Thursday, January 24, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Here's the completed pantry project!
Three trips to Target, one to Hobby Lobby and one to Wal-mart later. :)
I'm very happy with how it's turned out and it has made using up stuff easier!
First, the shelves:
top shelf: baking supplies, flour, sugar, powdered sugar, chocolate chips and dark brown sugar
next shelf: specialty baking chips and sugar in the raw
next shelf: rice, polenta, peanuts, caramel corn, peppermint candies, red pepper flakes
front row: spicy pecans, sprinkles!, candied pecans
bottom shelf: dish towels and some decorative food items
Onto the actual pantry:
beverages, surplus paper towels/ziplocs, etc., salad dressing and . . .
seldom sought spices in a paint can that I recycled from a birthday gift Jenny gave me full of "Kelly's favorite things". From what I can remember from 2002 (!) there was a magazine, Junie B. Jones book and I'm not sure what else but I remember it was very fun! Thanks Jenny!
stuff to use at dinner time
snacking, breakfast and cans (which of course will mostly get used at
dinnertime but there wasn't room on that shelf)
cool black take out box from Cuba Libre restaurant I went to
Friday night with friends from Bible study for Holly's birthday
in the freezer but is ready to eat from breakfasts this week
ingredients to use for meals
AND! The freezer which no longer has things falling out of it upon opening the door . . . thanks to the new mini freezer in the garage that Adrian found on Craig's list! Yea!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The top shelf of my actual pantry:
(the salad dressing is "one of those things that doesn't belong" but it is the easiest quick access place for it in front of the other things that are not daily use and keeps it from getting lost somewhere else.)
Friday, January 4, 2008
Here are the food items that I think would look nice in clear glass canisters that I will go to Target and look for tomorrow. I have gift cards!
Pantry from Wikipedia
A pantry is a room where food, provisions or dishes are stored and serves in an ancillary capacity to the kitchen. The derivation of the word is from the same source as the Old French term paneterie; that is from pain, the French form of the Latin panis for bread.
In a late medieval hall, there were separate rooms for the various service functions and food storage. A pantry was where bread was kept and food preparation associated with it done. There were similar rooms for storage of bacon and other meats (larder), alcoholic beverages (buttery) known for the "butts" of barrels stored there, and cooking (kitchen).
Right now my pantry is an absolute disaster! That just happens from time to time in my experience. I feel the urge to gain some kind of handle on organization before going back to work next week.
So . . . here we go, as naked as this can be, here are "before" pics of my pantry, the kitchen shelves I'm thinking I may be able to put to good use in this project and my fridge and freezer. I would love any suggestions that any of you would like to share! This would be a great time for those of you who don't comment to chime in! (Not that I mind if you want to hang around regardless of whether or not you comment, comments are just always so nice.)
p.s.s. if anyone has suggestions of where to buy cute, cheap, vintage looking clear glass canisters, send them on!
p.s.s.s. A new Costco membership also has more bulk items flowing through my larder so if anyone has tips on how to shop, use, & organize when buying in bulk, that would be helpful too. Thanks!
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Adrian wanted to cook for me to celebrate our first new year's eve together!
(Last new year's eve is when he asked me if I'd like to meet in person for the first time after our e-mail and phone conversation of a couple months!)
I went over to my friend Jenni's house to visit and get ready so he could cook and get everything ready for me.
When I came home he was all dressed up in my favorite shirt of his. He went all out for me! Everything was so wonderful!
He set the table exquisitely, even ironing the tablecloth! He bought tulips for me, my favorite flower. He planned a four course meal for me and also included the hard Italian breadsticks I like that you can duel with at the table. :) To drink we had a variety of Izze bottled sparkling fruit juices on ice in a silver bucket on a cut glass platter. I love how he knows details are a big deal to me!
Here is our menu that he had sitting out on the table for me when I got there!
The table set for our first course
This was our first course. These are little tiny bell peppers with soft French cheese (garlic and herb and tomato basil) piped inside in two different patterns. He made this! Impressive!
The second course, Insalata Caprese! Yum! Didn't he do a nice job of the presentation?
At one point I walked into the "powder room" and this sight greeted me beside the sink. Really? Who thinks of everything like this? I felt so special!
Main course: Italian style spinach and filet mignon with green peppercorn cream sauce
The finishing touch!
Three types of gelato with fresh blackberries in the cream soup bowls he gave me for my birthday
Happy New Year!
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