hi everyone! for today’s post, i’m in the kitchen and proudly showing off one of my favorite things to bake, homemade chocolate chip pumpkin cookies! i’ve shared the recipe in the past, but it’s something that gets me excited for the fall season and also excited about being in the kitchen.
wolf, who makes great cooking appliances and kitchen tools, recently did a survey for its reclaim the kitchen program and found that about one in every five adults only use their oven on occasion or for holidays. they also found that about 60% of 18-34 year olds eat snack or junk food for dinner and that if it takes longer than 30 minutes to cook a meal, 25% will just order takeout instead. i admit that i have a love/hate relationship with being in the kitchen, and these stats sounded all too familiar to me, mainly because the kitchen can sometimes feel overwhelming. that being said, with some goals i’ve made this past year, i’ve spent more time in our kitchen this year compared to others and have been enjoying it (for the most part).
wolf asked me to share my three suggestions for “reclaiming the kitchen,” and below are the three i get most excited about, that have definitely helped me feel more at home and comfortable in my kitchen space.
ONE: make it a place you love, somewhere you want to be in! for me, that means a bright white kitchen, that has pops of color and things i love. keeping it clean and tidy has also helped me want to go into the kitchen more, which is never a bad thing. ;) we try our best to keep the sink empty of dishes, and such a simple thing tends to go a long way to making the space feel more inviting. it’s not always this way!!! but it’s something we’ve noticed does make a big difference when it does happen. also, you all know how much i love fresh flowers, and keeping some in our kitchen space always makes me happy.
TWO: make the food you love, and keep it simple! often we feel overwhelmed by tons of pressure to make the perfect meal (whatever that is!). i think one of the best ways to eliminate stress here is to start off easy and simple. this year, i’ve realized how many foods there are that i can prepare in one step (like roasting, sautéing, boiling, or even assembling raw) and plenty of one pot dishes and meals. but most importantly, just make the things you love! think about the food you liked growing up, the recipes you grew up with at home. we have a few of our staple recipes (many of which were my favorite dishes my mom made me growing up) and made the recipes into magnets on the side or right on top of our fridge so they are always easy to see and access.
also, i actually get most excited about baking, over cooking! and i’m proud of how much i love to bake. especially since josh enjoys cooking so much, it makes it feel a little bit more even. haha! so don’t sell yourself short if you’re in the kitchen more to bake than cook, it counts for something! you’re doing it!
and THREE: cook with other people! share the kitchen with the ones you love! make it social, if you’d like. food has always been something that brings people together, and that doesn’t just have to start once you’re eating, it can start before you even sit down at the table, in the kitchen! josh and i have loved involving our kids in the kitchen with us. i’ve talked about this a lot before, but it’s something that i think is really important, and it’s amazing how some of our favorite family memories have taken place while helping make food together in our kitchen. i know that sometimes it’s messier, and takes much longer when we include the kids in the cooking process, but i believe in it so much, and it’s done a lot for our family.
i’d love to hear any of your own tips for creating a welcoming space and reclaiming your kitchen! thank you to wolf for sponsoring this blog post. you can head over to reclaimthekitchen.com to see more tips and tricks. and also thank you to our trusty tripod for helping josh and me get into a couple of photos together! maybe that should be another tip? to put the camera on a tripod in the kitchen?! we’ve never laughed so hard the way we did trying to get these last few photos. i don’t know, but i might be onto something with that last one. you’ll have to let me know if you try it. ;)