The Benefits of Uncluttered Kitchen Counters

The Benefits of Uncluttered Kitchen Counters

Let me say right off the bat that I’m not talking about kitchen counters that have NOTHING on them.  That isn’t practical for most of us.  However, there are several benefits to keeping the stuff on your kitchen counters to a minimum. When you’re trying to do something that requires space, like rolling out pie dough or bread dough, you have enough room to do it without your rolling pin bumping … [Read more...]

10 Types of To-Do Lists

To Do List

There are lots of different ways to make a to-do list. Some of the lists are effective and some of them aren’t.  And whether the list is effective or not doesn’t depend on the type of list it is – but what works for you.  Each of us function differently and need a different kind of list to be effective.  So which of these is your list making style? The Very Small List of Only Two or Three … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper Update:  Fixing Broken Things

Back Door

One of the bad things about living in a fixer upper is that as fast as you’re fixing things, you’re breaking them.  Well, it’s not quite that bad but we do have some re-repairs to make. Re-paint the back door We had a couple of dog guests and they did a little damage to the back door. Fix a hole on the entry wall Yes, someone opened the door to fast and furious and the door knob put a … [Read more...]

So You’re Ready to Get a Planner . . .


If you’ve never used a planner, or haven’t for a very long time, it can be overwhelming to get started.  But it doesn’t have to be.  There are a few simple steps you can take to figure out what you need.  So let’s get started. Keep it simple. At the beginning, it’s best to keep it as simple as possible.  Some of the planning systems are pretty streamlined but others are very complicated.  If … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 177) & Cooking Tips, Too!

Dinner Table

I’m not sure what happened this week, but I didn’t cook very much.  I guess that’s the way it goes sometimes. Monday Leftovers Tuesday Sweet Potato, Bean and Rice Soup (NEW) NOTES:  David’s not really supposed to have beans but we were experimenting to see if he could handle them.  Nope.  But he loved the soup. Wednesday Leftovers Thursday Maple Roasted Chicken & Acorn Squash … [Read more...]

Seasoned Tortilla Chips

Tortilla Chips

My family eats a lot of tortilla chips.  Our favorite brand is On the Border.  But sometimes I like to make them from scratch – well, sort of.  I purchase a package of corn tortillas and turn them into tortilla chips.  Recently I used this recipe from and it was delicious! Ingredients: 1 (12 ounce) package corn tortillas 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons lime … [Read more...]

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

I’m a piddler.  I come from a long line of piddlers and I’ve learned from the best.  Because I’m so good at it, if I don’t have a daily plan, I get very little accomplished. What do I consider a daily plan?  A daily plan for me is a page in my planner on which I’ve recorded my appointments and my tasks.  Sometimes I even plan when I’m going to do the tasks.  I also include things I need to … [Read more...]