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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When Someone You Love is Depressed

Soften Saturday: When Someone You Love is Depressed

This week’s post is raw and from my heart. I’m not an expert in this area. I’m just a girl who loves a fella who battles depression.  It’s with his help and blessing that I write this. I’m also grateful for our friends who also struggle to kick depression to the curb or love someone… 

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Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two | In Johnna's Kitchen

Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two (gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo)

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, even in the heat of Summer.  Sometimes when it’s really hot, like it’s going to be later this week, the only time of day I really want to use the oven is first thing in the morning.  On those days, I make a Dutch Baby/German Pancake for… 

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Tomato Basil Sauce | In Johnna's Kitchen

Red Wine Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

This pasta sauce, it’s the best pasta sauce ever.  Well, maybe not ever.  How about, it’s the best pasta sauce I’ve ever made?  Yeah, that’s it.  I’ve made lots of variations on pasta sauce, but this one is the deal.  Red wine tomato basil pasta sauce, make this with me, won’t you? Here’s the story… 

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injohnnaskitchen smores cupcake  (504x600)

Happy National S’Mores Day!

I love me a food holiday and today is one of my absolute favorites. It’s National S’mores Day! Today I’m sharing some of my recipes for S’mores, all with a twist on the traditional campfire favorite.  At the bottom of the post, I’ve included some resources to help you make s’mores at home, even without… 

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Five Feel Good Travel Tips | In Johnna's Kitchen

Soften Saturday: Five Feel Good Travel Tips

Perhaps I’ve mentioned this, but in case I haven’t, I’ve been on the go all Summer, travel, travel, adventure and more travel!  Travel is one of my very favorite things to do, right up there with cooking and baking and having fun.  That said, I know travel is sometimes stressful, exhausting and can be a… 

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Plantain Pizza Crust | In Johnna's Kitchen

Plantain Pizza Crust (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, grain free)

One of my very favorite appetizers in the KC area is the Sopes at Mestizo in Leawood.  (I can’t believe I’ve never told you about Mestizo!) I love their margaritas.) Their version of Sopes is a slightly crispy masa shell topped with black beans, a smoky tomatillo salsa, greens and radishes.  It’s not only delicious,… 

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