The Ledge Of Glory

September 30, 2011

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It’s Friday and pancakes were on the menu! I have never been a huge fan of pancakes (I much prefer things in bowls that are mushy like oats, cereal, yogurt mixes) but lately, pancakes have been TRUMPING them all!!!!

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Especially pumpkin pancakes. Pumpkin doesn’t really alter the flavor all that much, but the texture!!! Oh my, it’s kind of like gnocchi texture – really gooey and soft like pillows. Obsessed!

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Of course kodiak cakes make pancake making just as easy as oatmeal making. Just add water, add pumpkin, sit for 3 minutes and sear. I would not be into pancakes if they involved cracking eggs and sifting flour nearly as much.

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Toppings included a pan-seared caramelized banana (just put in pan and watch the browning magic) along with some biscoff spread (note how it melts) and Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter (note how it does not melt!). A little Cluster for garnish.

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Vanilla Mint –

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The plate underneath is one from my grandmother’s collection (she moved out of her house of many decades a few  years ago and that’s why I inherited so many of her things you see on KERF all the time). It’s Niagara Falls – in honor of Caitlin’s recent trip!

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Which brings me to a little house update. The dining room ledge of glory is complete!

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We hung three Ribba shelves from IKEA – about $14 each! I was going to have a carpenter build a shelf in here in time. No idea how much that would have cost, but probably more than $45. I was really pleased when I found the exact style of shelf I would have had custom made.

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We had quite the trouble getting it up there evenly. There was once a 3-inch gap between the middle and right shelves. We had to pull out anchors and re-do. And because the wall is somewhat curved, it’s STILL not perfect. I’m one of those OCD types where an uneven shelf width is going to drive me crazy, but whatddya gonna do!? We tried out best. Must live with the imperfection. At least they are level!!

On top you’ll find several of my grandmother’s plates and a few of our entertaining platters. I think I need another big square one to replace those blue ovals. The balance is off!

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I moved some of my bowls into the new Billy bookcases.

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Still need to get lots of other things in there! Books, for one, but they will be a pain to move so I’ve been putting it off. And maybe a row of pitchers?

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Have a great Friday!

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1 Cait's Plate September 30, 2011 at 8:28 am

GAH! I need Kodiak cakes! Can those be on an upcoming Open Sky deal!? ;)

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2 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 30, 2011 at 8:29 am

I love how the bookshelves are like displays that are simultaneously functional and fashionable :D

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3 Elisabeth September 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

“I think I need another big square one to replace those blue ovals. The balance is off!” – My perfectionist mind was thinking this, too, but wouldn’t have mentioned it if you hadn’t ;)

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4 Koella September 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

maybe the blue ovals in the center?

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5 Kerry September 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love those bookshelves – cookbooks would definitely look great on there!

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6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 30, 2011 at 8:33 am

I love the color of the dining room wall! Especially with the white shelves and the gorgeous plates. Beautiful! :)

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7 Lindsay @ bikingbeforebed September 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love your vintage plates! I just found out that my dad used to collect plates?! I never knew. I am going to raid the attic when I am home visiting this weekend.

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8 Roxee September 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm

If you find some, do please take some pictures, so we can see. I have vintage dishes too, so I like looking at other people’s collections. Once I found someone who had the exact same plate I had! It was just one plate, we both can’t find the other dishes. (Sadly mine broke)

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9 Mom September 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

Gorgeous shelf and you must go to Niagara Falls. You just stand at the edge of the falls and watch the water. It sounds simple but it’s so cool!

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10 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

i love all of the family antiques you have in your house. it must be so nice to look up at a plate or a tea towel or a silver spoon and know exactly where that was for generations before. so cool!

love love love pumpkin pancakes!!

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11 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

You are like a pro decorator! I love the shelves with the plates! :)

I prefer things in bowls because they are just quicker. Especially when I make oats the night before. I suppose I could also make pancakes the night before though…

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12 Kori September 30, 2011 at 8:44 am

I cannot say it enough that your all’s house is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I LOVE all of the decorations, colors, and combinations of patterns. I need to make pumpkin pancakes soon. They look so yummy! Have a wonderful Friday!

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13 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry September 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

I am loving that ledge!
I am not a big fan of pumpkin, but those pancakes look amazing! Though a little risqué… ;)

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14 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

I thought the risque thing too. Haha…. :)

Love the plates!

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15 Jennifer September 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I thought I was the only one! :)

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16 Kim@TheCrunchyKind September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

i love the bowls in the bookcase.. and the shelf! come design my house : )

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17 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

Cute title. ;)

I agree about the balance… I was thinking the exact same thing. (I’m a bit OCD myself when it comes to things like that!). But it still looks great.

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18 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

Those Kodiak cakes look amazing! Where do they sell them? I’ve never seen them in the store.

I love your house! It looks like it could be in the issues of a magazine, seriously! I love that ledge! So pretty . Happy Friday! :)

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19 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

They are in some stores like TJ Maxx, but I haven’t seen them around here yet. The Amazon price isn’t bad

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20 Nancy September 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

If the little space bugs you, caulk it. Just lay on a little bead of caulk and wipe it off with a smooth damp sponge. It will not show, even if the whites rae a little off. Plus, the shelves are high enough that it won’t be noticed at all.

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21 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Well it’s not the space that bothers me (we have the same space with both) – it’s actually the vertical spacing. Guess I didn’t make that clear! So it needs to be raised by like 3/8 an inch – and that would destroy the wall because of the anchors being too close. So I think I just have to live with it :(

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22 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

Here I was thinking that I wouldn’t be as envious as usual of your pumpkin pancakes because I had a pumpkin muffin with my breakfast, but then you go & put up photos like that. Ah! Those pancakes are sooooo orange & pumpkin-y looking…and everything on top of them just adds to the deliciousness. I’ve never even had Biscoff spread, but I feel like I can taste it and wish I had some here!

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23 Janelle September 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

I just had pumpkin pancakes myself this AM ! with banana self
Serve – and drizzles almonds butter over them . I hope mine were as good as your look :-)

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24 Linda September 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

The shelf looks great and I love the color of the accent wall.

Great Harvest makes my favorite pancake mix! :)

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25 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

those pancakes are so bright and colorful! They look delicious! And I have to say, your house is gorgeous! I just can’t get over it!

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26 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

Looks fantastic, as always. I also really like the billy bookcases. You did a great job!

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27 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

Love the shelf in the dining area. It’s the perfect touch! That’s awesome you were able find them at IKEA too!

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28 katie @KatieDid September 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

Gosh the house is so… you! From the colors and all the natural lighting, it looks so crisp and clean which is what comes to mind when I think of your blog and your photos. I think the shelves are gorgeous and I like that it’s so high up so it looks more decorative than functional.

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29 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm
30 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

Love the ledge and the shelves! Great display. I have been craving pancakes for breakfast the past few days! Your pancakes look delicious!

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31 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

That’s great that your Billy Bookcases have glass doors! Mine are solid but they have bowls etc inside so I’d love to be able to display the bright colours like you have. Looks great Kath!

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32 LY O-Town September 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

Honestly your new place is looking amazing!! I’m taking notes for when I decorate my new place!

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33 AutumnTao September 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

You don’t need another square per se…. then it’s matchy-matchy. Put 2 places closer together with the smallest one in between and place the other one down a bunch more. Get artsy on them! Aesthetically pleasing is not always “balanced.”

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34 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

Kath your house looks great! As does Bfast (even if it is slightly um…phallic?)

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35 LY O-Town September 30, 2011 at 9:19 am

haha!

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36 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I couldn’t figure out what was erotic about it…thanks for the clarification :)

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37 Christine @ BookishlyB September 30, 2011 at 9:14 am

Love the paint colors. Everything flows together so nicely.

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38 Mari September 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

I think if you put another square plate it will look too perfect! I would put switch the blue oval with the big white second in from the right!

Also books in the shelves are going to look awesome. You dont even need to fill each shelf, just half way with books then a pretty book end or vase.

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39 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 30, 2011 at 9:29 am

The bowls look great!!! I mix my bowl shelves up with different sized bowls for contrast. And I love the blue coffee cup. So pretty.

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40 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 30, 2011 at 9:30 am

I LOVE those chairs!!!! LOVE.

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41 Sweet Marcella September 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

Your house is serious adorable! I love all the colors and textures :) Yummy pumpkin pancakes too!

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42 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

Your breakfast looks super yummy! I don’t use pancake mixes, but I’ve never sifted my flour, just mixed it with an egg, baking powder, sugar, and milk! I love pancakes – especially when sopping with butter and syrup. Which isn’t super healthy, so I mostly eat them with almond butter and fruit – which is JUST as good, especially when it’s caramelized naners!

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43 Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

I like all the display of colors in your house. After we remodeled our kitchen, I have some glass cabinets where I display all our white plates, bowls and etc. I need to add some pop of color in there so I am starting to look and collect slowly.

Another easy thing that I add to Kodiak cake mix is protein powder. It mixes really well with rice+pea protein powder and it still keeps its fluff.

Have a good Friday

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44 Lauren September 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

I have been all over your Pumpkin Salted Pancakes these days. Best idea ever!!!

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45 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

Hmmm! Pancakes sounds so good right now! Love the idea of the panfried naner’ :)

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46 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

i made pumpkin banana pancakes too!! ahhh so gooood :)

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47 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

I love your crockery! So pretty :)

And your pancakes are such a gorgeous colour!

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48 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me September 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

I loooove pancakes. The house looks great too!

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49 Alyse September 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

What are the branches in the photo where you picture the shelves and the last photo? Live or faux? They’re very lovely. They remember me of ornamental cherry trees.

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50 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm

They are faux! I actually had them in the car to go to Goodwill yesterday and Matt said he liked them and wanted to keep them! lol. Glad they got a little attention :)

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51 Alyse September 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hooray for the branches! They definitely suit your house.

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52 JenATX September 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

i made pumpkin pancakes once and sorry to say I didn’t like them! I think I was expecting a pumpkin pie flavor and was sad when I didn’t get it :( glad you’re enjoy them though!

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53 Angel7 September 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

Your house is coming together so nicely! I love the way you have it decorated! You should do interior decorating on the side.

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54 Khushboo September 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

I feel like I wrote the first half of this post! I too am normally a bowl-for-breakfast girl but I am loving pancakes lately…even though it involves egg cracking and flour weighing ;)

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55 Christy September 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

Must try pumpkin pancakes…I’ve had a recipe for a long time, but I’m inspired to give it a go. Thanks! :)

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56 Cait @ Cait hates Cake September 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

Kath, it’s hard to believe you guys just moved in! The place looks great!! I really like those white/pink flower things (whatever they are!) ;)

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57 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 30, 2011 at 11:17 am

I mostly prefer eating breakfast out of a bowl too. But every so often I need my pancake fix!

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58 Anne September 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

Beautiful house. Normally, I’m not fan of colours on walls (I prefer white-ish, minimalism), but it’s great in yours.

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59 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl September 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Kath, loving the bowl collection! And your pancakes look yum!

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60 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Ooooo – I’m lovin’ the gray walls. I painted my guest bathroom gray not long ago, and I just adore the color.

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61 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I love the shelf in the dining room. Such a great way to display those beautiful plates.

Isn’t it crazy how not perfect houses are? You’d think the walls would go up straight, but they’re often not. So frustrating!

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62 Brandy September 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You’re definitely not in California. My first thought upon seeing that shelf was “OMG WHAT ABOUT EARTHQUAKES!” hahaha! Guess your plates are safe :)

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63 Koella September 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hey Kath, do you remember where you got your dining room set? I love it.

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64 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm

It’s from Crate + Barrel

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65 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thanks to you all for your nice comments!!

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66 Jessica September 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Hi Kath – The dining room looks beautiful. Can you tell me the color of the paint on the wall?

Thanks!

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67 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

We inherited it, so I don’t know the name. Sorry!

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68 Nicole September 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I’ve lived in California my whole life, so those plates up on that high shelf instinctively make me nervous. (What if there’s an earthquake?!?)

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69 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The lip on the ledge is pretty deep – and none of the plates are SO valuable that they aren’t worth a little risk. Thanks for your concern though!

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70 Gwen September 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Being from California (land of many earthquakes) I couldn’t help but wonder if those plates were being held in place on the ledge by anything. Since you’re in Virginia previously I wouldn’t have thought anything of it but the earthquake you folks had in August made me think twice.

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71 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

See two above :)

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72 Allison September 30, 2011 at 2:02 pm

All of your house updates look great! Pumpkin pancakes are great :D I often use oat bran and 2 egg whites, a pinch of baking powder, a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, and pumpkin … They turn out great, totes easy-peasy!

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73 Ella, RD September 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

We also have multiple Billy bookcases (in black-brown), some with the glass doors and some without. Not only do they look amazing, but they survived a move from NYC-LA and are still in great condition after 5+ years of ownership. Not all of our Ikea furniture made it through the move (a dresser has bit the dust) but these bookcases are golden!

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74 Lauren September 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I had almost exactly the same breakfast this morning. Pumpkin Kodiak cakes…the texture IS fantastic! :D Great minds think alike!

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75 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy September 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Your assortment of bowls is fantastic! Nothing spruces up a meal more than putting it in a fun bowl. :)

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76 Christie September 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Your pancakes look delicious :) I always get so envious this time of year, because all of my favourite bloggers start making pumpkin everything – and here in NZ we can’t get canned pumpkin!! I may have to try making my own pumpkin puree, as all pumpkin baked goodies always look so yummy!

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77 BCHB September 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Kath try putting a spacer behind the one shelf that is narrower. Bringing it out away from the wall and match it up to the other shelf.
Hope this works!!!!!!!!

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78 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

It’s a height thing :(

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79 Natalie the Awesome September 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

omg i love ur house!! it looks so nice!!!!!!
oh and pumpkin pancakes are amazing!!!!!!!! :D

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80 thatShortChick September 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm

the colors in your home are beautiful – especially love that gray color in the dining room!

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81 Becca October 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I seared a banana this morning in a little coconut oil. Thanks for the inspiration!

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