2nd Place - Spice Rack

2nd Place - Spice Rack

I first bought the containers for my bachelor brother as a Christmas gift, filling them with exotic bulk spices (i.e whole nutmeg and dried orange peel) and creating rubs for his smoker. I quickly decided to do the same for my own house and make it a fun display item. My husband did the steel (asked the local supplier to cut it and drill holes, then spray painted and mounted it), creating a surface for the jars. The red square was first; as the collection grew, he added other primary shapes and colors. You can see that some spices (my beloved Old Bay, a reminder of Eastern Shore home) come in such cool containers, they can be displayed "as is" with just a magnet. The display brightens up our log walls, which become very dark in the dead of a Montana winter, and always sparks interesting conversations. Only drawback is that guests assume we're "super foodies" when we really just like to cook and eat fresh at home.

Submitted by Jeannie C.,             Bozeman, Montana