Small Pantry Organization

Oh The Pantry!

You know that space … where the chef of the home can go to create …and dream and… provide delish meals for the family… That Pantry!

I dream of a large walk in with a place that will hold everyday food items, stockpile supplies, menu plans, cookbooks with recipes, food inventory lists and ample space for large appliance storage!  A girl can dream, right?!

The reality is … I do not have a walk in, nor space to hold everything I want in a single space. But, I do have a very modest pantry with several shallow shelves SO I am able to house a little bit of everything. This also means there are other spaces where I house all needed items in order to maintain my kitchen (that will be a different topic for a different day).

Small Patry Organization

When I moved into my current home, I downsized in all areas to include the kitchen… with that downsize went the walk-in pantry…  So I chose to say “Hello”, to small spaces!

This is an honest pic of my unorganized pantry when I first moved in …

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I quickly found out that the systems I used in my previous pantry (which was a walk in) did not work in my current pantry.

The systems I used before consisted of risers for canned goods and plastic pull out drawers that contained items that I could see easily in my previous space by pulling out the sliding drawer. In my new space the risers did not fit properly (to narrow of a space) and the drawers would not pull out completely. I dealt with it for as long as I could and decided enough is enough – time for a Small Pantry Organization!

I took inventory and decided what the must have items were and what I absolutely HAD to have there… and added on nice to have and this is what I came up with for RULES :

1) Must be functional, above all !

2) I must be able to know at a glance where everything is located.

3) The space must allow other members of the family to put away/get out grocery items without having any difficulty.

4) Visually appealing – This was my nice to have!

I was able to organize with Dollar Tree bins (most of which I already had) and Dollar Tree canisters and containers.

This is what my pantry looks like now – Take A look!

I also filmed 2 YouTube videos – One BEFORE and one AFTER The link to those are below!

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I filmed a short video of my pantry BEFORE :

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I filmed a short video of my pantry AFTER :

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CheeseCake Cups

Cheesecake Cups 2015

My office is holding a Holiday Luncheon this week and I signed up to bring Cheesecake!

To make it easy for folks to pick it up and go, I have decided to make my famous Cheesecake Cups!!

These are homemade, no-bake and so delish everyone will want seconds!

What You Will Need :

  • Stand Mixer
  • 1 Lg. Bowl
  • 1 Sm. Bowl
  • 2 Mixing Spoons
  • 12-24 Dessert cups with Lids (quantity depends on serving size of choice)

Crust :

1 1/2 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/3 C. Packed Brown Sugar

1/3 C. Butter (melted)

Directions : *Stir together graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and melted butter until mixed well.

Press equal amounts in the bottom of each dessert cup. 12-24 dependent on the serving size that you choose.

*See Optional

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Filling :

16 oz. Cream Cheese

2 t. Lemon Juice

1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream

1/3 C. White Sugar

Directions : Mix cream cheese and lemon juice until soft.

Add whipping cream and mix until thick.

Add sugar and continue mixing until mixture is stiff.

Pour equal amounts in crust prepped cups – 12-24 dependent on the serving size that you choose.

Chill overnight in the fridge and serve with your favorite coffee or tea – Enjoy!

*Optional Items :

1/2 t. Ground Cinnamon

21 oz.  Pie Filling Of Choice (top each dessert cup with pie filling before securing lid) 

Watch My ‘How To’ Video Here:

How ‘Bout Them Apples

So many good things all wrapped up into a single day!

I am taking just a moment to claim the gratefulness that I have in time with family, friends, fur babies and in the ability to fill hungry bellies today.

We grilled out, we laughed, we ate (still eating) and we celebrate our health and simple things in this life…

 One of the main attractions on today’s menu was ‘grilled apples’ !! Grilled Apple 2

Simply take a whole washed apple and wrap snuggly in foil (poke a few holes in the side with a fork for faster cook time) and place on the bun warmer the entire time you are grilling. When you check them, if your fork inserts smoothly and easily, they are done!

I hope this day finds you and your family enjoying the peace, company, and rest on yet another Labor Day. If you are working today a BIG Thank You, to you…so others might enjoy a service that you provided!

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Healthy Eats – Lower Cost !

I have heard quite a few people say eating healthy costs more and to some degree this is correct. We have to pay more for organics and other items of interest however; here are a few tips to help you save a buck or two the next time to decide to go to the market!

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Q. How can I purchase inexpensive fruits and vegetables?

A. Browse the discounted produce section of the market 1st, then proceed to the middle isles.

Almost every market I have shopped has a marked down produce section. By going there first you may score part of tonight’s dinner for 50% off or more!

A. Shop off peak hours.

Early morning shoppers get the worm so to speak because the marked down produce from the night before is going to be most abundant at this time. However; I have also scored great deals in the evening hours about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs before closing!

A. Begin to shop the same market(s) frequently and determine how they operate.

By shopping the same market often you will become familiar with when they mark things down, how often and where to look so there will be no time wasted searching for the prize.

One thing I know for sure is one never knows what one will find but one will always find something and save a bundle following the above three tips!               untitled

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Coffee Stash

I recently had the opportunity to venture into the Jungle!

Jungle Jims, that is!

Jungle Jim’s is an International Marketplace that proves interesting every time I go – my trip was a short one however; I wanted to share a few products that I purchased that I found to be great additions to my coffee stash (see below for coffee details) .

If you have never visited Jungle Jim’s and have the opportunity to, I highly recommend the visit.

I signed up for the newsletter which provides their weekly ad, events and various news!

Below is a YouTube video that was filmed in Ohio and their website link in case you would like a sneak peak:

http://www.junglejims.com/

WHAT DID I PURCHASE?

I purchased 30 sachets of Brown Coffee and 30 sachets of White Coffee – This purchase was approximately 17 US dollars.

If I were to drink one sachet a day, this would last 2 months!

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Brown Coffee                White Coffee

The final coffee purchase is K-Cups.

This purchase was approximately 5 US dollars for 18 cups – a ‘great’ deal – The K-Cup design displays a reduction in materials which is good for the environment however; the individual foil wrapped cup seems to cancel that out.

I admit, I am loving the packaging because it promotes freshness!

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Feel free to watch my Jungle Jim’s haul video below – the creamer is 1.19 US dollars and the 1/2 gallon of milk is 1 US dollar.

I love a bargain!

Take Care !

Sugar Cookies

Growing up, my family did not have the tradition of making sugar cookies (or any cookies) during the winter holidays.

Does it seem odd to hear that? Society tells me “that is odd…”

I have carried that ‘odd’ inner dialog around with me for soooo -O-  long, too many years … I think it is time to create my own traditions, which will include baking sugar cookies during the winter holidays!

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Pictured here: 2014 Holiday Cookies by: Yours Truly (Beverly)

Smooth Move …

I have really been enjoying a summer of smoothies!

I ventured out and started making my own… Just a few ingredients make this such a sweet treat AND, it is good for you!

So… go on … make a smooth move!

Whip it Up Wednesday

Recipe:

1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

1/2 Cup Frozen Banana

1/2 C Frozen Strawberries

1/2 C Frozen Mango

1 T Protein Powder

Mix until smooth and creamy! Enjoy!