Saturday, May 14, 2011

Enjoying Spring



A cheerful bouquet of rananculus for my kitchen

Are you enjoying our long-awaited spring? Walking around your neighborhood, going to farmer's markets, visiting parks to see flowering trees in bloom?

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Remove any items of clothing that are hanging in your bathroom. Launder them or hang them up.

  • Swap out towels and hand towels in your bathroom for fresh ones.

  • Make menu plans and create grocery list for the week.

  • Clean out your car if you take it out to do errands today. Throw out trash, wipe dashboard, clean windows, and apply leather cleaner to seats as applicable.

  • Fridge and freezer maintenance - clean one drawer, one shelf or two door shelves in both your fridge and freezer.

  • Check expiration dates on your salad dressings - these can really sneak up on you!

TODAY'S PROJECT: Garage Cleaning

I planned to do some yard work and planting today, but it's pouring rain. So instead, I'll work in the garage today. Because I run an eBay business from my home, my garage is full of merchandise. I don't always spend the time I need to keep it organized, so it is a bit messy right now. Also, I have some decor from last season that needs to be put away in my holiday storage bins.

I'm also looking through storage bins to find the seasonal outdoor lights I'll use to create a fairyland in my garden this summer. (I'll share pics at some point!)

Does your garage or carport need some sorting, sweeping, cleaning and organizing this weekend?

LOVELY BLOGS: The Cooking Photographer


Laura's lovely cooking blog features recipes such as Grandma's Pineapple Carrot Cake, Vanilla Plum Crisp and Shortcut Potato Gnocchi. As she was previously a professional news photographer, her food is photographed beautifully. Peek into her kitchen and see what she's working on next!

http://www.thecookingphotographer.com/

LOVELY FOOD: Mini Ice Cream Cones


I delighted three young nephews with these mini ice cream cones after dinner the other night. Since the cones were tiny, I let each boy eat two. We enjoyed them so much, I'll be sure to keep a box or two in my freezer this summer.

Trader Joe's

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

New Food Network TV Show for the Pioneer Woman (The Kitchn)

Pistachio Cake (With Sprinkles on Top)

Pistachio Goat Cheese Balls (Food Snob)

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad (Whole Foods)

13 Ways to Let Spring Into Your Home Today (Home Ever After)

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