Monday, November 26, 2012

First week of 52 Weeks to an Organized Home

This week I am starting the 52 weeks to an organized home project. I do realize that this officially started in January, but I just found it yesterday. I guess us late comers have the advantage of being able to see everyone else's results and get ideas from them. 
So, the first week starts in the kitchen, specifically the counters and sink. So here are my before pics.

We shall call this the microwave corner. Although there is much more there than just that.

This one will be dubbed the coffee corner.

The sink.

And the catchall area.

So far I have removed the microwave (after cleaning the inside of it), along with everything on top of it, cleaned the window and sill behind it and the counter it sits on. The microwave will probably go right back where it is as this really is the best place for it. I also purchased a basket at wal-mart today to put all the mail and school papers that come in the door and normally get dumped in the catchall area. Its not an ideal size and it is fabric which is also not really a good idea in the kitchen but it will do for now until I find something else.
I'm thinking I will get rid of my old knife block but keep the knives in a drawer and only have my newer one on the counter, which will free up a little bit of room in the coffee corner area.
Of course all of this will get rearranged once all the xmas decorations come out but none the less it will make room for those and everything can go back to its new home after the holidays.
I will post after pics sometime this week once I get it all done.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

I love cooking with pumpkin in the fall. So I will try just about any recipe that features it. 
For this one you will need a shallow pan or bowl to mix all your ingredients in. I use a 6x6 baking dish.

Next is 1/4 cup of milk.

Then comes the pumpkin, 1/4
of a cup.
 2 eggs go in first.

Followed by 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

                            And 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon.

2 Tablespoons brown sugar (I used light brown      sugar).

   Then mix it all together, I doubled this recipe to make enough for five people.

Just dip your bread in, making sure to coat both sides. I used wheat bread.

  And if all goes well you will end up with a nice stack of yummy pumpkin pie french toast.

As always if you try it please let me know how it went.

Fall Mantle

I missed posting this yesterday, but wanted to get it on before I started changing the house for the winter holiday season.
So without further ado here is my fall corner of the home.

Just a few simple things can really make a big impact.