My Kitchen

I figured if I was going to have a blog entitled, “Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen,” I should probably show you a few pictures of my kitchen and why I enjoy being in it so much! To be able to build an eye-candy kitchen in your own home, you might need to purchase tools from sites which may have more bonuses.

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Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Teresa’s Kitchen

My Kitchen island view | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

We moved into a new house (March 2021). We downsized after living in our dream home for 5 years. Thankfully, I still have a pretty nice-sized kitchen. I’ve always had more traditional looking kitchens in the past, with warm wood cabinets and wood floors. This more contemporary design really suits us both, however. For more kitchen backsplash tile that you want to purchase for your own kitchen, you can try searching online.

My Kitchen microwave view | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

So this is my kitchen. I know it looks pretty sparse. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more minimalist. I don’t like cleaning all kinds of junk stacked up on my counters, so I leave it pretty clean except when I’m actually cooking. It’s all about thoughtful SPACE PLANNING to maintain a tidy and efficient kitchen.

My Kitchen stove view | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

I love experimenting and trying new recipes in the kitchen. There’s an outside door just to the left of the dishwasher which leads out to our back patio. We do a lot of grilling out there, too.

My Kitchen window view | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

It’s easy to move around in this kitchen. Plus, the island has so many cabinets which makes storage easier for someone who has a lot of kitchen stuff! If you want to explore more details about these kitchen cabinets, you can get more info about them here.

My Kitchen refrigerator view | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Yes, we do keep the coffee/tea maker, like those on เครื่อง ชง กาแฟ สด, out since we use it a lot. And of course, there are always family and friend pictures hanging up on the refrigerator to make things more homey.

These are just a few reasons why I “Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen!”


  • savita

    January 4, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Love your blog

    1. Teresa

      January 5, 2023 at 3:37 pm


  • Magy Magy

    June 3, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Great, thanks. I’m just planning a renovation and looking for inspiration on how to decorate the kitchen. And to be nice and comfortable. I already made a rough plan, it remains to figure out where to place the pans and the coffee machine

    1. Teresa

      June 6, 2022 at 7:34 am


  • Lan

    November 27, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Your kitchen is beautiful and has so much room! I have always wanted a big kitchen but at my age its not happening. I live in Sr Complex, kitchen is small but I make it work. I love your site and just found it tonite or should I say this morning as its after 12:00 mst. I can tell you put time and effort in your blog. Look forward to seeing more recipes. your husband had a great idea and I love coconut cookies.
    I can understand why you love to be in that kitchen you have a wonderful and beautiful place to create. Thanks for the coconut cookie recipe, I can wait to try it!
    Good nite or morning or whatever! Lan

    1. Teresa

      November 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

      Thanks so much, Lan. We both enjoy cooking!

  • Tonia LeDoux

    September 29, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Love your blog I love to cook also I am from Monticello Georgia and own a local bakery as well as I am a RN

    1. Teresa

      September 30, 2019 at 4:57 am

      So glad you enjoy the blog, Tonia. Thanks for letting me know.

  • Cyndi

    December 14, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Teresa, I’ve probably missed where you said you were located but I’m guessing you’re in the Midwest (Illinois?) judging by the Kroger and Prairie Farms Dairy labels… I never thought I’d miss that area nor the snow until about 2 years after moving to North Carolina. 🙁 The weather may be more temperate here… and the folks around here THINK they have a change of seasons (hahah), but it’s definitely not the same.

    Thanks for posting such great recipes and photos!


    1. Teresa

      December 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Hey Cyndi, I’m from Texas, though my parents grew up in the Midwest. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Hope you enjoy many of my recipes over the holidays.

      1. Araceli

        March 14, 2021 at 3:10 pm

        What part of texas are you from?

        1. Teresa

          March 15, 2021 at 8:07 am

          DFW area

          1. Jesse layman

            June 1, 2021 at 4:20 pm

            Any recipes for fried oysters.i have never attempted this???

          2. Teresa

            June 3, 2021 at 7:20 am

            Hi Jesse, Sorry I have no recipes for oysters. (Don’t like ’em!)

  • Jeny John

    March 16, 2013 at 12:29 am

    You have a beautiful kitchen Teresa… I just love it… Kind of my dream kitchen:)…well one day I would also have one like yours….and as you said…no wonder you cannot be away from the kitchen…it just keeps calling you gain and again….:I missed the details before..sorry…

    1. Teresa

      March 16, 2013 at 8:32 am

      Yes, we’ve done a lot with it since we moved in. We left the cabinets the same color and that is about it! When we moved in here there was one old little dinky wall-unit oven. I knew that would NEVER work for me! One of the first things we did was rip that out and order a new custom made cabinet that would fit a double oven unit. The backsplash and island were a horrid gray tile. I’m a girl who likes color so that had to go! Plus I could never roll out pie crust or homemade dumpling noodles on the island because tile is so awful to work with. I would try to cut veggies on my cutting board and the board would rock back and forth against the tile! It was awful. Not designed by someone who really cooks! I was really glad when we finally got new granite. We ordered new appliances because some of the ones here were the originals and nothing matched, then we had to redo the floor because the tiles were tenting because the previous owners tiled on top of tile! A big no, no! It took us about six months after we moved in to get everything done and painted but I really love my kitchen. I’m glad you enjoy it too!

  • Anonymous

    March 16, 2013 at 12:27 am

    You have a beautiful kitchen Teresa… I just love it… Kind of my dream kitchen:)…well one day I would also have one like yours….and as you said…no wonder you cannot be away from the kitchen…it just keeps calling you gain and again….:)

  • tessayvonne

    January 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Beautiful Kitchen! Amazed you were able to do it all yourself. While I love my kitchen, it isn’t much to look at and you have given me hope that it can be transformed.

    1. Teresa

      January 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Yes! It may take awhile and an outlay of cash over time, but it can be done! 🙂

  • Rhonda Sittig

    December 22, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Teresa–looks like such a warm friendly place– and you have so much room! I have to admit I’m a little jealous of your big double ovens. Have a lovely Christmas with everyone you cook for!

    1. Teresa

      December 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Thank you so much. I love having the double ovens. It makes things so much easier when you do a lot of baking or have a lot of company! Yes, I decorate in really warm colors – I love bright colors–whether I’m wearing them or decorating with them!

  • ~S

    October 6, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Beautiful. It looks so warm & inviting.

    1. Teresa

      October 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      It is! We love having company over.

  • LizForADay

    September 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Your kitchen is awesome. I would kill for those double ovens. 🙂

    1. Teresa

      September 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      I know. They are wonderful, especially when we have a lot of company.

  • expatchef

    September 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I am so jealous of your kitchen, and also TWO HUGE OVENS! My kitchen has one tiny rinky dinky oven, that doesn’t even work properly! Keep on cooking!

    1. Teresa

      September 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much for liking my kitchen! I love it, too.

      When we moved into this house last October all we had was one dinky oven – you couldn’t even fit a turkey in it! It was probably the original one with the house! We have completely remodeled the kitchen since then, put in new tile floors after digging up two layers of tile, new granite, new appliances, and new cabinetry in some places.

      I love having 2 ovens! I use the top one mostly, but anytime I need another one for company or holidays or Christmas cookie baking it’s SOOOO nice to have the other one!

      1. expatchef

        September 9, 2012 at 5:38 am

        I totally agree, I used to have two ovens when I lived in the states, but here, having a large one is a luxury! Hopefully when we move the oven will be less small!

  • The Muddy Kitchen

    September 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Nice, kitchen, lady! But hey, it’s so NEAT! It’s not near Muddy enough! 😉

  • petit4chocolatier

    August 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I enjoy your recipes and am still going through them. Your kitchen is beautiful and welcoming; just like your blog!

    1. Teresa

      August 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for such kind comments. I really do love cooking and making people smile by what I make. Thanks for enjoying my blog, too. I am enjoying your recipes also!

  • kathleen

    August 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Hello I enjoyed your greek salad and dressing recipe, and looking at your beautiful kitchen. I agree you need to have a beautiful kitchen in order to enjoy alot of cooking and stay in it! However, you stated you needed to find some plates for the dishes you inherited. I recommend you log on and follow the instructions i,e, brand name of dishes and patterns, they just may have it. It worth looking into. I found the ones I needed from 1934. Good luck, and happy cooking!

    1. Teresa

      August 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Really! How wonderful. All they say on the back is Shofu & Japan. I assumed Shofu was a city. Is it possible that it is the name of the pattern instead? I would love to find these. Johns grandma probably got them in either NY or NJ which is where she was living at the time. I will check it out for sure. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Glad you liked the Greek Salad – it is definitely one of our favorites!

      Sent from my iPhone

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