Author Archives: Southern Roots Kitchen

About Southern Roots Kitchen

A writer who loves to share her experiences in the kitchen.

Kitchen Decor

Do you watch HGTV? Or see different ideas for decorating your kitchen in magazines, online, and even on Facebook? Decorating your kitchen does not have to be a tedious task nor is it something that has to be done fast and in a hurry. Just like decorating any other room in your house, take your time to create a space that you will enjoy spending time in.

Have a favorite color or two? Use those to spruce up your kitchen. Shades of one particular color work well.

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These cabinets were painted but no worries if you don’t have the option to paint. Accent pieces work well. What can you do to give your kitchen some color?

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Colored vases, mason jars, or plates hanging on the wall give your cooking space, a life of its own. No one wants to cook or entertain in a boring dull kitchen.

What can you do to add more color to your kitchen?


Taste Test Tuesday: Nana’s Apple Cake

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday is from Tastefully Simple. It’s considered a fan favorite. It’s Nana’s Apple Cake.

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Nana’s Apple Cake

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Did you have guests pop over for a visit? Need a treat for your child’s classroom? Or maybe you just want a quick dessert to go with tonight’s dinner. Nana’s Apple Cake Mix is just the thing for you. Made with just chopped apples and eggs, this sweet cinnamon-spiced cake in ready in just under an hour.

If you don’t have any apples on hand, applesauce, pears, peaches, canned pumpkin, pineapples, and mandarin oranges work too. You can add walnuts to give it a crunch. Nana’s Apple Cake is a great choice for brunch or even just a snack. It’s a kosher product and makes about 9 servings.

You can check out my website for more recipes.  Thanks for stopping by today and sure to grab a piece of Nana’s Apple Cake before you leave.


Kitchen Tip: Ice cube trays are not just for making ice

 

They come in plastic, metal, rubber and have a variety of colors and shapes. Ice cube trays are not just for making ice anymore. This tray will help you with your cooking needs. Check out some of these creative ideas.

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Herbs
– Mix fresh herbs in with water or stock to use later on soups, sauces, or sautees.

Stock – Fill stock in trays and use for sauces, soups, etc.

Coffee – Got milk? Add these cubes for iced coffee.

Lemons – Put them in juices and iced tea; instant Arnold Palmer.

Pesto – Freeze to use year-round

Caramelized Onions – Easy access for future dinners

Baby Food – Do you make your own? Or need space in the cabinet? Freeze and thaw when ready to enjoy. 4-6 months = 2 cubes; 6-9 months = 4 cubes; 9-12 months= 6 cubes 

Drinks – Freeze the actual drink and use them as cubes instead of water.

Tomato Paste – Use when a recipe calls for small portions (ex. 1 or 2 tsp.)

Egg Whites – Freeze for later use when a recipe only calls for the yolks.

Wine – Freeze and use in your next batch of spaghetti sauce or scampi.

Popsicles – Got juice? Make Popsicles with sticks.

Jell-O – Great idea for kids portion.

Dessert Buffet – Fill each compartment with sprinkles, nuts, candy, etc.

 

Now below are some non-cooking ideas for ice cube trays


Jewelry – Place small items in the compartments for safekeeping.

Screws & Bolts – Easy to find when you need to hang a picture on the wall.

Paint – Kids want to paint pictures? Add a different color to each section.

Vitamins & Pills – Separate your medicine for the week.

We hope you enjoyed these creative ways to use ice cube trays. Got any other ideas? Let us know!

 


Kitchen Tips Thursday: Cleaning with Lemons

Happy Thursday Everyone. Thank you so much for joining each week for Kitchen Tip Thursdays. This week   we are going to be doing some cleaning. Don’t worry we’re cleaning with lemons. We will feature ways to clean your kitchen with lemons and lemon juice.  (more…)


Healing Herbs and Spices

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Going through Pinterest I came across this photo. What do you think?

Do you cook with herbs and spices? Have you used them for other things besides cooking? I know I will drink mint tea if I have an upset stomach, but I notice the chart says to try basil. This seems like an interesting task.

This has me thinking, could herbs and spices really help with ailments? Looks like I have some research to do. It would be nice to see which items that we have in our pantry can help us obtain a healthy lifestyle.

Have you tried any of these? Got some tips to share? Feel free to comment and let me know!!