Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Black Toe Kick in the Kitchen

My guess is you either know exactly what I'm talking about or you're thinking I stubbed my toe something fierce and it's turned an unfortunate shade of black.  Rest easy, my toes are fine. My back is killing me from bending over at the waist spray painting my kitchen cabinets, but my toes are fine and are their normal shade of winter pale. Now let's talk about toe kicks in the kitchen, and more specifically black toe kicks with white kitchen cabinets.

And if you still don't know what a toe kick is, it's that part of your cabinets that's at toe-level, usually recessed in a bit from the rest of the cabinets.

I have never paid attention to toe kick color.  If you asked me what color the toe kick is in the house I grew up in, in any of my friends' houses, you'd be met with silence.  It's one of those things that doesn't really jump out at you.  But I have recently become a big fan of a black toe kick with white cabinets for a few reasons.

For one thing, once I started paying attention I noticed that a black toe kick really makes the cabinets themselves stand out, but in a way that you don't really notice why, just that something about the look is eye-catching.  

Black toe kick with white kitchen cabinets

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuna and Avocado Tartine

A lot of days, lunch is the hardest meal for me to wrap my head around.  I don't usually plan what I'm going to make for lunch so it's a lot of opening the fridge and piecing something quick together from what I find there.  My favorite way to do this and still get a healthy lunch is to layer a pile of veggies and other fixings on top of a slice of toasted bread - also known as a tartine.  The possibilities are practically endless, but today I'm sharing a recent favorite - tuna and avocado with cucumber, tomato, radish, and dill.

Easy and healthy lunch idea - tuna and avocado tartine sandwich with cucumber, tomato, radish, and dill

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Inspiration Gallery - a Weekly Link Party!

I have a little surprise for you today.  I was so flattered and thrilled when Lucy and Taryn invited me to be a co-host of their longtime weekly link party, The Inspiration Gallery.  Their link party has always been one of my favorites and I'm positively ecstatic to be taking part in it now as a host.  Liz from Love Grows Wild is also joining the group, and I couldn't be happier to be partnering with these kind, creative, talented, and beautiful-inside-and-out ladies.

Here's how it works.  Every Thursday evening The Inspiration Gallery link party will go live on all four of our blogs.  Link up your favorite projects, recipes, vignettes - anything creative and lovely, really.  All you have to do is enter your link on one of our sites and it will show up on all four blogs. We'll also give you a quick peek at what we've all been up to the previous week.

Starting next week, we'll feature our favorite links from the previous week before we get to the new link party.

If you have any questions about how this all works, let me know!  Now here's a quick look at what the four of us have been up to this week (link party below).

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And now for the link party!  Add your favorites below.  We can't wait to see what YOU'VE been up to this week!

Facelift Plans for the Kitchen

After a full year of dreaming what my kitchen cabinets will look like with fresh paint, the work is finally underway.  I shared a sneak peek of the first section of cabinets getting put back together yesterday on my Instagram.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

{Recipe} Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos with Buttermilk Hot Sauce

Oh my gosh, you guys.  These nachos are amazing.  Ultimate.  Which is why I'm calling them the ultimate pulled pork nachos.  With buttermilk hot sauce.  Which is also amazing.  Utterly perfect for your Super Bowl party, or any casual get-together.  And, surprise!  The pulled pork is made with readily available pork tenderloin, not the usual pork shoulder.  Read on...

Ultimate pulled pork nachos with buttermilk hot sauce