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My name is Bronwyn and I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I hope you find joy and inspiration in everything you see here. I live with my family in a new, builder-grade townhome in a small city, even though my dream home would be a century old farmhouse in the countryside. Daily I strive to add warmth, "age," and character to our little home. I love to knit, crochet, sew, decorate, bake and go thrift shopping. These are all a wonderful release after my three small children are off to bed each evening. Thankfully, I have a patient and understanding husband, Kevin, who allows me to bring all kinds of crazy things into our home in the the name of "creativity."

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Every Kid's Dream: A "Sprinkle Bar"

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! 

Ta-da!!!

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.  

6 comments:

  1. Love the sprinkle bar! Makes me want to go get some ice cream! Your peonies are beautiful!

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  2. Hi Bronwyn,

    Fun idea! My littles love the simple pleasures in life and keeping a variety of sprinkles on hand is each easier than a variety of icecream.

    I followed you over fromt the 52 Mantels linky party. I would love if you stopped by my blog.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Laura

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  3. Lovely post. Those sprinkles look delish all lined up in those little pots :) x x x x

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  4. That's a fun idea- my daughter loves to put sprinkles on her ice cream. I LOVEEEE the frame at the top- so cute!

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  5. Oh my goodness what a sweet idea!!! I adore sprinkles and always buy a large variety from the Amish bulk food shops. Will definitely be using this in future. Too cute!

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  6. Bronwyn...you did a great job on your cupboard makeover! And how fun are you to give the kids a 'sprinkles' bar for their ice cream? And homemade ice cream at that! What a lucky find with those Disney spoons and forks...that must have been such a thrilling find! Your camping trip looked like so much fun too! Hope your week is going great my friend! Angie xo

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