About a month ago my husband became terrified of opening our kitchen cabinets. It wasn't the stereotypical "men are scared of anything in the kitchen" kind of fear. Far from it actually. What he was afraid of was that upon opening any given door in the kitchen he would be belted on the head with tupperware, spatulas, cups and any of the other denizens of items that sat perilously atop stacks of other items in our kitchen cabinets. After a week or so of this a thought finally entered my thick skull, five and a half years of cooking in the same kitchen, collecting gadgets, utensils, baking dishes and pans had filled my kitchen to it's unorganized brim. It needed an overhaul and badly.
It started as a Wednesday morning project and I figured on it taking all day. If I had only known, I probably would have just bought my husband a helmet and let it be. I began emptying the contents of the first cabinet, that took an hour. In that one cabinet I had our everyday plates, melamine, outdoor plates, salad plates, stacks of trays and serving platters, cereal bowls, soup bowls, salad bowls, dessert bowls, ramekins, salt and pepper shakers, a handful of gadgets and most curious of all five deviled egg trays. How one accrues FIVE deviled egg trays (especially if one has never used any of the deviled trays even once) is beyond me. I knew immediately that I needed to box some of these items up and that I did and it took the entire day. In total it took me over a week to complete this process on the entire kitchen. I found things I didn't remember owning, I found hand-me-downs from friends and relatives that I never wanted, I found duplicate wedding gifts that we never dealt with at the time. There were lids to Cool Whip containers that had long since been thrown out and funny, silvery doo dads whose purpose of use is lost to time. In the drawers I found enough corn-on-the-cob holders to keep the hands of all of Iowa's citizens free of buttery drippage, not to mention a number of soy sauce packets and chopsticks that would enable PF Changs to cancel their order for the next year.
I ended up throwing away 2 garbage bags worth of items, putting away one moving box worth of things to donate and packing another 2 boxes away for future use. If that didn't tell me something then my husband's obvious proclamation that I am a pack-rat did. I realized that just because someone give me some "I never use it anymore, here you take it" kind of thing, I don't have to keep it or use it or even accept it. I came to understand that if I only use a gadget or special pan or tin a couple times a year, it needs packed away. I also realized I also came to the conclusion that I can never enter a Williams and Sonoma again.
Super sweet,simple and delicious
Brown Sugar Pie
3 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
Mix all ingredients together, beating well. Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then lower the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.