Friday, March 18, 2011

This Past Week At My House...

This past week I have been busy cleaning out and organizing my kitchen cabinets. I have discovered that it's been a very long time since I organized, thrown out, or donated anything! This must be how hoarding starts. But I'm now a reformed baby hoarder.

Here is the cabinet with the plastic storage containers. I didn't take a before picture, but it was pretty unsightly.

Here is the cabinet that holds my dishes. I had about four different sets, but couldn't set a table for four with matching plates. Two of the plates I received as a wedding gift. Corelle, by Corning, sure does go the distance, as they are almost 32 years old! I donated most of the dishes, except the Corelle.

I shopped around and found a really good deal at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I bought 8 - 5 piece settings for $49.99, plus I had a $5.00 off coupon.

Here is a closer look at the pattern on the dishes. It's called Waverly Basket, by Oneida.

My glass cabinet was really a hodge/podge of a bunch of misfits. Lots of cups, some of the glasses were almost opague from the dishwasher. I actually threw out most of the glasses and donated most of the cups.

I actually can't find the pic of the new glasses, but I bought a set of 12 - 160z glasses for $8.00. My cups are the new ones from the new dish set.

This cabinet was probably the worse, and we didn't even really use it anymore. We used to keep medicine here when the children were young so they couldn't reach them. Over the years, we stopped that, never threw anything out, and it became a real mess. I didn't take a pic of the cabinet, but here is what came out of it...

I put two baskets in the cabinet. One holds all my vitamins and supplements (they used to be shoved between saucers and bowls, and the other basket hold over the counter medicine for the family.

The spice cabinet and the scary lower cabinet that holds everything that doesn't have a home are next!

This week I picked up a 200lb order of wheat. I mill my own flour and usually purchase it 50lbs at a time. When I called to order it this time I found out it was only $28.00 a bag. Down over $20.00 from 18 months ago. So this time I ordered big. It should last several years at least. I bag the wheat 5 lb at a time, into zip lock bags and store them in the freezer.

Last year we lost one of our Bradford Pear Trees to a freak gust of wind.

Yesterday the rest of the tree was taken down. We now need to grind the stump. Not sure if we are going to replant another tree or not. We've been trying to move away for two years, so not sure we want to invest in another tree. We'll see...hopefully we won't lose any more trees this year. I had no idea that Bradford Pears are famous for growing beautifully and then splitting in half...if I did, I never would have planted three of them in my front yard.

Bill sawed off this trunk, and it's now a 5 inch stump in the ground. I just hate the wide open space, and will miss all three trees blooming their white flowers this spring.

I found the cutest silicone cups this past week. You crack the eggs into them, and then put them in simmering water, and they float while neatly poaching the eggs.

Very easy and delicious!

Have a great weekend!!


  1. Those silicone cups are so cute! Where's the blog about Oliver?

  2. Be patient! Creativity takes time!!!

  3. Did you donate the rainbow mug!?! I love that mug, I was actually just thinking about it the other day.

    No gay jokes, just reminds me from when I was a kid.

    Kitchen looks great!

  4. Thanks!!! I actually got rid of the rainbow mug years ago. It was so marked up from holding pens and pencils for years!!