Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pantry Cleanout Leads to Creative Lemonade Cookies

My husband was home due to snow yesterday and we started a project we have talked about since we moved in 8 years ago.  The Pantry cabinets were installed right up against the wall a few inches away from a doorway.  When the pantry door is opened it is stopped from opening all the way by the door trim.  All that was necessary in the original installation was a 3/4" filler piece!!!!

We have been just living with it this way because in order to change it we had to remove all the floor and ceiling trim around the pantry and the fridge, above the fridge and slide everything over 3/4"!!!  And the reason why it was really worth doing is that the pantry is quite deep (as deep as the fridge) , we do not have tons of storage, and need to use the space wisely.  We could not put slide out shelves in the pantry to allow easy access to the storage space, so stuff just gets jumbled back there. That explains the  5 open containers of flour!!!

The cabinets are all moved over.  Husband is getting slides today hopefully.  Then at the end of the fridge there is a smidge of space that we are going to build another cabinet in....I will update the posts as we go.

trying to figure out if we need 2 mandolin slicers??!  ok probably not....  but one is really great quality, and compact so great for storage.  The other is nice because it has a little foot stand to hold it up off of the cutting board (that does fold down), rather than trying to get it to stay on the bowl, but no compact storage for the blandes and holder, also this one has great little guides on the holder to keep it 'on track' as you slice closer to the mandolin.....decisions, decisions...

Today, with the contents of the pantry spread about the kitchen, I was inspired.  I made some Lemon sugar cookies.  I had some leftover Lemon Drink mix.....
They look great!  The flavor is a bit intense I used 1 1/4 Cups of lemonade powdered mix, so I am altering the recipe slightly to adjust

Lemonade Sugar Cookies

3C flour
1 tpn baking soda
1 tspn baking powder
1 C shortening ( I would use butter if i had it--but again this was an exercise in using stuff up- so butter will taste yummier ;)
1/2 C lemonade mix
1 C white sugar
1 egg

its super dry here so i added about 5 tspn of water, one at a time until it made a nice ball when squished together. then i flattened and cooked at 375 F for about 5-6 min.

Love to hear what you think of them if you try!

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