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Spice Organizer

30 Jan

One of the best ways to save money is by cooking at home, and since this girl is back in school, the budget is tight! When cooking at home, spices are your best friend, but your cabinet’s worst enemy. My spices have completely overtaken an entire shelf of cabinet space and I have been wracking my brain for a solution. Unfortunately I don’t have the space to use magnets and hang them all up in plain sight, or the money to buy a fancy spice rack, so here is the simple solution I came up with.


Box – smaller size, with shallow edges is best


Sharpie marker


Online shopping is another way to save some dough(as long as you don’t go overboard) because you can find amazing coupon deals and you don’t have to waste gas driving to the store. My most recent purchase came in this box, which is just about the perfect size for my spice collection.


I cut off the top flap and painted the inside of the box white and used some of the gold paint from my last project on the outside. This will take a few coats to cover the natural color of the cardboard. Some other ways you could the cover the box are with patterned paper, fabric, newspaper, magazine images, spray paint, Mod Podge, etc. So go crazy with the personalization!


Here is my disorganized spice cabinet. I have to shuffle them around every time I cook and there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to where they are placed back. What a mess!


While all of my spices don’t fit in the box, the ones I use the most do. This is a huge help because when I go to cook something, I can just take out the entire spice box, rather than running back and forth between the stove and my spice cabinet!


All organized and look at all the space I have now! The stuff that didn’t fit in the box are mainly back-ups that I had purchased because I will be running out of the other one very soon. This quick project can also be just as easily done with a store bought box/basket, tupperware or a serving tray.



Skinny Alfredo

29 Jan


I love Fettucini Alfredo – but I feel my heart slowly exploding every time I eat it. It’s so good, but so bad for you (like many things that are so good). So I went on a little internet search and found some inspiration for my own Alfred0- with a lot less love handles involved.


3 Chicken Breasts
1 bag of frozen broccoli florets
1 box penne
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
minced garlic
3 tbsp flour
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup parmesan cheese

I didn’t take any photos while cooking- sorry! I was in the zone I guess. But this is really easy to make- your secret ingredient is the greek yogurt. This takes the place of your heavy cream in the alfredo sauce.

Chop up your chicken and cook it. Chef’s choice- grill it, bake it, whatever your heart desires. We pan fried it on the stove top.

Cook your broccoli in the microwave- just follow the instructions on your package.

Cook your pasta in a large pot.

While your pasta is boiling- it’s time to make your sauce.

Pour the extra virgin olive oil in a large pan along with a few dashes of minced garlic. Let it simmer on low for a minute.

Next, add your flour, and whisk while you add. This will thicken your little mixture up a bit and it will start bubbling. Keep whisking!

Slowly add your chicken broth and milk while you keep whisking.

Next you will add in your secret ingredient- greek yogurt!

Lastly- whisk in your parmesan cheese.

Let your sauce heat up on low while you add your chicken and broccoli to your pot of penne (drain your pasta first incase you forgot about that).

Pour your alfredo over the top and you are ready to go.

Top each plate off with some extra parmesan cheese and pepper- and you have yourself some skinny alfredo! This recipe feeds 4 very hungry people.


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