It's that time of year! Time to get that pantry stocked up and in order.
Is it a fun task? Well, it depends on how you look at it.
While I don't particularly like organizing and cleaning, I do like thinking about all the yummy treats and fun things I'll be baking in the next few months.
I like to keep a basic stock of things on hand for the chilly and cold autumn and winter months. I don't keep as much of this around during the summer, because it's too warm to want to use the oven very much.
Take a look in your cupboards and clean out the foods that are either expired (toss those) or things that you probably won't eat but still have a good date (give to family or a food bank).
Each family should keep things on hand that they find useful and based on meals that they like to eat.
Here is a partial list of canned/dry items that I like to keep around this time of the year:
"Cream of" soups (I try to keep 2 each of mushroom, chicken, celery, and 1 broccoli in the house)
Dry Onion Soup Mix
Mashed potato mix
Again, that is just a partial list. I think it's nice to keep it in the house during the colder months. If the roads are bad, I don't like going to the grocery store if I don't have to.
Another thing that I like to do this time of the year is get rid of the regular sheets and dig out the comfy-cozy flannel sheets!
I learned on a website a few years ago that you can easily fold all your sheets and put them into a pillow case for storage. It is so much easier to pull a pillowcase off the shelf than it was to try and pull out everything individually. We have a queen sized mattress and the sheets and pillow cases really do fold up small enough to tuck them right inside. Give it a try!
I really wanted a nice soft cotton blanket to add a layer of warmth to the bed this year. Our blankets are an older felt-style and although they are okay, I love how much warmth those cotton blankets hold in. I went to Walmart and wasn't able to find anything but fleece there. At Kmart, however, I found exactly what I was looking for. It's not time for the heavy quilt my mom made us yet, but it does get chilly some nights and I love the cozy warmth that comes from a combination of flannel sheets and soft cotton blankets. :)
I think that's about all for now, friends.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:11