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Friday, January 11, 2019

In Pursuit of the Hospitable Home: Upgrading the Appearance of Bagged Breakfast Cereal

Yesterday I had a dental appointment. It sort of knocked me off of my regular activities. I need more work done, unfortunately. Okay, back to regular life.

Keeping bagged breakfast cereal

I thought that I'd share this with you because I've been so pleased with how it looks and works in our household. This past fall I began buying bagged breakfast cereal. Up until this past year we haven't really been cereal eaters, but instead have opted for toast, muffins, and other highly portable breakfasts. For some reason I can't explain, one week I bought cereal at Dollar Tree. When I was shopping at WinCo later on, I discovered that WinCo's house brand of bagged cereal was less expensive per ounce than Dollar Tree's off-brand cereal. So I began buying bagged cereal. My family seems to really appreciate having this as an option at breakfast time, and it appears that we now have cereal about half of the time. (I still prefer cooked breakfasts, but will eat the cereal when I wake up tired.)

I know there are special plastic containers for storing cereal. I even have one, given to me by my sister-in-law. My container is currently in use holding paper grocery sacks in the trunk of my car, as it's the exact size to hold a stack of folded-up grocery bags to use at WinCo (where they give me 6 cents rebate for every bag that I reuse). So, I was looking around the kitchen to see what I could use for storing cereal and I came across my glass cookie jar, which I don't really use any longer. An image of the breakfast set-up at an inn at which I once stayed flashed through my mind.

The two glass containers just off-center on the buffet held cereal. I recall the breakfast buffet as being a very lovely way for the host to share the breakfast items with the guests. The glass jars were much more inviting than plastic dispensers. Although, I understand the practicality of plastic, and the need to keep food dispensers sanitary. But for home use, a large glass jar, such as a cookie jar, is a nice way to both store and display the cereal.

And here's our home cereal jar which has a permanent home on the kitchen counter. That's a shallow measuring scoop in the container for serving -- we leave it in there all of the time. This is just one of those little things in my kitchen that makes me smile.


  1. Dental work is never fun. Glad that you have your cereal jar to there to make you smile. It really is nice when you can find pleasure in the small things.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      those small things have the potential to bring a lot of smiles, don't they?
      Have a lovely evening!

  2. Oh, I like that Lili. It looks lovely. I like those glass containers too for various jobs around the house.

    I hope you have a good weekend. :)

    1. Hi Belinda,
      thank you. I hope your weekend was very nice!

  3. That is definitely an upgrade! I love it!

  4. It's definitely the little things that add so much! Nice! Shirley

  5. I was just thinking I need to do this very thing with the box of stevia packets I buy at Walmart. We use these daily to sweeten the antioxident supplement we give all of the little boys. I was thinking they'd look a lot prettier in a glass jar than in that unsightly box. Off to find a jar in my basement! Thanks for the reminder, Lili :)

    1. Hi Melissa,
      I'm so glad to help with that! I hope that you found just the right jar.

  6. Ugh, dental work. I hope it's not too painful (or expensive!).

    The jar looks great! I also think that it's the little things that make a big difference in how we see our world.

    1. Hi Kris,
      The dental work is definitely not pleasant, but it does have to be done.
      Thanks -- I completely agree. Little changes can bring a lot of satisfaction.


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