DOWNSIZING. My friends are all doing it, and it's a frequently-used word in my house these days. After years and years of acquiring, I'm ready to live with less stuff. Last April I had a big porch sale of cookware and kitchen equipment, and I'm planning another sale this Spring (local readers, take note!). It was a lot of fun, and now I'm ready to downsize even more.
To get ready for the sale, I've been giving everything in my kitchen the once-over. Do I need it? Do I want it? Have I used it at all in the past year?
It's hard to let go, isn't it? So I'd love your help.
Please take this very short poll. Tell me what tools you have and use in your own kitchen.
After you "vote", you can see the results. All completely anonymous, of course.
Oh, and don't be embarrassed if you have all of the kitchen tools in this poll. I do, and I have multiples of most of them.
Okay, everyone. Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and if you haven't already planned your menu for the person or people you love, grab a container of cocoa powder (yes, Hershey's from the supermarket is just fine), and get to work. You don't need designer chocolates to make someone happy. From breakfast to dinner, and the all-important dessert, The Perfect Pantry comes to the rescue, with easy chocolatey favorites for any time of the day, made with a single can of cocoa powder.
Today is my birthday -- not a significant, noteworthy, big-0 birthday, just one of the birthdays tucked in between the big ones -- and as many of you know, my husband Ted, Cousin Martin and I are traveling in a warmer, more tropical part of the world. Feliz cumpleaños to the friends and readers of The Perfect Pantry who share this birthday. I'm not sure how we'll celebrate my birthday where we are today (I'll try and remember to post some photos on our Facebook page), but if I were home, this is the menu I'd serve.
Every January 1, The Perfect Pantry takes a moment to recommit to the fight against childhood hunger in America.
The statistics are appalling. One out of five kids -- that's 16 million kids -- don't get the food they need. Children who don't eat enough suffer long-term health consequences, and they have difficulty excelling in school. Kids from food-insecure households who do get hot meals in school during the week still face weekends without hot meals, or without any meals. And what happens in summer, when school is out?
We can do better. All of us, working together, can do better.
Why not start by making a tax-deductible contribution to No Kid Hungry? Click this link: http://www.nokidhungry.org/.
Thank you, in advance, for all you will do in 2014 to end childhood hunger in America.