Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I am a Clutter Bug No Moe!!!

Well at least I am working on it anyway. I have a long way to go before I can officially make that declaration. This week I have been watching lots of HGTV, Food network and the Travel Channel. They are my favorite channels to watch these days. I love to see all the beautiful homes they show on HGTV. I love to watch the decorating shows and the House Hunters. I also love the organizing shows. How they can change a entire room by just getting rid of clutter and rearranging the room. It sure has been a motivation for me. I have been organizing and getting rid of clutter off and on all week. I started with my bedroom. I got rid of all the stuffed Boyds rabbits which were very dusty. My DD, decided she wanted them to add to her already tremendous amount of stuffed loves. I only left a few bears for me to hug. So now she has Boyd Hares and I have Boyd Bears. That works for me!!! Anyway, back to my decluttering. I then cleaned out my closet and was able to sack up 5 bags of clothes that I have not worn in a while. Can you believe that? One would think I would not have any clothes left. No worry, I have plenty more left. The ones I got rid of were either too big, too small or I was sick of wearing them. I just hang on and on to them for whatever reason. I got rid of shoes that I did not wear and I also got rid of old purses that have been hanging around forever. My closet looks so much better and I am sure my racks thank me!!! My room looks so much better. I bought a shoe rack for the back of my bedroom door and put all of my flip flops in it. I am a flip flop freak. I realized that after I filled 18 of the 23 spaces on the rack. I have room for more. YIPPY!!!! Must go shopping!!! I need balance you know. That's part of what makes things look organized. I love having my flip flops all in one place where I can just look at them. So many colors. YUMMM!!!!
I totally love the organizer on my door. I have one on every door of my house. They are wonderful. I get them at Target for 5.99. They are clear vinyl. I have one in my bathroom for my makeup, hair stuff, toothbrushes/paste. I have one in my scrapbook room for my scrapbook supplies, I have one in my laundry room for my dust rags, laundry ect... I have one in my dining room closet for this and thats. I have one in my hall closet for utility stuff and now one in my bedroom for my flip flops. I wonder where else I could hang one. (He,He,He)

Next I headed to my scrapbook room. I cleaned out drawers and containers, threw away old magazines. I threw away stacks of papers. I rearranged it a little bit better to be more workable for me. I got rid of 3 bags of trash in that room plus a lot of magazines that I have had since I first started scrapbooking.
Tomorrow I plan to work on the closet in the dining room, then move into the kitchen cabinets and then the closet in the hallway. Those are all my worst areas. Why does a person need so much stuff anyway? Its ridiculous for me to be such a packrat. I have so many blankets in my hall closet that I could probably warm all the homeless people in my town. That's exactly what I plan to do. Share the warmth. I will get them out and donate them to the clothing box. Hopefully someone will be able to use them better than me storing them in the closet. After I am done organizing and decluttering, than I will have to clean. Everything needs dusting, floors need sweeping and mopped, glass needs cleaning ect... That probably want happen till next week. No need to hurry right!!!! A girl has to fit in some FUN TIME along the way.
The food network always has something good cooking. I love, love to watch the cooking shows. Tonight I made a really yummy dinner. The recipe I used was from Rachel Ray. Its called Southwest Turkey Burgers. The only changes I made to the recipe was that I sauteed my peppers, onions, jalapenos, garlic and cilantro in a little oil before adding it to the meat. I wanted them to be tender. My DH is not a huge fan of red peppers and really hates them when they crunch in his food. So in order to make sure there was no possible crunch, I decided to cook them before adding to the meat. I also left off the sweet red pepper relish. I used Turkey bacon, red onion, southwest seasoning, Monterrey jack cheese and Tabasco sauce. Most were optional. I used what I had on hand. The rest of the recipe I stayed pretty much on course. I am not one to measure anything, so I do the pinch here and pinch there measurements. I made some fried potatoes with skin and cantaloupe as my sides. It was all delicious. My DH really said he enjoyed the meal. Said it was a nice change from the same O same O, which is what I have been trying to do. I am so tired of eating the same stuff every night. That includes going out to eat. I am sick of eating out. We have been doing it so long that its not even a treat any more. I would rather eat something like this at home. Anyway, give it a try if you are looking for something new. Its very good. It is a tad spicy, but not to spicy. You can regulate that I am sure, by leaving out the peppers and the Tabasco sauce.


Southwest Turkey Burgers Recipe

courtesy Rachael Ray


Ingredients

8 slices turkey bacon or turkey bacon with black pepper or apple wood smoked bacon

1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 large shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional - parsley may be substituted

1/2 small bell pepper, green, red or yellow, seeded and finely chopped

1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 teaspoons, 2/3 palm full, ground cumin


1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne hot sauce, several drops (recommended: Tabasco)

2 teaspoons grill seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick) Vegetable oil or olive oil, for drizzling

1/2 pound deli sliced pepper jack cheese

4 crusty kaiser rolls,

split 1 cup sweet red pepper relish, found on condiment aisle - pepper jelly may be substituted Red leaf lettuce

Spicy O-nuts,



Instructions



Chop your garlic and veggies.


Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Wipe excess grease from pan and return skillet to heat. While bacon cooks, combine turkey meat, garlic, shallot or onion, thyme, cilantro or parsley, bell pepper, serrano or jalapeno pepper, cumin, hot pepper sauce, grill seasoning or salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds then form meat into patties. Drizzle patties with vegetable oil to coat. Cook in skillet over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Place sliced cheese over the patties in the last 2 minutes of cooking, use 1 or 2 slices for each patty, as you like. Pile cooked cheeseburgers into buns. Spread sweet relish or jelly on bun tops and set red leaf lettuce into place, using the relish or jelly as glue. Top cheeseburgers with 2 slices of cooked, crisp bacon or turkey bacon and lettuce.


I think I will kick back and see whats on the travel channel tonight. Maybe I can take a dream vacation somewhere exotic. Yes it would be a dream alright. That's why I love that channel. It takes me places I will probably never be able to go in my lifetime. I get to see and visit places all from my bedroom T.V. What a way to travel. LOL!!! Then I get to close my eyes and dream!!!

Have a great evening. KISS! KISS! HUG!!!

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