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I’m the kind of person that may not know what’s for dinner, but if you needed a quick batch of cookies, muffins or a cake, I’m your girl!  Knowing I could look in my pantry and have pretty much everything I need to whip up something delicious fills me with delight! (Is that weird?) I guess I believe in a well stocked pantry!  It’s kind of old school and I don’t think I was ever taught this.  I just realized the importance of having certain things on hand…well, always!  So, is your pantry well stocked? If you aren’t sure, I’m going to give you  my list of some basic baking staples to keep around.  You never know when you’ll wake up on a Sunday morning and just NEED waffles!

Where did this idea come from?

I began thinking about this subject a month or so ago.  While I was on the phone with Laura, I was making frosting for something.  I was explaining to her that really anyone could throw together some frosting because it’s super simple and only requires about five ingredients that just about everyone has on hand.  She assured me that she did not have those ingredients and that she didn’t think most other people did either.  I just rolled my eyes as she suggested we put the question out there to the good folks on Facebook for an informal study about whether or not most people had butter and confectioners sugar in their kitchen.  (I don’t keep butter in the pantry but it is definitely a refrigerator staple.  Butter is awesome!  I will feel very sorry for you if you don’t keep a good supply of butter on hand for any kind of waffle, biscuit or baked potato emergency.  In fact, if you don’t have any butter, go get some now!)

Survey results:

So, how did this informal survey turn out?  She was wrong.  Wrong, wrong, wrong!!  The people of Facebook had spoken, declaring me the winner or this oh-so-important argument!  What does this tell us? Obviously many people realize the importance of keeping certain necessities on hand.

The best thing about pantry items is that the things you put in there last a long time.  Your flour isn’t going to go bad for quite some time. The sugar will most likely be used before it goes bad.  I admit, I am not always so good about keeping a well stocked fridge.  That stuff does go bad.  I’m pretty sure that I owe my neighbor, Lisa about 15 dozen eggs. Seriously! But the pantry. The pantry is easy!

Read my blog about a thank you gift (which started with some delicious homemade brownies, made with pantry staples) here:

Okay, here’s my list:



brown sugar

confectioners sugar

baking powder

baking soda


cocoa powder


chocolate chips



That’s it! That’s not even a long list!  I bet it wouldn’t even cost 20 dollars to get everything on the list.  In fact, what a super creative wedding or shower gift that would be? Put it in a cute basket with some kitchen utensils like wooden spoons, a whisk, measuring spoons and you’d be set! Or put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or monogrammed bag? Super cute! You could even put in a recipe book that included a hand written family recipe using some of the ingredients!  I know recipe books are a little old fashioned but most of the cooks and bakers I know have a few recipes that have been passed down that deserve a place of honor in a book. That would be pretty simple, economical and memorable!  File that one away for the future!


You’ll have everything you need!

With this list of staples and a few ingredients from the refrigerator you could make bread, muffins, rolls, biscuits, pizza dough, pancakes, waffles, cookies…the list is endless!  So, when your child comes home from school saying they need 3 dozen cookies by tomorrow, you’ll be prepared.  Super Mom is what they’ll call you (Wink)! -Jill



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