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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
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  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • Attended my first ever handmade/homemade swap yesterday, at a friend's sweet home in Black Mountain. SO much goodness, all thoughtfully and lovingly made. Huxley came with me and ran around with the kiddos while the swap took place. I contributed these little jars of rosemary honey, which @glennbenglish artfully topped with straw-blown watercolorings. Such a great afternoon with like-minded friends and fellow mamas! Thank you so, so much for hosting, Amanda!!!
  • Saturdays are for French toast on the porch with @glennbenglish and Huxley Wild while rain showers wash over the cove. || Used @farmandsparrow's Heritage Corn Bread and @oldworldlevain's Double Raisin & Flax Bread to make cardamom French toast, served alongside butter, maple syrup, and Hominy Valley Organic Farm strawberries, all washed down with hibiscus iced tea (our warm weather cold beverage go-to).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
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  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
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Shelf Life

When you live in a house with two adults that love to cook, kitchen space is always at a premium. We entertain a lot, so our pantry is stocked not only with edibles, but with all manner of platters, serving bowls, cake stands, coffee makers, ice cream makers, pie pans, ramekins, pastry bags & tips, fancy beverage glasses, portable hot plates (great for both canning demos out and about and in-home soirees to keep soups or drinks warm) mandolines, immersion blenders, rolling pins and so. much. more.

Couple that with a penchant for canning and a spouse found of picking up sets of dinner plates whenever he sees some that he likes and our pantry is packed to the gills. Ever resourceful, Hubs created this canning shelf to make use of the unused vertical space in the pantry. The shelves are in a variety of heights to accommodate the height of half-pint, pint, and quart jars respectively.

Our pantry (and entire home, for that matter) runs a bit on the dark side, so apologies on the last photos in the group. You get the jist of it, though, I think. If you’re fond of canning but have found yourself similarly short on space, you might want to consider such a shelving system. With it now in place, our pantry is definitely ‘moving on up’!

6 Responses to Shelf Life

  • EcoGrrl says:

    Great idea! I hate using good space for empty jars!

  • elisa says:

    so brilliant! i love how the shelf sizes fit the jars. i want to see it full of preserves! x

  • Gini says:

    Beautiful shelves! I'm thinking of having a design student or someone come into our tiny kitchen and help me figure out how to squeeze more space out of it. It's seriously tiny.

  • That looks great, and I completely love that it's sized to fit different sizes of jars – so clever!

    While I don't have a pantry per se, I'm now eyeing the poorly used space above out kitchen cabinets as candidates for some kind of extra shelving. The space is very small, and we keep a lot of food and kitchen tools on hand, so more shelving would be fantastic.

  • Grace says:

    Love the idea but I don't have anywhere to put the shelf! I keep buying antique jelly cupboards to store the fruits of my obsession, I mean hobby, in, but I don't have room for any more of them, either! Somebody stop me before I can again!

  • Oooh, I need one of those! It's beautiful-what a gift your husband has.
    -Jaime