In My Kitchen, May 2013

In my kitchen …

is a HUGE coffee cup planter given to me for my birthday with a card addressed, “To the ‘Let’s Have Coffee‘ Lady”, which made my heart smile. I can’t wait to plant a collection of herbs in this happy cup. Other birthday gifts in my kitchen are two books I am anxious to get started on, Grow Cook Eat by Willi Galloway and Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton — books and coffee cups are always good gifts.

Birthday Gifts - Planter and Books

In my kitchen …

is another batch of Date Fudge Truffles with Sea Salt. Well, half of them got salted this time, but they all satisfy. It is a new recipe I’ve been working to perfect (I know, pure torture, right?!) and now that I’m on my fifth or sixth batch, the recipe will be coming soon. Made with dates, cocoa, nuts, and coconut, these babies are a chocolate fudge lover’s dream.

Fudge Date Truffles with Sea Salt

In my kitchen …

is also what remains of the halvsies cake from my husband’s birthday last week, Chocolate Fudge Cake with German Chocolate Frosting on half and Ghirardelli Chocolate Buttercream Frosting on the other half.  This is how we make everyone happy at our house—as you can see, the kids like the buttercream side, so it disappears faster.  This should mark the end of the chocolate celebration phase since we will celebrate our daughter’s birthday with something lemon, at her request.

German Chocolate Cake

In my kitchen …

is a picture window and right now the picture illustrates spring in Colorado. No, the window isn’t dirty, that is snow beginning to fall, which we are all grateful for the moisture on our parched land. We are also ready for warmer weather—we’re just fickle like that. This window is very special to me, everything resting on the sill represents a friend, a season of life, or a reminder of what matters most—this is my favorite space within my favorite place.

Kitchen Window

In my kitchen …

is another birthday gift from a friend, a beautiful ceramic menu board, which I adore! It is from the Blessings Unlimited Grace & Gratitude Collection and I was so pleased to use it for the first time for Matt’s birthday dinner. It has a permanent home on the counter.

Menu Board-2

In my kitchen …

is a new red tea pot because the bottom of the old tea pot somehow warped last week. This pretty kettle will get plenty of work filling our French press every morning—I suppose if I cannot have a little red sports car, a little red tea pot will have to do.

New Red Tea Pot

In my kitchen …

is my latest find at the antique mall, a large sized creamer set for our monthly Brunch of Friends. Most of the creamer sets we own are quite small and not nearly so colorful. This one is perfect for our gatherings, though it is far from antique.

Server Set

In my kitchen …

is a host of things scattered on the counter for our youngest daughter’s graduation, just weeks away. Announcements, senior photos, honor cords, track uniforms to return, college reminders, as well as party plans. Do things seem to land on your kitchen counters in collection piles like they do on mine? I know this fall when the house is quieter and things don’t accumulate quite like they do now, I will miss it (I think).

We are so proud of Kristen—it is truly a bittersweet time for us all.

Grad Stuff

In my kitchen …

there is always our faithful golden, Silas. He doesn’t get too excited about getting his picture taken, especially during afternoon nap when it’s snowing outside. He is warm and comfortable on his rug.

Silas

What’s happening in your kitchen this month?

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20 Responses to In My Kitchen, May 2013

  1. john@kitchenriffs May 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Lot of good stuff in your kitchen. Been there, done that with the sports car. It was loads of fun, but we rarely drove it. Kitchen stuff gets much more use in our house! Fun post – thanks.
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  2. glenda May 1, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi Judy. That is a great collection of goodies. I especially like Silas!!

  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I love that cup :) Show us again when something’s growing?
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  4. Gourmantine May 2, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Lovely tour of your kitchen Judy, I’d happily relieve you of your chocolate supplies ;)
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  5. Lisa the Gourmet Wog May 2, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    What a beautiful boy Silas is! And those truffles? Nom nom :)
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  6. Amy (Savory Moments) May 2, 2013 at 4:55 am #

    I love that menu board – very cool!
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  7. Eva Taylor May 2, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Snow in May? Not sure if I could handle that.
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  8. Nusrat Azim May 2, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Man ! I’m sure your kitchen smells good all the time and look at those cute, colorful goodies around :)

    Thank you for letting us in your kitchen.
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  9. Jed Gray (sportsglutton) May 2, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Feeling for you Judy with all the recent snow!
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  10. Angie@Angie's Recipes May 2, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Snow in May?? o..my..this is so crazy…those truffles look so tempting!
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  11. celia May 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Judy, what an absolutely beautiful post! Your truffles look very fine, but that cake looks amazing moist and delicious! But what REALLY captured my attention was that stunning window – I thought it was a painting at first – I can see why it’s special to you, and it’s like a scene you’d never see over here. I’d have trouble not spending all day gazing out of it. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    PS. Our little ones really do grow up so fast, don’t they? My eldest is in third year uni now – time flies!

  12. Lizzy (Good Things) May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    I thought it was a painting too, Celia and Judy! This is what I love about the IMK posts… we really do get to peek into the kitchens and gardens of IMK friends! Such a beautiful post. Love it.
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  13. ChgoJohn May 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    These monthly posts are really something. If you need help tasting those truffles, Judy, just let me know. Thanks for giving us a peek into your home’s heart.
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  14. Pure Complex May 3, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I LOVE that Coffee Cup. It is just the cutest. But I must admit, I got blinded by the chocolate lol. I didn’t know what to do with viewing all that chocolate this morning lol
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  15. Lizzy (Good Things) May 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Judy, thank you for your very kind words on my taking a break post. Truly appreciated xo And a LOVE that window of yours…..
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  16. Karen (Back Road Journal) May 4, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Yum, I would have had a piece of the German chocolate side of the cake. I know you need the moisture but I’m sure you wish the snow was rain. :)
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  17. Kim Beaulieu May 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    My goodness those truffles are gorgeous. And your picture window is just beautiful.
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  18. Raymund May 5, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    This reminds me of the big cup my daughter gave me for my birthday last year. I have to use them.
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  19. JJ - 84thand3rd May 8, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    Lots of fun things in your kitchen this month! I love those Willow figures :)

  20. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book May 14, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Oh wow, what a fabulous collection of goodies you have in your kitchen. I love these series of Celia’s – so much fun. Happy belated birthday.
    :-) Mandy xo
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