My new favorite buckets

bucketsMy pantry has as many jobs as I do!

It has to house the aprons, the brooms, and the recycling. It has to keep it’s shelves organized between cereal, coconut, beans, etc, etc, etc, sesame oil, lentils, pasta, green chilies, spaghetti squash, nuts and dried fruit, cornmeal, vital wheat gluten, birthday candles, sugars, etc, etc, etc, chocolate, extra salt, the weird containers that need some place to hang out, and the extra boxes of baking soda I seemed to have acquired.

Sometimes it freaks out. Sometimes the cereal attacks. Well, that might be when the household 2-year-old waves his arms frantically and sends them all flying.

Regardless, I needed to get some things under control. I still have a ways to go (Bonnie get real, this is a forever job!), but I have found one of my new favorite things!

BUCKETS!

And not just any buckets. These are smaller ones that fit 2 stacked high perfectly under the bottom shelf in my squished pantry.

Another plus, I splurged a couple extra bucks and bought the twisting lids rather than the hurt-your-fingers-pry-off lids.

Seriously, I’m not sure it gets better than this. Wow, I’m such a mom. Good thing moms are cool!

If you want to get some, I found them in the bulk section of WinCo. They have big buckets and big twisty lids too. You’ll love them and want to find more uses for them. I promise.

Vegan Posole

Posole

It always makes for an interesting weekend when you throw in a visit to urgent care! My two-year-old takes the cake for having the most visits now, I’m hoping it’s not foreshadowing my future with this child. But it probably is.

This time it was an ear infection. Correction, a double ear infection. You know it’s bad when the doctor says, “this is the good ear?!” The other one was purple and bulging. Apparently it’s okay if an ear drum bursts as well. His hasn’t but I guess it still could. But with new meds, we’re doing good now. Phew! Continue reading

While I Was Cooking – Take 1

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My little girl asked my little boy if he wanted to hold her hand. Then they walked upstairs together to play trains. My big boy sat at the table explaining the ins and outs of making artwork with letters. “Every letter has to be something. The sun has to be something.”

They organized cards in their own made up game…and ended it with fighting over who got them. He fingered the spices, drove trains on everything, and cried to be picked up.

I don’t know if there’s anything much better than watching my children read to each other. There’s something innocently sweet about it. At the same time, it’s intimate and loving. They are spending time together, giving to each other, and exploring another world together. In so many ways that sounds like the making of good relationships. I hope they always have that. Continue reading

Granola Apple Crisp

Apple Granola Crisp

Warm soup, fuzzy blankets, movies, and books…with a quiet house. Doesn’t that sound relaxing? My kids have given me their head cold; so between that and the spring windy and rainy weather we’re having, I’d be okay with a down day. Instead there is no school, so all the kids are home, and we’re out of cereal and need more tissues. I think I might brave a grocery store visit in a little bit.

Really though, now that I got dressed, I can get things done. Whenever I stay in my pj’s I move a lot more slowly and don’t feel near as productive. So here’s to a happy Friday despite some nose blowing! Continue reading

Avocado Hummus Veggie Sandwich

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With a grandma in town, hubs and I escaped for a date night this past weekend. We did a super cool thing and meandered through the bookstore without buying anything (love these kind of dates). I did get myself lost in the cookbooks, but I pulled out only wanting a couple things: True Food and Superfood Kitchen.

Bookstores give two purposes: make you feel smart and make you want to leave something significant in the world. Well, buying books could be another purpose, but that’s not what happened. :) Continue reading