What is it about spring that makes one want to clean and organize their house?
Well whatever the answer is, it has gotten us. We noticed our closet was a huge mess and that got us on a kick of organizing everything in our small apartment on our only day off. From the closet, to under the bed, floors, fridge, and finally, the pantry. We are probably the only kids our age who have an extensively stocked pantry. With the small amount of space that we have, it is always a tricky task to keep everything nice and organized, while not running out of space. We solved most of that using quart containers labeled with tape. It’s quite a good system for someone who can’t necessarily afford to buy those cute jar storage containers for all their dry goods. Plus I think Dave especially likes it because it makes him feel like he’s in a professional kitchen, even at home.
One thing I’ve noticed about our pantry is that we always have a ton of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc. that we’ve purchased for a particular recipe, used the amount called for, and have this little handful left that is just not quite enough for any recipe. Anyone else have this problem? Sure, you can always throw it in some oatmeal (I always have a ton of oatmeal on hand)… But what about throwing all those things together to make something delicious?! The solution is cookies.
Start with an oatmeal cookie base, add in all the little leftover things in your pantry, and end up with some real tasty cookie bars. Ours today had some coconut, pecans, almonds, dried cherries, and mini chocolate chips. But who has the energy to go through and roll all the dough into cookies after a long day of cleaning? Not us. So I decided to press them into a brownie pan and bake them off that way. Use this basic recipe and come up with your own creations!
Happy spring cleaning!