In the Kitchen with Lumber in my Minivan: Classic Hot Chocolate

My kids love hot chocolate but with coronavirus on the rise again and with two small children, we are staying home. Did you know you can make delicious hot chocolate from things you already have in your cabinet?

All you need is Hershey’s cocoa, salt, sugar, hot water, milk and vanilla extract.

To make the cocoa, simply bring four cups of your choice of milk to a boil. I am dairy free, so I opt for almond milk. Stir in 1/4 cup of Hershey’s cocoa and add a small amount of salt. Then, add 1/2 cup of sugar and stir. Next, add 1/3 cup of hot water and 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Bring it all to a boil.

My girls love to add whipped cream and sprinkles to their hot chocolate to fancy it up.

E approves of this hot chocolate.
And little A loves it, too!

Now that the weather is colder, make yourself some hot chocolate.

Adventures in Remodeling: our biggest project ever!

Our playroom used to look like this.

A week ago, it looked like this:

And now it looks like this:

And all of our kitchen stuff is in one corner:

Our kitchen, which looked like this last week,

Now looks like this:

And our dining room used to look like this:

Now it looks like this:

So what exactly is going on at the Boone house? To sum it up, we are shifting all rooms to the left. The former kitchen will become a laundry and mud room that looks like this:

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And the former dining room will become our new kitchen:

And the former playroom will be our new dining room.

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We have saved money for this project for seven years and we’re beyond excited to see it become a reality.

Stay tuned! We’ve made a lot of progress but we still have so far to go!

DIY Fridge Coasters: Adhesive shelf liner

This post was supposed to run on Wednesday but something happened. So I will post it today 😄😄

My fridge needed a good cleaning, and my shelf liners were coming apart. I decided instead of using rubber shelf liner with grippers I’d do something different and use adhesive vinyl shelf liner.

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Sometimes the grippy shelf liner causes things to get stuck in the fridge and it isn’t the easiest thing to clean. This adhesive liner is easy to wipe clean.

1. Begin by measuring your shelves and drawers.

I cleaned my shelves with alcohol and water and let them dry. Then, I attached the adhesive shelf liner to the shelf.

2. Attach your shelf liner to the shelf.

3. Measure small drawers and shelves by tracing the bottom of the drawer or shelf

So far, I am pleased with the adhesive shelf liner versus the gripper shelf liner. It wipes clean with a wet rag and it is much easier to slide things out of the fridge.

Plus, it’s so darn pretty!

Don’t you agree?

Tune in for some Friday fun tomorrow!!

Dollar Store Spring Decor

Have you all been to your local Dollar General lately? If you haven’t, you might want to pop in. If you’re a fan of the Pioneer Woman line at Walmart, you will love their spring stock. They have some of the cutest kitchen items I’ve seen in a long time…and it’s not expensive at all!

I came away with these salt and pepper shakers, a melamine mixing bowl, a Dutch oven (for looks, it’s probably not food safe) and a cute picture frame.

And those are just the things I bought. I wanted waaaaay more! I thought I’d share the cuteness that I loved, but left behind (and might still go back and get).

These sweet melamine juice glasses for $1.50

My kids are not allowed to use glass drinking glasses for obvious reasons. They sometimes get offended that they can’t have a pretty glass like the adults. With these, they could feel like they have a fancy glass…and at $1.50 a pop, if they drop it and break it, it’s no big deal.

These are $3 a piece but still adorable and worth the price.

Any hobnail fans in the house? I love that these glasses are hobnail and I love the color.

Pretty bottles for $3-$5

If you like glass bottles, grab a few of these to stash on top of your cabinets. Or you could even fill one with mini Christmas lights.

I just love these colors!

These small canister jars would be great to buy and fill with candy for a small gift, or even to store small goods in your own kitchen.

Who doesn’t want a flowered piggy butter dish?

This flowered butter dish is a cutie. I have a cow creamer that I’d like to put this beside.

A lettered sign that looks like a grain sack!

You all know how much I love lettered signs! Here’s a pretty one for $10!

What an adorable “tag” frame!

This tag frame could look cute in any room.

This would make a great utensil bucket.

This bucket reminds me of enamelware.

Which item was your favorite? My favorite would definitely have to be the drinking glasses. Comment down below and tell me which item you liked best!

And have a wonderful weekend.

21-day challenge: pantry organization

21-day challenge: pantry organization

We have a really big pantry/coat closet at our house that I absolutely love. It has a ton of storage space, has nice shelves and is just a really useful space. At the moment, though, it’s a really messy space.

What. a. mess.

Thankfully, it’s a mess that isn’t too hard to clean up. I started by going through each shelf and throwing away anything expired, or more than half empty. I also consolidated boxes and containers if I had any items that were open.

Group like items together. It makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Use clear jars so you can tell when you need to replenish your dry goods.

I also went through all of my canned goods and straightened them.

Using shelf risers helps maximize your shelf space.

And finally, I used baskets and bins to corral chip bags and snack boxes, clip on shelves to maximize space, and wood crates for under-shelf storage. Eventually, I plan to add casters to the bottom of my crates so I can roll them out easily when I need them.

All of our breakfast items are on one shelf, making them easier to grab and go.
Quick lunch items are also stashed together to make packing lunches easier.

I also straightened up the items on the shelf to make them easier to find and store.

All in all, my pantry is so much neater and better organized. What cabinet or pantry organizing project have you completed recently?