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Pimp your jar (+ FREEBIE)

A few weeks ago, I decided that the unorganized state of our kitchen needed immediate action. “It won’t take long,” I told my boyfriend as I rolled up my sleeves and emptied the shelves from all the many jars filled with spices and herbs. Most of them didn’t have any labels. “Now, that won’t do,” I thought, got some paper and sat down on the floor with a pen, ready to make some pretty labels. “Why wouldn’t you design the labels digitally and then just print them out?” my boyfriend asked. “You could even add a nice pattern for the background,” he added. “Okay,” I said. “Let’s go all the way, then!”

Without a clear plan, I started playing with some simple geometric shapes and bright candy colours. After some experimenting, the trial-and-error-approach gave some rather nice results. Obviously, the efficient “this won’t take long” reorganizing project got a bit out of hand, but my inner Martha Stewart really loved the process! Last week I finally had the time to paste the labels on the jars. I’m quite glad with the end result – not only are our kitchen shelves cleaner, but they are also a lot more playful now!

And guess what: you can join the jar decoration movement right now! What a better way to celebrate the end of 2016 than reorganizing the kitchen shelves, eh? To pimp your jars, simply click to my FREEBIES-page, print out the designs and glue them on your jars.

Merry printing & happy New Year!

The makeover of a yogurt bucket

For years, yogurt has been an important part of my breakfasts, and after having been introduced to the Turkish cuisine and their yogurt based sauces, I’ve started eating it next to dinners as well. I’m not only a lover of yogurt, but I am also a bit of a snob; although I wouldn’t refuse any yogurt, I know what I like: half litre jars of skim natural yogurt that is so thick it could stand on its head! (My favourite brand is Konings BioGarde – I get the same kind of kicks from digging my spoon into it as some others get from cracking the surface of créme brûlée.)

DIY yogurt

Luckily, I’m not alone with this fetish. My boyfriend loves yogurt as well, and although he is not as obsessive about it as I am, he is quite an expert, too. He prefers the creamier kind, the real Turkish yogurt, which we sometimes buy from the local Turkish market. They sell it in 1 litre buckets, and by time we have gotten ourselves a nice collection of empty buckets. Now, that kind of buckets can come in very handy, especially if you live in an old house in a tiny room without much storing space and plenty of snacking opportunities for mice. We store our pastas, breads, nuts and lentils inside the empty buckets, keeping all the food away from any unwanted peeping guests. One day, I looked at our kitchen counter and got an idea: if we were to keep the buckets piled up in there, then at least I could make them look a bit nicer.

So, that was my little project yesterday:

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Our pasta box shall be next in the DIY line!