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In the Kitchen With Rachel Schultz

Our colonial home we bought last summer was a complete fixer upper in so many ways, but we were delighted the kitchen had at least one upgrade that made it further along in the update process than a 1970s kitchen.

While there is so much about our kitchen I want to renovate (floors!, counters!, backsplash!), we do feel like we can preserve the existing cabinets. Extra tall, built-in overhead cabinetry that climbs all the way up to the ceiling is the dream, but I feel like I can create the same vertical, built-in effect with a little creativity on the existing soffits.

As a side note, our house has so many soffits. Were these “in” for a time? What is the deal! Most of them we will rip out, but in the interest of keeping these cabinets and having the all-the-way-up-to-the-ceiling look, my idea to make the soffits work was installing some character-filled sconces directly into them.

We used nine sconces for our approximately 13x13 foot kitchen. Even with so many kitchen changes still on my to-do list, having these makes our kitchen feel instantly full of personality. I can hardly wait to further frame them out with some crown molding.

peak sconce in black


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I am a home decor and food blogger on my personal blog, so with a kitchen post I thought I’d have to share a recipe too! You may have caught sight of those Raspberry & Pistachio Pancakes with Chocolate Drizzle sitting on the counter.


Raspberry & Pistachio Pancakes
with Chocolate Drizzle

Serves 3 to 4


  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
  • Additional butter


In a large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk in milk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla. Grease a large skillet with additional butter. Over medium heat, pour 1/4 cup of batter into skillet. Once bubbles form, flip until cooked throughout, about 1 minute. Serve pancakes topped with raspberries, chopped pistachios and chocolate drizzle.