Design Trend: Marble Waterfall Kitchen Island

Marble Waterfall Kitchen Islands are a beautifully contemporary addition to your kitchen, and a popular trend to consider for your renovations! Here is some inspiration to help you design the perfect kitchen!

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A large contemporary kitchen features a Calcutta marble waterfall kitchen island seating five white and gray upholstered counter stools sat on blonde wood floors lit by two nickel and glass diamond pendants hung from a tray ceiling.

The kitchen was remodelled and a long island bench installed to direct the eye through the house and out to the sunny courtyard.

No uppers. Marble waterfall island. And is that a pull out, eating bar made of reclaimed wood? I hope so, cause I totally need it!

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The Pinteresting 5: Dream Kitchens

Would you like to impress your friends and family with a 5-star kitchen? Check out these stunning kitchens to inspire you to have the dream kitchen that you have always wanted. You don’t have to be a master chef to have a kitchen that looks this good!

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Recipe: Stuffed Green Peppers

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What you need:

  • 6 green bell peppers
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans condensed tomato soup
  • Water as needed

How To:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cut the tops off the peppers, and remove the seeds. Cook peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes; drain. Sprinkle salt inside each pepper, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute beef and onions for 5 minutes, or until beef is browned. Drain off excess fat, and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomatoes, rice, 1/2 cup water and Worcestershire sauce. Cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat, and stir in the cheese.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C). Stuff each pepper with the beef and rice mixture, and place peppers open side up in a baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine tomato soup with just enough water to make the soup a gravy consistency. Pour over the peppers.
  4. Bake covered for 25 to 35 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.

Recipe: Low-Cal Fettuccine Alfredo

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What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup low-fat (2%) milk
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Neufchtel or low-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 ounces fresh fettuccine
  • Freshly ground pepper

How To:

  1. Make the sauce: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook until the garlic is slightly soft, about 1 minute. Add in the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and 3/4 teaspoon salt and cook, whisking constantly, until just thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the Neufchatel and parmesan cheese; whisk until melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot.
  3. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and gently toss to combine, adding more cooking water as needed to loosen. Season with salt. Divide among bowls and top with parmesan and pepper.

The Pinteresting Five: Trendy Tile Backsplashes

Want to give your backsplash an update? Consider tile in sparkling metallics, bold colors, interesting shapes, or even fun patterns!

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7 Best Kitchen Gadgets, Picked by Realtors

Realtors know a lot about homes, from the doors and windows down to the kitchen and all of its contents. We polled our Realtors to discover their favorite kitchen gadgets!

Vitamix

The Vitamix machine is a quality investment because it is made with you in mind! It’s easy-to-use functionality, durability, and power have made it a well-known name, even with its hefty price tag. Although the Vitamix is commonly used for it’s shake and smoothie capabilities, the machines also have the ability to create food such as soups, purees, nut butters, flours, marinades, and so much more just with the touch of a button.

“I love our Vitamix for shakes and smoothies, but also great for making hummus and salsa too.” -Ryan Main, Realtor

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Buy your Vitamix here! 

Crock Pot

The crock pot has been around since our grandmother’s time, and is the reason for some of the best home-cooked meals. As well as it’s ability to produce gourmet meals, the slow cooker also saves time, reduces energy use, and is easy to clean up.

“I like the crock pot because it tricks people into thinking I know how to cook.” -Jason Meyers, Realtor

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Purchase your Crock Pot here! 

Nespresso Machine 

If you want to wake up and make an espresso in a matter of minutes with no fuss or clean up, the Nespresso machine is for you! Although pricey ($199-$599), the espresso machine provides quality coffee with little to no effort.

“I love my Nespresso machine, it gets me going in the morning!” -Jeanne Kayne, Realtor

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Purchase your Nespresso here! 

Spiralizer

This inexpensive tool has the ability to spiralize fresh veggies into healthy noodles! A common product of a spiralizer is zucchini noodles, known as “zoodles,” which provides a nourishing base to any meal.

“I love my spiralizer! It’s great for making zucchini noodles, spiralizing potatoes, and anything else I want! It also grates and juliennes.” -Shannon Fox, Realtor

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Purchase your spiralizer here!

Cutco Knives

Cutco knives have continued to impress people for 65+ years with their quality products, amazing customer service, and lifetime guarantee. One of our favorite knives to use is the traditional cheese knife, which has perforations in the blade to prevent soft cheeses from sticking together.

“My favorite kitchen gadget will always be my cutco knives!” -Amy Green, Realtor and Co-Owner of Coastal Premier Properties

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Purchase your cheese knife here!

Electric Wine Bottle Opener 

This wine opener is perfect for any wine-o! It effortlessly opens up a bottle of wine in 3 seconds, and never gives you the risk of breaking the cork.

“My favorite kitchen gadget is an electric wine opener!” -Amy Ryan, Realtor

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Purchase your wine opener here!

Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

Scoop ice cream with ease while using the Zeroll ice cream scoop! The heat conductive fluid inside the handle uses the warmth of your hand to plump out perfect ice cream scoops with little to no effort.

“I love using my fancy ice cream scoop, the ice cream never freezes!” -Beth Van Boxtel, Realtor

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What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets? Leave us a comment below!

 

The Pinteresting Five: Open Shelving Organizing Solutions

Adding open shelving is a great way to get more storage space out of your home. Cheaper than built-ins or more cabinetry, shelving comes in a range of sizes and finishes. When it comes to organizing the items on your shelves, it’s most successful when handled in one of two ways: either by opting for a sleek, monochromatic look or embracing an eclectic style!

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