December 10 – Holiday Cookies

The first two batches of Yuletide cookies are baked and iced.  Gingerbread and Sugar cookies makes the house smell so lovely.  No snow so far this year, but it’s pretty chilly out.

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December Decorating – – Dec 3rd.

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Holiday Montage

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Yule – Thinking about the Holidays Ahead

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15 minutes mission – Keys

Inspired by Declutter 365 I decided to take on the “Create a Designated Spot for Keys” challenge.  We have a little trouble finding keys around here.  I can usually find mine unless someone else can’t find theirs and take my keys instead.  We’ve settled on hooks for the kids, hooks for the hubby, hooks for the rarely used and a bowl for mine.

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Preserving the Late Summer Harvest

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

cherry tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Put cherry tomatoes into a clean jar.  Heat the other ingredients to boiling and pour over the tomatoes.  Wait a few days before eating

Oven Roast Tomato Sauce

Preheat the oven to 450º F.

Pour 1-2 T olive oil into a large bowl and add the 3 peeled cloves garlic, 1 t dried basil (I had some dried leaves in a bowl on the counter), and 1 t salt and 1/2 t ground pepper.

Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally and remove the stems. Toss the tomatoes with the oil and seasonings, then lay them down cut side down on a parchment line baking sheet.

Roast in the oven until the skins wrinkle up – about 30-35 minutes, The skins will come off easily; remove them and dry the skins and herbs in a dehydrator for tomatoe powder.

Adjust salt as needed and place in a jar or use right away.

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The 20/10 Challenge – Labor Day

This morning we began a fairly extensive 20/10 challenge.  We are having the carpet and the furniture in the living room cleaned so everything had to come out.  

 

While it’s out, I might as well declutter too.  The only problem is now I have to wait for everything to dry to start putting things back and decide what to get rid of.

soooooo……. while we wait for the carpet to dry, I decided to to a 20/10 challenge on the upstairs hallway.  I forgot to take a before photo but I did remove a window fan, a folding table, a painting of a duck on wood, two hot tub filters, two piggy banks, and a fishing rod.  I dusted the shelves and the little table, hung up the blue peg board for a “chores for hire” message board (don’t worry, those are mostly $1’s), vacuumed, and cleaned the baseboards.  It’s so nice now – it’s been a mess for months.

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The 20/10 Challenge – The Entry

Today’s 20/20 Challenge was a doozy.  I decided to tackle the front entry, including the coat closet.

  • I used the first 20 to remove items from the entry to sort out those that have no particular purpose in that area.  I moved them into the dining room and then wiped down the baseboard molding and bottom step.
  • The second 20 was used to remove the coats, bags, baskets, boxes, and Yuletide decorations from the coat closet – – what a mess.
  • The third 20 minutes flew by while I went through the coats and boxes, bags and baskets – consolidating, identifying the owners, making piles for donation.
  • During the fourth 20 minutes I put back the bins of decorations, the coats, made a couple of baskets with scarves, mittens and hats, another basket for my bag and purse to land, set up the umbrella stand and put out a wooden bowl for keys and spare change.
  • It looks great now. It will also function much better. Everything in the room is there because it should be, not just because there is no where else to put it. I just need to figure out what to do with all of the things I was hiding in that room.
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Biscuits

 Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Cut the cold butter into the flour until it resembles meal.
  4. Stir in the rest of the ingredients just until well incorporated.
  5. Roll out the dough to desired thickness and cut out your biscuits.
  6. Bake them on a cookie sheet or cast iron skillet for 13-17 minutes removing when biscuits are golden brown and fluffy.
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The 20/10 Challenge – the scary kitchen drawers

Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school on Tuesday.  With the long vacation, our usual summer cleaning didn’t happen to I’m trying to squeeze some in now.  Today I employed the 20/10 strategy again – work 20minutes, rest 10 minutes.  The drawers in the kitchen island hold a lot of odds and end and get really cluttered over time.

I purged a few items and reorganized what was left. Everything is neat as a button.

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