Welcome to my Christmas kitchen!
Thank you to Kelly from Talk of the House for inviting me to
participate in her Christmas in the Kitchen blog hop!
As with the rest of our home, I keep the Christmas decor pretty
simple in my kitchen. I tend to prefer natural elements.
When my girls were smaller I started a Christmas snow globe
collection for each of them - this year I used them to
decorate the open shelves on either side of my
kitchen sink. They are really the only non-natural element decor.
Our home is in Portland, Oregon. When we purchased
this home about four years ago, the cabinets were maple
stained. We had them sprayed BM White Dove. I also
had my contractor remove two doors and convert
two cabinets to the open-storage/plate rack cabinet
you see below.
We also added the subway tile and the BIG Ballard Designs
lantern pictured below. These pretty simple cosmetic
changes made the kitchen more 'me'.
I love cooking and baking.
At Christmastime, I love to make homemade
treats and goodies with my two teenage daughters.
Since they were little, we have always made homemade
gifts for their teachers and our neighbors. I want
to instill in them a heart for giving and in my opinion,
homemade gifts are the best gifts!
This weekend we will make a triple batch
of our favorite granola recipe and package it
in jars I purchased at Ikea tied with a ribbon
and personalized gift tag. These make great gifts
for the special teachers and office workers
at each of their schools.
I hope you will take some time to visit my fellow kitchen tour participants:
You won't be disappointed!!!
Below is our granola recipe. We add dried cranberries to make it
more festive but you could add nuts or any dried fruit! Also know, you
don't have to add the flax seed or chia seeds - I sneak them in because
they are good for you! My girls add this granola to yogurt
for a meal or snack.
** UPDATE - the first recipe I included was WRONG - coconut was omitted
which is very important!!! This is why I probably never include
recipes on my blog!!! Ugh!!! Will Pin this correct version!