Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday, August 31, 2011

Sharing a recipe today--everyone loves Snickerdoodles, a creamy, rich cookie rolled in sugar and cinnamon. Yum.


(from adjustments by me. Buy a fresh jar of cream of tartar every year. I use King Arthur brand flour. I like to let the dough rest in the refrigerator for a day or so before baking.

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Stir in the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. In a small bowl, stir together the 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the cinnamon. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, then roll the balls in the cinnamon-sugar. Place them onto an unprepared cookie sheet, two inches apart.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be slightly brown. Remove from sheets to cool on wire racks.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011--Knitting

Both of the striped hats are finished, and I am chugging along on the scarves now. No pics this week. I also worked a bit on the Art Sock, not even worth taking a picture for as I just did another inch or so. Maybe after this weekend, I'll have some picture worthy progress to show.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ooops--posts didn't get out like I planned.

Today I went through the lists for List Week Holiday Grand Plan. I pulled out the xmas gift lift from last year, and the Christmas card address list, and I will update those this weekend.

To completely change the subject, I am so enjoying my Kindle. I have recently finished reading Howard's End, then watched the movie as well.

Currently, I am reading "The House of Dr. Edwardes". It was recently highlighted on the Kindle freebies, and it was Alfred Hitchcock's basis for the movie "Spellbound". I definitely want to watch the movie again.

I am a daily visitor to the Best Sellers page. I find I am reading things I wouldn't normally pick, but it's been fun to "expand my horizons".

Last night I picked up some Agatha Christie books. I've been wanting to read her books since I watched the recent Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple shows on Masterpiece Theater.

And, lastly, I pre-ordered some Stephen King books. That will be good reading for Halloween.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Holiday Grand Plan Starts Today

For many years, I have followed the Holiday Grand Plan. It not only helps me prepare for the fall and winter holidays, but it also helps me clean my house.

It takes a while to set up, but it is well worth the effort. Here is the page for this week if you want to get started. You will be given a list of things to do, pages to print in order to get that notebook functional, and an area of the house to clean.

Today Hubby and I sat down and looked at my tentative work schedule and decided which days we would celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It is our tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I usually work the day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Day. That way my coworkers will have those days free, and I will have a better chance of having the days off I would like to have. Also it is a lot easier for the in-law families to have T-day without having to try and compete with us.

We celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. A little harder work this one out for work and family. We just do our best to get everyone together.

We talked about plans for a Christmas card, and this week I will review the address list. We will discuss other party plans and review the master gift list, deciding who we will include on the list and some general plans for gifts and budget some money for the holidays.

Holiday food is very important to us. We have a traditional menu for each of the holidays; each of the family members has a few special dishes. Sometimes they prepare the food themselves, but mostly I do the cooking. The older they get, the more they want to participate in the preparations.

This week the cleaning assignment is to clean and freshen the Front Porch. I'm hoping to squeeze in some cleaning in between work and Labor Day weekend plans. I need to paint the front door and replace the front door mat. I will review pictures from last year, and decide how this area will be decorated. I'd like to coordinate the plantings in the front porch area with the decorations, too. So I'll be reviewing and devising a planting schedule, too.

Seems like a lot to do, but spending a few minutes here and there, will make the holidays a lot less stressed.

Sunday is Weekly Review

Today is weekly review day. On my weekly review day, I strive to get things organized for the coming up week.

For this task, I follow the GTD (Getting Things Done) guideline.

1) All loose papers into inbox. For me, this consists of taking any papers that I have piled up on my desk/landing pad, etc. and placing them in one of two piles on my desk. The first pile is things I have to pay attention to this week. The other pile is placed in my file folder divider. It may be ads, coupons, magazines, papers with ideas for projects, or things that need to be filed.

2) Process your notes. I go thru the two piles and make notes in my Google calendar or on my Out of Milk app, or my Gtasks list. All of these integrate with my telephone, so I have all of that available whether I am at home or away from home.

3) Review previous calendar data--correct work times and use old data for new triggers. I zip through my lists on Out of Milk, and Gtasks, eliminating old "done" items, or outdated items. I also look thru last week's calendars to see if I missed anything, and use last week's data to trigger ideas for this week.

4) Review Upcoming Calendar : I go thru my calendars and make plans as to what I am going to be able to accomplish for the coming week. This will probably trigger items to add to the shopping lists, text messages or emails.

5) Empty your head: put in writing new projects actions, waiting fors, etc. and add to "getting things done":

6) Review action lists: mark off completed actions, review for reminders of further actions, steps to take.

8) Review Project Lists: review files, lists and pinterest.

9) Review any relevant checklists:

10) Review someday/maybe list: this gets done way too infrequently. nice for daydreaming.

11) Be Creative and Courageous: sometimes this is the hardest part. Keep repeating--JUST DO IT.

12) This is my final addition: Review lists and make sure everything syncs. Then sync to telephone. I am currently trying to use the most streamlined approach by having everything listed in my google calendar.