Category Archives: Food

Storing Spices

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When we moved into our house last fall, I decided to change up our spice storage. We had previously been using magnetic canisters on the side of the fridge but now that I had actual cabinet space to store our spices in, I wanted something with a little more capacity and a better seal, so we wouldn’t keep accidentally spilling our spices on the counter.

Kitchen Before 2

So I went to Pinterest for ideas and found this. Glass jars with chalkboard painted lids for labeling. I already loved using mason jars to store my dry food in, so I was pretty sure they’d be perfect for my spices too.

I gathered all my small mason jars and spray painted the lids with Krylon’s Chalkboard Spray Paint. I gave them four to five light coats letting them dry for 10-15 minutes in between each one. After allowing the paint to fully cure overnight I conditioned the chalkboard surface with regular white chalk and got a chalk marker for labeling the spices so it wouldn’t smudge like regular chalk as we used them.

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I love that the mason jars are big enough that I don’t have to store any bulk spices for refilling smaller containers anymore, which makes my life easier. The wide mouth mason jars are easy to fill up and measure from too.

This was such a simple upgrade (I already owned most of the jars and the chalkboard spray paint was leftover from another project) but it works so much better for us. Cooking and baking take so much less time when you don’t have to spend it filling up empty spice containers or cleaning up spilled spices. And I’m all for more pretty organization in my life.

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How about you?  How do you organize your spices? Any other ways you like to use chalkboard paint?


Strawberry Picking

We love getting in the strawberry patch every summer. It’s such a fun thing to do with the kids and we usually pick enough to put away some for the winter too.

Picking Strawberries - Family picture

This year we went on a Saturday morning to a local u-pick farm and met up with my mother-in-law at the patch. She goes out picking every year too, so it was nice that we could do it together.

Picking Strawberries - Dan and Brendan

Emma was so excited to go strawberry picking this year and she did a great job. She picked about two baskets all by herself.

Picking Strawberries - Emma

Brendan had a ton of fun running up and down the rows, but I think more strawberries ended up in his mouth then in his basket. He rarely had more then one strawberry in his basket at a time, but he was pretty happy carrying it around.

Picking Strawberries - Brendan

It was so much fun watching these two follow each other around the patch.

Picking Strawberries - Kids

We picked sixteen quarts all together, which went pretty fast. The berries were so good this year too. Perfectly ripe.

Picking Strawberries - Getting more baskets

After we got home we washed and hulled the berries and put them away in the freezer. We enjoy them on pancakes and in crisps all year long. And of course, quite a few of them get eaten fresh too. There’s nothing quite like fresh strawberries.

Picking Strawberries - Emma tasting

Are you picking berries this summer? What do you like to do with yours?