Kitchen Nook: Adding Some Love

Happy Monday. Hope you all had a nice weekend and Mother’s Day! Here on the East Coast, it finally felt like May- 75 degrees and sunny!! The warm weather inspired me to add a bit a life into a spot of our home that gets a lot of use but hasn’t gotten my full attention: our Kitchen Nook.

I’ve been toying with what to do with this space for a while but couldn’t decide what to do. Before we redid the walls, the eat-in space was clearly defined with the vertical molding on the wall. We hated the molding, but it did serve a purpose.

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We smoothed the walls out to give the room a seamless look. However, as cleaner as the room looked after we renovated,  we lost the separation that screamed: “You are now in our eat-in kitchen!!!”

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My first attempt at creating definition was by adding a console table flush against the couch to “partition” the room.

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This helped, but we were still missing a focal point behind the table.

So this weekend, I decided to dress up the wall. Here’s how it looks now!

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I love it! I think it’s so sweet and keeps the space nice and airy while creating interest. And the best part…everything came from Target! It was super inexpensive but makes a big impact.

And now for some detail shots 🙂

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So what do you guys think??? Any other tips on how to create definition in an open space?

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By Stephanie Lynn

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And…I’m Back!

Hi everyone! (Yes, I’m still breathing) I am so sorry for my little abrupt hiatus. Life got in the way for a bit, but now I’m back 🙂 We have been very busy here and have been tackling lots of fun little projects. Here’s a peak at what we’ve been up to:

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Stay tuned for some really fun upcoming posts on all this and more!! 

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Foodie Friday: Cranberry Cream Cheese Bars

Happy Friday everyone! For today’s Foodie Friday, I wanted to share a sweet dessert with you! These delicious Cranberry Cream Cheese bars will be the perfect treat after a long week.  This recipe is courtesy of Allrecipes.com

Picture1Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
Directions
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats and 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of this mixture and press the remaining mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.
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Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon juice and spread the mixture evenly over the prepared crust. Empty the can of cranberry sauce into a small bowl and stir in the cornstarch and brown sugar. Spoon over the cream cheese layer.
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Sprinkle the top with the reserved crust mixture.
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Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until top is golden. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Enjoy!
Happy Cooking 🙂
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