And on it Goes …

I haven’t posted HERE in a bit, yet never fear – I’ve been fervently working everywhere else! So much happening, all over the place – it’s time for a catch-up. Busy as a little Bee… HEY to all the NEW PEEPS here to hang out in my Kitchen these days! If you’re newer, you might…

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KITCHEN design | IGTV with Meme Brooks

Hang out with myself and Meme Brooks of Meme Brooks Design on Kitchen Design + Dining Decor, purposeful design and working with what you have!

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Classic Centerpieces | Holiday Decorating with Food

Did you know there are SO MANY ways you can decorate for the Holidays using Food that AREN’T weird little marshmallow snowmen?! Check out my 2020 Centerpiece and let me know which ones you would try! It was surprisingly difficult to find inspiration on the interwebs on NICE and CLASSY ways to decorate a table…

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kitchen DESIGN | Dining Room Reno REVEAL

I’m so excited to reveal the new Dining Room Renovation! A big part of doing the Kitchen Reno was getting this space ready first and I’m really happy with the results! About Freakin’ TIME! I can’t BELIEVE IT!I’ve been planning out the designs of our ‘dream Dining room’ for ABOUT A DECADE, but logistically it…

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Appliance Decisions – the CALIBER Range

THE single biggest factor in your Kitchen build/reno are your Appliance Decisions! I’ll run through all of mine in another post, but for now I’ll chat about why I chose a Caliber Range. WHELP!I did it.I’ve officially JUMPED into this Kitchen Reno!The new Fridge/Freezer, Range, Hood Fan and Dishwasher have been put on order, while…

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Simple Holiday Decorating in 2020

I think we can all agree it’s BEEN A YEAR… So I’ve been giving thought on how to keep this years’ Holiday decorating for simple, small gatherings uplifting and peaceful. 2020, I’m kinda over you … I don’t think 2020 could have been crazier if it’d tried! I’m over it – are you?! But, as…

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OUTLOOK | the Food or the Moment

Is it the Food or the Moment? Do you have a favorite Restaurant you keep going back to, or do you live for magical moments around good food?

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2020 and Evolving Traditions

Building Traditions Traditions are the foundation of a society hopeful in a string of ‘tomorrows’. Creating an event with a group of cherished family or friends, meant to come back to time after time speaks of consistency, dependability, glorious expectation. While I don’t recall many specific traditions growing up other than heading to Nana’s every…

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today’s KITCHEN | Flavored Sauerkraut

What’s in a Sauerkraut? I confess that I’ve not had a lot of experience with Sauerkraut, even with a European background (from a few generations ago…). It was my Czech friend who started talking about it in her favorite dishes, and I was immediately intrigued! Other than cabbage, I didn’t know much else, and relied…

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BASICS | Knife Skills

Welcome to the BASICS!Today we’re going to talk Knife Skills. Got ’em? Want ’em?! the KNIFE While most people who have been cooking for some time probably already know how to hold a knife, a refresher is never a bad idea. Especially since a good knife grip will earn you efficiency in your work, and…

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Travel at Home through Food

Visiting 20 Countries in 4 Months Who says you can’t GO anywhere during a quarantine?! With memories in hand of previously traveled places – and dreams of places I still hope to go – our family has taken some turns traveling the globe through our dinners the past few months through cooking at home, supplemented…

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Elevate | Up Your Dinner Table w New Linens

Elevate your Table Settings with new Linen Dinner Napkins

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RECIPE FREE | Cooking with the Senses

WHAT is Recipe-Free Cooking? I was first introduced to a free-style kind of cooking by my younger brother when I was about 22. He could go into my sad excuse for a fridge holding whatever groceries I had mustered at some point in the week but that had now gone bad, and miraculously make a…

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Cooking School with La Peetch

While I’m not necessarily trying to fill all this ‘free’ time during Quarantine, pressuring myself to use every moment, it has been a great time to do some quality learning in the Kitchen –  especially with all the guinea pigs – I mean kids – stuck here having to try everything I make! Pretty much…

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today’s KITCHEN | Failure + Baking Flatbread

Are you afraid of FAILURE? Personally, I’m friends with it. Whether in the Kitchen or just in life, it’s inevitable, but it also means you’re LEARNING, you’re  T R Y I N G , you’re getting out of the box – and isn’t that what counts?! If you play life safe, you MAY never fail…

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today’s KITCHEN | Spring Detox 5-day Juice Cleanse

I’m already asking myself WHY oh WHY did I sign up for this?! The kit arrives tomorrow, and ‘2 days prior’ to starting – so, NOW – I’m supposed to give up red meat (on Steak night?!), luscious mounds of Burrata cheese, coffee and alcohol… THERE IS ALCOHOL IN WINE! Oh, the horrors… But, I’ve…

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today’s KITCHEN | 12 Days of Family Meal Planning

It’s another quarantine-induced quandry… How to feed a larger household 3 squares a day without killing myself – or someone else – but also to recognize and be grateful that food does bring us together… To treat it all in a way that the work of food and eating won’t turn us into tired, hungry,…

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Simply Her – A Mother’s Day Set Apart

What’s your typical Mother’s Day about? Do you have kids at home? A Mom – or even Grandma – nearby? Friends and sisters who are Mom’s you support? Do you have traditions or do you keep it simple? We don’t have a specific tradition, but the day has traditionally been kept simple. This year marks…

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15 Best (+ Tasty!) Ways to Cook with Food Waste

With just a few easy tips and tricks introduced into your everyday cooking habits, you can reduce ACTUAL food waste by a LOT! I’ve been shocked to see how much of my ‘garbage’ during cooking can actually be re-purposed or used later. Most of the steps (15 ++!) below have become part of my everyday…

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today’s KITCHEN | Mindful Cooking

This past Saturday began innocently enough, but then SO MUCH FOOD ensued LOL. To be fair, though, I had planned SOME of it ahead. I’m trying my best to focus on MINDFUL COOKING as much as possible, especially as we stare down another month of quarantine – using leftovers, saving bits for a whole other…

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