Category Archives for Kitchen

Small but mighty: it’s not about how many square feet your home has, it’s what you do with it that counts

KITCHEN CREATIVE Here’s a hot tip: Small square footage doesn’t relegate you to a galley-style kitchen. According to architect Matt Franklin with M.T.N Design, thoughtfully planned L- and U-shaped kitchens can accommodate multiple cooks in cozy quarters.

The “tiny house” movement is everywhere. You can’t turn on a home-improvement channel without stumbling across a show featuring folks designing a “dream home” that’s 200 square feet and costs less to build than the price tag of most cars. It’s an enticing notion, but is this kind of extreme minimalism realistic for the long haul? Probably not.

Actually, the idea of diminutive, efficiently designed homes is far from new. Log home enthusiasts have proclaimed their love of petite floor plans for centuries, but we have more practical, dare we say livable, expectations–not to mention sound approaches to accomplishing our goals.

Four log home experts from across the United States weigh in with their best ideas for designing a home that will let you live large when you design small.

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Potato Salad Done My Way

Hey Everybody!  Yes, I’m still alive!  We’re back from vacation and it’s been hard getting back into the swing of things… I need a vacation to rest up from the vacation.   I had planned to try and post a couple of times while we were gone, but you all know how that goes.  Sometime the best intentions just don’t work out.


Anyway, we are looking forward to a busy but relaxing weekend spent with friends and family.  Tomorrow evening we are getting together with good friends for Burgers, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw and Baked Beans.    On Sunday we are having all of our grown children over for Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Potato Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Homemade Rolls and Homemade Ice Cream… Doesn’t THAT just make your mouth water?  WOW! That’s two huge meals this weekend, and I’ve been asked to make the potato salad for Saturday night, which works out perfectly for my Sunday lunch because I can just make a huge batch of potato salad for both parties.

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Giant Ginger Cookies

Even though Ginger cookies are usually reserved for fall and cold weather baking, they are one of my family’s favorite cookies, so I’m breaking all the rules and making a batch of Giant Ginger Cookies in the Texas 95° heat to go with our burger cookout tonight.

Giant is no exaggeration where these babies are concerned.  I used a #16 scoop to make these monsters.  They are larger than a golf ball, but smaller than a baseball.  They bake up thick and chewy with a warm gingery spice flavor and a gorgeous crackle exterior.  When baked and cooled they are 4″ in diameter.  That’s one HUGE cookie!

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