How many of you have kept your New Year’s Resolutions…..
…..for this week?
For the first 48 hours?
Or are you like me and you are still waiting to start?
Remember the big cooking resolution?
Remember those big bold words about not having a macaroni and cheese kitchen and starting to cook all the time and not ordering gas station pizza and trying out for the Food Network star…..and you were all so supportive and wonderful and sent me all these amazing recipes?
Even my husband remembered. You see….he reads my blog and Friday he patted my hand so sweetly and asked me how my macaroni and cheese kitchen was doing.
I think he was hopeful…..that patient, kind, incredibly sweet husband of mine…..who has eaten pancakes that resembled play dough and burnt vegetables and chicken that tasted like rubber tires and more “surprise” dishes than I can even count.
And so maybe to inspire me…..maybe because I need a little help…..maybe because he is just generally wonderful…..
….he built a spice rack for me this weekend.
It’s really tall and really big.
I think it can fit more than 75 spices.
I think he read that post and he had really high hopes that we would need a lot of spices in 2013.
Or maybe he just subscribes to the Kevin Costner theory of “if you build it…..they will come.”
But right now…..we are starting small.
7 spices to be exact.
Cinnamon, Mustard, Oregano, Chili Powder, Paprika.….and I’m counting Salt and Pepper.
And I bought a few extra empty bottles for inspiration.
For all the recipes to come.
For all those recipes that require spices that I’m going to make in that formerly macaroni and cheese kitchen.
So just in case your New Year’s Resolution is to build a spice rack or if you have dozens of spices that need a home…..here’s the cliff notes on the project:
1″ x 3″ board (approximately 22 ft.)
1″ x 2″ board (approximately 7 ft.)
decorative trim (approximately 7 ft)
Step 1: Start with the blank side of a cabinet
This photo is the butler’s pantry with the empty side of the cabinet showing.
Step 2: Frame out side of cabinet with 1″ x 3″
We built a basic frame with the 1″x 3″ and nailed it to the side of the cabinet.
Step 3: Add shelving
Each shelf was a basic 1″x 3″ supported by a 1″x 2″ to hold it in place.
Each piece was cut to 15″.
The supports were nailed directly into the back of the cabinet and then the shelves were nailed into the supports.
Step 4: Add decorative molding
To keep the spices in place….a piece of decorative molding was nailed to the front of the shelf.
It was nailed 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the shelf.
And sat down to a dinner of soup and grilled cheese and cut vegetables and chips.
But tonight…..I’m making this for dinner.
And thanks to Kristen…..I’m adding onion powder and garlic powder to the spice rack.