frosting is shiny and of spreading consistency.
Finally you get to spread it on the cupcakes. I use the Wilton 2D tip to dress my cupcakes (I used tip Wilton round. I Cosby find my 2D tip.) I love that the tip makes the frosting look so pretty and defined, if that’s a thing.
The cupcakes are better if you cool and cover them for a few hours before frosting them. Then again I always do this just so the cupcakes have a little while to settle in all that flavor.