Clean and Organize the….. Spice Cabinet

My spice cabinet was out of control.  I would reach for something only to discover that I didn’t have any.  This is terrible news when you need garlic powder to make your homemade garlic bread.  Especially when you can’t SEE everything.  Things were hidden behind other things and it has been utter chaos.  Time to take care of this monstrosity.

After taking everything out and putting like with like, I discovered that I had five (FIVE) containers of minced onions.  No garlic powder, but plenty of minced dried onions.

Several years ago I put some of my most used spices in small half pint mason jars (does anyone else have a longing to go watch Little House on the Prairie right now?).  I put labels on the tops and left it at that.  I loved having my spices in these jars because they will hold the entire contents of most spices you buy in the store, but I could never see at a glance what was what.

I laid ALL of them out so that I could see exactly how much of everything I had and what I needed to add to my grocery list for next time.  See!  Why do I have two containers of Old Bay?  We do not have low country boils here at our house, so what am I going to use this for?  Do any of you have any tried and true recipes using this?  Send them my way.

After determining what I actually had and what I needed to add, I scrubbed out the cabinet.  How do these things get so filthy?  I’m not preparing food inside this cabinet so I just don’t understand how it could be so grungy. 

Then I transferred everything into my beautiful little jars.  I seriously love them.  They are a great size, each jar has a slightly different pattern, but still uniform enough to fool your eye until you look closely.    And they bounce when you drop them on the floor.  This is important at my house. I used these labels for the sides of the jars.

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Aren’t they lovely?

All of the bulk items go onto the top shelf where they are accessible but not in my way and the middle shelf are things that I can’t put into my jars like the maple syrup that Liv puts on her eggs.  That’s the only way for years that I could get her to eat eggs after her six hour allergy test when she was ten.  I’ll write a post about that later.

First I tried to arrange all of my spices in one of the small drawers next to my stove.  It would be convenient, but it was way too small.  I also did not like the quick labels I made for the tops.

Then I decided that I needed to utilize one of my big drawers because I have so many spices.  I dragged the three pans I was storing in here out and put them into another cabinet and cleaned everything.

I found this vinyl liner at my local Dollar Tree.  It is amazing.  It’s slightly padded and it keeps the jars from sliding about.      Next I wanted clearer labels for the tops of my jars. 

$1.00 for 60 at the Dollar Tree.

Now!  It’s not perfect but we all know that’s not going to happen at my house.  And I know that it will evolve like always.  But, I am very happy with it.  Hayden laughed because I am a control freak and put everything into alphabetical order.  It just makes sense to my brain.  Now I don’t have to spend ten minutes looking for the garlic powder.  I know it’s in the G section.

I can finally check this off my to-do list.  Yay!  How do you store your spices?






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Subscribe and Save. March 2018.

As I write this post, these prices are still available.  Please, please, please check the prices before you purchase, as we all know that Amazon’s prices are subject to change! 

I don’t put in an order through Amazon Subscribe and Save every single month.  But, I do keep watch to see what kind of deals there are to be had.  Here is what I ordered in March.  Click on the photo to take you to that item. 

I try to get at least five items in my order (to get the additional 15% off discount) or I’ll just cancel until the next month.  Let’s see what’s coming from the UPS man this month.

$10.46!  Do you have picky people at your house?  We do.  Hayden is a die hard Dove man.  He would use something else if there was no choice, but if he chooses, he wants Dove.

Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick, Extra Fresh, 2.7 oz, 4 count

$8.43 for the 4 count! Same situation with the deodorant.  So when I find a price like this I definitely stock up!


$10.06!  I am always looking for something to pop into the kids lunches that will be sweet.  And for $0.55 a full-sized bar, you can’t beat that price.

$8.92!  Again, stock up when the price is awesome!

$1.76!  Can we just talk about the price of hair color for a moment?  It’s insane.  But, I am also not ready to let my hair go completely white.  Which it has, I just cover it up every month.

$1.76!  Again, stock up when the price is amazing.  This stuff is usually around $8.00 a box!

Anytime I can get the UPS to do my shopping for me is a great day.  That’s what it feels like when he delivers my orders.  To my front door.

That’s what is coming to my front porch this month.  What do you order?

The prices reflect the subscribe and save price with coupon’s at the time of my order and may not be available now.  This post contains affiliate links.  Read my disclosure policy here.

Snow! And a Tree Through the Roof.

We got almost ten inches of the fluffy white stuff here last night and today.  Only it wasn’t fluffy.  It was very, very wet and heavy.  Liv was not happy.  This is adding onto the school year for us.  But it also caused this:

Good grief.  I hope you never have a tree fall through your roof.  This is NOT how I wanted to spend my snow day!  But it could have been much, MUCH worse.  I am very thankful that it didn’t do any more damage than it did.  At least what we know right now.  We will have to wait for this snow to melt to be sure of all of the damage.

What we know for sure is that our brand new seamless gutters are toast.

Doesn’t he look awesome in a hard hat?  Safety first people!

And that one of the tree limbs came through the back part of the roof and attic; actually came through my kitchen wall.  Our house is sort of a split level.  They built the house on a sloping lot, so the second story is ground level in the back, but the entire downstairs is completely level in the front.  It sounds very strange, I know.

Trying to see how much damage…..


Yep, you can see outside from inside my kitchen right now.

My poor patio set.  By the way.  That’s not the ground you see.  It’s all the debris from the downed tree strewn all about on top of the snow.  The tree is off of the roof though, and the hole is temporarily fixed.  The claims adjuster will be here next week to assess the damage for our insurance.  So, seven or so hours later, we are all well.

But it looks so, so pretty! 

My poor daffodils.

It’ll be gone soon!!  How was your snow day?   I sincerely hope a tree didn’t fall on your house!  It’s not a great way to spend your day.  And it’s STILL snowing!

Easy & Delicious 15 Minute Alfredo

Hayden loves Alfredo.  He doesn’t care for spaghetti, but he will ALWAYS eat Alfredo.  This is what I make every single time I make everyone else spaghetti.  It’s easy, fast and delicious.

Start with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil or canola oil in a hot pot.

Add in 2 or 3 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic.

Fry the garlic for about a minute.  You do NOT want it to burn!

Add in 14 ounces of chicken broth…..

And a couple of cups of milk.  You could also substitute heavy cream here.

Throw in a few tablespoons of butter…..

With salt and pepper.

Bring this yumminess to a simmer and add in your fettuccine.

Simmer on low to medium until the pasta is done.  About 10 minutes. 

Here is where I add the Parmesan.  OR the Asiago if you don’t have any Parmesan!

Grate it up and add it in!


You’ll be so glad you didn’t open a jar!

Here is the handy dandy printable!

Easy & Delicious 15 Minute Alfredo
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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 to 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 14 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 to 3 TBSP butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 16 ounces fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan


  1. Pour your olive oil into a hot pot.
  2. Add the minced garlic and fry until just golden.
  3. Add in the chicken broth, milk, butter, salt, pepper and the fettuccine.
  4. Simmer until done.
  5. Grate in the Parmesan and enjoy!
808 cal
51 g
46 g
31 g

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What’s for Supper? Weekly Meal Plan 03.19.18

It’s a good thing I write everything down.  I started this post and realized that I couldn’t remember anything that we had for supper last week and had to look it up.  That is an indication that I need to make something different!

Here’s what we ate last week.

March 12 – Monday

  • Leftovers – surprise!

March 13 – Tuesday

  • Hamburgers
  • Chips
  • Raw tomatoes and onions
  • Pickles

March 14 – Wednesday

March 15 – Thursday

  • Leftovers
  • Chili
  • Chicken and yellow rice

March 16 – Friday

  • Frozen Pizza’s

March 17 – Saturday

March 18 – Sunday

  • Pancakes
  • Sausages
  • Hashbrowns

What did you have for supper last week?  I would love to know, so that I can plan out my next week of suppers and maybe I will remember what they are!




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These are normally $39.99 and they have excellent reviews!  I ordered my brother a pair this morning.  I’ll let you know how these work out.  If you have been looking at these for a while, today is the day to try them.

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Let me know if you have one and if you love it!

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