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The Black Hole in my Pantry

I know all about Black Holes in space.   I learned all about them watching Star Trek, The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise on TV.  I have read dozens of Star Trek type novels.  Oh, I’m a die-hard Trekkie.  So I know about those nasty little things known as Black Holes.  They happen when a dying star implodes, and the gravitational reaction pulls everything in with it.  To where ever stars go when they die.  Basically , you want to avoid black holes in space because whatever goes in, never comes out.


Kind of like my pantry closet.

The apartment we chose to rent is  blessed with a good size kitchen.  There are enough cupboards for the dishes, and countertop space for all the ‘gadgets’.  Besides all that, there is a pantry closet next to the fridge.  When I first gazed upon all that space with the three big shelves just waiting to hold all my food, I was ecstatic.  When we moved in and I unpacked and moved into my new kitchen I was thrilled.  I had so much fun putting the food stuff away in my new pantry.
How pretty!
How organized!
How convenient!

Then we went grocery shopping.  Again, and again, and again.  Suddenly, no matter how much we shopped for groceries, we could never find anything to eat at meal times!  Where was all that food we’ve doled out money for?
In the pantry…
under all that stuff piled in the closet.

Boxes and cans and bags of whatever.  It was such a jumbled mess that I needed Mandy our Collie to sniff out where her dog food was hiding.  Having three, big, deep, shelves were great for holding a lot of stuff, but you couldn’t see past the first row of anything.   Suddenly I realized that a new organizational system was needed.  I needed a narrow shelf system where I could see all the little items lined up in a single row.

Thus began the hunt for a pantry shelf unit for the closet door.  Since the door has fancy panes in it,  is hollow, and it doesn’t really belong to us… we figured we couldn’t just screw the shelving unit into the door.  We needed one of those “over the door hanging shelf units”.  I’ve seen them before!  They would work perfectly!

I looked everywhere I thought might carry such a home-improvement item.  No such luck.  So, I went online and searched.  Persistence pays off!  There, it was pictured, exactly what I had in mind!   So I ordered it.  And waited weeks for it to come.  Finally it arrived.  In a not so big box.  Some assembly required I bet.  As I opened the box and dug out all the packing material, I found the nice, neat, tightly bundled packet of wire shelves and two-foot long plastic runners.

“Um…where are the ‘over the door’ hangers?  How is this suppose to work if the shelf runners just snap together?”  I took physics in college, I knew that those snapped-together-plastic- runners wouldn’t bear the weight of all the shelves.  So back to my computer I went to find the web site picturing my over-the-door-pantry-shelves.

You have to be very careful when you go shopping.  You need to read ALL the fine print concerning your purchase.  And you have to look CAREFULLY at the display picture to make sure you are getting what you want.

Eventually Handy Hubby jerry-rigged the shelf thing so we could hang it.

Now my pantry is organized, and I just might find something to cook for dinner tonight.


The Kitchen

I’ve been thinking of my kitchen lately.  Must be all the Better Homes and Garden magazines I’ve been reading.  I love home decorating magazines.  Besides the magazines, so many people are blogging about cooking and baking and recipes and menus and… Whoa!  One can’t help but have one’s brain cells drift in the culinary direction.

So, this morning I was surfing through BHG’s web site, and came across an article entitled: “What Kitchen Style Is Best for You?”  It came with a quiz.  (Just what I needed on a Monday morning)  I am always curious about ‘what style is best’ for me, so I took the quiz…

Quiz: What Kitchen Style Is Best for You?

Your Results

Chef Boyardee

Kitchen Cart

Based on your answers, it sounds like you would like a kitchen that cooks for you. But since that hasn’t been invented yet, you’ll settle for one that makes food prep quick and easy. Maybe you’re single or an empty nester, but whatever your situation, your answers indicate that you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen and that cooking and baking aren’t among your favorite pastimes. That doesn’t mean that you don’t appreciate a good meal — you just appreciate it more when someone else is doing the cooking.  Your best bet: For the days you do choose to eat at home, create a kitchen that is suitable for your low-maintenance style. Fancy appliances like a double oven and an indoor grill are a waste to you, but your microwave and toaster oven are likely worth their weight in gold. Consider treating yourself to a few kitchen gadgets like a great electric can opener (perfect for popping the top on cans of soup) to speed up prep time when you do cook. Finally, since your cooking needs are minimal, you can put any extra kitchen space to use for other purposes. For example, you might want to carve out a desk where you can sit to pay bills and read mail. And don’t forget to set up a file for all those take-out menus!

Well, that’s one Monday morning quiz I managed to ace!  Funny, because Empty-Nester Hubby and I were just this past weekend talking about a counter top convection/toaster oven.  I’ll have to show him the quiz results.