An Organized Baking Pantry…

May 23, 2013
One of my blogger friends, Janet has blown my mind this time, with her new baking pantry. I love Janet’s kitchen, her style, and I’m especially envious of her talented baking skills.  I don’t read too many blogs, but I have been a fan of Janet’s blog for about 2 years now.  I have learned so much from her and that’s what I look for when I’m going to spend quality time reading other blogs.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting The Army Mom, (here) it is.  I have to warn you, Janet is hazardous to your wallet. You will want to buy all of the cute things she has in her home!  She has great style.


Here is the evolution of her BAKING PANTRY.
*In Janet’s own words…


Just to remind you of where we began… It was called, a catch-all!



Sure, I needed a place to park my tote bag collection but…


My over-flowing baking supply drawers won over tote bag parking!



Seriously… I needed saving!



So thanks to my darling husband…



A pantry dedicated solely to my baking and cookie decorating supplies was born!



With hardly a labor pain between us!



Last night, after I stocked the shelves and went to bed, this
is what my amazing new baking pantry looked like. However…


pantry1 copy


Today it got even better after the new doors were installed!


pantry2 copy


I love them! And, I’m so happy I over-bought on the knobs and bin pulls at Pottery Barn when we remodeled the kitchen the second time,
because I had exactly what I needed for the new pantry and coat closet!



Spacious, organized and concealed… Everything a girl wants in a pantry!


So what does a girl do to thank the man with the vision and ability to build it?

She cooks one of his favorite meals!



Pork roast cooked low and slow…



In one of my LeCreuset dutch ovens, of course!



And, in the beautiful new KitchenAid gas range I still cannot believe I won at last year’s Mixed Con!



Needless to say…



He was as happy with dinner as I am with my new baking pantry!



Before I close I have to tell you about a little bonus I discovered while
unpacking the storage bench… You see that little California license plate?


An Organized Baking Pantry


I found it in this box of love-letters we exchanged just after we met. We met on a
Thursday night in Kansas. We had our first date the following evening and by very
early Saturday morning, my family was on its way to Monterey, California! After he
phoned, (four days later) to ask if I would be his wife, we began corresponding via
letters. This lasted almost exactly three months until we eloped to Reno to marry!



No internet, no cell phones. Only expensive long distance calls and lots of
letter writing… Gosh! I haven’t looked through this box in a million years…



As I began digging through the box, I discovered lots of long-forgotten treasures…



Like this one that my mom brought back to me after my beloved
Oma passed away in 1990. It’s the last letter I wrote to her, which
arrived only two days before she died. Mom found it on the table in
her apartment. Mom also brought back this comb, compact and pill
box set I sent my Oma for Christmas just a few short weeks before…



I also found the booklet for the first television we purchased together,
along with one of my high school graduation announcements, the receipt
for my senior prom dress and, this funny saved from my 1986 calendar!



Here’s the birth certificate for my 1983 cabbage patch doll and, the
prescription for my first pair of glasses when I was twelve years old!



Written by an Army doctor in Frankfurt Germany,
which is the map on the back of the prescription!



Here is one of my early class (charting) assignments from dental assisting school!



Great letters. Great memories!



All discovered again because he decided to build me a baking pantry! ~ Janet


7 comments on “An Organized Baking Pantry…

  1. Janet says:

    Toni, you are the sweetest friend, ever! Thank you for featuring my baking panty here at A Bowl Full of Lemons! If I could, I’ve give you a big squeeze! xo

    • Kuentz says:

      Dear Janet,
      I just read this amazing post and couldn’t but admire (ok, and envy) your amazing baking pantry.
      I’m French, living in the Paris area. You can’t imagine my surprise when I found out that you were cooking in Le Creuset casseroles! They’re my favorite! My mum had her first one in 1960 when my elder brother was born and she still has it! I didn’t know they were sold in the USA. But there’s something else that made me jump on my iPad to white to you: Le Creuset is a French brand, not Dutch, founded by 2 Belgians in north east of France in the 1925s but, still, one of the jewels of the French kitchenware!!!!! Chauvinistic? Me?
      Well, anyway, congratulations for your organization and your cooking skills.
      Best regards form this side of the ocean,

  2. I love the board of holes (no idea the proper name!!!) to hang hooks from for all the little bits and bobs – fab idea!!

  3. Lesa says:

    Great Post, and can’t help but envy the wonderful cabinets…..what a great husband and wife team. NOW, SOOOOO hoping you will share the delicious looking recipe….please. makes my mouth water. Thanks. Lesa

  4. Molissa Allen says:

    I love this post! I’m an avid baker and am in process of getting my baking from home business going again. I moved after I first started it then got pregnant and had to have a “real job”. I’m unemployed again and need some kind of income while looking so here we go again. I have about as much stuff as you do! I don’t have a niche I can make into a closet like you do, but if I did, I would do that! I do have a pantry just for baking, but it’s not nearly as roomy. I love the last part about the things you found when you started dating. It made you fall in love with him all over again didn’t it?

  5. I’m sooo jealous of your pantry. I wish I had space

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