Katie's Kitchen Design & Tips

July 19, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious kitchen floorplan, a large island can be a major benefit. They are more than just extra counter space – with a plethora of options and additions, islands can multi-task. Before you dive into building an island, consider these tips to keep it functioning at full capacity.

Smart storage – keep open shelving below your island or add plate racks as a creative storage option.

Cooking space for all – adding a separate cooktop range or prep sink to your island doubles your cooking area.

July 12, 2014

Summertime is the perfect time to get kids into the kitchen! It's one activity that pays off in big ways. Kids are involved in a bonding experience that boosts self-esteem, reinforces math skills and emphasizes food safety and following directions. Here are some quick activities to get started on cooking with the whole family!

Ages 3-5:

  • Spreading
  • Pouring
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Stirring and mixing
  • Sprinkling
  • Washing fruits and vegetables

Ages 6-9:

July 5, 2014

It was a fabulous Fourth of July filled with lots of food, fireworks, and friends but now your fridge is packed with Independence Day leftovers and supplies! In order to keep food cool, air needs to circulate around it. A fridge that is overly crowded can create warm spots and cool spaces, which mean food spoils faster. If you want to make it all fit and eat leftovers longer, it’s time to get organized!

Store leftovers in clear containers – seeing foods clearly helps you eat them sooner.

June 29, 2014

Organizing kitchen drawers can be tough – there is a thin line between being a convenience and quickly becoming a mess of kitchen utensils. Save your space from becoming the “junk drawer” with a few unique takes on kitchen drawer storage.

Disguise big appliances – these days you can install a microwave, dishwasher or even an oven in a large kitchen drawer to keep them out of sight yet still functional.

June 20, 2014

Milkshakes as we know them have been an American favorite for over 100 years – for good reason! The delicious blend of milk, ice cream and syrup is the perfect cool summer treat. Plus, it’s pretty hard to mess up a milkshake! Fix yourself a splurge just in time for National Vanilla Milkshake Day with these indulgent milkshake recipes.

Classic Vanilla Milkshake

4 cups vanilla ice cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk, less for thicker milkshakes

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