Wednesday, February 17, 2016

January Challenges finished, and on to February...eventually

I finished the January challenges, or at least enough to call it good in my mind, and was so excited to get a jump start on Februry....

Then this happened -

This is the 4th time I've dealt with this in the last year, it's been diagnosed wrongly from the beginning, now I's gout.   And the only way to describe it is to's like giving birth to an elephant, out your toes, while standing barefoot in a campfire in the 6th circle of hell.

I'm on week 3...and just now able to put on a shoe and hobble.  So.....things had come to a standstill, but I think by this coming weekend I'll be able to get back on track.

Before the hell fires overtook me I was able to finish a few little projects.

Magazine holders became handy kitchen wrap organizers.

I only have one drawer for utensils, and it was a nightmare, so against my better judgement I moved them onto the counter and so far, so good.

Now, this little magnetic knife holder?  AMAZING.  I was very skeptical, thinking I was just adding to my visual clutter, but this means my drawer is easier and safer to use, and knives are at my fingertips so meal prep is actually less stressful.

Thank you Amazon.

Friday, January 15, 2016

More Decluttering in the kitchen

The challenges from the 365 group were as follows for the week:

Sunday - declutter lightbulbs and batteries
Tuesday - kitchen junk drawer 
Wednesday - kitchen wraps and bags (foil,ziplocks,etc) 
Thursday  - food storage containers 
Friday - under the kitchen sink 
Saturday - pots pans and lids

Since I was home-bound yesterday I slowly did all the challenges for the whole week, except purging dishes, that's a process.  It took about nine hours, but in the end another black trash bag of junk to the curb.  Stuff not even worthy of donation.  Some of the spatulas and spoons I've had since I got married, the first time.  YIKES.  1987 country blue and full of bad memories, why have I held onto that shit?

Since Amy and I are doing the baking thing, I got my baking cabinet in order.  Chalkboard contact paper, some command hooks and my $1-shop bargain cups and spoons have a home. 

Under the sink had become the "quick hide, someone's coming" spot

I'm in high hopes that the wire baskets will make it easier
to contain, stay neat, and remind me that less is more. 

Next Week:

1-17: kitchen cabinet shelves
1-18: Read Week #3 Pantry
1-19: baking sheets and dishes
1-20: canned goods/foods
1-21: spices
1-22: pantry or cupboard shelves
1-23: fill out pantry inventory
1-24: water bottles and plastic cups

I also did all of these missions yesterday, except purge dishes and make a pantry list.  My pantry is 3 shelves....I'm good there, and the dishes is still in the design phases of thought.

#1 I have a place setting for 12 of white corelle dishes, except for a couple of missing bowls.  Do I really need that much?  Will I ever again need that much?  In my dream life I have huge family dinners and yes I need a dozen.  But on a daily basis, no.  

#2 Would I be willing to let all those dishes go and purchase one setting for four of The Pioneer Woman's new dishes that I LOVE LOVE LOVE?  

Maybe, I'll have to see. 

Last week in January:

1-25: Read Week #4 Refrigerator & Freezer
1-26: Purge fridge
1-27: Deep clean fridge
1-28: front and top of refrigerator
1-29: purge freezer
1-30: fill out freezer inventory
1-31: tops of kitchen cabinets

I still need to clean the tops of my kitchen cabinets, and make a freezer inventory.  I'm thinking about a bit more chalkboard inside one of the cabinet doors to keep a running list...or maybe repurpose a small white write on/wipe off that I have for that purpose?  I gave the fridge a deep deep clean on New Year's Eve Eve to make room for all the good luck now if I just maintain I should be good. 

Monday 1-18-2016 Update*
All the January Challenges are done.  Tonight I need to do a huge Trash Boogie and get it all outside and out of the house.  I have 4 bags of recycling cans/bottles to take, I'll have to do that one at a time over the next week or so.  Trash pickup is Thursday AM, so Wednesday night I can drag all that to the curb and tag it.  

If I pay $20 a month on my water bill for trash pickup, why do I have to put a $3 tag on the bag before they will pick it up?

Anyway... I'm going to be moving ahead to February's challenges later this week.  Better strike while the iron is hot. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Becoming a baker?

How do we feel about this?

After watching the British Bake-off show I'm realizing
just how limited my baking skills are...I baked a lot as a teenager
I suppose because it's fun to make sweets but now it 
just seems like so much work and my results are not so great most times.

So maybe along with all the other crappe' I'm piling on in 2016 I should try learning to bake a little better?  Maybe, the first weekend of every month try something new?

The January bake was this:

Let's ponder, shall  we?