Anya's ready too!
Happy Half-Way Day & Groundhog's Day-
I read today that we're at the "cross-quarters" of the seasons, Imbolc . Half way between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. It feels like it a bit here- finally thawed a bit, the snow's melting and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, predicting an early spring. We'll see if he's right! I hope he is. WAY TOO COLD lately. I'm ready for spring.
I de-winterized the inside of the house today- took done all the winter decor, deep cleaned and reorganized. Then I added some RED! I knew I needed a few more things though. I don't own a lot of Valentine's Day stuff. It gets to be just too much. Some I added some other things that are red. I found some Chinese New Year (Feb. 10th this year) at the local Asian foods store-
A Happy New Year and Prosperity banner
I found some great items today at the Craft Warehouse and Goodwill-
$1.00 (90% off) for the star and $4.00 for the gnome at the C.W.
greenery at G.W., $3.00
Old Navy scarf, $1.00 G.W.
Brand new Ikea jars, 99 cents each. GW. I may use them for ointments or salves
White pips, 99 cents, also G.W.
Here's how I used some of these:
Before: de-winterized and ready for something
After: all spruced up with some pink and red
Chicken wire basket-all red flowers and white pips
A few of my normal reddish things out now- polka dots, rooster and blender
something red in the main hall
something red in the living room- I used a SW rug for a table runner for some fun!
Pantry Closet Update-
I set out over a year and a half ago to start a working pantry closet. Working means I use the food and then replace it, on a fairly regular basis. With limited kitchen cabinets it was a logical idea. It's much more of a process than I thought it would be, however. Turning a spare bedroom closet into a closet full of shelving was the easy part. Dave about had a coronary when I started buying quite a bit of extra food to get the pantry going. Then it's a matter of figuring out -
*what to buy
*how much to buy
*will you actually eat it?
*emergency only foods/drinks- what to buy?
*misc.- all the stuff you'll think of later, like paper plates for emergency use.
Freezing & other food storage ideas: I will add, buying a medium-sized chest freezer was also a great idea! We did that last spring, when we bought a freezer after doing a bit of research. We got ours at Costco. I have REALLY saved a lot of money by buying things in season and freezing for later- peppers, berries, etc. Things when they are cheap- chicken in the summer for barbecuing, bulk bacon, anything on sale. I learned to double bag the meats, squeeze out the excess air. I used some chicken from last summer this week, and it was perfect! No freezer burn.
You can also store other things without freezing. I also stock up on vacuum-packaged like broths, soups and items like this-
Here's my recently reorganized pantry closet-
I try to keep things together in sections- veggies, fruits, juices, baking supplies,
proteins, grains, sugars
I try to have a good mix of dried beans, but also some canned for work nights.
I also store my big kitchen items, like the huge mixing bowl (for canning) and small appliances
I don't use that much. The big silver bag has a big bag of unbleached flour with oxygen packets inside.
The girls- finally out in the main yard, digging for bugs, long since frozen...