November 2, 2018
It’s the Little Things #20
Happy Friday! Here are my favorites from the week with you – it might be a quote, a print, what I’m reading, a favorite podcast, a playlist, a recipe, a helpful tip, a cleaning product, or something I added to our home. Basically if it’s something little that I feel is shareable or if it’s something I’d bring up to a friend over coffee or on the phone, I’m probably going to share it with you here. Here’s a link to all of the posts in this series.
This week’s little things are all influenced by a little question I posed on Instagram last week – you can see the post/question here. I was just curious if you used a salt bowl – which I’ve come to discover is really called a salt cellar. I loved your comments and suggestions – seriously, you guys are the best! I thought I’d share what I ended up purchasing and talk a little bit about some thoughts I have on kitchen counter clutter. Because that little salt cellar made me go to Williams-Sonoma where I purchased the most expensive small appliance we have ever purchased and I have no regrets and a completely transformed kitchen counter. It’s a classic ‘give a mouse a cookie’ story 😉
After researching and looking online for options – just a quick search on Amazon and I realized that this is a popular kitchen product. I decided to head into Williams-Sonoma to see what they had and I love seeing products in my hand first. They had a few options but you could easily just use a mason jar and a lid for this purpose. I bought an olivewood salt box with a cute little spoon on the side. I put fine kosher salt in it. I use this salt when cooking and baking and then for seasoning we use Himalayan salt (the pink stuff) in a grinder.
Here’s what this little corner looks like – if you are curious as to what this space looked like before, you can head over to this post. In that post I talk about keeping most-used items by the stove. If you compare the posts you might notice that I moved my knife block and added the salt box but everything else is pretty much the same – (left to right and front to back) grinder with peppercorns, Himalayan pink salt, fresh garlic, salt box, ghee, ground pepper, garlic salt, olive oil, small utensils and holder. I use this Fiestaware bread tray for the items in the back – I have white Fiestaware dishes and love them.
Let’s back up to the big purchase – this is something my husband and I have been talking about getting for over a year – we bought an espresso machine. I cannot tell you how much I am loving it – especially that my coffee with unsweetened almond milk actually tastes really good. I put away our coffee machine and coffee grinder for when we have company and the counter space is working really well for me. I put the machine in the corner which has always felt awkward and empty and I’m loving it. Sorry, Starbucks, no more coffee runs.
My next realization this week? I had pre-ordered Ina Garten’s latest book, Cook Like a Pro when I first saw it was coming out, probably last spring? You can see it on my cookbook stand.
There’s a full page spread of her kitchen and it was so inspirational to me. Why? Because I don’t think people keep things out on the counters anymore for photos – I loved seeing how she has everything set up for cooking. When you cook and really enjoy it, it’s hard not to have your favorite products and tools out to use. Moral of the story? Use what you love and love what you use – don’t be afraid to display those often used tools in your kitchen if it brings you joy and makes cooking a little easier!
What have you been enjoying this week? Any little things to share?
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I love this post! Everyone always says put away everything, nothing on the counters. I have a small area next to my stove that I love kind of like yours and I hate having nothing on my counters. I love to cook and as you said above you should have those items out as long as they bring you joy!
Yes to the espresso machine! We have the same one and have for 5 years. We also put the big coffee maker away until we have guests. Bonus- we drink less caffeine as the big pot isn’t sitting there.
I love this philosophy. I can’t cook or bake without my tools. When I stripped my counters clean I lost all inspiration. My tools inspire me. My baking tools don’t actually live on the counter, but nearby. All I have to do is open that cupboard and thoughts of what I want to make flood through my mind.
Thank you for the inspiration!
Tara Bilbao Says
I am enjoying waking up to music each day with my Echo Spot. I just tell Alexa to wake me to Vivaldi or what ever tune strikes me at the given time. It is fun to change the music depending on what I have planned for the day. One of my favorites is “Lovely Day” By Bill Withers. It is so much better to wake up to personal music than a buzzing alarm.
I have a salt cellar that I use almost every time I cook – so much so that my husband purchased another for me to use for pepper. It is fantastic!!!
I really enjoyed this post. As I go through a period of cleaning the clutter from every area of my life this was a wonderful little glimpse into what could be. Thank you!
It’s interesting that you mentioned Ina Fatten and her latest cook book. When I bought this book at Costco this week, I opened it and right away I saw Ina’s kitchen with her appliamces. First thought, that’s a lot of appliances. Second, I have just as many and I hide them because that’s what the trend is. The thing is Ina is a professional cook, her book is called Cook Like a Pro. Professional kitchen isn’t about beauty and trends but about convenience, speed, streamlining cooling process and cleanliness. Her book altered the way i think about kitchens. I am no longer “cute” kitchen person but utility driven cook. Congrats on your espresso machine. It looks wonderful!
I so enjoyed reading your post and enthusiasm for your new purchases. I don’t drink coffee or use salt, but your post sure was fun to read.
Hello from Australia Yes i like my things out on the bench.Coffee machine. tall ceramic canister with spatulas & spoons.
I also have in a corner area some Old time bits, such as my mum’s Sunbeam Mixer which is over 35 yrs old & it still works.
I Laminated mum’s hand written recipes & put them into a folder which sits next to the mixer, 1 of her hand made doily’s is underneath
the mixer. Every-time i look there brings back memories of her cooking.
b r SaysPost author
I love this, thank you for sharing Trudy!
I have a cute tray with my Nespresso pods, stirring spoons, tea, sugar, etc. and a cute little lamp to light the area in the wee hours of the morning. I keep the lamp on a timer so it turns itself on and off. Helps me enjoy my tea at night and coffee early in the morning without disturbing anyone with cupboards opening and closing. Great for guests too.
In your search for a salt cellar, did you see the salt pigs? I just love the name! When I travel, I love to shop at the Target/Macys equivalent in that country. I bought my little salt pig at John Lewis in England. I love using it & remembering when I bought it. Enjoy your cellar!