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Love, Baking, and Mother’s Day

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Not much “feeds” my soul like being in the kitchen. I have been cooking since I was less than 10 – and today cooking is my therapy and an escape from the whirlwind of my design and consulting business. I loved cooking with my mother when I was younger and still today on holidays, and now my own daughter loves to cook and bake with me! It’s a way that the three of us can connect and make memories. We enjoy getting into the kitchen and cooking for our families because food is definitely a way we Southerners show love to those important people in our lives!

This weekend is Mother’s Day, and I know all three of us will be in the kitchen creating treats for each other, like we always do. But this year, Ellison and I have a fabulous new kitchen for our culinary creations! For my home remodel, I put Thermador at the top of my shopping list for all my appliances. They give me the functional and fabulous tools I need to concoct amazing dishes, food gifts, and meals for all my family.

We took advantage of my gorgeous new kitchen to create a Mother’s Day video for Thermador, showcasing how much fun we have together when we’re cooking and baking and hanging out at home! I am clearly not as cool as she is, but I’m just glad that my almost seventh-grader still wants to be with me, especially in the kitchen.  Just click here to see what kind of craziness we serve up when we’re together!

I wish all of you moms out there a very special Mother’s Day and I hope you’re making amazing memories with your little ones (and not-so-little ones) in the kitchen, too!

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Shopping Guide: New Year, New You

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I love a shiny new year! It’s so full of promise and things-to-come! That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to start something new, or to set goals and intentions. Whether it’s making a commitment to health, learning to cook something new, or deciding to keep a journal through 2017, I’ve come up with the perfect list to help you get your goals on for the new year!

Happy Shopping, and Happy New Year!

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  1. “Live Life” Faux Leather Journal– It’s a fresh start with a new year and a new you, so seize the opportunity to start journaling to track your inspiration and how you grow this year!
  2. Kate Spade New York Gold Dots Agenda– We all start out the new year saying “This is the year I will stay more organized!” Well this year, you really can with a beautiful Kate Spade agenda with trendy gold polka dots.
  3. 13” Saffiano Computer Case by Kate Spade– Staying organized can be fun and chic with this crisp linen colored leather computer case with gold hardware.
  4. Classic iPad Case– A bright Kelly green (one of my favorite colors!) leather iPad case is easy for the on-the-go student or business-minded individual!
  5. Metro Leather Strap Watch– Maybe your resolution this year is to be on time? Well you can’t do that without a stunning camel and gold watch that will match every outfit perfectly so you’ll even want to be a few minutes early.
  6. Swissmar Arosa 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set– Throughout the year, it’s easy to get too busy and lose sight of what is important. Start a new family tradition – fondue night!
  7. 32-Ounce Water Bottle– Drinking enough water is a constant struggle, so make it easier with a cute water bottle that reminds you to “Drink Up”!
  8. ‘Lunar’ Training Shoe by Nike– One of the most common resolutions is to exercise, so let’s start it off right with new training shoes!
  9. Floral-Embossed Yoga Mat, Magenta– You all know I love yoga, so I can’t wait to get back to my routine after all of the holiday festivities with a fresh yoga mat in inspiring, bright magenta!
  10. Moto Full-Length Sport Leggings– A pair of super chic biker-style quilted yoga leggings can quickly go from workout to cute outfit for lunch and errands! It’s impossible to not workout when the clothes are this cute.
  11. Mia 2 – Seabreeze Sonic Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic– This year is all about you, and making you feel your best. Put your best face forward by cleansing every night with this compact, and easy to travel with cleansing system.
  12. Williams-Sonoma Reserve Chardonnay Wine Glasses, Set of 2– Spend more quality time with the special someone in your life over a glass of wine- whether it’s your significant other, best friend, or your bubble bath!
  13. Schwinn 870 Treadmill– Are you planning a 10K in the near future? Keep your training on track regardless of weather or scheduling restraints with an at home treadmill.
  14. ‘Alta’ Wireless Fitness Tracker– Let’s keep track of all of our fitness goals this year with a Fitbit that will track your distance, activity time, calories burned, and steps! Plus, this model will track your sleep, gently wake you up with a vibrating alarm, and remind you about your workout goals.
  15. Nest Plus 9 Cups and Bowls Set– Is your goal to cook more this year? You’ll need your kitchen to be fully stocked with all of the essentials, which are included in this convenient stacking set of measuring cups and bowls.
  16. Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer & Cookbook Set– You never knew eating healthy could taste this good! Start off the new health you with a spiralizer and cookbook set to add more vegetables into your diet while serving up some delicious creations for you and your family.

Tobi TV: 5 Fashion Tips for Your Kitchen

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I can hear some of you saying: “Fashion tips for the kitchen?! Have you been hitting the eggnog, Tobi?” But you really can dress up your kitchen with fashion ideas! I find a lot of inspiration on runways, even for rooms like the kitchen where you can take your look from haute couture to haute cuisine.

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The key to designing a fashion-forward and glamorous kitchen is to make the space feel luxurious and expensive while adding in some unexpected features that make it ahead of it’s time. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite haute kitchens!

Can you see why I love this kitchen? Let’s recap what really makes the design so fashionable:

  1. Don’t be afraid to embrace Carrara marble countertops for a glamorous kitchen. Nothing is more beautiful, especially with a matching backsplash.
  2. Tired of white kitchens? Try a shade of gray for your cabinetry and brass hardware for a fashion-forward look.
  3. A sleek induction cooktop with a mirrored finish will add some high-tech shine to your haute couture kitchen.
  4. Brass is back and really packs a punch for a glamorous kitchen! Try adding brass with a vent hood, hardware, or pendant lighting over the island.
  5. Add something unexpected to your kitchen, like a library ladder to get to those hard-to-reach cabinets, or think about out-of-the-box ideas for seating.

Details really will pump up the glamour, so try these tips to make your kitchen runway ready. Let me know in the comments below how you are inspired by fashion in your home!

xo,

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For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

Instagram Inspiration: All Steamed Up

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If you’ve read this blog for any time at all, you know how much I LOVE to cook and bake! It’s my stress reliever, and something that I can do with my daughter, who is an amazing baker on her own. So you can imagine how happy I was over the Thanksgiving holiday to be in my newly renovated kitchen with all my fabulous Thermador appliances.

Last year on a visit to Thermador’s Experience & Design Center in California, I fell in love with their steam oven. No really, I wanted to take it home with me in my bag! So you can bet I put that at the top of my shopping list when I bought the new appliances for my home.

Now that I’m using it regularly, it’s even more functional and convenient than I thought it would be – it’s like the Swiss Army Knife in my culinary toolbox! I’m also learning that it can do SO much more than create healthy steamed meals and reheat leftovers, although it’s fabulous for that, too.

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My favorite thing to do in the kitchen is bake, especially with my daughter. We love to create cupcakes, pies, and breads for friends and family, like the pumpkin pound cake that I made above. The Thermador steam oven makes our baked goods moist and yummy.

I gave the steam oven a workout at Thanksgiving – it’s large enough to cook several vegetable dishes on separate racks at one time, or to cook a 14-pound turkey. And it cooked my Thanksgiving turkey in just 2 hours! That really took the holiday pressure off. And let me tell you, doing that bacon lattice work on the turkey was delicious, too!

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Thermador’s steam oven is now the star of my kitchen – giving me restaurant-worthy results every time. I may have to consider opening up to the public and taking reservations! What’s your favorite appliance in your kitchen? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Instagram Inspiration: A Cook’s Dream

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We’re just two weeks from Thanksgiving and the fun of cooking for family and baking for the holidays – something I absolutely love! It’s my stress relief and the way this Southern girl shows her love. Having my new kitchen this year is going to make it an even more fabulous experience and I can’t wait to get in there with my daughter to whip up treats like the mini bundt cakes she made above. She’s quite a baker all on her own!

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If you’re following me on Instagram, you know I’ve found a lot of cooking inspiration from Blue Apron. The meals they’ve sent have taught me new techniques and ideas that I’m going to try for my holiday cooking!

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But what really has me excited about getting into the kitchen are all of the fabulous new Thermador appliances we’ve installed, like my gorgeous new range above. I may be their brand ambassador today, but I’ve been a long-time believer in their brand and appliances. In fact, I grew up eating the delicious meals and treats my mom created on her Thermador range! Making pancakes is so much fun on the stove-top griddle – it’s the kind of Thermador innovation that a real cook like me loves!

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If my daughter continues to make delicious treats like the chocolate lava meringue cupcakes she made above, though, I’m going to have to break out another great machine in my kitchen…

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Thank goodness I’m a huge fan of juicing! It will help me keep some balance in this fun and crazy holiday season! What are your favorite traditions and dishes for the holidays? Let me know in the comments section below.

Happy Cooking!

xo,

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