12.12.2014

Christmas in the Kitchen….and a favorite recipe!



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!!!

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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!

19 comments on "Christmas in the Kitchen….and a favorite recipe!"
  1. Looks so pretty Jill! The granola recipe sounds super yummy too!! xo

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  2. Gorgeous, Jill!!!!!!! Great idea for the granola. Always looking for non-cookie gifts for people.

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  3. Thank you so much for the beautiful tour! I love your kitchen, it is just perfect for cooking, spending time with those you love, and baking. It looks very festive for the holidays. {I especially love the plate rack you had made, what a great idea, Jill!}
    Merry Christmas! xo Lidy

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  4. It's amazing how a bit of simple green garland just sings Christmas Time! Lovely!

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  5. So many great ideas to steal..er..copy! All your garlands are amazing! And of course I am drooling over your beautiful shelves and plate rack. Love it all. Oh and the wreaths in the windows!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for sharing your recipe. Granola is such a smart gift. The fact that you goofed it up made me laugh out loud (sorry...but you really are funny!)

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    1. Thanks Kelly for inviting me along, despite my recipe fail!
      xo~

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  6. Beautiful! Could you share your wall paint color in your kitchen? It is very pretty!

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  7. Good morning, Jill! Your kitchen is gorgeous. Mine is so outdated...yours is one of my inspirations. My granola recipe is similar to yours but I do also had a variety of chopped nuts and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. I also don't use any sugar - just olive oil or coconut oil, and pure maple syrup. Can you tell me where you got the rug that's under your table? Thank you!

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    1. The rug is from PB - their Heathered Jute Chenille
      xo~

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  8. Happy New Year!! I just made your granola recipe, it is baking right now. I will add some nuts and cranberries when cooled. I just realized I used sweetened coconut or should I have used unsweetened, which I don't even know is available. I had the coconut on hand to make macaroons. Thanks, I love granola and will use when I head back to school next week. Mickey

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