|| the smell ||

So today I write to you from my kitchen. It’s nothing fancy. I share it with a catlord and our roommate (catlord’s cousin, who only learned how to cook rice properly last week).
I’m going through a weird minimalist meets low impact ~thing~, which means that everything in my life is going through a process. Two of those areas in my kitchen are my pantry and my fridge, which is great, because they both currently have the smell and I can’t find where it’s coming from. So, while I wait for my coffee cake to finish baking (which in hindsight, isn’t helpful when trying to locate a smell), let’s go on an adventure into my pantry.

Here is what our half of the pantry looks like. It desperately needs a declutter. I’m sure there’s something off in here, but it very well could be on the roommate’s side. (If Chris is the Catlord, could that make the cousin…a Catsquire?)

Excuse me while I listen to disco music loudly and clean stuff.

Who knew tidying my kitchen would be a multiple day adventure? Here’s the pantry after some reorganization and tidying. I have not located the smell, but I have hope. I might put some baking soda in a jar in the corner and let it soak up some of that snoot.

While it might not look cleaner, I feel it. In my boneeessss. I got rid of a bunch of expired stuff that I’m certain I’ve had longer than some of my cats, and took inventory of stuff that we haven’t really been eating.

I’m starting to get real annoyed at myself for hoarding food and letting it expire, when someone else could potentially use it. I mean, yes, I donate to food banks as often as I can, but like…am I really going to use that nearly brand new bag of pea protein isolate powder? No. It’s fucking disgusting and I just can’t get over the taste, but I’m sure someone would. I’m new to this whole thing, but I’ve recently come across an app called OLIO, which helps food hoarders like me find people in my area that might actually use some of our surplus. It’s also used for folks with gardens who end up with giant grocery bags of kale from their garden and never end up using it. *Phaidra* It’s definitely bigger in the UK, but I’m hoping I can get some traction out here. This post isn’t sponsored by anyone, I’m just like, mad. 🙂

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THIS COFFEE CAKE THOUGH? Holy shit is this bitch MOIST. Moist in a “I’m drowning in butter and I ain’t even mad” kind of way. If you’re interested in eating your entire weeks worth of calories in a single sitting, I highly recommend this Cinnamon Swirl Coffee cake from cakescottage.com.

Note the cat hair.

~*~ A E S T H E T I C P H O T O ~ * ~

That about does it for this post I think, stay tuned for the smell II.

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