And by magic, you know I am referring to my kitchen right?  Of course you did.

So I decided to do something I have never done before… and that is participate in a Works for me Wednesday post!

One of my favorite people, Bridget from Bake at 350, is neighbors with Kristen who writes the We are THAT Family blog.  Small world huh?

Anywho, I have been reading these WFMW posts forever, but never was organized or timely enough to participate.

Until today!

I need to preface this by saying, this is NOT a decorating post! 

I do NOT recommend anyone else tries to decorate as poorly as I do. 

And for the sake of all that is right in this world, do NOT look at anything in these pictures except the space ABOVE my cabinets. 

Thank you.



An almost dead plant and foil baking pan that has been there for at least five years.

I am trying really, really hard to follow through on my resolutions this year (my first time even making them!) and I was hoping to get more organized and efficient so I can spend more time with the kiddo's.

I happen to love cakestands, and they are all currently stuffed in a closet where I cant sit and dream of the cakes I can put on them.

Cause I do that.  Sit and dream about cakes.  Doesnt everyone?

So I figured, why not try and put them out where I can enjoy them and actually see what I have?!



Not exactly a design Martha Stewart would be proud of, but it WORKS FOR ME!



So yeah.  My work here is done.

Until I actually address the mess in the sink that is.

And I just have to mention this… my TRUE motiovation for trying to improve my space was seeing Amy's kitchen.

It. Is. GORGEOUS!!  Those windows!  That countertop!  I was green with envy.  Until I remembered that envy is bad. 

You must check it out!!

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! I was having some kitchen envy when I saw Amy’s kitchen, too. I love your solution for the cake plates. I might have to steal that idea. But, that would force me to be brave and discover what might be living on top of my cabinets. I am frightened by that thought.

  2. My mom uses that space to display her cookie jars, of which she has MANY!
    I think you and I have the same stove, except I’m sure yours is much cleaner. :0)

  3. I can’t be sure -but I think you and I live in the exact same house…well, not the exact same…
    but the same ‘model’ if you will –
    I would recognize that lack of cupboard space anywhere!
    The cake stands look great!

  4. *sigh* I have cake stand envy. I’ve gone to Goodwill a couple of times to try to find one or the parts to make one like you do…but I just don’t have the cake stand eye like you do!

  5. LOVE it Amanda!!! …….next week tell us about shooting your cakes on that counter! {wink}……..I’m so jealous of you girls with kitchens with light and lots of room!!

  6. This is my first time commenting, though I found your blog a few months ago–forgive me for stalking 🙂
    That’s exactly what I do with my cake stands! Of course, if you leave them up there for 5 years, they get coated in powdered sugar dust and then don’t look so pretty. I do, however, wash them before using them 🙂 I love your green walls, too!

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