Posts Tagged ‘lists’

22 minutes is all I get.

Monday, November 4th, 2013

So apparently we only have 22 minutes of focus a day on one specific task. That is what studies are showing (what studies? I don’t know, this is second hand information). But this sounds about right to me. I can sit for about twenty minutes on a project, get easily bored or distracted (after all, I have a 7 month old) and therefore I have a million and one unfinished projects throughout the house and my life. I have decided to do something about those.

You know me, I love lists. So here is another one for you. This one hones in on the inside of this house. I haven’t added the bedrooms to this list, well, because this list is overwhelming as it is. Problem with this list is that it requires a lot of dough, so it will be slow going, but hopefully over the next year we will see it slowly diminish. Ok, let’s be realistic. It will never diminish, there is always something to do for someone like me. It’s my nature do so.

So instead of saying that I’m going to give up on a certain project because it is unattainable, I am just simply going to simplify it. This list may not look simplified, but when broken up, can definitely be conquered. So stay tuned!

The Master House List (aka Listy-McListerson via YoungHouseLove)

Living Room

  • Paint fireplace
  • Repaint living room
  • Replace ceiling fan
  • Install lighting above dining room table
  • Touch up trim/finish painting trim
  • Install curtains and sheers
  • New fireplace screen
  • New rug for dining room
  • New benches/chairs for living room
  • Replace/renovate current furniture
  • Decorate as needed


  • Finish painting trim
  • Repaint yellow that is on upper part of hallway to match LR
  • Repaint cabinets and add new hardware
  • Clean out hall closet & install closet organizer
  • New light fixtures in hall
  • New carpet in hall (and bedrooms)


  • Finish trim on bench & paint
  • Install new sink & counters
  • Install organizers in all drawers
  • New rug in kitchen nook
  • New floors (maybe cork or laminate tiles?)
  • Install backsplash (maybe penny tile?)

Laundry Room

  • Clean pantry out & repaint & add new hardware
  • Repaint back door & install new dog door
  • Repaint utility closet, add shelves & make more user friendly
  • Install new floors (to match kitchen)
  • Make built ins to house washer & dryer
  • Make pet station
  • Paint cabinets white & install new hardware
  • Sew curtain for back window

Guest bathroom

  • Touch up paint
  • Install new floors (maybe hex tile?)
  • Find storage solutions for guests
  • Install new shower head
  • Install new toilet (currently has handicapped toilet)

Hall Bathroom

  • Paint
  • What to do with floor? Paint? (since bathroom will eventually be redone)
  • Install new toilet
  • New light fixture
  • Storage solutions – maybe frame out mirror?
  • Decorate

From My Kitchen: Homemade Marinara

Monday, October 14th, 2013

My uncle lives on an old dairy farm about 20 minutes away, and we spent some time out there this weekend. The garden is AMAZING. Well, actually, the tomatoes were AMAZING. And I decided to do something about it.

Marinara Sauce Cover Photo

I have a life list- it is ever evolving, but one of the things on my list is to master my marinara sauce. I have not quite done this yet, but I have managed a pretty good start. Read on if you would like to know how I did it…

First, I blanched the tomatoes. To do this, I placed the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, and then placed them in an ice bath immediately after.

Ice bath


As I was doing this, I peeled the finished ones, and then cored them.

Prepped tomatoes

Once they were all prepped, I mashed them in a large pot, and divided them into 32 oz batches.



Can you see that mess of red surrounding the containers? YEP! I pretty much painted my kitchen red in the process. Once my tomatoes were prepped, I heated the olive oil, onion and garlic and sautéed for about 15 minutes. I think it is sooo important to use quality ingredients when doing something from scratch like this. The tomatoes used were from my uncle’s garden, and the olive oil is California Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tiber Canyon Ranch, here locally. ALWAYS use fresh garlic, although the jarred minced garlic is good in a pinch, nothing like fresh garlic.


I then added the tomatoes, along with salt & pepper and bay leaves. The recipe below also calls for celery and carrots, and although I would definitely use them next time, I didn’t have them on hand this go round, and our harvest box doesn’t come until Thursday. I then simmered for a GOOD 2 hours (also not on the recipe). This is when my sauce kinda went flat… or to the left… or right, but it just wasn’t there.

INSERT HUSBAND: I took a nap (I love my naps). And asked him to “doctor” it up. He added more pepper, some italian seasonings, some sugar and some red wine, and BAM! amazing.

Here is the recipe that I adapted from: Giada’s Marinara Sauce

Things to do different:

1) remove excess water and seeds from tomatoes before crushing and SQUEEZE them dry.

2) sauté fresh herbs with the garlic and onion and add wine to the mix.

3) add an herb bouquet to the sauce while cooking that can be removed to add more flavor.

4) add the vegetables after sautéing onion mixture.

5) be prepared to can instead of freezing the sauce

This is just round 1. As soon as we use all of this, I will be trying again, maybe in spring, maybe next fall.



Fall Bucket List

Friday, October 11th, 2013

I’m big on lists… here’s one for the fall that I can’t wait to start updating! We did great with our Summer Bucket List. It wasn’t one we completed, but it was a great motivator to get out there and do something before summer was over.

1. Donate to the food bank

2. Make homemade apple pie

3. Make fall decorations

4. Make a gratitude jar

5. Carve pumpkins

6. Go to a football game

7. Make handprint turkeys

8. Make something pumpkin

9. Drink mulled wine

10. Make a fire

11. Decorate the front step

12. Go apple picking

13. Go to farmer’s market

14. Have fall family photo shoot

15. Trick-Or-Treat

16. Make s’mores

17. Find a corn maze

18.  Make a new soup

19. Make a new hat

20. Help with Operation Christmas Child