My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone on the East coast dealing with Hurricane Sandy. I spent the better part of the morning glued to the online news sources and twitter feeds. There are no words.
I was supposed to be working on the pantry. It wasn’t something I planned on doing, but since the doors were off I figured a quick purge and declutter was in order. I got off to a late start thanks to my inability to step away from the hurricane updates. By mid-morning I worked myself into a frenzy thinking of the homeless people and animals who wouldn’t find shelter. Everyone kept telling me there were plenty of impromptu shelters going up, but that didn’t do much to calm me down. I was pretty much a wreck and didn’t want to work.
One more quick scroll for updates, I thought as I scanned Twitter. It was a bad idea. I became increasingly annoyed by the advertisements (I really need to unfollow corporations), self promotion (likewise bloggers who don’t engage with their readers), and updates on breakfast. It seemed so bizarre to read that Halloween decorations are on clearance at Michael’s while people evacuate their homes. It was when I read a tweet by someone lamenting the arrival of fall because she really craved a kiwi that the top of my head popped off and bounced around the room like a pinball.
I’m going to take a wild guess and assume she can’t live with floral wallpaper. Then again, I suck at geography and can barely keep all the continents straight in my head. I shouldn’t judge.
The good news is that I was so annoyed I had to step away from the computer before I mouthed off online, where it’s very hard to delete your Italian temper once it’s published. I finished that pantry in record time! Even Buddy and Buster were impressed.
Yes, that’s the previous owner’s contact paper. I remember this pattern. I think it’s from the late 80s/early 90s. Not my favorite, but not my priority, either.
I bought a pan/sheet organizer. It doesn’t fit everything, but I have enough room on the shelf to accommodate couple more in the future. Above it is my baking station. Most of my flours are in the freezer, so that shelf mainly holds the sugars, nuts, and baking powders and sodas.
Next is all my canned foods. I know this image suggests Hunts is sponsoring this post, but I usually buy tomato sauce by the case (!) a couple of times per year. I go through a lot of it, especially in the winter. It’s for homemade pasta sauce. I should really learn how to can tomatoes, but before that I need to learn how to grow tomatoes.
The top shelf holds a couple of boxes of crackers for school lunches. I transferred all our minute rice (perfect for puppies and little boys with upset tummies) to a BPA-free canister. That was a smart move on my part, if I do say so myself, because the rice boxes are too tall for the shelf. I always had to move them around or store them slightly sideways. Of course, it took me 7 years to buy the canister, so that part of the move wasn’t so smart.
You can see where I store the rest of my grains in this post from last year.
The last shelf holds all my cookbooks, and I did put quite a few in the donation pile. That helped clear out some room.
Last day is tomorrow! This month went fast!
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