My good friend George, AKA Ninjabetic, has once again prompted us to write about anything but (that medical condition which shall not be named) today.
So today I’m talking about morning coffee.
I was reading a blog that had weekly organizational challenges and the writer mentioned that she created a coffee station in their kitchen. A light bulb went off and I thought, “I want a coffee station!”
In the morning I really like having a cup of decaf. Newman’s Own Organic decaf, to be exact, with a little Sugar in the Raw and cream. Although we have a work triangle in the kitchen, it took several extra steps to get everything I needed to make my morning joe.
Coffee was in the pantry. Sugar in the lazy susan. Spoon in the silverware drawer. Mug in the cabinet with cups. Half and half in the refrigerator. And the coffee maker next to the stove.
Here’s the play-by-play:
I could do much better than this!
I have a cabinet that contains my cookbooks and spices. I don’t use my cookbooks everyday so I changed the spacing of the shelves to put the cookbooks higher, kept the spices on the bottom shelf, and created a coffee and tea shelf in the middle.
Now everything is right within my reach, including filling the carafe with filtered water from the fridge and grabbing my half and half.
You’ll notice almost all of my cookbooks are vegetarian. The one I’ve been using the most lately is How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. I’ve also been using the iPad in the kitchen a lot, especially for trying out recipes I find on blogs. My go to cooking app is How to Cook Everything, which you can get either for iPad or iPod/iPhone. There is also a free version available and vegetarian versions. What I like about these apps is that you can make notes, which I use to jot down carb counts if I figure them out for a recipe.
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