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 1/30/2005 11:28 PM
 
There are days I wish I had my old kitchen back, but then I remember that I had too much stuff in it, too. LOL I do shop for things like paper towels, plates, plastic utensils,etc at Costco or Sam's Club and store the extras in the basement of my motorhome. I have the spices in square plastic baskets in the cupboard. There isn't enough storage, but I'm learning to pare down and shop more often. The spice cupboard is a high, large, deep cupboard that I had drawers put into so that I can reach the stuff in the back. My biggest sin is cookbooks (and other books for that matter) and I've gotten rid of several so far. If I don't use it within three months or so, it is gone. Recipes are easily found online and my computer is lighter than all those books. I was looking at my pots and pans again today...there are a couple I haven't used so they may go to the Good Will this week. I wish I had a residential refrigerator and a dishwasher, though. ;) Yesterday I made some of my mom's Yankee Chili and froze enough for next week maybe. I use the square plastic storage boxes and as someone above noted, a lot of plastic bags. I also have a vacuum saver and it is invaluable. There is room enough in my freezer for about two weeks worth of food if I shop right...
Sorry about writing a book. I've not had anyone else to talk to about these issues and it is so good to just ramble! Hope y'all don't mind.
Carol
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 1/31/2005 6:55 AM
 
It was hard to let go of a lot of the kitchen equipment. We downsized from a 3+ BR house to a 2 BR apt and then a 1 BR apt. So it wasn't too bad to figure out what could go -- just kind of painful. Weird how we get attatached to that kitchen thing-a-ma-bob that one of the kids gave us (even if we never use it). Anyway the thing that makes it work so well is that we're down to pretty much exactly what we need to make the kitchen work. We have a 4 drawer pull out next to the stove. One holds the pasta,rice and some other dry/canned goods, one is for spices and soups, one for the dishes we use most often and the bottom one holds pots and pans. There's 2 drawers across the kitchen with lids, some cooking utensils and small appliances as well as linens. The bottom line is we managed to fit in the very minimum we need to cook a variety of food. It's worked out to have more room than we really need after a "cold and calloused" give-away session at the apartment. ;-)
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 4/5/2005 5:40 PM
 
Try dissolving a denture tablet or two in small amount of warm water and pour that down drain. Or mix a tablespoon or two of baking soda in a small amount of water and pour down drains. L8r, Joyce

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 4/5/2005 8:15 PM
 
I wrote for 30 minutes to answer all of your questions. I even gave you product names and receipes. This forum wont let me change my name or password to that which I can remember. I had a stroke and numbers are difficult for me. I am too tired to do it again, but will do it tomorrow afternoon. Sorry. "If you can read this, thank a teacher;if its in English, thank a soldier" Maureen

"If you can read this, thank a teacher;if its in English, thank a soldier" Maureen
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 4/6/2005 11:12 AM
 
My former life was hospital work. No doubt about it strokes can rob us of our capacities. Hope you are improving day by day.
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 5/27/2005 1:39 AM
 
Freshen up bad smells from the sink. Here is an easy solution that is good for your holding tank, good for your hands, good for your health, and not all that expensive. Squeeze some lemons or oranges for juice then save the used fruit peels in a plastic bag. Throw them in the refrig or freeze them if you wish to have a few on hand all the time. Now when you clean your sink or cutting board, just rub one of those used peels on them. Let the juice set a few minutes then wipe off with a damp cloth ... water only. When you clean, or cut up something smelly (fish, garlic, etc) wipe one of the pools on your hands as you do the cutting board. Kazam ... no more smelly kitchen or hands. You can do this in the bathroom too. Dont you know that is how all those wonderful orange based cleaners got started? It's the citrus oil that does the trick.
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 5/27/2005 6:06 PM
 
Thanks for the tip. The citrus would be really refreshing on a day like today. It's 100 degrees!
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