It’s Been A While!

I sat down this afternoon to write a quick post about the couple of things we decluttered recently and to catch up on reading blogs I follow.  I realized it has been about 3 weeks since I wrote a post and even longer since I did any post reading.  What have I been doing????  It doesn’t seem like we’ve been busy.

  1.  We went camping 2 weekends – 11/2 thru 11/4 and 11/9 thru 11/11
  2.  We went to the desert for Thanksgiving, leaving on 11/17 and returning home 11/24 – another weekend away.

Well, no wonder it seems like we haven’t been home much lately to read blog posts!  3 of the 4 weekends we were gone.

Since we decluttered the stuff from the house, all of those weekend chores have been reduced!

  1. Cleaning takes SOOOOO much less time.  Who knew cleaning would be quicker and easier if we decluttered the stuff?  Ok, maybe a lot of people but we are slow learners!
  2. Yard work has been streamlined.  Having the state impose strict watering requirements was an incentive to streamline by removing grass and replacing with slow-growing drought-tolerant plants and pavers.

AND NOW WE HAVE TIME TO HAVE FUN!!

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

As you know, we occasionally look at the Days of the Year website to see if there is a “Day” we want to celebrate.

Today is “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day“!  Now how can anyone question this???

This day was started as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancers.

“Life’s short, eat Dessert First” is a phrase that has been bandied about by a lot of people for reasons both flippant and serious.  Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is one of the more serious, serving to increase awareness about childhood cancer.  For children for whom every day is a blessing, it only makes sense to indulge in life’s little pleasures, and Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast day brings that opportunity to everyone.  Here is the link to their website.

So about 9 am we saw this; about 10 am John went to the store to get ice cream, bananas, and whipped cream; about 10:45, we are sitting down to breakfast!  (there is ice cream under the whipped cream!)

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May 2017 Update

Can you believe May 2017 is over???  This month flew by!  We have some great memories of this month!  We also spent more than anticipated celebrating!!  That’s ok – it was money well spent!

Kiddo #2 graduated from Medical School!!  We are so proud of her accomplishment!   She and Barb drove across the country to move her new apartment (and official first full-time job) in sunny southern California!  They drove 3 days covering 2700 miles towing a 5×8 uhaul trailer with all her belongings.  Guess that would qualify as minimalist living – she will have more space in an one bedroom place now.  She felt having a “real” job means she doesn’t need to live in a studio any longer.  Look – they even gave her a “physician” parking permit!  How exciting!!

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Both kiddos are in the same time zone as us!!  We are so excited!!

During May we decluttered 30 items – not much but Barb was still recovering from her illnesses and we celebrated a graduation on the other side of the country.  Total so far this year – 687 items removed from our home!!  Now we are “cheating” a little on these numbers this month – kiddo #2 did take with her 8 items: 3 blankets, 1 “big-ass draft” beer stein from the local bar in her college town, 2 reusable water bottles, 1 dresser (so sad to see it leave, it was in the nursery before we even brought kiddo #1 home), and 1 end table.

Some other stuff to leave this month:

 

It’s beginning to feel like we are really getting close to finished.  It’s weird to look at the house and not see all that needs to leave.  We are feeling so relaxed in our house!  There are still “tons” of pictures in boxes in the closet.  Guess I know what I’m doing (maybe) when we return from vacation!

Yummy Margarita!

We tried a new Margarita recipe from the Food Network this afternoon for “cocktail hour” at home.  It has a subtle spiced undertone and is WONDERFUL!!

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Here’s the recipe:

Harvest Margarita

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 1 hr
Cook: 5 min

Yield:1 serving
Level:Easy

Ingredients:
2 ounces tequila, such as Patron reposado tequila  (we used Patron)
1 1/2 ounces chilled Spiced Simple Syrup, recipe follows
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Few dashes bitters
Ice
Lime wedge, for garnish (we didn’t do this)

Spiced Simple Syrup:
1 cup sugar
8 whole allspice berries
8 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

Directions:
Combine the tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, bitters and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Serve straight up or on the rocks with a lime wedge for garnish.

Spiced Simple Syrup:
Combine the sugar, 1 cup water, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is completely melted. Remove from the heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
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Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/harvest-margarita-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback