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Welcome to the Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms Spring Newsletter. This spring, add some sparkle to your kitchen with Verona’s chemical-free spring cleaning routine. If you are considering planning a new kitchen or kitchen renovation, we have a step-by-step guide for how to get started.
Verona shares her very tempting recipe for Cinnamon Buns in Your Breadmaker, as well as a Gluten Free Raw Snickersnackers — a treat that no one will know is so good for them.
Thank you to those of you that visited us at the 2014 Fraser Valley Spring Home Expo in Abbotsford’s Tradex, in February and to those who entered our Facebook and Tradeshow Ultimate Date Night Contest. We’ve included photos of our grand prize winner, who had a professional chef create an amazing dinner for four – right in their home.
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Blessings to you and yours this Spring.–Ken
Owner & Designer
Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms, Langley BC
Cinnamon Buns – Cinnabon style in your bread machine!
1 cup warm milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp salt
½ cup sugar
4 ½ cups bread flour
2 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast
Put in bread machine on dough setting. Turn out and let rest for 10 minutes.
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 ½ Tbsps makara cinnamon
1/3 cup softened butter
Roll out dough to 16”x 21” rectangle.
Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
Spread softened butter over dough and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Roll dough along the 16” side into a log.
Cut into 12 slices.
Place into a 9×13” pan and bake at 400°F for 13 minutes or until light brown.
Allow to cool in pan.
4 Tbsp softened butter
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
Combine frosting ingredients well. Frost buns while still in pan.
Snicker Snackers –raw gluten-free treat!½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup raw honey or agave
½ cup almond butter
½ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup ground flax
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
Combine all ingredients in blender.
Roll into small balls and keep in fridge.
Enjoy! (You don’t have to tell anyone they are healthy for them!)
Deep-Clean Your Kitchen without ChemicalsIt’s finally here! Spring! Time to come out of hibernation and enjoy dthe glorious spring that only happens in Canada’s balmy west coast! And there it is-the sun! We have been waiting with anxious anticipation to see it again. Shining in through the windows…the streaky, grimy windows…hmmm. Shining and showing me the spots on the counter that I missed cleaning from last night’s supper. Showing me the dust on the dark wood furniture. Showing me that the streak on the wood cabinet door is not the grain, but spaghetti sauce. It’s definitely here, spring cleaning. Not that much fanfare about that. Well, since we have to do something about it, we might as well get it done as efficiently as possible so we can get out and start filling up on Vitamin D! >>Read More about cleaning your kitchen without chemicals.
Planning a New Kitchen: A Step-by-Step Guide to a kitchen renovation from Elite Kitchens and BathroomsOkay, so you would like a new kitchen, but where to start? Let’s take a step by step look at starting a kitchen renovation.
Beginning with an idea of what you would like to create is a good place to start. But how do you get ideas? This is a pretty big renovation and you want to make sure that it is a good reflection of your style, your home, your family, but it also has to be practical and functional. This is the time to keep your eyes open. Check out magazines for different styles and different features. I clip out what appeals to me and keep it in a file folder or envelope. Some colour choices, a pull-out pantry, garbage and recycling centre, and any other ideas that you would like to incorporate into your kitchen. Start collecting ideas and keeping them together.
Next, consider your budget for your new kitchen renovation. Don’t worry if you think it might be too small. Being creative and finding solutions in your budget is what we do quite well. >>Read More about planning a kitchen renovation.
Congratulations to Lenore & Bruce Deagle who won our Ultimate Date Night Contest. The couple enjoyed a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for four — cooked, served and cleaned up in their own kitchen by professional chef Sydney Badger Cuisine.
Keep watching for our next contest coming soon on Facebook.