I am in no way finished with my living room decorations, but I did move on to some small projects in the kitchen. It needs a lot of help besides organization; I see a lot of potential and things that would work well in our cozy kitchen, but for right now we are going to do some organizing until we figure out exactly what we want to do. Once you get started decorating and organizing and freshening and buying, it’s hard to stop!
The kitchen spice rack that we received as a wedding present is one of my favorites. I can’t remember who gave it to us, but whoever did- THANK YOU! I actually think two different people gave us the same spice rack, and then we got a third spice rack that just didn’t cut it. Sorry to whoever gave me that one. I returned it to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and got something else…. can’t remember what it was, but I know it was much more useful than a third spice rack.
The only thing I didn’t like about this spice rack, was some of the spices were completely foreign to me. Seriously. What in the world is bay leaves? Why do I need to be putting leaves in food? Maybe I am just not a very experienced cooker, but I like the common spices. If I have trouble pronouncing it, I don’t really want it in my food. Just seems a little dangerous to me. Majoram. Caraway seed. Really?! Who uses that stuff?
Here is the spice rack and my spices. I realized when I was cooking in my dimly-lit kitchen (another thing we have to address at some point) that I don’t want all these spices! We have been married for four and a half years, and I don’t think I have even opened some of the containers of spices. I decided it was time for a spice overhaul.
So I started by making list. Surprise! A list! That is how everything starts in my mind. I wanted to fill all twenty jars with spices that I use. I didn’t care if it the sweet and the savory spices were together in the same spice rack. (That’s partially because I don’t really understand the difference. Actually, that is the only reason.)
Then I went to work cleaning out all the jars and taking the labels off of all the lids. My handy-dandy goo-gone was perfect for this job! Just a little rub with that stuff and a paper towel, and the sticky labels came right off. I emptied the spices into zip-lock baggies and labeled them with permanent marker. During this whole project, some of the greenish, flaky spices got a little mixed up. So beware if you come over to my house looking for parsley, oregano, or bay leaves. Take your chances.
Once I had them all cleaned out and knew which 20 spices I wanted in the jars, I had to make some labels. I tried circle ones first, thinking that would be my best bet for a circular lid. Come to find out, it was really hard to cut a label into a circle. So I tried cutting a square around the circle design and I hated the way they turned out.
So then I went back to the computer and created a different label that I could cut out easily and would look OK on top of a circle lid. And here is what I came up with! It’s a lot easier to have all my spices in the spice rack and off the top of my stove. Cleaner-looking and easier to cook. Worked pretty well.