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How to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin – Experts Weigh In

The air is still warm with what feels like a late summer breeze, but according to the calendar and our coffee cups – pumpkin-spiced everything! – the fall season is here. When you’re ready to pick out a pumpkin, whether for decorating or baking, we’ve got some great information from experts to share with you this week! Two California-based farms were kind of enough to provide their advice for today’s blog post.

“Picking the perfect pumpkin isn’t about looks as much as it is about freshness.  Pumpkins have a very long shelf life, so you have no idea how long a pumpkin has been in a big box store when you get it home to carve or decorate. For pie pumpkins and regular pumpkins, you can judge freshness by how firm the flesh is.  The more “give” the pumpkin has, the older it is. For a very fresh pumpkin, try to go to a local farmer or pumpkin patch, pick it from the field, and find whichever one is visually appealing to you!” – Justin Bloss of Vierra Farms / Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, West Sacramento, CA

“Select winter squash that are hard and heavy for their size – avoid cracked shells or those with decayed areas. Hard-shelled squash can be stored at room temperature for 2 months, and in a cool, dry place for 3-6 months. Squash that is already cut should be wrapped in plastic and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Cooked and mashed squash can be frozen and stored for up to 6 months.” – Cindy Groverman of Petaluma Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma, CA

If you’re in Northern California, make sure to visit Dave’s Pumpkin Patch and Petaluma Pumpkin Patch to check out their beautiful fields and wonderful selection of very fresh pumpkins!

We’d love to see the squash that you choose for your homes this fall. Please upload your photos to social media and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. Happy pumpkin picking! pumpkins2

Refrigerator and Freezer Organization: Tips and a Tour [Video]

Welcome, again, to my tiny kitchen! In the latest installment of videos, I show you how I organize my refrigerator and freezer.

Also, in case you want one for yourself, here’s a link to the ice tray I gushed about in the freezer video. It’s so amazing!

How do you organize your fridge and freezer? Please let me know in the comments below!

Organizing a Tiny Apartment Kitchen: Spice Rack That’s Perfect for Petites [Video]

Welcome to my tiny kitchen! There are nice things to be said about having a small kitchen, such as only having to walk 1 or 2 steps from any point of the work triangle. I rarely splash water out of a pot when carrying it from sink to stove. (Win!)kitchen1There are also some potential issues with a small kitchen. For instance, mine has no drawers.

No drawers?!Good grief, where do all the utensils go?

While troubling at first, I’ve found that having a small space can be functional (and cute, if I may be so bold) with a little creativity and a lot of hooks and containers.

With my small stature (<5’ tall), I can easily reach the bottom row of the upper cabinets and the cabinets under the sink. However, if I want anything else from the cabinets in this kitchen, the step stool saves the day, as well as ONE OF MY FAVORITE ORGANIZING PRODUCTS OF ALL TIME:Rubbermaid’s spice rack.
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so that I can reach things! (Watch my related vlog to see the pull-down action.) This product could also be great for corralling vitamins, small paint bottles or medicine.

Kitchen2Isn’t it neat?! And, yes, the spices are in alphabetical order. It wasn’t always like that. It only took me one bleary-eyed morning of sprinkling cumin into my oatmeal rather than cinnamon to incite me to put these jars of magic -or in the case of my oatmeal that day, mayhem- into alphabetical order.

One issue: my spice jars are not as deep as the container space in the rack, so sometimes the jars would get jumbled and look like this hot mess:

Kitchen4OK, it’s not that bad, but it still frustrated me. So, I put a bumper behind the jars in the rack. As a result, the jars no longer shift around and look disorganized—hooray! You can see how I did this by watching the related vlog:

Where to buy? I suggest trying Rubbermaid’s website, AmazonLowesTarget, or  Walmart. Container Store also sells a similar product.

I would love to hear about your favorite organizing products (spice-related or not), so please leave a comment below.

PS – shout out to my big brother; he gave me this spice rack! xoxo, Bri