So for awhile I have been trying to figure out how to better organize one are of my kitchen counter so it will work best for my family and I. I have my son and another teenager who lives with us and they both consume lots of bread. I have been keeping a basket on the counter with bread, buns, rolls as well as my seeds and granola I use for my smoothies and parfaits. It is convenient, but it isn't attractive in my opinion. There wasn't a bread box that I could find that would minimize the amount of space being taken up on my counter. I needed a space for not just 1 loaf of bread, but other types of breads as well. I have a bunch of bread heads in my house. Ha!
I decided that I wanted to use a deep kitchen drawer that I kept some small kitchen gadgets in, but didn't use that often. The drawer has plenty of space and would be the perfect bread, rolls, bun and peanut drawer for us. Not only does my family eat a lot of bread, but also peanut butter! I figured this would be the best place to store both.
I decided to put all these gadgets into the basket that once held my bread and store it in an upper cabinet that I didn't use very often and one that had space to move it to.
I cleaned out the drawer with some Lysol wipes and then placed my bread and peanut butter in the drawer. I have plenty of space for more bread or chips. I absolutely love it now! I wish I would have thought of this earlier.
Something I had really been wanting to do for awhile was to store my smoothie and parfait dry ingredients where they are more easily accessible to me since I use them everyday and very often multiple times a day. I already had some large mason jars I purchased a long time ago for a project I never completed. I decided now that I have the space, I could use them to store my granola, chia seeds, flaxseeds and whatever else I may use. I had some large chalkboard labels in my craft basket, so I pulled them out and wrote out my labels.
I then poured my dry ingredients into the jars and sat them in a tray with some spoons so they will be ready for the next smoothie or parfait. It was a win win for me! It literally cost me nothing since I had the jars and labels. It took me less than 10 minutes total and makes my day to day life a little easier and keeps my counter top looking less cluttered. I used a small jar on the end for any items that may change frequently. Right now I have a variety of nuts in it, but next week it could be cacao powder.
This is a recipe that my family loves! It is easy to make and is VERY hearty! You will not be hungry for awhile after eating this! You can adjust pretty much anything in this recipe to fit your own personal preferences. You just have to remember that if you want to add more rice, you need to add more liquid. Rice and liquid are a 2:1 ration meaning...For every 1 cup of rice you will need 2 cups of liquid for it to absorb. If you prefer this recipe to be more soupy add more liquid once the rice is cooked to get the consistency you like. Personally, I add more vegetable broth at the end if it is too thick. I hope you enjoy it! Please comment if you make it or plan to make it!
Of course Native American artwork is very near and dear to me. I am Cherokee and very proud of my heritage. I love artwork of all kinds and have such a great respect for artists. Melanie is not only a beautiful sister and friend of mine, she is a very gifted artist who specializes in beadwork. She was so gracious to donate a pair of earrings she made for my April GIVEAWAY on Facebook.
Here is a little about Melanie.
She has been doing beadwork for over 20 years. Mostly self taught with tremendous influence from her late older sister and relatives. In these earrings she is representing the Native American theme of a tipi (teepee) with sunburst colors. Her work has been admired by Crystal Gayle, Native American musician Bill Miller, and Native American actor Irene Bedard. You can find her work on facebook Fine Native American Beadwork by Melanie. She is Mohave and Choctaw, married, one son, and resides in Nashville, TN, but originally from Arizona, enrolled with Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, AZ.
Please check out her site at: https://www.facebook.com/FineNativeAmericanBeadwork/
I am a stay at home mom, wife and full time blogger. I love people and I love helping them pull out that creative side and to love who they are. I aspire to inspire and leave large footprints.