Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kitchen Tip Tuesday- Breakfast and Snack station

One of my favorite kitchen organizing ideas is a snack station. Ours is really a breakfast/lunch/snack station, since I keep the cereal, oatmeal, and some nutrition bars there too.

There's a section for oatmeal packets, instant breakfast powder, dry cereals, and fiberone and soyjoy bars. There's nutragrain bars and ClifBars in the baskets, along with trail mixes, cocoa mixes, and freeze-dried fruits. I have a section for Everett's baby food- the jars of foods he's already tried go in the snack station. There is a small basket for the "stick drinks" that mix into water, and a few super-fast lunch options (ramen noodles, soup, and meal bars).

If you look closely, there's a clementine box on the top shelf- that's where the "sick kit" is. Our sick kit has all of the cold-related meds, cough drops, a couple cans of chicken soup (because sometimes Mom gets sick too!), and a thermometer.

The one thing that makes me happiest is the fact that the whole set up cost under $25! I bought the shelves at Walmart- right now they are $12.44. The under-shelf baskets were under $3 apiece, and the baskets were all from the dollar store.

Everything in the snack station except for the cereals and baby foods was FREE after coupons, ECBs, and/or RRs.

This also doubles as a part of our emergency kit- If we had to evacuate, everything is in one place for me to grab and go. Power outage emergencies are taken care of, too, since there's plenty of foods that don't require cooking.

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