Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A day in my life

My pallet flag is hanging out waiting for summer! I actually love winter, except for the short daylight hours.

One thing I love making in the winter, beside chili and hot chocolate, is roasted pecans. I made this pan full Saturday.

One of the great things about where I live: After a few days of temperatures below freezing, Friday it will be in the 70s! I love North Carolina!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Delicious Low Carb Hot Chocolate

Here's my best attempt at a low carb hot chocolate! Its delicious and almost tastes like McDonald's. Just a little over 10 carbs and is on plan for Trim Healthy Mama

1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, about 3/4 tablespoon cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons stevia (3 is better but was trying to hold down the carb count) (I use Pyure), 2 tablespoons heavy cream or half & half, whipped topping on the top. I only used a very tiny amount of sprinkles. Heat the milk and cream or half & half in the microwave for 2 minutes (adjust to your microwave). This amount fits in one of these tall coffee cups. Then add the other ingredients and stir well. When you get done there will be some cocoa powder in the bottom of the cup, but I just pour that out. You can also adjust the sweetness and amount of chocolate to your taste.

The weather is really dreary and cold today.  It was almost 80 yesterday and only got into the 30s Friday! 

Happy Monday!

Monday, December 12, 2016

My Christmas Table

I love these plates and forks found at Walmart. 

I tried to do a natural centerpiece.  The apples and some of the leaves are real.  There are beans in the jar with a battery operated candle.

I made the runner and napkins.  My table is oval and its very hard to find the right tablecloth in the right size and shape.  I may buy a solid muslin colored one in a rectangle shape and then round the corners myself with the sewing machine.  

My favorite one.  I searched 4 Walmarts and finally found one.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Cleaning In The Storage Building

This is the small storage building that my Hubby has designated as mine.  It contains so many different kinds of things including, but not limited to gardening supplies, gardening tools, plastic totes full of various household items, kids' yard toys, flower pots, potting soil, fertilizer, clothes drying racks, Christmas trees, canning jars and supplies, vases, wreaths, cemetery flowers, garden flags and much, much more.

The weather was so beautiful on Saturday, I thought it would be a good idea to work in the building.  It won't be long before winter will be here and I won't want to be working outside.  So, I spent a  couple of hours trying to get it in some kind of order.  The main problem is that I have stored some small pieces of furniture out there and when I put the furniture in there, I put it in the middle, just so the door would still close.  Then things got put on top of the furniture and it was down hill from there!

My goodness!

After two hours, everything is straightened up and it looks so much better.  Its still not pretty to look at, but that's ok.  It is an outside storage building after all!   I need to spend some time going through things, decluttering, etc., but I made some great progress.  Here's an after picture that shows we can now actually walk inside the building.

We threw away a large black garbage bag filled with trash, two boxes of old newspapers and an old metal dresser chair.

My cleaning zone for this week is the living room and front porch.  I've already decluttered and deep cleaned most of this area, so I just need to do maintenance cleaning.  Things like cleaning under furniture, detail dusting and cleaning under the cushions on the couch.

I have to say that my home is the cleanest its been since we moved in!  I am loving it.  In addition to my zone cleaning, I now have a morning cleaning routine that I do before work which is mostly just straightening everything up.  Its so nice to walk into a clean house after work every day.