new pantry rules

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A quick refresher: the town we are moving to has no stoplights, gas stations, or stores of any kind! So once we move this summer, quick trips to the store aren’t going be so quick anymore. Now we’re only looking at about 20 minutes to the store so nothing TOO crazy but I am actually super excited at the prospect! To ease myself into this new life since so much will be changing so quickly, I have been focusing on a few changes right now and most of those are taking place in the pantry!

Instead of finding a recipe, sourcing the ingredients and cooking it, I am finding recipes based on what I already have. This means that my pantry has to be ramped up big time. When I go to the store I buy an extra one or two of the ingredients I know we use a lot. The week when I don’t have to go to the store at all is a win in my book!Bread Making + Storage I know I am going to have to be a lot more organized and intentional when I do go to the grocery store and a big hurdle for me is being able to SEE my food. What is getting low, what needs to be refilled.  I teamed up with Rubbermaid® and BRILLIANCE™ Pantry line to get this done and seriously swoon at their crystal-clear containers. Bread Making + Storage Another element to eliminating some trips to the store is identifying the food that we go through quickly and coming with a plan on how to store enough of it to last. Milk and bread are big ones for my family, so for milk I started buying extra gallons to freeze! Bread also freezes really well, but in addition I made it a goal to make bread for my family each week.Bread Making + Storage We have a breadmaker so I really can’t claim to really even be “making” as I just toss ingredients (I’ll put our favorite whole wheat recipe below!) in and it mixes it and produces a beautiful loaf every single time. The first pantry items I switched to the BRILLIANCE line were all my bread making ingredients. It is SO much less mess than the bags they all come in and since they stack beautifully I can get everything I need out in one handful.Bread Making + Storage The containers are air-tight so ingredients like brown sugar (which I swear I have had to throw out every bag I ever bought because it got so hard) lasts me exponentially longer. And I don’t have to worry about it tipping spilling with the locking top. Add stain-resistant, microwaveable (it has built in vents!) and dishwasher safe to the list of reasons to love it! I went to buy myself a few more sets after this post and looked at the aisle of options. BRILLIANCE really is one of kind and look so high quality and luxe in comparison to the rest of the aisle. I know you all share my love of aesthetic and I think it makes such a difference.I am still learning and I am sure will have a sharp learning curve once I actually move, but so far I feel good about the changes! Are any of you outside of city limits or have successfully detached yourself from weekly shopping trips? I would LOVE and and all tips! Don’t make me beg. 😉Bread Making + Storage

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Put these ingredients in this order!

2 C. Water

1/3 C. Honey

2 tsp. of kosher salt

4.5 C. Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 T. Active Yeast (you don’t want this to touch liquid)

Then you just set the machine to BASIC 3 hr. 45 minutes and let it do its thing!









  1. Emily:
    on January 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm said:

    So cute! I live in NYC so definitely not in the boonies, and we do have Google Express for Costco non perishables BUT going to the store (with the best prices) is a bit of a trek. I go once a week, after I drop the big kids at school, get everything I need, and then what we have is what we have, no going back for extras. I’m so excited for your move and new adventure!

    • Small Fry:
      on January 22, 2018 at 10:21 am said:

      I love that! Even surrounded by convenience you stick to your guns. Very Inspiring!

  2. Paula:
    on January 22, 2018 at 8:37 am said:

    On Sunday I make a list of what meals I’m going to make that week. I go through my pantry to see what items I already have. Then I make a list of what I need. I freeze my meat by the pound/amount needed per meal.I also have a few extra packages of meat just in case I don’t make it to the store. I have frozen fruit and veggies in the freezer that I can pull out whenever. I only buy enough fresh produce for the week so I don’t have to throw anything out. My pantry is always filled with the stuff my family eats a lot: pasta, marinara sauce, rice, cereal, oatmeal, snacks, cake mixes( I have a baking addiction) stuff I can throw a last minute meal together with. Planning ahead helps a ton.

    • Small Fry:
      on January 22, 2018 at 10:21 am said:

      you’re a rockstar! These are all awesome tips. I love the idea to freeze the meat portioned out. So smart!!

  3. Rachel:
    on January 22, 2018 at 9:34 am said:

    Don’t throw away your brown sugar! Next time it gets hard, put a slice of bread in the container with it. It will be perfectly soft again the next day.

    • Small Fry:
      on January 22, 2018 at 10:21 am said:

      NO way!! I didn’t know you could revive it with the bread!

  4. Christine:
    on January 22, 2018 at 1:18 pm said:

    What is a FS1 offer? Coupon challenged.

  5. Robin:
    on January 24, 2018 at 12:34 pm said:

    I am coupon challenged as well and would love to know what an FSI offer is and how to use it to save $3! I bought these containers several months ago and I LOVE them! They are perfect for leftovers…love the locking lid.. and how they don’t stain. They’re beautiful and now I want more to use in my pantry…genius!

    • Small Fry:
      on January 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm said:

      So you actually need the Ibotta app and then you can claim it! Thanks!!

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