Love, Lydia - Notes from a geeky, plus sized artist.: Bacon to Break in My New Kitchen

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bacon to Break in My New Kitchen

Hi again everyone!

Since we've moved to the new house in Durham we've been able to do more cooking.  Having a working kitchen sink made it better than the old rental already!  Really though, we're thankful to have a nice new kitchen with enough space to cook comfortably allowing us to enjoy cooking again.  It's nothing huge or fancy, but after an apartment and a small older home it feels fantastic.

What have we cooked so far?  Well the first weekend after we closed on the house we made My Mom's Chili, breakfast pizzas (precooked biscuits/english muffins, with sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and gravy as components you can mix and match, then just toast it in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese starts to brown), and other favorites like crock pot pork tenderloin, plus new dishes including Bacon Cinnamon Rolls, and Ranch Chicken Club Roll-Ups.

Really the biggest thing was learning to cook bacon in the oven.  I've done it three times in the last week, most recently for the cinnamon rolls.  It makes me happy every time I get to smell it.  Also it's delicious bacon.  The cinnamon rolls were pretty good, and if you're into sweet and savory combinations you should give it a try.  I made sure the bacon was cooked through, but soft enough to roll up into the dough.  Baking the rolls really didn't cook the bacon more so you can get away with making the bacon the way you like as long as you're able to tuck it in the buns, so the strips don't have to be that soft.  I ended up using a half a slice of bacon in each roll.  Here's what ours looked like.

Here's a quick tour of our kitchen too.  Starting from the day we got our keys, a few weeks later we finally got our fridge, and just recently with a fresh coat of paint.  


Thank goodness for Memorial Day sales, which allowed us to get a really nice fridge on a budget.  We're so glad to be settling in and making things feel like home finally.

That's all I have to share with you for today, Thursday I'll be making this Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet for dinner and next week I'm hoping to tackle some Homemade Maine Style Lobster Rolls for a good challenge.  So more food blogs are in the works.  Check back Friday as I share some reflections on my capsule wardrobe and start making my fashion based blogs a Friday only event.  Thanks for reading!!



  1. Oh my gosh, Lydia! I love love LOVE your new kitchen!! The cabinets are a gorgeous color and you've got such a nice backsplash! I also really love the mint colored walls. It all looks really lovely and I'm so glad you're enjoying your new home. Next time I'm in NC I'd love to see it, if y'all don't mind... Maybe another double date night? Don't know when I'll be able to come up but I'll see you at the family reunion in just a few weeks! Love, Keri ♥

    1. Aww thanks!! We're really happy with it too. I definitely hope you can come and see our house sometime soonish. You're always welcome to stay with us too, we have a nice guest bedroom I'm in the midst of decorating. And another double date night would be spectacular! We'll definitely have to talk about it at the reunion if not sooner. :-)