Thursday, September 20, 2018

Domestic Doings

The past couple of weeks have had a few challenges that have kept me from getting as much done around the house, but I have managed a few things including:



I managed to take the cupboard above the refrigerator from this mess...


To this.  Not a huge accomplishment, but I feel much better whenever I need to open this cupboard.


I made a batch of my favorite raspberry jam bars.  I will share the recipe soon.


I also tried a new recipe for lemon poppy seed muffins.  They were good, but not perfect.  I will probably try them again, with a few tweaks, before I share the recipe.


I also, of course, kept up with the mundane daily tasks around this place.  Pairing socks is one of my least favorite tasks.  I usually have to talk myself into it by turning on a movie and just sitting down and getting it done.  My husband keeps trying to turn this over to the boys, but unfortunately, they are not very detail oriented and I end up with my seven-year-old's sock being matched up with one of my fourteen-year-old's socks.  That does not work so well, and ends up causing me more work later.  So, for now, I am still the chief sock matcher-upper around here. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Domestic Doings

I have just a few pictures to share this week.


First of all, and most importantly, my oldest boy turned fourteen.  He always lets me do fun things for his cake, so this year I decided to do a donut tower - 14 donuts for 14 years!  All of my boys loved it, and a couple asked if they could have a donut tower for their birthday.  That is totally okay with me, because this is about the easiest birthday cake I have ever made.


I am sharing one more shot, just because it was such a hit. (And because I am a little short on pictures this week ;). )


I am also working on getting my kitchen organized.  I will share more pictures as I get to them, but for today, here is a picture of my organized medicine cabinet.  Well, most of it is a medicine cabinet. As you can see, the top shelf holds a few disposable pans and containers I can use when I need to take food to someone, and I don't want them to have to worry about returning dishes.


Finally, I dusted off the old sewing machine and worked on a quilt.  Hopefully I will have more progress to show on this quilt soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

German Pancakes


Last week, I mentioned that I made German Pancakes for breakfast.  There are several variations of this recipe to be found out on the internet, but this one is my favorite.

I often make this recipe a little healthier by only adding half the amount of butter into the pan, and then replacing it with applesauce in the batter.   I have also made this recipe with some or all white wheat flour, omitted the dusting of powdered sugar, and served with fresh fruit rather than syrup.

Here is the recipe in its original form.

You can click here for a printable copy of this recipe.

German Pancakes

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp. butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
½ tsp. Salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 350.  Put butter in a 9x13 pan and put it in the oven, while it is preheating, to melt. Put all remaining ingredients in a blender and blend well, scraping down the sides if necessary.  When the butter is melted, and the oven is ready, pour the batter into the hot pan and put back in the oven. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar.  Serve warm with syrup.




Friday, August 31, 2018

Organized Pantry

I am lucky enough to have a large (not fancy) pantry/storage room just off my kitchen, but in my kitchen, I have a small pantry where I keep most of my everyday food and cooking spices and seasonings.  Last week, I decided it was time for it to get cleaned and organized again.


If you remember, in last week's Domestic Doings post, I showed a snapshot of some shelf paper.  This is the project that I was working on.  I love all the fancy schmancy pantries on Pinterest that are painted and wallpapered and perfectly organized with matching bins and baskets.  I did not feel like I had the kind of time or money to turn my little pantry into a show piece like that , but I could make it just a little cuter with some shelf paper, and get it back into a good state of organization.


So, I am sharing just a few pictures of my organized pantry.  Obviously some things needed to be restocked when I took these pictures, but I think you can still get the basic idea of my simple pantry organization.


I cook a lot, and I like to cook a lot of different kinds of food, so I have a lot of different spices and seasonings.  Basically one whole shelf is dedicated to them, but to relieve that shelf just a little, I put several of my most used spices in these little magnetic containers and hung them on the door.  I also hung a little "map" on the corner that tells me what spices are where, since several of them look similar.

I put some shingle flashing up on the door with some caulking (My husband assured me he could fix any damage if I ever decide I want to take it down).  Then, I put spices in magnetic canisters that I got from Ikea.  I tried to find them on Ikea's website, but I couldn't.  I did find some similar ones on Amazon, but I am not including a link, because it is hard for me to recommend something that I haven't actually tried and liked.


It is so nice to have this pantry clean and organized again, and made just a little cuter with the easy addition of some shelf paper.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Domestic Doings

These are some of the fun domestic things that I have done this past week.


I made our favorite chocolate chip muffins for Sunday Breakfast.


Then, on Monday morning, I realized I was without any of our regular breakfast staples, so I whipped up some German Pancakes to feed my boys before school.  I will share my favorite recipe soon.


I tried two new cookie recipes this week.  First, I made these yummy Glazed Lemon Crinkles.  I will try to share this recipe soon too.


I also made these soft chocolate cookies.  They were easy and sooo good.  I got the recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and made the changes she suggested for high altitudes.

I just now realized that I dont' have any other pictures to share with you of my domestic life this week.  That is because a project has taken up most of my free time.  I will be sharing it soon, but for now, here is a little hint. . .



Monday, August 27, 2018

Living Room


Today, I am sharing my living room.  It got its good cleaning last week, so I snapped a few pictures.


This room is right off the front entry to my house and it always looks pretty much like this.  I love this room because it is always clean, but it was in need of a good deep cleaning.


I washed the window and cleaned out the window tracks.  I pulled out the couches and swept and mopped underneath them and gave everything a good dusting.  Please don't pay any attention to my console table decor.  It has obviously not been finished.


I also cleaned all the baseboards, vacuumed the couches and rug, and fluffed all the pillows.


This room is fresh and clean, and ready to be enjoyed.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Domestic Doings

Some of the things that have kept me busy around the house this week . . .


I made these yummy double chocolate muffins for my kids for breakfast on Saturday.  This recipe makes a big batch, so I was able to put a bunch in the freezer for breakfasts/snacks throughout the week.  The recipe is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe and can be found here.


I also made a double batch of our favorite blueberry muffins with streusel topping.  A bunch of these went in the freezer too. I blogged about them and shared the recipe several years ago.

Also, I totally love my 24 cup muffin tin.  I have added an affiliate link to the bottom of the post, if you are interested.  I highly recommend it!


I also made these yummy Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Fingers to package up individually and put in the freezer for my kids lunches.  I will share the recipe soon.


I tried this sheet pan dinner.  My husband and I liked it. The kids were split on whether it was a hit or a miss.


I also worked on a household project that I will be sharing soon - - hopefully, next week.


And finally I had to share this sign my youngest made.  He lost a tooth and the tooth fairy forgot to visit.  The next night, two of his brothers helped him make some signs so that she would hopefully find her way to him.  Luckily it worked!

Another good week!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Front Entry



Today I am sharing the front entry of my home.  I will share some of the spaces in my home as I am working through them and getting them cleaned and organized.  This space always looks pretty much like this, but last week I gave it a good, thorough cleaning.  (You can see the door to my newly organized toy closet in this shot.)


I started with the floors.  I mopped the wood floor and the marble and gave the grout between the marble tiles a good scrub with one of my favorite cleaning tools.  It looks as good as new now.  I also vacuumed the rug.  I have to say I don't love the rug I have in this space, but I haven't found something that I love yet, so this is an inexpensive one that will do for now, until I can find "the one", that is also in my price range. :)


I also cleaned and dusted my hook shelf and all of the accessories on it.  I change the decor up on this hook shelf with the seasons/holidays, so you will probably get sick of seeing it, since I am sure I will always be anxious to share its newest look.



Just for fun, I am sharing some close-up shots of some of the decor on the shelf.  See, you can tell already that I wasn't lying about my oversharing of this hook shelf decor.

I got the cute welcome home printable from The Mountain View Cottage.  You can download it and print for free.  Here is a link to the site.

I purchased the cotton stems from Amazon, and I am really happy with them.  I will share an affiliate link to them at the end of this post.


I am also sharing the light fixture I have hanging in the entry, because I love it and I always get compliments on it.  I think it would be really pretty as pendant lighting over a kitchen island too.  I will share an affiliate link for it at the end of the post as well.


So nice to have this entry thoroughly cleaned and checked off my to do list.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Organized Toy Closet


At the end of my last post, I left you a messy picture of my front entry and mentioned that I have been using some of my new free time to whip my house back in to shape.  I still have a long way to go, but today, I am sharing with you my organized toy closet.


I didn't take a before picture, but I did snap this one mid-mess during my organizing session.  As you can see, this closet is in my entry.  This is also right off my family room, which is the place where my kids play the most.  When we were building, I decided that I wanted to make this closet a toy closet rather than a coat closet because we have a mudroom where our family hangs our coats and jackets, and if we ever have guests, we can hang their coats on the hook shelf there in the entry.  Because of its location, this was the perfect place to store the kids toys.


After about an hour and a half of reorganizing, and purging what my kids aren't playing with anymore, this is what the toy closet looks like now.  I realize that I don't have matching bins and baskets and this really isn't pinterest worthy, but it works, and I didn't have to spend any money getting it to this point.


Games and toy sets are on the top two shelves.


While trains, cars, and blocks are on the bottom.


It is driving me crazy that these pictures are so blurry, but I didn't take the time to get my tripod out.  I just wanted to snap these quickly in order to share them and move onto the next project. 

Here are a couple of final, but blurry, looks at the newly organized toy closet.



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Daybooking

Hello!  It's been awhile.  My kids are back in school now, and my baby just started first grade, so I am now officially without kids for the whole school day. (We have half-day kindergarten in our district- which I loved!)  I am so sad to be done with the portion of my life where I had my little ones at home with me during the day, but I am excited for how well my kids are doing, and I look forward to seeing all of the wonderful things they do with their lives. 

Having said that, I am looking forward to spending a lot more time on my blog.  I can't promise awesome professional content,  that has never been my goal with this blog.  I want this blog to be what I always envisioned it being, a daybook, or journal, of the domestic things I do. 

So, here is my most recent daybook entry, of some of the things that have been keeping me busy since my boys went back to school last week.


Homemade waffles using this recipe.  I made a big batch, and what my boys didn't eat, I put in freezer bags for a quick breakfast on hectic mornings.



I made these delicious cookies as an after school treat for my boys after their first day.


I came up with a new simplified chore system for my boys.  They are so busy during the year with school, homework, sports, music, etc., that I wanted something a little simpler than what I expect from them during the summer.


Every night they pick a stick from the can, and that is what they do for chores the next day.  Crossing my fingers that it continues to work well.


I hate to leave this post with such an ugly picture, but I have been working on a few more projects, including this one, that I will be sharing soon.  I am taking advantage of some of my kid-free hours to whip this house back into shape.


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