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In My New Kitchen

Yay! A new kitchen! One year ago this week we bought a new (to us) house. Let’s discuss.

In My New Kitchen

This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you clean on the go for a happier home.  All stories and opinions are my own.

Am I alone in LOVING behind-the-scenes looks at other people’s lives?

I always think it is super interesting to see what is happening behind the scenes. People’s pets, their kids, their favorite restaurants, and duh, their kitchens.

A couple of years ago I wrote a post called In My Kitchen so that I could share a little bit of reality in what can often seem like a really super picture-perfect world. As a food blogger it is part of my job to use food photos as a way to grab your attention. I will find you the prettiest strawberries and the piece of chicken with the most perfect grill marks. What you don’t see are all the strawberries that had bad spots, the roast chicken I burned (okay well actually you did see that), or the MOUNTAIN of dishes my job creates on the daily. My kitchen regularly looks like a bomb went off, and it really stresses me out because it is the very first thing you see when you walk into my house.

Sugar Dish Me Kitchen Window

Our house is a split level, straight out of the ’80’s. It has some definite fashion challenges, but I could not love it more and we are working on style, little by little. So when you walk in my front door there are stairs right in front of your face. When you get to the top of the stairs, right in front of you is the sink and the window pictured above. If it’s piled with dishes or I forgot to wipe down a surface, my disaster is the very first thing you see.

There are a few things I like to keep handy – things that help tone down the chocolate cheesecake batter I splattered when I turned the mixer on too high; things that quickly wipe down and sanitize my sink, so that even though it is builder-grade it is nice and sparkle clean.

Okay so disclaimer – you are about to witness why I don’t photograph anything in my kitchen. I have lots of windows and natural light, but my kitchen is also directly under a HUGE pecan tree. Shade = dark. Anyway.

My stove has a flat cooktop. It is not what I would pick and I hope to replace it sometime, but for now it works so I don’t have a good excuse to replace it. These Clorox® ScrubSingles™ are gentle enough to scrub anything I managed to cook ONTO my stove (I’m looking at you rice starch that boiled over) without scratching it up. And I can use the same wipe to scrub down my sink and counters.

My Dirty Stove

Clorox Scrub Singles

My Scrubbed Stove

The stupid kitchen vent that I hate

I can also use the same Clorox® ScrubSingles™ to clean the fake hood over my stove. Can we just be clear that this is THE MOST useless appliance in the universe? If I turn it on it sucks up smoke and then spits it back out over my head. A.K.A still in the same room. A.K.A the bacon grease that is too hot is still choking me. Hate it. But at least it’s grease-free.

You have probably also noticed that I have started painting all my cabinets. I am in love with the color (the rest of this main room is gray so it really pops), but I stopped painting because I think I am now leaning more towards just replacing all the cabinetry. We have a lot of rearranging that needs to be done for organizational purposes in this kitchen so while I initially thought I’d salvage these cabinets, I think they might end up going.

Food Safe Kitchen Cleaning

Food Safe Clorox Cleaner

My aunt and uncle gave me my prize Kitchenaid mixer as a housewarming gift last year. I love this thing so much! And I’m loving the Clorox® Pump ‘N Clean Kitchen & Dish Cleaner to wipe it down. It’s food safe – and doesn’t leave any weird chemical residues. I’ve also been loving this stuff to quickly wipe down my countertops.  All of our lunch making and sandwich prep happens right on the kitchen counter (not to mention all my pie crust and biscuits) so I like having something handy that will clean up without me feeling like I need to clean up after it.

My Kitchen Table

One of our first purchases last year was this giant kitchen/dining table. I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers and when we get together for holidays it’s a pretty good crowd. So I was determined to find a table big enough for hosting. (Note: you don’t have full photos of everything here because there are actually 59 boxes of bamboo flooring stacked under and all around my table right now. More on that soon!)

Gidget the Cat

Gidget also likes my table.

With 4 dogs and 2 cats in the house I find myself dusting an awful lot. It’s one of those things I panic about if I think people are coming over. Plus! I have all those open shelves for dish storage! No one likes dusty dish shelves, fyi.

These Clorox® Triple Action Dust Wipes are lifesavers. I can straight up dust the entire room with one little wipe. It picks up all the dust, the hair, the everything.

Soooo that’s it! A look In My New Kitchen. I will be posting periodic updates on house stuff and am super excited about all of it. I’m painting my fireplace today, so wish me luck with that! If you dig the behind-the-scenes stuff Instagram is the place for that.

This post is sponsored by Clorox—helping you clean on the go for a happier home.


Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector)

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

Those scrub singles would make my life a whole lot easier! I love your cabinet color so much!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 19th of May 2015

Thank you!

Ginny McMeans

Saturday 16th of May 2015

Your kitchen looks great and I love where you are going with it. The Clorox singles look like a life save and the pump n' clean intrigues me. Those are on my shipping list now.

Heather Tullos

Sunday 17th of May 2015

Thank you so much Ginny!!


Friday 15th of May 2015

I love the behind the scenes of your kitchen! I love your cabinet color, they are so fun! I am embarrassed to admit what is splattered all over my walls, all sorts of cooking mistakes that I just ignore. Probably time to clean them up.

Heather Tullos

Friday 15th of May 2015

Thank you! I think Chad wasn't so sure about the cabinet color lol. But now he likes it. When we moved in the whole house was brown. Ew. Anyway. I will totally vouch for the Clorox Scrub Singles! Cleaned my backsplash, stove, and sink like a champ. Also super loving the little pump with the food-safe cleaner. It does the trick!

Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats

Thursday 14th of May 2015

I love behind the scenes! If I had those Clorox wipes, my kitchen might be clean and presentable enough like yours. Love the cabinet colors too.

Heather Tullos

Friday 15th of May 2015

ahahhaha Laura. I should have taken a "before" I cleaned it photo.

Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do

Thursday 14th of May 2015

Love this peek into your kitchen, Heather!! And your over the sink pans?? GENIUS. I need to make that happen.

Heather Tullos

Friday 15th of May 2015

The over the sink pans were a necessity at our old place because we had NO space. But I love how accessible they are so I kept it when we moved! $12 at Ikea.