Getting Organized and Spring Cleaning

It’s not quite Spring yet it seems every magazine I pick up is talking about clutter and getting organized. Just too early for Spring cleaning. Or do they think we are a bunch of slobs?

The best way to make yourself organize stuff is to have a major life change and move. Once you start packing it all into boxes and hauling it around you get to see just how much stuff you really have. Plus, a change in your life makes a lot of stuff you were keeping suddenly not as interesting or useful to keep. Think divorce. After a divorce there are all kinds of resorting of your priorities.

I’ve got the new bed set up but need to move the furniture around again. Decide where things will go now that I have the futon to be a sofa/ couch sort of creature. I’ve been wishing I had one. Nice to watch TV at night and not be sitting in front of the computer cause it’s either that or the kitchen table and chairs which aren’t comfortable for sitting very long either. You need a boneless place to sit, where you can sink down and get comfortable instead of sitting straight and not having anywhere cozy to put your feet.

I’m giving myself the deadline of this weekend, Sunday, to get all the organizing done. Good luck to me. Happy Spring!

The New Bed is Here!

The delivery guys were supposed to bring it in and assemble it but they left without doing any assembling. I worked on it. Took me a second try to get the frame for the right size. They have some new design than the last time I had a new bed. Of course, that was over ten years ago, easily ten years ago. So nice to have a bed and not be sleeping on the floor. I moved it around the room deciding where to put it but settled on the corner, vertically so I wouldn’t be walking around it each time I go through the door.

I included a photo of the bed garbage and the old futon standly forlornly along the wall ready for take out. I’m going to use it as a couch, somehow. I just need to figure out how it can do anything other than lie flat. I think there are at least two of the screws missing.

Wedding Gift Registry Person

The job was for a gift registery consultant. Part time hours but somehow a consultant. I think it has to do with the hours they pay and how they don’t need to include benefits and much of anything else. But, it does pay better than I was making as a cashier, $10.25 an hour.

These photos are from the display gallery showing off all the flatware, china and other expensive goodies every bride should have people buying for her. They made pretty pictures.

Ginger with Ginger

A recipe I came across this morning from A Spoonful of Sugar

Ginger Crunch

200g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger (organic is particularly pungent)
125g softened butter (unsalted)
40g crystallised ginger chunks, roughly chopped

150g unsalted butter
4 tbsp golden syrup
270g icing sugar, sifted
1 tbsp ground ginger

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 9″ square tin with baking parchment. (I don’t do anything fancy here. Just squish it into the tin and the base will push into the corners nicely. No need for scissors!)

Put flour, sugar, baking powder and ginger into the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly in lieu of sifting. Tip in the butter and pulse. When half-mixed, add the ginger pieces and continue pulsing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. If it clumps together claggily, you’ve gone too far. It’ll still taste fine, though.

Press crumbs evenly over base of the tin. Bake for approximately 30 minutes until puffed up and golden brown. Do not remove from tin. Put tin on a wire rack.

Before the end of the cooking time, prepare the icing. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Tip in the sifted icing sugar and ginger and stir well. Cook for another minute or two–this prevents the butter from “leaking” out of the icing–then quickly pour the icing over the still piping hot base. Shake the tin gently–with oven glove on!–to even it out and ensure icing gets all the way to the corners, then leave to set.

When set cut into squares or bars. Store in an airtight tin or plastic tub. It makes rather a lot!!

Canadian Living: Green Velvet Soup

Green Velvet Soup
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), sliced
1 large onion, diced
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 cups diced zucchini (about 1 1/4 lbs)
1 potato, peeled and diced
1/3 cup 10% cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Garnish :
4 thin slices lemon
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry leeks, onion, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add zucchini, potato and 4 cups water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

In batches, transfer to blender or with immersion blender, puree until smooth. Return to pan. Stir in cream and lemon juice, adding more lemon juice, if desired. (Make ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to an air tight container; refrigerate, uncovered, until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours; reheat over medium heat without boiling).

Garnish: Top each serving wtih lemon slice; sprinkle with chives.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

I typed this one from Canadian Living magazine. It was one of the recipes they had last month, to help use up all that zucchini growing in so many gardens. I like soups and this one sounds really good.

Flower Power and Garden Therapy

This morning while trying to avoid that whole hacking up a lung thing, I found the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association

It’s for seniors, disabled people and likely anyone sicker than just the common cold to get together and feel better through gardening. It’s a great idea. Puttering around in the garden does make you feel better. They key is puttering rather than taking on the whole care and maintenace for all of it. That’s a job. We’re just looking at garden therapy, that’s a hobby.

There is a job posted for a garden therapist. I’m sending that one to my sister. Maybe she’ll consider that as another career option since she isn’t really keen on being a “mouth janitor” any more.

The Small House Society

I always wanted a small house with a nice yard, maybe a really large yard so I could have an orchard or just let a few acres run riot with trees and wildflowers. I wasn’t looking for small houses today but I found The Small House Society and Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. Could you live in a really tiny place? How much stuff would you have to get rid of before you could even think of moving in? It’s only when you’re moving that you realize how much you really have.

The house in the picture here is from the Tumbleweed site, the Rockport style. I think that’s the one I’d pick.