Friday, May 27, 2016

Summer Readiness




Memorial Day weekend in Michigan is the official start to summer like everywhere else in the country, but it's also planting weekend. I was always taught that you could safely plant flowers and not have to worry about frost, if you waited until Memorial weekend. So, I always set aside my long holiday weekend for trips to the garden center and planting. By the time Monday comes, all my wood chips will be refreshed, all my flower beds will be edged and flowers will be planted in pots. Later today, I will make my first trip to the garden center and as any gardener knows, it's a happy day.



I will start getting my patio ready for summer afternoons and evenings. My patio set and other comfy chairs that surround the fire pit will be getting a paint touch up and all the cushions will get hosed off and plumped; ready for a new season.



I will also be mixing up my favorite summer cocktails like this Simple Cranberry Margarita. It's one of my favorite summertime things to do; sit outside, relax and enjoy the sunshine with a fun cocktail and a good book.



From now until fall, I will be cutting flowers for simple bouquets, usually in mason jars, that I love to scatter around my house. Right now, the spirea is blooming, but soon it will be my late blooming lilacs, phlox growing wild in the woods, daisies and zinnias.

There will also be barbecuing, outdoor dining, trips to the lake, Saturday farmers' markets and weekends away. So much summer goodness to look forward to.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ranchero Omelette In A Mug




Last week, I went to see my endocrinologist for a six month check up and one of the things we discussed regarding my diabetes management was adjusting the balance of protein and carbs I eat in the morning. I can easily add an egg or egg whites to my usual whole wheat toast or english muffin on many mornings and started to look for ways to bring a little protein variety to my diet.

This omelette in a mug sounded like a great, quick cooking concept and the possibilities for adding ingredients were endless. In the mood for a little bit of spice, I decided to use the basic recipe, but add salsa and cheese. You could add any kind of veggies or meat; whatever you have on hand or are in the mood for. I'm thinking mushrooms and cheese next?

To make this Ranchero Omelette In A Mug

1. Coat a large mug with cooking spray

2. Add 2 eggs to the mug and whisk with a fork

3. Add 2T salsa, 2 T shredded cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk into eggs.

4. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Break up any large chunks of egg and microwave another 45 seconds or until eggs are set. Top with additional cheese.



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Monday, May 23, 2016

Downsizing - Tales from My Garage Sale




Downsizing is a lot of work. That said, it really is a wonderful feeling to walk down the stairs to my basement or open a closet and see more and more empty space. There is still more to do and more decisions to make on what will be kept and what will go, but we are going about it with purpose and intention and it will happen.



The first big step was the garage sale we held at our home over three days last week. The last time I held a garage sale was at least ten years ago and I swore at the time, never again. But, it really is one of the best ways to recycle a large amount of household items and I was willing to give it a try. I decided to not sell clothes this time, but donate (6 large bags) and that made things much easier to set up.

I advertised on Craig's List and a few other on line local sites, put up signs and scheduled my dates to coincide with a subdivision wide sale, hoping for as many shoppers as possible. The biggest job was organizing like items and pricing, but I gave myself plenty of time and used preprinted stickers to help things move along fairly quickly.

On sale days, I pulled a lot out of the garage to catch the eye of those passing by and also reduced prices as the days went by, especially on items that were not generating interest.

How did we do? There was a steady stream of shoppers, especially on Saturday and a ton of unwanted items have left my home. People were friendly, complimentary of our prices and we even made an amount of money that made the process worthwhile. There is very little left to donate and I should be able to remove most of it by making a couple of trips to a nearby Goodwill and also schedule a pick up for the few pieces of furniture left.

It may have been a lot of work and I'm still recovering from being on my feet for three straight days, but it's a good feeling to know that all that unwanted stuff will be in use, rather than thrown in the landfill.

Happy Monday!


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