Retreating, Taylor Swift, and Joy

This past Saturday was incredibly refreshing for my soul. It rained and stormed all day long, and all day long I stayed in sweatpants, a white tee, and did not even think of applying makeup. I had a surprise day off from work and enjoyed every minute of a day cooped up in our little home. Ben and I slept in late and cuddled with Piper in bed for quite sometime. As we both got out of bed we slipped into our little weekend morning routine. Ben got dressed and headed out the door with Piper to take her for a little walk so she could do her business, and I began to work on "waking up the house". Going from room to room, I turned on lights, and began getting some breakfast ready. We had warmed up biscuits and yummy pour over coffee. We enjoyed some time reading books, and drinking coffee together for awhile and then Ben began working on a journal article he had to complete by Monday.

It was the perfect kind of slow morning, the type of morning I miss most now that I work on the weekends. Yet, I still found myself discontent as Ben made his way into the office and left me on the couch with my book. I began digging a little deeper, and continued to process and meditate on what was going on in my heart all day. 

Slowly the Lord began bringing some things to the surface through some really interesting avenues. To begin with, I deleted all the social media apps on my phone for the weekend so I could really be present for my weekend with Ben. I have noticed I am too quick to scroll through my phone while he talks or while we are just sitting and having down time and this is something I want to get away from being so dependent on. I found that on this particular "social media free" weekend the Lord really used that clarity of mind to speak so directly to me when it came to this issue of discontentment. I was free of at least a few of the distractions I normally have, and was eager to hear him speak to me. 

Secondly, Taylor Swift. YES! The Lord revealed something to me about my heart through a super old Taylor Swift song. I was listening to my girl T Swift as I attempted to make French Macaroons for the first time (more to come on that attempt at a later date) when the song 15 came on. I found myself mindlessly singing along only to begin crying halfway through the song. I was transported back to a time in my life when I was 18, a senior in high school, and my sister was 15, an incoming freshman. So much of that song resonated with my protective big sister heart back then that I began fervently praying for my little sister that year. Praying the Lord would protect her, show himself to her, draw her closer to him...it was one of the first times in my life I can remember consistently and intentionally praying for someone else. 

So what do these things have to do with my feelings of discontentment on Saturday? Well...through the clarity of mind that the Lord gave me as a result of throwing off distractions...AND through an old Taylor Swift song that reminded me of a time in my life where I walked in selfless love, and deep intention...I was able to see on Saturday (in my kitchen, with T Swift blaring) how selfish I truly am. My discontentment stemmed from the fact that Ben could not 100% pay attention to me on my surprise day off. My discontentment was also rooted in the fact that I have created this box in which my ideal weekends must fit into, and when they do not fit the bill...anger, rage, hurt, bitterness, discontentment, and depression sink it. 

These realizations left me in awe. Yes I was more aware of my sin, and my selfishness in particular...but man was I so aware of grace in that moment. The Lord brought to mind a song that I love, and I began singing it with tears...

"Father what love you have shown to rebels, that you would send your son so dear, into this world of grief and trouble, to bring unworthy sinners near. We will never fathom how it pained you, when you supplied the offering, to rescue who had disdained you, to watch your dear son suffering. 

Jesus it fills our hearts with wonder, that you would leave your heavenly place, to take on flesh, to thirst and hunger, to save the ones that spurned your grace. You came to forfeit every mercy, to die that mercy we may find, and then you hung alone in darkness so in our hearts your grace would shine." -Father, How Sweet (Sovereign Grace Music)

He dies that we may know grace. In our darkest moments, when sin is near and overwhelming, and plentiful...he shows us grace!

The feelings that I had Saturday morning of discontentment were quickly replaced with deep feelings of JOY! I wanted to ugly cry, laugh, sing, and write all at once. It was the sweetest and most refreshing time with my Father. 

I am sharing all of this with you because I was made aware of something so important Saturday. The Lord desires to speak to us, to teach us, to reveal sin in our lives. Yet, all too often we are bogged down with distractions. We simply cannot hear Him...we are numb to his call. Retreating is something Jesus did often. We see all through the gospels that he withdrew to be alone, to spend time with his Father. So for us to not follow in this practice if foolish. I have gone too long without building times of retreat and rest into my schedule, and it doesn't work y'all...there are just so many tears, and fights, and sin when I choose to not take time away to pursue Jesus, on my own, free from distractions. 

I am praying for more times away from distractions like Saturday, not because being put in my place about sinful habits is fun. Rather, because the joy that came from that correction was so sweet! Joy abounded in those moments, and I want more of that joy! 

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Tour Through Blogland - A look into our Kitchen

It is day number 6 of the 31 one days of writing...a few things that I am seeing that this challenge requires...lots of planning, lots of dedication to time, and lots of pictures! :) Today I was tagged by Lauren Hooker of Elle & Company Design to share a little peek into my life and what I call "work".

Well, for me my "job" has taken many different looks since I married Ben. I have worked for our church some, been a nanny for a summer, sold design prints, and offered blog design services. I have crocheted my heart out to make a little money for Christmas, and made what feels like a gazillion loaves of sourdough bread for people in our community. I now work as an assistant manager at a bakery in town called The Biscuit Shop, and will soon be baking biscuits...what?!? I also have recently become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils, AND am planning to launch an Etsy shop in the next month (as soon as my logo is finished). 

So...yeah, it is easy to see I wear a lot of hats. However my passion is in the kitchen. I have only just discovered this passion, and have spent many hours pouring myself into this new hobby of mine. So today I wanted to show you my little humble hallway of a kitchen and let you in to what I am up to right now! 

The picture above is what you see when you open our front door. We live in an old Victorian home that has been broken into several apartments. It is full of character, creaks, and occasional loud noises from neighbors! 

So onto Lauren's questions...

What am I working on? 

Well right now, I am baking 18-20 loaves of bread a week from my little kitchen and selling them to friends and local people around town. I am also tweaking my designs for several products that will be in my Etsy shop soon. I cannot wait to share more, but until then stay tuned to my Instagram account for sneak peeks and updates! 

How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Honestly I do not know many people that work at a biscuit bakery, make bread every day, and have a huge passion for design and handmade things...maybe I know a few folks that are into one or two of these things but not all three. So I feel like my "job" or the ways that I contribute financially to my family are unique and allow me to pursue my creative passions on a daily basis! I love that more than anything. 

(this wreath is made from piano sheet music that belonged to my mom and grandmother)

Why do I write/create what I do?

I blog because I love it, and it is such a wonderful outlet for me to pursue more creativity. I bake and spend time in the kitchen because it brings me more joy than I can really express. I wrote yesterday about why I bake bread, and that post really does capture my feelings about the kitchen as a whole...creating beautiful, homemade food for friends and family that I love is good for my bones, and soul...and it rewarding to share something that I pour so much of myself into with people so special to me! 

(these frames above my oven all belonged to my grandmother, and have even inspired some products you will all see in my Etsy shop soon!)

How does my writing/creating process work? 

I think I will take this question in the direction of creating process...I am inspired most by daily moments. Little moments in the morning sipping coffee, or when I am cooking a meal for dinner. Inspiration comes to me most in real life not on Pinterest (I love Pinterest though, don't get me wrong). I love taking a recipe and tweaking it to become my own, and more than anything I love working with whole ingredients...especially things that I have never worked with before like saffron, fennel, and acorn squash! 

Who am I nominating? 

Jenni Frank of Frankly My Dear
Leia Bryn of Leia Bryn Blog
Kaitlyn of Sew My Soul 

Tune in tomorrow for my lessons learned about true hospitality vs. Southern Living Hospitality! 


I am super excited about this post today! My sweet new blog friend Jenna emailed me about this link up last week and I knew I wanted to jump in. So today I am linking up and sharing about my life currently...what I am currently cooking, reading, wearing, loving, and anticipating!

COOKING- This should not come as a surprise to anyone. I have started cooking through the book Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist, and am loving it. So far I have tackled 6 of the 29 recipes, and last night I made RISOTTO! Major fist pump after accomplishing that! I stirred that rice for 40 minutes and had to do a 20 minute yoga stretch routine for back pain after dinner...but it was so worth it. The house smelled amazing, and the risotto was delicious. I have also made Dark Chocolate Sea Salted Toffee, Goat Cheese Biscuits, and up next is a Simple Cassoulet! 

I also tried a recipe (not from the book) for homemade cilantro pesto a few weeks back. We marinated some shrimp in the pesto and then grilled them and served them over creamy pasta shells. I will be sharing this recipe on Friday! So stay tuned. 

READING - Well, thanks to another precious blog friend, Holly, who sent me this book in the mail... I am currently reading through Jen Hatmaker's book, "Seven". And I am loving it. I am only two chapters in, as I just started it over the weekend, but it is such a humbling and eye opening read. I have been so convicted of the excess that I chase after in my life, and have been reminded that less is often more. I cannot wait to read more of this honest and raw book. Have you read this book? What did you think? 

WEARING - Ah it is transition time in clothes. Some days it feels like Spring, others it is 86 degrees outside. So I have been wearings lots of dresses lately...long maxi skirts with flowing tanks, cotton knee length dresses, and sandals...every day. I am eagerly awaiting my 4th StitchFix box just to arrive just a few days before Ben and I leave for our anniversary beach trip! I am hoping that these are some great spring/summer pieces in the box that I can add to my wardrobe! What are your go to Spring pieces? I would have to say mine are sandals, maxi skirts and cotton tanks/tees!

LOVING - Yoga. I just started trying it out this week per the suggestion of my friend Nikki. And I LOVE it. I have always been more of a runner, but since Ben and I have been married I have hardly run once...I have not really gained weight but I miss being active, and running just has not been happening. So I started watching yoga videos on Youtube, and I am in love. One day in and I am sore in the good kind of way. I am excited to learn more and get better at this type of exercise. 

Also, I am LOVING design. I am not a professional, or even close to calling myself a graphic designer. But I have had so much fun lately playing around in Photoshop, creating unique blog designs for others, and making digital prints! I think I got a degree in the wrong thing...haha just kidding. But really, I have found such joy in creating things, and being creative in designing different logos, prints and blog templates. I am eager to take some online design classes in the days ahead to learn even more. Here are a couple prints I have done for some friends lately!

Check out some of my latest Blog Designs:

Last thing I am loving...my new Swiffer Wet Jet mop! Lame, I know. But we have not had a mop this entire first year of marriage... gross right? Well Monday night we finally purchased this little guy, and I am in heaven. I have mopped every hardwood surface in our home...twice. :) I love the feeling it gives me to have a clean and tidy home, and I won't complain about the fresh scent either. Swiffer for the win! 

And finally last but not least...

ANTICIPATING - This should come as no shocker but I speak for Ben and I both when I say we are really anticipating getting our sweet little puppy. We will be bringing her home June 2nd on the way home from our beach trip...and we are giddy with excitement. We have almost everything we need for when she comes home...bed, kennel, toys, shampoo, treats, bones, leash and collar...we have got it all. We are hoping to get updated pictures of our little Piper this week or next! I am so excited to be a fur mama to our little girl...call me cheesy but this is such a big step for us!

I am also anticipating my first every Influence Network class. I finally took the plunge and joined yesterday after receiving an email from Jenni about the member's downloads this month (access to an interview with Shauna Niequist eekk!). I will be taking a class on creative ways to grow online community! I cannot wait to compare notes with Jenni after the course, and look forward to be a member of the awesome network of women seeking after Jesus! Are you a part of the Influence Network?

Lastly, of course I am anticipating our on year anniversary! It has been the greatest joy of my life to be married to Ben and get to show the world the beauty of the Gospel through our marriage. It has been sanctifying, hard, and glorious all wrapped into one package. I am grateful for a weekend away just the two of us to relax and enjoy each other while catching some rays on the beach! Oh how I love this man of mine!

Thanks for the fun link up Jenna! And Happy Hump Day everyone!

Check out my sweet sponsor this month, Jenni of Frankly My Dear!

Tomato Marinated Grilled Chicken + Barley Corn Salad

It is finally beginning to look and feel like springtime around here. Which means we are spending more and more time outdoors, and have been putting our grill to use several nights a week. Ben and I love to grill out, and this recipe has become one of our favorites. I stumbled upon this one day on Pinterest, so I cannot take any credit for it. However, it is worth sharing and I can guarantee you will love it. The marinade for the chicken is fresh and packed with flavor, and the corn salad is crisp and loaded with springy veggies and a tangy, sweet dressing. 

4 chicken breasts
3/4 cup medium barley (we have used the quick cooking barley, and the slow cooking. Either will work)
2 cups fresh or frozen-then-thawed corn kernels
1-1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (I have used grape, and Roma tomatoes)
1/2 cup minced red onion
4 slices cooked thick or center cut bacon, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
salt & pepper
For the Tomato Vinaigrette:
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon red onion
salt & pepper
  1. Cook barley with a pinch of salt according to package directions. Drain when barley is tender to make sure all excess water is removed. Place into a large bowl to cool slightly.
  2. Make the Tomato Vinaigrette: Combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor or blender, then process until smooth. Place 6 Tablespoons of the vinaigrette into a plastic bag and set the remaining aside. Season both sides of the chicken breasts with salt & pepper, then add it to the bag with the vinaigrette and marinate in the refrigerator while you make the Barley Corn Salad.
  3. Stir corn, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and bacon into the cooled barley. Add enough of the reserved tomato vinaigrette to coat and stir well. Gently fold in avocado then season with salt & pepper to taste. Place into the refrigerator.
  4. Heat a grill to high and grill chicken for 4-5 minutes a side, or until cooked through. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes off the grill, then divide salads onto plates and top with grilled chicken.
recipe found at: Iowa Girl Eats

We love this recipe. I have made it for family members when they have come to visit and my mom now uses it regularly as well. It is so yummy, AND it is healthy and packed with flavor. We served the chicken and salad with some grilled homemade crusty bread. It was the perfect pairing. 

Hope you enjoy! What are your favorite grill out recipes?

Steak and Chicken Alfredo Pizza + Etsy Giftcard Giveaway

I love pizza. Ben loves pizza. So we eat pizza a lot, like every other week. I know it is not the most healthy thing... but it is our splurge meal, and we really enjoy it. My favorite thing is coming up with different ways to make pizza other than just tossing pepperoni and cheese on top. This steak and chicken Alfredo pizza was such a hit at our house! It was hearty, and yummy, and non traditional. 

Best part, it takes no time to make! So here you go, I promise you will thank me later if you make this pizza...SO. GOOD. 

What you need:
1 lb of pizza dough (I LOVE this recipe for pizza dough by The Pioneer Woman, it is fool proof for those like me who are yeast challenged, and it makes enough for 2 pizzas, so I always freeze one for later)
2 Tbsp butter
2 cloves finely minced garlic1/8 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp heavy cream
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp whole milk
2 oz finely shredded Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
Salt and freshly ground black or white pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked, chopped chicken
1 cup cooked, chopped steak
Mozzarella cheese
Cornmeal for dusting
Parsley (fresh or dried)
Olive Oil

To make the Alfredo sauce:
 Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter along with onion powder in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. While whisking vigorously, slowly pour in cream and milk. Bring mixture just to a gentle bubble stirring constantly. Allow mixture to gently boil for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add in Parmesan cheese, season with salt and pepper to taste then return to warm heat and stir occasionally until ready to use.

To make the pizza:
Sprinkle pizza stone with cornmeal to prevent sticking. Stretch and shape pizza dough into a 12-14 inch pizza, making a thicker crust around the edge. Pour half of the Alfredo sauce over dough round, then use the back of a spoon to spread into an even layer coming within about 1-inch of the edge. Sprinkle half of chopped steak and chicken over sauce layer, then pour remaining sauce evenly over steak and chicken. Sprinkle top evenly with Mozzarella cheese then sprinkle with parsley. Brush outer crust with olive oil and season crust lightly with a pinch of garlic powder and salt. Bake in preheated oven 14 – 16 minutes until crust is nicely golden. Remove from oven, cut into slices and serve warm.

recipe adapted from: The Teal Owl

I love going for a very rustic shaped pizza, perfection is not my aim as you can see. Hope you love this pizza as much as we do!

What is your favorite type of homemade pizza?

Also, I am so excited to let you all know I am partnering with one of my favorite blogs, Life Could Be A Dream, to bring you a $100 Etsy Giftcard. Hello to lots of handmade goodness for one lucky winner! Enter below! :)


Giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on April 22nd until 11:59 pm EST on April 28th. All entries will be verified so please be honest! Good luck to you! :)

Tour Our City: Chapel of Memories

Ben and I love Starkville, MS. This was our college town, and now had become our home as newlyweds. We want to share little snippets of our life here with you, so occasionally I will be writing these "Tour our City" posts to show you where we live and what we love in our community.We both were very fond of this place while in school. I was even a student recruiter/tour guide while I was in undergrad. MSU is one special place to us for a million different reasons. However, there is one spot on Mississippi State's campus that is extra special. The Chapel of Memories.

This place is full of history. There was a dormitory called Old Main that was on MSU's campus back in the early days of the University. Back before women were allowed to come to school here. It was said to be the largest dormitory in the nation at the time. It burned down over a Christmas break, thankfully only one person passed away in this accident. 

The University wanted to create a way for everyone who came to MSU to remember this accident and the massive dormitory. So, they built The Chapel of Memories out of the bricks salvaged from Old Main. It is now always open, day and night, for students, and alumni to enjoy. You can walk in and often hear talented student playing piano, it is such a peaceful place.

The Chapel is special to Ben and I for a different reason. This is where our first conversation took place, where we went for long talks and jam sessions on the piano, and where Ben proposed. (Read story here) He washed my feet in this fountain and prayed over me just minutes before he took me inside and got down on one knee. 

We love this place. It is a little piece of history, and a reminder of days gone by for anyone who sees it. I am really looking forward to sharing more with you all in the future of our favorite spots and places around Starkville. 

What are your favorite local places?

Much Love,


Stay at Home Date Nights

I am so excited today to have the opportunity to be guest posting over at The Ashcraft Bunch blog today! I am happily sponsoring Kenzie this month and hanging out on her sidebar in my spare time! :) As most of you know, I am a newlywed to a hard working civil engineer who is still in school studying to get his PhD. So money is often not just overflowing in our lives. Ben and I often have to be very creative with date nights. 

So we have come up with lots of ideas for "Stay at Home Date Nights". Hop over to Kenzie's blog and check out some really fun stay at home date nights!

For more date night ideas check out my other posts here, and here!

What are your favorite things to do for stay at home date nights? 

Thank you Kenzie for letting me share these ideas and post on your blog today! It was joy and I have loved being just a little part of your blog space these past few weeks! 


Inspiration for your Walls

Happiest of Mondays to you!! Our weekend was filled with sunshine, walks around town, visits from family, and yummy home-cooked meals! It was a great and restful weekend! We spent a long time cleaning yesterday, and I was reminded of what joy I find in taking care of our little home. I love this journey of creating a home with my husband. As you know, we live in an old Victorian home that has been split into apartments...so while we cannot paint the walls we can hang up anything our hearts desire. So, prints are a great way to bring meaning to any room for little cost and no damage to the apartment, and I just love that. I want our home and the decorations inside to reflect our family. I hope for them to reflect what we believe, what we are passionate about, and what matters most to us. Also, I want our home to be beautiful. This is not so I can brag about it or show it off, but rather so it makes people feel comfortable, at ease, and inspired when they step inside. 

We want people to feel more in love with Jesus when they look around at what is on our walls, and what fills up our home. Ben and I truly hope that even our material possessions reflect the glory of the Lord. Prints are a great way to do this. They are beautiful, inspirational, and most often they are handmade. You all know how I love handmade. So I wanted to round up some of my favorite prints for the home to share with you today. 

Source: Oh My Deer

Source: Lindsay Letters

I love all of these so much and would love to say I have them all in my home right now. Hopefully someday. These are some of my all time favorite artists when it comes to calligraphy, watercolor, and design. They make beautiful things with their talent and share their gifts with other through their artwork, what a beautiful thing. I hope you enjoy these prints, and go and give these artists some love. Some of these prints can even be downloaded for less than $20! What a great deal for a handwritten item! 

Make your walls happy, fill them with pretty papers, artwork, and words. 

Much Love,


Creating a Peace Filled Home

Happy Sunday! I have started taking off blogging for the weekends. However, I had the privilege of appearing over at the Our Yellow Door blog yesterday. Sweet Rachel (the face behind the blog) asked me to write a post about creating a home that exudes peace. Creating a peaceful and joyful home is something I have become so passionate about as a newlywed. It is such a sweet journey to make a house a home. 

So hop on over and give Rachel some love at Our Yellow Door and check out my thoughts on creating homes filled with peace!

And get excited for a week full of some really fun and exciting posts, plus a guest blogger! YAY!



House to Home

Good Morning friends! I am blogging over at my sweet friend Amy's blog today, Lovely Does It today. I will be sharing about how to take your house and make it your home. As a new wife one of the most exciting journeys for me has been taking our tiny apartment and making it home for us. So hop on over to Lovely Does It and check out my tips and ideas to take your house and make it feel like home for you and your loved ones. 

house to home step

This truly is something I love to write about because I do think that it is a God honoring thing for us as women and the overseers of the home to strive to have peaceful and beautiful homes. Not expensive and elaborate homes, but homes that exude love and peace. I am also linking up with some wonderful ladies for Thankful Thursday. I am so thankful for a home, with a husband, and marriage...these things bring me some of my greatest joy in life. Join me over with Carly Blogs HereMake Me up MiaKatie Elizabeth, and The Strong Family as we reflect on thankfulness this week! 

How do you make your house feel like home? 



Inspiration for the kitchen lover

Pretty things make me happy. The kitchen is my favorite room in our house. So kitchens, with pretty things in them, seemed like a wonderful idea for an inspirational post. Here are my recent favorites when it comes to the ideal kitchen. Enjoy! 

classy kitchen
Image Source: Better Home & Garden

Teal + Copper. I may never own copper pots or pans, but there is never a time that I see them that I do not swoon. I love the rustic/cottage vibe they put off, and there are copper pots in Downton Abbey so of course I want them. :) Love the simplicity of this space. It is clean without looking cold, and organized without feeling like you cannot take your shoes off and be a messy cook!

white pitchers
Image Source: The Art of Doing Stuff

I love these pitchers. They are very aesthetically pleasing and just make the whole counter space look clean, which is always a good thing. 

free botanical prints
Image Source: Poppytalk

Botanical prints. I think these are just lovely and guess what? you can print them yourself at home FOR FREE! Follow the image source link and print these little babies, put them in frames above your cabinets or simply tape them to your fridge! 

colorful kitchen china
Image Source: Garimpando Frida

I am a color kind of gal. I love bright, I love bold, I love patterns. So mixing these plates and mugs is right up my alley. Love how illuminating it is to this little white shelf, just makes it all pop. 

cozy kitchen
Image Source: Hooked on Houses

I told Ben when I saw this image the other night, "Honey, this could be our kitchen one day, can't you just see kids running around in a kitchen like this?" I love this kitchen. It is livable. Don't get me wrong, I love all the gorgeous BHG kitchen images out there just like the next girl, but I want my house to be livable, inviting, and comfortable. I want my kids to feel free to mess things up, and guests to feel immediately welcomed and at ease...this kitchen seems to give off that feel. It just seems lived in, which is a great characteristic in my book. 

cottage kitchen
Image Source: Country Living

This one maybe not so much giving off the "lived in, mess me up" vibe, but still gorgeous just the same. I love the chunky woven baskets and the rustic wooden island. 

vintage soup cans
Image Source: Under the Sycamore

How adorable are these? They would be cute year round in any room of the house, but the kitchen just seems like the perfect place for vintage soup cans. 

modern simple kitchen
Image Source: Better Home & Garden

Simplicity is bliss. That is what comes to mind when I see this kitchen. I love the wine crate drawers, and subway tile backsplash. And oh the windows...one day I want a kitchen with gorgeously large windows. (gorgeously large? can I say that...hmm...I am gonna go with yes).

How would you describe your "kitchen style" what makes your heart happy? Check out my previous post "Kitchen Wishlist" for some fun handmade items to add to your kitchen!