My Christmas Kitchen

Sponsored by World Market // If you follow me on Instagram, it’s probably no big secret that I’ve been busy decking the halls around here for the past few weeks, and now that today is officially the beginning of December, I think it’s time to start sharing all my holiday decorations with you! Today I’m starting in the heart of our home… the kitchen.


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If there’s one thing we all have in common in my family, it’s definitely our love of food. We tend to plan our visits around the meals we eat and can’t get through breakfast without deciding on our lunch and dinner options for the day, so naturally, a lot of time is spent cooking together in the kitchen.

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Every Christmas for the past 6 years, my mom and sister have come to stay with us, and I love getting the house all decorated for their visit. I’m usually super short on time, so the decorations have become very simplified over the years, but I’ve learned that even the smallest touches can make your home feel warm, cozy, and festive for the holidays.

I have a small table and two chairs next to the bay windows in my kitchen, which is the perfect spot to enjoy our morning coffee together along with my famous Maple Glazed Walnut Scones. (No, I wouldn’t leave you hanging… I’m sharing my scone recipe at the bottom of this post!)

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

I’ve decorated this little shelf in my kitchen many ways over the past few years, but I love this simple look: a mini wood pallet, some holiday-print fabric, evergreen clippings from our backyard, and a few kitchen accessories that double as decor: an antique grater, an olivewood cutting board, and a red-striped kitchen towel.

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.comsources: kitchen shelf, mini wood pallet, holiday fabric, cutting board, kitchen towel

I love using cutting boards as everyday decor in the kitchen, but layering on a strand of jingle bells added that simple, yet festive flair I was talking about.

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

This lovely rustic chalkboard was one of the first big DIY projects I tackled here on the blog, and it’s still a major part of my kitchen decor. I switched up the “bon appetit” chalk art design I had all summer for the ingredients to my favorite sugar cookie recipe. These cookies just might be one of my favorite parts of Christmas, so I thought the recipe deserved to be showcased on my chalkboard. 

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

My stand mixer, another striped kitchen towel, and a jar full of sugar cookies (yes, I’m obsessed with these things) sit in a little corner on the counter. There is lots of holiday baking to be done in the next few weeks!

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And last, but not least, I set up a little coffee station next to my Keurig for my java-loving family. Some coffee cups, a bowl of sugar, and plenty of creamer (we go through Hazelnut creamer like NOBODY’S business when they’re here) all tucked neatly into a wicker basket with yet another striped kitchen towel. Apparently I’m as obsessed with pretty towels as I am sugar cookies. 🙂

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One of my favorite tricks for having your house feel warm and inviting is setting up a vase filled with coffee beans and a vanilla candle on top. It fills the whole kitchen with delicious coffee smells!

Get your home ready for the holidays with these easy decorating tips! See more photos at LoveGrowsWild.com

Now that I’ve given you a little tour around my kitchen, I have those to-die-for maple scones to share with you. They are AMAZING. Super tender and buttery, filled with chopped walnut pieces, and topped with the most delicious maple glaze you’ve ever tasted… want to know my secret? I add a splash of coffee, some butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to the glaze, which makes it extra rich and flavorful. The smell of this maple/coffee combination will knock your socks off, people.

Tender, buttery scones with chopped walnuts and a decadent maple glaze - the perfect treat with your morning coffee! | LoveGrowsWild.com

If you’ve never made a scone before, they are super easy to whip up and make the perfect companion to your morning coffee. Or your salad at lunch. Or your meatloaf at dinner. I won’t judge how many times a day you snack on these maple scones because frankly, I will be just as guilty as you are. We can be partners in our gluttony. 🙂 I hope you enjoy them with your family over the holidays!

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Maple Glazed Walnut Scones
 
Tender, buttery scones with chopped walnuts and a decadent maple glaze - the perfect treat with your morning coffee!
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Scones:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • optional: extra chopped walnuts for garnish

  • Icing:
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup 2% milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons strong brewed coffee
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To make the scones: Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine. Cut the cold butter pieces into the flour mixture using a pasty cutter or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the egg and heavy cream and pour into the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Pour the mixture out onto a cutting board. The dough will still look crumbly at this point. Push the dough into a large ball with your hands and gently roll out to about ¾" thickness. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8 wedges and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake scones for 23-26 minutes until they are just beginning to brown. Allow scones to cool before adding the glaze.
  3. To make the glaze: Add the powdered sugar to a medium bowl. In another small bowl, mix together the milk, melted butter, coffee, maple extract, salt, and cinnamon. Pour into the bowl of powdered sugar and mix until smooth. The glaze should be thick, but you can add another splash of milk if it gets too thick. Spoon the glaze over the top of the cooled scones and garnish with extra chopped walnuts, if desired.

 – adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Are you making this recipe? I’d LOVE to see it! Post a photo of your creation on Instagram and use the hashtag #MyLGWRecipe. It may just get featured!


But wait! We’re not finished just yet… 13 other talented bloggers are sharing their holiday-inspired kitchens along with new recipes and free printables!

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Lolly Jane
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Comments

  1. Beautiful! And those scones look AMAZING. I love the kitchen towels too, so pretty!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I cannot tell you how much I love these kitchen towels. They’re a great price too! Hope you enjoy the scones, Maria, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Look at all your cute touches!! Adore it ALL!

  3. Love your setup Liz… love the cutting board with the dangling jingle bells and your scones look so good!

  4. As always, everything is just gorgeous!
    Oxxo

  5. So gorgeous! Love all of your Christmas touches!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you, Destiny! That means so much coming from such a talented gal like you. Glad you could come visit my kitchen! 🙂

  6. You always blow me away with your beautiful photos! How wonderful it must be to have your coffee and look out the window to see that beautiful winter wonderland! Stunning!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you so much, Chelsea! It’s a very pretty view from my kitchen window… at least until January when I’m over shoveling snow and ready for spring again! 😉 Thanks for stopping by my kitchen! 🙂

  7. Your kitchen looks so festive, yet not overdone! I love all of the little details 🙂

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Thank you so much, Erin! I really appreciate your sweet comments! It’s the littlest of details that seem to make me the happiest. 🙂 Glad you could stop by my kitchen!

  8. as always, so beautiful Liz! I’d love you to share your inspiration at my link party http://www.carissamiss.com/2014/12/outside-box-no-13.html

  9. Beautiful kitchen and those scones look AMAZING!!! Being Canadian, I love maple! 😉

  10. Oh I am sold! Anything maple has my name written all over it 🙂

  11. Oh my… those scones look delish! I can not wait to make them! Your kitchen is so pretty too! Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~KIM

  12. Your kitchen looks so gorgemous!! Wishing you a merry Christmas 🙂
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

  13. Very inspiring! Love your blog!
    Do you think these would be good with pecans instead of walnuts? Not a huge walnut fan 🙂

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Hey Liz! Thank you SO much! Pecans would be a wonderful substitute for the walnuts. I’ve tried this recipe with the pecans also, and it’s delish! I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂

  14. Liz!! This is ah-mazing. You have the best posts.
    Pinning like mad 😉
    Hugs, Jamie

  15. Lauren J. says:

    Love, love, love everything about your kitchen.! The details are amazing! I only wish I could transform mine into anything like yours.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Trust me, Lauren… my kitchen is a LONG way from perfect! But a little bit of pretty decorative details, and the kitchen doesn’t look quite so bad. If you can look past the speckled linoleum floor and hideous countertops, that is. 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by!

  16. I adore scones and can’t wait to try this recipe – they look amazing! Maple glaze – yes! I would never have thought to add coffee. I love your simple decorations, too, and will be trying the candle/coffee bean idea! Thanks!

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Your home is going to smell wonderful with a coffee bean candle! I hope you enjoy the scones, Anne. That maple glaze is killer! 🙂

  17. Those scones look absolutely amazing! Beautiful decor 🙂

  18. My scones are in the oven now, I’ve been itching to try this recipe! A question though, when I turned my dough out onto my baking pan, it was still quite moist. Is it possible I didn’t mix it together well enough? The glaze looks lovely and the scones are looking pretty decent. I’m not exactly keen in the kitchen so I’d love any tips to polish my skills.

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Typically scones should be more dry than moist. You’ll have to let me know how they turned out! That glaze gets me every time… 🙂

  19. Wow! You these are good pictures. They look really relaxing.

  20. Your new kitchen is gorgeous! It must feel better if you have farmland behind you to feel like your in a farmhouse. Your work is beautiful. My husband is a contractor and we have gone through many remodels, not always fun while in the process, but definitely worth it in the end.

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