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4.30.10 Food Waste Friday

Last week I mentioned I had some zucchini to use up.  I did it!  Unfortunately I think part of what I used it up in is going to end up being waste next week.  I made some really healthy whole wheat zucchini muffins and they didn’t turn out so great.  They are a bit dry, so they are edible with some butter, but still not great.  I also put some in my spaghetti sauce so that used up all of it!  Yippee for me!

This week, however, I do have some waste. 


That is some leftover salsa from takeout last week.  It’s so good, so I’m not sure why I didn’t use it up.  The other is 1/2 a cut up apple that Big I didn’t finish.  That will go in the compost.  I should have eaten that too, but I just didn’t. 

Right now we are working on some spaghetti that needs to be used up and also some black bean soup.  I don’t have high hopes for the soup.  It probably should already be thrown out, but I’ll give it one more day and mention it to Mr. D.  It’s weird, I made the same soup a while back and we gobbled it up, no leftovers.  I must have done something different because this time, not so great.  Actually, now that I think about it, I used dry beans to start this one, and canned beans last time.  Maybe that’s the difference?

This post is linked to Food Waste Friday’s at The Frugal Girl.


April 30, 2010 at 9:54 am 2 comments

Goal #58 – Organize shelving in garage

We have a pantry in our kitchen that I do not like.  It looks like a normal pantry from the front, but it is on the wall that makes the entrance of our kitchen/dining room area, which is a diagonal wall.  (I know, but I don’t know how else to describe it, lol.)  The result is a pantry with storage space that looks like a triangle.  Wider in the front and the tip of the triangle in back.  So basically it gives me about 1/2 of the storage space a normal pantry would give you.

When we moved into this house there was a bookshelf in the garage right outside the door from the house to the garage.  I decided to use it as an extra pantry.  Unfortunately, we also used it as a “catch-all” for random things in the garage.  It got to be a big mess.  That’s why I listed “organize the shelving in the garage to be a pantry as Goal #58 on my list of 101 Goals in 1001 Days

Here’s the before:

I wanted to shelving to be mostly for extra food.  The boxes in front of it really needed to be sorted and relocated.  Looking at the picture it doesn’t really look that bad, but trust me, it was a major source of discontent for me, lol.

Here’s the after:

Ahh, much better!

This post is linked to Organize and Decorate Everything’s We’re Organized Wednesday.  Check it out for more inspiration in organizing.

April 28, 2010 at 10:34 am 5 comments

Weekly Goals – Week of April 27th

This week’s goals seem like a lot, but I think most will be doable.  Since it’s my first week I will be able to figure out if I am biting off more than I can chew.  There are a few that need to be broken down into even further but I will figure that out as I go along.

  • Go through the boys clothes – get the old/too small out and figure out what, if anything they need for summer.  Need to do this now so that if we do need more I can put it on their birthday gift idea list
  • Plan Little E’s birthday – I believe we will keep this low key, maybe just the 4 of us at Chuck E Cheese’s.  (Can that be considered low key? :))
  • Plan Big I’s birthday – Need to plan his friend party
  • Plan the family party for the boys
  • Paint my toenails
  • Tackle 3 items on my spring cleaning list
  • Get the pictures that I have printed into photo albums
  • Spend 30 minutes outside (at least!) weeding – This might be a bit hard as it’s supposed to rain Tuesday through Thursday.  I’m hoping it’s just a light rain and I will be able to go out sporadically.
  • Figure out greeting cards needed for May
  • Plant the veggies that I bought over the weekend

April 27, 2010 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

Weekly Goals

Do you ever get to the end of a week and look back and wonder what you accomplished?  You had so many plans on Monday and by Friday it seems that you barely got through on the week, let alone anything extra. 

This happens to me all the time.  I often sit at the end of the month and look back, wondering where all the time went, and what I did with it.  I feel like I am at exactly the same place, but a whole month has gone by.

Enter my 101 Goals list.  I started this list in hopes of feeling more accomplished and actually completing some of the things I often dream about getting done.  It’s been over a month since I started the list, and although a few of the easier tasks that could be done in a day have been crossed off, I have not made any headway on any of the items that are more project oriented. 

Having the 101 Goals is great, but without a plan, the 1001 days will go by and I won’t accomplish any of the goals.  I have decided to start setting weekly goals as well, that are based on my 101 Goals.  Each week I will pick one or two of the goals from my master list, break them down into smaller parts, and work on those parts.  In addition to that, I will also have one or two goals that come up weekly that are outside of my master list. 

If all goes according to plan I should start to spend more time on the things that I have decided are important, rather than on putting out “fires” that call my attention, but are not really important to me.

How do you keep yourself in line with your goals?

April 27, 2010 at 6:00 am 2 comments

Meal Plan – Week of April 26th

No big plans for us this week.  I’m hoping to get some of my spring cleaning done.  We have a baseball game on Wednesday (it’s supposed to rain) and Mr. D *thinks* he has his first softball game on Friday night.  I also have a get together with some old work friend on Friday night as well.  I think I need to work on getting a sitter!

Monday – Roast Beef with horseradish and veggies

Tuesday – Spaghetti

Wednesday – Egg salad sandwiches

Thursday – Tacos

Friday – Pizza

Saturday – Pancakes, eggs and hashbrowns

Sunday – Oven Fried Mustard Chicken

This post is linked to The Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Mondays.

April 26, 2010 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Spring Cleaning – Part 1

I have decided that this week I am going to start my spring cleaning.  Being the list maker that I am my first job was to make a list of all that needed to be done.  Easily overwhelmed, this is the point every year that I look at the list and say forget it, I’ll do it next year!  Not this year though.  If it takes me until June, I will get it done!  Here’s what I came up with:

  • Dust light fixtures
  • Dust high ledges (In our bedroom and living room we have higher ceilings with some alcove-y ledge type things, that are really good for nothing except catching dust.)
  • Clean the corners of ceilings and walls of cobwebs
  • Clean fronts of bathroom cabinets
  • Clean door handles
  • Clean light switches and wall plates
  • Clean windows, including casings and sills
  • Spot clean walls
  • Clean all vents in ceiling
  • Move furniture to vacuum
  • Vacuum/dust window blinds
  • Wipe down kitchen cabinets
  • Deep clean fridge and freezer as well as upright freezer
  • Clean oven (which will first take learning to use self cleaning feature)
  • Clean bottom of fridge (grill thingie)

Wow!  It’s definitely easy to get overwhelmed with this list.  I’m going to take it slow and work on it little bit by little bit.

April 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Oatmeal Container Craft – The Bug Hotel


I have had an oatmeal container sitting on the counter for about a week now.  I knew I wanted to do some kind of craft with the boys with it, but wasn’t sure what.  I got the idea for a bug hotel when I found out that Big I’s class was going to be studying bugs.

All I did was remove the paper wrapping from the oatmeal container and then cut a descent sized hole for viewing.  Then I took some plastic mesh that was actually from a bucket and shovel playset (thanks to the guy at Michael’s who cut it off for me and gave it to me free).  I taped that on the inside to cover the hole.

The boys decorated the front and back with a little help from me.  I know, I know, you can’t figure out which they drew and which I did!  I never claimed to be an artist!!

I used the piece that I cut out as a stand.  I cut two “legs” in the back to keep it from rolling.  It works great!

That’s it!  The boys love it.  Big I actually took it to school today for sharing.  (I was so proud, lol.)  We do have a few rules that go along with using the bug catcher.  First and foremost, if there is a bug staying in the hotel, it does not, under any circumstances, come inside the house.  Second, the bug hotel is just a day hotel.  Bugs do not stay in overnight.  I actually don’t think our mesh will hold them in for very long anyway.

What craft ideas have you done with oatmeal cartons?  We have a few more that I need ideas for!

April 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

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