Monday, June 29, 2009

Menu Monday - June 29

Hello everyone out there in my blogosphere. It's been a few weeks since my last Menu Monday. That's because I was with my family on our summer vacation trip to our family's lake house in South Carolina. I plan to post photos soon along with my organizing tips for vacations and trips. In the meantime I hope your week is starting off good with a nice plan for your dinner meals. Here is mine:

Monday - Spaghetti with marinara sauce, garlic bread, salad

Tuesday - Grilled BBQ chicken, fried egg noodles, corn

Wednesday - Hamburgers and hot dogs, cole slaw, french fries

Thursday - Pork chops, mashed potatoes, peas

Friday - Baked Ziti, garlic bread, salad

Saturday - Fourth of July bbq! Have fun!

Sunday - Sirloin steak, baked potato, corn

Bon Appetit!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Very Delicious Non-Mayo Cole Slaw

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law last month when we were visiting in South Carolina. It is so delicious and adaptable. The original recipe is as a side dish but the other day I added some boiled shrimp and it made a delicious meal. You can add any meat item like chicken or pork and it will be just as delicious.


2 pk crushed ramen noodles
1/2 Cup slivered almonds
4 T sesame seeds
3 T butter

Brown the above ingredients in butter and cool.

1 - 16 oz package of prepackaged cole slaw
2/3 cup salad oil
2 T rice vinegar (white is fine too)
4 T sugar
1 T black pepper
2 T soy sauce
1 pk of chicken flavoring from the ramen noodles mix

Whisk together all of the wet ingredients and pour over the slaw. Add the butter mixture. Toss it all together. Add any kind of meat you like for a main course.

You can refrigerate this or serve immediately.

Bon Appetite

Friday, June 5, 2009

Declutter A Space

Do you look at a space that needs to be decluttered and wonder where to start? You just look at the space and scratch your head in disgust and then put it off for another day? It’s easy to get into this kind of situation especially if you let the decluttering process overwhelm you. But I have found that the most effective approach to decluttering is similar to dieting. If your goals are too extreme and seemingly impossible you will never get to the goal. You need to make your goals simple and small and do-able.

Let’s use the kitchen as an example. The entire kitchen needs to be decluttered including the cabinets, drawers, refrigerator, and pantry. Instead of trying to tackle all of those areas, concentrate on the drawers first. After you are done, you can either stop or move to the next area. It all depends on your comfort level. Try to remember that the clutter didn’t happen overnight so it won’t be overnight that it will all get cleaned up. It takes some time and patience but the rewards are really wonderful.

So let’s take the drawer example. Like any decluttering or organizing job, the first thing you need to do is completely empty the contents of the area you are organizing. In this case, you should completely empty the drawer (s). You will then need to start going through your items and setting up two small piles, one for trash and one for keep. You might be asking how you know which pile to put the item in. While I plan to write a future post on this, a good general rule of thumb is that if you have not used the item in the last 6 months, chances are you will never use it. Throw it out. If it doesn’t work such as old batteries, dried up pens, or anything that has not worked in a long time throw it out.

Now take the pile of saved items and start returning them to the drawer. To be really super organized, I put drawer organizers in each of my drawers whether the drawer is for silverware or forpens/pencils/batteries. You can buy those at any local hardware or Target store for a reasonable price.

Put the items back in the drawers in a logical fashion. Pens go together. Batteries go together, knives go together. The key to organizing is to make things simpler and easier to get to and get around so that you don’t waste a lot of time sifting through drawers and searching through piles looking for that one item that is “around here somewhere”.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Menu Monday - June 1

Happy Monday Morning! It's Menu Monday and I am curious as to how you all did last week with your menu planning. I did ok..not terrible. I hit about 50% of my meals planned because of a few glitches like me having to work later than expected. It's the start of hurricane season today and being a South Floridian it's not typically one of my favorite milestones of the year. Having said that, I do know that this means hurricane preparations lie in the not too distant future as I have to stock up on supplies. In the meantime I have prepared my weekly menu and as always my goal is to hit 100% of the meals here.

Monday - Chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, and veggies.

Tuesday - Pork chops, applesauce, green salad

Wednesday - Shrimp pasta with oranges on arugula

Thursday - Pizza, green salad

Friday - Tilapia with marinara sauce, broccoli

Saturday - Day off eating out with family.

Have a great week!