I had a spot behind my water filter that was just "too bare". It is an awkward spot . The filter has to be at the front of the counter. We tried storing our daily glasses in this space but it was.... just not working.
I remembered that I had the sugar dish and creamer that goes with my kitchen transferware. I don't use them for every day but the though of them being stashed in a cupboard and not being enjoyed was sad.
The plate is not a match but close enough.
This empty space is now filled and it has some color and character.
Most years I am organized and ready for the festivities. Other years, I am throwing things together at the last minute. I have a hard time enjoying the season when I am running around baking, looking for last minute gifts and cleaning my house real quick before company comes over. Not fun!!
This year, I am determined to be prepared and relaxed during the holiday season.
Instead of creating a system from out of the air... I am going to share with you three countdown's to Christmas that very smart ladies created....and they have proved that they work.
First of one is the Grand Holiday Plan. It is an 18 week system... Cleaning, cooking, crafts, and shopping. It starts August 27.
The second one is the House and Holiday Plan. It is also an 18 week system... all the way through till New Years Eve. It starts September 3.
I will start posting the week of August 27, here on the blog and on this blog's Facebook page. Check the Facebook page as I will be posting extra goodies there.
How do I know these plans work?? I have completed them off and on over the past few years. My "on" years are smoother, I stay within my budget, I am less stressed and my house looks and smells great.
Each week starting August 27, I will share a holiday themed recipe (quick bread, cookies, holiday entree, food gift). I will also share a cleaning or housekeeping trick or tip. I will be honest and real... I will share with you my successes and failures along the journey. Some recipes will flop. Some cleaning tasks will drive me crazy.
What to do until August 27, September 3 or October 22?? Check out the linked websites. Get a notebook or binder. Print off the pages and worksheets that you will be needing. Check Antique Mamma's facebook page.... I will be there sharing my pre-countdown activities.
So... there you have it!! I hope you will join me.
I have seen bookcases and hutches with wallpaper on the back inside. I always thought they looked so pretty. I have not gotten the guts to do that to my bookcases... until now. I had some contact paper (not wallpaper) that I just love and have used in various locations around the house.
I decided to take the leap and jazz up our living room bookcases.
I took all of the books and shelves out. My cell phone got lost in the mess for a while. Sheet #1 of the contact paper went up. So far so good!!
Matching up the other side was a trick!! It didn't get it quite right but pretty close. I figured that I will be mostly covered in books so if I don't get it perfect.... no one will notice but me.
Bookcase #1 is done
Then I worked on bookcase #2. Some of the shelves were not removable so I had get creative. It all matched in the end.
This is the reading nook this morning... everything was put back. See the narrow shelf between the bookcases... I found that in a closet. Now to find the perfect place to hang it. The lamp and my teenaged son met... the lamp now needs to be fixed.
The reading nooks now has a bit more pizzaz.
. The nights and early mornings have started to get chilly so I thought it was a good to get out the red throw blankets. They add a much needed "color punch" to the space.
We are still looking for another bookcase to lighten the load for these two bookcases.... they are just a bit too cluttered. One of these days we will find just the right one.
I am off to add pizzaz to another spot in our house.
I love pizza. Most of the time we order pizza delivery but once in a while it is fun and yummy to make my own.
The pizza in this post is cheese-less. My guys are lactose intolerant and my sinuses do better with a little less cheese. Sometimes I will put a light layer of cheese on for special occasions.
First we start with the dough....
1 T or package or dry yeast
1 t. white granulated sugar
1 cup warm water
1 t. salt
2 1/2 cup flour (you might need a touch more)
1 T. olive oil
a dash of Italian seasoning--- optional
Start by letting the yeast activate in the warm water, sugar and olive oil mixture. Then add the flour and the salt. Mix together well either by hand or with a mixer. Add additional flour if needed to get a smooth, elastic but firm dough. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
While the dough is resting, cut the pizza toppings into bite sized pieces.... black olives, green olives, spinach, mushroom....
Next roll out the dough on a cookie sheet or baking stone. I like a baking stone because it give the dough a crisp but not tough crust.
Add pizza or pasta sauce to the top of the pizza. You can do lots of sauce or a little.
Now add your toppings. (including cheese)
While you are rolling out your dough and adding the toppings, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
Let the pizza rest for another 5 minutes before putting in the very hot oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Watch closely because you don't want the crust to burn.
I took a small break from blogging to get some serious house cleaning done. The resident teenager spent a few days at football camp. This gave me the perfect opportunity!!
Monday was Day 1. I cleaned all the living spaces... living room, dining room and bedrooms. Yep, all in one day. I was kinda crazy. I polished all of the glass, brass and chrome. The couch and chairs got spot cleaned and all the blinds got wiped off. The bedrooms were the worst.... I took ALL of the bedding off the beds and washed them. I think in the first day I did 6 loads of laundry. Then... I put it all back on the beds. The closets had already been decluttered so I was able to skip that step. All of the dresser drawers got emptied out and everything refolded. By bedtime I was exhausted.
Day 2, Tuesday, was the "wet rooms"-- bathrooms and kitchen. The kitchen took the longest of all. I took everything off the counters and wiped them down. All the glass jars got polished. Every appliance (large and small) got wiped down... inside and out. The bathrooms were pretty easy. The cupboards had already been decluttered so it was just a matter of wiping things off. Everything sparkled.
Days 3 was pretty much just finishing up things that were "undone". When we went to pick up Kiddo at the bus, I was ready for a huge rest.
I took Thursday off to spend with my son.
Friday morning, I filled the sink with hot soapy water and gave all the floors a good mopping. By Friday night, I had the flu. Guess, I over did it.
The nice things is.... I don't have to do a deep clean of the house before school starts (which I sometimes do). Now we can spend time doing school shopping and relaxing.
Next, time I plan to do a deep clean, I think I will try to spread it over a few more days. Lesson learned!!