My Alpine Home

Friday, January 24, 2014

Kitchen L.O.V.E.

For many of us the kitchen is the heart of our home.  It’s the place where delicious smells draw people together.

It’s only natural that we want our kitchen to evoke a feeling of love.

With Valentines Day just around the corner my kitchen is filled with even more love than usual.

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I’ve filled the counters with my seasonal dishes.

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Of course my every day reds work perfectly for Valentines.  Even my chippy highchair seems to be dressed for the occasion.

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Sentiments of love are tucked in here and there.

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My red Kitchen Aid is happy to be put on display.

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Showing a little more love is what Valentines is all about. . .I dressed up my faux candles with a paper heart and bakers twine.

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My newly found scale holds some ceramic cupcakes.  I had to snatch it up because it was so different from any of my other scales.

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A thing of rustic beauty!

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A handy baking center for whipping up a sweet treat.

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A couple containers of goodies.  Notice the middle section is empty?  I must confess, I ate most of the jelly hearts.

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More faux cupcakes.  I had m&m’s in the bowl but I used them to make a weekend snack.

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A few of my vintage red dishes are on display in my wicker baby scale.

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While others hang on my French mug rack with handmade tags, pretty ribbons, and a few tokens of love.  Little hearts and such.

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Glittery hearts and ticking ribbon hang from the chandelier.

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This little vintage Valentine is perfect for my thrift find locks and keys.

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Here’s the treat that used up the m&m’s.  One batch fills two pretty pink vintage bowls.

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There’s even a little love hangin out in the hood.  lol! 

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If you pop in for a visit chances are you’ll find me in the kitchen.

I might even be wearing one of these.  I know, I know, it says baskets, but right now aprons are taking center stage.

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Now in case your in the mood to share a little ‘love’ in your kitchen.  Here’s the recipe for my

Sweet Chex Mix:

1 large box Rice Chex cereal (for this batch I used some rice and some corn)

1 1/2 cubes of butter

1 c. light Karo Syrup

1 c. sugar

1 c. mixed nuts (original recipe called for blanched peanuts)

1 package seasonal m&m’s.  (It makes a great neighborhood gift at Christmas time)

Pour Chex cereal and nuts into a large bowl.

Heat butter, Karo, and sugar in a med. sauce pan just until boiling.

Immediately pour over cereal and nuts.  Stir well. 

After it cools slightly add m & m’s.  If you add them when it’s too hot they will melt.

YUM!

*Warning:  You can’t eat just one handful!

January is almost over and it won’t be long now.

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With love from my kitchen to yours!

Jann

I will be sharing with these fun parties:

Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow

Lavender Garden Cottage for Cottage Style Party

Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday?

39 comments:

Kris said...

I loved all of the sweet Valentine things!!! Happy post!
xo Kris

Art and Sand said...

You had me at RED.

That chipped red high chair is WONDERFUL!!!

Susan Clayton said...

Your kitchen is so festive. I love all the little touches. Your scales are great as is your high chair. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Good idea.

Leovi said...

Very funny and lovely photos, tender and beautiful objects, my smiles for you today!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

If you can't find your family, I think they will be in the kitchen with all those goodies! love the reds

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your old high chair...what a treasure! And your calendar is so neat. I always think, why can't I do that? lol And I know I could improve my candles with some hearts. You have so many great ideas! HUGS!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I smiled all the way through your post...loved it! Hugs, Penny

Stacey said...

How fun! Looks like a party about to start in there. I'll trade you my white Kitchen Aid for your red Kitchen Aid. :)

Tanya Rachelle said...

Fun post! Very upbeat and happy! I love your red kitchen aid mixer and the cupcakes are perfect!
~Tanya

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love all your Valentine decor in the kitchen! Too cute!

Junkchiccottage said...

Jann,
As I have said before I love to pop over here and see your holiday vignettes they just make me smile. Love that high chair how sweet is that!!! Perfect for your valentine vignette. Love all your sweet valentines in the kitchen. Have a good week end my friend.
Kris

lynn cockrell said...

Such a pretty and fun post, Jann!

Thanks for the Sweet Chex recipe. It looks very good.

Have a great weekend!

Cynthia said...

What beautiful red things. That highchair is so very cool. Great vignettes.

Cynthia

Winnie said...

Super creative on your party Jann, and that is the reason everything looks so beauritul :)

Bernideen said...

What a heartfelt celebration!! Lovely!

NanaDiana said...

Oh- That chex mix sounds good, Jann! Your kitchen is just adorable. You really have the Valentine Day Spirit. It looks wonderful!!!! xo Diana

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love all your reds and whites. The high chair is my favourite item!

Adrienne said...

I LOVE your Valentine Kitchen!!! (I got some of the Valentine dishes at Target too- love them!)

Diane said...

I love your mug tree and that high chair is too cute! Very pretty and colorful for Valentine's day.

The Old Parsonage said...

What fun! Love Love LOVe that chippy red high chair! Do you have it polyed to prevent more chipping?

Leann

Patti said...

Happy Jann! That's who you are! Love it all!

C'est la Vie said...

Thank you for the follow. All of your valentine things are so inspiring. I need to take my fall wreath off my front door:/ have a good evening.

C'est la Vie said...

Thank you for the follow. All of your valentine things are so inspiring. I need to take my fall wreath off my front door:/ have a good evening.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love, love, love that high chair!! I have that same red mixer...and I have a tiny cupcake under a glass dome. I'm going to put out some hearts tomorrow...and I need to put away the Christmas flowers that I forgot was on my front door. LOL...
hugs,
Cindy

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love the red high chair and all your valentines decor. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe too!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, everything looks so festive. Love all your red and white, especially the chippy red highchair.

Rose L said...

I am home after 2 week vacation and was charmed by your Valentine vignettes. You have so much energy and creativity to do it all!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Eye Candy galore here! :)

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Love the scale (I have never seen one like that!) Those little ceramic cupcakes are so sweet! The bolster on the chair, beautiful...did you make it?

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Lots of love flowing out of your kitchen! I think I just realized I don't have too many things to use for Valentine décor. Must fix that problem....

ENJOY Your day!

Jillian

Pamela Gordon said...

I'd say you are all decked out for Valentine's Jann. Those Valentine plates are adorable. Looks like lots of heart fun in your house.

Laura Lane said...

Lovin' all that red!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love the balls but what caught my eye was the Coke Cans!!

So bright and colorful!!

Love what you did!! thanks for stopping by!!

Hugs,
Deb

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

My previous comment was meant for your other post....

Sweet Mother, Jann!!

There is is MANY great ideas in this post that i have no idea where to begin!!!

Love the red high chair!!
And love the banner on your range hood along with what you did with your faux candles!! i just may have to borrow that idea!!!

hugs,
Deb

Rebecca said...

You are fun! I am following you!

Donna Wilkes said...

The rustic scale is so unusual - is it a baby scale also? Love that chippy red chair.

From the Old InkWell said...

Sure do love that red highchair. What a treasure!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Fun decorations! Your red kitchen is just perfect for decorating for Valentine's. I'd be munching on all that candy too! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend! ~Deborah

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

Hi Jann,

I just love your vintage Valentine card plates! They are so darn cute. You have a lot of pretty Valentine decorations and that calendar is fantastic.

Hugs, Lynnie