Friday, December 19, 2014

...and the Stockings Were [Finally] Hung

The store may look like Christmas....
it has for 6 weeks...

The Summer Kitchen Girls are
Finally getting their decorating groove on in their homes! 

This year we decorated the mantel with vintage plates, silver, candles, evergreens.... 
& put pretty vintage ornaments win some silver vases ~ lovin' this!!! 

Hoping to be back with some more decorations before Christmas!
Enjoy your weekend!!

~ Karla & Karrie

Love to see more Christmas decorating ideas?
Stop over to Ivy & Elephants as we join in What's it Wednesday!!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Let it Enamelware!

We think better under pressure ~ how about you?
We had 1 hour until we needed to go up to 
The Maumee Anitque Mall and take a load of furniture, accessories 

In that pile were some ho-hum galvanized tin tubs and ladles.

Don't get us wrong...we LOVE enamelware....
but we wanted to make them

Soooooo we came up with a plan!
We added "snow"
and found little trinkets and trees around the store
and glued them into place....

Tied some ribbon on them so they could hang...
making one of the cutest diorama ideas we've seen!

Perfect to hang in the house...
or we think outside replacing the traditional wreath!!

What will you make today?

Thanks for stopping by The Summer Kitchen!
~Karla & Karrie

Join us for What's it Wednesday
on Ivy & Elephants
for more fun Christmas decorating ideas!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shine On....

What happens after our Open House
you may ask?

We get some housework done!
This morning I was putzing along 
and decided to polish my 
1987 silver trophy I picked up at
The Summer Market this year.....

Not that I didn't mind it tarnished at all...
I just felt like polishing...
and when that feeling comes
I've learned to act on it ~ lol!

I love using this beside the stove to put all of my spatulas in...
so pretty & fun....

at least for today.....

Monday, November 10, 2014

It's all about location....

Oh my!
It's such a busy time for The Summer Kitchen Girls!
was last weekend.....
so for the past month we've been planning, creating and displaying
all of the new merchandise in the store!!

It's ALL about the placement of merchandise...
and we are pretty proud of it ~ for those of you that have never visited our store, 
we are out in the
so we are a 
so every square inch is filled to the brim
with things for customers to ohhhhh & ahhhh over!

You'd never believe how many times we move things around so that they are
JUST SO.....

ok...we are a little OCD over this...
but it works....everyone always things the store looks fabulous.

How about you?
Do you move things around in your home a lot?
(It's ok...we do too!!)

If you'd like to see a little more from the store...just click on the link
on "Christmas Open House" above!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Moo Light Up My Life....

Every so often while shopping an estate sale or flea market
 you come across something you
 just can't part with...
and so begins the
tale of two cows

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” 
oh wait a minute....tale of two cows...
not Tale of Two Cities ~ lol!

every time we get home from a picking trip we
dump everything that needs washed at my house
and I leisurely wash everything and sit it out to dry....

Wouldn't you know that those two cows
kept tugging on my heartstrings?
so...just for fun I sat them in my dish cupboard

Well....they seemed so happy
winking and all at me...
how could I resist?  
 So now when I put dishes away
is what I see....

what a way to enjoy cleaning up the kitchen!!

Today we're joining
Patti & Paula for What's it Wednesday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gather Around the Bonfire....

Thursday night we had our
Bonfire & Bluejeans Tea 
at the store....

It was fantastic evening...with great friends...
Spooky Stories by the fire
and some delicious....

 Creamy White Chili

This is probably one of the best white chili recipe we have ever made,
 so of course we had to share it with you....


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • (we used a mixture of white and dark meat)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • (we used low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • In a large saucepan, saute the chicken, onion and garlic powder in
  • oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add the beans, broth, chilies
  • and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; 
  • simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and cream. 
  • Yield: 7 servings.

 It was truly a delightful evening!!

Monday, October 06, 2014

What's wrong McFly?


We came across an estate sale that was
of chickens...
and this is what we thought of:

yep, that's right ~ Marty McFly!

there were a
chickens in this home....
(we'll clarify...a bazillion chicken figurines! lol!)

You know when you go into an estate sale 
and you might see, let's say, a lot of dog figurines...
but you still see some other figurines besides the dogs....
NOT the case in this house...


 And so many to choose from...
we left with a 
of them
at least!!

 Have you ever seen so much
Poultry before?

All different colors and styles.....

We love the ones that are Sugar/Creamers
with Salt & Peppers on top!

Seeing all of these chicken got us thinking about
Foghorn Leghorn

(oh you've just love looney tunes!)

and that's,
 I say that's all folks!


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