Getting it done – Our Updated Kitchen

I know, I know, it’s been a while.  But I promise we’ve been pretty busy.  We have accomplished a lot of the things around the house that we’ve been wanting to do since we moved in.  We finally redid our front yard, painted the middle level, and upgraded the countertops in our kitchen.  So it really has been a busy few months.

I think we should start with the yard, because that’s what we finished first, BUT I’m just too excited about the kitchen.  🙂  Plus, the yard has become a bit of a headache after this incredibly hot summer, but more on that later.

Okay, so when we moved in we loved our kitchen, but knew we’d eventually want to get granite and maybe update it with a backsplash.  We have white cabinets which we like, looks nice and crisp, so we just needed the new counters.  After a bit of research we decided we wanted dark granite so it would look classic.  We’re big into simple and classic, we don’t want anything that will date our house too much.

Here are some before pictures:

Love our appliances!  Sorry about the missing drawer – we were prepping for the granite.

White countertops = stains all the time…especially wine

This is our blank wall, and where we wanted to add counter space.

The Tucker spot and the location of more counter space.
Not a horrible sink, but way too shallow.

And then there was granite!

The new breakfast area.

Much better.

So then we started searching for the backsplash.  We considered doing it ourselves, we’ve heard it’s pretty easy.  After debating and thinking about how many new tools it required, we decided to have it installed by an expert, and I do NOT regret that decision at all.  It seemed like a lot of work and precise details that I just didn’t have in me.



TA DA!

We picked a greyish brick color with no accents, to keep with our simple and classic look.


So here is our final kitchen (well we still will paint it).  I’m in love with it 🙂 

I love how deep this corner is, the KitchenAid can be there without being in the way
Love our 10 inch deep sinks and new faucet 🙂

The new breakfast area!  Originally I thought it’d be a good baking area, but I like the coffee bar aspect of it a lot for now.  This counter space makes our kitchen feel so much bigger!  

At night

It feels like a grown up kitchen now. 🙂

We used to have everything that was on the new counters over on this side, and it looks so much less cluttered now.  🙂

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USA!

Alright, I know it’s been a while, but to make up for it this post will have lots of pictures!

My mom became a US citizen recently (YAYAY!) and so we decided to have her over for an American feast!  Well, it was a BBQ, maybe not a feast, but it included a lot of my favs.

My very first homemade apple pie! So good!

Somebody was eyeing it…

Still sneaking around back there..

Please?

The spread!  Plus hot dogs and burgers.

Using chips as a spoon for Bush’s Baked Beans is one of the best things that hubs has taught me. 🙂

A great excuse to eat chips. I’ll take it! 🙂

Spring

I can’t decide if Fall or Spring is my favorite.  Today I say Spring.

Too much noise – ears pinned back

Sniffing makes him feel much better

Love how our area has beautiful landscaping

No DC crowds, same DC beauty 🙂

I’m going to need these when we redo our front yard.  Anyone know what they are?

Loving our neighborhood in the Spring 🙂

Stop taking pictures, please? 

I’m really enjoying our walks – beautiful weather, beautiful flowers, and time with my awesome pup.

Baguettes

We took all of our learnings from our class and applied it to making baguettes!  You might see a lot of !!! in this post, because basically we love baguettes.  Hubs bought Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day book a long time ago, but we had always been a little intimidated to actually try it.  Our class showed us that bread is actually pretty easy to make, just requires a bit of patience and planning.

It took us maybe 10 minutes to mix the dough, this time we didn’t use our hands and we left most to the kneading to the KitchenAid.

After letting it rise we had to form the dough.  This was the hardest part of the process because it was completely new to us.  We also wanted to make them the right size so that they would fit on our pizza stone.

First two out of the oven.

Next two out!
All four!  As you can tell, we had to bend a couple of them to make them fit on the pizza stone.  I HIGHLY recommend the use of a pizza stone, this magical contraption prevents things from burning.  I don’t know how it does it, but it makes everything easier.
A closer shot of the pizza stone.

Our French dinner.  One of my favorite things to eat while watching a movie.

Crusty on the outside, flakey on the inside.

Someone’s nose kept trying to see exactly what was going on!
We have our French dinner quite often so when I saw this plate at Crate and Barrel I had to buy it.

Comes in pretty handy!  

Love that our bread looks great on the plate! 🙂