Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Kitchen That Beckons -- AND Brenda's Blueberry Treat!)


 Have You Ever Noticed Your Own Trends?
In my very first home, I had white cabinets. They fit the rather austere decorating choices of the house throughout, except for the colorful abstract artwork hanging on the walls. 
(So, in retrospect, I did like color back then but in smaller doses.)
In a few subsequent homes, I went for au naturel looks -- meaning cabinets featuring wood
and often with a preferred stain. 
Then, I discovered I definitely wanted color in my kitchens. Some shade of green, typically. 
With buttery yellow accents. Maybe a pinch of red, too.

So Here I Am, Coming Almost Full Circle -- Back To The Classics . . .
and Liking that I Like a More Serenely Elegant Look 
That's So Comfortable It Confidently Beckons:
 I'm at home in this kitchen, above. Too bad it's not mine. I like what I'm guessing to be:
 travertine tile floors, white marble on the countertops,
dark slate topping the island and the creamy glazed cabinets. 

I like the easy-living wooden trestle table in the forefront, the washable slips and the weathered grayish island base with
the magnificent lanterns hanging high above.
I like seeing the fridge (no panels!) and the open shelving to the right.
It's a delectable mix of uptown and country styles combined.
And for that color fix that I sometimes still crave,
here's a pretty French blue in the butler's pantry:

 It's interesting to look back on your own decorating styles.
It may be surprising to see that you've changed but, then again, perhaps not so much.


Yes, I can see myself whipping up a batch of healthy muffins in the kitchen above.
If you haven't tried this one yet, here's Brenda's "Grammy B's Yummy Blueberry Muffin recipe:
INGREDIENTS:
2 cups flour (any mixture) (whole wheat, or ½ WW, ½ white)
¾ c sugar (or honey) or agave
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
¾ - 1 c milk
½ cup canola oil
½ cup applesauce
1 T baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 - 4 T cinnamon
½ c soy protein (optional)
½ cup millet or oats or ground flax seeds
1 pint fresh or frozen blueberries
chopped walnuts or your favorite nut (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Beat together eggs, milk and if using liquid sugar (all wet ingredients) in a separate bowl.

Mix together dry ingredients in a bigger bowl.

Add wet ingredients to dry. Add blueberries, walnuts. Stir just until all dry is coated with wet. Add more milk if too dry.
 
She uses the big muffin tin. Bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.

As you can tell from the ingredient options, there are many variations on this theme. Have fun playing with your favorites. The basic mission is to get the dry ingredients wet enough with the milk. The applesauce adds flavor, sugar, and moisture.

Experiment with flours such as quinoa, oat, coconut, and gluten-free flours.

(Brenda tells me she often uses less sugar than called for above with success.)




39 Responses to “A Kitchen That Beckons -- AND Brenda's Blueberry Treat!)”

I love the look of this kitchen.... The new house we just bought and have not moved in to has light wood cabinets. I do like them, they are neutral so I feel the go with all kinds of styles.

Gorgeous kitchen!! I could move right in.

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Your kitchen is just beautiful! Do you have a photos with Christmas decor of your kitchen? :)

Arrielle P

super looking kitchen, think I'll make some muffins.
Our snow has melted with rain but it's still chilly.
Merry Christmas
yvonne

Love the kitchen...just pinned it. Happy New Year!

The muffins are wonderful. love the Kitchen
yvonne

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Sarah Navina said...

I like your inside house door. Your kitchen furniture is very simple but nice and durable for long life. Can you share your house more pictures like bedroom furniture, Living room furniture, Bath room interior etc

Muffins sound great. I love, love that eat in kitchen
yvonne


Your article is very interesting Beautifull photos and great blog to read thank you

I am in love with this kitchen, the pantry is awesome.
Happy Mother's Day.

yvonne

wishing you a sunny Memorial day .. yvonne

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I believe that I am now in a state of mind which matched your first tastes. Most of the kitchen design I have is simple, almost sterile in color, and conservative. I really like the lanterns in your kitchen photos. Thank you very much for the recipe, I love blueberry muffins.

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Happy 4th of July, we are finally getting some sun in Maine.

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Marsha F. Ricco said...

Just like you, I am in love with the interior design of that kitchen. It looks like a place in a Medieval time. The simplicity of the design made the entire room compelling and totally exquisite.

this week we are picking the tiny wild blueberries. They are so much better that the domestic big ones.
Then I will make the muffins. Shucks,
more rain for 3 days.. yvonne

Anonymous said...

Hi! Can you tell me the name for the island countertop? I'm making my kitchen look just like this, its beautiful! Also, what did you do for backsplash under cabinets and above stove?

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Love This Kitchen, Thanks For The Inspiration!

I am just stopped to visit your website and I say a great visit anda very good..

I think that is what I love so about Pinterest - as you just did, imagining myself in a newly decorated kitchen that works the way I like!

Those Muffins sound great, love to bake, but now I do it for friends, have to get it out of the house.
Going to a wedding in March, hope to lose some pounds. yvonne

Making Choc strawberries and thinking of your lovely kitchen.
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