An Honest Peek into My Pantry & Fridge (*gulp*)

by Mama Chocolate on August 8, 2012

After seeing some of the other bloggers’ posts in this carnival and how bashful they were about sharing their “messy” fridges and pantries, I decided I could be an encouragement to them by showing how bad it actually can get.

Trisha at Mom Dot started us off by “showing her underwear” with this carnival topic:

Share your fridge and pantry…AS IS.


No straightening or hiding before the photo shoot. Do you know how hard this is for me?!

I’ve shown you my un-prepared fridge before, so that part won’t be too shocking…

It’s actually a little tidier this time. Plus there is homemade blueberry pie in there, and that covers a multitude of sins.

The biggest thing that screams out at me looking at that picture:


Ugh. This thing is decades old and falling apart, quite literally.

Here’s where it gets really grim:

And that’s after I pulled out a bunch of miscellaneous, expired gunk just a week or two ago. Somehow I can’t seem to keep this cupboard area organized. Someday, I will find a method that works, (Pinterest shall not fail me!)

*note that Mama’s secret stash of Nutella is set up well out of reach and sight of small children. I don’t share.

This is our bigger “pantry” area, a big shelf thing that John built for me, containing what most of you would keep in a garage, which we are sadly without:

Check out the jars of home-canned beef stew…one of my favorite pre-baby projects! We have around 50 quarts of it this year, and it’s going to come in super handy along with all my freezer meals this fall as I spend less time in the kitchen and more time snuggling a tiny person.

Now it’s your turn!

Head on over to Mom Dot and join in this fun carnival!



{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara Phillips August 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

OOH! Can I come have some watermelon with you?! ;)
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Mama Chocolate August 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Sure! I have another whole watermelon sitting on my counter ready to chill in the fridge once we’ve finished that one in there! :-)


Lynsey @MoscatoMom August 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I have no idea how I have lasted this long and never tasted Nutella… its like the MomDot Heroin or something LOL
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Mama Chocolate August 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Oh my word, YES. If I had known you’d never tasted it, I would have bought you a jar and brought it to Brandcation, LOL!


Lynsey @MoscatoMom August 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Are you KIDDING?!?! I bought a BOX of peanut butter Clif bars yesterday…. A BOX…. I blame you LOL
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Mama Chocolate August 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Bahaha! They’re a little healthier than Nutella, at least, LOL


Lynsey @MoscatoMom August 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Thank goodness… because I think I am addicted.
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maryann at Matthew's Puzzle August 9, 2012 at 4:04 am

Wow Lynsey, that is amazing. Don’t start because it is crazy addicting! Step away from the Nutella.
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Andrea August 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’m lucky – my kids won’t touch Nutella. How nice of your husband to build some shelving for you. That canned stew looks so good!
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Jessica August 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

BOY that makes me feel better! Thanks! =) (Mind if I show my husband so he’ll see that I’m not the only one who doesn’t keep everything company-ready at every moment? LOL)


Mama Chocolate August 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Feel free! I’m going to be showing my husband some of the other fridges linked up on this carnival so he realizes that mine isn’t SO far from “normal.” LOL!
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Bev P August 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm

An easy temporary fix to the pantry would be to put a full front to back shelf in each cupboard and then get rubbermaid type tubs/bins for each shelf. Then you can get to the back of the cupboard by simply pulling out the bin, and when you open the doors it looks all neat cause you can only see the bins. Label the fronts to keep it organized. This has worked really well for me! It also helps keep odd shaped stuff and things in bags like pasta, beans, and bulk bin goodies contained. My categories include baking (sugars, sprinkles, coconut, etc) pasta, lunch items etc. It sure made it easier to move my pantry twice in 2 months too!


Mama Chocolate August 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm

That’s a great idea. I think we’ll have to kind of rebuild some of the shelves in there to manage it, but I think I really need something like that…it’s just a big cavernous hole in there right now. :-P


Rachel August 9, 2012 at 2:23 am

This is a great idea! I could use it for my own messy pantry. We really only have one shelf of food on our pantry though :)
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Colleen August 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

My daughter LOVES Nutella. I don’t think you could see it in our pic because it was in the corner. I think smaller pantries are harder to keep organized.
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maryann at Matthew's Puzzle August 9, 2012 at 4:03 am

Oh, I like to can stuff too, but I don’t keep anything in the garage. I guess I didn’t grow up with a garage so I never think to store food stuff or anything out there.
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Whitney Jordan August 9, 2012 at 6:37 am

The first two things I noticed in your fridge was the watermelon and pie. And now I would like both, please and thank you. ;)
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trisha August 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

Um yes on the nutella! i like how you have that away from the kids.
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Karen August 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

And I was just thinking that your fridge is so big and how I really wish I had a big fridge like that.
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Mandi August 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

I totally want to get a bunch of bins and baskets and organize for you!
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Tammy August 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love watermelon. I like the canned beef stew, too.
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Anne - Mommy Has to Work August 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

What’s in all those jars in the gargae? Looks interesting!
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Beeb Ashcroft August 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

I love the photo with the heart around the Nutella! I am so bad with that stuff, if I have it around, I just eat the whole jar – LOL. Anyway, I don’t think your cupboards look bad! I guess it’s one of those things, we always judge our own areas more harshly. I think everyone else in the link-up have great kitchens while mine looks like a hot mess, LOL.
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Lorri S August 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Pie, watermelon and soup—yum!
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Rachel August 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’ve never had Nutella either.

But I’ll come over for blueberry pie.
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Mellisa August 10, 2012 at 6:35 am

I would love to learn how to can. I’m just afraid I would do something wrong and poison us all.
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Debbie August 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Looks like you’re well stocked up!!
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katherine August 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

My husband would totally steal that watermellon!
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Anne August 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I love Nutella too, and we go through a jar that size in about 2 weeks!
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Terri Moore August 18, 2012 at 4:00 am

“pinterest shall not fail me”…. I can relate to that so much. I have said to my husband numerous times, don’t worry dear, I have pinned something that will take care of that….. as soon as I get around to it…lol .thanks for being brave and sharing with us.


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