Kitchen Love: Filling my Space with Joy

Everyone has their very own unique relationship with their kitchen. Some love it, others don't, and many are sort of indifferent. I knew that in order to sustain my career as a YouTube 'Chef' I would need to make sure my kitchen was always a place I loved to be in. I learned this early on in my cooking days too - if I didn't like being in there, I wouldn't cook anything. 

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So with that in mind, I consciously decided to only fill my kitchen with beauty and joy. This includes the food I cook with, the tools I use, and the art and pictures that line my walls. 

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The tools that I use are ones that feel good to my body, and bring me joy when I pull them off the wall. Every time I pull one of my Japanese knives off the magnetic holder I get a tiny excited shiver that runs down my back and into my belly. I wonder if that's common...?

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Trust yourself. One of the hardest things to do, I'd say, and I haven't fully learned how to do that yet... but some days I can. This helps to remind me that I am on the right path, and that Stump Kitchen is what I am meant to do with my life.

My grandma knit this tea cozy. My friend Jenna with Patch & Sparrow Embroidery made the button. I love how they look together.

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Keeping stump-themed tidbits around is just fun! 

I love keeping my inspiration close by, to see some of the rad cooks and recipe makers that helped to shape my journey in the kitchen.

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My grandma's timer keeps the best time of all the timers I've had. This keeps her close to me as I cook and bake.

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There's not a day that goes by that I don't need to read this. This bunny hangs right beside my as I slice and dice, reminding me that I am loved for who I am, in all of the ways that I come.

Thanks for coming on this kitchen our with me :) Be sure to check out Stump Kitchen's Videos, Cooking Classes, and Merch!

BlogAlexis Hillyard