Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Know I'm Not Practical

I'm reminded of that fact daily by either my husband or my children.
I did a little cleaning Sunday afternoon...
For me, cleaning is when I make things pretty,
and most of the time,
the end product is completely impractical, but usually free.
For me, personal touches and happiness trumps practicality.

Case in point, my new and improved sweets and hot drinks cabinet.

Our kitchen cabinets are original to 1968.
They insides have been painted several times.
I attached pages of a 1975 church cookbook to the inside.
The names are dear to me, as many of the ladies have passed away.
I seldom make these recipes, so found it more useful to have it here,
where I could enjoy it...

A little cocoa and cream station.
The kids are digging the keurig hot water dispenser...and cocoa is flowing.
The "0" container is from Anthropologie.
Inside is my zero calorie sugar. :)

Coffee pods for the coffee maker...

Labelled containers and reorganized...
Vintage ric-rac that I had attached to the shelves with a glue gun...
"New" basket from a dear friend holding baking supplies.
Old wooden spoon and gingerbread man from my Grandma Izzy.

I wish I had taken a before.
It was a disaster.
Feels good to have something in the kitchen that makes my heart sing a bit!


  1. Your new and improved sweets and hot drinks cabinet looks great. I love the recipes and ric rac! What a clever idea!

    ~ Tracy

  2. This is why I love reading your blog. Inventive, creative. I have a recipe book like that . . . hmmm.
    And just FYI, I have a dear thyme jar in my cupboard that reminds me of someone every time I see it.

  3. I love your new cabinet! About 10 years ago or so, I wallpapered our old kitchen with pages from a cookbook. I loved the look and I love yours! This is a great idea!

  4. What a great idea... wish I had one of these when my kids were home, they would have loved it!

  5. hi Julie!
    So great to meet you! LOVE your version of "cleaning"!!! I absolutely adore your use of the church cookbook pages.... perfect!
    You might want to sit down for this next part;).... at the exact time when you were leaving a comment on my blog guess where we were... Swanzey!! I kid you not. Isn't that wild?! I love that you met your husband there- I will think of y'all the next time we drive over. Our favorite pancakes EVER are at the Swanzey Diner... we wake up hungry and then drive 40 minutes to eat there most weekends!!! We love Keene and go over about once a week! The next time y'all come out to vacation you'll have to come by the house!!
    Your children are beautiful!!!


  6. Your cabinet is adorable! Great idea!