Stracciatella With Kale

Stracciatella With Kale Soup Recipe| Sabrina's Organizign

This Stracciatella with kale soup recipe is one of my favorites from when I was growing up.  It is basically an Italian Egg Drop soup. My mother made it all the time in the winter. She liked to make it without vegetables. But I actually prefer the veggies in it to make it a complete balanced meal.  It’s so quick and easy to make you just won’t believe it. I hope you try it and let me know how it goes.

Ingredients:

8 cups low sodium broth
2 pieces garlic
4 eggs scrambled
4 cups defrost frozen chopped kale
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano grated cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

Defrost chopped kale.

Scramble eggs with Pecorino Romano grated cheese, salt and pepper. Set aside.

mixed cheese and egg mixture | Sabrina's Organizing

Heat broth, kale, and garlic in a large a dutch oven. Cover partially and bring to a boil for 5-7 minutes.

kale in broth | Sabrina's Organizing

Slowly add scrambled eggs to the boiling soup. Wait 30 seconds and a stir.  It will turn into chunks.

 

pour egg into soup slowing

Cook for 3 minutes.

cooked egg in soup

Serve with toast and sprinkled extra Pecorino Romano.

Italian egg drop soup with kale | Sabrina's Organizing

Italian egg drop soup with kale | Sabrina's Organizing

 

Feel free to print this out.

Stracciatella with Kale

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cooking Time 11 minutes

Total Time 31 minutes

How Many Served 6

Serving Size 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 8 cups low sodium broth
  • 2 pieces garlic
  • 4 eggs scrambled
  • 4 cups defrost frozen chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano grated cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Defrost chopped kale.
  2. Scramble eggs with Pecorino Romano grated cheese, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Heat broth, kale, and garlic in a large a dutch oven.
  4. Cover partially and bring to a boil for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Slowly add scrambled eggs to the boiling soup. Wait 30 seconds and a stir. It will turn into chunks.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Serve with toast and sprinkled extra Pecorino Romano.

 

Stracciatella With Kale Soup Recipe | Sabrina's Organizing


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Organizing Small Sports Equipment

Organizing Small Sports Equipment

If you have kids, like me, you probably have lots of sports equipment in your home.  You also probably have lots of small sports items that fill up nearby bins or baskets too. This post talks about how to organize small sports equipment to help you and your kids stay organized and reduce stress in your home. You know the items I’m talking about, the knee pads, the uniforms, the shirts and pants specifically for a sport, balls, baseball gloves, shin guards, baseball bats, cleats, helmets, etc… Having to find them in your home can be a challenge, especially if they are in a large pile of stuff.

Here are some items I found that will help you and your kids with organizing small sports equipment.

Balls:

If you have larger balls that need to be stored, you can get something like this.  This helps keep each ball separate and can be mounted directly on the wall. Raise your hand if you hate balls rolling around the floor.  I do!

If you have lots of random balls in various sizes that need to be stored, something like this works great too. It’s free-standing and can help hold other things, like baseball bats and helmets.

A simple heavy-duty hook can easily hold this hanging mesh bag on the wall for easy on-the-go play.

Protective gear items and uniform:

This drying rack is great for hockey equipment or any other sport to help dry your clothes. Before running out to buy this, be sure you have a place for it. It looks like it’s small but remember you need to add all the gear to it. Allocate at least double the space of the standing unit in the front, back, and sides.

Bats, clubs, sticks and rackets:

Laying them in a rectangle shallow bin works nicely for these items. But be sure you measure the length of your longest items before buying the bin.

Footwear (sneakers, cleats, ski boots, and ice skates):

This one will hold cleats and other footwear as well as balls and bats. It can be mounted to the wall or on a track system. I would not recommend it for any tennis or golf balls.

Where to store equipment?

There are many places to store equipment, here are some ideas: garage, kid’s room, basement, mudroom.

Wherever you decide to store your sports equipment, be sure to place these items in a place that is convenient to your kids and you.

Additional tips to organize sports equipment:

  1. If you have equipment that gets dirty when they come back into the house, place them somewhere where there is tile or concrete for easy cleanup.
  2. If you want to use bins, they work fine but be sure to get the right size. Large bins my look organized but if a child has to ruffle through the bin and in the process, take out the items and spread them on the floor, is it really useful and organized?
  3. If you have kids in different sports, in different seasons, Color-code the different bags, bins, and supplies so you and your child know what gear goes with what sport.  This also helps keep it organize when you put them all in a central location.
  4. A track system works nicely in a garage.  Look for one that has lots of different selection of hooks and baskets to hang many items and that doesn’t take up too much room on the wall. Here is one I found: Rubbermaid FastTrack

I hope this helps you get your sports equipment organized for you and your family.  Let’s continue the conversation, do you have sports equipment that you just don’t know what to do with? Do you have any quick tips that helped you get your sports equipment organized?  Please leave a comment below.

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February’s Organizing Challenge – Create A Complete Account List

 

February Organizing Challenge | Sabrina's Organizing

Have you prepared for emergencies?  Do you know where all your contact information (phone number, personal to call, etc) is for your accounts?  This month’s organizing challenge is to create a complete list of your bank and financial accounts. Sounds boring, right?  Yes, I know but you will thank me for it later.

Why do I need to do this?

  1. This list will help you in emergencies.
  2. It will help your family for when you pass.
  3. It will help you see all your financial contact information in one place.

If you are like me, you probably use some sort of software to track and reconcile your bank and financial accounts like Quicken.  That’s great, but did you fill out the detail information that would include contact information for each account?  Not many people fill in this information, they figure they have it in their contacts.  But, remember you probably don’t have the account number for every account you own memorized. So, having one place to store this basic information will help.

First, determine a place to add this information.

For Quicken:

  1. Go into one of your bank accounts.
  2. There is a dial on the upper right-hand corner of your register.
  3. Press the dial button, there will be a drop-down list, select “Edit Account Details”.
  4. A window will pop-up and you can edit the Contact Name and Phone number section easily.
  5. Be sure to save it when you are done.

NOTE: You will need to do this with all your accounts.

contact information

If  you don’t use a software to track this information, I created this free printable for you to use. 

Emergency Account List Printable | Sabrina's Organizing

After you have completed this task, go ahead and find a safe and secure place to store it.  It can be in a safe or a safe deposit box.

If you have a safe deposit box, be sure there is, at least, one other person able to access this account.

This task will take some time to gather so that is all you have to do this month. Do you have a list of accounts and their contact information, easily available?  Where do you like to store this information?  Is your information digital or paper?  Please join the conversation and leave a comment below.

Slow Cooker Sausage And Lentil Stew With Herbed Polenta

slow cooker sausage and lentils stews with herbed polenta | Sabrina's Organizing

I’m a big fan of lentils in the slow cooker.  But, I changed it up a bit with this recipe. I remember as a kid, my dad would make polenta with tomato sauce and sausage.  It was similar to this one. This slow cooker sausage and lentil stew with herbed polenta is easy to make and great for a family.  It’s great for winter weekday nights or weekends.

Ingredients:

1 lb Italian mild pork sausage
1 cup dried brown lentils, cleaned and pick through
1 large red or yellow bell pepper, diced
1 onion, quartered
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cans of diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper

How to make Herbed Polenta:
1 liter 1/2 Vegetable and 1/2 Water
1 cup instant Polenta
1-2 Tbsp Italian herb mix
1/3 cup Romano cheese
3 Tbsp Butter

Instructions:

Sliced sausage into 1 inch pieces. Brown Italian sausage with a little olive oil. Put aside.

browned sausage | Sabrina's Organizing

Layer lentils, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the slow cooker.

Add canned tomatoes, browned sausage, sprinkle with oregano, crush red pepper, salt, broth and stir.

Crock pot sausage and lentil cooked | Sabrina's Organizing

Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

slow cooked sausage lentil stew | Sabrina's Organizing

Prepare polenta as instructed. Have everything ready because it takes 3 minutes usually. Add 1 liter of 1/2 vegetable and water into a 5 quart sauce pan.  Then wait till it is boiling, add the polenta slowly, stir for 3 minutes or until the desired thinness. Add the Italian herb, romano cheese, and butter.

herbed polenta | Sabrina's Organizing

Serve polenta under stew and enjoy.

Crock pot sausage and lentil | Sabrina's Organizing

If you want to print the recipe, here is a printable.

Slow Cooker Sausage And Lentil Stew With Herbed Polenta

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cooking Time 7 hours

Total Time 7 hours, 15 minutes

How Many Served 6

Serving Size 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Italian mild pork sausage
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, cleaned and pick through
  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • How to make Herbed Polenta:
  • 1 liter 1/2 Vegetable and 1/2 Water
  • 1 cup instant Polenta
  • 1-2 Tbsp Italian herb mix
  • 1/3 cup Romano cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Butter

Instructions

  1. Sliced sausage into 1 inch pieces. Brown Italian sausage with a little olive oil. Put aside.
  2. Layer lentils, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the slow cooker.
  3. Add canned tomatoes, browned sausage, sprinkle with oregano, crush red pepper, salt, broth and stir.
  4. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  5. Prepare polenta as instructed. Have everything ready because it takes 3 minutes usually. Add 1 liter of 1/2 vegetable and water into a 5 quart sauce pan. Then wait till it is boiling, add the polenta slowly, stir for 3 minutes or until the desired thinness. Add the Italian herb, romano cheese, and butter.
  6. Serve polenta under stew and enjoy.

7 Book Storage Solutions For Small Spaces

7 Book Storage Solutions For Small Spaces | Sabrina's Organizing

There is the start of another monthly series called “organizing small spaces”. In this series, I will be talking about creative ways to organize a small space.

Small spaces can be subjective to each person.  My goal in this series is to help my visitors be inspired and look at their home differently so they can see creative solutions to make their house a home no matter what size it is.  The first one in the series is book storage solutions for small spaces.  Below each solution, I have included a visual example of what I am referring to. I hope it helps.

Here are 7 book storage solutions for small spaces:

Use a bookshelf as a headboard.  There are lots of headboards that house freestanding bookshelves out there. Here is an example of one.

Pros: If you like to read at night, this will store the books right where you need it.  You also may be able to do away with your end table and save even more space.

Cons: If you do not dust often, your books may get dusty and it may make it difficult to sleep because of the excess dust around you. If you have a large collection of books, this may be too small for you.

 

Use a blank wall and create your own bookcase and add a curtain to cover it when company is over. Just add shelves a very long curtain and rod attached to the ceiling.  By using your creativity, you can make the space useful. What wall are you not using?

Pros: Useful for clothes storage as well. 

Cons: You most likely will have space in the living room.  Does that work for where you like to read or get dressed?

 

Turn an alcove into a reading nook: Add lighting, bookcases, and seating and any space can become a reading nook.

Pros: It’s a great place to read with your young kids.

Cons: It can be expensive and may not be possible if you rent an apartment.

 

Use under the stairs or the wall next to the stairs as a bookcase: This is an oldie but goodie solution.  I love the different use of storage solutions for stairs.  There is a lot out there just Google it.

Pros: It’s a go to wasted space location and can really maximize a small space.

Cons: Since it is on the steps, you may not be able to store many “frequently used items in this area. 

 

Create a library in a wider hallway: Lining the wider hallway with bookshelves work great to maximize a space.  My father had one where he lived years ago and it worked great because it was his go to spot for everything. It was the entire length of the hallway.

Pros: You can easily access items when you need it. 

Cons: If you don’t keep it covered with a curtain, it will get dusty and it can get messy easily. 

 

Under the bed storage for books: You can raise your bed and add bookshelves to the bottom for easy access in a small space.

Pros: It works great for smaller bedrooms where you can’t fit nightstand. 

Cons: If the bed needs to be pushed up against the wall, you may only be able to use one bed bookshelf side.

 

Create unique bookshelves on the wall. This one can be fun for kids and adults.  Make up a fancy patter on the wall to hold shelves.  This one is my favorite.

Pros: It may help the kids put their books away when you make it attractive for them to see. 

Cons: It can be hard to clean.  And, if you do too many angles, you may not be able to add too many books in one area. 

 

And my last solution: Use the space above and around the doors and windows in your home.  This one always amazes me.  I love the look.  It makes the door a focal point.

Or even the door itself. This is a great idea if you want to replace the door altogether. 

Pros: You can maximize the space.

Cons: If you change the door to a bookshelf, it may be heaving to move.  It also may look a little cluttered and may be distracting to the eye.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my 7 book storage solution for small spaces.  It was fun bringing all these images together to help you see the potential your home has. Do you have any tips for book storage solutions for small spaces?  Is there one that is your favorite? Please share below.  I would love to hear from you.

Clutter Free Ways To Splurge On A Hobby

clutter free ways to splurge on a hobby

If you are like me and many others, we enjoying buying all sorts of things to add to our hobbies supplies.  We add new stickers, cutouts, papers for our scrapbook hobby.  We buy supplies and tools for our photography hobby.  We buy music for our music hobby.  We buy gear for our exercise hobby.  We buy DVDs and CDs to add to your movie / music collection. We buy XBox games to add to our collection.  Need I say more, we buy a lot of stuff for our hobbies.

But, because of this, the extra stuff creates clutter in our homes.  So, to help combat the piles of hobby supplies, I propose you find an alternate way to splurge on your hobby.

Here are 15 hobbies and a clutter free way to splurge on them.

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Scrapbooking: Instead of buying new scrapbook scraps, cut up the scraps you have into small squares and rectangles and store in a shoe box for future use.

Antiques: Instead of buying another antique, determine a place in your home for the ones that have no home yet.

Playing Musical Instruments: Instead of buying another instrument, clean and repair the ones that you have been negectiving.

Exercise: Instead of buying another exercise piece of clothing, get rid of some of the ones that are worn.

Video Games: Instead of buying new video games, have a swapping party with friends that like gaming too. Exchange the games you don’t care for or finished for other games that others have.

Lego Building: Instead of buying more Lego pieces, sort the one’s you have into a useful system.  Here is the way we organized our son’s Lego.

Cooking:  Instead of going out and buying more tools and gadgets, go through your supply and clear out the ones you don’t use.

Baking: Instead of buying more sprinkles or toppings for cakes, review what you have and write the date you purchased each one on the lid for future reference. Then, replace only the ones that are running low or are older 3-5 years.

Calligraphy: Instead of buying more ink for your calligraphy pen, buy Platinum Pens Mixable Ink so you can mix whatever color you want.

Reading Books: Instead of buying physical books, use iBook or Barnes & Noble app to store books you are reading.

Sewing / Knitting: Instead of buying more supplies for your sewing or knitting hobbies, organize the thread and yarn you already have by color or type. If you need particular tools, try renting them from Zilok.

Jigsaw Puzzles: Instead of buying more Jigsaw puzzles, have an exchange puzzle party, donate them, or you can even glue them and frame them to display in your home.

Buying Movies: Start buying digital copies of movies.  For a small fee, you can convert your Disk to Digital in VUDU.

Listening To Music: Instead of buying CDs, you can buy a service like Spotify so you can download any album you want and listen to it on the go.

Photography: Instead of buying lenses, you can rent them.Borrowlenses.com allows you to rent equipment for different package events, like wedding, sports, wildlife, landscaping, travel, etc…

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I hope this clutter free suggestions gives you inspiration on how to keep your hobbies under control. What is your favorite clutter-free way to splurge on a hobby? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Ham and Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

ham and shrimp gumbo | Sabrina's Organizing

Gumbo is “Gumbo is a stew that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. It consists primarily of a strongly flavored stock, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and the Cajun holy trinity of vegetables, namely celery, bell peppers, and onions.” It’s a great dish on those cold winter nights.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup flour
1 large onion – finely chopped
2 celery stalks – finely chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
4 cups fish broth or chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp and 1 tsp creole seasonings (if you want it spicier, add more)
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 10 oz frozen thawed chopped okra

Instructions:

1. Clean and dry shrimp well. Toss shrimp with 1 tsp of creole seasoning.

seasoned shrimp | Sabrina's Organizing

2. Heat 5 quarter dutch oven with 1 Tbsp of oil. Cook shrimp for 2 – 3 minutes but not fully cooked. Remove shrimp from pan to a separate bowl.

partially cooked shrimp | Sabrina's Organizing

3. Add 1/3 cup of oil to 5 quart dutch oven, stir in 1/3 cup of flour, stir roux to smooth and allow to cook until darkened but not burnt. About 8 minutes.

The finished roux | Sabrina's Organizing

4. Stir in onions, pepper, and celery until tender about 4 minutes.

roux with veggies | Sabrina's Organizing

5. Add canned tomatoes, broth, okra, bay leaf, and tsp of creole or more than bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

6. Add cooked ham and shrimp for 5 minutes until heated through. Remove bay leaf and serve warm over rice.

add broth tomatoes ham okra to pot | Sabrina's Organizing

Here’s the printable recipe for you:

Ham and Shrimp Gumbo Recipe

Prep Time 12 minutes

Cooking Time 47 minutes

Total Time 59 minutes

How Many Served 8-12

Serving Size 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks - finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups fish broth or chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp and 1 tsp creole seasonings (if you want it spicier, add more)
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 10 oz frozen thawed chopped okra

Instructions

  1. Clean and dry shrimp well. Toss shrimp with 1 tsp of creole seasoning.
  2. Heat 5 quarter dutch oven with 1 Tbsp of oil. Cook shrimp for 2 - 3 minutes but not fully cooked. Remove shrimp from pan to a separate bowl.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of oil to 5 quart dutch oven, stir in 1/3 cup of flour, stir roux to smooth and allow to cook until darkened but not burnt. About 8 minutes.
  4. Stir in onions, pepper, and celery until tender about 4 minutes.
  5. Add canned tomatoes, broth, okra, bay leaf, and tsp of creole or more than bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Add cooked ham and shrimp for 5 minutes until heated through. Remove bay leaf and serve warm over rice.

And here’s the delicious dish.  If you like it spicier, feel free to add creole seasoning at the end too. =) Enjoy!

By the way, did you know that you can save this recipe on YummlyTM, just click at the bottom where you see the Yummly logo.  If you want more information on Yummly, click here!

ham and shrimp gumbo




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Top Spots to Clean In Your Home To Stay Healthy This Winter

Top Spots to Clean In Your Home To Stay Healthy This Winter

Here’s another series I am starting this year, it’s called “Top Spots”.  The first post in this series will be “Top Spots To Clean To Stay Healthy This Winter”.  Yes, I know, who wants to clean, right?  But it is necessary to really keep your home environment healthy and in turn, keep you healthy. First, let’s talk about what the difference is between, cleaning disinfecting and sanitizing. Did you know there was a difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing? Here is the simple definition of each.

Cleaning doesn’t take away all the germs but it does lower the amount of germs in your home.

Disinfecting uses chemicals to kill germs on items though it doesn’t clean surfaces.

Sanitizing is the process when you clean or disinfect an area to reduce the number of germs on it to a safer level.

Wasn’t that interesting? We will be focusing on cleaning today. So, here we go.

Routine cleaning works best to help you keep germs at bay.  If you don’t have time to clean from top to bottom in your home, focus on these areas.

BATHROOMS
Toilet
Tub
Sink
Floor around the Toilet

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KITCHEN SURFACES
Kitchen counters
Kitchen sink
Cutting boards

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KNOBS AND HANDLES GALORE
Door Knobs
Cabinet knobs
Toothbrush handles
Faucet handles
Oven knobs
Toilet handle

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FABRICS
Sheets / Bedding
Dish towels
Tablecloths
Bath towels / Hand towels / Wash clothes
Throws
Winter gloves
Winter Coats

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SWITCHES AND PULLS
Light switches
Pull strings for fans and ceiling lights

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TECHNOLOGY

“A desk is capable of supporting 10 million bacteria and the average office contains 20,961 germs per square inch, according to research.” 

Laptop keyboard and mouse
Phone display and case
Tablet display and case
Television remote controls and on buttons
Calculator keys
Telephones

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OTHER INFORMATION

Washing your hands often, of course, is crucial to keeping yourself healthy this winter as well.

“Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.”

Did you know there is a Global Handwashing Day?  It’s on October 15, 2016.

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I hope this helped you get your home clean so you can stay healthy this winter.  Let me know if I missed other areas in your home by leaving a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.



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10 Kitchen Organizing Essentials

10 Kitchen Organizing Essentials | Sabrina's Organizing

This is the beginning of a new monthly series called, “Organizing Essentials”. This series will cover different areas of the home and what is needed to keep these areas organized.  The first problem area will be the Kitchen. It is a little longer because there are lots of zones in the kitchen so please stay till the end. 

How does your kitchen look?  Are all the areas organized? Do you feel like you are losing out on the kitchen clutter battle? Here are 10 kitchen organizing essentials that will help with the clutter.

1st Kitchen Organizing Essential: Knives and cooking tools need to have a proper space. Not sure for neatness but for safety.  Knives should never just be left out on counters – never.  Here are some examples of wonderful organizing essentials for knives and cooking tools:

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Kitchen Organizing Essential: Now it’s refrigeration organization.  This helps with daily cooking and using up all the supplies you have without waste.  Here are some refrigerator organizing essentials.


 

 

I use the first bin in my freezer for frozen fruits and vegetables. I also use the next image in the fridge that I use for yogurt and individual hummus containers.

Read more about refrigerator organization here: Refrigerator Organization

 

3rd Kitchen Organizing Essential: Lids organization.  I bet you were thinking I would say Pots and pans.  While pots and pans are important, lids are the ones that tend to clutter the cabinet because without a system for them, they will not stay clutter free. Here are some essentials for your lids:

This lid holder has a cut out for the handles. Great idea. 

This one slides out so you can reach the larger lids in the back.

This one can be hung on the back of the cabinet door. 

 

4th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Storage for bags. We all have storage containers and bags in our kitchen to keep our leftovers in. My most recent post talks about how to make your own DIY Food Storage Bag Holders. Check it out by clicking on the image below.

Pull out drawer with pvc pipes holders in it. No fastening needed if you have bins behind. | Sabrina's Organizing

 

5th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Silverware organization. We all have a silverware drawer.  Some have large drawers, other have small ones.  The image below to the left is for a large drawer and the image to the right is dividers that can be customized for smaller drawers.  I find that it’s easier to fit dividers in smaller drawers when you can add individual divider pieces to the drawer.
     

 

6th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Aluminum can organization We all have some variety of cans in our pantry.  Some store more cans than others.  Many can organizers can only fit in 15 inch deep cabinets.  So, to add cans to upper 12 inch deep cabinets, you will need to use items like tier shelves.

 

7th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Baking pans  To help keep your baking pans at bay, I like these dividers that you can place inside your cabinets.  They are wonderful and help keep my baking supplies upright.  And, when I need, say a cookie sheet, I just need to pull out the cookie sheet and don’t have to worry about the rest. Easy, right?

8th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Junk Drawer Aw, the infamous junk drawer!  This one needs a really good organizer to manage.  I particularly like this one below.  I bought it for my kitchen, then realized there was a lip on the edge so it just didn’t fit in my drawer.  Darn. I ended up getting dollar store wire drawer bins similar to the ones below.


To help you manage your junk drawer, here is my what to Keep in the junk drawer post.

 

9th Kitchen Organizing Essential: spices and herbs Spices and herbs are my favorite.  I think I have almost every one of them.  I like to organize them in a few away.  I have a drawer that holds most frequently used spices and herbs, then I have a cabinet


Here is my post about Organizing Spices and Herbs.  Feel free to check it out.

 

10th Kitchen Organizing Essential: Paper Management Now, the dreaded paper!  We all have an area of the kitchen that holds paper.  It could be a place for bills, or kids activities.  I preferred to make a customized paper sorter.  Here are my posts below. I hope you visit them and leave a comment if you have time.

Creating a Current Week Paper Sorter

Creating a Current Week Paper Sorter

DIY Magnetic Chalkboard Weekly Paper Sorter

Magnetic Caulkboard weekly paper sorter

Organizing Your Paperwork in Your Home!

bag with accordion folder

 

I hope this inspires you to get your kitchen organized.  I know there is a lot of essential tools in the kitchen but it can be organized a bit at a time.  

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Now it is your turn, what is your favorite kitchen organizing tool that you can’t live without? Please leave a comment below. 

Chicken Fideo Soup Recipe

Chicken Fideo Soup Recipe

To continue with my soup recipes, this one is similar to chicken noodle soup but cooked in a slow cooker. It’s easy and everyone, even the kids, loved it. The leeks were used but you can use onion if you prefer. I also tried fennel instead of celery, but if you want to use celery, that works too.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup leeks, sliced
1 fennel bulb, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced make about 1 inch long
1 cup carrots, baby or regular sliced
2 tsp garlic, minced
8 cups chicken broth, make your own or store bought
6 pieces of boneless, skinless, chicken breast, shredded
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 whole bay lea
salt and pepper to taste
1/2-3/4 cup fideo pasta

Instructions:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, fennel and garlic for 6-8 minutes or until tender.

Transfer to slow cooker and add chicken broth, raw chicken thighs, thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper.

Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Then add back into the soup and stir.

Add the fideo pasta and stir.

Cook for 30 minutes on high.

Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs and serve warm.

Chicken Fideo Soup Recipe

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Chicken Fideo Soup

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cooking Time 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time 3 hours, 45 minutes

How Many Served 6-8

Serving Size 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup leeks, sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced make about 1 inch long
  • 1 cup carrots, baby or regular sliced
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth, make your own or store bought
  • 6 pieces of boneless, skinless, chicken breast, shredded
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 whole bay lea
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2-3/4 cup fideo pasta

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, carrots, fennel and garlic for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
  2. Transfer to slow cooker and add chicken broth, raw chicken thighs, thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken and shred with two forks. Then add back into the soup and stir.
  5. Add the fideo pasta and stir.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes on high.
  7. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs and serve warm.

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