Happy Saturday! Please excuse my laziness!

So, happy Saturday!

I did not have a super productive week around the house. In fact, I may have just enjoyed being lazy a bit TOO much. πŸ™‚ I read four (yes, four) books, lazed in the hammock, and just generally got some rest. It was awesome. And it really is hard to do too much when your husband is on nights and sleeping during the day. It seems that the quieter I try to be, the louder I am. And much more likely to drop stuff.

So today I’m staying close to home and this is what’s going on right now:

1. I have a leftover rotisserie chicken simmering with some onions, carrots, and seasonings to make some yummy homemade chicken stock.

2. I have a pan of granola baking in the oven for yogurt parfaits and breakfast cereal.

3. I have ground beef thawing to my hubby chow mien casserole for dinner before he heads to work tonight. (Recipe to follow in notes. It’s something my mom made when we were growing up and he asked for it, so…)

4. I’m about to make him some no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies to share at work tonight. They’re his favorite and I don’t make them often because while all the ingredients are whole foods, he really doesn’t need to eat them all. πŸ™‚ But, man, are they good cold!

5. I’m menu planning for the month of June. I will at least finish with the first week. I’m also trying to write blog posts for the coming week. (I can be pretty quiet when I’m sitting here on the computer. I probably won’t wake the sleeping one.)

And I may or may not be drinking coffee as I’m doing these things. πŸ˜‰ Y’all know I love my coffee. And wishing I was at the beach…

Have a great weekend!

Lynne

Memorial Day

Praying you and your family have a safe and happy Memorial Day.  Remember the fallen…they’re the reason you have your freedoms today.

Kitchen challenge will continue tomorrow. 

Lynne 

  

Weekly Challenge: Kitchen Clean-up

Good Monday morning!

It’s weekly challenge time and we are in the kitchen. This week, it’s one small challenge each day. Easy peasy. These should take 15 minutes or less (definitely less than 30 minutes). You can do these challenges any time during the day. Whenever you can find those 15 minutes. Set your timer and get to work. Here are the challenges for this week. You may need to keep a “donate” or “yard sale” box handy.

Monday: Clean out your “junk” drawer. The junk drawerΒ really needs a better name. If you just have junk in your junk drawer, toss it. And if your junk drawer isn’t in the kitchen, clean it out anyway.

Tuesday: Look through your kitchen utensils. Do you have ten spatulas? Weird utensils that you don’t even know the purpose of? Anything you don’t use on a regular basis – or have never used – gets tossed into the donate/yard sale box.

Wednesday: Clean out your silverware drawer. Take everything out. Vacuum and wipe out the drawer. Wash and dry your utensil sorter if you have one. Put everything back nice and neat.

Thursday: Look through your kitchen appliances. Anything you don’t use? Like…ever? Add it to your donate/yard sale box. (Side Note: My Cuisanart Griddler is going away. I detest that thing!) If you never, ever use your Belgian waffle maker that takes up half of a cabinet you could use for storing something you DO use, let it go.

Friday: Clean your cabinet fronts and knobs. I use Murphy’s Oil to clean the fronts of my cabinet doors and drawers. Then I use disinfecting wipes to wipe down all cabinet knobs, appliance handles (dishwasher, oven, stove top, fridge).

Done! Next week, we’ll do a little more in the kitchen. Little by little, bit by bit.

Have a GREAT week!

Lynne

Planning, Laundry, Menus

Happy Friday!
We are going to do some challenges next week – one small one each day. Yay!

For today (and/or tomorrow, wash everyone’s sheets and give everyone in your family some nice fresh sheets to fall asleep on tonight. (Plus, we’re getting this one out of the way before next week.)

If you can hang them on the clothesline, all the better. One of my favorite smells is clothesline-fresh sheets. Ahh!

Also, if you aren’t a meal planner, plan three easy meals for dinners next week. Here’s what’s on my plan:

Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Tuesday: Tacos, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice

Wednesday: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches, Steak Fries

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Baked Potato and Salad “Bars”

Saturday: BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Roasted Veggies

I’ll post links to these recipes in the comments when I get home to my computer. (I’m on the road right now. Not driving!)

Y’all have a great weekend! Get those sheets washed! πŸ™‚

Lynne 

Dinner is served!

Hi, all!

Finally…I am recovered from my trip last week and a big Mother’s Day Sunday at church. Fixed my family a real meal tonight. πŸ™‚ We had honey-dijon grilled chicken (link below), homemade mac-n-cheese, and green beans. Yum!

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2014/06/25/honey-dijon-chicken/

I spent the afternoon relaxing in my hammock – which finally got hung as part of my Mother’s Day gift. I now have my own little oasis in the back yard. I quite like it!

Have a great evening! I’m getting ready to watch “Dancing with the Stars.” And really hoping the rain doesn’t cause the satellite service to go out!

Blessings,

Lynne

  

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone had a great week! It’s been busy around here, and will be more do next week as I head to Atlanta for a work conference. Today will be taken up with preparing for a yard sale tomorrow. 

I just want to sit and drink coffee and read. Sigh. 

Lynne πŸ™‚