The pantry…

The pantry…
March 10, 2011
Home management

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. John Keats (1795 – 1821) The pantry is done!  DD and I tackled the toughest job over the weekend and were so proud to use it to bake Banana Bread Sunday afternoon.  What a pleasure to cook and bake when everything is in its place, easy to reach!  I feel like I am finally home.  The cabinet pull-out organizers were unfortunately not going to work, the kitchen space is an odd shape and size so cabinets are not standard. I used open bins to act as pull-outs for better access.  The Container Store had the right combination of sizes.  I like the handled bins though they cannot handle heavier items such as canned goods.  We will take a long detour to the Natik Mall to be able to inspect some of their other open bins.  I will take advantage of that field …Read more

Weekly menu

Weekly menu
March 9, 2011
At school

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it. J. Petit Senn A day later with my menu than usual, I have been working on my pantry and made the last few days “eat out of pantry” days instead of my scheduled meals.  It has been both fun and a source of peace of mind to have the menus and follow them.  DD is in the kitchen every time a new meal is cooked  and even looks forward to leftovers!  I am going to plan slow cooker meals or larger meals again to restock the freezer. Wednesday: Robin Miller’s Sesame-Ginger Pork with Soba Noodles Thursday: Quinoa and Carrot Salad and Tempeh Bolognes Friday: Hungarian Beef Goulash Saturday: The Nourished Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Lamb Roast (this recipe is from her weekly menu plan). Sunday: leftvoers Yesterday was Mardi Gras, tradition dictates a sinful menu.  We baked Martha Stewart’s …Read more

Information overload…

Information overload…
March 6, 2011
For the soul

But it is vital to remember that information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge; that knowledge is not wisdom; and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is the first essential step to all of these. Arthur Clarke I have been ruminating this one for weeks, months…  What happens to all the hours in the day?  Why can it take so much longer to complete some projects?  I have tacking how my days are spent, and I was surprised at how much time is spent sifting through information.  There are emails, newspapers, phone interruptions, books, research results on specific projects, etc. I have an analytical mind, maybe a slight tendency to perfectionism, and especially a curious mind which generates a lot of questions, ideas.  This leads to an accumulation of articles, links, books, etc.  The amount of available information seems to have multiplied beyond our …Read more

Let it snow…

Let it snow…
March 1, 2011
For the soul

“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.) What a weekend!  Friday’s storm thankfully brought all snow, we escaped the freezing rain and ice though it left close to a foot in beautiful white powder in its wake.  The snow blower died again after only a few passes… That will be the first purchase we make this spring.  DD and I started shoveling… the end of the driveway was brutal.  Then once we finished the end of the driveway, we turned to find that as we cleared one part of the driveway, the rest received a fresh 2-3 inches.  We were rewarded by the most beautiful sunset ever: the clouds did not let the sun through but as it set, its brightness came through coloring the fresh snow pink and purple.  Amazing!  We were exhausted and sore but I still …Read more