Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 2 & 3 Update, and Week 4!

I started putting into thought exactly what I wanted to do for week 2 and 3 and it was hinged on one thing.....
It was the major project that I thought would make the most impact!  I went out and bought all of the supplies last week Tuesday at Menards.  And the next day I went to work.  I already posted the before pic's here. 
 So here is the big reveal! 

 I started with these babies, 24" round table tops (that's what they called them at Menards anyway).  I didn't take pictures of the process, but basically I found the center of the wood round.  I drilled the holes for my lazy susan hardware and then placed the rounds on the shelf.  Put a small spacer between the wood round and the walls of my cabinet and marked through the wood round with a small drill bit on the shelf.  Then I continued with the hardware.  It's concept is simple but it took me about a half a day to put them both in.  

And, Wala! I lucked out because the wood round that I bought were a perfect fit, if they would have been even a 1/4 of an inch bigger they would not have fit!  

Here is a picture with all my baking stuff in it's new home.  Looks cozy hey!?  The top shelf is still normal I put glass and other serving dished up there that are not used very much.

These two pictures are of the two opposite sides of the bottom lazy susan.  One side has overflow of spices and other cooking things and the other.....

.....has sprinkles, vanilla, food coloring and other smaller baking items.  The best part is having it all in one place! And my spice cupboard.....

 Is looking so much neater with some of the bigger containers of spices moved the the lazy susan as well.  Ahh, to be able to see my spices so I don't keep buying basil.  That's not a joke, I have 3 of them right now!

Well, just when you have one area cleaned up a little gremlin by the name of Levi comes and empties your tupperware cupboard. ;) 

And that night I was so excited to put my handy work to the test I made banana chocolate chip pancakes.  Let me tell you, it was awesome, being able to spin around the shelf and find exactly what I wanted!  Oh, and the pancakes were awesome too!  I took a couple different recipes and combined what I liked from them and  this recipe will be a new staple in my house!  And I'm going to share it with you too! 

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

2 c. Flour
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp + 1 Heaping tsp BakingPowder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
2 Eggs
1 1/4 c/ Milk
4 Mashed Bananas
1 c. Chocolate Chips

Mash bananas in mixer, add eggs one at a time until combined then add milk.  If using a mixer you can let it spin on low while you mix up the dry ingredients.  In a spate bowl mix together dry ingredients.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients while you mixer spins on a med/ low speed.  Cook on a Medium High Heat Skillet and Enjoy!

 Now.... Week 4!

It's short, I promise!
Week 4 was refrigerator and freezer.  My fridge was actually pretty good, but I did print out a freezer inventory sheet from the 52 week organization website, and wrote down what's in my chest freezer.  No guessing what I think I have down there, I will know.  Obviously this is an ongoing list I will have to cross things off of and write new purchases down but it's at least a start!

Happy Organizing! and Happy Baking!
The Mrs.


  1. Great work, Kathleen! As long as you're the only one using these things it will hold. (I'm not raining on your parade, just being realistic. Otherwise you have to be an "organization nazi" and end up "admonishing" people non-stop in order to keep the system working. You your hubby has to do at work? Heh heh.

  2. Looks like a satisfying work day!
    Looks like a pretty handy cupboard, too.

  3. These are awesome... dave is going to build me some. We can only fit 16.5" ones though... so, no buy from menards pre-cut. Find someone with the right saw, and cut the wood himself. :) Handy husband. :) Thanks for the idea! As I prepped for this, realized I have two containers of rice, two containers of salsa, and many things of chili powder... eeek.

    1. Oooo, yey! I'm so glad you were inspired! The lazy susan hardware I got was only $4 each, did I mention that!? You can tell Dave they hold 500 lbs, just so he knows where the bar is set. ;) Just kidding! Speaking of your handy husband.... my car is working just fine. Give him a big hug and say thanks for me. I owe him a dessert of his choice sometime. :)


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