It has come to my attention

…That I might have a few too many boxes of cereal in my pantry.

Kitchen Pantry

Definitely too many spices.

Kitchen Pantry

A mild obsession with vanilla.

Kitchen Pantry

An extreme obsession with measuring spoons. They’re never usually this organized. I didn’t mean to straighten them. It just started happening. I can’t help myself.

Kitchen Pantry

More chocolate than one person should have so easily accessible. Including bars from Godiva, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Hershey’s, Cadbury, and Scharffen Berger. Godiva’s my personal favorite. I don’t recommend the Cadbury. Even though I’m a huge fan of the eggs.

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And peanut butter that’s taking over and multiplying in the pantry. Including a homemade peanut butter I purchased at the farmer’s market, which tastes more like caramel. It’s perfect for dipping apples. And white chocolate pretzel peanut butter from Spread. Which I don’t recommend you purchase unless you want to eat the entire jar in one sitting.

I think I need a bigger pantry.

At least I know what to do with those last two: 46 Chocolate and Peanut Butter Desserts

P.S. Did you know there are some Photoshop actions out there that will replicate Instagram filters? Fun. I used them on some of these photos.

Instagram Photoshop Actions

P.P.S. Here’s how I did the “tilt-shift” blur in Photoshop. It’s one of my favorite features of Instagram! (Tip: Do this on your photos after you’ve already resized them for web)

Faux Tilt-Shift Photoshop Tutorial

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 1, 2011 at 2:44 am

I love this post, Amanda!

I love the shots of your cupboard. At least I am not alone with my PB situation. I have AT LEAST 20 jars but really, probably more. I don’t exactly count :)

And your vanilla extracts..I’d like to raid those!

And your measuring spoons…so cute!

And finally, I was going to ask, how did she do the borders around her pics and the actions…and then you posted them. Sigh. I use Lightroom3 and not Photoshop BUT just the other day I found (for a small purchase$) some LR3 presets to mimic instagram. <—and I love your pics on there too :)


Allison Troyer August 1, 2011 at 2:49 am

I’m a personal believer that you can NEVER have too many measuring spoons and cups!!


Fonyl August 1, 2011 at 3:15 am

I really like those photos. Especially the measuring spoons. The measuring spoons is my favorite.


Angela August 1, 2011 at 3:24 am

Cadbury in the US is very different to Cadbury in Australia, New Zealand or the UK. If you’re ever over here you should try it locally made. It’s creamy and delicious. My all time fav’s are Caramello Koalas….


Michelle August 1, 2011 at 5:44 am

My 9 year old daughter was freaking out yesterday morning because we only had 1 kind of cereal. “That never happens” she said. I dream of a bigger pantry . sigh .


Nicola August 1, 2011 at 6:01 am


You really have never tried Cadbury’s unless you’ve tried proper UK Cadbury’s chocolate. It’s absolutely delicious. So delicious in fact that we just shipped to the US 250 bars of Dairy Milk to my friends in LA who got married last month for their wedding favours! They paid $60 just for the shipping it’s THAT good!!

Weirdly we’re British and hate Hersheys. :) It’s just not real chocolate… but Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? I could eat them until my stomach burst!!



AmyBeth August 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

Oh Amanda, never too many kinds of chocolate or types of spices. Love the measuring spoons – I have bunches, too. Lots of dupes in your cereal – I just pour it into storage containers by type. BTW, I just did an inventory and I have almost 200 cookie cutters. Can you say OBSESSION? My baking stuff rivals my scrapbooking stuff – can never have too much!


Barb August 1, 2011 at 6:43 am

Thanks, Amanda, for the PS action- it will be fun to use!


Becky M August 1, 2011 at 7:02 am

LOL, how are you not a thousand lbs! :) love all those spoons!


Julie @SavvyEats August 1, 2011 at 7:31 am

My husband used to keep 15+ boxes of cereal in the pantry, but I think now he’s down to a “mere” 6 ;)


Julie August 1, 2011 at 7:49 am

Hi Amanda,
I totally agree with the previous comment about Australian Cadbury’s chocolate…it’s to die for. My daughter lives in the US and one of the things she loves and misses most is our Aussie Cadbury’s chocolate. There actually is a shop in San Antonio TX we’ve been to, run by Aussies and they sell lots of different Australian confectionary including Cadbury’s chocolate. If you’ve tried the real thing I think you’d love it too. :)


Pam P August 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

Your blog is so much fun to read. Thank you for the good reading along with my morning coffee.


Life with Kaishon August 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

Ha Ha Ha HA!


lesli August 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

I have a lot of cereal too! My husband complains about it (he doesn’t eat cereal!). I love peanut butter & so does my Pug. And finally, you have the most adorable measuring spoons!


Katie August 1, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh my gosh, what I wouldn’t do for that peanut butter and nutella stockpile!


Noelle Reese August 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

LOL I love all of your posts, but this one really made me snort. When my girls are off to college, the first thing I will do is make all the drawers neat, and throw out all the half eaten boxes of stuff that takes over my pantry LOL


Lori August 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

You appear to be a cereal lover like me! Sadly I do not have a pantry, so all the ugly boxes sit on top of my fridge–I hate it but I also have no cupboard room for them. My only child at home leaves next year, so the boxes will eventually be gone and it will be the end of an era. Sigh. I try to keep that in mind when the box clutter starts to drive me crazy.


Ann August 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

Loved the tutorial and the instagram actions. Having a Droid I was feeling very left out of the whole instagram movement.


Michelle August 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

I’d like to live in your pantry. It’ll help you clean up that mess pronto, I promise! :)


ron August 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

What a mess,although I can give you a run for your money on the cereal(I’m a cereal killer too) and the spices.And I’m a little bit jealous of all that vanilla.WOW!


Sara j August 1, 2011 at 11:59 am

Okay Amanda, I so love your post! I wish I had that kind cereal selection! I only have rice chex and raisin bran crunch. Have you ever tried mixing a sugar cereal with a healthy one? I’ve heard it is easier to eat the healthy one;).
AND, I totally wish I had that PB selection. Where did you find the Reeces PB? I HAVE to have it! I love PB and homemade jam on homemade bread:)
Good luck with your organizing! Oh and what are your favorite spices you use and which ones do use all the time???


Haley August 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

You can never have too many spices! I wish I had more myself! In fact anyone who like to bake can probably relate to this post. I had to pair down when I moved to my tiny studio apartment in SF, but that’s because kitchens are tiny in studios!

Looks like to can combine a couple of those boxes of cereal though. I am willing to help you organize for a plane ticket and some extra spices to take home!


Elizabeth Rhyneer August 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

You should empty out your cabinets and especially the drawers of most everything.
Stick to one cereal, two peanut butters and only one of each measuring spoons and cups. There is someone out there that can use all the extra. It works…

Now the chocolate, I would keep it all.


Susan August 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

my dad would stock up on peanut butter (and many other things too) ‘because you can never have to many’ for all his grandkids. he passed away a year and a half ago and my mom figured she had enough toilet paper to last her a year – the peanut butter was close behind.


Katie August 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Yay! I don’t have an iPhone and I’m always jealous of my friends’ instagram photos. Now I can cheat and do mine through photoshop :) Thanks!

p.s. I thought I was obsessed with cereal but clearly you have me beat!


Erin @ Brownie Bites August 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

As someone whose biggest weakness is dry cereal, I can say with certainty that there would NEVER be so many uneaten boxes in my pantry! Same goes for the peanut butter.. oh my heart!


Nicole August 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm

A woman after my own HEART <3…your kitchen looks quite similar to mine!! ;)


Rachael Schepemaker August 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Hello! I have a quick question about the instagram actions. I just tried to load them to PSE 7 and didn’t have success. Do you know if they are compatible with PSE?


Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) August 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Personally I think we’re keeping ourselves safe by keeping a stocked supply of peanut butter. If I ever get stuck at home and cannot leave the house, all of my jars of peanut butter would last me weeks!!


aimee August 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I’ve been looking for those exact actions. Thanks Amanda!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

You can NEVER have too many spices or chocolate! :-)


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm

wow i wish i had your pantry!!! yum!


Krista August 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for the Actions! Can’t wait to try them out =)


Lena August 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I *am* getting a bigger pantry and a bigger kitchen! We are in the process of building our “dream” home! We need to pick out flooring and countertops. And should be moving in late September if things go as predicted.
Right now it seems I have about 0 sq ft for pantry in our small manu-home with 6 people in it. I can’t wait til my NEW pantry is stocked with that many cereal boxes. My kids would be delighted!


Brooke August 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I have too many spices too. The funny thing about reading this post is that you have more cereal/spices/vanilla options than my local supermarket! They recently changed to be more “modern” and decreased their range. So I’m not kidding when I say that.


Melissa August 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Here’s my deal with the cereal…why can’t they make small sample sawed boxes so I can try it? That’s why I have so much cereal. I buy one I know I like and one to try, and usually don’t like the new one but I hate throw out a whole box of cereal. Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Truthfully, is there anything better than a fresh bowl of cereal from a new box? Yum!


Zsa Zsa August 2, 2011 at 2:37 am

Wow that’s a whole lotta cereal boxes, spices, measuring spoons and peanut butter! I think it’s great that your pantry is all stocked up — you’ll never run out of food or ideas for new things to try! :)


[email protected]/blog August 2, 2011 at 8:25 am

How did you get into my house?? Thanks for straightening up in there btw!! Is there a support group for pantry stockpilers?? I might need one….:)


Annie August 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

I totally expected you to have this ultra organized cubbard! So glad to see you are just like the rest of us with a hodge podge and collection of EVERYTHING! Great post! LOVE LOVE LOVE all the measuring spoons. That might be something I neeed to collect because somehow I only seem to have the teaspoon set…the tablespoon set has up and left. It’s probably in the nearest toy box.


Elizabeth August 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

I always have a bunch of cereal in the pantry too! Have you ever tried any of the Kashi cereals? Soo good. I’m also fond of the Cascadian Farms cereal. And they’re good for you :)


Krae August 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

I LOVE your blog!! The photos of the pantry are amazing! I couldn’t help but notice the Vanilla collection!! I sell Watkins and they make the BEST vanilla – I didn’t see any of that in your collection!! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and wonderful photos!



Jennifer August 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

Hmm, I’m not sure a bigger pantry would hold all of that. Maybe an extra bedroom? :)


Jess August 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I would love to take some of those chocolate chips off of your hands! Looks like my dream pantry!!!


Kiran @ August 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Haha! I think most of us can relate to some obsessions. Mine would be similar for extracts, chocolates and nut butters. Love it, all of it :D


cathy joenk August 3, 2011 at 11:36 am

I am so glad that your pantry looks like mine. I get it somewhat organized them I turn around and it is all a mess again. Love Love Love the spoon collection.


shelly (cookies and cups) August 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Your cereal collection looks like mine!


dessert Darling August 4, 2011 at 1:49 am

OH.Mygosh, is that for Real!? My fiancé and I just moved in together and I was very perplexed by his collection of bottle openers… guess that was small time. Ah ha


Rachel August 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thank you for the comment love and THANK YOU for posting the multiple fun-flavored spreads! I’m not even a peanut butter person (I like crunchy, but my pbj is always pbJ!) and I want to try the white chocolate pretzel peanut butter naughty temptress variety.


Tring August 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for sharing the Instagram actions, I am on budget that doesn’t allow me to have an Iphone but I love the look of Instagram – so thanks so much for that.

I also agree with everyone out there Cadbury is so much better here (Australia) and in the UK. If you come to Australia you should also try Haighs chocolate, which is made in South Australia. The shop here in Sydney always has a line and at certain times in the year they have security on the door which only allows so many people in the shop at one time (like a nightclub) – it is so funny.


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