Monday, September 16, 2013

The Farmhouse Pantry

Last week's recipe post did two things for me:
1.  Made me hungry
2.  Made me think about farmhouse pantries

And let me just say that I L-O-V-E:  love, love, love farmhouse pantries!

They are designed with open shelves that allow us to gaze on wonderful items that have been canned, jarred, or pickled---homemade goodies, prepared with care to save for a special occasion...or for a stormy day...or to share with a neighbor.
Sometimes they are a place to hang favorite aprons used by generations of grandmothers and mothers---many of them worn or tattered, or even stained, which makes them even more priceless in my eyes.

And let's talk about dishes!  Great shelving in a pantry can provide a place to store (and display) favorite collections of dishes often tied to wonderful memories of family gatherings around the supper table.
 Many favorite family recipes get their start in the farmhouse pantry, born out of wonderful vintage bins filled with just the right staples.
And what a great place to keep cookbooks and recipe cards that have been passed down with love!

Some pantries are found behind fun doors, while others are beautiful,
open extensions of kitchens.
And the one thing they all have in common?  They are all stocked with love!

Did I mention that I LOVE farmhouse pantries?

How about you? 
What are some of your favorite farmhouse pantry designs or staples?