19 January 2015

Moments...



...this week of...

...happiness a tidy house, watching snow falling, achievements

...sadness my eldest being really unwell, he is never ill and has really struggled with being ill this week

...creating rows on my cardigan, a birthday present for a friend, rows on a sock, snowballs

...reading The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlane and The Journey by Kathryn Lasky and to the children The Pirates' Treasure by Emily Bearn

....learning about castles, perspective, marianas trench, plough monday, wassailing, snow, 2 and 3D shapes, volcanoes, evolution, gravity and mammals

...thinking about future projects we can incorporate into our learning

...wondering if we might see friends this week as everything we had planned last week was cancelled!

...hoping my eldest will be well enough to do some of the lovely activities I have planned for this week

...enjoying this

...looking forward to seeing my brother at the weekend

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One of my lovely moments this week has been to join with Rhonda and her pantry challenge.  I wrote a Do list at the beginning of the year, jobs that I need to do at some point, one of those on the list was to tidy my pantry.  I knew what was in there but not exactly where everything was, it was organised chaos.  So the gauntlet having been thrown I waded in..........

My pantry houses most of the food, we have a few bits and pieces stored in the kitchen, one small cupboard and some wicker drawers for fruit and veg.  It is actually a cupboard under the stairs and was not originally part of the kitchen at all.  When we bought the house the wall between the kitchen and the hall had been taken down, we have extended our kitchen into what was the hall by utilising this cupboard as a pantry.  My kitchen is very small and there is no way I would be able to store what I want to if I didn't have this cupboard.  So without further ado, some before (left) and after (right) pictures.


Most storage is in wicker baskets, the top shelf is a stone slab which keeps food cool for most of the year:


Behind the baskets is where I store food that I buy in bulk:


I decant this into containers stored in the baskets:


On the other side of the pantry is the shelves for my chutneys and jams (homemade of course!) and a herb and spice rack this was all in order already :).

(sorry about the not very good photos, this cupboard is dark unless the light is on and it receives no natural light being in the middle of the house............)


15 comments:

  1. Hope your eldest is feeling better soon. So hard when our children are sick. I love watching snow fall, something so peaceful about it. Have a wonderful week.

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  2. I wish I had a pantry! I hope your eldest is feeling better by now. Have a great week. x

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  3. I remember the pantry we had when I was a child and also my grandma's pantry, both of them were huge cupboards under the stairs which you could walk in to. So handy for storing food.

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  4. Excellent work. I like your wicker baskets and I think that stone for keeping things cool is a great idea. It always amazes me how different we all are, yet similar at the same time.

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  5. hope your son is feeling better soon x

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  6. Sorry about your oldest being sick. That is just as hard on momma as it is the sick one. I am envious of you...a clean house and getting to watch the snow fall...sounds perfect. Hope everyone gets (stays) well this week.

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  7. Your pantry is an inspiration. I really like the baskets. I hope your son is better soon.

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  8. The word 'pantry' actually makes me weak at the knees. Love your tidying project, I have a big 'to do' list for Jan/Feb too....... X

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  9. Prayers for a speedy recovery for big lad and a reply from Rhonda on your blog! You did a great job with that interesting space under the stairs!

    San x

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  10. No fun being sick, hopefully he feels better soon. Love you storage pics. very inspiring- something on my to do list! SO much more fun to cook when you can find the ingredients :)

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  11. hope he is feeling all better by now!

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  12. Your pantry is so cute! Something about this time of year makes organizing our stores feel urgent--last weekend, without even planning to, I went wild tidying up shelves that store our food and our spice cabinet as well as a room that holds empty jars and boxes of bulk foods down in our basement.

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  13. Oh such beautiful snow - and yay for crossing something off the to do list - your pantry looks very organised now!

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  14. Snow! I just love how it excites people - reminds me to be grateful, not so much now (because I really do love snow) but in March or heaven forbid April when I forget a little ;) Good pantry tidy....another reminder (maybe one to forget just for a little while anyway) xo

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  15. Sorted out my pantry for the first time in years (oldest packet had a best before date of 2001). No way I would have shared the before photos. Yours is so much more organized. I am glad I did it. I know feel able to cook more. That's 2 cupboards down and a few more to do.....plus the rest of the house!

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