Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Cottage Larder

1. A place, such as a pantry
or cellar, where food is stored.
2. A supply of food.

How often to you hear this word?
What made me want to post about it? Well, it started when I finally cleaned the food shelves in the cottage! You see, I don't have any
cupboards in the kitchen, it's in "renovation status," I'll talk more about that later! After it was cleaned and organized, tea, sugar, flour, salt & pepper on the top shelf, spices, oils and other seasonings on one shelf, baking goods on another shelf, and finally everyday items etc. on the bottom shelf.

After I had finished scrubbing the shelves, the phrase "my cottage larder" popped into my head! So I though I would share some photos of my cottage larder with you!

This is what I use to store my teabags in! I absolutely love this "tea jar" - Once upon a time I think it had a life as a cookie jar! I picked it up at a charity auction about 20 years ago!

Renovation Status . . . hmm, lets discuss! We've been renovating this little seaside cottage for many years, roof, plumbing, heating, electrical, windows, cedar shakes . . . well you get the picture. We've been focusing on the outside and with all the renovations, comes movement of windows, so my kitchen is ugly as sin! Thankfully I have a basic counter, sink, nice stove, and a decent refrigerator. Some day I hope to have nice white shaker style cabinets, open top shelves, farmer sink, tile back-splash and to be decided counter-tops! I have plenty of "before" photos, however I simply can't publish them until I have "after" photos . . . it's too much on the heart! I'm sure you understand . . . don't you?

Enjoy and have a happy day!


  1. Your larder is very organized.I guess thats why you can crank out all those yummy desserts.Its really exciting to think about all the possibilities in your kitchen. Can't wait to see the afters.I bet the process will be so much fun.

  2. Ah love the tea jar! I'm afraid that the Victoria Sponge wasn't baked by me but bought at a local farmer's market so I don't have a recipe to share - we only added the whipped cream. When I do make Victoria Sponge I tend to use Nigella Lawson's recipe.

  3. Thanks Becky! I love Nigella Lawson and I have a few of her cook books, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the info!

  4. cute cottage kitchen...i LOVE that tablecloth and those blue chairs..darling

    i love me a cute pantry .....larder...i have to start calling it a larder....more new england...and since i am "pretending" i live in maine :-)

    enjoyed my visit here....
    and happy weekend


  5. Thank you Kary, the tablecloth was from LL Bean - years ago! The chairs and butcher block table were free! I (my husband) got the chairs from someone's trash, and when I was very young someone gave me the butcher block table! I got the paint from Home Depot for $1.00 it was an Opps paint! I did buy the denim fabric for a few dollars to recover the seats!


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