You ever get in the mood to just throw some dinner together? Then you head to the fridge and realize [shocker], you’re missing an ingredient (or four)! Not having staple ingredients on hand is so frustrating! And while I’m a big fan of already knowing what you’re going to make for dinner (and making sure you’ve got those ingredients), life happens, and it is so much less stressful when you’re prepared to be flexible! I’ve found coming up with a list of kitchen staples, and then making sure you never run out, is so helpful! Some of my essentials include: lemons, eggs, chicken stock, beef stock, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, butter, Parmesan cheese, oils, vinegars, spices, rice, my most used pastas, cans of tomatoes, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, flour, corn meal, milk, heavy cream, half and half, and buttermilk. Every week when I put together my grocery list, I make sure to re-stock my staples. Having these ingredients on-hand means I’ve got a ton of options to throw together if my original plan falls through. Y’all, it’s all about being prepared and setting yourself up for success!