Would you like a tour of my kitchen? I’m so sorry I didn’t ask sooner!
This is the Dessert For Two kitchen. It’s also the granola-making-every-Sunday kitchen. It’s the pack-lunch-everyday kitchen. And it’s the make-dinner-from-scratch every night kitchen. I spend more time in here than any other room in the house.
When we first moved in, in May, my Mom told me I should hire someone to clean because there’s no way I could work full time, plan a wedding, blog and clean a house. I haven’t succumbed yet, but I’m definitely watching a lot less TV in order to keep this place clean.
First up: my favorite part, the over-sized granite island. I’m not going to lie: this is the reason I wanted to buy this house. Brian (yes, Mr. Dessert For Two has a name!) had about 7 houses for me to look at when I first flew into Kansas to interview for my job. He saved this one for last because he knew it was the best one. When I saw this huge granite slab, it made me think of rolling out pie crust on a cold marble surface. After 4 months, it has already seen its fair share of pie crust!
Next, the cook top. I wasn’t crazy about this glass cooktop, because in my old house in California, I cooked with gas. It was delightful because food cooked so quickly! I’m slowly getting used to this surface. It’s difficult to clean, though, and it’s 99% of the reason I consider hiring someone to clean my house. I scrub and scrub, but it’s never as clean as it was when I first moved in.
On the other side of the island is the adult beverage station. Brian and I knew we wanted to have the type of house where people could drop in unannounced and pour themselves a drink. Our station is also a fun reminder of our life in Cali because we have wine and champagne glasses from all of our favorite wineries. We also stock our whiskey, scotch and beer glasses here. We love our whiskey, both corn and rye. I couldn’t live without my Sodastream for drink mix-ins.
The adult beverage station flanks the right side of the fridge. On the left side is our coffee and tea station. The coffee maker was a house warming gift from my parents and we absolutely love it. It’s a French press machine that does the work of heating the water for you. It’s a French press/drip hybrid. I only drink coffee on Fridays, and I thoroughly enjoy it. You can buy it here. The basket contains all of my favorite teas. I love pretty much every flavor Starbucks Tazo has to offer (Zen is my everyday favorite), but I also love this tea by Good Earth and mojito tea by Stash is great, too.
This is my child. Oh, you didn’t know I had a baby? I bought this baby when I found out the good news that I got the job in Kansas. I’m a big believer in buying yourself something nice every now and then to celebrate. I always buy myself a birthday gift every year, too, if you must know.
This is where I do the majority of my chopping and meal prep, to the left of the stove. I previously prepped on the island, but I’ve found that the more space I have, the bigger the mess I make. If I contain it to this corner, I have less to clean. The plate is Chirp china by Lenox, which is the only style of china I’ve ever liked. Chirp is the reason I got into dishes; I used to not care about such things. Then, I grew up and became my mother. It happens.
This is my lovely deeeeeeep sink. I can hide all sorts of dirty dishes here right before company comes over. It’s handy. Yes, I made that roman shade myself from a link on Pinterest. However, the project was nothing short of a nightmare, so I will not link to it. Do yourself a favor: use real roman shades, not mini blinds glued to fabric.
On the other opposite side of the island is our eating area. I love this area because it bathes in morning light. Our Kansas friends think our wine fridge in the corner is crazy. To us, it’s essential.
Thanks for visiting! We’re still working on other parts of the house, and maybe I’ll show you sometime when it’s all done!