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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to my cousin-in-law, RhondaLue at Whetten Wonders! It seems that all I think about these days are ways I can put healthy foods on my kitchen table. RhondaLue has come up with a brilliant, nutritious carrot cake recipe that fits my bill for goodness. Look at the goodness...
She uses Xagave nectar, something that has become a staple in my home, as it is a sweetener with a glycemic index rating about a third that of honey or refined sugar. I can feel good about using this wonderful honey-like substance as I've suffered from gestational diabetes three times, we have a son who is "pre-diabetic", and my father died four months ago due to diabetic complications. She also used freshly ground, 100% whole wheat. I almost swooned when I read that. This recipe sounds absolutely delicious and, RhondaLue, thank you so much for linking it up to Homemaker Monday! For RhondaLue's entire post, please click HERE. P.S. RhondaLue, I hope you are planning on coming to the family reunion down here in July. I can't wait to meet you in person! (Oh, and feel free to take the "I Was Featured" button from my left sidebar!)
MINE: Let me ask you a question...Does my kitchen look too busy and cluttered? Here is a photo of our kitchen before we officially moved in...
The floor is glossy, the counters are clear, and the pot rack hadn't yet been installed.
Here is a more recent photo of our kitchen right before Sunday dinner, an occasion we host every week for 23 to 28 of our immediate and extended family members...(Feel free to click to enlarge.)
You can see this kitchen is now being well-used. The floor has lost it's sheen (which is actually fine with me, as it gives it a more rustic look), the pot rack has been installed and is used over five times each day, the breakfast area has been stocked, complete with cereal dispenser, toaster, Vitamix, and the lazy susan tray stuffed with morning condiments. We've also added an extra table and moved the large rectangular table perpendicular to the island to allow for more seating, as the five kids often bring that many or more home for lunch on any given day.
So, I ask you, is there too much going on in my kitchen? Is it too cluttered and busy, or do all the countertop additions add interest and character? If you'd like, I'd love for you to take the poll on my right sidebar. Don't be afraid to be honest. I have no way of tracking who clicks what when it comes to polls, so you don't have to worry about me tracking you down if you say it's too cluttered. I would just really like to know what the general population thinks. After all, I was raised by a man who grew up in a junk yard, and clutter feels like home to me. So let's here it either through voting on the poll on the right sidebar or in a comment. I'm looking forward to your input!
OURS: Okay, now it's your turn. Last week we had the biggest link-up at Homemaker Monday ever, so I would like to thank all who participated for sharing your great tips! Can't wait to see what you've got for us today. Have a great one!
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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Homemaker Monday: Kitchen Clutter