Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Organizing Your Utensil Drawer {Kitchen Organization}

These past few weeks I have been an organizing maniac.

I've been trying to get my kitchen into tip top shape.  I cannot blog about food unless I cook it….and I cannot cook unless I'm in an organized area.

A few weeks ago, I took a second look at our utensil drawer…

Ummm…yeah…not the best.  I had to do something about this, because I couldn't stand how it took me 2 minutes just to look for the right utensil.  

I surfed Pinterest for ideas and found this one.   It's a simple, weekend project.  We started it on Saturday and finished on Sunday.

First, I took all of my utensils and organized them into categories:

I took all my knives and cutlery and placed them in our silverware drawer.

Then I took the utensils that I used on a daily basis (spatulas, spoons, whisks, etc..)and placed them in a jar for easy access.  I placed the jar next to the oven/stove.

Taking all these utensils out of the drawer left plenty of room for the rest of the items.

I took what was left and decided to divide them into sections, using my son's Jenga blocks as an outline.

Husband Man took the measurements of the Jenga blocks, went to Home Depot, and purchaseed 3 or 4 MDF (medium density fiber) boards.  He came home and cut the boards according to the measurements.  If you don't have access to cutting tools at home, Home Depot or Lowe's can cut the boards for you.

He then proceeded to add slots to each board for adjustment purposes.  This idea is optional.
If you do not want the slots, use some power glue to adhere the boards together according to where you want them to be placed in the drawer.

….and presto!  
You have your own customized utensil drawer divider!!

This is such a simple weekend project that will 
turn your drawers into perfection :)

For a more in depth tutorial, check out this post on the blog, Kevin & Amanda.

How do you organize your utensil drawer?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Acorns

I was never a straight A student in school…from junior high all the way until my senior year of high school, my grades mostly consisted of B's, C's, and a couple of D's.  I was painfully shy and in my mind, suffered from what we know now as social anxiety disorder.  Except I like to call it, school anxiety disorder.  

There was just something about being in a room full of my fellow students that just made me very nervous.  Even if my closest friends were in the class, I still felt anxious.  
I was always worried that if I blurted out the wrong answer in class or if I had a booger sticking out of my nose, everyone would poke fun at me.  Which, let's face it, they probably would have….because children, tweens, and teens can be very mean.  I spent the majority of my educational years locked up in a silent bubble.  

It wasn't until I went to college when I learned that it was ok to be myself and that it was ok to blurt out the wrong answer in class.  I like to consider my college years as actually being the best educational years of my life.
I am trying very hard to make sure my children do not follow in my foot steps.  I reiterate to my daughter over and over that it really is 'ok' to ask the teacher for help…and that you should raise your hand if you have a question.  Chances are, someone else may be wondering the same thing but just may be afraid to ask, like I was all those years ago.

I hope they take my advice to heart and realize that mommy does know a thing or two about life ;)  
Aren't these acorns cute?! Truth be known, they've been circling Pinterest for a few years, which is where I found them.  I was in a 'fall' mood yesterday and decided to put them together.  

These are super easy and super fast (or like my kids like to say…speedy quick) to make that I actually caught Ava (my 8 year old) putting some together for her friends while I was doing the photo shoot above.  They only require 3 ingredients too!  That's it!  I have no clue why I've waited till now to make them.  

If you're looking for a great way to usher in the fall season, these are it!  Gather the children in the kitchen, make these acorns, and pass them out to everyone you know.  They will love you for it!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Acorns
(makes 70 acorns)

1 (12 oz.) bag of mini-chocolate chips
1 (8 oz.) bag of mini Nutter Butter cookies
1 (12 oz.) bag of Dark Chocolate Hershey Kisses

1.  In a microwave safe bowl, heat 1 cup of the mini-chocolate chips on high for 10 second intervals. Stir in between each interval.  Stop heating when all of the chips are melted and smooth.
2.  Dip the flat end of a Hershey Kiss into the melted chocolate and top with one of the mini Nutter Butter cookies.
3.  Dip the flat end of a mini-chocolate chip into the melted chocolate and stick it on the opposite end of the Nutter Butter.
4.  Place acorns in the fridge until ready to serve.

**Libby's Notes:  If you have a child or know someone who is allergic to peanut butter, use mini vanilla wafers or mini Ritz crackers instead of Nutter Butters.

Recipe Source:  From the blog, Six in The Subarbs.  Original recipe can be found here.  

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