This post is sponsored by KraftMaid Cabinetry.

If you have been reading this blog for more than five minutes you know I don’t really cook.


When they were handing out the cooking gene, they skipped me and gave me extra decorating genes to make up for it.

I might not be about cooking, but I am a whole lot about entertaining.  We have people drop by all the time for coffee and house tours and drop cloth drape advice and general conversation.  And sometimes all that conversation can make a person hungry.  So lately I’ve been on the quest for simple, easy, ideas on how to entertain at a moments notice.  I asked for easy recipes and you shared them and I took notes.

And then?

Along the way?

I discovered something amazing.

It’s so easy to make the simplest dishes look fancy.

All you need is a little spice.

Spices like parsley and cinnamon and garlic salt and oregano and Italian spices are my new best friends.

Especially when I’ve found the perfect way to organize them.

It’s this spice caddy from KraftMaid Cabinetry.

It’s portable and the wood is beautiful and it looks so farmhouse there are 18 individual glass bottles with satin metal lids.  Whenever or wherever you are cooking or baking it just comes along with you.

There are spices in the jars now and I printed out these labels and attached them to the jars and now my spices are organized.

And the best part?

Now?  We are all ready for company.

When I’m not using it—it just sits on the counter like this.

Waiting for the party to arrive.

The spices look so farmhouse and so organized all at the same time.

We’re so all about our cute organized self that we made a vegetable dip at a moment’s notice.


Literally five minutes.

The spices were there and calling my name and I pulled a few ingredients out of the fridge and made this for company.


1/4 cup of butter (softened)

3/4 cup of sour cream

1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian spices

Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.


Then serve with fresh vegetables.

My kitchen and I.

Organized and ready to go.

Add in a little spice and we are a party waiting to happen. 🙂

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  1. Image for Gina Gina

    Your creative self not cooking is still a mystery to me! But not having the spices near the stove gives you away, friend! Caddy looks like something your talented brother would make, but doesn't have to because Kraftmaid did! PS KariAnne, you must be amazing at entertaining!!!

  2. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Hi. I love your spice labels and have been collecting jars just like this lately! Did you print them on round label paper (and they matched up?!?) or solid sheets of label paper and cut them out? Or did you print to regular paper and then attach them to Thanks for tips and for sharing the printable!

  3. Image for Denise Denise

    One little hint - take literally 5 minutes and organize your spices alphabetically! Life changing lol! Seriously it really does save time not hunting for that since you are looking for.

    1. Image for Joy Joy

      I've had several people "laugh" at me because I have my spices in alphabetical order! But, it really is easier to find them quickly!

  4. Image for Marlene Marlene

    Always love your blog, it is my favorite! Love your book. Wow, $146.00 for the caddy is a bit much for some of us! Especially me! Yikes! Cute idea!

  5. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    I dunno Miz karianne.....I think your cooking gene is just a little "recessed" instead of "missing"! That dip sounds yummy and that caddy is too cute!

  6. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    No doubt at all you have the extra decorating genes! :) The caddy is way too cute and I love the labels for the jars. Isn't it fun to be able to tie in decorating with cooking? Yay!! you did it! (The dip sounds delish too!) have a great weekend, Cecilia

  7. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    I love that spice rack, bottles and labels … they’re a nice farmhouse touch. I keep our cooking spices on small spinning rounders in the cabinet by the cooktop, so they’re not as easy to find as yours. But I recently bought an old metal tool caddy with a handle and divided sides ~ similar to your wooden box ~ for my collection of vintage metal spice tins, and old extract in glass bottles in boxes. This display adds a rustic ~ even a little *rusty* ~ touch to the kitchen! And It’s just a little nod to the days of old ... ! (My goodness! That dip looks extra easy and sounds great!)

  8. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Look at you!! Pulling that creative culinary gene out and having fun!! Just needed a little cute design prompting. You go girl!! Bring on the veggies!!

  9. Image for Audrey Johnson Audrey Johnson

    I love easy dip recipes like this for quick entertaining. Yum. Love the spice storage too. Thank you for sharing with us.

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