Monthly Archives: May 2010

More Spring Cleaning

I’m making myself tackle some major chores today.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I can reward myself by spending the next two days outside.  Anyway, it is time for spring cleaning.

Here are a few things I’ve done around here already:

  • Moved all the furniture in the living room and mopped under it during my normal weekly sweeping/dusting routine.
  • Had Brian pull out the stove so I could sweep and mop under it.
  • Scrubbed the underside of the range hood and the wall behind the stove.
  • Cleaned the bottom drawer of the stove.
  • Pulled out all of our winter clothes from the closet and the dressers.  They’ll each go in our own Rubbermaid containers.
  • Washed all of our winter coats and Carhart’s that we won’t be using.  They get their own Rubbermaid.
  • Took down the living curtains to wash and rehang.
  • Swapped out our comforter for a thinner bedspread.
  • Air out and store our heated blanket.

Still on the docket is to clean out the bottom cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and mop the floor.  There is a lot more I could do but I’d hate to overdo it. 😉

Do you do spring cleaning?  If so, what’s on your list?

Spring Cleaning: Cabinets

When I can tear myself away from the garden I’m slowly reorganizing our kitchen cabinets.  So far I have all the upper cabinets done.  Next, I need to tackle the drawers and bottom cabinets.  Everything is stuffed in there and it is so frustrating to have things falling out when you open the doors.

Here’s the before:

And the after:

It looks a little bare but a lot of my Pyrex is in the fridge right now.  That bare spot on the top left is for Brian’s lunchbox on the weekends.  It is so much nicer now, I like it!

Are you tackling any spring cleaning?

You Know You Worked Hard…

…when the water in the shower runs black!!  I put in 40 tomato plants today and did a whole lot of weeding to make a place for them.  It feels good to get so much done plus church, breakfast out with the family, and a bridal shower.  Garden update coming soon, I promise!

Thank you everyone for your support and feedback on my last post.  I think I’m just going to go with the flow for awhile and see what happens.  Don’t be surprised if a few different posts pop up.  It sounds like as a whole my readership is pretty open to whatever.  You guys are great.  I don’t know why I’m so nervous about negative feedback when I can’t recall having much of that here ever.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I’m off to warm up some dinner and dig in to the last book in the series I’m reading.

Must.Write

Ugg.  Can’t I just write that?  Lol.

Might as well just say what’s on my mind…  I haven’t been writing because I’m not sure in which direction to take this blog.  It seems like all I ever post about anymore is farm animals and menu plans.  I have a lot more on my mind than that!  I think it freaks me out a little bit that so many people I know in “real life” read this now.  It’s not that I don’t want people to read… I just forget how much I put on here and then someone will surprise me and make a comment about something and I’m like… how’d you know that?  Oh, duh, I blogged about it.

Of course it doesn’t much matter if the whole world knows what I’m planting in my garden or eating for dinner.  I just don’t think I write like I used to because I’m not sure I want to put certain things out there.  I already shared that I want to blog about God and I don’t know if this is the place to do it.  I also want to share the steps I’m taking to prepare for having children someday.  I’m just not sure I can handle everyone’s opinions about those topics.  It seems like too often bloggers who talk about parenting end up stopping because they tire of all the ridicule and opinions.  Oh, and I’m also afraid to blog too much about planning to start a family because we don’t need any rumors circulating, since we’re NOT trying or even close to trying yet.  I just want to be super prepared.  And I don’t need people tell me that preparing is stupid, it will be fine, blah blah blah.  Anyway, since I haven’t yet decided to blog about THAT I’m going to stop talking about it.

Like I said… ugg.  Oh, and to top it all off I’m kind of in a funk anyway.  Like, not really depressed, and still very happy with my life over all but kind of tired of the day to day.  I don’t feel like I’m pushing myself in my career like I normally would.  The computer dying didn’t help any, and this is the worst time of year for us financially because all the big bills come in.  When other people blog about feeling down or blah I silently cheer for them to pull out of it and force themselves to man up.  Now I have to kick my own butt and tell myself that.

I think I just need to quit worrying about who’s reading and blog like I used to.  Who probably really cares about the details anyway, right?  Am I blowing this out of proportion?  The other thought I had was just making the whole blog private and pretty much accepting anyone who wants to read but at least then I would know.  Maybe I’m exaggerating the whole thing because of this mood I’m in.

Freezer Cooking: Precooked Chicken

It never hurts to have some chicken precooked and waiting in the freezer.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts (I prep them to stretch them farther)
  • Oil or butter

You can cook the chicken a few different ways.  If it’s nice out you may want to grill it.  Or, this would be a perfect use for a George Foreman style grill.  I made mine in a large frypan with a stick of butter swiped on it.  I flipped them a couple times until they were cooked through.

When they are done cooking, put them on a plAdd New Post ‹ Married To The Farm — WordPressate and cute them in to bite size pieces.  Spread on a cookie sheet and freeze.  When they are frozen solid transfer them to a bag or freezer container.  That way they won’t stick together and you can pour out what you need.

I use these for a lot of recipes.  Two common ones are chicken tacos (just warm them in a pan with taco seasoning) and chicken alfredo (warm and serve over pasta).  Meals like that are great for stretching the meat since it’s usually the most expensive.

This wraps up my chicken breast freezer cooking series.  I’ve shared with you some of my favorite recipes that work well for us.  If you’re looking for more great ideas here’s a link to a search for OAMC (once a month cooking) chicken recipes, sorted by rating. If you have a recipe to share please share it or a link to it in the comments.  Now go settle in with a good book because a good share of your cooking is done. 🙂

Freezer Cooking: Lemon Chicken

This is one of my favorites.  Not because of the taste, although it is good.  It’s my favorite because we like to grill it and hubby does the grilling. i.e. less cooking for me. 😉

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite herbs (I use parsley and oregano)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Garlic powder or minced fresh garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Chicken breasts (prepped)

I don’t measure for this.  Decide how many pieces you want for each meal and select the appropriate size freezer bag or container.  I put 3 or 4 pieces in quart bags.  Pour a generous amount of herbs and seasonings in each bag.  Add in enough juice to slosh the seasonings around.  Then add the chicken.  Press the air out and seal the bag.  Mush the chicken around to coat it.  Add more juice if you need to better distribute the herbs.  Lay flat and freeze.  You can stack them  sideways once they freeze.

For the bag: “Lemon Chicken: Set out to thaw in AM.  Bake in oven at 450 F for 35-45 min. or cook on grill.  Serve over rice.”

If you bake in it the oven be sure the pour the juice in to the dish with it.  If you grill it you can baste it with the juice.  We don’t and it still tastes delicious.