Posts Tagged "Kitchen"

Kitchen Pantry

I freshened up my pantry and added fruit to it and more baskets.  I’ve been trying to eat much better so I needed to go through my pantry and figure out what needed to stay and what needed to go.  I have baskets for my onions, garlic, potatoes and various fruits.    I’m in love my OXO containers for my baking supplies such as flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, almond flour, powdered and brown sugar, baking soda and powder, and salt.  I also have plastic containers for all my various types of nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, etc. Now that I am eating alot more oats and granola I added a label for them and put them into the bigger cereal containers that I bought at Costco.  I don’t keep too much canned food in this pantry because I have a food storage room downstairs so I only keep the minimum because they take up space.  I have each shelf organized into categories. From the bottom up is cereals, pancake mixes, granola’s, potatoes, garlic, breads and onions. Second shelf from the bottom holds the fruit, nuts, pastas, and rice Third shelf is the baking supplies and canned goods for cooking Fourth shelf is my protein powders, snacks, extra storage for condiments Top shelf is my Thrive food storage #10 cans and drink mixes and glass vases    ...

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Plastic placemats

Ikea had plastic placemats that were really cute. So I added them to the shelves of my fridge. I used double sided tape to keep them from moving...

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Updated Pantry

My pantry was unpacked when we moved in but was not quite organized the way that I wanted it too. I finally buckled down and tackled the monster but if you see the before picture I didn’t have much in the pantry to start with so that helped. By the way I am finally using my Shelf Reliance Thrive food storage finally after 2 years! Its fun to play around with and it helps too that my college roommate Natalie Riley is one of their cooks that shows you how to use their food storage. BEFORE...

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Kitchen Facelift

As you may have read in the past that I have been making some improvements in the kitchen. I have been enjoying finding and researching some “tools” to help me and to also have fun in the kitchen. I have been enjoying reading Weelicious.com and learning a few tips and tricks as she likes to call them. I have been involving the kids in some recipes as well. Our kitchen is slowly changing its atmosphere and I can’t wait! Paetan and I made her Strawberry Wee-Pops. Yum! I have also been interested in green smoothies from this gal. My children have been loving them each morning as have I. I recently tried her Hot Pink smoothie pictured below. It was really good even though beets seem to have a dirt taste to them it but overall it was tasty. We have had our “Champ” for the last 5 years and has been very good to us and I am so grateful I have it now because I use it twice a day now. Then of course with each of my pregnancies my interest in ice cream, yogurts and sorbets sky rocket through the roof and so I decided that I needed to learn how to make my own with this handy dandy Cruisinart maker. Love it! The key is to always leave the bowl when not used in your freezer so your always prepared to put something together. My first try was Coconut sorbet and it was ok I used coconut milk in a carton instead of the can so I don’t know if that makes a difference but it wasn’t what I expected but it was ok. I froze it that night and tasted it the next day and its not the same. So I learned to eat it up right when its done being made. So anyone wanna come over for dessert? The one pictured below is frozen vanilla yogurt I made today! Yum! Next on my list of what to find was a citrus juicer. We recently have fallen in love with limeade at our house and who also doesn’t want fresh orange juice and lemonade as well. I knew I had to find something because Trent broke our hand held one with the batchs of our limemades that we have been making so I got this one. Its been great so far and I am disappointed in the fact that I sit and juice 10-12 lemons for a half hour and only get 2 cups of juice! But oh well it tastes so good. So who’s got a good fresh lemonade recipe to share with me? I got limeade’s covered. My knife drawer has always bugged me so I finally broke down and book a wood block organizer to make it look decent. I also updated my kitchen tools and utincels into nice crocks. That way they aren’t tucked away buried in my drawers I can see them and use them. My kitchen is making me happier now that I have a few fun tools to test...

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In the Kitchen

I’ve always dreamed about being the type of wife/mom like the picture above (which is a mom in the 1950’s when it seems like that era had it all put together) I’ve wanted to be the one who has it all put together in the kitchen and just whips up amazing meals for her family. It’s a great dream but have since realized that it can be a reality if I change the way I think and face my fear. I have a confession to make and some of you already know this but I have never really enjoyed cooking at all! I’ve been married for almost 10 years this coming September (yikes that went by way too fast) and I’ve not been so happy about being in the kitchen. We’ve ate out a lot and its gotten so bad that each time we go out in the car the children ask where we are going to eat today! Okay I know I’ve done something really bad here but I know it can be fixed. The very first goal that I’ve been working on this year is this exact problem or weakness that I have. I’m happy to report that its day 17 of January and I’ve cooked 10 meals out of 17! That is really awesome for me! It’s been a lot of work though and I’ve realized that I have to plan accordingly each day to make sure that things are started at a certain time to get dinner on the table at 6pm! These past few weeks the kids have actually ate 3/4 of all those meals that I made. Of course there are a few that weren’t so good to them but Trent enjoyed them. What changed my thinking you might ask….. Well I knew it had to be done and I knew there had to be something/someone out in this world that would help me go back to the basics and really find out why I was so scared and had to face this fear of mine. Her name is Liz Edmunds or otherwise referred to as “The Food Nanny” go here to check her out. She breaks down meal planning into a weekly theme night so I jumped on board with that idea. I used her website to plan some meals but I have a lot of my own recipes that I want to try first so I’m going to hold off on hers for a bit but she’s got a great tool to help you plan and prepare. I’ve watched a couple of her episodes as well and related to a few of them and helped me realize that I just need to get over this fear because it has to be done so that I can have a nice family meal each night to help in creating a unified family. Dinner time is important and I want that to be our focus each night as we end our day together. I’ve also enjoyed watching others and stealing recipes from them, like: Natalie Riley – my college roomie, food connoisseur, Shelf Reliance Thrive test cook, A-mazing food critic. Look her up here and here. My sisters – we’ve started our own cookbook blog because we all have recipes to share and one sister wanted to make a cookbook of my grandmother’s recipes but I suggested that we just start a blog and that way we can all contribute and then put our favorites on it as well as family tradition recipes. If you’d like to check it out go here. Sam the...

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