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Spring KAW....crepes!! ( pic heavy)

posted by: trailrunner on 04.12.2013 at 09:57 am in Kitchens Forum

The people at photobucket have no way to make a slide show at present :( are the pics of my fun this AM. I haven't made crepes in decades. I made the batter last night. I used a buttermilk crepe recipe I found on the net. Very easy. I used my homemade kefir cheese for the filling. I had drained the curds in a sieve for a couple days and impulsively decided to use them. I sweetened slightly with sugar and added the zest of one Meyer yum ! Strawberries and powdered sugar and Voila !!

DH was my one armed helper. He broke the head of his humerus 2 weeks ago so is in a sling. He was in charge of stacking the crepes with waxed paper and also in charge of keeping me calm :) He did a stellar job !! Oh and he snapped a couple !!

Enough are the pics !

very cheap non-stick skillet and brush with scant butter:

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remove skillet from heat and pour in scant 1/4 c batter...note consistency

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swirl to cover bottom of skillet thinly ..need DH to take pics of this :)

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cook till lacy browned at edges :

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flip and finish for a few seconds on other side :

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stack with waxed paper...need a sweet DH for this !!

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kefir cheese filling :

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spread on crepe and fold in triangles :

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serve with sweetened strawberries and dust with powdered sugar add cafe' au lait ....ohhh...ahhh..yumm !

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Crepe recipe
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RE: Laundry Under Kitchen Counter: Cabinet Doors? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: pps7 on 02.23.2013 at 08:27 am in Kitchens Forum

How about using a curtain? Easy to open and close and a fun way to add an accent fabric. This is my laundry room.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


Laundry room curtain for washer and dryer
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pics of retro backsplash with pencil liner?

posted by: fouramblues on 01.20.2013 at 01:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I've been taking a break from kitchen stuff recently. My budget and, frankly, my interest/stamina had dwindled. But we really want to get the backsplash in this spring, so I need to get all my ducks in a row. I hope you can help!

A while ago I posted for help deciding on what to do with the BS. Here are pics of my ABB kitchen:



You came up with lots of great ideas in that thread, but the one that just seemed right was donaleen's suggestion of a vintage-vibe BS with pencil liner. (Thanks, donaleen!) I might take artistic license with the height. Here's the photo example she posted (sorry, I don't know to whom to give credit!):


Do any of you have other examples of this type of simple BS with pencil liner? I think it would really help me envision what it'll look like in my space.

Many thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: my old backsplash thread


Green tile backsplash with black pencil tile accent
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Finished Kitchen - 50's ranch refresh

posted by: youngdeb on 01.15.2013 at 05:17 pm in Kitchens Forum

I want to thank all of you who have weighed in on my choices, photoshopped options, and shared your trials and tribulations so that I can learn from your experiences. This is such a great community, and I learned so much from you guys!!

This is a 1952 ranch that we're slowly rehabbing. We decided to do a refresh rather than a gut for a few reasons - the cabinets and appliances were in good shape, the two original bathrooms are going to need a full gut at some point so we need to conserve money, and neither DH nor I were anxious to lose the kitchen for 3 months with two hungry boys around. With this project, we were only moved out of the kitchen for about 2 weeks, which was bearable.

The pre-reno kitchen was from 1998, and although the layout is not great, it was just going to have to stay. The finishes were beat up - paint yellowed & peeling, stains & burns on the counter, stains on the floor, scratches and gouges in the sink. DH liked the backsplash, but I was not a fan.

The only new cabinets are the island and the bar. We needed storage for pots and pans by the cooktop - I hated the open shelving of the old island. Our only budget-busting splurge is in the bar - the fridge/freezer drawers. We entertain a lot and the counter-depth fridge didn't always provide enough storage. It's been fantastic, totally worth it. OTOH, we decided not to splurge on a new micro drawer after much consideration, but maybe someday. Not enough functional improvement for financial outlay!

Wall & cabinet paint - BM White Dove
Sink & perimeter counters - custom fab stainless
Faucet - Grohe Concetto
Island and bars - luce de luna quartzite from WZ
Cabinet doors - Scherr's lyptus stained dark walnut
Floors - Marmoleum sheet in Volcanic Ash
Backsplash - Fireclay Debris in Crater Lake
Fridge/Freezer Drawers - Subzero
Stools - CB2
All other appliances - existing

Thanks again to all who helped, and to the many of you who have posted gorgeous inspiration kitchens. I wish I could say this design fully sprung out of my imagination, but the truth is most of it is copied from many of you!

Kitchen Before:


Finished Kitchen:



Fireclay backsplash
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RE: Show me your subway tile! (Follow-Up #21)

posted by: kalapointer on 03.21.2012 at 02:09 pm in Kitchens Forum

I love everyone's subway B/S . My last house had it to, but in white. Our new home has Pratt & Larson watercolor subways in a sage green with a crackle glaze.

vaulted ceiling



Subway tile to ceiling
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Rustic Kitchen

posted by: wonderrn on 12.31.2012 at 04:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

My husband and I started our kitchen reno. last March. Mostly a DIY project, we still have some finishing touches. We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room, moved the back door to provide some more storage/counter space, replaced large window in dining room with slider leading out to new deck, converted to gas, replaced window, new lighting, the list goes on and on. Alder cabinets by Starmark, Soapstone counters, slate backsplash, copper sink and vinyl flooring by Metroflor. I love viewing everyone's kitchens and thought I would share my own. Modest in its own right, we love it and couldn't be happier.


backsplash to ceiling with similar cabs/ss counter
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Guess it's time to share my finished kitchen

posted by: controlfreakecs on 12.17.2012 at 08:42 pm in Kitchens Forum

With a special shout out to LavenderLass who was really the one that convinced me to completely flip my space, but thanks to everyone here for all the wonderful ideas and information. I didn't contribute often, but got some good feedback on layout and read regularly to try and learn as much as possible in how to create the best possible kitchen for me and my family.


Custom QS Oak cabinets in custom stain
Hirsch Glass tile backsplash
Samsung Fridge
Sharp MW Drawer
Danby Beverage Fridge
Same 5 y.o. Kenmore DW and range we had in old kitchen
XO Ventilation hood
Elkay faucets (both kitchen sinks and laundry sink)
Julian 30" stainless apron front sink
Hickory Hardware pulls

So, here we go:

Before, just for perspective. This looks into the direction of the new kitchen. Our dining table is now in this location
kitchen before 2, view from dining room

We added on a new family room. Used the former family room and dining area space for a new laundry/mud room and new kitchen, then moved the dining area to the old kitchen. Here's a general plan:

Here's a tour working counter clockwise starting with the fridge wall:

Sink wall - no window, and we don't miss it at all.

Range wall - see new family room to left

Prep sink/bar/peninsula area

Our GC built a custom mantel surround to match the cabs. Matte black tile is from Sonoma, with more Hirsch glass tile to tie into kitchen

Overall view from family room

The new laundry/mud room - sorry this is the only pic I took, and it is in use constantly, so I'm probably never going to take more!


Fireplace with TILE and laundry room with RED tile which I reallylove
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RE: XMAS gifts for ones who cook (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: fouramblues on 11.29.2012 at 09:38 pm in Kitchens Forum

tea4all, how about a hand-written recipe for quinoa banana chocolate muffins? I just ate one of these muffins today, and it was sublime. I usually find the texture of GF baked goods lacking, but the texture of this muffin was terrific.

As for general gift ideas, last year my SIL gave me three bottles of different premium olive oils. So thoughtful and delicious.

Here is a link that might be useful: GF muffin recipe


Gf muffin recipe
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RE: Large pantry remodel - WWYD??? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: EngineerChic on 11.02.2012 at 02:03 pm in Kitchens Forum

We recently re-did our (tiny little reach-in) pantry and one thing I'd do again is half-shelves.

Pantry top half

That way you can keep similar items together even if they aren't a similar size, yet you don't waste lots of space above short items.

Now, for the questions you actually asked ...

I like the idea of sectioning off a corner for brooms, step ladder, etc. The shelves leading to that area will have some kind of side support that will form narrow walls that will help you put hooks & stuff in that area so everything stays tidy. Looking at the floor where the big water bottles are, I would probably stop the shelves in between the first & second water bottle we see.

That would give you a sort of trapezoidal area to corral utility closet things, and if you wanted to put up a curtain to hide it that'd give you easy access & screen it from view.

The other advice I have is to take all the stuff you have in there now OUT and look at what you want room for. Like those water bottles - do you like storing them sideways or would you rather store them upright? Do you want a dedicated space for bulk paper towels? A space for the baskets?

It's a great sized pantry, I'm envious :)


Shelves in pantry...half shelves and long shelves together
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RE: Large pantry remodel - WWYD??? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: lazygardens on 11.02.2012 at 02:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'd put really BIG lazy susans in the funky corner like this picture, and shallow shelves behind the desk wall and on the entrance wall.

Then make the shelves along the back adjustable and sturdier - they are sagging.

That would increase the usability a lot.

Here is a link that might be useful: Big lazy susans


Lazy Susan's in pantry
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Brooklyn Galley Kitchen Finished (not white!)

posted by: brooklyngalley on 05.12.2012 at 04:32 pm in Kitchens Forum

Although I am not a frequent GW poster, I referred to GW throughout my kitchen renovation planning. It was thanks to GW that I have the countertop and knobs/pulls that I envisioned but thought I would never have: THANK YOU! We are absolutely loving every inch of our new kitchen! I wish we had professional photos, but alas, these will have to do.

Before: One wall of cabs and appliances (everything was falling apart) left from the prior owner and one wall of IKEA shelves/storage/counter that I designed and lived with for 4 years as we saved for our renovation. Although I liked the accessibility of the open design on the IKEA wall (and I loved the SimpleHuman trash can and recycling can), the cleaning was difficult (thankfully, my brother-in-law doesn�t mind the cleaning and that entire wall is now in his new apartment). I also had very little counter space with this old plan. I vowed that my new kitchen would have very little open wall space and next to nothing on the counters. We would also have efficient appliances (including a DW � after 12 years of hand washing) that didn�t need to be velcroed together.




After: HOORAY!




42" wall cabs: right to the ceiling; the extra space and the look are just what we wanted


I put an open shelf next to the window to keep my fruit (bottom shelves) & garlic, onions (top shelves) off the counter and to let in more light from our awkward window.


All drawer base cabs except for 30" sink, 15" trash & 9" pantry: drawers rock and have changed my life for the better. Love the pegs and double-stacked utensil storage.




Trash/Recycling: I finally figured out how to get 4 separate spaces. I had my husband cut one of the pull-out cans to fit my compost pail; one of favorite elements. Under the sink is glass/plastic on the left, paper on the right.



Spice drawer: I like my spices are right in front of me (literally) as I chop and prep. In my old kitchen, they took up counter space and were hard to clean.


Tall/Skinny Fridge: everyone should have one. It�s only been a week, but I can�t seem to fill it! I love that I can see everything.



Tall/Skinny pantry: I opted for this instead of a larger fridge. Love the storage and ease of accessibility. Still have yet to fill it.



Range/Skinny spice drawers: I am a huge Berta Fan! The spice drawers are skinny and long: perfect for cooking utensils, knife sharpeners, grill supplies, etc.


18" DW/Deep Sink/Pull-out Faucet/Sink Storage Tilt: 18" is perfect for our family of three. The sink/faucet/tilt storage: highly recommend.



Green: a color that we love and have all over our home. The pictures don�t do the colors justice (especially the counter which looks rather greyish in these photos). And in case you�re wondering, the textured porcelain tile floor feels amazing � not like other hard/cold tile that I have read about on GW (apologies for the renovation dust that is still on the floor).




Size: 8.75� long x 6.75� wide x 8� high
Design: me (inspired by the slate fish etchings mounted on tent stakes, by the fridge, that my husband made in a printmaking class before I met him)
Timeframe: Due to a cracked cabinet (which Kraftmaid replaced � no questions asked � very easy to work with), our 3-week renovation turned into 5 weeks, but well worth it. Our contractor was amazing. The only structural change we made was to the kitchen entryway.
Cabinets: Kraftmaid � Maple � Hayward style, Honey Spice stain
Countertop: Rosemary Caesarstone (see my other GW post on this topic � thanks to GW I was able to find this recently discontinued stone)
Range: 30" SS Bertazzoni Professional Series X304GGVX
Refrigerator: 24" (80" height) SS Liebherr CS1311
Dishwasher: 18" SS Bosch SPX5ES55UC
OTR Microwave: 30" SS LG LMV2015ST
Floor: Daltile Continental Slate (porcelain tile) � Brazilian Green
Tile: American Olean - Legacy Glass � Celedon (ordered from Artwalk Tile � GW tip � thank you!)
Knobs & Pulls: Satin Nickel � 1" diameter knobs (K-12), 4" pulls (BN-3) - Horton Brasses (another GW tip � thank you!)
Sink: 23"SS Elkay Lustertone ELU2115
Faucet: SS Grohe Concetto Pull-Down 32 665
Track Light: Satin Nickel - Eurofase TK-5VTX3-34 Vortex 5-Light
UC Lighting: Super Bright LED strips


green glass subway tile
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RE: Knob placement on trash pull out cabinet (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: jeri on 06.15.2009 at 10:27 pm in Kitchens Forum

Please excuse the lousy picture and messy kitchen that is not completely finished but I hope this helps.

The "doors" below the sink? They are really pull outs one for trash and one for recycling.


possible hardware for cabinets. we could put the pulls on pocket door and mudroom closet door too
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Soapstone Kitchen Floor Problems

posted by: billy_g on 01.09.2012 at 12:40 am in Kitchens Forum

In searching the forums I didn't find anyone who has a soapstone floor in their kitchen. We do.

Soapstone looks absolutely beautiful on floors but we would NEVER use it on a kitchen floor again. While it's true that soapstone doesn't *permanently* stain, it does change color with spills of oil, grease, coffee, dog chewing a bone, dropped food on the floor, and sometimes even with water. I can tell you those grease stains don't come out even when using Dawn or 409. The stains may lighten but you can still clearly see them for a few weeks to a month or more.

It makes the floor look dirty and raggedy even when it's clean. Sigh... We explain to guests that soapstone doesn't stain and they look at the floor and ask about the stains. We say, oh those aren't stains; they're not permanent, they'll come out in a month. LOL.

But it feels great with the floor heat underneath.

I would use soapstone on the floor in a heartbeat in a bathroom (there is no better stone for wet areas), entry hall, or den, but there is no way in the world I would ever recommend it for a kitchen floor. My hope is that the entire floor will develop a darker patina in a couple of years.

We love our soapstone countertops and sinks but for some reason they are much easier to clean than the floor. Perhaps it's because the counters have become darker because of the mineral oil. We've never oiled the floors, of course!

In a future thread I may ask about steam cleaners.


In the photos below the darker stains are new (uncleaned) and the lighter stains have been there a while after scrubbing and several cleanings. The soapstone is Barocca, just like the counters.




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soapstone regrets

posted by: cosmocat on 10.06.2012 at 10:37 am in Kitchens Forum

Been a while since I've posted. We've had our new kitchen for about a year now. We installed soapstone. I love the look but I'm not a cleaning fanatic and these counters require too much elbow grease to keep them looking good.

They show every drip, even water rings, and in order to clean I need to clean the whole thing, I can't just clean one part because you can see the streaks from one cleaning swipe to the next. And it is a three/four step process. Wet/wipe with dish soap, wipe with water, wipe again to get the soap off. Wipe again to even out the drying. PITA.

We oiled at the beginning (mineral oil), but it was messy and dried too quickly and having to empty the counters of everything was too much of a hassle.

So now i'm thinking about one of the wax/oil combos. I've seen some of the newer walnut oil/wax products that the soapstone dealers sell - maybe something like that? if I use that, will my 'cleaning' clean off the wax/oil?

I do love the look of the soapstone but not the maintenance issues. It is an hour long process to clean all the countertops.

And what then is the best product to clean the countertops. Earlier I had read that soap and water was the best, our soap is Dawn and it seems like maybe that is the problem.

and how to I get rid of the water rings? And why is water 'staining' my countertop?

thoughts? Ideas? help!


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Finished walk-in pantry/laundry combo

posted by: lightlystarched on 03.06.2011 at 05:35 pm in Kitchens Forum

I posted the pictures on the laundry forum, but I wanted to share them over here, because 3 years after my kitchen was "done" (is anyone ever really done?) the pantry/laundry room is done too!

It is a 9x6 room, with the door in the middle of one of the 9 foot sides. The pantry side consists of 6 shelves in a U shape 3 feet wide and 6 feet long. The laundry side is 6 feet long with a 33" deep counter and shelves above.

I am ecstatic to have this room done. I sit in there nightly with the door shut and a glass of wine.

View into the room:

Pantry side:

Laundry side:

Hamper between the washer and dryer:


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RE: Help - natural cherry cabinets with soapstone (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: holligator on 05.14.2009 at 08:24 am in Kitchens Forum

Well CookingMama, as Rita mentioned, we have the combo of natural cherry cabs and soapstone counters, and we LOVE it. We also removed the wall between our kitchen and dining room, and our window trim even sounds similar to what you describe. Our kitchen is not what I would call light-filled, but other than that, these pics might give you an idea about whether you'd like that combination...


cherry cabinets with soapstone with paneled ceiling
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RE: Countertop for Refined Rustic kitchen (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: marcolo on 04.05.2012 at 02:29 pm in Kitchens Forum

If you can deal with scratches and a bit of care, slate would look good. You have to be sure you get the right kind. It's not as dark as soapstone.

Or you could do soapstone, but leave it unoiled. Some have reported good results with sealing unoiled soapstone to avoid grease spots.

Both materials will be gray rather than black.

Concrete countertops are an option, but they do etch.


Slate counter top with wood upper counter between kitchen and dining room
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RE: Counter height window owners--Help! (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: americancolleen on 08.11.2009 at 12:37 pm in Kitchens Forum

I just replaced a 36" casement with a triple double hung window to the counter - I love it! I'm 5 foot 2 and do not have any problem opening the window - new windows are very easy to open and close, a big improvement over old windows. Casements are nice, I just wanted a change. I would have liked to go a bit taller on the window but the existing support beam plus a room off of the kitchen dictated that I stay with the size I have. Here's the old window and then after that, a picture of the new window.


entire window and sink

counter height window and soapstone


counter height window with soapstone. small double hung
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RE: Counter Height Windows Love them? Hate them? (Follow-Up #34)

posted by: jenswrens on 01.12.2008 at 07:41 pm in Kitchens Forum

Not yet finished, but here's mine.... Love them! Yes, they do get splashed a bit and need to be cleaned, but the view and natural light make it all worthwhile.


counter height run of windows
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RE: to all liebherr refrigerator owners (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: tinasoldhouse on 05.06.2007 at 01:22 pm in Appliances Forum

We've had our 30" stainless Liebherr since 2003 and still love it. The exterior is beautiful, and the interior is perfect. No blobby plastic to waste any space. Two of our freezer drawers are always quite full, but we use the bottom drawer for bagged ice and ice cream. No problems whatsoever in four years.


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Side view from hall:

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counter height window pictures please

posted by: lodalady on 02.09.2009 at 05:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

I'm curious about the counter height window. I searched this forum, but nothing appeared to address this topic. I'm ordering my new window this week, but before I do, I'd love to see what you have done.

Please share your pictures, please????


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