Howdy, dear friends! Today I’m bringing you a practical and cute idea for your kitchen! I put together this tray of a few of my stove-side cooking essentials. A crock of my favorite wooden spoons, my old-fashioned kitchen timer, pepper and salt in little ramekins, cooking oil in a pretty container, a pot of faux flowers and a vintage platter decorated with a delightful spray of apple blossoms. I love having these things easily accessible while I’m preparing a meal for my family and I love it even more if it looks cute! I’m intentional about creating little areas of loveliness in the nooks and crannies of my home. It just seems to add some cheer to my daily routines. You see, our environment affects our mood and emotions. When we surround ourselves with beauty in a fresh, clean home it brings comfort and joy. It’s what makes home feel homey! This idea of a stove-side cooking tray is so simple yet so delightful because it’s pretty and practical!
“But every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home, sweet home;
For there the heart can rest.”
~Henry Van Dyke
All you need to do is just gather a few things you use to cook with every day and put them on a tray with something pretty! I found my tray at Walmart for around $10. My pretty oil container is from the Pioneer Woman Collection at Walmart too. The sweet apple blossom platter cost me $5 at my local flea market. I already had my kitchen timer and the white ramekins/custard cups to put my salt and pepper in (you certainly can use salt and pepper shakers too!). By putting your wooden spoons in a crock or large jar makes them easy to grab instead of having to rummage through the drawer looking for your favorite one. The little stand for the platter came from Michaels. It’s so easy to put together!
It sure adds a little sunshine to your cooking corner!
“Why do we love certain houses, and why do they love us?
It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings.”
~T.H. Robs John-Gibbings
I hope you enjoyed this simple yet practical idea to bring convenience and beauty into your kitchen!
Bless your family…make home sweet!
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Howdy! Meet Aunt Ruthie from the Ozark hills of Branson, Missouri. She’s a happily married mama of four and “Honey” to eight grand babies.
Ruthie’s co-authored four books on home and family with Harvest House Publishers and has been blogging for 10 years at Sugar Pie Farmhouse. Her blog is where you’ll find ideas to help make your home as sweet as Sugar Pie!
She’s a Mama on a mission! Her passion is to encourage women of all ages to turn their hearts back home and create a warm and cozy nest for their loved ones. “We can’t control what happens in the world, but we can do a lot of things to make sure our home is safe, secure and filled with comfort, joy and love. It’s all about being a blessing to those who are dear to our hearts!”
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