IKEA: A Few of My Favorite Things

Ikea A Few of My Favorite Things

It’s just two days until an IKEA opens near where I live.  I’m so excited to have IKEA’s 40th U.S. store just across the city from me in Merriam, Kansas.  Instead of explaining why I didn’t wait until IKEA opened a store near me to install our new kitchen, I thought today I would share with you a list of goodies beyond kitchen cabinets that I enjoy buying.  I present to you IKEA: A Few of My Favorite Things.

Over the weekend I did a little sneak preview shopping at IKEA and snapped a few pics of items I’ve purchased in the past along with a few new finds.  I’m also including a few photos of how I put these to use…. 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Sound Off Sunday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

By now, you’ve seen it. Someone in your circle of friends has shared a very scary infographic about Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte. “I’ll NEVER drink it again!,” one friend declared. “Starbucks is trying to kill us!,” shouted another. “It doesn’t even contain any pumpkin!,” exclaimed one. And a frequent one was, “Did you see this,… 

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Walnut Kale Hummus | In Johnna's Kitchen

Walnut Kale Hummus, So Very GREEN!

I am always on the hunt for a new flavor combination to incorporate into hummus.  This week I give you Walnut Kale Hummus! So yeah, it’s very green.  Not a typical color for hummus at all.  Color aside, it has a very bright flavor that is light and refreshing, not as heavy as some of… 

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Rooster St. Louis

I Ate Here: Rooster, St. Louis, MO

I live 4 hours across the state from St. Louis, but lately it has seemed like I am there more than at home.  I’ve been in St. Louis three times in the last couple of months. Every trip provides great meals, whether I count on reliable favorites like Pi Pizza or try something new, like… 

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake | In Johnna's Kitchen

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake

It’s officially all-the-things-with-pumpkin season!  I must confess, I did not make it all the way to Labor Day before baking with pumpkin.  I just couldn’t do it.  On a day that got as warm as 94 degrees, I fired up the oven and baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake.  You’re gonna love this one. It’s all… 

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Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee

I Ate Here: Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, WI

On our recent trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, we had both local beer and cheese on our must-try lists.  We were able to knock out both in one stop at Lakefront Brewery. Lakefront Brewery, makers of many varieties of gluten-full beer, also happens to be the brewer of New Grist, the first gluten-free beer to be… 

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KenChi: kimchi with a Bourbon twist

Kenchi: Kimchi with a Bourbon Twist

Kimchi in many variations hits our dinner plates here nearly everyday.  Fermented vegetables are not just good for me, but I truly crave the flavor.  Because I like my food a bit spicy, Kimchi is my favorite way to incorporate both fermented veggies and spice.  Over a year ago, during an evening cocktail-infused stroll in… 

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