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Spring Cleaning Mistakes of the Past

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

In the past, I have NEVER finish doing a top to bottom “spring cleaning” of my house EVER!  I really wonder who does.  Over the years, every room has gotten “spring cleaned”, but never every year and never every spring.  I think my problem is perfectionism.  I suffer from this problem that if I can’t make it perfect, I don’t finish and it weighs on my mind for eternity.  So I have perpetual spring cleaning guilt.

I might, just might, have stumbled onto a cure.  For one, I started in January.  For two, I made no list.  You see, a list makes me feel like I have to complete everything on the list.  If said list doesn’t get finished to perfection, I get discouraged and quit…with regret.

I have completely spring cleaned my son’s room.  Did it in January!  I am almost finished in our master bedroom and the living room.  How awesome is that!!!  I just walked into my son’s room, started moving around furniture, cleaning as I went, and before I knew it I was done.  I had gone through every draw, found every lost toy that was hiding under shelves, the bed, the dresser.  I had organized his toys.  I had washed the curtains.  I had dusted the walls and ceiling.  It was awesome.

No list, that’s my new plan!  The other part of the plan is to complete my house spring cleaning by Easter Sunday!  I’m on my way!!

Dusty Around Here

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Good golly it sure has been a long while since I was last here.

Things are good. How are you?

Lots of stuff roaming around my little brain, but I haven’t put finger to keyboard to blog about anything for a long while.

I know I talk about this all too frequently, but spring cleaning is going to actually happen in the entire house this year!  Promise!  I decided that by Easter Sunday this house will be fabulous!  Okay, maybe not fabulous, but it will at least be free of little dust bunnies everywhere.  And I already have a head start!  I am 80% completely done spring cleaning John’s room…already!  Yeah, for me.  All I have to do is wash his curtains and wash his bedding and I will be done in there!  I even changed all his furniture around and it looks pretty awesome in there, if I do say so myself.

So I thought my cat (17 year old cat) was dying.  He’s been kind of yucky for several months.  He hangs out in the kitchen in a cardboard box and doesn’t do any of his normal stuff.  I figure that he is dying.  Nope, he had an allergy.  Fantastic hubby figured it out.  Allergy dealt with and Riley (the cat) is now acting like a 10 year old cat.  He’s back to his old self.  Honestly, I was getting use to him being quiet.  But, my loud, obnoxious kitty who will go into “self-petting” mode by rubbing his wet little nose all over your hand if you are not actively aggressively petting him is back.

John is doing fantastically.  He is a very active little boy.  LOVES his tractors, trucks, tools and being read too.  He does not like just sitting and looking at books anymore.  He demands that someone “do the words” as he sometimes puts it.

We’re thinking about Lent.  “Doing Lent” is heavily on my mind these days because I want John to get a better understanding of our liturgical seasons.

Hope everyone out there is doing well!


Kitchen Day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

I’m spending the day in the kitchen!  This morning I made 16 breakfast biscuit balls.  And right now I’ve got two shredded zucchini draining to make two loaves of chocolate zucchini bread.  Later, I’m also going to try a homemade granola bar recipe.  And I plan to make 2 batches of brownies.

Why all the food?  Well, I’m trying to stock our freezer with pre-baked goodness that I can pull out whenever we need some baked goods.  Also, I plan to bring one zucchini bread, brownies and some granola bars on a trip we’re taking in the very near future.

I’ll post recipes, if these things turn out…

Easy, No-Knead Pizza Dough

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

For a long while, I’ve wanted to try making pizza dough here at home so we can try making our own pizzas.  The dough was my obstacle though.  I’m no friend of a needy (hahaha) dough.   No really, I just don’t like spending forever kneading.  And then I heard about making a “no knead pizza dough”!!! This recipe is a huge hit in my family.  We’ve been having bi-monthly pizza parties here for a couple months now and I think we’ll be keeping it up for a while.

Easy, No-Knead Pizza Dough

2 teaspoons salt

500 grams or 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I measure this in my kitchen scale to 500 grams)

1 ½ cup water (plus or minus a tiny bit)

1/2  teaspoon dry active yeast (you could use as little as 1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast)

Just mix everything together in a bowl into what will be like “shaggy dough” for lack of a better term. Put plastic wrap over the bowl and leave it at least overnight or up to 3 days in the refrigerator. I just whip this together the night before we want to have pizza.

3 hours before you want to make pizzas, take bowl from refrigerator.  Pull dough from bowl onto a floured surface.  Divide into 3-5 pieces.  Fold and pat pieces into ball shapes, put on floured surface.  Place a damp tea towel over the dough and let it rest until you are ready to make pizzas.

Stretch the dough, put on ingredients and put into preheated 500 degree oven on a preheated pizza stone.  I need to turn the broiler right after I put my pizzas into the oven.  Only takes a little while, under 10 minutes.  But cook your pizzas until it looks done for your tastes.

I Think I Finally Have A System!!!

Friday, May 4th, 2012

I’ve blogged about my inability to figure out a system that will keep me organized and motivated to finish all the work I need to accomplish as a wife, mother, homemaker, soon-to-be pre-schooling home educator, and co-owner of a small farm.

Well, I’ve been reading about Dawn’s filing system that she uses now for a long while.  There were aspects that I put into effect a while ago, but something about her latest blog entry about her files system of organizing herself clicked with me.

For whatever reason daily things to do lists depress me more than aid me.  I get all carried away thinking of all these things I want to accomplish in one day.  When they all don’t get accomplish, dejection sets in and I stop making lists.  Again, for whatever reason weekly lists work pretty well for me.  I can put tons of things down and I know I’ve got a whole week to accomplish them.

This afternoon I even came up with a weekly sheet that includes a column for those things I need to do daily also.  I just put a letter for each day of the week (S,M,T,W,T,F,S) that I can cross off daily when I’ve accomplished that task.  There are 11 things that I need to do daily to make our lives run smoothly in this house.

  1. make beds
  2. Empty/refill and run the dishwasher
  3. wipe kitchen counters/stovetop
  4. do a quick declutter of the house
  5. scoop the cat litter
  6. provide at least an hour of outside time for my son
  7. empty clothes hampers and take laundry to basement
  8. fix dinner
  9. Mon-Fri Fix my husband’s lunch
  10. Mon-Fri put together a breakfast for my husband so he can eat even when I’m still asleep
  11. and plan a lite evening snack (because if it is unplanned there is wide spread high calorie snack consumption, something we’re trying to avoid around here)

Obviously, in life there are other “daily to-dos”, but I need motivation (aka a checklist) to make myself accountable for those eleven because I’ve learned that my life just runs a whole lot smoother when they get accomplished, plus I feel better knowing I’m being a good homemaker.

So I need to take pictures of my personal little “system” using file folders and make a post of it.

So Glad It Is Still Spring!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

I’m so glad it is still spring, because I’m not done with spring cleaning yet.  The living room is looking pretty good.  It is completely organized!  I still need to finish washing the curtains and a few other hings though  The rest of the house is still in need of finishing.

Dave & I had a discussion over the weekend and decided to get our buns busy getting some weight off.  We’re going to start walking and I’m going to rework our menu.  We were looking at some of the calories on a few things we eat regularly and were amazed.

I borrowed Everyday Food Light from the library and have written down some recipes we’re going to be trying.  I figured two new recipes per two week menu cycle was enough.  So this cycle we’re trying herb-butter chicken cutlets and a salmon burger recipe.  Both look really yummy.

I made my first cake from scratch this weekend; including the frosting.  It turned out really great.  It was Alton Brown’s recipe for Carrot Cake with his frosting recipe.  It wasn’t really pretty because I still haven’t figured out how to frost a cake beautifully, but it sure was tasty.


A New Goal & A Spring Cleaning Update

Friday, March 30th, 2012

I have a new goal: to get dress to my shoes immediately in the morning.

On weekdays, my little kiddo does not like it when I take showers…can’t stand those 8 minutes he’s got to play by himself.  So I end up waiting to shower during his nap.  This has, in the past, meant that I am in my pajamas until almost 2PM.  Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not inclined to be very active while in my pajamas.

So instead of staying in my pajamas for hours everyday.  I am going to get dressed, including my shoes in the morning.  I know this sounds kind of a-duh, but it wasn’t something I was doing everyday.  And I need to change that because I feel better and more “put together” dressed.

Spring cleaning is going well.  I’m not entirely sure I’m going to make Easter Sunday for completion, which was my goal.  Dave and I have been working on the attic, which originally wasn’t on my agenda for spring cleaning.  I’m glad we’ve been tending to it though.  We’ve actually gone through every box and gotten rid of so much stuff.  Problem is that we’ve been bringing boxes into our living room to go through them so we’ve got a couple of stray items in the living room delaying my work in that room.

Dining Room, Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Not a horrible room to deal with, but it doubles as our “library” so there is a lot of dusting books.

  • Go through little green dresser
  • Go through desk
  • Sweep/mop floor
  • Dust all bookshelves
  • Set-up a little sewing area
  • Dust/vacuum radiators
  • Dust picture frames
  • Dust woodwork
  • Put away stray items I no longer want in this room
  • Set-up a small sewing area

Pantry, Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

O, this one is a monster.  I plan to completely empty the room and start from scratch.  Instead of trying to list off the stuff that must be done, it might be easier to make the list as I complete them in this room.  Pretty much all of our dishes and food stuffs are in here.

  • Empty spice cabinet
  • Throw away old spices
  • Rearrange spice cabinet

Beautiful Day

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

It is March 14th, and it is spectacular outside.  Thank goodness I am a stay-at-home mom because if I worked in a building on a day like today I would get nothing done.  I remember going to school and working on days like today.  I’d sit and stare out a window or totally daydream.  But instead, I am perfectly where I wish to be, at home with my son, and I’m taking care of business.  All while getting to enjoy the outside too!  Yeah!

Spring cleaning is coming along.  I still hope to have it done before Easter too!  Another Yeah!