imageRemember to refer to Monday each week for the Area of Focus (Kitchen) and today’s tasks (Floor Day)

Other than an office supply a staple is a basic food supply you keep in your kitchen. Staples include flour, sugar, oil, coffee, rice, pasta and other commonly (at least once upon a time) used supplies. How do I store these items for best flavor?

The storage place for any of these items should not be over a stove or under-cabinet lighting. The heat will cause faster deterioration


How and Where to Store

How Long?


Bread Crumbs (dry) In a cool dry place or refrigerator Cool dry place: 3-6 mos.Fridge: 2 years For fresher flavor, refrigerate after opening
Coffee Airtight container in a cool dark place 1-2 weeks Whole beans can be frozen for a month. Do not refreeze

Whole wheat

Air tight container in a cool dark placeCool dry place



10 to 15 monthsCool dry place: 2-3 mos.

Fridge: 1-2 mos.

Freezer: 6 months

When weather is hot keep flour in the freezerOil in bran becomes rancid (spoils) at room temperature
Honey Cool, dark place Indefinitely If the honey has become crystallized, place open jar (not plastic container) in a pan of simmering water . Stir honey until crystals dissolve. If honey is stored in a plastic container, place container in a bowl of very hot water
Maple Syrup Refrigerator /freezer Fridge: 1 yearFreezer: indefinitely Buy in glass containers only. Maple syrup will mold, glass containers help prevent mold.
Oil (Vegetable) Cool dark place or fridge Cool dark place: 3 mosFridge: 6 mos. Don’t leave refrigerated oil out. Oil does not like frequent temperature changes.
Pasta Air tight container  in a cool dry place 1 year After opening, move to an airtight container


Airtight container in a cool dry place/fridge/ freezer IndefintelyCool dry place/fridge:

Up to 6 mos.

Freezer: 1 year

Oil in bran becomes rancid at room temperature


Airtight container in a cool dry placeAirtight container in a dry place of plastic bag. If you store it in a plastic bag, squeeze all the air out to help it stay moist and keep from hardening. Indefinitely4-6 months Brown sugar hardens when it dries out.  Put a slice of bread in with the sugar. The moisture from the bread will keep your sugar soft. Because the bread will eventually harden, replace it every three to four days. The bread will not mold.

 Titus 2 — How does submission apply to the parent /child relationship? (From Ephesians 5)

IMG_0001In my last post, I wrote about how we walk out the attitude of Christ in our lives and in our marriages based on Ephesians 5.  Today we look at the parent-child relationship.

The motivation continues to be our relationship with the Lord. We do not just treat others well because we love them or they deserve it but because we belong to the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4

  • Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. (v.1)
  • “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: (v. 2)
    • If you honor your father and mother,
      • “things will go well for you,
      • and you will have a long life on the earth.”(v. 3)

A child obeys their parents because the child belongs to the Lord. Not because the parent deserves it. No one is required to obey any direction apart from the Lord—to do wrong. There is never a right to do wrong. In refusing to do what is ungodly, each person in each relationship must remain civil and respectful. This is a challenge in many relationships and situations but God’s Holy Spirit will help you learn how to respond and you will become wise in the process.

Now for us as adults, fathers and mothers, we come to a much ignored instruction. We need to model respectful behavior before our children and to our children.

  • Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them.
  • Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

While a parent is not submitted to the child, the parent is to be submitted to the Lord in the way they teach, instruct, and discipline their child. Discipline is not punishment. Discipline is training. We not only teach our children what not to do but also what to do and how to do it. Telling a child to go clean their room without teaching them how leads to a frustrated child and a needlessly frustrated parent. Teach your children, not once but over a period of time, giving them increased responsibility. Demonstrate and demonstrate and demonstrate until your child can do any task well. Praise the good and correct what is less than good. Zig Ziglar said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can do it well.” Make learning, interesting, pleasant, and even fun.

Many of us were not taught by our parents. If this is true of you, and you were not taught or you were not taught well, ask the Lord to help you to learn and to teach your child godly living. My mom was not taught by her mom, so my mom did not teach me. I had to make a point of learning as an adult. I am still learning. If I can learn, you can learn.




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