A Very Baking Birthday

There are many things in this world that I love, besides the obvious (family, friends, warm chocolate chip cookies), I also love baking and organization.  When the two can be combined, it’s like a little slice of heaven,  My birthday is this month, so several weeks ago my family started asking me what I may like for a birthday gift, to which I replied, anything related to baking.  I specifically asked for large glass containers to hold the baking essentials (i.e. flour and sugar).  I was pretty tired of leveling my flour with a knife and having the flour spill all over my counter in the process.  My family and Boyfriend’s family went above and beyond to cover my baking needs…

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I could not wait to fill up my glass jars and bake something, anything, in that baby pink kitchen aid.  First things first, I needed a place to put all of my fun, new baking items. Our kitchen is out of storage space, so I wandered over to Goodwill to look at used furniture and see if I could find an inexpensive shelving unit to fix up and use for my new supplies.  I had been looking to fill a gap in our dining room anyway and what better way to use the space than with baking accoutrements and cookbooks.  At Goodwill, I found a virtually brand new wooden stand-alone shelving unit that folds up for storage convenience and was on sale for $20.  Sold!  After hauling it to my car and up the stairs to my apartment (I had forgotten how heavy actual wood is after buying plywood-based bookcases the last several years from Walmart) I couldn’t wait to start organizing!  I filled up my jars, washed my mixing bowls, collected all my errant cookbooks, and set it all up.

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I had seen an episode of DC Cupcakes where the owners were working on a large cupcake flamingo project in the space they own to put together large projects.  In the episode, the camera scans over to shelves covered in glass jars filled with various colored sprinkles, pink decorations, glitter sugar, etc.  I fell in love with the aesthetic and attempted to imitate it on a much, much smaller scale in my own dining room.

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Every time I walk by my newly organized baking area I smile, and immediately want to bake something new!  In these smaller glass jars I put, from left to right, back to front: white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, mint and dark chocolate chips, coconut, edible white pearls, chocolate sprinkles, colored sprinkles, and toasted almond chips.

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