- Make a proper hot chocolate with all the trimmings.
- Make a London Fog.
- Read a favorite book from childhood
- Start a book by a favorite author
- Start a book by a new author
- Bake bread and give a loaf to a friend
- Bake a new cookie recipe and take the to school
- Bake a pie for the lunch crew
- Hang a new string of fairy lights somewhere in the house.
- Go for a walk to gather pretty leaves, twigs, feathers, berries, flowers and nuts then make a nature mandala.
- Cosy up with a favorite film from your childhood.
- Go to a great movie with a friend
- Cook dinner with fresh herbs.
- Wear something woolly.
- Wear a warm sweater with comfy leggings.
- Dress the bed with fresh, clean, linens.
- Have an at-home facial.
- Have a pedicure.
- Fill the bird feeders.
- Have a candlelit bath.
- Blow the dust off your board games and spend an evening away from the TV.
- Try out a new farm shop
- Try out a new local restaurant
- Try restorative yoga
- Go for a nice walk
- Make a scented or beeswax candle.
- Find the perfect lightbulb for the bedside lamp.
- Start knitting a new scarf
- Start crocheting a washcloth
- Make a playlist for cooking dinner and eating
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.
Pickled 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.
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.
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.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine flour, salt, and baking powder.
- Cut the cold butter into the flour until it resembles meal.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients just until well incorporated.
- Roll out the dough to desired thickness and cut out your biscuits.
- Bake them on a cookie sheet or cast iron skillet for 13-17 minutes removing when biscuits are golden brown and fluffy.