Organizing My Pots & Pans – 52 Week Organized Home

Last week, I organized my baking cabinet.  I’m still amazed every time I open that door.  It’s so pretty in there!  I can find everything, too!  Love it!  Next week, we’re working on our pantry, so if you have any pantry tips, I’d love to hear them, so I can share with other readers what you do!

 

I don’t know if you’ve been following along with us in this series, but I do hope that you’re plodding along with me.   Disorganized people like to know they’re not alone!  If you are doing your own organizing in your house, tell me so in a comment or on Facebook.  I’d love to hear from you!  Even if you haven’t done the whole list yet….or even if you’re tackling a different part of the list.  Tell me how it’s going!

 

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This week, we’re working on our pots, pans and cookie sheets.  For me, that means I get to clean out two cabinets.  It’s funny.  I usually dread my weekly assignment, but once it’s done, I am so glad that I did it!  It’s been sooo nice to have things organized.  I’m even keeping up with it…and quickly organize it again once I notice things getting out of control in those spaces again.  It only takes a couple minutes or less if I stay on top of it!

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My Before Pictures:

 

My Pots & Pans Cabinet

 

My Baking Cabinet - Before

 

 

My Cookie Sheets:

 

 

MY Cookie Sheets - A disorganized Mess

 

 

Some of my pans, I got for my wedding, almost 19 years ago…so they’re in really bad shape.  You can see the rust on my muffin tins.  I have some circle pans that are getting pretty rusty, too.  See….?

 

Circle Pan - Needs Replaced

 

It’s hideous.  I got a new cookie sheet for Christmas and that’s been so nice to have.  Now it’s time to get some circle ones and some new muffin tins.  I just ordered these from Amazon.  I decided to get rid of the metal muffin tins and try out silicone for a change.  We’ll see how I like them!
              

 

We have this baking set for my daughter to use (in place of an Easy Bake Oven) and we have really liked them…so I’m thinking I’ll be happy with them!

I also decided to order this little organizer for my cookie sheets.  I think it will be very helpful to have them upright and not falling down all the time!

 

 

So….How do you organize your pots and pans and cookie sheets?

How many do you keep on hand?

How many is enough?

It’s so hard to know, because you sure don’t want to be without when you need another one.

Do you have a special way to keep them organized and under control?

 

When I asked on my Facebook page, how YOU keep YOUR pots and pans organized, here’s some of the ideas that were shared:

 

Candyannie says:  Pots and pans under sink on wooden dish rack from dollar store. Casseroles and sheet pans under counter in an old metal file holder uprighted so different sizes go in different slots.

 

Shirley says:  I use a pegboard for all my skillets and pots with handles. Floor to ceiling about 30 inches wide. So nice easy access.

 

Donna says:My baking sheets (3) are inside the oven. Other ovenware is in the drawer under the oven.

 

Michele says:  My pots and pans are in a deep bottom drawer in our large island. My cookie sheets were in the drawer of my wall oven but had to move them to under the range cabinet.

 

While browsing Pinterest, I saw some amazing ideas!  Check out (and follow) my Pinterest Board called Kitchen Organizing Ideas.
Follow Sarah Robinson (SidetrackedSarah.com)’s board Kitchen Organizing Tips on Pinterest.

 

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Ideas for Organizing Your Pots & Pans

 

NEXT WEEK:

We’re going to be working on our Pantry.  The place we keep food…it sure gets messy in there!   Do you have a great way that you keep your pantry nicely organized and clutter free?  Do you ever throw out expired food?   Please share here with me, email me or share with me on Facebook, so I can share your ideas.  Pictures are always appreciated, too!

Also, if you want to see what you’ve missed and what’s coming, just go here:  52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

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Avocado Chocolate Smoothie – Perfect for My Diet

As you all know, I’m in the process of trying to lose weight!  It’s been a struggle to change my bad habits again.  Yesterday was a good day though.  I had a light breakfast and I wasn’t that hungry for lunch, so I decided to make a smoothie for lunch, in hopes that it would fill me up for a while, plus I’ll get my chocolate fix in.  Believe me, I have a heavy need for chocolate, lol.

 

I’ve been trying to eat more avocados lately for the health benefits.  Plus, I recently heard that consuming more avocados can help you to lose more weight.  Don’t worry, avocados in smoothies don’t taste like guacamole.  In fact, I don’t even taste the avocado.  It just makes the smoothie creamier.  It’s amazing really.  You get this really creamy smoothie, with amazing health benefits, plus you get chocolate all in one?  Yep….you’re going to love it.

 

You may be thinking that you don’t want to spend the money on avocados?  Well, it just so happens that Aldi often has them on sale for 29 cents to 49 cents each.  Walmart will price match Aldi’s produce prices if you have an Aldi within an hour of you.

 

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Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

 

 

Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup skim milk (or your favorite %)
1 Tbsp cocoa
8 frozen strawberries
1 pinch of NuStevia (optional)

Directions:  

  1. Put milk and avocado in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add banana and cocoa.
  3. Finally, add the 8 frozen strawberries and NuStevia sweetener.

 

If you don’t have the NuStevia, you can add an extra banana or your own favorite sweetener.  Or, if you’re a fan of dark chocolate, you may not need it sweeter.  For me, the chocolate taste was just a little too bitter without it.

 

I really enjoyed this smoothie and felt good most of the afternoon without needing anything else to eat.  It made a great lunch for my weight loss endeavors!  I’ve lost 4 pounds in the past 2 weeks and the last time I measured, I’d already lost an inch off of my waist and a total of 4.5 inches after 10 days of exercise (but only about 4-5 15 minute workouts) in the T-tapp program.  Yay!

 

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Any Meat, Any Veggie Crustless Quiche Recipe

Any Meat, Any Veggie, Crustless Quiche

 

There’s one thing I love about eggs….they’re versatile and they’re pretty good for you, too.  I love having my eggs with cheese and veggies, so quiche is the perfect dish for me.  This recipe in particular is pretty easy to accommodate different tastes, as you can put whatever meat or vegetable in it that you want to.  The other night, I was in a pinch, not sure what to serve for supper, when I realized I had plenty of eggs, cheese and vegetables.  I got to chopping and quickly had this delicious meal for supper.  Of course, serving it for breakfast would be amazing, too!

 

For the quiche in the pictures, we used ham for the meat and peppers and onions for the vegetables.  It was perfect like that!

 

Any Meat, Any Vegetable Crustless Quiche Recipe

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups cheese (your favorite kind)
2/3 cup of flour
1 onion, diced
6 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups Milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 dash of  garlic powder
1 1/2 pounds of meat (ham, ground beef, sausage, etc.)
1-2 cups fresh vegetables (pepper, mushrooms, tomato, broccoli, etc.)
Directions:  

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Cook meat as directed, drain.  (We like to sauté our ham chunks..so they’re slightly browned.)
  3. Melt butter in skillet.
  4. Sauté vegetables in butter until tender.
  5. Mix together eggs, milk, cheese and flour.
  6. Gradually stir in meat and vegetables.
  7. Pour into a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  8. Pour Mixture into baking dish.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes (until center is done).

 

Quiche Pinterest Image