Have you considered using your children’s artistic efforts to give your kitchen a fresh new look?
Think about it; kids see the world form a whole different perspective to adults. Things are much more black and white and not muddied by the stressed adult lives we struggle with daily.
Their artwork is inspiring in its own simple way – so why not use it to give your kitchen a new interesting freshness?
Their innocent drawings and paintings can often brighten even the most tired kitchen. And there’s so many more ways to utilise that artistic wide-eyed innocence other than sticking your kids’ painting to your fridge with a magnet.
Why not get them to decorate some stripped and cleaned tin cans for a whole new set of shelf sculptures, for instance?
Or frame their colourful scribbles, drawings and paintings to turn one of your boring, plain walls into a family art gallery?
Their artistic craft skills could be used to turn boring old utensil holders into colourful displays which also have a functional aspect.
Why not turn one section of wall into a huge blackboard and encourage them to be creative on it? Thus you’ve got a living, breathing ever-changing art gallery which not only looks great in your kitchen but provides a real talking point when friends are over.
Get them to work on that tired old kitchen apron and turn into something you’ll not only want to show off to any guest who visits but something you’ll never want to throw away too.
And just in case you need further inspiration or ideas, why not check out http://decor8blog.com/2013/06/18/make-me-paper-patchwork-art/ which has a lovely inspirational idea for making kids’ artwork and crafts really work for your kitchen.
http://decor8blog.com/2013/06/18/make-me-paper-patchwork-art/ – focusing on the crafty angle and getting kids involved in arts and decorating the kitchen.
Even the best of us have the odd mishap in the kitchen, whether that’s accidentally burning the dinner or breaking a glass or crockery.
However, it seems some struggle more than others. We’ve heard Coldplay’s Chris Martin is hot stuff in the kitchen, and not in a good way!
His wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, has revealed that the two times Chris has tried to cook dinner for the family he has triggered a fire scare.
Gwyneth said: “He has twice cooked a meal and this is not a joke – both times the fire brigade came. I swear on my life – both times.”
It’s safe to say Gwyneth now takes care of all cooking for Chris and their two children.
To avoid these accidents, we find it best to keep your kitchen organised, choose a layout that allows you to move around easily and definitely keep an oven timer on hand. For great design ideas, you can find kitchen inspiration using Magnet’s Kitchen Scrapbook feature.
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The Great British Bake Off is one of the most patriotic of all baking shows and it is certainly heating up in the baking tent.
With just one week until we reach the final, the contestants are battling away to be crowned the Best Amateur Baker for 2012 – but who is the winner in your eyes?
We have watched the contestants take part in a bake-off which has tested every aspect of their baking skills, and we have seen them bake all sorts of treats from tartes tatin, plaited loaf and rum babas, to meringue and a biscuit quarter-final.
The contestants have been travelling up and down the country, visiting local baking landmarks, and showcasing the history of British baking, and this series is bound to have brought out the culinary skills of fellow bakers.
We all know baking is a big business, with sales of cake stands up 243% at one of the leading supermarkets and five million viewers regularly tuning in to watch the Bake Off on a Tuesday night.
Have you been inspired to pick up a whisk? If so, tell us what your favourite thing to bake is.
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Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Cooking and making use of the facilities in the kitchen can be entertaining, educational and a great way to get engage with the kids.
Sometimes kids aren’t easy to impress when it comes to healthy eating, so why not work together to design recipes of your own? That way you can cater to the personal tastes of the family and build on your own family cookbook. After a few months it will become a masterpiece.
Another great way to get your children involved in food and cooking is to grow your own fruit and vegetables giving your child some of the responsibility and a project to work. Afterall, the food will contribute to an important part of their diets.
At Magnet we always recommend making family mealtimes as important as possible. It is a great time for everybody to speak about their days and to enjoy what you’ve been cooking together.
If in doubt – remember the wonderful saying “A family that eats together, keeps together.’
You would expect nothing less than an award-winning menu for award winning celebrities, and that’s exactly what Wolfgang Puck cooked up at the Oscars after-party.
After the red carpet had been walked and awards handed out, Hollywood’s stars were treated to a five-star luxury feast at the Governors Ball. The menu included lobster with a hint of ginger and Oscar-shaped smoked salmon hors d’oeuvres, finished off with a 3D dessert.
Comfort was the key behind this exclusive after-party and there was no formal dining to be seen. Celebrity guests were seated on chaise longues and mingled among the 1,400 strands of Swarovski crystals.
The dessert plate wasn’t something to shy away from either, with a choice of 30 desserts, including the traditional gold-dusted chocolate Oscars and a bar of chocolate that appears to pop out at the diners when viewed through 3D glasses.
Now who doesn’t love to go home from a party with an Oscar?
We all know European’s are international style makers and now Magnet shows how you can add a touch of continental chic to your new kitchen.
Keeping the white kitchen alive, the Pura gives a distinctly European feel, with its stunning design and crisp, clean lines running throughout the kitchen cabinets.
If you count yourself as a trendsetter, keep in line with one of Magnet’s key trends for 2012 and add a deep purple to your kitchen walls for a splash of colour.
Every room needs glitz and glamour and by combining these stunning black granite worktops with an elegant Elica Star extractor hood, you’ll create a striking effect in your kitchen.
Illuminated shelves are a must-have for every kitchen this year, adding a contemporary and stylish way to display your favourite kitchen accessories.
You May Be Ready For Christmas, But Is Your Kitchen…?
With only a few weeks left before the big day arrives, you may have completed all your Christmas shopping, bought all your key ingredients to get you through the festive season, but have you kitted out your kitchen with all these Christmas kitchen essentials?
Cooking is fun, but as we all know, it can get messy, so make sure you get yourself an over-the-top festive apron – a must-have for getting through the cooking without leaving a spec of flour down your front.
Moving onto the most important guest, the turkey! To keep the turkey as flavoursome and succulent as possible, a glazed terracotta roaster is not to be done without this Christmas Day, and a stainless steel spiked meat dish to display it proudly in the middle of the table.
Although stuffed to the brim with turkey and all the trimmings, no dinner finishes without a freshly made Christmas Pudding, which is where Christmas pudding moulds come in, making it so easy to perfect the rounded Christmas Pudding.
And no house is complete without the smell of mulled wine diffusing throughout the rooms, so if you are not a wine making whizz, investing in a mulled wine Reed Diffusers may be the answer you are looking for.
We have all been glued to our screens, starring at the brave celebrities in the jungle over the past five days, watching them cook, clean and live in the wild – but could you do it?
Far away from the kitchen facilities we are used to, contestants are surviving by cooking animals and produce they find around the camp, on the awkward and unpredictable gas stoves and pans.
There are no steam ovens or microwaves in sight, no oven gloves or pan stands, even the smallest cooking task can become a nuisance.
So it got us thinking, what kitchen item could you not live without?
We’ve already told you how excited we are about the new recipe book that is being published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mrs Beeton’s first publication.
Mrs Beeton How to Cook* is packed full of modern advice on how to source good food plus delicious recipes – you’ll be whipping up British classics in your kitchen in no time!
And what’s even more exciting, is that we’ve teamed up with Mrs Beeton and Waterstone’s to offer one lucky winner a brand new, dream kitchen! Whether shaker style is your thing, or you prefer more of an Urban Gloss look, you’ll be able to find a range that you love.
You do have to be a Waterstone’s cardholder to enter the competition. Visit http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/pages/waterstones-card/200001512/ and find out how to enter!
*Available at Waterstone’s