Kitchen Update with Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

This Lemon Yogurt Parfait dessert is delicious for breakfast, but is so cheesecakey rich and sweet, it can easily pass as dessert for dinner!

Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

Friends, I feel so behind on sharing our kitchen remodel. We are finished now, except for replacing the 1984 original lighting. I’ll be taking some beauty shots soon, and showing you the appliances that we chose for our mountain home. In the meantime, how about a simple, delightful summer dessert to serve to your guests? Abby turned us on to Ellenos yogurt (made in Seattle!), and today’s recipe is such an easy dessert.

Especially with fresh cherries on top!

Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

For now, as you remember, we removed the giant monolith from the original kitchen, moving the fridge to a new space, and replacing that area with a large oversized center island.

Kitchen Update with Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

Before the cabinets were painted (above).

Kitchen Update with Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

After the cabinets were painted, but before the new appliances arrived and the back splash went in.

Kitchen Update with Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

And then after the appliances went in, we built the new center island, and the countertop was installed.

Corian countertop - silver birth

We went with a Corian solid surface counter, SILVER BIRCH color.

Corian countertop - silver birch

And now, it’s perfect for entertaining!

But let’s back up … we decided that there was way too much wood in this house—the wall, floors, cabinets—everything all wood.

With a limited budget, we painted the kitchen cabinets white, sanded and stained the current butcher block countertops (see the beautiful wood in the dessert photos?), kept the original sink, and put up a beautiful tile backsplash.

Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert - with kitchen update

My husband has gotten very handy with tools, I must admit. It’s been a fun process, observing his skills. (We decided to keep all of the original brick floors in the house.)

Kitchen Update with Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

We wanted to tie the gray fireplace in with the backsplash. Mission accomplished with a larger tile (that looks like wood).

Kitchen Update with Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

Of course, we painted the wood walls white, to freshen up the home and give it a more modern feel.

Now it’s ready for company!

Actually, we entertained for months without a finished kitchen. Perfection is never our goal for our surroundings, or our goal before inviting people in. Cooking a good meal, having a space where we can all sit and mellow out together, talking about life. That is what it’s all about.

Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

Back to the dessert. I bought the Ellenos yogurt at Whole Foods here in Bend, and the recipe is delightful to serve for summer, because it’s so fresh and delicious.

I always love a dessert that I can make up ahead of time, too.

What’s your go-to summer dessert?

Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

Lemon Yogurt Parfait Dessert

Yield: 3-5 small servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Lemon Yogurt Parfait dessert is delicious for breakfast, but is so cheesecakey rich and sweet, it can easily pass as dessert for dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. dried sweetened lemon pieces
  • 1 cup pitted cherries, cut in half
  • Basil to garnish
  • 16 oz. tub of Ellenos Lemon Yogurt

Directions:

  1. In a small dish, begin with layer of yogurt, then a layer of cherries, followed by another layer of yogurt.
  2. Top with three cherry halves, sprinkled sugared lemon, and fresh chopped basil.
  3. Quick and easy dessert, yum!

 

This Lemon Yogurt Parfait dessert is delicious for breakfast, but is so cheesecakey rich and sweet, it can easily pass as dessert for dinner!

 

9 comments

  1. It’s beautiful! Do you love it?? I always love the “cabin” feel of those funky wood kitchens, but when it’s your own home you want it to be a little more liveable. I really like what you’ve done!

  2. I just love your back splash! And the fact that you put some colorful plates on your shelves are a great addition! Fantastic job and congrats. Must feel like a dream.

  3. The kitchen looks awesome! So does the dessert. I don’t have a go to summer dessert, but have served a yogurt parfait but layered honey yogurt with some homemade granola, drizzle of melted chocolate, basil and repeat layers. So good and the basil makes it pop and the chocolate adds a sweetness

  4. It’s beautiful Sandy!! Love what you’ve done. The island and backsplash and everything in between look great. I’m so impressed with Paul’s and your DIY skills.
    This is my kind of dessert, looks so fresh and delicious.

  5. I’ve always loved your mindset of entertaining even if things aren’t perfect and I think of it often. But I gotta say, your kitchen is pretty darn PERFECT. What a transformation! And how cool are those brick floors?!

  6. Beautiful, Sandy! So happy for you. Loving following your new home adventure. 

  7. The dessert and the kitchen look amazing!! Love it all.
    Debbie

  8. It looks so gorgeous, Sandy! I’m so glad you kept the original brick floors, too. 

  9. SO gorgeous!!!! Totally my dream kitchen, well done!

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