What I’m Into July 2014

Cooking – Chocolate zucchini cake, apricot jam, zucchini and tomato fry

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basically fry sliced zucchini in butter until softened with salt/pepper/herb du provence, add chopped tomatoes and simmer together for a few minutes. I like plenty of tomatoes for a saucy scramble, yum.  Good with garlic toast or with eggs for breakfast.

Best Reads – Families Where Grace is in Place, How We Love,  A Homemade Life, Pie It Forward, The Rain Stomper, Who’s Hiding?, A Roar of a Snore

Organization – Reduced available dishes in the kitchen for more efficient clean-up, shifted my sewing space to the living room for easier sewing during baby play, rearranged the master bedroom(long needed, pics soon)

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Projects! Projects everywhere!

Clearly I haven’t been blogging recently, so what have I been up to?  Looooving summer, that’s what!

First of all, we’ve found it next to impossible to keep up with the kitchen cleaning for the last year.  It’s truly disgusting.  Part of the problem is that I have so many dishes(I love dishes far too much) that there is really no urgency to wash them every day.  Things stack and the sink is good sized and hey, why wash a spoon and bowl when there is another couple dozen clean in the cabinet.  But this was the state of the kitchen way too often.

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Should mention that we haven’t used a dishwasher for over a year. Ours broke and we’re too picky to replace it. Would it help? I don’t know. The way the old one was working things had to be 90%clean before they went in, and they came out 70% clean. Stupid. So we hand wash it all.

Oh. My. Word.  Everything on the counter is dirty.  I have to say, I wash at least a sinkful of dishes every day, but if that sinkful is pots and pans, or the silverware, it really doesn’t make much dent in the worst of the cluttery stuff.  I should have opened the cupboards to show that I still have probably that much again still clean.  I just have tons of great dishes, but if I have to do an hour of cleanup just to expose the counters enough to cook?  Insane.  Especially when I find myself using(and then washing) a bunch of dishes I’m apathetic about because some part of me “saves” dishes for special occasions.  So I got rid of a box of stuff that wasn’t used/was too much/didn’t love.  Then, after three two hour washing sessions over three days I got everything clean and away and declared that things were changing.   Continue reading

Saving My Sanity With Easy Toy Rotation

I’ve mentioned before that I rotate toys, so I thought I should show a bit of what that looks like here.  I love toy rotating because it is totally simple to clean up at the end of the day and because it really helps Ascher to focus in his play.  I always know when we have too many toys out because he goes through and dumps everything out without playing with it and gets really whiny and distracted and generally hard to live with.  Also, too many toys out means it takes forever(I mean, more than the five minutes it ought to) to get the toys put away at bedtime, which makes ME whiny and distracted and hard to live with.  :D

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Pumpkin on My Mind(or Life, Parenthetically)

I lovelovelove how productivity has this tendency to snowball!  Over the course of the day(in and around keeping babies happy and fed and napped, of course!) I sewed a new cloth pumpkin, straightened the living room, washed, folded, and put away several loads of laundry, baked a loaf of bread, broke down and roasted a pumpkin, then made pumpkin soup(YUM!) and puree for the freezer, had a lovely visit with a sister(Ben and I have 11!) who helped with pumpkin peeling and snuggled Wilona while I kept cooking(Thank you Beth, for the help!).  Then I took Ascher for a bedtime run.  I have since been enjoying chocolate milk, roasting pumpkin seeds, and perusing many beautiful pumpkin recipes on Pinterest.

Pretty much my house smells incredible and looks reasonably tidy and I feel motivated and happy and the babies are happy and fat and I’m totally on a pre-holiday buzz(Black Friday ads are coming out!).  It was a good day for feeding my storehouse of “yes I can” moments for rallying on those days when life with littles is harder to manage.

Shameless bragging, I suppose, but there it is, I was just a domestic goddess today.  ;)  Check back tomorrow to see me in my pjs all day doing nothing but feeding people, haha.  :)

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Day 26 of 31 – Rearranging Pics

I was going to post these yesterday, but Wilona and I were both tired and grumpy, so we both went to bed before 9pm and I never finished.  I did, however, get 11 hours of sleep and Wilona got a 9(!!) hour stretch, which was lovely.  Gotta make that “more sleep” thing happen more often.

So, here, a day late, are pics of how our main room got moved around a bit.

Our new little office space…

The living room…

Day 25 of 31 – In Which I Move Everything

This afternoon while babies napped I was hit with inspiration for rearranging furniture.  I moved a spice rack from on top of the fridge so I could move the microwave(and moved the fridge so I could plug it in) so I could move the clothes drying rack so I could move a desk and a computer set-up and adjusted the dining table/chairs.  Then I moved the drying rack again and put a bookshelf there instead.   Then I moved a recliner and Ascher’s toys and a coffee table and adjusted the couch and the end tables.  And no, not all during naptime.

Basically the idea was to move the desk from the (crowded) living room in order to make it and the computer more easily used.  The dining space by the back door wasn’t being used efficiently, so with the desk and the bookshelf I created a teeny tiny office space there by the dining room table.  Then I was able to move the recliner into the desk’s old spot, which got it out of the middle of the room and consolidated the floor space.

I still need to vacuum and finish decluttering, but this setup is extremely refreshing and functional.  I love layouts that make the room feel as big as possible and this one is possibly the best we’ve had so far.  I’m pleased.

Why the rearranging?  Well, I’ll need a place for the Christmas tree soon(seven weeks, haha)!

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Right Now

Right now…

  • A small rosy person snuggles happily against my leg as he gets his first nap.
  • I’m sitting on my phone to smother its persistent chirp of imminent death.
  • Wind cheerfully buffets the trees outside the window.
  • I’m enjoying that Ben has help for the mass of spring yard work and garden prep that has been only touched on through his usual six day work weeks.
  • I’m plotting the most efficient path of lunch making for the hard workers, soon as the baby wakes.
  • Laundry beckons, reminding me that Ben’s work clothes need washed for tomorrow.
  • I’m needing to make a list of things to get done before baby girl is born.  The time is growing short!