Kitchen Tweak: Updating my “It’s Complicated” Baking Center

Welcome to the 148th Metamorphosis Monday!

Hope you’ve been having a fabulous weekend!  Have you been shopping for groceries in preparation of Thanksgiving?  The stores have all been packed when I’ve been in.

I don’t have a big “Before and After” to share for this Met Monday–it’s more like a little tweak.  Last week I shared a change I made in my kitchen in this post: Baking Center in movie, It’s Complicated.  I loved the baking center/station we saw in our movie house tour of the house in the movie It’s Complicated.

Though I don’t have an area big enough to hold a whole bunch of glass canisters/jars like we saw in the movie…

…I did manage to squeeze in a couple over in one corner of the kitchen.


I wasn’t quite satisfied with the way that looked, so this week I changed things up a bit.  Do you see the difference?


I decided to add one more canister and I changed out the smaller one for a large one.  That’s sugar on the left, flour on the right and oatmeal in the center. These canisters are available for purchase here: Anchor Hocking Montana Jar

Baking Station in Kitchen


Now, I just needed three scoops.  I stopped by Williams-Sonoma, Bed, Bath and Beyond and several other stores near my home, but was unable to find what I needed.  I was searching for a 1-cup measuring “scoop” with graduated markings showing 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 3/4 cup and 1 cup, so whenever I scooped out sugar, flour or oatmeal, I could measure it at the same time.  I found plenty of measuring cups but they were all pretty large–a little too large to comfortably pull in and out of the canisters.


After searching pretty extensively online, I found the Nuscup, made in Switzerland.  Have you ever seen these?  It’s pretty cool.

They were a bit pricey at $12-14 each.  So I searched around online and found them at the Sierra Trading Post for only  $4.76 each.  On that site, they were available in three colors.  I went with the white accented with green.  Shipping was reasonable at $5.95 for all three scoops.  I hope they work as well as they appear to in the video.  You just slide the little button and the cup adjusts to hold the amount you need.

The newly added center canister holds my favorite brand of oatmeal.  Have you ever tried the Trader Joe’s brand?  It  is sooo good!  It’s 100% whole grain oats and is gluten, wheat and dairy free for those who need that.  Of course, it doesn’t have any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  It’s definitely the best tasting oatmeal I’ve ever eaten.  I add just a little touch of unsulfured blackstrap molasses. Molasses is really good for you because it’s a great source of iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium.  I love the way it tastes, too.


So, that’s my kitchen tweak.  Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!

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  1. Okio B Designs says

    I think I have a crush on your kitchen. πŸ˜‰


  2. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Little changes sometimes make all the difference in the world, especially in the kitchen! Thanks for hosting MM!

  3. On Crooked Creek says

    Isn't it amazing how a little re~arrange can make a huge difference in the outward appearance? I love, love, love your kitchen, dear friend!!! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  4. It really is the little things that make a big difference. I really like that nifty scoop, I've never seen one before.
    Thanks so much for hosting:-)

  5. Hi Susan! I love your kitchen and I think I have the same granite as you! πŸ™‚ Now I love these glass canisters! I like the looks of the little scoop. I something similar that you just slide the handle to your measurments!
    Thanks for hosting and I'm partying with you. I want to wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  6. That scoop is so neat! I'm looking forward to your review of it. Glad to know the TJ oatmeal is both tasty and gluten-free. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  7. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    The three same size canisters look better, Susan! Love the scoop you found, too.

    Thanks for hosting!

  8. Kelly @ JAX does design says

    Isn't it funny how making a small change can make a big difference πŸ™‚ I like the three large canisters together, and that's a very cool looking scoop.

    I buy oats at the bulk store and use them to make a really yummy baked oatmeal. It's my breakfast staple during the week πŸ™‚

  9. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR says

    Susan, I absolutely adore those canisters! Isn't it funny how something so simple, can make such a big difference? Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    I love the big glass jars, they look great! Wish I had enough counter space for them too-enjoy:@)

  11. Seeing the "It's Complicated" kitchen was a huge "OOOOOhhhhhh" and your kitchen, and home elicits the same response. Your new baking center promises delights and simply those promises are exciting. Suggestion: Why don't you host a conference for Between Naps followers so that we can meet one another face to face. This could be an annual event. Think about it! I'll help you organize if you want…. Happy, joyful Thanksgiving to you and family. I hope your table has many filled chairs. Joy! ~CJ

  12. The large ones together look more symmetrical. Although I'm not a stickler for symmetry, I do love the balanced look of the three canisters.

    Susan, I quickly ran over to Sierra Trading Post's site and bought three of the scoops. Great Christmas gifts for my 2 daughters and one for me. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love your canisters! I like the three larger canisters together like that. I think Bed Bath and Beyond has those kind of measuring cups you are looking for. Thanks for hosting!!

  14. I love your baking center now that you have three, same-size canisters. It looks fantastic!

    I've linked a post about preparing for my husband's family – 43 members are coming to our house for Thanksgiving. We provide the turkey and drinks, they bring the rest of the food – and it's always delish!


  15. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Your little tweak looks so welcoming in your kitchen! I too have big canisters filled with flour, sugar, chex mix and granola. I love them on the counter.
    Isn't it fun to make little changes that make a big and fun difference?
    Thanks for hosting MM.
    Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

  16. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Susan, love the canister and the scoop, what a great idea. I hope you and your family have a very Blessed Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  17. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  18. The jars look pretty in your kitchen, Susan. I have been wanting to do that but I have not cleared my counters to fit them., I have one with flour and it's in the laundry room….Christine

  19. Love the kitchen canisters. They look great on the counter.
    If I may ask a question: Where did you get the rooster that is beside the canisters?? I love it.
    I am in Canada, so maybe I can't get it up here?
    Thank you for this blog, I visit it every day and I am in awe of your tablescapes. Just gorgeous.
    Tracy in Canada

  20. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Love your canisters all in the same size better, I have very similar ones in my pantry on the back. I love the scoop, that is great! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving sweet lady and may God bless you and yours.

  21. Susan,
    Thank you for hosting the party every week!
    I love the little transformation to your kitchen.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  22. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Tracy, thanks so much!
    I found the rooster many years ago at Steinmart, a local department store. I'm not sure how many locations they have but I hope you are able to locate one.

  23. love pretty. Might I ask where you found these glass canisters?

  24. Kerry Rossow says

    I love your canisters!
    Can't wait to see a post everyday!
    Thank you so much for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  25. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Margaret, Thanks! They came from Target and they should still have them since I just bought these.

  26. Donna Howell says

    Hi Susan…I am the Donna Howell who won the measuring spoons from The Charmed Life. I did not see that I had won until tonight. Thanks so much!!

  27. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Donna, Glad you saw it! Please email me at betweennapsontheporchatgmaildotcom and I'll forward your email to The Charmed Life. Thanks!

  28. Susan ,forgive me for not focusing on your revised canister arrangement, which is lovely. I spotted the Spode turkey plate that appeared on the counter in the "before" picture and realized that we share still another "like". I have the Spode plates and love using them at Thanksgiving. In fact, I just finished washing them after a lovely family dinner. Last week it was the patchwork wreath, earlier it was the idea photo of pumpkin topiaries with lights inside, then it was the decoupage pumpkins, and now the Spode turkey plates. What fun. Thank you for sharing. MM

  29. Summerland Cottage Studio says

    Susan your kitchen is picture perfect!
    Thank you for sharing & hosting all the fun.

  30. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    MM, so amazing all the similarities. πŸ™‚ That Spode pattern is so pretty. I know you enjoy it!

  31. Katherines Corner says

    oh my goodness I love your kitchen!!!!! Hugs

  32. says

    Hi Susan!

    I love the tweak! The sizes and order are just right.

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful for you and yur blog and this party!

    Kelee Katillac

  33. The Little Red Shop says

    Sweet! I've been thinking about moving my canisters above counter as I get in the Christmas baking mood. My favorite scoop is a vintage metal measuring cup I've used since childhood hours spent baking away in the kitchen. Thank you for hosting!!!

    : )

    Julie M.

  34. Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest says

    I like it! πŸ™‚

  35. Hi Susan,
    Oh gosh, your kitchen looks great! I love those big glass canisters and have a few stashed away myself, got to put them to use again! I'm so happy to be participating in MM today after such a long time away, drop by for a visit to see the changes as we rebuild!
    Happy Thanksgiving. (I am thankful for you…)
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  36. Hi Susan,
    Well shoot, I thought I left a comment but don't see it, so will try again! Anyway, I love those jars and your kitchen is so pretty! I think sometimes the small tweaks are what makes a room just perfect, don't you?
    Drop by for a visit, it's been a long time since I've posted, come see how the rebuild is progressing!
    Happy Thanksgiving! (and just in case, I'll say it again, I'm thankful for you…)
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  37. Phyllis@Around the House says

    Love the canisters…so pretty…love the idea of the whole baking center…They have the stainless steel scoops at cost plus if you have a store like that…the stainless steel would look good in the canisters matching the top…I might have to copy this creation…lol

  38. Jenny @ Simcoe Street says

    So pretty!

    Thanks for hosting


  39. Lissa (Bellenza) says

    You have a wonderful kitchen!

  40. Rebekah Greiman says

    Thank you so much for doing another link party! I linked up two of my current projects-my DIY Cheap Produce Cleaner and my Vintage Lace Fall Wreath. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks again!

  41. La casa con encanto says

    Nice kitchen!!! Good pics!


  42. I love how the cannisters for your baking center turned out! I'm going out today to look for some, since I'm doing a mini makeover on my kitchen & need to hide an outlet!

    Thanks for hosting today's party!


  43. Love those cannisters….looked at them at Target, but alas, they are too big for my smallish kitchen! Lovely.

  44. Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish says

    I love the big glass canisters…I think I would like to get some as well. Your baking area looks great, Susan.

    I just linked up but I never showed the before pics of my bathroom…sooooo I hope it's okay to still leave it up.

    Thank you for hosting every week! (twice)


  45. I love it!!! I've linked your blog to mine. Now where can I get some canisters like yours?? πŸ™‚

  46. Well I should have read all the comments first!! Thanks for the inspiration…off to Target!

  47. Happy Cottage Quilter says

    I do like the look of these canisters best. I looked at the canisters at Target, but they are a little too large for my kitchen. Love the idea of a baking center.

    Jocelyn @

  48. Love these posts on the baking center redo.
    You might consider putting the flour canister next to the stove instead of the sugar. Put the sugar by the mixer. Why? It’s because of the staircase graduating height pattern of decorating rules. You’ll likely always have more sugar in that jar and the least in the flour jar, so the tallest height by the mixer brings the eye UP the line from the lowest point of interest–the stove.
    Just a thought.

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