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  1. Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Week 607 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Hello, everyone! Just now getting to my weekly menu planning because I’m still on my konmari kick. It feels good to clean out and organize but man am I sick of cleaning out and organizing. 😉 ANYWAY…time to get this week’s dinner plans in gear.

    Week 607 Weekly Dinner Menu from This Week for Dinner: Red beans and rice, chicken soup, asian salad and more

    MONDAY:
    Red Beans & Rice

    TUESDAY:
    – Chicken Soup with Rice

    WEDNESDAY:
    Pat’s Asian Chicken Salad
    – Nate and I are going to see David Sedaris! Can’t wait!

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    SATURDAY:
    – Eat out night

    SUNDAY:
    Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
    – Potatoes and Carrots

    You know the drill…please share your own meal plans in the comments! Thank you! Have a great week!


  2. Friday, January 11, 2019

    Friday Show & Tell: I Caught the Tidy Bug and It Feels Great!

    Marie Kondo and her magical tidying-up ways are all the rage…again. AND WITH GOOD REASON. Have you seen her new show on Netflix? It’s wonderful, both because there are tons of great tips and inspiration and Marie Kondo is the cutest human and you’ll totally fall in love with her.

    Photo of Marie Kondo from Netflix's new show "Tidying Up" | Photo Credit Denise Crew/NetflixPhoto credit: Denise Crew/Netflix

    Last week the kids and I visited two of my aunts while we traipsing around the West in our minivan. Both of these aunts have very tidy homes (I know for a fact at least one of them read Marie’s book years ago). Stepping into their homes and finding my way around their kitchens/cleaning supplies/whatever was no problem because everything was so organized, logical and easy to see. While all of it was inspiring, the thing that really stuck with me was my Aunt Barb’s pantry shelves. Sure, they looked great, but more importantly I noticed that she very clearly only stocks the foods she uses on a regular basis. I know, DUH. This should be obvious, but I had so much food I’ve kept for years (and even moved from house to house) that I was never going to use. So, I came home and immediately started cleaning out my food drawers and shelves.

    Photo of my newly-organized kitchen food shelves

    Then Nate told me that Marie Kondo had a new show on Netflix called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. We bought her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up years ago but I never read it. It seemed the fates were trying to tell me something, what with the tidy aunties and the tidy TV show converging on me. Anna and I watched a few episodes over the weekend and, well, I’ve been an organizing Tasmanian devil all week.

    I didn’t do any before-the-tidying-frenzy photos, but I did take some after shots! (On my iPhone so my photography is, well, not awesome…but whatever, this isn’t a photography lesson, amiright? I’m tired after all this cleaning, too tired to pick up my heavy camera.)

    Organizing The Kitchen

    Newly-organized canned goods shelf as inspired by Marie Kondo

    Most every shelf, cabinet and drawer got cleaned out and organized this week. Previously all my canned goods resided in the drawer you see below. Which means I couldn’t see all the cans easily. But also I hardly ever used anything that was in that drawer, the drawer that happens to be the most accessible in my kitchen. Out all the cans went (holy crap some of them were old…you can see the rings from a leaky, rusty can in the drawer that I couldn’t clean off!), and I put the good cans of food on a shelf in the garage, where everything is super easy to see and, therefore, actually useful. I put things in drawer-previously-known-as-the-useless-canned-food-drawer that we use on a regular basis and even ended up with room to spare. (One of my favorite things in life are empty spaces in closets and drawers!) This is only one major change that happened in the kitchen this week…I won’t bore you with the rest, but needless to say using my kitchen is now 100% easier.

    One of my food storage drawers, newly organized and much easier to use

    Clothing

    We’re not quite done cleaning out everyone’s clothes, but most of it is done. The way Marie Kondo folds clothes is fantastic. Owen knows how to do it now and was super excited to organize his drawers. As I went through all his shirts with him there was one that he never wears and I was surprised when he said he wanted to keep it. When I asked him why he never wears it he said, “Because I can’t ever see it.” Now he can see all his shirts, again making the things we have more useful! I am really hoping as we get into the normal routine of life we can maintain this folding technique when doing laundry because it is awesome. I’ll keep you posted!

    My son's t-shirt drawer, with all the clothes folded the Marie Kondo way

    Bathrooms

    Every single drawer and shelf in both our bathrooms was completely emptied and then organized. Like food, there was stuff in there we hadn’t touched in ages (sometimes over a decade!). We went from completely stuffed cabinets and drawers to having room to spare. Again, everything is viewable and therefore more useful. Here’s our medicine cabinet, organized by category. It’s like a pharmacy!

    Our newly-organzied medicine cabinet, one that would make any pharmacist happy!

    Everything Else

    I cleaned out closets, linens, shoes, you name it. Here’s my cloth napkin drawer, where now I have room for dish cloths and my vacuum attachments. This drawer is like a whole new person (you know, if drawers were people).

    Cloth napkin drawer after going through the Marie Kondo method

    We kept the things we use regularly as well as those things that spark joy, we recycled/tossed/donated everything else, and then we tidied up. And it was the best use of my time in our home in a long time. Thanks Aunt Sue, Aunt Barb and Marie Kondo!

    Happy New Year and Happy Tidying!


  3. Sunday, January 6, 2019

    Week 606 Weekly Dinner Menu

    Happy New Year! Might I suggest meal planning as a resolution? I’ll share my own food-and-the-environment resolution in the next week or two!

    Week 606 Weekly Dinner Menu for week of 1/7/19: Monday - Tacos; Tuesday - Fajita Rice Bowls; Wednesday - Crispy Coconut Chicken; Thursday - Leftovers; Friday - Chicken Soup with Rice; Saturday - Hors D'Oeuvres Night; Sunday - Fettuccine Alfredo

    MONDAY:
    Cora’s Ground Beef Tacos

    TUESDAY:
    – Fajita Rice Bowls

    WEDNESDAY:
    – Crispy Coconut Chicken (stealing this idea from Vicki’s menu last week!)

    THURSDAY:
    – Leftovers

    FRIDAY:
    Chicken Soup with Rice

    SATURDAY:
    – Hors D’Oeuvres Extravaganza (have a few friends over that night, details TBD)

    SUNDAY:
    – Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
    – Salad

    Your turn! Share those weekly meal plans in the comments below! (Remember, it’s the best new year’s resolution ever, and posting your menu here each week is a great way to stay accountable. Just sayin’.)