In The Kitchen Archive

Love Where You Eat…and Cook!

kitchen renovation ideasWith the new push to eat healthy and not grab fast food on the way home, there is a desire to cook. But, as Americans, we have to have something catchy that will keep out attention as we do anything. That is where kitchen remodeling and renovating has come into play. If you look at the newest advances in kitchen appliances, three things will draw your attention.

 

  1. Good lord, that refrigerator can help me check my email

Technology has taken over the vast majority of life within a home. Whether it is playing a digital version of the beloved board games from previous generations, watching TV instead of having real family time, or shopping from the comfort of your couch; technology is all over the place and has changed our lives. Now, as a time saver, Samsung has released a refrigerator that can display TV shows or DVD movies along with checking your email. Me personally, I don’t stare at my fridge long enough to need to watch TV on it, however, I could see practicality in having it display a recipe you are working on. One other technological advance is the home barista equipment that we all want (and don’t know how to use) in our homes. It’s cheaper than buying coffee at a coffee shop right?

 

  1. Colors that Pop

The next big thing in kitchen advances is that appliances need their own identity. This is achieved through bold, popping colors; think orange, red, yellow, or the occasional pastel to set off the white or black overtone in your kitchen. At any rate, gone are the days of the subtle appliance; it is far more likely that your guests will notice your bright appliances before noticing the cabinetry that you added.

 

  1. Speaking of Cabinets, let’s modernize!

Those that are modernizing their kitchen are also going minimal.  They want cabinets and drawers to accent their pretty counters. They also want maximum space without all of the bulk. And with modern looking cabinet storage comes modern ways to open the cabinets as well. But while cool and nice to look at, they don’t hold a candle to the awesome technology in these kitchens…

Making Your Kitchen a Hangout

kid friendly kitchen designHello Moms and Dads! You spend a lot of time in the kitchen when your kids are home, whether being the doting mom with snacks for the kids or prepping meals for dinner that night. Your kids, however, spend very little time in the kitchen, preferring the grab and go snack method. Here are some ways to get your kids to love being in the kitchen and make cooking a family affair.

 

Buy Cool Appliances Your Kids Will Want to Play With

Especially when your kids are younger, having cool appliances that are easy to use allow kids to survive and thrive in the kitchen. Buying that cool, blue blender and telling your kid to make some whipped cream for your desert is an easy way to get them involved. And your kid will love “sampling” the finished product. So replace that old blender you have had since your first apartment and start creating memories.

 

Sleek and User Friendly

Again, presuming you have kids, they will want the appliances to be user friendly so that they can help you create the Thanksgiving Dinner you make every year. Pick easy tasks and let your kids use the appliances. Teach your kid how to cook bacon and teach them safe cooking practices. If you make it easy when they are young, they will be crazy confident cooks when they move away for college. If not, Ramen is a good option!

 

Add an Everything Closet to Hide Clutter

You don’t need jackets thrown about your kitchen. Give your family a place to hide everything away from prying eyes and add a closet where all of this clutter can find a home. Whether it is a spot for jackets, keys, or the random things your kids play with, put it away in the cabinet before grabbing an apron and enjoying time cooking.

 

Finally, Add a Sleek Dishwasher

I know, you want your kids to wash dishes. But here’s the thing: you already spend a large chunk of your time in the kitchen, why spend more of it tediously washing dishes by hand? Buy a dishwasher and use it, then grab your kids and vacate the kitchen for a while to enjoy some well-earned family time. Then, when the dishwasher is finished, cut up some fruit and enjoy it as desert while putting dishes away.…