Category: kitchen

oreo-stuffed goodness

I have always loved the recipes featured on Picky Palate, and when I recently discovered her recipe for oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, I knew we had a winner! I whipped it up last weekend and it was a hit!

I started by getting all of the ingredients out and ready:

Next it was time to combine all the wet ingredients in the mixer:

Then I mixed all of the dry ingredients separately before slowly adding them to the wet ingredients:

The dough was very thick, but it made it easier to work with when forming it around the double-stuffed oreos!

To assemble the cookies, I first scooped balls of the cookie dough and then flattened the bottom to create a base to place the oreo on:

Next, I placed the oreo cookie on top of the chocolate chip cookie dough:

Then I covered the oreos with the remaining cookie dough:

These cookies were big and I was only able to fit about 10 per cookie sheet. I also covered the cookie sheets with parchment paper to make them easy to remove after they baked.

You can see how big they got in the oven as they baked:

After the cookies were done, I placed them on a cooling rack so they could cool:

Once they had cooled, I brought one down to my official taste tester:

Nick loved them, but they are definitely a decadent treat. You will need a full glass of milk and they are big enough to share! I brought the leftovers into the office because they were too dangerous to leave in the house!

Have you ever made a dessert combining two of your favorite treats?

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mosaic magic

What a difference mosaic tile makes! Check out the latest transformation in the Grove Pointe kitchen:

Our mission began with a trip to Home Depot to scope out our tile options. I brought an extra tile from the first portion of the backsplash that we completed last week, and a sample of our new Formica that is on the counters.

We had planned on spending around 10 dollars per tile and needed 14 to complete the area above and around our sink. We started to look at the different choices, and Nick (per usual) spotted a deal!

At $4.99 a tile, Majestic Ocean was our choice! And it helped us save half our budget! Nick grabbed the tiles and we were quick to check out and head home to get started.

We were able to use the same grout we used on the other portion of the backsplash so we got to it and started sticking up the new tiles.

Goodbye gross brown uncovered walls and hello pretty new tile! The sink was in the perfect spot to hold the grout.

Nick finished putting up the rest of the tiles and then stood back to bask in the new look!

Then we used trim like we used in our bedroom makeover to trim out the rest of the edges surrounding the cabinets. We still need to caulk the trim but I think it looks great and is such an improvement from before!

Here you can see the trim under the cabinets by the other backsplash. I am so happy with the progress we have been making in the kitchen and even happier that it hasn’t cost us a fortune!

Next kitchen project will be removing the linoleum floor and putting in a new tile floor.  Any projects taking place in your kitchen currently?

lovely lemon

Over the weekend I was looking for something different to bake and came across a recipe that sounded perfect.

These lemon brownies were definitely a hit, Nick loved them! Here is how I made them:

One thing that was nice, is that I had all the necessary ingredients already in the kitchen.

I cut one stick of unsalted butter into small slices to help bring it to room temperature quickly. Then I added it to the sugar, flour, and salt and begin to mix.

I whisked the lemon juice and eggs together and then added them to the mixer. I mixed for about two minutes until everything was combined nicely.

In the mean time, I worked on the icing which was just a mix of powdered sugar and lemon juice. I opted to use bottled lemon juice since I did not have fresh lemons on hand.

Now back to the brownie mix… Once it was combined I spread it evenly into a non-stick baking pan (The recipe called for a square pan but I went for an 8×8 circle since I didn’t have the other size.).

I then baked the brownies and let them cool. After I placed them on the other side of the pan to make it easier to ice and added the icing. Then it was into the fridge to cool and set the lemon icing.

Once the brownies had completely cooled, I cut them into small bite-sized squares. They turned out great and will definitely be added to our recipe book!

Did you bake something new recently? What was it?

hello backsplash

It’s time for part two of the Grove Pointe kitchen revamp:

After the Formica counter tops were complete, the next step was going to be our tile backsplash.  We only did the tile down one side of the counter as we plan to use “fancy” mosaic tile above and around the sink.

1. Nick cut and had all the tile ready for when I would be home from work so we were ready to roll.

2. We had the thin set ready to start sticking up the tiles. Nick was the spreader and I was the tile sticker. 😉

3.  And then we were off and running with the tiles!

4. After we had all the tiles up, we waiting 24 hours for them to set.

5. The next day after work Nick was ready to grout away.

6. He did a great job (but it was messy!)!

7. I would definitely suggest a large bucket with warm water and a sponge to move along with you as you need to clean up the excess grout.

8. The most difficult part of the project was cutting the tiles to fit around the outlet – but we did it!

Here is the finished product:

Now we will need to make several trips to Home Depot to find and decide on a mosaic tile for the area above and around the sink. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

What projects did you work on over the weekend?

kitchen revamp – part one

After 17  months in our house, it is finally time to make some changes to the super dated Grove Pointe kitchen. First on the list: new counters! We are definitely on a budget with this revamp so we opted for Formica, but I am really pleased with the results.

Here’s the DIY breakdown:

1. take down old Formica “backsplash”

2. remove scary “glass bottle bottom” feature from above sink

3. start sanding the the old counters so the adhesive will stick

4. clear out all the cleaning supplies from under the sink and all the appliances off of the counter

5. start laying out the new Formica and measuring the sizes needed

6. double check all measurements

7. start rolling the adhesive onto the backs of the new pieces of Formica and on the old counters

8. make yourself comfortable and rest your water on the new Formica 😉

9. bring in the newly covered counter tops

Enjoy the new Formica counter tops!

Next on the list – new tile back splash! 🙂

What kind of counter tops do you currently have in your kitchen?

black and white

We are in the process of updating our super dated kitchen, and I have been in search of inspiration. Something is so classic about the look of black and white.

Here are some of the looks that are giving me ideas for the Grove Pointe kitchen:

What do you think about the look of black and white in a kitchen? What color palate does your current kitchen have?