Bonus from tidying up food

So, I did save $150 that first week by not buying groceries, and then $75 the next week.  I have rediscovered coupons! Also, I invented a recipe using some of the stuff I had in the house when I was saving $150 by not eating out or food shopping this week: Naan Pizza. Ingredients:  One … Continue reading Bonus from tidying up food


Tidying up food, continued

Some of the side benefits that have come from my Tidying Up Food project: I have straightened up my pantry. I know exactly what I have for food in my house right now. I did not go buy another bottle of (whatever, insert food item here) because I knew I had one already on the … Continue reading Tidying up food, continued

Tidying up food

I have only been taking baby steps with my The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo book since I did the clothing category. I am motivated, but I haven't had an uninterrupted block of time to tackle the next category (books) yet. Well, that's my excuse, anyway. Since then, I have been scrutinizing other areas … Continue reading Tidying up food


In the March 2012 issue of her magazine, Oprah says, "Identifying the cause of your clutter is the first step to getting it under control," p.31. Ya think? Just in case that's true...I thought about it in relation to my pantry, because food clutter is one of the areas with which I struggle (read: argue … Continue reading Decluttering

The Clutter of Days

I'm reminded, as the new year looms, that I haven't done an update about My One Word in a few months. You remember... my New Year's Resolution? Redolent in its simplicity... the purity of one word ("Edit") that morphed into the clutter of two words (I added "Focus" one month in to make my resolution double … Continue reading The Clutter of Days

My one word: April and May update

April gone and it's May already? I can't believe it. It's barely made it out of the 50's here before today, for gosh sakes! I am continuing to EDIT, focusing mainly on my time/schedule right now. I have kept to my resolve not to sign up for any classes or programs or anything since November~ well, … Continue reading My one word: April and May update

My one word: March update

This is how March went: Changed sheets on bed: threw out excess of two sets (one set for the wash, one set for the bed is really all I need). Brought one book or magazine a day (well, most days) out of the house and gave away. Brought clothing that my daughter has outgrown to give to others who have … Continue reading My one word: March update

My New Year’s Word: February update

Okay, so it's March, not February. I meant to post this last month and just realized that I never did. One weekend, thinking about my New Year's word which, as you may recall is "Edit", I helped my daughter edit her room. We purchased risers to lift her bed up high enough to allow and … Continue reading My New Year’s Word: February update

Pantry Project

Sauteed chicken cutlets, roasted fingerlings and baby carrots Cooking from what's on hand isn't as hard as I thought it might be. This time, I had the presence of mind to raid the freezer the night before, so that the meat would have time to thaw before I was going to cook it. Thawing in … Continue reading Pantry Project

National Homemade Soup Day

This year, it's this week (yesterday, actually) but hey, soup is forgiving!'s some reasons to dive in: Top 5 reasons to make some homemade soup: You've got some leftover turkey (or chicken)  bones from your Thanksgiving (or Christmas or New Year's Day) dinner in your freezer. You are living in New England, it's winter, and you are freezing … Continue reading National Homemade Soup Day