I wasn't going to show you inside my home. No offense, but it feels a bit creepy and revealing. Hundreds of strange people (I mean, ahem, lovely blog readers) seeing my everyday space? Hmmm.
But, I can only ignore so many requests, so today begins a new mini-special-edition series, my less serious home. Posts where I cringe slightly and show you inside my home, while attempting to relate it to healthy living.
I thought about cleaning up first, but I didn't want to. You understand.
Today, the kitchen.
Figure 1 Kitchen View #1. Let's get you oriented - I'm taking the shot from the entry to the dining room, to the left is a door to the car port, to the right is the breakfast bar (or beer bar, depending on the hour) and the living room, and the window overlooks the back yard.
Figure 2 Kitchen View #2. Here I'm standing behind the bar, you can see the car port entryway next to the fridge and the large, luxurious pantry to the left (next to the dog/microwave area and the cookbook rack). That is my cereal bowl and my blog notebook, for you really nosy people.
Now let's get really invasive and show you some close-ups.
Figure 3 Non-Refrigerated Food Area. To the far end of the bar is the 'non-refrigerated food area'. Today this includes some of our healthy staples, a pile of bananas (14 to be exact), sweet potatoes, avocados, and an onion. A foil covered pan of happiness (i.e., whole wheat banana bread snack cake), resting on the side. Keeping these foods easily accessible and visible facilitates their quick consumption (a power cord wrapped around knives is safe, right?).
Figure 4 The Pantry. I know, I know - you want to see closer - but this, my friends, is all you get. You would think a family of 6 lived in this house, but in fact it is just two people who eat a lot and like to be well stocked.
(From top to bottom): top shelf: baking supplies (flours and mixes) and protein powder, 2nd shelf: more baking supplies and lesser-used condiments; 3rd shelf: bottled sauces, canned beans, and pasta/rice/quinoa/couscous; 4th shelf: cereal-mania (this is two boxes-deep), vinegars, oils, herbs, and spices; 5th shelf: dried fruit, popcorn, peanut butter, PB2, nuts; bottom shelf: dog treats, lunch boxes, extra paper towels, and more cereal, obviously.
Figure 5 Medicine/Coffee/Honey Cabinet. What? You don't have a medicine/coffee/honey cabinet? For some reason this makes perfect sense to me. Located to the left of the sink, I open this cabinet multiple times every day.
Top shelf: everyday medicines/supplements; middle shelf: coffee filters; bottom shelf: coffee, coffee grinder, honey, and agave nectar.
Figure 6 The Refrigerator.
Top shelf: pudding, eggs, almond butter; 2nd shelf: Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, leftovers; 3rd shelf: almond milk (that is 6 cartons) and beer; both crispers and deli bin: overflowing produce
Now, I hope you are all satisfied (but, not too satisfied because I have many more rooms to show you...).