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.


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  1. says

    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. says

    Snow in May?? is so crazy…those truffles look so tempting!
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  3. says

    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!

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