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Thursday, January 6, 2022


It's time to take a peek into my kitchen
 to see what's doing for January. I'm in Florida.

Spices, Shelf, Jar, Kitchen, Cooking

I'm joining Sherry's IMK (In My Kitchen) "blog share" for the month of January. IMK, as the name implies, is an opportunity for bloggers to give readers a peek into what's going on in their kitchens. 

Storage Bins for a Small Refrigerator
My refrigerator in my Florida kitchen is small (22 Cu/ft) and is a side by side. I have difficulty fitting everything into it. 
I bought little bins to hold my fruit and it seems to help. Those two bins take up an entire shelf in the refrigerator.

Dried Olives From Turkey
Next, we are enjoying these dehydrated dried black olives. They are extremely tasty and come from Turkey. 

Organic Non GMO Popcorn Kernels
I do like to eat popcorn but the small microwave packets contain a chemical that releases with the steam that is bad for the lungs. I buy these popcorn kernels at Whole Foods- I pop the corn in the microwave in a bowl. They are organic and Non-Gmo and pop easily.

Higher Protein Chickpea Pasta 
I bought a box of pasta made from chickpeas at Costco.
 It contained 5 packages of 8 ounce pasta. I made a pasta and mushroom stir fry this week.

Food For Traveling - Rice and Bean Pouches 
I store two microwaveable packages in my pantry for a just in case meal. If I need to be out for the day or even travel, I need to bring food with me since I am not only vegan- I am also gluten-free. It's really difficult for me to find healthy food that meets my criteria when I'm traveling. These packages do not require refrigeration and can be heated in the microwave in minutes for a filling satisfying tasty meal. Both have no oil added. Black beans and rice anyone?

My Birthday Flowers
My husband got me flowers for my birthday at the end of December, which are still hanging around my kitchen! 
My favorite color is pink and especially mixed with white baby's breath. This combination seems soothing and pretty to me. 


  1. Firstly, belated birthday blessings! I also pop corn in the microwave in a bowl. It is the best snack for me and so easy to do.

  2. The flower looks really beautiful. I like the combo of pink and white too. Happy belated Birthday, Judee.

  3. We’ve cut back on oil consumption. We are eating similarly now. The black beans are our favourite beans. We had them with a rice medley this week which included wild rice. We are going to try buckwheat this week too.

  4. Thanks for sharing your Florida kitchen! It looks like you're making the most of the space. Also, happy belated birthday. Your flowers are beautiful, and I agree that they look soothing. Interesting that we're both Capricorns! :)

  5. Those bins come out so handy in storing food items in refrigerator.
    By the way, happy belated birthday!

  6. Your flowers do look good, I think pink and white are very nice together.

    All the best Jan

  7. Happy Belated Birthday Judee!

    I didn't know that about microwave popcorn packets. Glad I don't use them anymore! Even though my fridge is big I've been thinking about getting some of those bins to hold small items etc. Your flowers are very pretty!

  8. The ready-to-eat pouches would have really been welcomed by all the people who got caught in snow-induced traffic jams last week! They sat in their cold cars for as much as 30 hours. I'm sure they would have been delighted to eat the contents without heating it.

    Happy New Year and Happy Birthday... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  9. Happy New Year and belated Happy Birthday Judee. Thank you for the warm wishes on my blog, always appreciated. And as someone who likes popping her own popcorn, liking seeing others make it the way i do - without a microwave.

  10. Beautiful flowers! And a nice idea for a post.

  11. What a fun post! I LOVE looking into other people's kitchens. There are some interesting things here, but what intrigued me the most were the dried olives. I have never heard of dried olives before. I need to investigate.

    Belated happy birthday.

  12. I'd love to try pasta made from chickpeas. How interesting!

    Happy Tuesday, Judee!

  13. Great stuff in your kitchen. Those flowers are SO pretty!

  14. What beautiful birthday flowers! I'm with you Judee, I love the pink with baby's breath combo. I am so intrigued by the dried olives, that sounds so delicious. My daughter is such an olive fan, I'll have to find some!

  15. I love the flowers, Judee, so pretty. Enjoy your time and escape in Florida!

  16. happy birthday for last month. such gorgeous flowers from your hubby. sorry about January's IMK. i really needed a break! feeling more lively these days after my ribs are finally getting better 5 months down the track. those olives look so tasty!

  17. Thought I commented on this, but apparently not. Anyway, great stuff in your kitchen. Those flowers are beautiful! Happy Birthday!

  18. Beautiful flowers! Looks great. Happy Belated birthday.


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