Over the last few months, I’ve shared various parts of my house on the blog as I settle into the new place. One thing I haven’t shown is my kitchen pantry and for good reason. I’ve been quite embarrassed by it.

The pantry is on the small side, slightly wider than the width of a standard interior house door and less than two feet deep. As someone who cooks and bakes as much as I do, I have a lot of kitchen supplies that really do not fit into the space well. We’re talking 20lb bags of flour and sugar and chocolate chips in bulk from Costco. As a result, my kitchen pantry is completely stuffed to the brim. A few friends actually saw it during our first house party and they were teasing me about how full it was, so I’ve been careful not to open it in front of company ever since.

This month, OXO and The Container store are doing a POPtober challenge. I was lucky enough to be one of the bloggers chosen to participate. We were provided with some OXO product and asked to show how we can re-organize our kitchen pantry, cabinet or counter with the tools given. Two of the participating bloggers will be chosen for the grand prize: up to $650 of their “wish list” of OXO Storage & Organization tools and a $350 elfa gift card for The Container Store. I really, really hope I win because I know there is so much more I can do with the OXO organization tools and an elfa Shelving system to make my kitchen even better.

There is also an OXO Facebook giveaway which you can enter for a chance to win: a prize pack worth $500, including their choice of OXO Storage & Organization tools (up to $250), as well as a $250 elfa gift card.

So, now for what I’ve been dreading to show. My “before” shot of my kitchen pantry. (Hopefully you’re not viewing this on a super large monitor.) Here goes:

This, actually, is more organized than after the first house party. I tried to do some cleaning-up after that viewing, but it’s still pretty crowded, with many items piled on top of each other.

I have an obsession with hotels and airplane food. I do a lot of research before our trips and take a lot of photos of everything. I haven’t really had time to share all of those photos, but I’m going to attempt sharing them more regularly.

During our visit to London in the spring, we stayed at Hoxton Hotel.

It’s a hip hotel with a popular downstairs bar. When we first arrived, the lobby area was so busy, I thought I was at the wrong building.

Once we checked in, our room was pleasant. The space is minimal, but that’s how most hotels are in Europe. It had everything we needed though: a bed, tv, fridge, desk, coffee and tea set.

Everyday, our fridge was filled with two bottles of complimentary water and a bottle of milk, which was really helpful. Normally, I drink coffee in the morning, but since we were in London, I drank tea with milk every morning.


I recently made these adorable mini cucumber sandwiches with my sandwich cutters. I had bought these bread cutters a long time ago on Ebay, one of those moments where I buy something I’m convinced I’ll have a ton of use for, and then don’t use it.

I’m happy I bought them though because these bite-sized sandwiches are so cute. I made a bunch for my house party and have made several other versions since. I fell in love with cucumber sandwiches during my trip to London and they were fun to recreate, though I’m still looking for the mayo spread recipe that tastes exactly like the ones I had in London.

For the bread, I used King’s Hawaiian sliced bread, which is now available at supermarkets.