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Kitchen & Co.

While in Kansas over the last few days, I had the pleasure of hanging out with my aunt and uncle. I got to experience and whole new slew of firsts: Cheesecake Factory, Trader Joe’s, breakfast out in the Kansas air, and getting classy while drinking wine at a sidewalk cafe. Marilyn and I did a little shopping and in her Marilyn way, she ended up buying me a cookbook.

I thumbed through Kitchen & Co. while we were in the store and I instantly fell in love. It catches your eye right away with it’s visual stimulating photographs. I’ve been looking through it while I’m riding the train back to East Bay and, oh my goodness, this cookbook is divine. I definitely cannot wait to try out the recipes.

As I’m going through it (I’m almost done with Spring. It goes by seasons! How cute!), I’m noticing that these recipes aren’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill, kind of recipes. They’re unique, fun, colorful, and I’m sure tasteful.

Kitchen & Co. is written by Rosie French and Elle Grace of Salad Club, a food blog that hails from Brixton, London. I had never heard of Salad Club until today, but I’m definitely enjoying their home on the internet.

Now…which recipe to try first…



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rainbow cupcakes

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Illinois is cold. And it’s covered by a huge blanket of snow! Everything outside is so sad and depressing and I’m wearing two pairs of socks just to keep warm! But somehow, colorful things can just make days like this so much better! So last night I made rainbow cupcakes to give my heart a little jump of joy!
You can make them too! It’s super easy and really fun too :)

Rainbow Cupcakes (an easy how to!):
{makes 24}

I just used a Pillsbury white cake mix. If you have your own white cake mix, that’s fine :)

mixing everything together per instruction from the mix!

I like to make sure it’s all mixed pretty well.

Divide the batter into separate bowls. I used six, one for each color of the rainbow.

Get out your food coloring and mix into the bowls.

If you don’t know how exactly to mix colors you can go here for some help! If your making, for example, the color orange, one thing I recommend is to use less of the more dominate color, which is red. I also used 3-4 drops in each bowl :)

Pour into your muffin tins! Fill only about 2/3 of the way. I did some different color combinations! This is really the point where you can get creative!

Now it’s time for my favorite part…licking the batter! Bake your cupcakes according to the instructions of your mix. And after your done licking all the yummy batter off, you can make some homemade frosting!


Easy Homemade Frosting:
(warning…makes a lot!)

What you need:
2 lb bag of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of butter (make sure it’s softened)
1/4 cup of water
1 egg
1 T. of vanilla

Add everything in a large bowl together and mix with an electric hand mixer till you have the right consistency. If you don’t plan on using the frosting for a later time, I recommend cutting the ingredients in half for the cupcakes. I had about half left over after I was done icing.
(I also just realized that you can see where I stuck my fingers in to make sure it tasted good, haha :) )


When the cupcakes are done, let them cool. I put mine out in our garage because of how cold it is. Also, refrigerate the frosting.

After about half an hour, your cupcakes should be cool enough to frost!

Get out your favorite spatula and get to frosting!


I got a little too excited for my family to try them after icing them to take pictures, but they looked good!
Super fun and easy! Perfect baking activity for a cold winter. Enjoy!


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probably the best dish I’ve ever made

I’ve got a lot on my to-do list today and I’m about to get my hair cut but I wanted to post this totally delicious dish I made Thursday night! It’s like…heaven in your mouth. Seriously.

This potato casserole is seriously so good. Thanks to Emma‘s recipe, I made my parents and brother this amazing meal.

It’s so easy! I did mine a little different from the original but still…if you love potatoes and goodness, you’ll love this.

What I did different:
I used 9 red potatoes
I didn’t have cream! But we had heavy cream. So I just did half heavy cream, half water.
I’d recommend having your butter pretty soft.
I added bacon! It was definitely a good choice :)
And I also probably used more cheese than what was called for, haha :)

You can totally make this yourself by clicking here for the recipe. Enjoy!

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warm breakfast

One of my favorite things on a cold, overcast morning is hot tea with a little bit of sugar, honey and milk. So incredibly perfect! :)

My dear boyfriend came to visit yesterday and he stayed overnight and so I was trying to think of something warm for breakfast other than oatmeal (since he hates it). I have always enjoyed hot Grape Nuts and so I made some real fast for us!

All you need is (all measurements are per person):
1/4 cup of Grape Nuts Cereal
1/3 cup of milk
1 T. Margarine
1 T. brown sugar

Mix all together in a pan on the stove. Keep an eye on it as it heats up and starts to boil. Serve once it thickens!

So simple and so good! I decided to add blueberries to mine for an extra bit of taste and they were so good! You can also add milk if it’s too hot for you! Enjoy!

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