Hi all. Feels like summer around here. The last few days have brought temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius. No one's complaining though - it's perfect for ice cream, sprinkler play and BBQs.
Hubby gave me 2 peony plants for Mother's Day. They have bloomed beautifully. Here are the last few tissue-like blooms (and my three babies!):
|That's a whole lot of loveliness in one photo!|
Last night, grabbing a cookbook, I actually had things tumble out of this cabinet that stands in the corner of our kitchen. What a mess! Books, bowls, cookie cutters, food colouring, and bottles of bubbles (Yep - you read right!!) Time for an organizational makeover!!
I thinned out the cookbooks and re-shelved them for easier use. I love cookbooks but I find I don't use them as much as I used to. Pinterest, blogs and foodie websites are where I search for meals lately. However, the good old-fashioned cookbook still has a place in my kitchen.
There are some classics here, as well as ones bought simply for their beauty.
The bookshelves turned out well - time to move onto the lower shelves where I keep all of my baking accoutrement.
I bake A LOT. Cookies, cakes, muffins - you name it, I make it. So with this baking obsession comes the gear. I have sprinkles coming out of ears - every colour, texture and flavour. The kids adore them on everything so we are never in short supply. But I really needed a way to store them so that they are handy for me and accessible for the kids. This is what I came up with :
Several spice jars bought at the second-hand store
And a kitchen organization basket from IKEA. I attached it to the inside of the cabinet door using my hubby's brand-new Father's Day gift lithium-powered drill.
Then little lady helped me pour several bags of sprinkles into the little bottles. Not an easy job, but well worth it!
In celebration of the new "sprinkle bar" we put our homemade ice cream maker to work again (as we do EVERY weekend!) and made some fresh Butterscotch Cookies'N'Cream ice cream as a vehicle for all those sprinkles!
Here, Camden adds green sugar to his bowl:
And Afton adds pink to hers:
See those darling Disney spoons? We had ONE with Mickey Mouse on it when my sisters and I were growing up and we fought over in constantly. Recently I found SIX of them at the thrift store - 2 Mickeys, 2 Minnies and 2 Donald Ducks. And for 29 cents each!! Can you believe it? Now my kids can eat dinner with Disney forks and dessert with the matching spoons. So cool.