An Updated Look at My Planner Set-Up


I've been enjoying the DIYFish Life Mapping Inserts for the last five months or so and thought it was time to share a planner update. It was more difficult than I expected to leave behind the Franklin Covey system.  I used it for 20 years and it's familiar and comfortable.  I know it backwards and forwards and inside out.  We've been together for 20 YEARS!!!  But I needed (or maybe wanted) a … [Read more...]

An Important Tip When Choosing Home Décor

living room

Choosing décor for your home seems like it should simply be based on what you like and what you can afford.  But there’s another element to keep in mind and that’s MAINTENANCE. You might love that ornate piece of furniture you found at the antique shop but you might not love all that’s required to take care of it.  Or that white sofa or plush white rug might be everything you’ve dreamed of but … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 46

House exterior

Things I learned this week: Finishing touches make a huge difference. Scraping & cleaning windows is harder than it looks.  Much. Clean windows make a room look SO much better! You can make a tent out of anything. We accomplished several smaller things this week that made a BIG difference. Installed a Storm Door The old door had seen better days and needed replaced badly.  … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 139)

plate setting

Okay.  Well . . . this was a pathetic menu for the week.  I didn’t cook much and most of what I cooked I didn’t eat.  I ate a variety of odds & ends including an egg sandwich, a can of chicken noodle soup and a bologna sandwich.  David ate well, though.  Here’s the official menu: -Monday- Spinach and Cheese Pork Chops with Polenta (NEW) GF -Tuesday- Leftover Spicy Olive Chicken … [Read more...]

Spinach and Cheese Pork Chops with Polenta (GF)

Pork Chops and Cheese with Polenta

Here’s another winner from Food Network magazine’s October 2014 issue.  And it’s gluten free! Ingredients: 1 18-ounce tube prepared polenta, sliced into 12 rounds 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 4 thin bone-in center-cut pork loin chops (about 5 ounces each) (1) 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (2) 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 5-ounce … [Read more...]

Spicy Olive Chicken (GF)

Spicy Olive Chicken

David said this was REALLY good.  So it’s going on our favorites list and we'll be making it often. Ingredients: 1 (3-pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces (1) 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2/3 cup chopped sweet onion 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed 24 green olives, pitted ½ cup gluten-free chicken broth ½ cup dry … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Pets from Stinking Up Your Rugs


I have a large black lab named Shelby who stinks up my rugs.  If all we did was walk on the rugs, it might not be that big of a deal.  But my husband, David, likes to lay on the rugs and stretch or do a little bit of exercising.  He isn’t real excited when he’s doing push ups and gets a whiff of smelly dog every time his nose gets near the carpet. So I’ve been working on that.  Here’s what I’ve … [Read more...]