Okay, maybe not really. But I do love that cookbook! And I love the changes in my kitchen. 'Twas a full day's work on Thursday, a perfect job for a drippy day.
I started with the pantry. It was originally full of food, but there were just a few things that kind of drove me crazy. For one thing, the doors were always standing open, either with a teen or two standing in front moaning, "there is nothing to eat in this house...", or with suspicious-looking crumbs of said "nothing" trailing away from it.
Don't you think this is a big improvement?
I switched the cabinets on the far wall to food-bearing rather than dish- and glassware-bearing. It makes more sense anyway. Now the food is where I need it. Why didn't I think of that before? The far right cabinet has boxes and cans, as does the cabinet over the stove and the one over the microwave. Duplicates and extras got moved to the basement shelves. Lots of things got repackaged into canning jars - my new favorite storage containers.
Coffee, tea, drinks, etc. I know it is a little strange to be so delighted with organized cabinets. Some of you will not get this, and will be confirmed in your opinion that I am one egg short of a dozen. But some of you are kindreds, and these pics are for you. (Yes, I know. If you come to my house in a month and open my cabinets, they will not look exactly like this. But let me live in my dream world for a few blissful days.)
Baking supplies and ingredients. HS hung these lovely little strips for my measuring stuff. I love this, although we all need to learn to open the cabinet with a little less...enthusiasm. It's rather a cacophony at times otherwise.
And, below and to the right is this great lazy susan cabinet, with the rest of the baking ingredients.
The thing that caused the most anxiety (those who know my family will get this) - where is the cereal??? There are NO CEREAL BOXES!!! WHAT??????
But look how lovely:
Who needs cereal boxes? Bags removed from boxes fit beautifully in baskets (yes, we've been studying Old English alliterative poetry). So do bags of bread, and bags of snacks. I've had these baskets forever. In fact, everything I did in here was repurposing. I love that too. Cheap and free - two of my favorite words! But getting back to the protest; it's blowing over and the new normal is settling in. You just have to be willing to brave the storm sometimes. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.
One final view of the kitchen. And I'll see you at Thanksgiving! Perhaps the kitchen will get painted by then.
Why yes, that book on the counter is entitled "Heal Your Own Back". I wonder why that was out.