Hello 2013. New Year, New Home, New Kitchen.

17 Jan
Trucking up the Newport Coast, leaving the OC behind.

Trucking up the Newport Coast, leaving the OC behind.

Whew. Well, I apologize for such a long pause on the blogging, but exciting things have been afoot. I also apologize for never revealing the Tiny Kitchen Remodel in its fullest, because now there’s no need.

Yes folks, there’s a new kitchen in town. In fact, it’s a new town and a new home. The Husband and I packed up the furry kids, most of the house and the surprisingly large amount of kitchen equipment I have and put it in a U-Haul. We survived the freeways of Los Angeles (see This Is LALA Land for more info on that—she’s a stronger woman than I) and crossed into our hallowed land of Santa Barbara.

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A real live porch!

It seems that asking the universe for things can work on occasion. My esteemed, wise and wonderful mother-in-law encouraged us to decide what house we wanted, and seriously—we have the pictures to prove that we got exactly what we wanted, and then some. But apparently, the universe wants me to have dishpan hands, as it refuses to provide me with a dishwasher. Yet.

But I’m not complaining, I swear I’m not, because we basically got a new house, even though we’re renting. Huge front and back yards with several citrus trees and large areas for vegetable gardens (yes, prepare for gardening posts!), a porch, a spare bedroom, windows galore, an ocean view (!!) and an office each for The Husband and I. Oh, and more storage space than we know what to do with.

It's new, it's shiny and not-so-tiny...

It’s new, it’s shiny and not-so-tiny…

And the kitchen. I actually got to take the plastic off new appliances (though not a dishwasher, as previously mentioned) and kept opening the oven to see how much space was inside. What? You mean I can fit a cookie sheet SIDEWAYS?! The fun thing is that the layout is the same as the Tiny Kitchen, but expanded, so it didn’t take too long to get used to it. But now what do I call my blog? The Not-So-Tiny Kitchen Stories? Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Suggestions on a postcard please, readers.

So you can imagine that moving house right before the holidays was a little stressful, juggling work (thank you, patient clients!), social engagements and packing. We didn’t even have time to put up any Christmas decorations, but in the end that didn’t matter, as about three streets away there was a house so overdecorated you could see if from space. I’m not kidding—the photo only shows the smallest part of the lights and decorations that rampaged across this property. I’m sure you could have supplied a small African country with power for a year with the electricity they used over the Christmas period.

I think that's a polar bear. It was hard to see anything past the mass of lights.

I think that’s a polar bear. It was hard to see anything past the mass of lights.

But now we’re settled in, and meals have been made, breaking in the new kitchen very nicely. It’s been nice finding our new routines, like morning coffee together on the porch, enjoying the view and throwing the frisbee for Kayla while the cat looks on from the window. Enviously, as he’s lost outdoor privileges due to coyote proximity. (Don’t feel too bad for him—he’s an elderly purebred Maine Coon with about as much street smarts as a Tellytubby.) I’ve joined a running Meetup and have already gotten up to 6.5 miles, and regular readers will know what a pleasant surprise that was for me. They’ve got a farmer’s market twice a week in town, which seems like a total luxury and only fair since the only Whole Foods is all the way across town.

The Husband and I have even had some friends over, and that’s where this recipe stems from. I had invited my dear friend Rose over for tea and to see the house, and had nothing to serve with our hot drinks. A quick trip to the store after an internet search for inspiration produced these lovely muffins. They’re paleo, of course, but still light and fluffy.

The morning light in my house is awesome for pics!

The morning light in my house is awesome for pics!

Paleo Banana-Blueberry Muffins

Makes one dozen.

2 cups almond flour
3 eggs
1 whole, very ripe banana, peeled and mashed
3 Tbls maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp almond or coconut oil
1 cup blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line your muffin tin with paper cups and set aside.

Whisk the eggs together well, then add the rest of the wet ingredients: Banana, syrup, vinegar, extract and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: Almond flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and stir just until mixed. Fold in the blueberries carefully, then evenly fill the muffin cups.

Bake for 25 minutes and eat at least one while still warm.

Fresh from the oven and golden brown.

Fresh from the oven and golden brown.

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19 Responses to “Hello 2013. New Year, New Home, New Kitchen.”

  1. girlinafoodfrenzy January 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Congratulations!!! A beautiful new home, garden, gorgeous light AND new kitchen! I can hear your heart going pitter patter all the way from here! Hopefully your furry children are getting settled in too and those Christmas lights are insanely (beautiful) and definitely a once in a year kinds thing!

    Look forward to new tales from your home 🙂

    • tinykitchenstories January 18, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Those Christmas lights were on another house, thankfully, but it was nice of them to share their Xmas spirit! Kayla and Lenin seem perfectly happy, and Lenin doesn’t even seem too bothered about his captivity. Thanks so much!

  2. An Unrefined Vegan January 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Yippeee!! Looks like heaven! Happy new home!

  3. Pearl January 18, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    So happy for you! Can’t wait to see all of the new Kitchen Creations 🙂

  4. veggiewhatnow January 18, 2013 at 6:21 am #

    Congrats on your new home! 🙂

  5. Shira January 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Wow – congratulations Jennifer! So amazing to see your gorgeous kitchen – there are similarities to mine right down to your kettle 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us all my friend!

    • tinykitchenstories January 23, 2013 at 10:40 am #

      I’m so pleased we have similar items in our kitchens! That makes me very happy. As does my new kitchen! Thanks for your lovely comment. 🙂

  6. ayearinredwood January 21, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    Congratulations! And best wishes in your new home. Love your new kitchen and adore your porch!

    • tinykitchenstories January 23, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Thank you so much! We adore our porch too, especially with its ocean and Channel Island views. We are very grateful.

  7. Mama's Gotta Bake January 27, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Congrats to you! It is my dream to one day re-locate to Santa Barbara. Our son is up there now going to school, and I think it is one of the most idyllic places on earth. No need for valium when you live in Santa Barbara. Enjoy your new life!

    • tinykitchenstories January 28, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      I’m loving it! I hope you do relocate to SB–we could share some great dining and baking experiences. In the meantime, just visit your son as often as possible! 🙂

  8. eof737 January 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Congratulations on your move! It all looks wonderful! looking forward to more. 🙂

  9. Anastasia March 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I was just searching through your posts to find the missed remodeling pictures, and found this! Beautiful new home! Congratulations! I love the kitchen too! Hope to see more posts from it soon!

    • tinykitchenstories March 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Thank you! The remodel never got fully done until we moved, sadly, and by that time I was SO excited about the new house! We’re renting, but man I love it. Thanks for the note! 🙂

      • Anastasia March 18, 2013 at 10:40 am #

        We are renting too,no nice porch, but a large kitchen (well, by San Francisco standards).I hope your tiny kitchen will have something for my low-calorie challenge!

        • tinykitchenstories March 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

          I’d love to! I hope I don’t miss the deadline though. Thanks for the invite! 🙂

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