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Old 02-14-2014, 09:55 PM   #41
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Oh! Oh! Oh! I have a Brother Label Maker, I could do an inventory on a board and use the labels for things I always have on hand and just scribble in how much I have. It would be neat and easy to read. I could hang it on the inside of the pantry door.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:42 PM   #42
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Oh! Oh! Oh! I have a Brother Label Maker, I could do an inventory on a board and use the labels for things I always have on hand and just scribble in how much I have. It would be neat and easy to read. I could hang it on the inside of the pantry door.
I label my cupboards so I know where the stuff is...when I run out, I either refill my stash or peel off the label...btw, I made Valentine's Day dinner without having to go to the store for anything. The DH brought the tomatoes and fresh blackberries, which I worked into the menu, but didn't really need. I emailed him a choice of 4 shrimp dishes for which I had all the ingredients in the house/freezer/pantry/fridge. He picked the Indian Spiced Shrimp. I haven't stepped foot in the grocery store for over 2 weeks. I picked the recipe for the dessert based on what I had on hand for the frosting.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:01 AM   #43
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I'm just lazy and want an easy way to track what I do have...
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:52 AM   #44
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Inventories: We had a huge chest freezer and grew most of our own meat and veggies a long while back. Of course chest freezers are the worst for ever finding things again. This might be amended to work in a small house freezer.

So I made a board labeled with names of items and with the heads of nails sticking out. Then I had small washers (for one item) and larger washers connotating a group of five (like five separate pounds of hamburger.)

Put one package of pork chops in---- put one small washer on that nail.
Put 5 packages of pork chops in---- put one large washer on.

Oh--- and you also have to remember to remove the washers. Which may not work if some DH's or DT's (Dear Teenager) forget to do either one.

O.k.,---- so fuhgeddaboudit.
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Cave, I love your idea for freezer inventory.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:21 PM   #46
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Cave, I love your idea for freezer inventory.
I did too and it really worked.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:56 AM   #47
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Does anyone have anny suggesstions about what kind of coffee to serve after a meal? I am hosting a dinner party and decided to do a four course meal consisting of paprika bruschetta starters, coconut, tomato and red pepper soup, some kind of chicken in a creamy sauce and a lemony tart for afters.

Some of my guests are real coffee enthusiasts and I want to be able to offer a really nice blend for after the meal. I know nothing about coffee and don't know if certain blends go with certains meals in the same way wine does. There is a Lavazza store near me, which offers the following choices - Coffee blends: espresso blends for coffee at home - Lavazza but I don't know which oens to go for. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Old 02-25-2014, 08:45 AM   #48
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I would go for a nice dark roast for after dinner. The darker roasts have all the flavor without too much caffiene.
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Some of my guests are real coffee enthusiasts and I want to be able to offer a really nice blend for after the meal.]
My suggestion is to remember to also have a decaf coffee to offer those who won't drink caffeine in the P.M.
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oooh, good ideas. I hadn't even thought about decaf (this is exactly why I need help when it comes to coffee). I have had a few calls for dark roast as they seem teh most flavoursome, so I will go for that!

Thanks for teh advice guys. Really much appreciated!
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