Archive for January, 2009
Sorry for not posting yesterday, I had hoped to, but ran out of time.
I am trying to post about “home” things on Saturdays. Here are some links that I found interesting:
Todays Booking Through Thursday question is a little different.
First. Go read this great article from Time Magazine: Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature. (Well worth reading.)
Second. Stop and think about it for moment. Computers and digital media are changing everything we do these days, whether we realize it or not, and that includes our beloved books.
So head on over to participate in this interesting discussion.
Fruit in the wintertime is usually not the tastiest. And it’s typically more expensive during this time of year, since most of it (depending on where you live) is imported from California, Florida, or another country.
If you are looking for a wider variety of fruit to eat (besides bananas and grapes), you may want to try frozen, canned, or dried fruit.
Last summer, I froze quite a few blueberries, planning to use them in baking or smoothies. Recently, I started serving them at meals, allowing them some time to thaw at room temperature, and you know what, they are pretty good. And I’m not much of a blueberry fan; I just eat them because I know they are very nutritious.
A few years ago, we were introduced to Trader Joes by some relatives. Unfortunately, our closest Trader Joes is 45 minutes away, so we don’t get there very often. They sell 1.5 lb bags of frozen mangoes that are delicious! Again, these taste very good partially thawed.
Of course, canned fruit can be eaten any time of the year, I normally save ours for the winter time. I canned peaches and pears and we are now enjoying them. If you don’t can, you can buy canned fruit at the store, but it’s not as good as home canned fruit.
Applesauce is another fruit enjoyed this time of year. I freeze our applesauce, so I try to get it out of the freezer a day or two ahead of time, so it can thaw in our refrigerator.
Dried fruit is another option for fruit. At this point, we buy our dried fruit, but I am hoping to start looking for a food dehydrator at second hand shops, so I can make my own dried fruit.
I don’t know why, but it seems to be such a struggle to keep my pantry organized. It probably has something to do with the fact that I am not the only one using our pantry, and other people don’t always put things back where they got them.
Although I am sure I could do more in organizing the pantry, the basics I do are to designate shelves for certain items. The top shelf is for snacks. Below that is my baking shelf. Under that are cooking/main dish ingredients. And the rest of the shelves are extra/bulk items.
I have also tried keeping a list of items in my pantry on the inside of my pantry door, so I know how many bags of flour I have. Unfortunately, I frequently forget to cross an item off the list, or add an item to the list when I am in the pantry. My goal this year is to organize my pantry soon, and try harder to keep track of its contents.
Do you have other suggestions on keeping a pantry organized?
Check out the comment section at BlogMommas for other tips.