Tools I Use

Good morning, everyone! Well, noon, actually! I've been busy this morning and just now getting around to adding this entry. I made bacon and eggs this morning to serve with the muffins left over from yesterday, and it hit me ... I need to tell you about some very cool cookware I recently added to my kitchen arsenal. =)

Stainless Steel Hammered Karhai Woks! I found them at World Market the other day. My mind went wild with a flurry of ideas as to how to use them, so I just had to get one in all three sizes. They are very affordable:
9.75" is $12.99
7.5"   is $5.99
5.25" is $3.99

Not only can you cook on the stove with them, but you can bake in them as well as serve in them! They are beautiful and functional. I like them so much I am going back to buy another small one and another medium one so I can bake individual servings in them! I like the look of them so much that I decided to hang them on the wall rather than store them away in a cabinet!

Here's an image I grabbed straight from the World market website ...
Here are mine ...

Here's a link:  Karhai Woks


When you go in just about any store looking for canisters you generally find them in sets of four - An extra large one for flour, a large one for sugar, a medium sized one for coffee, and a small one for tea. What's up with that? Seems like they are right out of the 1950s when everyone "enjoyed" a danish, a cup of coffee, and a cigarette for dessert! Well, times have definitely changed, Aunt Mabel! 
So, one evening Conrad and I went on a search mission ... To find a set of canisters that would allow for Paleo ingredients to be displayed beautifully on the countertops in our otherwise "vanilla" kitchen. We went to Kohl's, Walmart, Target, the Dollar Store, Tuesday Morning, Bed Bath and Beyond ... Nothing. We went to SteinMart, Ross, and Marshall's ... Nothing. The last possible solution in our town was Michael's. A long shot, I know, but it was WELL worth the effort. BINGO! Square glass canisters in several heights!! Pretty much exactly what I was wanting. They even stack!
So, I did some figuring in my head and decided I could make do with 5 large, 5 medium and 5 small canisters. Well, I miscalculated, but no worries - I went back and got some more! So now I have most of the ingredients I use all the time nice and neatly displayed on my countertop. They are colorful and are constant reminders that we are eating much healthier than ever before. (I'm not saying we were ever really bad about eating junk food because we almost never go to fast food restaurants, but I was guilty of eating foods that didn't agree with my system.)
Here is a photo of our canister wall" as it is currently. 
Large canisters contain:
Unbleached Flour (Not sure why ... I sure don't use it!)
Ground Coconut
Almond Meal
Raw Almonds

Medium canisters contain:
Flax Seed Meal
Coconut Flour
Macadamia Nuts

Small canisters contain:
Sugar (I swear it's for making hummingbird nectar!!)
Splenda (Conrad uses it on grapefruit)
Palm Sugar
Shredded Coconut
Dried Blueberries
Cried Cranberries
Dried Apricots
Dried Golden Raisins

I am very happy with how these turned out and have had several compliments about them when friends come over. I am considering placing all of the small canisters on a shelf above the large and medium ones. I've even bought the wood to make the shelf, but I still need to go get paint. 
One thing that's for certain ... Making a grocery list sure is a lot simpler!