Friday, January 6, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins

Ohhhh.... these are a little dangerous.  They are known by other names, most of ten "cinnamon sugar puffs", but I like to call them doughnut muffins especially as Sam said, the first time he tried one, they tasted like doughnuts, and should therefore be called doughnut muffins, which of course they are.  To me, they taste almost exactly like a Tim Horton's old fashioned cake doughnut with cinnamon sugar.  Best, as most things are, still warm from the oven.  I use the King Arthur Flour recipe, listed under the heading; doughnut muffins

A cup of coffee (or tea, if you go that way with your morning - or afternoon - beverage of choice) is pretty much mandatory with these.  For the kids, it's milk of course, but really, what is better with a "doughnut" than coffee, I ask you?  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our finished white kitchen

I posted a couple of months ago about the nearly finished kitchen.  Those last few items on the to-do list did get checked off before Christmas, which was great since we were celebrating at our house this year.  We were aiming for a white kitchen, not really able to visualize anything else in our space, and a white kitchen is what we got.  Without further ado, here is our finally finished kitchen.

I looked at countless photos and articles when planning our kitchen.  I am so glad I did my research; it meant that we ended up with a kitchen we are thrilled with, both because it *looks* as we imagined, but also even more importantly, *functions* how we hoped.  It is still a small kitchen, there is no getting around that, but with careful planning we were able to include a lot of things we wanted, most things really.  The lowdown on what we put in is as follows;

flooring- large format 20" porcelain tiles

cabinets- custom made wide shaker style with beveled edge and v notch details, painted with Benjamin Moore cloud white

cabinet and drawer hardware- satin nickel knobs and handles

countertop- River White granite

Backsplash- honed marble subway tile

Happy New Year!

It is already five days into the new year.  The last week of 2011 flew by in a whirlwind of cooking, wrapping, eating, drinking, and being merry.  We had Christmas with Joe's family at our house this year, and I loved doing it even more than usual in our new kitchen.  Here's what we've been up too.

A really wonderful couple of weeks celebrating Christmas and New Years with my family.  You can't really ask for a better way to end a year and begin a new one.  I wish all of my family and friends a very Happy New Year.  May 2012 bring us all happiness, good health, wisdom and a little wealth would be lovely too!