Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Spice of Life

I have a spice drawer. I have a spice rack too, which holds the most used spices (such as pepper, salt, garlic, etc.) right next to the stove. The spice drawer is for those less-used spices such as Cumin, Dill Weed (that one makes me laugh), and Pumpkin-Pie Spice. The girls love that drawer. They organize the spices, shake the sprinkles, and find the candles hidden in the corners. My mother had spices, but they were all alphabetized and I was not allowed to play with them. Mine are far from alphabetized and it probably takes me 30-90 seconds longer to find anything in that drawer, but it is worth it. Check out this masterpiece:



You never know what your kids will remember and love about your home. My friend says her mother had a jar full of buttons that she loved to play with. Gotta get me one of those.

8 comments:

meganmushrat said...

As far as I can remember,you never asked me if you could play with our spices. I probably would have said no, but if you had a burning desire to mess with the marjoram or play with the paprika, you kept it well hidden. However, you are at perfect liberty to organize my oregano or cuddle with my cumin the next time you visit.

Cindy B said...

My kids liked pulling the laundry out of my dresser when they were really little. When they got bigger, they liked playing with the Tupperware or the pots and pans. They would grab a spoon and 'make dinner.'

Maleen said...

It is true that I never specifically asked to play with them. I just remember whenever I tried to touch them that I was told NO. I don't think the pop tops stayed down as well, and I am sure you were imagining a big mess. If the lids didn't stay on well in my drawer, the spices would be off-limits too.

Stacy said...

Maleen, I am thoroughly impressed with your spice collection. I have always viewed an extensive spice collection as I sign of a long-domesticated mother. Like I wasn't truly a mother yet because I only have 5 or 6 spices, but maybe that is because I am just not a cook or bake from scrtach kind of person. Why make it yourself when the kind from the box tastes so good? (I know this is flawed thinking).
It has taken much of my Sunday morning to catch up with your blog posts since I have been out for over a week, but well worth it. Between bed shuffling, dirty feathers, top ten 90's lists and boobie pads, I am totally caught up and entertained :)

Emilie said...

I agree with Stacy, you have a lot of spices! I think I might be getting close to that many but not quite. Maybe I need to try different recipes with different spices to "spice" up my cooking :)

¡Vieve! said...

Taking 30-90 seconds to find a spice isn't too bad! I always think they should have a cooking show where everything isn't pre-cut and set out for the person. 30 minute meals? Yeah right-it'd take two hours then.

Lauren Elizabeth said...

Hey there - I can't believe how many spices you have! I found your blog because my family business makes a spice rack called the SpiceStack. My father designed it to help cooks like you who have tons of store-bought spice get them organized. SpiceStack's drop-down drawers help you find spices faster (definitely not more than 30 seconds). If you have the cabinet space it might be worth checking out at www.SpiceStack.com. We're running a deal, buy the first for $29.95 and get additional units for $14.95. I'm guess you would need a couple ;-) Happy Cooking!

Best, Lauren Greenwood, President, SpiceStack Inc.

Rynell said...

The button box was my favorite thing as a kid! Thousands of buttons to run my fingers through.

My 5 year old wants me to teach him all the spices by name and scent. He's quite the cook already.