Saturday, January 14, 2012

Organizing Gluten-Free Flours and Other Goals

January is a time when many people think about their goals for the year. I have a couple of books I want to read on health and of course I want to get more sleep and exercise. And I'm always looking for more ways to organize myself. I figured out a way to store my frequently used gluten-free flours and sugars in my Lazy Susan that really works for me. Remember that flour that won't be used up for a while should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.

I bought some stackable rectangular storage containers (4 half size and 3 full size) and labeled them. They make 2 1/2 stacks side by side. I can stack as many as 4 small or 2 large or a combination. By leaving an empty spot that would fit one more large container, I can easily move the containers around and grab what I need without juggling an armful or having to bring them up to the counter.  It reminds me of a plastic game that was hand held with a 4 x 4 grid I had as a kid. It had 15 flat, interlocking pieces with one missing in the corner. You had to slide the pieces left, right, up or down to unscramble the picture.

Another area I am working on is creating colorful cookies and cakes with more natural colors. Food art (including cake decorating) has always been one of my favorite hobbies. It's fun for kids, too. As I became interested in providing more natural food for my family, I stopped making some of those things. There are many vibrant colors in natural foods. I have yet to try natural food color. This year I'll have to.

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