March 22, 2013

Sick Day :(

Sick Day :(

Being sick SUCKS. There is nothing I can do but stay in bed with my favorite blanket and my iPad - and hope that this goes away soon!



March 21, 2013

Closet Overhaul Complete!

My closet overhaul is finally complete! It took me a LOT longer than I thought it would... and I tried on a lot of clothes that no longer fit me! They're now happily stashed on the tippy top shelf of my hubby's closet for after I lose weight. (haha!) Some day I'll be ready to get rid of them... 

OVERHAULED!
I pulled the shoe organizer out from the corner so I could have easier access to the shoes, but in doing so I lost a lot of hanging space so I folded all of my white tees instead of hanging them and put them in two stacks - one for short sleeves and one for long sleeves. (I buy them in bulk when they are on sale. You can never have too many plain white tees!)

AND here's how it looks now!







Best of all, everything FITS, there's nothing I won't wear, (sorry honey, the cut off royal blue sweats are still in there...) and I know I have easy access to my regulars!

I realized that I have a lot more bottoms than I have tops. Kind of odd considering that I, like almost everyone, have a hard time fitting bottoms. Plus I live in a tee shirt, (or tank top) scarf and cardi pretty much year round. 

NOW all I need is some warmer weather so that I can actually WEAR some of my favorite spring items! Until then, my suede and denim jackets, my cardigan sweaters, and my long sleeve tees will be in heavy rotation!

Inspired to overhaul your closet? Email me a before and after pic to share with my followers!





March 20, 2013

Closet Overhaul!

As part of my spring cleaning I promised a clean closet. I'm almost there and I'm EXHAUSTED but things are looking good! Just so that you all remember - here's the "before" pic of my closet.

Before
And here are the "after" pics!

EMPTY!

March 14, 2013

Why not just hang it up?

Art can be a huge investment for your home - but it doesn't have to be! There are SO many ways to decorate with things that you probably already have. Just think outside the box and HANG IT UP!

March 13, 2013

Midweek Treat: No Bake Cookies

Some days you just have to have a chocolate treat in the afternoon. I don't have a lot of ingredients on hand, but I ALWAYS have what I need to make good, old fashioned, no bake cookies. Read more for the recipe!

Work at Home Wednesday

Today's Work at Home Wednesday is more what I would wear if I had an unlimited budget for clothes. Check out those BOOTS!


Work at Home Wednesday


March 10, 2013

Single Serving Simple Baked Pancake


I love Sunday morning breakfast and this recipe is a family favorite! I remember when I was in high school visiting a Pannekoeken Huis restaurant - back when the waitstaff had to wear ridiculous costumes and wooden shoes. I sometimes still yell "PANNEKOEKEN" like they did at the restaurant  when they served one.

A whole baked pancake is WAY TOO MUCH food for one person, so I tweaked the recipe to make a single serving size. It's a very versatile recipe, though. I've doubled it and baked it in a pie pan, tripled it and baked it in a 9"x13" pan, and it always comes out just awesome! It's just right for a late breakfast and is super easy to make!

March 9, 2013

ALMOST out of dish soap!

Saturday is almost always cleaning day for me and today I've got my work cut out for me! It's been a super busy week as I launched my social media services biz where I set up Facebook and Twitter for small businesses and manage the accounts for them.


Anyhow, I went to tackle last nights dirty dishes (don't judge... I was TIRED!) and realized that I was almost out of dish soap. We have a dishwasher, but some things require a scrub. I JUST saw a tweet this morning from lifehacker on how to use a foaming soap dispenser to make dish soap last longer, so I thought I'd give it a try.

As you can see, there isn't even enough soap left to pump out onto my dishes.


I LOVE these Method bottles with the Orla Kiely designs on them. They are so pretty, I just can't throw them out, so I hit my storage shelf to find an empty foaming hand soap dispenser.


After cleaning it up a bit and making sure all of the hand soap was out of it, I measured 2 Tbsp. of the dish soap into the container. (That's how much soap the lifehacker page said you needed, so I wanted to be sure that I had enough.)


Once the measuring was done and I knew there was enough dish soap to give it a go, I tipped the bottle and let every bit drain out so it wouldn't go to waste.


I filled the foaming soap dispenser with water and shook gently until it was all blended and gave it a few pumps to make sure it was foaming... and it WAS! (Yep. I was surprised enough for those capital letters. Who knew?)


But would it really clean? I took my greasy, melty pan left from grilled roast beef and cheese sandwiches that had been sitting in the sink overnight and used two pumps of soap. A quick swipe with my scrubber and a rinse with hot water...


and it was clean! There wasn't any greasy residue or anything. It was just clean. I have always been a two pump soaper - that's two pumps of dish washing soap - so I was skeptical, but this clearly worked!


I'll definitely keep doing this in the future. Especially for those times when I'm just using the hand scrubber to clean up a single pan. It works great!

Thanks lifehacker! (if you'd like to see their original post, here is the link)
Cleaning Hacks: Use a Foaming Soap Dispenser to Make Dish Soap Last Longer by Shep McAllister

March 6, 2013

Work at Home Wednesday


This is my very favorite kind of thing to wear when I work at home. Comfortable, well-worn denim with a white, v-neck tee and a super soft cashmere or cotton sweater.

In the winter, I wear cozy Ugg boots (my office is over the garage and it gets chilly!) and in the summer I wear flip flops. This is pretty much a uniform for me!

You can tell that today I have spring fever something FIERCE because instead of showing boots in my collage, I'm showing the flip flops!  Summer can't come soon enough for me!

BTW - I used these glasses in my collection because I LOVE mine! I have about 10 pair of cheater readers floating around the house and none of them fit me properly - I always end up with red marks on my nose. These are made by MoralEyes and cost just $20 on amazon.com (about the same as a pair of cheaters) AND MoralEyes donates a pair of reading glasses to New Eyes for the Needy for every pair sold! They have a 90 day return policy too - no questions asked - so if you don't love them, you can just send them back for a full refund. 


March 3, 2013

Grandma Alma's BEST BANANA BREAD

My Dad's mom, Alma, was a wonderful cook. After her passing, my family worked together to create a cookbook of favorite family recipes - both from her and from my grandma Stella. I now have a treasured book full of all of the best recipes passed down through the generations. I treasure it so much, in fact, that the pages are WAVY from being spilled on and there is goop on the pages that feature my favorite recipes. The whole book needs replacing!

This morning I made a double batch of what was labeled, in my grandma Alma's opinion, to be the "BEST BANANA BREAD" and I think she was right! It's by far the best I've had and is my go-to banana bread recipe.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening (I use butter)
2 or 3 bananas
3/4 c. sour milk (I mix skim milk with lemon juice)
1 tsp. soda
1-3/4 c. flour
nuts, if desired (I don't)

Just combine all of the ingredients, mix well, put in a well greased and floured loaf pan, and bake for 1 hour at 350ยบ. You can be sure that it's done when the crack in the top of the bread feels dry to touch.
Once it's cooled enough, just remove it from the pan, slice it up and serve! I love it with a bit of butter on top and a hot cup of coffee.

This bread tastes great, it freezes well, and it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. It's so easy, I don't know why I don't make it more often. There is nothing more delicious than warm banana bread fresh out of the oven. Don't take my word for it! Try it for yourself and you'll agree that this is, in fact, the "BEST BANANA BREAD!"


photo credit: sajia.hall via photopin cc


March 1, 2013

Office Storage Makeover

My office looks like a disaster area. It's true. Not only is it an office for me, but it's also a home gym with a treadmill and a bike, a dressing room with a full closet of my clothes, (plus the clothes that are on the treadmill and the bike) purses, etc. and a place for the cats to do their thing(s) on the kitty tower and the litter box.

Oh yeah - and the kitty claimed my inbox as her own little bed under the lamp - where it's nice and warm!