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Organizing the Kitchen and a Book Giveaway

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Organization in a small house isn’t a resolution, but more of a way of life. I try to spend at least 10-15 minutes each day organizing some part of the house, but main areas such as the kitchen need a good reorganizing at least a couple of times a year.

Last year, when Brette Sember’s book, “The Organized Kitchen” came out, I got it and thought it was a great resource for anyone needing a little organizational help.

If your New Year resolution is to organize your home, particularly your kitchen, you’ll want this book, and Brette has generously offered to give one copy away to one of our lucky Living Large community.

Entering is simple. Just make a comment on this post before noon US CDT on Monday, January 14. Please make sure you check in on the post on Tuesday, January 15 to see if you won. If you want automatic notice of posts, go to the bottom right and click on “Entries RSS” and sign up for RSS Feed. If I announce that I drew your name, you must email me at fivecoat@ozarkmountains.com by noon CDT Wednesday, January 16 with your snail mail address to claim your book. Sorry, international readers, this one is open to U.S. residents only.

Tell us why you would like to have this book!

Christmas and Cookies Go Together

Today, we have a guest post from Brette Sember, author of the new book, Cookie: A Love Story: Fun Facts, Delicious Stories, Fascinating History, Tasty Recipes, and More. Brette also authored “The Organized Kitchen” and “The Muffin Tin Cookbook,” both excellent kitchen books for small house lovers. She has an excellent gift guide on her website, http://PuttingItAllontheTable.com pairing all of her books with other great gift ideas for the holidays.

For lots of people, it’s not Christmas without cookies. Our kids leave cookies out for Santa, we spend weeks baking and decorating our cookies, and there’s always a cookie plate at any party. The gingerbread man has become synonymous with Christmas. But how did cookies come to be such an important symbol of Christmas?


Virtual Organizing Party in the Kitchen

Put on your party hats and toot that party horn, our virtual organization party is on!

As promised, I’m starting organizing in the kitchen of Our Little House and there is a cool giveaway, so keep reading.

It can seem a little overwhelming, even in a small kitchen, when looking at all of the cabinets and trying to decide how to best organize.

For the kitchen, I have four goals:


Exploring old Tastes that are New Again

Photo courtesy of Brette Sember, No Pot Cooking


I wrote last week about getting my husband to try Beer Butt chicken, although I know he is not a roasted chicken fan.

This is actually the third thing in as many months Dale said he didn’t like that he ended up liking.

I think this is the beginning of a wave of things I might get him to try and I have the Cookbook Goddess Brette Sember to thank.

Her book, “The Parchment Paper Cookbook” (some recipes from the book are now available on Kindle for .99!) opened up this world of new tastes for Dale. Her recipe in the book on Brussels sprouts, which she blogged about on No Pot Cooking, was what got him hooked.

When I read the first line of her blog, “I’m married to a man who doesn’t much like Brussels sprouts…” and it ended up that her husband liked this recipe, I knew I had to give it a whirl.


Muffin Tin Cooking Makes Meals Fun

Today, I’m pleased to have Brette Sember, author of the newly released The Muffin Tin Cookbook, as well as The Parchment Paper Cookbook and The Organized Kitchen.  All of Brette’s books are fantastic and make great additions to small house kitchens, but today, she’s going to tell us what makes muffin tins great and why they’re for more than just muffins. She also gives away a couple of recipes. Read to the end, you have a chance to win one of these books!


Your muffin tins can do much more than just cupcakes and muffins! This versatile pan can be used to make entrees, appetizers, breakfasts, sides, breads, desserts, and much more. Forget big casserole dishes or baking pans – you can do it all in your muffin tin. If you’re living in a small space, you’ll find that you can make many dishes with just a six-cup muffin pan which is easy to store and doesn’t take up a lot of room in your cupboard.


The Parchment Paper Cookbook Giveway

Today, Living Large community, we’re beginning a series of Friday book giveaways, just in time for the holidays. We’re beginning with one of the best, “The Parchment Paper Cookbook,” by Brette Sember.

I did an interview with Brette this week about her work and her book: