Welcome to our kitchen!!
I often get questions about our set-up and how we go about keeping our little men safe while living in a blended household. Blended, you ask? I always describe our kitchen as blended because although my youngest can’t have peanuts and dairy (amongst other things), his big brother can. So we don’t have a completely allergy-free kitchen, just allergy-friendly. This is only manageable due to organization and a well-respected system.
So come on in and take a look around…
I absolutely love our kitchen. When we built our home a little over two years ago, I insisted that we upgrade to the “gourmet” option. I really wanted to have the double ovens and gas range top. And with food allergic kiddos, the double ovens have come in handy more than once. There are nights when I act as a short order chef and having the ability to cook two different items at two different temperatures is a huge win in my book.
I almost always start my day with coffee or tea. Who doesn’t?!?!?! Right around the corner is my coffee bar. It’s my happy place. We mostly use k-cups, but from time to time I use the espresso maker to steam some milk for a spiced chai. Either way, it’s my life-line and fuel for the day.
My Kitchen Must-Haves…
- Breville Bread Machine. This bread machine is AH-MAZING! It is a specialty bread machine that can make gluten-free bread, pizza dough and all sorts of other goodness. I make bread on a weekly basis and I love all of its special features. This is the number one item that I recommend to families with multiple food allergies. Everyone needs to be able to have some “safe” bread. You can read more about my bread machine, here. You can also purchase this bread machine, Breville Custom Loaf Bread Maker, on Amazon.
- Cookie Jar. I love this cookie jar that I purchased at Target. I always make sure that it’s filled with “safe” cookies for my little men. Every child should have a sweet treat every now and again.
- Spice Rack. My father-in-love is an incredible carpenter and made me this beautiful spice rack. I love the jared spices. He was sure to make it wide enough so I could pack it full with the jars. And, of course, they are alphabetized because there is no other way to display spices.
- Pantry. Although I wish I had a larger pantry (who doesn’t), I’ve learned to organize it well. With my little mens’ food allergies, I went for a color coordinated system. All of the pink chevron bins are “safe” for everyone. The blue chevron bins are safe for my oldest and everything else is organized by item. Of course, things like peanut butter are on the tippy top shelf, shoved to the very back, and can only be reached by an adult. It’s the system that we began using when we moved in and it’s worked great for us. I also label each package with green “safe” or red “not safe” stickers. This helps babysitters to quickly identify which items my youngest can safely eat and it acts as a reminder that I already read the label and approved it.
Other Kitchen Favorites…
- Hanging Chandeliers. I’ve had my eye on these bad boys since before we moved in. They are the Pottery Barn Clarissa Glass Drop Small Round Chandelier. My wonderful hubby got them for me for Christmas in 2013. We stayed up all night getting them hung. Yes, we had to hang each crystal, one at a time.
- Trash Can. This trash can is a blessing for any food allergy family. It is motion sensitive. With just a wave of my hand above the lid it opens. We’ve named him R2-D2. I love him because this way my little men never have to touch the trash can to throw things away. Trash cans are always filthy and potential allergens could be lurking. I purchased ours at Costco. However, this one, EKO Stainless Steel Motion Sensor Trash Can, is very similar.
- Flowers. I love fresh-cut, brightly colored flowers. It is definitely one of my love languages and one that the Hubster has learned to surprise me with on a fairly regular basis. It’s the first thing that I see when I walk in my back door and no matter what’s gone on during the day, one look at those beauties and all is well with the world.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a tour through my kitchen. Of course there is lots more that I could share, but I hope this has given you a little glimpse into the daily happenings in our kitchen. What do you have in your kitchen that you absolutely love or can’t live without?
Some of my gluten-free, and on occasion allergy-friendly, blogger friends have been sharing their kitchens, too. Feel free to click the links below to check-out their setup.
Rolling Out The Dough
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