Friday, September 9, 2011

Delicious. Make it.

I made a really delicious meal last night, Coconut Shrimp with Basil Spinach. Wowsers, and oh my gosh. Delicious! No pic, we ate it too fast! Thank you to foodonthetable.com (I do not use this system, but if all the recipes are this good, I would consider it!)

Holiday Grand Plan: Question Week and Living Room Cleaning

This week is supposed to be the Living Room cleaning week and "Questions" Week. My living room is all ready pretty durn clean, but could use some redecorating for the fall season. And some organizing of the storage. And I haven't even done the cleaning and projects for LAST WEEK. Ugh. Work. Travel. I. will. do. it. But for now, organizing it in my head will make it easier to actually DO when I DO get to it. Here is the link to this week's projects on the Holiday Grand Plan site.
Week Two? It's all about questions during Question Week in the Holiday Grand Plan. During this week, we'll continue making lists and planning our holiday. We'll get in touch with our values through important questions. In the cleaning component, we tackle the living room, decluttering and deep-cleaning to prepare for holiday entertaining.
Ready? Let's get organized with the Holiday Grand Plan! Deep Cleaning/Organizing Area: Living Room * Living Room * Living Room Cleaning Checklist
As I said, the living room is pretty clean. I want to redecorate for fall, organize the storage units (entertainment center and coffee table), and oh, yes, make some new pillows.
Holiday Prep: * Buy extra flour, sugar, shortening, etc. * Make one extra meal for the freezer labeled HOLIDAY MEAL. This should be large enough to feed the family plus two people. (Find recipes and ideas for freezer cooking at OrganizedHome.Com's Freezer Cooking Guide.)
I added flour, sugar, shortening, and some other stuff to the grocery list. I do plan to make some cookies/breads, etc. I like to have my everyday food cooked fresh, but have put some sale meats/veggies/fruit in the freezer.
Browse Week: * Develop ideas for gifts, decorations. * Order Christmas cards and address labels. * For your friends of other religions take the time to find out what their major holiday is and look for an appropriate card to send to them at that time. * Divide gift responsibilities with other family members.
Yes. I need to look at my pinterest ideas for Xmas gifts and stocking stuffers, and make some lists and plans. Christmas cards, hmm. Definitely will be say "Happy Holidays" kind of things, not Merry Xmas things. Dividing gift responsibilities is a given around here. Hubby is so good at helping out. And he enjoys it.
Ask these questions: * Do I see Christmas time primarily as a time for entertaining friends and renewing long lost acquaintances or as a time for family? * How much emphasis do our Christmas activities place on the spiritual side of Christmas? * How involved is my family in the Christmas preparation? * What activities are particularly important to our family at Christmas? To myself? * Why do we observe the traditions we do in our house? * How important is an elaborately decorated house, homemade gifts or food, to my feelings about Christmas? * What would my ideal Christmas be like?
This is definitely and primarily a time for family. Spiritual emphasis, not so much. Family involved. Activities? Traditions? Eating together. Decorating the Xmas tree. Talking. Opening presents. Decorating? Why, of course. More elaborate every year. Ideal? Well, it may not be ideal, but it is all good in the end.

Organized makeup drawer

I love having my makeup drawer organized. It sooooo helps me when I am getting ready for work to have all my goodies easy to find and, well, there. I snagged the idea for the trays that are velcro'd to the drawer somewhere on the internet. Let me tell you, it has really helped me to keep this area organized. I had the silverplate trays all ready, a wedding gift from long, long, ago. I bought the white tray at Target on the clearance rack. I think I paid $4.00 for it. So perfect. The trays unloaded:
And the trays loaded:
All the basics. In one place. Easily accessible. Simply stored. The black bag in the back right is my makeup. It is a hanging travel bag. On the inside I have all my makeup stored. I pull it out, lay it flat on the counter and when I'm finished, I roll it back up and slide it back into the drawer. The little black bag holds all my tools such as tweezers and brushes. In the front are my everyday skin care products. I have sensitive facial skin, and the Patricia Wexler products from Bath and Body Works are the only products I have been able to use that don't break out my skin. The Skin Regenerating Serum is magic. Expensive, but magic. The Shea Cashmere hand lotion is so luxurious feeling on my skin, and the smell is soft and vanilla-y. Deodorant. Good stuff.

Crafty goodness. Friday, September 9, 2011

Both of the striped hats are finished, and I am chugging along on the scarf now.
Made a teeny bit of progress on the Art Sock, an inch or so. Realized I lost my way on the heel. Reconsidering the whole project. Actually knitting two of these is looking--well, not good.
Also made some progress on the redwork pillow.
Finally for crafty goodness today, I finished two pages on Oldest Son's school scrapbook. Very simple. And, easy.

Catch-Up

I have a lot of catching up to do. So much has been happening due to work and the Labor Day Weekend. Oh, and what a weekend it was. My sweet daughter-in-law and I were talking about the weekend and she commented that it was definitely a boys weekend. Both of us have pictures of all the stuff the boys did. Grandbuddy caught his first fish. Okay, well, Uncle J.C. actually caught it, but Gbuddy reeled it in and was quite proud of his catch.
We had a lovely view of the lake from our townhouse.
Grandpa, Daddy and Grandbuddy had a lovely time walking up and down a bridge we found on a back road, on the search for good fishing spots.
Grandpa made his famous chili, the first of the season, and everyone enjoyed it mightily. I would say that the other contestants in the Chili Cookoff had better beware. That was some good chili! We had a lovely four mile hike through the woods. Didn't take my camera, but the walk was oh so beautiful, and we had such good conversation along the way. The cool weather was so, so welcome, and when we got home, the temperature had cooled off some twenty degrees, also very, very welcome.