Farmhouse Kitchen

Remember my macaroni and cheese kitchen?

I can’t believe I’m about to type this or imagine this or even think this out loud.

Or say this with a straight face.

But it’s not so macaroni and cheese any more.

White Kitchen Hutch


I mean….really….this statement from the girl who made the pancakes.

And brought the roast to garden club.

And who is on a first name basis with the waitresses at Cracker Barrel and has the gas station pizza man on speed dial.


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So you can understand my hesitancy to actually say the words out loud.


Friend to friend…..I know this will not really be a big surprise, but I’m not really known for my cooking.

I’ve actually shown up to a dinner party where we were supposed to bring dessert with chocolate chip cookies….the kind you pull-apart and put on a cookie sheet in the oven and bake…..

…..still in the package and asked the hostess to make then for me.


Farmhouse Kitchen Pass Through

But then I started writing a blog.

And at the beginning of the year I was part of a group of bloggers who challenged ourselves to do something that we thought was impossible….something that we had never done….something that we thought was beyond our reach.

Some people built furniture from scratch or added a bathroom or organized their pantry or wrote the declaration of independence on the head of pin.

I baked bread.

Gray Hutch

And I was scared and overwhelmed and nervous and it took me almost an entire day and I had to buy all kinds of new things for the kitchen… flour and baking soda.  And the bread was lopsided and flat on one side and really well-done on top.

But it none of that mattered.

Because I did it.

I baked bread.

Because of you.

Because you cheered me and uplifted me and told me I could and gave me tips and encouraged me….every step of the way.

Joy Christmas

And after the bread it was all downhill.

I was on a roll (pun absolutely intended).


I made this and this and this…..oh…..and this was my very favorite.

And my family was so happy.

And then I got all about myself and added a recipes tab to the top of the blog.

Now don’t get me wrong.

No one is winning any blue medals at the State Fair.

The Food Network will never know my name.

My “macaroni and cheese kitchen” will never become will never become “leg of lamb served with asparagus with apple vinaigrette” kitchen.

But I’m learning.

And trying.  And messing up.  And trying again.

And buying pots and pans and a cookie sheet and a colander and a grater……and spices.

Because I’m determined.

Recipe Wall

And now I need your help.

It’s the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas and tomorrow each of the bloggers will be having a linky party to celebrate.

And I chose recipes.

A recipe link party!  I think it’s going to be so much fun!

I’m so excited and I can’t wait to see what you recommend.

So can you and your top recipes stop by tomorrow for a visit and link up.

I can’t wait to cook them or bake them or saute’ them or broil them or grill them.

My macaroni and cheese kitchen and I will be waiting. 🙂

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  1. Image for Lisa Lisa

    That is an awesome success story Karianne - the fact that you conquered cooking so much that you now have a recipe tab! Feels good to learn some new tricks doesn't it? I conquered my fear of power tools the last year or so and now I'm thinking about what I'm going to go after next :)

  2. Image for Beverly Beverly

    We're proud of you, too, KariAnne. Your kitchen is so gorgeous it doesn't need enhancing with food, but you have added to the appeal with the aroma of baking bread and other yummies! And, now you've gone and added a recipe section. Yes, you should be proud of yourself. Now, speaking of recipes, you still ... haven't baked my Apple Pudding recipe. It was featured on the last Pink Saturday. You remember. We talked about this, and you were going to bake it. So, get going and just do it. It is so good you'll be wanting to come to North Carolina just so you can hug me. ;)

  3. Image for Keeping it Cozy Keeping it Cozy

    You go, KariAnne! I always say I learned to cook from Pioneer Woman (and I'm not joking)... when I first started really cooking, I would spend forever looking at each picture. In terms of cooking, I definitely think practice makes perfect. That means before you know it, Food Network will be contacting you. ;-) Hope you are having a great week!

  4. Image for Laura Laura

    I am laughing so hard over the chocolate chip cookies, because I am sure you actually did that, but I am so proud of how far you have come in your cooking. Your kitchen is fabulously beautiful. Hugs, Laura

  5. Image for Bliss Bliss

    Don't you be trying to distract me from all your cute decorations with talk of food and recipes. If I get in the kitchen to do something other than clean it, I'll be linking up a recipe. If not, when is the cleaning link party? Bliss

  6. Image for Kim Kim

    The absolute best recipe for Christmas is the Peppermint Red Velvet cake. It is a Southern Living recipe and it is so Christmas!

  7. Image for Amy@ The Avery House Amy@ The Avery House

    Oh you are just so awesome KariAnne! I just love everything about your blog and your sincerity and your wittiness, and your honesty, and your realness . . . You basically just ROCK! I am inspired by your efforts and success at becoming more than a macaroni and cheese kitchen. In life it does take practice, practice, practice and we are never too old to learn something new. You have inspired me to get in my kitchen and make it more than a pizza and sauce and noodles kinda of place. Congratulatins on your 12 Days of Christmas. They have been so much fun to read each day!

  8. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Well, you have certainly come a long way!!...Your kitchen is not just the mac and cheese out of the box variety....but of the gourmet variety...the kind with the expensive ingredients like truffles...and maybe a spash of the secret ingredient...grey pompon... Thank you for making a year of mornings begin on such a positive I have said hubby makes me laugh every morning...and then there is you and your are definitely on the top of the list of people who make my day!!....

  9. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Macaroni and cheese can bake bread....THAT is a talent. And now you are going to have a lot of very good recipes, you are going to be invincible! You and your macaroni and cheese kitchen...dangling earrings, red lipstick, and cute as a button New York walking shoes....I can see it now! Great post, by the way...too funny. And, just so you know, you can go really far now that you have spices and a colander! ;)

  10. Image for Karen Karen

    Beautiful. That cracked me up. The kind you pull apart and actually bake. LOL I think you are actually supposed to measure, mix, form on the cookie sheet and bake. The tub of dough count as homemade cookies. Cooking can be easy. hard to for me to squeeze it into my busy day. Not as motivated now with two small kids. Glad you challenged yourself and baked bread. sure know how decorate. :) Karen

  11. Image for Kelly @ JAX does design Kelly @ JAX does design

    I love cooking & baking and trying new recipes - looking forward to seeing what everyone shares at your linky party :-) I found a great recipe for chicken that is so easy, it's not even really a recipe - it's just putting four ingredients into a baking dish and sticking it in the oven. Here, try it tonight, you'll love it!

  12. Image for Kelli Kelli

    Girl! I LOVE that glittery banner that you've got goin' on! I tried to make one for our Christmas tree...and it turned out looking like tortilla chips on a string. After looking at your pics though...I am inspired again. ;) Congrats on the bread baking! There is something about sharing a warm loaf of homemade bread with your family. btw: Your humility shines through in your writing. I love that. :)

  13. Image for Bethanie Bethanie

    I love that shot of your kitchen...I dont remember ever seeing it before. I've told you this before, I wish we lived closer I could do the cooking and baking and you could make something amazing for me from trash you picked up along side the road!! Im emailing you my pound cake recipe...Im pretty famous for it :)!! You're not alone in the non-cooking world, my neighbor may be the absolute worse. I talk her thru a recipe in baby steps like, "brown the ground beef"...because yes, she's been known to put it in raw!!!

  14. Image for Regina Regina

    Don't forget your Pecan Pie!!! I still want to try that recipe . . . I've come to the conclusion that there are no PERFECT homemakers. You know the kind - straight house, CLEAN house, perfectly decorated, can cook anything, entertains well, remembers to send greeting cards that don't say "belated," and is CRAFTY. No. Everyone has a Waterloo. For me, it's the greeting cards, crafty, and keeping the house straight. The other night, in the midst of preparing for our class party, my husband said, "I can't imagine people who just do this for THEMSELVES!" LOL Can't wait to check things out tomorrow! I'll send you my favorite chocolate pie recipe, passed down from my mom. You'll love it! PS - I saw a tool box like you have on your table in a pic on FB from Olde Crow Antiques in Sturgis, but it was BLUE. I NEED IT. :) Don't know where, but I do . . . ;)

  15. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Your kitchen is stunning! I don't know where to start on what I love! Your hutch looks so festive! The island is one of my favorites! I also adore your Bingo card pillow and the sleigh! I'm so proud of you for baking bread! I'm not known for my cooking either,so I really understand! You're right we challenge each other! I have been in more messes and learned to get out of them through my blogging friends!

  16. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    From a non foodie here, I would have brought the cookies fully baked... still in the BOX. :) Actually, non foodie types find special ways to make their contribution rather special... by going to the local deli and getting their homemade stuff. See? Homemade! No rule it had to be in my house, right?! Your kitchen is nothing short of spectacular. I adore your transom window effect above your sink and that recipe wall! Thank-you so much for sharing your home with us for the last 12 days, seeing more of yours has been such a treat!

  17. Image for Natalie Natalie

    I would never be able to guess that cooking is not one of your strong points by looking at your kitchen, It's nothing short of gourmet! I'm looking forward to your recipe link party tomorrow. It just so happens that I posted a recipe last night :-)

  18. Image for Janet Cole Janet Cole

    Hi, sweetie! My go-to recipe for family and company alike is taco soup with cheesy corn muffins: Brown a pound of ground beef then add 3 cans of Ranch Style beans (I use the ones with sweet onions), 3 cans of Rotel, 2 cans of corn and/or hominy, a packet of taco seasoning and a packet of Ranch dressing mix....let it simmer and it makes the house smell like you've been cooking all day!. Cornbread muffins: mix 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread, 5 eggs 1 tub (16 oz) cottage cheese, 2 cups cheddar cheese, 1 can of corn (drained), 1 cup diced onion, salt and pepper, and 1 stick of melted butter and pour into muffin tins...cook at 350 for 15-20 minutes - YUM! These things are a meal in you!

  19. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Nothing like tackling something new! If you can take on the kitchen, you can take on the world!! =) You kitchen is stunning btw... I love all of the white. Sheer perfection in my opinion.

  20. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Looking forward to it! You rock!! Just love your kitchen, your humor, your wit and your realness. Have a great one!

  21. Image for Emilou Emilou

    KariAnne, have so enjoyed your participation in the 12 Days of Christmas. Thank you for sharing. MERRY CHRISTMAS

  22. Image for Grey Grey

    You are so darling! This has been a wonderful 12 days of fun for me to see everything. If you made bread, you truly can do anything. I will send some of my favorite recipes by email. I love sharing.

  23. Image for Sue Sue

    I have so enjoyed your 12 days of Christmas series Karianne. So much fun and inspiration. You say you don't cook? Well, I don't craft, and yet I have made about 3 new "crafty" things this holiday season. What is the world coming to!?! I guess we are both stretching our wings ~ Merry Christmas!

  24. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Gosh KariAnne, This post made me realize I've been reading your blog for a whole year, It really does not seem that long. And wow you have really made lots of new things during this year. I will try to link up tomorrow. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  25. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Wow have you really only had your blog for a year? Your really good at it. I Have enjoyed the 12 days of Christmas series and am kind of sad to see it come to an end. I enjoy ending my day reading your post. You should be so proud of all the things you have learned and have gotten to experience.Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  26. Image for Becca Becca

    Is this the same woman who said (at the conference) that you don't cook or bake?! Glad you proved yourself wrong ... yippee!!!! And, your kitchen looks beautiful with Christmas splashed around!!

  27. Image for Susan @ Afford Your Passions Susan @ Afford Your Passions

    I'm so sorry that I've been so busy that I haven't had the chance to visit your blog for a couple of weeks - boy, it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do. Your kitchen is just stunning - if my kitchen was that pretty, I wouldn't want to mess it up by doing mundane things like, oh, you know - actual cooking! Your photography is beautiful, as well!

  28. Image for Audrey Zumwalt Audrey Zumwalt

    LOVE your kitchen ... Did I tell you how much I enjoyed your 12 Days of Christmas ... well, I did and you did an outstanding job. Christmas Blessings, Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures

  29. Image for jodi jodi

    your kitchen is lovely....your whole home is spectacular! I love it! :) Your big white "tool box" caught my eye right away! I bought an old tool box this fall and got it home and it's really long and big, and I thought what the heck do I do with it! I love yours filled with pine cones...I may have to borrow that idea! :) Take care! Jodi

  30. Image for Felicia Felicia

    I wanted to add a comment so I could get my name in fancy font... I love your style. And writing. I'd like to think if we knew each other in real life, we might be friends. Anyway, cute story about baking bread.'s a big deal! I too taught myself to cook with the help of Martha Stewart and the internet. A girl has to start somewhere... Cheers!

  31. Image for Israel Israel

    When the Gibson girl was about the place, men often acted like blockheads, overcome by her beauty, confidence and provocative allure. This year I had one of the most glamorous experiences in my life - I attended Toronto Fashion Week. that can offer you a great deal of fashion tips for your special occasion.

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