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There are two sides to this pancake.

I highly value having an organized spice cabinet.

Your eyes tell you it’s true: she has acquired matching, stackable plastic containers to organize her spices. These are restaurant take out dishes, so either the family has had a lot of coleslaw lately, or she’s got a friend at Terry Lynn’s Delicatessen down the road.  She hasn’t alphabetized them (please, no) but you know she’s about to tell you where to get the best prices on the spices.

I think you must be getting to know me.

Buy spices in bulk if you possibly can. If you live in the city, you can find great prices at Whole Foods. If you live in rural Kansas, drive by Glenn’s Bulk Foods smack dab in the middle of nowhere Reno county.  There you will find bulk spices, health foods and large bags of Lucky Charms marshmallows–all sitting cozily and neighborly next to one another in the two-aisle Mennonite shop.  You can also find good deals on spices in the ethnic food aisle at some big Walmarts.

Despite my love for keeping ducks in a row, I find the random part of the concrete-randomness of me taking over.

 Here is my spice cabinet, today.

And here am I.

And THAT is the part of me that should be doing Latin and working out the equation for photosynthesis, reading “The Red Badge of Courage” and planning how to occupy the four year old during homeschool so that she isn’t trying to jimmy the locks on the stationwagon with bobbypins…again; but instead is writing to fellow consumers of affordable food.

Well, it can’t be all beans and games around here, so I am headed back to studies.

See you soon,

Andrea

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About onlifeandbeans

I like to make the adventure taste good by cooking tasty, wholesome food. Most of what I've learned in cooking, I've picked up from cookbooks and lots of practice. (Thank you, Fannie Farmer, for the right start. ) I so appreciate cookbooks that tell how and why to do something; that's why I do the same for my readers. I want to know what is in my food. I want my family to sit down and share a meal together. I want our food to taste good. Home-cooking takes time, but it gives back rich dividends in budget minding, good health and familial love. One meal at a time.

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