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Another week of Spring Cleaning from Nourishing Gourmet’s Spring Cleaning. I am combining 2 weeks worth of cleaning into 1 post, even though I spread it out over a couple days. Life has been busy and I didn’t get a chance to blog about the cupboards.
I did do it though! The cupboards needed basic straightening and re-organization. Nothing too exciting or changing. Several of my cupboards need this every couple weeks anyway!
…… speaking of which, does anyone else need to go back and clean their refrigerator again already! I do!
Now onto drawers and utensils……………..
I got the canister that sits by my stove cleaned out and EVEN cleaned the canister itself. Doesn’t it look nice!
I weeded out a couple utensils I haven’t been using and stuck them in my box of stuff I “plan to get rid of if I realize I really don’t need it out”- I reorganized and cleaned out the silverware drawer- how do so many crumbs get in that silly silverware thing-y when all you put in there is clean silverware and the drawer is closed most of the time?!
I actually spent quite a bit of time straightening and cleaning up the kitchen this morning. After a busy couple days and couple weeks of company- it needed a little attention and since I am doing grocery shopping tomorrow, I thought organizing and going through the kitchen would make sure my grocery list was complete.

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My Life is but a Weaving

My life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors,
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow,
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.


Not ’til the loom is silent
and the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
in the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
in the pattern He has planned.
He knows, He loves, He cares,
nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
who leave the choice with Him.

~Author Unknown

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Here’s goes another week of
I straightened out my pots and pans cupboard. They are in a corner cabinet and though they all fit nicely, they often get rearranged and need stacked properly again. I also keep my muffin tins and some rarely used items in the bottom with my foils and ziplock bags so that could use a little attention as well! Everything is stacked nicely and organized. Makes things so much nicer. Sorry, no picture, hard spot to get a decent look at it!
I also straightened out my cups cupboard – it needed it badly. I am wanting to phase out alot of the kids plastic cups and had hidden some away that somehow snuck out again and needed re-hidden. I figure if I don’t use them for a number of months I can get rid of them without wondering if I could live without them. So they are in the “waiting” spot to get rid of hopefully!
This is “before” on the cups…… will try and get an “after” taken soon!
I also cleaned out my spice/baking stuff cupboard between this week and last. It is much easier now that I re-arranged some stuff and have extra spices out of the way in the basket. It is working nicely and things are easy to find.

What are you cleaning this week?

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>Lemonade

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With the days getting warmer I have been enjoying making lemonade lately. Here’s the recipe I have been using, you can adjust your sweetener to your taste, and yes, any type of sugar would work as well, but I wanted to try and find one with honey that I liked to avoid more refined sugar! And to mix it up somedays I make it with lime juice instead of lemon 🙂

1/2 cup honey
Mix with about 1 cup boiling water and stir to dissolve.
Add 1/2 cup lemon juice and stir.
Pour into a 1 quart jar and add water till full.
Refrigerate till cold and enjoy!

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>On Faith~

“Faith enables us to be content even when life doesn’t make sense.”

” Faith is rooted in God’s character.”

“Faith is based on God’s Word, not on our feelings.”

“God is in control of all the uncontrollables in our lives: What we can’t see, what doesn’t make sense to us and what we don’t understand.”

“Faith looks to God, but feelings look to what is going on around us. Faith hopes in who God is and in what He has promised.”
(from “Calm My Anxious Heart”, by Linda Dillow, Chapter 9)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

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>Garlic Spinach

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Garlic Spinach
This is a simple, yet very yummy way to serve spinach. My boys love it this way!
10 ounces fresh or frozen spinach
(or more if you are serving more then 2 adults and 2 small children, we can easily finish this off)
Whole bulb of garlic, minced

If using fresh spinach, melt a little butter or oil in pan and saute with garlic till spinach is wilted and cooked. If using frozen spinach, the water in the spinach is usually enough to saute with and you shouldn’t need to add any oils.
Serve immediately!

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Spring Cleaning………. next up on the list is the PANTRY! Here are my after pictures, forgot to take any before, but I always love straightening the pantry and getting things in order. Especially since several shelves are low enough that my kids often rearrange them for me. I also keep a row of beans, nuts, crackers and teas in pretty jars or mason jars on my kitchen ledge space. Makes the counter look nice and gives some added storage space.

Oh yes, don’t laugh……… it’s my grandma’s china hutch. But right now all my nice bowls, platters, etc that usually go in here are in storage, but we had to move the hutch over to the house so it would be safe. After staring at it sit there empty for awhile and getting frustrated with a jammed pantry that I couldn’t find things in, I put the hutch to work as additional pantry space for now. It actually holds quite a bit. I would totally use this one, or another hutch in another kitchen as true pantry space that looks nice too! And all the jars on top are my jar collection for making broths, storing leftovers, making tea, etc. I don’t know if I will ever use them all, but I hate throwing away good glass containers!

This post is part of Spring Cleaning over at Nourishing Gourmet

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