Organize your Pantry Part II

by Mindy Lockard on October 16, 2015

Inspired by #TheGraciousGirlsGuide pantry makeover but not sure how to get started this weekend? Here are a few simple solutions to spruce up that space you’ve been dying to organize.

  1. Just get started! Don’t wait any longer. While the task might seem daunting most of the time we spend more time thinking about the process then it actually takes.
  2. Enlist the help of your family! Make it fun. Turn on the music, pour a cup of hot cocoa and just get started. Not only will the process go faster, but everyone will fill ownership in it.
  3. Talk to the experts! Whether it’s a small space, a closet or a pantry our friends at The Container Store are here to help!

Here are a few simple pantry solutions from Alli and Organization Experts at the Portland Store.


And here’s a complete list of items used in Beret’s pantry:

Platinum elfa Utility Pantry Door and Wall Rack Solution

Rectangle Hogla Open Front Bin Natural

Large Square Hogla Bin Natural

8 Bottle Iron Stacking Wine Rack Pewter

Large Expand-a-Shelf

Large Navy and Ivory Rugby Bins

Large Store ‘n Pour

Montana Glass Canisters

Large Silver York Stacking Basket

Avery Decorative Removable Chalkboard Labels


White Chisel Tip Chalk Markers


Organize Your Pantry Part I

by Mindy Lockard on October 13, 2015

Today on The Gracious Girl’s Guide we are talking pantry organization and a recent #TheGraciousGirlsGuide project on FOX 12 MORE Good Day Oregon!

My dear friend Beret is taking us to a place where very few have been allowed before. Her pantry.


Beret is a busy mom of four children and like many of us, her pantry has become a place where items have gone in but haven’t always come out. Over time the space became a place that added more stress to her life than made it easy. Well today all of that’s about to change!

The first thing we did was we took an inventory of the space, identifying what she had and how she wants to feed her family. We tossed food that had expired, made a bin to take to a food bank and then categorized the food she wanted to keep. This allowed us to see exactly what type of organizational solutions she would need.


Next, we got the kids involved cleaning out the space. They loved watching the transformation happen and felt a sense of ownership in the process.


The real magic happened when we partnered with The Container Store to make Beret’s pantry dreams come true! We spent time chatting with their experts, finding solutions that fit Beret’s taste. After all, the best spaces are those that work with our lifestyle and are beautiful. Can I get an amen?

Then we walked the aisles at The Container Store to see exactly what solutions fit both her lifestyle and her sense of style. This is what we found together with The Container Store Organizational Experts.

Glass jars that fit all of her dried goods and labeled with chalkboard stickers…


Baskets so her four children can help themselves in packing lunches and with after school snacks and Rugby bins to hide reusable grocery bags and some other items that she needs but doesn’t always want to look at…


Expanding Tiered Shelf to organize her canned goods…


and creating space where there wasn’t any with an elfa door and wall system.


This is an inside peek at our #TheGraciousGirlsGuide to Pantry Organization with the Dahm family! Stay tuned for the video and more tips and tricks from Organization experts at The Container Store!

In the meantime don’t forget about The Container Store’s Annual Shelving Sale through October 18th!!

This post and segment were sponsored by The Container Store, my love for the products shown are totally my own!




Cheers to National Vodka Day!

by Mindy Lockard on October 4, 2015

Cheers to National Vodka Day!

To know me, is to know my love of the extra dirty vodka martini with three olives. It’s one of the only times I can say “extra dirty” and have it be appropriate.

Anyhoo, whether you’re a lover of martinis or not, here are a couple of tasty vodka cocktail recipes from our friends at Van Gogh Vodka.  The perfect way to raise a glass to National Vodka day… or another day of the week for that matter.


Spiced Appel

Spiced Apple

Created by Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru
1 Jalapeño slice
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. Honey syrup1 1/2 oz. Ginger Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka
Muddle the jalapeño slice in the lemon juice and honey syrup. Add remaining ingredients with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with another jalapeño slice.

Classic Martini

DIRTY MISS MARTINI by The Cocktail Diva, Dee Brun {WifeStyle Conference}
2 oz. Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Voka
1 tbsp. Dry Vermouth
1 tbsp. Olive Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice, shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with olives.


Rosemary Sings the Blues
1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Blue Triple Wheat Vodka
1 oz. Elderflower syrup
3 oz. Club soda
2 Rosemary sprigs
Add vodka, elderflower syrup and a sprig of rosemary into a mixing glass with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice and top with soda. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.



Tailgating Tips and Tricks! | King 5 New Day NW

by Mindy Lockard on October 1, 2015

Happy October first y’all!

I’m in the beautiful city of Seattle today (if you haven’t been to Seattle in the fall, I highly recommend it) for a segment on tailgating. Because what’s more fall than pumpkin, soups, sweaters, jeans and tailgating.

Here’s a sneak peek at what we will be talking about and I will post all of the details tomorrow!

A cool way to store your beverages…


and DIY day and night games for the parking lot


And some great tips from my friend “Tailgate Todd”


{Okay, maybe his name isn’t “Todd” but it rolls off the tongue easier than “Tailgate Kirk”}

  • Tie a unique helium balloon and fishing line – so friends meeting you at your tailgate spot can easily find you
  • Keep everything easy to eat standing up or walking around – nothing that needs cutting
  • If you are in a stadium that allows for half-time run outs, cookies and grapes are perfect: quick and travel well on the walk back into the game
  • Bring your own garbage bags and (paper) recycling bag for bottles and cans
  • Have a separate cooler of cold, non-alcoholic drinks for the ride home – especially important after night games
  • If you are following your team to an away game, introduce yourself and offer a drink to the home team fans parked next to you


Today our friends in China celebrate the tradition of Mid-Autum Day or Moon Festival. A time to gather with friends and family, express their familial love by dining together, exchange traditional mooncakes…

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and watching lanterns light the sky in celebration of the splendor of the Autumn Moon.

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Whether you celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival and exchange mooncakes or not, Fall is the perfect time to celebrate and share the bounty of harvest. To reach out to those you love with the gift of homemade sweets.

One of our favorite recipes this Fall (an adaptation of Sheaffer Pen’s Banana Cake we made) is Peanut Butter, Banana Crunch Donuts. This high protein, Gluten Free goodie is a perfect for breakfast or after school snack. Always best warm from the oven.


  •  1 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1 cup Crunchy Peanut Buttah (or you can say butter, I find it not nearly as fun to say)
  • 2 eggs (Brown Organic)
  • 1/2 cup Organic Apple Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Ripe Bananas

Cream sugar and peanut butter in a mixer. Add eggs and apple sauce. Sift together flour and baking soda, three times and add your dry mixture to milk and sugar. Next, mix-in baking powder and pinch of salt. Finally mash your bananas and mix it all together well. Carefully pour the mixture in to a donut shaped baking pan. Bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until you test with a tooth pick and it comes out clean. You don’t want to over cook.

Allow to cool, dip into powder sugar and enjoy warm with a mug of apple cider.

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