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Sharing my Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel today!  We’ve been anxious to do this for a couple years, so excited.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel
Wow, this was our very first remodel of any kind.  What an adventure.  We moved into our Arizona home in 2013 after living in Southern California for 5 years.  We rented the home first to make sure we enjoyed the area and home.  Needless to say, we fell in love with our neighborhood, schools, church, neighbors and the home.  We decided earlier this year we wanted to purchase the home and start some remodeling projects.  The kitchen was our first project, can’t wait to share the before and after pictures with you! We’ve partnered with Frigidaire Gallery® this year, they brought in my new beautiful stainless steel appliances.  Let’s take a look at the process.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Our home was built in 2000 and had the original cabinetry and appliances when we moved in.  Certainly not horrible, just dated.  I’m not an Oak Wood fan, so I was anxious to lighten things up.  The island was pretty small with a high barstool area.  We decided we wanted to demo the whole island and start new with a larger design.  Looking forward to replacing the flooring later this year too!

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

We are sure loving our new look!  THESE are the stools I ordered.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

We had some crown molding work done on top of our existing cabinetry, painted the existing cabinets, and started fresh with a new island install.  This was so exciting to see everything taking place.  For the cabinets, we chose Dunn-Edwards Paint “Heather” and for the island we went with “Admiral Blue.”  We were thrilled working with Timberline Cabinetry in Arizona on this project.  They were great.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Here’s a before wide shot…

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

After.  Talk about brightening the place up!  I’ve always loved working in the kitchen, but this sure makes me love it even more.  Northman Marble & Granite put in our Quartz Countertops. They were amazing to work with as well.  The color is exactly what I was looking for! Information on the countertops: Sequel Quarts from Bedrosians and the color is Bianco Venatino.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Using my new Frigidaire Gallery® Double Wall Oven has been amazing.  I have wanted a double oven ever since my love of cooking started.  Talk about a dream!  It has already saved me so much time.

Some of my favorite features so far are the quick preheat that takes just a few minutes, and the true convection option which circulates hot air throughout the oven for faster and more even baking.  Really excited to test this out on my baking, cooking a whole chicken and our turkey dinner during the Holidays.  I can steam clean the oven in 20 minutes and it’s chemical-free and odor-free. Plus the stainless steel is Smudge Proof™!  Score!  Needless to say I am going to be loving this double oven throughout every season.  So exciting!

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

We went with the Frigidaire Gallery 36″ Electric Cooktop®.  I love that there are 5 different areas where I can put my pots and pans.  When I’m cooking for a big party this comes in handy, I’ve definitely put my cooktop to use, I’ve had all 5 burners going at once!  There’s even a burner that I can adjust to the size of my pots.  If it’s large, I can use the entire burner and if it’s smaller I can adjust the size.  Love this feature.  Having the ceramic glass cooktop, makes for an easy clean up.  It’s been great to use!

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Before of our microwave area…

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

 

Light, bright and a great new microwave with so many helpful features. Mine is the Frigidaire Gallery Over-The-Range Microwave with Convection.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

With the convection feature, I can bake and brown my favorite foods with just the touch of a button.  There are ten preset options that I can set the heat from 100-450 degrees.  With my boys and all of their friends over daily, we use this microwave about a dozen times per day.  It’s been fun learning the new tricks my new microwave can do.  Love the Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel too, makes cleaning so much easier.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Before shot of the refrigerator area…

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

My happy place 🙂 I am so anxious to pick out flooring.  That is our next project.  I’m thinking a nice medium gray wood tile.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

How dreamy is my new Frigidaire Gallery® French Door Refrigerator?

The Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel resists fingerprints and cleans easily.  So incredibly necessary with all of the busy boys in my house.  The adjustable interior storage with more than 100 ways to organize and customize is so helpful. The shelves can flip-up and slide-under to help me make room for tall or large items and the humidity-controlled crisper drawers can be configured any number of ways, either side-by-side or stacked on top of each other, so I can organize the refrigerator any way I want. Heaven knows I’m always moving things around with all of the things I’m cooking and baking, so helpful!

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Before of our island/dishwasher area.  I can’t even tell you how anxious I was for the “after” of this area!

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Gorgeous new dishwasher that is so quiet you can’t even tell it’s running.  This is the Frigidaire Gallery 24″ Built-In Dishwasher®.  I love using it!  I’ve learned this dishwasher provides 4 times more wash coverage for an excellent clean.  With it’s Effortless™ Dry, I can put away my clean dishes in no time, beautifully dried.  When I’ve got so many different things going on in my house of busy boys, it’s nice to know I can wash a full load of dishes in a quarter of the time. What a time saver.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

I knew I was going with a farm sink. My favorite!  Went with THIS one. It’s huge.  Pax kept asking if it was his new bathtub, ha!  Went with THIS faucet.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

I also knew I wanted white subway tile as my backsplash.  I’m obsessed with Chip and Joanna’s Fixer Upper which is when I realized how much I love the subway tile look.  Now I just need to shiplap the rest of my walls!  My husband talked me into installing under counter lights.  I was not wanting to go through the hassle of having it installed, but I have to say I absolutely love it.  Can’t see it in my photos, but it’s one of my favorite features.

I use THESE canisters.  My little sign is from Letterfolk.  It’s been so fun changing the quotes every week.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel

Hope you’ve enjoyed a peek inside my kitchen remodel!  We are working on picking out hardware for the cabinets and some pendants for over the island.  Will share more of our progress soon!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

Picky Palate Kitchen Remodel


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Desserts

These Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars could not be more delicious and perfect for a back to school weekend dessert!
Sponsored by General Mills.
Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

What a pleasure partnering with General Mills Cereal to bring you a fun Back To School Weekend Dessert! This time of year is so exciting as our kids start a new school year.  With so much going on, getting used to new schedules, things can get hectic too.

We want to help put you and your family first during this exciting but hectic time of year. One of the biggest things that has helped me for back to school season is organizing and preparing the kids school lunch the night before.  I’m not saying we are perfect at this every day, but when we get lunches made before hand, our mornings seem to go so much smoother and enjoyable.  I also like to make it a team effort.  Mom makes the sandwiches and the kids get their snacks and water bottles ready.  Team effort is always nice.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

I love how General Mills Cereals is on a journey to make cereals even better, while removing things you don’t want so you can feel good about choosing cereal as your child’s first meal of the day. That means removing artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources, and using only real ingredients like honey, cocoa and cinnamon to make your family’s favorite General Mills cereals likes Honey Nut Cheerios, Chex, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and many more.

Today, more than 90 percent of General Mills cereal recipes do not have artificial flavors and colors from artificial sources.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

To make these gooey bars, start by adding your cereal and marshmallows into a large mixing bowl.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Give a nice stir and prepare your peanut butter sauce.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Heat up your corn syrup, brown sugar and peanut butter into a saucepan until it comes to a low boil.  You’ll stir in your vanilla and salt too.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Pour right over your cereal mixture.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Give a nice stir.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

The trick is to not eat it out of the bowl at this point.  Warm gooey bites of heaven right here 🙂

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Transfer to your lined baking dish.  Note: Spray your parchment with cooking spray, the bars will come out of the pan much easier.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Spread your mixture as evenly as possible.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Drizzle with chocolate.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

A little drizzle of white chocolate too!  Let cool and set up for a good hour before cutting into squares.

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

These bars are so great for transporting to parties, the kids and adults love them!

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

The gooey factor is off the charts.  Enjoy!

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Check out my fun videos on how I make these fun bars!

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch BarsPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 15 min, plus one hour cool time

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Reese’s Peanut Butter Puff’s Cereal
  • 3 cups Chocolate Cheerios Cereal
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup white candy melts, melted (I use Ghirardelli)
  • 1 cup chocolate candy melts, melted (I use Ghirardelli)

Directions

  1. Place cereal and marshmallows into a large mixing bowl. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and spray generously with cooking spray.
  2. Place brown sugar, corn syrup and peanut butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir and let boil for one minute. Remove and stir in vanilla and salt. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until well combined, the marshmallows will melt while stirring. Pour cereal mixture into prepared baking dish spreading and pressing evenly, will be sticky, doesn’t have to be perfect. Drizzle top layer with melted white chocolate then with melted chocolate. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve room temperature.

Makes 12-16 Servings

 

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Gooey Almond Cookie S'mores Bars

Gooey Almond Cookie S’mores Bars

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These Gooey Almond Cookie S’mores Bars make the perfect sweet summer treat!

Summer baking is so much fun and s’mores ingredients are some of our favorites.  Sugar cookie dough layered with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows.  These are great for bringing to parties to treat your family and friends.   With just a few ingredients you’ll have this dessert prepared in no time.
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Very Berry Vanilla Cake Trifle

Very Berry Vanilla Cake Trifle

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This Very Berry Vanilla Cake Trifle is the perfect dessert for summer fun entertaining! Your family and friends will love the colorful layers.

It’s a pleasure partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® this year to bring you new fun recipes for your family and friends.  Summer is such a great time to entertain.  You’ll generally find us around the pool with friends daily enjoying great meals together.

I put together a beautiful summer trifle that’s super easy to make.  Gorgeous berries layered with sweet whipped cream and soft vanilla cake pieces make for a delicious dessert to serve all summer long…. Continue Reading »

Taco Bacon Cheeseburgers

Taco Bacon Cheeseburgers

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These Taco Bacon Cheeseburgers could not be more perfect for your summer grilling. Packed with great flavor and stacked nice and tall, everyone loves them!

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new Mexican-style recipes.  I’ve developed a giant cheeseburger that is so flavorful, it’s about to become your new favorite burger.  Love having Old El Paso taco seasoning on hand for simple weeknight dinners.  We use it in so many great recipes.

Isn’t grilling season the best?  So fun spending time outside, swimming and grilling with family and friends.  Even though it’s so warm in Arizona, we still take advantage of this great time of year!  Bring on the grilling recipes!
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Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits

Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits

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These Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits are perfect for afternoon snacks or even great on a brunch menu!

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Similac Go & Grow Mix-Ins to bring you a new recipe packed with some extra nutrition.  I put together a yogurt parfait with some of my favorite flavors and ingredients that the kids love.  The chocolate and raspberries go so nicely together plus the granola layer adds a “pie” like crunch in every bite.
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Toffee Chocolate Chip Krispie Treats

Toffee Chocolate Chip Krispie Treats

Jun 3, 2016 | Tags: , , ,


These Toffee Chocolate Chip Krispie Treats could not be more simple to prepare and great for any party or snack!

Always a pleasure partnering with Hershey’s to bring you a new recipe.   Love getting the kids in the kitchen with me, especially when school is out for summer.  We’re always creating something delicious together.  Simple treats like these are a great way to enjoy some time together in the kitchen!
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Banana Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

Banana Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

May 25, 2016 | Tags: , , , ,


This Banana Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie is just what you need to start your morning with a bang!

My boys love when we make smoothies in the morning before school.  It’s a pleasure partnering with Similac’s Go and Grow Mix-Ins today.  Love the added protein, fiber and minerals in each packet.  Such an easy way to boost our daily smoothies in the mornings.
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