August 28, 2012

What’s in the freezer?

Filed under: freezer friendly, my kitchen, Uncategorized — Tags: , — glutenfreebymarriage @ 18:30

simple solution to knowing what's in the freezer - write the contents on the door

Can You Say Giant Whiteboard?

No matter how organized I think I am I never seem to know what is in the freezer.  I’ve tried printed lists, spreadsheets, databases and pretty much every organizational tool known to man, but nothing works.  The problem is that I am the only one who takes the time to cross things off when I take them.  I’m told that it’s a pain, too much work or simply too difficult to remember.

Not any more.

The new system is in your face, can’t possibly miss it, stupid easy and all it took was a little painter’s tape, a whiteboard marker and a rag.

Say goodbye to the blank white door and hello to the giant whiteboard.

Now we have an easy to read, chronological list of what’s in the freezer that can’t possibly be missed.

It still relies on me writing all the additions, but there are no excuses for anyone else not to erase something when they take it from the freezer.


December 27, 2011

Welcome To My Bijou Kitchen

Filed under: introduction, my kitchen, Uncategorized — glutenfreebymarriage @ 23:18

My Bijou KitchenSometimes when I read a cooking blog I wonder what kind of kitchen the writer is working in.  Do they have a huge kitchen like I see on the design shows with expensive granite counter tops, tons of storage and the latest high-end appliances or do they have a regular, everyday family kitchen with a ten year old fridge and chipped linoleum?

I live in a 1950’s cape with a typical miniscule 1950’s cape style kitchen.   Each of the work areas of the kitchen triangle are only a couple of steps away from each other and it is the perfect amount of space for one person to cook, bake or work in the kitchen.  The down side of this is that it is  literally impossible for a second person to be in the room without being in the way.

As for the amenities, I’ve painted the cabinets, replaced appliances, had additional outlets on separate circuits installed and made over the teeny tiny broom closet to serve as a pantry but otherwise the kitchen is pure retro 1950.  I still need to refinish the floor and replace the counters and bottom cabinets, but it can wait.   It may not be very sexy or glamorous, but it was efficiently designed for a busy housewife and it works for me.

Now that you’ve seen my little kitchen with the limited cabinets and the foot and a half of usable counter space on either side of the sink, what do you think?  Could you cook in it?  Can you see yourself baking fabulous gluten-free cookies and cakes and breads?  If you’re like me, size doesn’t really matter.  I’ve had larger and smaller kitchens and as long as they are clean and have music I can work in them.  (Music is essential to cooking and baking and I can’t imagine spending any time in the kitchen without it, but that is a thought for another day…)

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen, tomorrow we start baking.

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