Monday, April 19, 2010

Contrary to Popular Opinion...

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.

So it's been months, months, MONTHS, since I posted on here, and with all the blogs I read on a daily basis--which they update on a daily or at least weekly basis--I'm determined to try harder to keep mine up to date!

Tonight I'm making seared sea scallops and quinoa. It's my first time making quinoa, and while I've heard rave reviews and seen some great recipes online, including this one: that I am just dying to try, I've never had it myself.

I will let you know how it all turns out, but thought I would leave you with some photos of recent events in my life: namely, reorganizing my kitchen pantry (all for less than $20 I might add) and preparing my first St. Patrick's Day dinner!

I wish I had some before pictures for our kitchen pantry, but let's just say it was a mess. While we are very fortunate to have a pantry at all, it is pretty narrow which means it didn't take long for it to become unruly. Fortunately, in one afternoon, which I spent tossing expired microwave popcorn and granola bars and organizing the foodstuffs that were staying put, I was able to turn that around. Less than $20 dollars later, thanks to some cute bins and baskets at the Dollar Tree, I had a new and improved kitchen pantry. It's so sunny and cheerful, it makes me smile every time I open the door...seriously!

You will also notice I now have a shelf for my cookbooks, which were taking up valuable real estate on my kitchen counter! I also tried to group like items for easy access. For example, I now have a baking basket I can get out and use anytime I want to make cookies, brownies, you name it!

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Our cat, Woods, is helping set the table. He is an orange tabby, a true Irish redhead--ha!

Notice my cheap but fun decorations--a roll of shamrock garland from the Dollar Tree and some bright tea towels! Got to love decorating for a holiday for less than $5.00!

So there you have it, a mini update of what I've been up to lately. I promise I'll get better at posting more regularly!


  1. I died laughing when I saw this picture of Woods

  2. Wow!! Your pantry looks so clean and spacious - I'm jealous! I love your Dollar Tree containers, great idea!


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