June Blog Challenge – Day 24 – Recipe Organization

June Blog Challenge – Day 24

Recipe Organization

Today’s prompt is not from the list, but from my love of organization…specifically Recipe Organization.  I used to have stacks and stacks of cooking magazines lying around and cluttering my bookshelves. Food Network. Rachel Ray. Cook’s Illustrated. Food and Wine. Real Simple.  You name it, I had at least one of them. I kept them all because there were recipes in each that I wanted to try but the problem was that since I had so many, I couldn’t quickly locate a recipe when I was ready to cook or meal plan. It was pointless to have all of those magazines just gathering dust.

Recipe Organization

My love of binders came to the rescue.

I started by looking through each magazine and tearing out the recipes that I thought I would actually use. When I was done I had a good pile of torn out pages and I threw the remaining magazines in the recycle bin. Instant freedom!  Next I went to the office store.  I came home with binders, sheet protectors and index tabs.

I cleaned up the torn page edges and then organized the recipes by type of food…main dishes, soups, salads, sides, appetizers, bread, muffins, slow cooker, how to, sauces, etc.

Recipe Organization

Recipe Organization

My recipes are now organized and easy to find.

Recipe Organization    Recipe Organization

How do you organize your clipped recipes?  I heart comments.

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June Blog Challenge – Day 23 – Comfort Food

June Blog Challenge – Day 23

Comfort Food

Today’s prompt is Comfort Food.  Everyone loves comfort food but comfort food is different for each person.  Comfort food, I think, is something that you ate as a child.  Maybe it’s cookies because your mom always made you cookies when you had a rough day at school.  Maybe it’s mac and cheese because it was tradition in your family to have that every Friday night and play board games.

There are many foods which I consider comforting, but my all time favorite thing is a Coke Slurpee from 7-Eleven.  I know…it’s not really food, but it has calories so for today’s prompt I say it counts.

When I was a kid I would spend summers in Dallas with my Dad.  He worked so I spent my days at a day camp.  When he would pick me up he would say, “what time is it?” and I would respond, “It’s Slurpee time!!!!”  To the 7-Eleven we would go and I would get a Coke Slurpee and a Charleston Chew.  Yum!  So even today, the treat that my husband brings me the most often on his way home from work is a Coke Slurpee.

Moving on to gardening.  We live in an apartment and have a container garden on the front porch.  Tomatoes, Basil, Mint, Lettuce, Strawberries, Flowers and a Bay Leaf tree.  The kids LOVE to help me water, but no matter how many times I say don’t water directly on the tomato or don’t drown the lettuce, it doesn’t matter.  Slurpee cups to the rescue.  This year I tried something new and so far it has been a raging success.

Slurpee Cup - Kid Garden Helper

Take your plastic Slurpee cup and cut off the bottom.

Slurpee Cup - Kid Gardening Helper

Twist your bottomless Slurpee cup into the dirt near your plant but not close enough that you would damage roots.  scoop out the dirt that is inside of the cup.  Voila!  This provides a perfect spot for those little helpers to pour in their water.  I don’t know why it’s easier to fill up a cup than to avoid the tomato leaves, but it is.  Also you can feel good about re-purposing those plastic cups, right?

What is your favorite comfort food and why?

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June Blog Challenge – Day 22 – My Worst Habits

June Blog Challenge – Day 22

My Worst Habits

Today’s prompt is my worst habits.  :o)  I know you were thinking that all of my habits were pure and good and healthy.  Riiiiight.

My thoughts? Really?  Who wrote these prompts anyhow?  They obviously don’t care about my discomfort but want me to bear my soul to the world.  As I’m writing this and read over the list below, I realize that most of my worst habits relate to my emotions.  Hmmm.  That was revealing to me and maybe something that I need to put on my list of things to work on.  It’s a long list….I have a ways to go.

My Worst Habits – The Short List
  1. I stay up too late.
  2. I am sometimes quick to anger.  Don’t have the carrot red hair to match, but I’m sure that I was meant to.  If I had a slate, I would surely have broken it over a head or two in my past.
  3. I eat when I’m sad.
  4. I like things neat and organized and it stresses me out to no end when things are in their place.  I list this is as a bad habit because i need to loosen up and let go of the tight grip of control I hold on to.
  5. Not sure that this qualifies as a habit, but I cry when I’m sad, happy, and angry….that last one is really a (*&%@.  When you cry people think you’re sad or hurt and you just want to scream….no, I’m really pissed at you!  But you can’t because you’re crying and your voice comes out all screechy no matter how hard you try.


Okay.  Now, I’ve given you a peek into my bad habits….I need to hear all about yours.  Please share in the comments.  You there…Texas girl!  I’m talking to you.

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June Blog Challenge – Day 21 – DIY Refinished Photo Frame

June Blog Challenge – Day 21

DIY Refinished Photo Frame…

Today’s prompt is nothing.  :o)  I’ve gotten to the point in the challenge where the only prompts left are the ones that I’m really not excited about. Don’t think that means I’m quitting the challenge though.  You still have 9 days left of me in your inbox daily.  Today I’m sharing with you a DIY Refinished Photo Frame.  The process I use to refinish frames is similar to the RePurposed Tea Canister that I posted a week or so ago.


DIY Refinished Photo Frame

Materials Needed:  Old Photo Frames, Black Acrylic Paint, Varnish, Paint Brush

DIY Refinished Photo Frame


Wipe down frame and dry.  Remove back and glass and set aside.  I purchase old photo frames at good will.  This 4 x 6 frame cost me $1.99, but if I had gone to any other retail store it would have cost between $10-15 easily.

Give frame 1-2 good coats of acrylic paint.  I like black but choose a color that goes with your decor.  If you like the flat look of the frame after these coats, go no further.  This has a similar finish to chalk paints.

DIY Refinished Photo Frame

I like to take a little of the flat edge off so I use a satin varnish once the black paint has set.  This makes the frame super easy to dust as well.  Once the varnish dries replace the glass and add your photos.

I have a photo collage on my living room wall.  Half of the frames are ones that’s I’ve purchased cheap and refinished.  Forgive the photo below.  There are a few gaps in my collage where my little has climbed on top of the couch and ripped the pictures off the wall.  I haven’t had a chance to put them back up yet….such is the life of a mom with littles running circles around her.

DIY Refinished Photo Frame

How do you display your family photos?

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June Blog Challenge – Day 20 – In Ten Years

June Blog Challenge – Day 20

In Ten Years…

Today’s prompt is where I want to be in ten years. This is a tough one.  I don’t have a dream job that I’m working towards or a place I know I want to live.  As long as I’m with my family and we have our basic needs met, I know I can be joyful and content.  It’s a little scary to think about 10 years out….In ten years my kids will be 12, 19, 24 and 26.  In ten years I could be changing the diapers of my grandchildren instead of my children.  Wow!

Don’t get me wrong.  I do have goals but I try not to be to stringent about “where I’ll be in ten years.”  No one can tell the future or what changes will come about.  Instead I try to be content in the moment and enjoy the days and blessings that I am gifted.

Proverbs 19:20-21
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Some of my goals I hope to accomplish in ten years include:
  • Be debt free (except maybe a mortgage)
  • Have happy healthy kids
  • Own a small house with a garden and a book nook
  • Have a profitable henna arts business
  • Be healthy
  • Be even more in love with my husband than I am now

 Book Nook

30+ Raised Garden Bed Ideas  Beautiful Garden

Where do you want to be or what goals do you want to have accomplished in ten years?

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June Blog Challenge – Day 19 – Favorite Blogs

June Blog Challenge – Day 19

Favorite Blogs

Today’s prompt is Favorite Blogs. There are exactly 2,713,859 blogs out there in “the cloud.”  I know because I counted.  It was a real bummer when I lost count and had to start all over again.  If you buy that…

There are a few blogs which I follow and always look forward to reading.  I thought I’d share those with  you today.  Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity – I love this mom blog.  I stumbled upon it by accident and have been following for several years.  She’s a mom (also in the Seattle are which I think is cool) who blogs about her kids, family, frugal living, sewing, food, blogging, etc.  I love her because she is real and real quirky.
  2. Empowered Sustenance – This blogger writes about healing your body and ailments through nutrition, clean and grain free eating.  She has inspired me to take a good look at my habits and how I can make changes that will positively affect my health.
  3. Rasa Malaysia – Bee’s blog is full of Easy Delicious recipes and I love seeing them float into my inbox.  Always fresh and never super complicated.
  4. Page Flutter – I’m just getting into using a Bullet Journal in an effort stay organized, track my health goals and keep progressing on projects that I start.  There are bullet journals out there that are like works of art, but the cool thing is you can do as much or as little as you like.  You just have to do what works for you.  Check out my Lettering & Journalling
    board on Pinterest.  There are amazing ideas on this site to help you build your journal and also monthly six-word story challenges.  I am going to give the July challenge a whirl.
What’s are your favorite blogs?

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June Blog Challenge – Day 18 – Favorite Book & Give Away

June Blog Challenge – Day 18

Favorite Book

Today’s prompt is Favorite Book. I love to read.  Always have.  These days my schedule is busy and I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read, but I have taken up the habit of listening to audio books on the Overdrive app which connects to your library card and allows you to check out audio or e-books.  It makes my commute time a lot more enjoyable.  Also I don’t feel the pain of not being able to read a book in hand as often as I’d like.

My favorite book is A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott.  Alcott is well known for Little Women and other stories written for a younger audience.  Many don’t know that she also has quite the collection of darker, edgier (for the time), stories for adults.

A Long Fatal Love Chase is the story of Fair Rosamond.  Rosamond is so bored with her isolated life that she would “gladly sell her soul to Satan for a year of freedom.” Little does she know how that proclamation will change her life.

I’m will not ruin it for you, but in my opinion this is a must read. I’ve read it at least 3 times in the past and writing this post has made me want to read it again.  Check.  It’s been added to my summer to-do list.

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June Blog Challenge – Day 17 – Dewy Leaves

Dewy Leaves

June Blog Challenge – Day 17

Today, I’m skipping the prompts altogether and going for a short and sweet post to share some cool (I think) photos that I’ve taken over the last week.  This time of year in the Seattle area the mornings are always cool and the ground is often wet from dew or a nighttime rain.  Several times over the last two weeks I’ve stopped in my tracks as I left my house headed for work.  I spotted the gorgeous dewy leaves and had to stop to snap a quick pic.  I love how water beads up on my hostas!

Dewey Leaves

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June Blog Challenge – Day 16 – What am I afraid of?

 June Blog Challenge – Day 16

What am I afraid of?

Today’s blog prompt is about my fears.  What am I afraid of? Aside of being afraid of the usual things for people with rampant overactive imaginations who also watch too much TV….kids being kidnapped, serial killer breaking into our house in the middle of the night, etc, I am going to give you the standard girly answer.  Spiders. I don’t like them.  I think they are evil and no, I don’t use the friendly spider grabber to remove the spider gently from the house.  I scream (like a girl) for my husband and make him KILL IT NOW!  If he’s not around I’ll do it myself, but I really don’t like getting that close.

For those of you who don’t know which spiders are dangerous and which are not, here is a handy chart that I found so you’ll know exactly what to do when a spider crosses your path.

What am I afraid of?

My brother thinks this is cruel, but it’s my reality.

So…what are you afraid of?  Comment below if you please.

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June Blog Challenge – Day 15 – What’s in my hand bag?

What’s in my hand bag?

June Blog Challenge – Day 15

Today marks the 1/2 way point in our Blog Challenge.  Whoo hoo! Yippee! Hooray! Today’s prompt wants to know what’s in my hand bag.  How nosy these prompt writers can be!

First of all, let me tell you a story about my hand bag. Nine years ago, when Jellyfish was a baby, I needed to switch from the big clunky diaper bag to something with a cross-body strap that was lighter and more functional.  I remember running into Fred Meyer one day seeing this bright green canvas bag on a clearance table for $12 and snatching it up.  I carried that thing for about 4 years much to the chagrin of my husband who hated the color and the fact that it was cheap canvas.  He likes me to have fancier things, but hey, I’m a simple girl and I loved that purse.

As all things come to an end the purse eventually wore out, the zipper broke and I had to move on.  I’ll be honest with you…I though long and hard about taking it in to get the zipper replaced but I knew that would cost more than I had paid for the bag and couldn’t justify it.  *sigh*

Would I always long for that lovely green bag?

Ever since that sad day, I’ve kept my eyes open, scanning the bags at every department store looking for something as wonderful as my green bag.  Hope was almost lost until about a month when I went to a women’s retreat and a woman there had a cross-body canvas bag…my heart stopped.  I asked her where she had purchased it but she didn’t remember. I noted the brand of the bag and looked it up as soon as I got home.  $95! Ouch!  No way my frugal sensitivities would go for that.

Then on an off chance Jellyfish and I wandered into TJMax one day and decided to skim through their bags and to my delight there before me was a whole rack of Baggallini bags. They were only $24.99 instead of $95.00! My heart skipped a beat and we dove it.  They didn’t have green but they did have a lovely teal bag which, of course, I purchased.  Five years after parting with my green bag, I had found a replacement and we have been living happily ever after since.  My husband, on the other hand, just rolled his eyes when he saw my new purchase.


So…what’s in my hand bag?

Keys.  Work keys. Phone.  Wallet.  Makeup bag.  Lady things. Blood sugar testing kit. Sketch book which I use for my bullet journal.  Pencil bag full of markers that I use for my journal. 4 fine point sharpies (because you never know when you’ll need a sharpie). Excedrin.  Headache Release (an essential oil blend from Land of the Living Apothecary that knocks out my headaches). Gum. A lighter (even though I don’t smoke). A flashlight (you never know when you’ll be stuck in the dark).  3 sassy greeting cards that I need to sign that I ordered from CheekyKumquat on ETSY for Father’s Day, my Mom’s birthday and for my anniversary. Sheesh that’s a lot of crap to carry around all the time!

So I’m feeling nosy too….what’s in your handbag? Share the love and give a comment below.

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