#Lose500 {week 5/52}

It’s been a couple weeks since I posted, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working. Quite the opposite.

At last count, I’d rid this home of 43lbs of stuff.

And I’m positive I’ve  gotten rid of (at the very least) 200lbs in the last few weeks.

257lbs to go and it’s only week 5??

Dude.

The boxed I emptied:

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To Goodwill:

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p.s. I did not take a picture of the trash I threw out. Maybe I should’ve, but can you trust me when I say it was a LOT? There is also another donation bag with quite a few books that I forgot to photograph.

Let’s take a look at another (wonderful!) side effect of decluttering…organizing!

The Studio is starting to slim down.

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The “guest room” is still not a guest room. That is one of my goals in all of this. To be able to store those totes and other odds and ends somewhere else (or to go through them yet again.) Truth is, most of what is in the totes is either extra bedding, blankets, or seasonal clothes. So I’m a little confused as to what to do with them.

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Our bedroom/living room. Still looks a little cluttered to me, but I’m trying!

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My desk/office area (still cluttered)

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Our closet is looking good. However, there’s still a pile of clothes on the bed and a full laundry basket and no hangers or drawers left. *sigh* Obviously I have to go through the clothes again.

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And finally, the photo of the most organized place…because I need to see something good to feel like I’ve accomplished something!!

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You can see all of my #Lose500 posts here.

Pickling Spice Recipe

No additives. No preservatives. No MSG.   Nothing but real food and goodness.

pickling spice

I’ve tweaked this recipe to my version of perfection!

Pickling Spice

2 cinnamon sticks (crushed)

5 bay leaves

6 tablespoons mustard seed

2 teaspoons whole black peppercorn

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 teaspoon mace

1 teaspoon dill seed

1 teaspoon ground ginger

6 teaspoons corriander seed

3 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Spicy Spices

We cook

a lot

You probably already know that though.

and I’m sick of how cruddy the spice cabinet looks

We buy bulk from a local spice store: Molly Bea’s Ingredients (so inexpensive compared to the McChain store)

Not wanting to spend mega-bucks on spice containers (ugly spice containers) the beautiful herbs and spices just sat. Ugly.

Until

inspiration struck!

and now

oh

oh my

the cabinet doors should just be taken off

they’re too pretty to be hid away now

What do you think?!

because I am in love.

Freezing Sweet Corn on the Cob



Freezing sweet corn on the cob is so simple.

1. Shuck it (take the husks & silks off)
2. Blanch it (Boil it for 6 minutes)
3. Cool it (in ice water)
3. Freeze it (in Ziplocs)
That’s it.
At $2.00/dozen, I’m freezing about 10 dozen on the cob and 5 dozen off the cob.
$30 for a year’s worth of corn.
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