Garage Entry Reveal

Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry -- A Pinch of Joy

We’ve spent quite a bit of time on the garage entry. Why??    Well . . . . .the garage entry is visible from the living room and several other places in the house. It is the place we most often use to enter our home, the passage way to storage and trash disposal and most importantly, Wheels kingdom in the garage. Our coats and outdoor gear are stored in the closet on one side and the other side has a drop zone cupboard and bench. It’s multifunctional and gets used a lot! For such an itty bitty space, it has a big impact.  As we made first one change and then another, I realized they fit into three inter-related categories.   We wanted this space to be 1) Functional  2) Good looking  3)  A supporting player that does not draw attention to itself. Since we are making this house “ours”, this is the perfect time to think about all these things.  So excited to have one space completely done!!!    Even if it is a small space!

Functional 

Drop Zone Cupboard -- A Pinch of Joy

The drop zone cupboard has some built in features, including this charging station. Cubbies hold cellphones, sunglasses, on the go chargers. On one shelf is an inbox for Wheel’s paperwork, like car wash coupons or receipts. The door has the trash schedule taped to it. Our master calendar is here and other utility pieces that are out of sight. Oh yeah, and Wheel’s collection of five thousand sixty three flash lights – just in case.

Keys -- A Pinch of Joy

Keys go on the hook in the corner cupboard when you walk in the house. I stick them in my pocket, because I ALWAYS come in the house with my hands full. But at least, I know where to look when they are missing :-)  And you know, I moved the pack of gum and a handful of receipts and appointment cards for this pic!

Good looking

Cushions on Bench -- A Pinch of Joy

The garage entry is visually an extension of the living room.   The cushions say “ furniture”, which help tie it into the living room. You know the karate chop that designers leave in the top of the cushion to show it is soft and cushy and quality? Well, draw your own conclusion. :-) But the colors were perfect!  Since the living room door frames the entry,  colors were chosen to go closely with the living room.   The wall color is Sherwin Williams Topsail.   The lower part of the bench is SW Popular Gray which is the same color as the living room wall.  The bench top is just a bit darker, SW Versatile Gray.

A Supporting Player

  Garage Entry Before -- A Pinch of Joy

This is what we started with: The tile is a given in much of the house and makes a strong statement by itself so it is always number one consideration. Besides the tile, there were five different wood patterns in this small space. First thing we did was to take down dark crown molding on top of the birch cupboard.   I painted the shiny metal door with its fake woodgrain and  mdf frame the same color (SW Nice White). And finally painted the bench to cover the very distinct and large grain pattern.   The oak closet door on the other side is pattern #5.    The goal is to be able to walk by the room without it drawing attention or competing with any other part of the house. It just needs to be there doing its job and lookin’ good!

And the results . . . .

Garage Entry 4 -- A Pinch of Joy

 

Garage Entry 3 - A Pinch of Joy

Garage Entry 2 -- A Pinch of Joy

The winner in the hard working, good looking, supporting player category . . . .

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Cheesecake topped Fudgy Brownie -- A Pinch of Joy

Cheesecake topped Fudgy Brownie -- A Pinch of Joy

Five star dessert! Chocolate yum topped with New York Style cheesecake. The chocolate is the lightest fudgy brownie ever! Not too sweet, rich chocolate, light as a feather. The cheesecake is just barely dense, creamy without sweetness, the perfect foil for the deep chocolate flavor of the brownie. Amazing! Fabulous! The best dessert for a special occasion – like Valentine’s Day – any occasion that calls for chocolate. Or delicious.

Cheesecake topped fudgy brownie  on the fork -- A Pinch of Joy

The melted butter gives the brownie it’s rich flavor and light texture. I had never used a brownie recipe with melted butter until this one – forget the others!!! The directions are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. Mixing the brownies and then the cheesecake is quick and easy. You’ll probably have them both mixed before your oven is preheated.    It’s better to make the furrows as described than it is to just drop the cheesecake mixture into the brownie. The end result is neater looking with an evenly distributed cheesecake. My furrows always come out on the shallow side, but the deeper you make them, the more cheesecake is actually in the brownie.   You can cut the recipe in half and bake in an 8×8 greased pan. Begin watching at the 20 minute point until the brownie pulls away from the side of the pan. Whichever size you make, be careful not to overbake.

Cheesecake Brownies in the Pan -- A Pinch of Joy

Cheesecake Topped Fudgy Brownies
 
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Chocolate yum topped with New York Style cheesecake. The chocolate is the lightest fudgy brownie ever! Not too sweet, rich chocolate, light as a feather. The cheesecake is just barely dense, creamy without sweetness, the perfect foil for the deep chocolate flavor of the brownie.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
Brownies
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), melted
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups cocoa powder
  • 1 cup flour
Cheesecake
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in microwave, about 1 minute.
  3. Measure sugar and cocoa powder, mix together in large mixing bowl.
  4. Add melted butter, stirring to mix thoroughly with sugar and cocoa.
  5. Stir in eggs and vanilla, then add remaining ingredients.
  6. Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
  7. In separate bowl, combine the cheesecake ingredients. Mix by hand or at medium speed until cheesecake is smooth.
  8. Draw a narrow furrow the length of the brownie mixture in the pan, and spoon cheesecake into the furrow. Space furrows so that there will be 5 or 6, drawn and then filled with cheesecake. When furrows are filled, use a knife to draw a line perpendicular to furrows, through the cheesecake and brownies. Space the lines evenly, again planning for five or six running the short way across the pan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until batter begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  10. Cool before slicing. Store refrigerated.

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