The Scary Pantry

November 4, 2008

WOW guys – you all really want some Barney Butter!!! Jennifer says she is working on getting it on the shelves Whole Foods and for all 400+ of you to put in a product request at your local store! Lucky for me Fresh Market, is going to carry it soon!!!! I am going to cut the contest around 9 pm tonight with a comment of my own on the post (so the after dinner crew can get to it!), and I hope to announce winners first thing in the AM.

NOTE: Please only comment once on the “leave a comment” contests just to keep the chances fair. I can tell if you’re cheating!

We’ve got a DREARY day here. Very very blah out there. I headed to the gym around 11 (I tried to use my “this will be a fun break from studying” mentality and it worked out well.) I did 30 minutes on the Stairs, 20 on the Squirrelliptical (see the FAQ #20 if you don’t know what that is) and ended with a round of weight lifting. I consider it a good gym day when I leave both sweaty and tired in the muscles and that’s how I left. Too bad I had to drive there because it’s mildly drizzling out there.

I arrived home around 12:30 to find my all-American husband home from Great Harvest – and the polls!


While I showered, he was nice enough to make us grilled cheeses (on freshly baked Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat bread with a little shredded Mexican cheese in the middle) and leftover soup (pumpkin chili for me – gah I am so sick of it by now! and leftover Pacific Ginger Carrot for him).



I also had a few Kashi cheddar crackers (add about 5 to this that I ate while assembling lunch)


And a yummy bowl of TJ’s greek yogurt with some chopped pear, grapes and POM seeds –



Lunch left me wanting to chew so I made a cuppa tea


Kath’s Pantry

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Challenge, a had a request to see our pantry. I haven’t shown it before because it is extremely unorganized!!! As you all know I am a super neat and organized person but for some reason our pantry is not so. I should have used this photo as an opportunity to straighten it up, but I am hoping at the end of this challenge there will just be less to work with :mrgreen: We also have food in all different locations so here’s the quick recap:

Our official pantry is just inside the garage, which is a pro because we have tons of space and a con because it means we stock up on lots of stuff! Here you’ll find rarely-used snacks and sweets (like popcorn and vitamix) on the top shelf (and an extra jar of Smuckers Natural PB!); baking stuff, flours, sugars, and pasta noodles on the second down; all kinds of canned goods, grains + rice, on the third; crackers, cereal, oats, a giant bag of bread flour, a bunch of shelf-safe soy milk and equipment and paper products on the fourth and bottom.

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Indoors we have what I call the “Grab and Go” area, which includes tons of bars (Kashi, Lara x 2 boxes, Z-bars, Honest Foods bars, some Luna bars) and stuff like trail mix and raisins and other lunch snacks. And lots of tea!


And lastly, we have what I call the “Carb Cabinet.” It’s next to the fridge/stove and is our most use snacks. In here you’ll find nut butters (sometimes up to 3-4 jars open!!), an oat canister, walnuts, Granola Planks, bread, macaroons, craisins and more. And the top shelf is cereal and crackers. This is the area of our pantry that I should NOT go near if I’ve had too much to drink!!


So there you have it. I’ll try to show another photo after the challenge, but I have a feeling we’re barely going to make a dent this month!

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1 kate November 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

you don’t refridgerate your nut butters? aren’t you supposed to? or do you think that’s just an unnecessary precaution?

also, is that a picture of a super fit woman on the inside of your carb cabinet? that’s one way to do it! :) thanks for sharing.


2 Marianne November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Very brave, showing off the pantry…I know my cupboards are a mess!

Woohoo on the pom seeds in the yogurt – always a good combo.

And for the above commenter , Kate – I don’t refridgerate my nut butters either. None of them are in huge jars so they aren’t going to go bad before I use them, plus they are way easier to spread at room temp!


3 Oh She Glows November 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Kath you aren’t the only one who has been meaning to clean out the kitchen pantry! Unfortunately, it is always on the end of my to-do list!

hehe…I noticed the picture of the woman on the inside of the cabinet too…what is it from?


4 Aartee November 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm

YUM! Grilled Cheese….my favorite lunch lately has been hummus, spinach, cucumber, and feta with hot sauce but I keep forgetting to take a picture to send it in!


5 HangryPants November 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Om my goodness! People cheat in the post a comment contests!!!!

I think it’s a great idea to keep food in the garage. Much less mindless snacking I bet!


6 haya November 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm

you’re a squirrel just like me!
in the event of an apocalypse, i will survive for a few extra months.

i’m “taking part” in the grocery challenge – i’ve set $100 for the whole month (since we don’t have thanksgiving in november here in canada) for 1.5 people (one person only here on weekends) and occassional entertaining. I have a feeling that I’ll be able to come in well under that. i planned to spend much less on groceries throughout the winter anyway though with extra freezing/canning/dehydrating of lots of summer produce and i get a lot of free produce from my boyfriend’s parents’ farm.


7 Ozlem November 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Hey Kath,

I could not wait and went ahead and ordered me some Barney butter- still though i hope I win. By the way, can you describe how different that is from the TJ’s almond butter. I never tried WF almond butter although I heard that is also yummy. The others are just way too expensive. Although Barney butter with s+h came expensive too, oh well.



8 amanda November 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I love pom with greek yogurt. Now I have a craving!

I love the carb cabinet. I think every household needs one :)


9 Krista November 4, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for showing off your pantry! It always neat to see how others store their stuff! I enjoyed the “fridge” one you did a while back, too!


10 Moran November 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Thanks for sharing your pantry!


11 VeggieGirl November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Great eats and pantry! :-)


12 Santa Barbara Dreaming November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I loved seeing your pantry! Thanks for letting us all take a peak :)
I love the carb cabinet; that one’s my fave! haha! Can’t wait for the Barney Butter winner announcement


13 Maggie November 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I don’t have a pantry! Just the shelves and cabinets in the kitchen. I can’t wait to move to a house when our lease is up… April, come sooner!

To nut butter commenters – I only refrigerate my nut butters after I open them… Maybe Kath’s nut butters aren’t opened yet.


14 Maggie November 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Whoops I misread – hers are open :) Depends on the butter I guess!


15 Biz November 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Ha – looks like my pantry! Much to my daughters dismay, I don’t keep it neat and tidy like she does!

She routinely says “when I move out, my kitchen it going to be more organized!”

Kath, I’ve said that you remind me a lot of what my daughter is going to be like in 10 years, I am afraid to show her your pantry!


16 Jenny A. November 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I had grilled cheese and chili for lunch, too. Although mine was the heels of the bread (last two pieces that everyone conveniently “forgot” to eat) with muenster, tomato and basil. Yummy. I hope everyone’s having a great election day!!


17 Allison K November 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Organization to me, is having the same types of food on the same shelf. You are ahead of me!


18 Alison November 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm

I was going to comment on open nut butters being refrigerated too. In fact, after reading Dr. Weil’s “Eating Well for Optimal Health” I keep ALL nuts, both in butter form and whole, in the fridge now!


19 Beadie November 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm

I think my readers would run for the hills if I posted pics of my pantry! We have two pantries and both are crazy messes! You are so brave to post yours!


20 Cat November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Who cares if the pantry shelves are super organized when they’re super loaded with fabulous, REAL food! 😀


21 Jennifer November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I HATE putting nut butters in the fridge. They get too hard. And the Barney Butter looks cool, but way too expensive. Ya’ll must have deeper pockets!


22 Rina November 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Hey Kath,
Thanks for showing off your pantry! It’s surprising and kind of funny how..not SUPER neat it looks since you are a very neat person, but it is NO where near messy (atleast in my definition). I think some people would have a heart attack if they saw the pantry at my parent’s house. I once found some 10 year old fruit roll up box i once ate as a kid in there, not to mention, tons of other old, scary things.

I will be sure to request Barney butter at my local fresh market. Oh and I give you my word that I did NOT cheat and comment multiple times. lol.



23 LittleEngine November 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm

it looks like you still have a lot of fun stuff to work with during your challenge!

haha i’m the same way with the “carb cabinet” after a few drinks :)


24 Laura November 4, 2008 at 3:41 pm

i LOVE that no pudge brownie stuff in your pantry. isn’t it weird how i can spot this from a mile away? love the blog! :)


25 rhodeygirl November 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Shame on you! Get that pantry in order!

Kidding, really, but if it ever stresses you out, check out Katie’s other blog ( She has tons of cool organizing and cleaning ideas, many of which you already use in fact.

My pantry cabinets are much smaller so maybe it is easier to manage. I wish there was a way to sell or give away a half opened box of anything so I could just get rid of all the extra stuff.

And I can’t BELIEVE people would cheat my commenting more than once. How rude! :)


26 KatieTX November 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm

Wow that is some serious storage! I spent 50 dollars at the grocery today but I do not keep much because my only pantry is a single cabinet! Thanks for showing us your all your stuff!


27 Laura November 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Is that a picture of a fit model on your cabinet door? what a great idea!!!!!!


28 Sarit November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Hi Kath…
This is my first time leaving a comment on your blog. I absoultley love it and read it daily.
My question is about peanut butter (the hot topic of today it seems…) I recently bought a different brand of natural PB that says it the “no stir” kind, which I prefer… the ingredient list says it has “organic palm kernel oil”. I know the other ones just say peanuts and salt. is this one still a healthy alternative?
I like this one better b/c it I dont have to refrigirate it, but I feel thats because it has the palm oil in it… i


29 GB November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Ha! Is that Kelly Ripa from Shape on your cabinet?! I love her!


30 Megan November 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I love the pantry pictures! I sure would love if my Whole Foods would carry the Barney Butter!


31 coco November 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm

hahaha……now I can see why you went for the challenge, you have so much food in your pantry!!!!!


32 Kath November 4, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Re. Nut butters,
We refrigerate the ones that are just nuts, but these both have palm oil in them so they don’t need to be.

I think Barney Butter’s site has a good explanation of palm oil:

Basically I reason that I eat nut butters, although frequently, in such small portions (it’s not like I eat a cup’s worth) that there’s nothing wrong with a little natural palm oil and cane sugar. I like both plain nut butter and the blended kinds and like to switch it up between them. But even if yours has palm KERNEL oil, I’m guessing if you eat like me that you don’t eat much saturated fat and don’t have high blood pressure or heart disease, so a little won’t hurt.

Re. Fit Woman,
GB got it right!! Actually, I JUST put that up today! Kelly Ripa was in Shape (I believe?) this month and I read the issue at the gym this morning and thought she looked so strong and fit in the magazine that I put her up for inspiration of how I want to look at her age. The clipping under her that you can’t see are two Teddy Grahams peeking from a tree. I put them in to surprise the husband one week and they haven’t come down :)

Ozlem ,
I don’t think I’ve had either TJ”s or WF almond butters. No WF around here :( And I think I only had TJ’s peanut butter and didn’t really like it.



33 zestycook November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm

I love the pantry reveal Kath. Good job… Mine is a mess as well… its all good.



34 halie November 4, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Great example of a healthful pantry! Those pomegranate seeds look brilliant!


35 Cassidy November 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm

You sure have a stock of food! I dont have a pantry just cabinets. All my unopen stock of food is under my bed! (good thing my dog is clueless about it)


36 ModelBehavior November 4, 2008 at 5:28 pm

You know what helps me not spend much at the grocery store? Sharing a teeny tiny kitchen with 3 people, seriously! I have 2 shelves in a cabinet and 2 shelves in the fridge, and that is for myself AND Bret! Since I only shop once a week we have to crap 7 full days worth of food in that tiny space, and we both take lunches to work/class every day. This means we only buy what we need. We spend $25 apiece on grocery’s each week, and that is including EVERYTHING we need since our shelves are totally empty by Sunday! I must say I don’t think the $126 challenge would be all that difficult for me as we often splurge even on a modest $200 per month! It may help that I live in Nebraska though, I think things are cheaper here!

Good luck with the challenge, I look forward to seeing what you come up with!


37 ModelBehavior November 4, 2008 at 5:33 pm

thats “cram 7 days worth of food” not “crap 7 days worth of food”…

that was a very unfortunate typo 😀


38 bee November 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm

^^i think that is my favorite typo i’ve ever read.


39 SmA033 November 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm

i thought you should know kath, that i FINALLY opened up my jar of EarthFare peanut butter after having it sit in my pantry for a month!! (i guess it’s after reading all the comments about nut butters)
it’s sooooo creamy & natural tasting. I was raised on Jif brands of peanut butter & now idk how i ever ate them b/c they’re so SWEET compared to other more natural brands.
p.s. do you refridgerate your Earthfare PB?? it doesn’t say on the jar, but i was just wondering


40 Andrea November 4, 2008 at 6:02 pm

haha love the carb cabinet! i have a carb drawer 😉


41 neimanmarxist steph November 4, 2008 at 6:11 pm

thanks for answering my HFCS question! i feel enlightened!


42 jess November 4, 2008 at 6:14 pm

Excellent pantry!! It makes you seem so much more human that Something is disorganized 😉

If anyone is up to the thanksgiving day challenge it looks like it’s you. Can’t wait to be able to compare the before and after pics!

What is your opinion on doing cardio before weight-lifting? I always assumed that it really didn’t matter; however, recently I became a certified nutrition and wellness consultant and, through the course, we learned that it’s a bit more effective to do cardio After so that you can put the best effort into building muscle…

Personally I think that if you’re doing both at all it’s commendable and the difference it makes is probably pretty negligible; but, if the focus is primarily on creating/maintaining muscle it’s probably worth it to switch up a routine every once in a while.

Well, shpeel done… sorry I’m a bit chatty- too excited because I just got back from Voting!!!


43 Chelsea November 4, 2008 at 6:55 pm

I was wondering when the pom seeds were going to come out. I got some in my veggie/fruit delivery last week but I can’t eat them :(

I actually cleaned out my entire pantry area yesterday and it’s all nice and organized.

I have to say that by seeing your pantry I can see how you can only spend $126 on groceries for the month-that is one WELL stocked pantry!!!

I’m a total food hoarder but it only manifests itself at work where I have an ENTIRE bookshelf of non-perishables!!! I think I could feed the whole office.


44 sallyme November 4, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Decided to remove this because it was quite insulting.


45 Chelsea November 4, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Oh and on the picture of Kelly Ripa. (I’ve got a lot to say today :) ) I think she’s WAY too skinny. I’d be surprised if she weighs more than 100 pounds. I think you should strive to look like YOU when you’re her age just with a few more fine lines :)


46 Jesse November 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Oh man, I’ve kind of totally become a KERF addict. Which has been a great thing!

I’m currently living in Japan (so I don’t know if that boots me out of the contest) but I like looking at your blog at the foods I want to devour when I get back home/not devour and be healthy.

And because of your blog, I’ve only recently started eating oatmeal, also because of your blog. It’s been good, but sometimes difficult because I’m trying to train myself to like it. I know its definitely changed my energy level in the mornings. The bananas are a great touch, as is adding crunchy salty things like almonds. Do you know of any good savory style oatmeal breakfasts?

Anyway, keep up the good work!


47 Kath November 4, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Good point!! I guess my motivation should be that I want to maintain myself exactly how I am :) She is very petite, but I was mostly drooling over her bicep, which was HUGE!



48 Kath November 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm

We do not refrigerate our EF PB. Glad you like it!

jess ,
I personally like to do cardio first so I’m nice and warmed up for lifting. I’m not an exercise physiologist so I don’t know the science or research.

Jesse ,
Check the Tribute To Oatmeal to the right and I have two: an egg one and a prosciutto one.



49 M November 4, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Ugh, I certainly hope you didn’t write that sally. How embarrassing.


50 M November 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm

No one would blame you if you did edit it out, Kath — it’s not just ignorant, it’s offensive. The stink? Did you really just say that?


51 claire November 4, 2008 at 7:18 pm

So, when we lived in Kyrgyzstan, we used that More with Less Cookbook. It’s pretty good.


52 Chelsea November 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Moderate away!!!!GRRRRRRRR


53 BethT November 4, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Interesting, because I’m gagging from the stink of that sh*tty writing.


54 brandi November 4, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Oops! Sorry about posting more than once on the Barney Butter! I kept thinking of different ways that I like to use them, so I kept posting!

Thanks for sharing your pantry – I can’t wait until I have one! Our house is pretty small, so we don’t have a pantry at all yet; just a few cabinets. That DOES help in keeping the spending down, though, as I can only fit so much in our little kitchen :)

I need a WF or TJs! We don’t have any of those here in Blacksburg.


55 RhodeyGirl November 4, 2008 at 7:50 pm

wow. sick.


56 Emily W. November 4, 2008 at 8:00 pm

i really love the suggested “foodie” reads and would love if you kept them coming!!


57 Mariposa November 4, 2008 at 8:05 pm

sheesh, some people are just so ignorant, imagine the voter fraud going on.. nevermind the people who are grossly mis-informed out there!

they need to educate themselves!

anyway enough politics, im more concerned about getting that almond butter.. !!!!


58 allison November 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm

favorite way to eat nut butter?? on a spoon of course!! straight from the jar… yum!


59 faith November 4, 2008 at 8:47 pm

having used every last penny i have to finally make it to chapel hill my pantry is now bare :( feel free to shed whatever leftovers you have this way if you feel overburdened :p


60 Laura E November 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

i love some nut butter on the tip of my finger


61 Blair November 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Your pantry seems pretty organized to me! I love your blog… especially all the great oatmeal ideas, and would love to win some Barney Butter!


62 thepinkpeppercorn November 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm

You’re brave to post your pantry!


63 Laura E November 4, 2008 at 10:51 pm

i’m clearly a first time poster because i entered the contest under the wrong section! But, I do like nut butters straight from the jar


64 bobbi November 4, 2008 at 10:55 pm

love the pics kath, I love organizing out pantry…like you I am an organized freak…lol..but you are brave!


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