Pots and Pans and Lids, Oh My!

Storing pots and pans and their lids always seems to be an issue. You want to stack them together as it is a hassle to get to when you need the middle one, and you also don’t want to scratch them.

We have compiled some ideas on storing them so they are easy to get at and protects them from damage.

If you are a do it yourselfer, you can even build some of these yourself.

Peg board pot holder

Peg board pot holder for small kitchen without a lot of cabinet space. abeautifulmess.com

 

Adjustable pot stacker

A great adjustable Pot and Lid Stacker

 

Lid hanger

An awesome Lid Hanger

 

Or make your own using a standard towel bar.

DIY Lid Holders

Photo thanks to marthastewart.com

 

Make a pot hanger from a shower curtain rod and some S hooks.

Pot Hanger

 

 

These Slide out pot hangers are great, you can get them from Glideware for $ 175 each

Pot slide out hanger

Or build them yourself with some help from hometalk.com for about $40

 

If you have a whole cabinet to dedicate to your pots and pans these racks from shelvesthatslide.com are awesome.

Pot cabinet rack

 

 

 

Fastest Way to Grill Sweet Corn

corn-on-grill

Now that summer is here, everyone loves getting outdoors and doing some grilling. One of our favorite things to put on the grill is fresh picked sweet corn.

There are of course, many different ways to grill sweet corn, as with any food, every chef has there perfect way of preparing it. Some will season it before placing it on the grill, others will wrap it in foil, while some like to peel the husk and grill the open kernels, (we find this burns the kernels).

We find the easiest way, is placing shuck and all on the grill. Here are great instructions from old world garden farms on the fastest way to grill sweet corn that is perfect every time.

 

 

How to Grill Sweet CornGrilled Corn


INGREDIENTS:
Sweet Corn in Husks
Water for soaking
Butter
Seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, cayenne, etc…)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use fresh picked sweet corn and keep it in the entire husk.
  2. Heat grill or fire to approximately 450°F
  3. While the grill is heating, soak cobs in water for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Once the desired temperature has been reached, remove the corn from water, shake off excess water and place over direct heat on the grill.
    grill sweet corn
    After being grilled, the husks and silk is easily removed and ready to eat!
  5. Grill for approximately 20 minutes, turning frequently to char all sides of the husks.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit until it cools enough to be handled.
  7. Peel husks and add butter and seasonings as desired.

Enjoy!

Thanks to oldworldgardenfarms.com for this great recipe.

Hyde Flat Pry Bar

Hyde Flat Pry Bar

My dad gave me a Hyde flat pry bar about 40 years ago, and it has been in my tool pouch ever since. It has become one of the most used and most versatile tools I own.

The one he gave me was a little worn so I tried to replace it, at that time it was nearly impossible. Then one day I spoke to the right person at my local lumber yard and he finally found where to get them. I bought a dozen of them and gave one to each of my employees, keeping a couple for myself of course.

The tool is very useful anywhere you need to do some prying or scraping. 

The amount of uses for this tool is almost endless.

I use it on everything from:

  • Easily removing molding
  • Separating boards
  • Removing tile
  • Shimming door frames
  • Scraping paint or glue
  • Pulling nails
  • Lift things
  • Holding things in place
  • Prying stuff apart

Flat Pry Bar

I have also used it as a:

  • Screw driver
  • Knife
  • Door stop
  • Wedge
  • Shim
  • Saw to cut holes in sheetrock
  • Scribe a line

 

When you pick one up, I’m sure you will be very happy you discovered this tool. Once you put it in your tool collection and start using it you’ll wish you had it years ago.

 

Organizing Your Kitchen.

Kitchen cabinet organization

When you think of organizing your kitchen, you need to consider where you use certain things, such as what items are used around the sink, what items are used around the stove, and plan to place those items closest to where they will be used.

Once you know what you want to put where, then comes the task of how to organize everything to fit in the cabinets where you want to store these items.

  • Storage by the sink for frequently used items
  • Drawers close to the dishwasher and sink for cutlery
  • Spice storage near the range
  • Adding deep, wide drawers under counters and at lower levels if space allows
  • Dividers and inserts to keep cabinets and drawers organized
  • Using extra space for odd-sized objects such as wine bottles, baking sheets, and cookbooks

Under sink storage

Image Source timewiththea.com

 

Installing roll out racks and drawers will help keep cabinets well organized as you can easily get to the items in the rear of the cabinet without pulling everything apart.

  • Shelving that pulls out to make reaching objects in the back easier
  • Cubes and separators to organize foods, spices, cleaning supplies, and pots and pans
  • Containers for storage of small objects
  • Organizers and baskets made from wire to promote airflow
  • Shelves that attach to or hang over doors to use all available space
  • Height-adjustable shelving for flexibility

Get more info on kitchen storage from architectureartdesigns.com

 

Cabinet Drawer slides

 

Photo source: loraine-breakfastfordinner.blogspot.ca

 

If you are doing a remodel, starting a plan on paper of what you will need as far as cabinets and drawers, and whether slides or hanging racks will work best for your situation.

Simple Cleaning Tips with WD40

Simple Cleaning Tips with WD40

We know that WD40 is great for loosening nuts and bolts, fixing squeaky door hinges, loosen a bicycle chain or keep your tools working properly and many other uses, but did you know it can also do a lot of cleaning tasks also.

Yes, WD40 can clean all kinds of things, See the video below to see what it can clean.
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WD40 has over 2000 uses and counting, Grab a 2 pack today.

15 Unusual Uses for Coffee Filters

Most of us just think of using coffee filters for our morning pot of Joe. There are some other great uses for coffee filters then one would think.

Good quality filters are made from virgin paper so they are free from lint and are great for cleaning any kind of glass, including you TV screen, computer monitor, and reading glasses.
coffee filters

 

Put a filter in the bottom of your flower pot containers, over the drainage holes. This keeps the soil from leaving the container while still allowing water to run through it.

Soak filters in brewed tea or even just plain water and chill. Fold them and use as a cold compress for puffy eyes.

Accordion fold a few coffee filters, cut into strips, and use as shipping material for fragile items.

The unbleached kind makes fun shredding material for hamsters.

A coffee filter is perfect for spreading oil or butter on a cooking pan since a coffee filter’s fibers won’t break off in your oils like a napkin’s would.

 

 

Check out more great uses for coffee filters on the Next Page >>>

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Making Moving Easier!

Moving

Moving to a new location is not always an easy process. But when you decide you will be moving, it is best to get organized and start sorting non-essential items. Think about stuff you have not used in a long time if they are worth spending money to move or store.

Below are some suggestions to make your move go a little smoother, and help you get settle in your new home as quickly as possible.

Make an inventory of belongings.
If you’ve been in one place for a year or longer, you’ve probably accumulated some things that don’t need to make the move with you.

Store, sell, or donate your stuff.
After you’ve created an inventory, it’s time to start making cuts. Box up the items you want but won’t need immediately after your move, (think holiday decorations and photo albums), and put them in storage.

Budget your moving costs.
Don’t leave yourself scrambling for funds to cover last-minute or unforeseen expenses, such as the tip for your movers or additional bubble wrap. Plan ahead by setting aside the funds now.

Start packing nonessentials.
If you’re moving in July, it’s probably safe to pack your down coats in May. The same goes for any other out-of-season clothing or decorations. As you pack, label your boxes either MOVING or STORAGE so that you won’t have to guess later.

Decide which things not to take.
It’s time to take a good, hard look at the foods you have in deep freeze and ask yourself if you’ll use them before the move. Taking an arsenal of frozen food with you may unnecessarily add to your moving costs.

Make notifications and transfers.
Make sure to give your new address to your bank, insurance and utilities companies, children’s schools, the post office, and any other organizations that may send you mail.

Stash your valuables.
For peace of mind, secure irreplaceable items, like your grandmother’s wedding band, in storage or with a loved one.

This list provided by This Old House!

Of course there are other things that will be important to you and your situation. Hope your move goes very smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extra Garage Storage

messy-garage

All the stuff lying around you garage driving you nuts! The sports gear, camping gear, holiday decorations and other seasonal things that are only used occasionally, and are in the way the rest of the time.

Look up, there is plenty of space on the ceiling to install tote hangers, especially above the garage door, that will store all the occasionally used stuff.

Over had Family Handyman, they come up with a plan, where you can mount plastic totes to the ceiling for extra storage.

Overhead storage

What a fantastic idea and simple to build.

If you need more storage than totes or you don’t want to build your own, Click Here for more great products..

Cool Fun for the Kids!

The weather is getting hot. Need a quick cheap way for everyone to stay cool.

Here is a sweet way to make a fun sprinkler for just a few bucks.