a couple of weeks ago, i decided it was fine time to organize my pantry. i have an amazing pantry, but it was always so hard to find what i needed. i realized that i was experiencing food clutter! i didn't take before pictures, but if you remember what my electronic storage before picture looked like...imagine that in the form of baking supplies, dry goods, canned goods, and a host of miscellaneous items~big problem. i devoured blogs on the subject and wanted to buy pretty clear glass storage containers, label makers, shelf liners, and new mason jars, but my budget won't allow for it. so i spent an hour scrubbing off labels from store bought glass jars that i had on hand, masking tape will do the trick for labels, and in the spring i'll paint the shelves. i still have to find containers for my flours, sugars, and pastas and work out where to store the camping coolers, wine making supplies, and reusable grocery bags but here's what it looks like now.
PANTRY AFTER (can you believe this is the improvement:)
my cousin-in-law (she's my husband's first cousin's wife) lindsay over at mountain mama made some of soulemama's granola (from 'cooking with whole foods' by cynthia layer) the last time we visited, and i'd been meaning to try the recipe ever since.
add the wet to the dry...
spread out on baking sheet
and voila! homemade granola
who did all the trial and error for me, and so i tried her recipe i only made one change. her recipe called for 2/3 c. water, but i only used 1/3. the beauty of this recipe is that the whole thing is made in your food processor! my little helper winston loves kitchen appliances!
i didn't have fancy scalloped cracker size cookie cutters, so i used my shot glass...courtesy of my cousins colin and candice's wedding. best wedding favour ever!
not the prettiest crackers, but they sure taste good!