Good evening! You know, I’d be perfectly happy if Monday just didn’t exist but I do have to say, it forces me get back into a schedule. Plus, if there was no Monday, Tuesday would be the new Monday and we’d all be complaining about Tuesday. Plus, last Monday night I made these awesome macaroni and cheese cups , and tonight I made blue cheese coleslaw .
Just dropping some wisdom on this Monday night
We didn’t do much over the weekend, other than get a Christmas tree and attempt to choose a new kitchen color. You see, my kitchen is a bright, deep red (as you may have noticed in photos):
I love my kitchen, but the deep red just isn’t me. I’m much more of an Earth-toned person and while red can fit in with Earth tones, these walls are very red. So to make our very brown living room flow better into the very red-and-black kitchen, we’re thinking burnt orange. We’re down to these three choices and while it’s obviously hard to see via photo, they are all actually pretty different.
I won’t tell you just yet which one we’re leaning towards, but I’m really excited for the facelift!
Come to think about it, this weekend was actually pretty huge. I used my new Kitchenaid Mixer for the first time (received from my mom at my bridal shower !) for the Food Blogger’s Cookie Swap (post to come!), received a few awesome items in the mail (see below), and upgraded my camera to a DSLR (more soon!).
Since I have posts planned for the mixer and the camera, I’ll move on to the packages I received this weekend.
OXO was kind enough to send these awesome measuring beakers! These are an awesome alternative to measuring spoons because not only do they measure teaspoons and tablespoons, but ounces as well! I love them, and I’m sure you’ll see them in an upcoming post.
I also received a package from Nielsen-Massey. They name might not ring a bell unless you’re an avid baker, but I’m sure you’ve seen their products.
Nielsen-Massey is the king of extracts and flavorings. They sent their pure Madagascar vanilla , almond, peppermint, and chocolate (!). Check out this conversion chart for chocolate extract:
I was stumped about how to use chocolate extract at first, but now the ideas are flowing (chili, anyone?!). I have many more cookies planned for this holiday season, so you’ll be seeing these little bottles again!
Oh, and check out this awesome invention:
Why yes, those are caps with pour spouts that fit onto mason jars! reCAP Mason Jars makes these BPA-free, recyclable plastic caps to fit both regular and wide-mouth jars. Originally made with salad dressing in mind, you can store anything you need to pour (pancake mix!). They’re tight, too! I tested with pomegranate juice
I’ll be featuring them in a future giveaway, so stay tuned!
Last but not least, I’ve been really trying to make my lunch ahead of time and bring healthy salad bowls and a mix of leftovers instead of frozen, processed, less-than-stellar meals. Today was a salad for the ages.
Shaved brussels sprouts (used the shaving disc in my food processor for the first time – genius!)
Pickled red onion (quick pickled in lime juice with salt)
Pomegranate seeds (!)
I had brought dressing with me – a simple mix of olive oil, golden balsamic vinegar, a squirt of brown mustard and a few drips of maple syrup – but didn’t need it! The onion and pomegranate gave the dry salad some juice, and it was enough for me. I may use that dressing on the leftovers tomorrow, though!
Yes, I took these photos on my desk at work. It was so pretty, I had to. Luckily, no one noticed!
So, any suggestions on kitchen color? Anyone actually have a burnt orange kitchen? Would love to see it! And if no suggestions, tell me why you would or wouldn’t eat the above salad (the correct answer is: you would!).