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The Heart Of A Home

The Kitchen is mine…

I LOVE to cook. When I am in my groove, I super enjoy creating awesome meals for my family. The kitchen is MY palace. Everything that I need to create is in it’s perfect place. From my counters, fridge, my cabinets, the seating areas, and even the lighting, it’s all just the way I want it to be. I keep my seasoning organized, labeled, and in arms reach. I get my music going, a cocktail in hand, and get to cooking! It’s smelling delicious, and I’m ready to create something tasty!

This is NOT my kitchen, but it does resemble my soon be kitchen! I’ll update with new house picture soon!
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All my seasonings are canned! YEP! This keeps them super fresh! The labels are easily changed, and this keeps your cabinets, and pantry super neat, and tidy! Having an aesthetically pleasing pantry is always satisfying! This system also makes keeping an updated inventory fast, and easy!

I saw this idea on Pinterest a few years back, on how to jar your seasonings, and other pantry items. I haven’t lived in a place that I could really put this idea to work before. When we moved to New Jersey, we bought a house that needed some love, but I got to make it mine. The first thing that I did was get my seasoning, and all my baked goods in order!

It wasn’t until my Mom finally came to visit me, that I was really able to make my kitchen the cute, comfy, and organized place that I wanted it to be. She helped me, not only paint, refinish my fire place (yes, I had a fireplace in my kitchen) and add the perfect touches to make it all mine. Little of bits of yellow décor, a comfy, welcoming coffee spot! Perfect!

How I chose what to jar…

I picked out the items that were the biggest, and bulkiest, along with the seasonings that I went through the fastest. Here is a brief list of the seasonings/baking items that I chose, and some are absolute staples in my kitchen.

  • Oregano
  • Italian Season
  • Garlic Powder
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Minced Onion
  • Black Pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Table Salt
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Chili Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • All Spice
  • Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cardamom
  • Dried Dill
  • Curry Powder
  • Ground Ginger
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cloves
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla (extract & Bean)

I have most all these seasons in jars. There are a few seasonings that are in their original containers. While I put other seasonings/produce/baking items in a different type of storage container.

Here’s example ONE
Here’s Example TWO
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Here’s example THREE

I kept all different types of noodles, baking ingredients…such as, baking soda, baking powder, yeast, different types flours, granulated sugar, powder sugar, and brown sugar, all in glass/plastic container. This keeps everything super fresh and long lasting. It’s also nice to have an orderly pantry! (Did I already say that?)

What goes, where?

It’s good to find out what foods should be in, and out of the fridge. This will keep your produce, and breads lasting so much longer! I just found out about many of these, and I was shocked!

Did you know that apples, avocados, onions, potatoes, opened hot sauce, and fresh basil, along with garlic should not be frigerated? I had no clue!

For more on what foods should, and should NOT go in the fridge, check out this great blog: What produce goes in the refrigerator? –

Knowing how to store my wet and dry seasoning, baking items, and produce, really helps to keep everything long lasting, fresh, and tidy! Don’t waste your money by letting your produce die in the back of your fridge! So much of our money gets thrown in the trash, when our food goes bad on us!

Let’s get to the food!

I recently found out that I have a gluten sensitive! Yes, I am one of “those people”….but I still eat gluten, but not as much as I use too. This has made me think more about what is in my food, and how to come up with good, yummy , and healthier recipes.

Some of my top Five favorites are below. Some of gluten free, some are not.

12 ingredients
1 1/2 lbs Chicken breasts, skinless boneless
1 lb Baby dutch yellow potatoes
1 tsp Garlic
1/2 tsp Onion powder
1 tbsp Oregano, fresh
1 tsp Parsley, dried
1 tsp Thyme, dried
Canned Goods
1/2 cup Chicken stock

2 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
Baking & Spices
2 1/2 tbsp Olive or avocado oil
1/4 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Salt

13 ingredients
1 lb Ground turkey
1/4 cup Cilantro
1 tbsp Garlic
1 cup Onion
1 Yellow bell pepper
Baking & Spices
1 tsp Chili powder
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
Oils & Vinegars
2 tbsp Olive oil

Nuts & Seeds
1 1/2 tbsp Cumin, ground
1/2 cup Mozzarella
1/2 cup Water
3 Small or 2 large sweet potatoes (peeled and diced (about 3 cups))
22 ingredients
3 cup Chicken
1 (14.5 oz) can Black beans
3 (14.5 oz) cans Cannellini beans
1 Cilantro
1/2 tsp Coriander
2 cup Corn, frozen
3 cloves Garlic
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1 tbsp Jalapeno
2 Limes
1 Onion
1 tsp Oregano
1 (14.5 oz) can Tomatoes with green chiles
1 (14.5 oz) can White beans
Canned Goods
2 cup Chicken broth, low-sodium
Baking & Spices
1 pinch Black pepper, ground
1 tbsp Chili powder
1 1/4 tsp Kosher sea salt
1/2 tsp Paprika

Oils & Vinegars
1 tbsp Olive oil
Nuts & Seeds
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
Bread & Baked Goods
1 Tortilla strips

8 ingredients
Canned Goods
1 10.75 oz. can Cheddar cheese soup, condensed
Pasta & Grains
2 cups Elbow macaroni

Baking & Spices
1 Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
4 tbsp Butter
2 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup Sour cream
1 cup Whole milk
11 ingredients
1/2 cup Frank’s redhot
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 cup Texas pete original hot sauce
Baking & Spices
1 tsp Black pepper, cracked
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Sea or kosher salt

Oils & Vinegars
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Butter
2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (patted dry and diced into 2″ pieces)

** All credit goes to my Pinterest mamas out there! Thanks for always suppling me with great, fun, and yummy recipes!

Don’t forget the drinks!

I have really been enjoying my Ninja smoothie blender! I got it for Christmas from my parents! I could NOT wait to play around with it. I love my smoothies! Acholic or not…I’m in! But I also really love my coffee… maybe more than any of other type of drink.

I was getting into my Keto coffee/ Butter Coffee at one time. Though I never felt any heathier, or lighter, drink them, I did love how frothy, creamy my coffee was.

Check out a few of my goes too drinks…

Here are few of my favorite blended drinks!

7 ingredients
1/2 cup Grapefruit, red
1 cup Orange
Baking & Spices
1 tbsp Powdered sugar
1/2 cup Orange juice

1 cup Vanilla nonfat frozen yogurt
1 cup Ice
Collagen Boost (optional)
3 ingredients
1 16 oz bag Pineapple chunks, frozen
1 cup Water

½ cup Malibu
5 ingredients
1 Dulce de leche
2 oz Apple cider
4 oz Ginger beer or ginger ale

1 Ice
Beer, Wine & Liquor
2 oz Caramel vodka, Salted

1 cup of freshly brewed hot coffee or 1 or 2 shots of espresso
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut cream or almond milk
pinch of sea salt
pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for the top
Add the coffee, coconut butter, maple syrup, coconut cream/milk and salt into a blender. Blend carefully since it’s hot – cover with a towel and start at low speed. Blend until frothy and combined, then pour in a mug and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Drink up!
Crush your cravings for a delicious coffee treat with this low carb mocha frappe recipe & stay on track with your ketogenic diet without the guilt.

8 oz. cold brewed coffee

1/2 cup heavy cream (for Weight Watchers use unsweetened almond milk)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tbsp Pyure Organic All-Purpose Blend Stevia Sweetener

2 cups ice

1 tbsp cocoa powder natural unsweetened
Add all ingredients to blender.
Pulse or use ice crushing setting to pulverize ice until all the ice is crushed.
Mix on high speed for 15-30 seconds
8 ingredients
1 Apple
1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp Almond butter

Pasta & Grains
1/4 cup Oats, raw
Baking & Spices
1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 dash Nutmeg, ground
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 cup Vanilla greek yogurt

** Again most all credit goes to my Pinterest warriors, and my handy Ninja Bullet bender recipes book.

Get in the mood!

Everyone needs a place that their sweet place in their home. I think it’s important to have a peaceful place to write, to recover, and relax. It’s my peaceful place to create and just be. But I also am the one who feeds my family.

It’s easy for cooking to become a terrible, stressful chore. I know! But what helps me (stay) enjoying it, is having my kitchen fixed just for my needs. What I need is a zone that people love to be, with ingredients on hand for whatever the situation calls for.

A kitchen is a where memories are made. Your kitchen sees all your highs and low. You make relationships, heal broken hearts, and celebrate moments all in your kitchen! It’s game nights, hot cups of tea… or coffee, long late night talks, holiday traditions, birthday parties, and pasted down stories…and recipes! The kitchen is truly the heart of your home!

It’s a fun, but comfy place to enjoy friends, and family! It’s a place to welcome in the sunshine, and enjoy my coffee in the mornings. Honestly, who am I kidding, anytime of the day, really! My kitchen is a place to play, experiment, and revisit memories, with old hand-me-down recipes. It’s a place I make cozy, comfort foods, hot drinks and enjoy good company. I love my kitchen…can you tell?

Every person that is the main cook in the family, needs a good functional kitchen, that will they love to be in. It’s just simply a must!

I can’t wait to share our new home with all of you. Especially, the kitchen! Coming in March!

A family that cooks together, stays together! So, get in there! It’s time to create an awesome place for you, and the people you love!



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