Put some spring in your kitchen! The birds are chirping, the sun is glowing and my favorite kitchen stores have brought out their spring product lines! Like a bee to a flower, I am drawn inside to peruse pink napkins, egg-shaped pastel dishes, rainbow-colored glasses and green-striped cupcake liners.
It’s fun to add one or a few spring items to your kitchen when the seasons change. Personally, instead of rushing out to spruce up my spring wardrobe – I get more excited about sprucing up my kitchen! Some girls are into shoes, I’m into plates, dishes, towels, baking supplies and lemonade spoons. And trust me, you don’t have to spend a lot to give your kitchen a little spring inspiration. Here are a few fun products that will put the spring back in your kitchen – and perhaps inspire you to make some colorful spring flower cupcakes like I did!..
Spring Kitchen. In winter, I bring out my snowflake platter and snowman hot cocoa mugs. But in spring it’s all about bright cheerful colors and fresh fun kitchen ideas. I know that the spring Farmer’s Markets are going to bring plenty of recipe ingredient inspiration to me in a few weeks – and I want my kitchen to be ready! So yesterday when I wandered into Crate and Barrel picked up a few fun items. You can probably find similar items at most any kitchen store in your town – or even better get really crafty and seek out “old is new again” items at neighborhood garage sales or antique shops. Here are my ideas …
1. A Pop of Color – Fabrics
You can buy these flour sack dish towels in bright cheery colors like tangerine, rose pink and marigold tones. Bright fabrics are an inexpensive way to add life to your kitchen.
2. A Fresh Oven Mitt or Pot Holder
Oven mitts can get quite dingy and dirty – depending on how much use they get. Caked on grease, grime and grit can make that once pretty mitt look quite shabby - and grease stains are not shabby chic. A brand new oven mitt or pot holder is a great idea for spring. I spotted a few (high quality – under $10) in energizing colors like yellow, green, purple and teal.
3. Spring Cupcake Supplies
I fell in love with these silicone cupcake liners – in spring green with cute little flower petal/leaf rims. I added flower-colored frosting and gave myself a yummy spring bouquet – this spring flower garden is edible! You can also find a wide range of spring-themed paper cupcake liners. Bright colors and fun prints give your fave classic cupcake recipe new life. Perfect for parties and spring showers (bridal or baby!)
4. Fun Place-mats
Super cute place-mats are another easy, inexpensive way to bring spring into your kitchen. I adore this spring green foam mat. It makes the perfect platter for my spring cupcakes! You can find a wide variety of spring-colored placemats for under $5 each – grab bright sunny yellows, fresh greens, pretty prints and even crisp whites and sparkly metallic tones. And you don’t even have to buy an entire set – it’s fun to mix up your settings just as you would dishes and glasses – that is shabby chic!
5. Milkshake/Smoothie Gear
Love the tall glass milkshake glasses I spotted at C&B. I bought two and can’t wait to whip up my favorite spring milkshakes, malts and smoothies! You can also grab fun reusable plastic straws in neon tones of green, pink and orange.
6. Cookie Cutters
Spring cookie cutters are something you may already have in your kitchen drawers (a whole collection maybe), but if you’re like me, it’s fun to add to your collection and find fun new cutters. I don’t stop at cookies. I love to use my cookie cutters for pancakes and even cut shapes out of toast or waffles! These carrot/bunny cutters are super cute for spring..
7. Accent Items
Accent items in bright colors are fun and inexpensive. Small bowls, mugs, glasses – (even pastel yellow measuring spoons!) and more will come in perky colors for spring.
8. Flower Accents
Nothing says ‘spring’ more than flowers! You can find real and fake flowers all over the place right now. I grabbed a few cute flower napkin holders. I actually probably won’t use them as napkin holders – just fun accents to my spring table. You can even find fake potted green grass accents for spring. Or buy a sweet new vase and fill it with spring flowers from your garden.
Go with bright, cheery colors in your kitchen and get energized for all the fun spring cooking to come!
Spring Flower Cupcakes
makes 18 cupcakes
1 1/2 cups vanilla frosting (your favorite recipe)
food coloring or a natural food coloring alternative
vegan vanilla cupcakes swirled with green food coloring (natural alternatives work great for green!)
* you can also use your own fave vanilla cupcake recipe*
2 1/2 cups white pastry flour
1 1/4 cups vanilla soy milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup applesauce
Bake your cupcakes – 350 for 20 minutes.
Split your frosting into three cups and swirl with different food coloring colors.
Add the frosting in layers to a decorating tube. One color right on top of the other.
When you squeeze out the frosting you will get different colors – but a few that swirl nicely together.
Happy Spring! more cupcake pics…