Saturday, February 17, 2018

Day Six!


Look at me! I've made it to Day Six! 

Ta Da!
decluttered handbags
decluttered scarves
frogged yarn

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lasagna Roll


I saw this recipe on Tasty and decided to make my own version. It was rather lovely, but it does take quite a bit of time to make. It would be quicker to make it up as a standard lasagna, rather than rolling it up.

The actual recipe can be found at Tasty. My deviations are quite numerous. Instead of making Alfredo sauce, I used a jar of Dolmio Carbonara sauce. The pasta was gluten-free, and I totally forgot about adding cheese! Stilton would be great in this dish. 

My brain is currently thinking about making this into lasagna pollo, with a bacon top and some layers of Stilton and spinach. Dinner tonight was meant to be takeaway pizza. It would well be lasagna instead.




Oh My! Day Five!


To Do

  • quick tidy of the sitting room 
  • fold laundry put away laundry 
  • lay out clothes for the morning 
  • get in pjs 
  • put dirty clothes in laundry basket, and air clothes that can be worn again 
  • sit in bed and craft whilst listening to an audio book

Ta Da!

  • get dressed 
  • walk Ava 
  • make Ava's breakfast 
  • strip bed 
  • make bed with fresh bedding
  • put on a load of laundry 
  • dry laundry
  • check the menu to see if action is needed for dinner 
  • check calendar for upcoming events
  • wash dishes
  • put dishes away 
  • quick tidy of the kitchen 
  • take dirty mugs, plates and glasses through to the kitchen 
  • declutter/organise for 15 minutes 
  • declutter pantry, sorting out items for the foodbank, and any out of date items too


Thursday, February 15, 2018

May the Fourth Be with You


It's good to have a clear head! Brilliant in fact!

Work has started on painting the garden walls. A section has been given a first coat. It's a wonderful brilliant white, but I'm not happy with how uneven the wall surface is. I can see rendering lessons in my future!

TA DA! 
  • get dressed 
  • walk Ava 
  • make Ava's breakfast 
  • put on a load of laundry 
  • check the menu to see if action is needed for dinner 
  • check calendar for upcoming events 
  • quick tidy of the kitchen 
  • take dirty mugs, plates and glasses through to the kitchen 
  • declutter/organise for 15 minutes
  • declutter and organise the sink area
  • declutter kitchen utensils, knives and gadgets, and then organize the rest
  • declutter and organize cutlery drawer
  • wash dishes
  • paint garden wall
  • dry laundry 
  • check the menu to see if action is needed for dinner 
  • check calendar for upcoming events 
  • prepare dinner 
  • quick tidy of the sitting room
  • fold laundry 
  • put away laundry
  • clear off kitchen counters
  • declutter tea towels, kitchen towels, aprons and tablecloths
  • declutter and organize ziplock bags, foil, and clingfilm
  • make bed 
  • lay out clothes for the morning 
  • get in pjs 
  • put dirty clothes in laundry basket, and air clothes that can be worn again 
  • sit in bed and craft whilst listening to an audio book

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Day Three, for a Third Time


Another migraine day, another light day for tasks.

Ta Da!
  • get dressed 
  • make bed
  • walk Ava 
  • make Ava's breakfast 
  • check my calendar for upcoming events
  • walk Ava
  • walk Ava
  • make Ava's dinner

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Day Two Again, Again

A migraine can put a damper on things. Therefore, I decided to keep things simple today, and only do the absolute minimum.

Ta Da! 
  • get dressed 
  • walk Ava 
  • make Ava's breakfast 
  • walk Ava again
  • make bed 
  • take dirty mugs, plates and glasses through to the kitchen 
  • lay out clothes for the morning 
  • check my calendar for upcoming events 
  • quick tidy of the sitting room 
  • walk Ava again again
  • get in pjs 
  • put dirty clothes in laundry basket


Chocolate Pots


This recipe is less 'recipe' and more 'construction' guide. 

I made a batch of chocolate brownies. The chunks of chocolate were omitted, as were the pecans. Instead, 100g of very finely chopped roasted hazelnuts were added. When the brownie was cool it was cut into discs.

Milk chocolate was melted and tempered. This was spread over strips of acetate printed with a coco butter pattern. The acetate strips were formed into cylinders around a drinks glass wrapped in baking parchment. (I really need some non-tapered cylinders!) The chocolate was left to set. Afterwards, it was slide off the glass and the parchment gently removed. Then the acetate was removed.

The disc of brownie was set in place and the chocolate collar placed over the top. Next a layer of fresh raspberries were put on the brownie, and the collar filled with chocolate ganache. A raspberry was placed on top, and a few white chocolate stars added. 

It was the first time I have successfully tempered chocolate. I used the grated chocolate method from Ann Reardon's Chocolate Secrets. I'm very pleased with the tempering, and the coco butter transfer. The over all taste was well balanced. It needs to be made a few more times to work out the kinks. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

And Back to Day One!


Well, here we are again, back at Day One. It would be easy to become discouraged, throw up my hands, and shout "That's it! I can't do it!" But that's no help to man nor beast. Instead, I can see that the house looks better because of these days of cleaning and tidying. Mondays are good days to start or re-start, so here I am, re-stating my restart. 

Today we have a guest over for dinner, and for some reason, I've decided to make two new recipes, chicken and bacon lasagna roll, and chocolate pots.  (I've just found out The Offspring does not like things wrapped in bacon. ... There will be a choice of main course, the lasagna roll or pan-fried salmon.) There's also stuff to be done around the ground floor to be guest-ready. It's in pretty good shape, but a bit of redding is required. The plan is to write a list of tasks, and to order them in terms of importance/timing.

Ta Da!
  • get dressed 
  • make bed
  • walk Ava 
  • make Ava's breakfast 
  • check my calendar for upcoming events
  • make chocolate brownie
  • make lasagna roll
  • put away dishes
  • put away jigsaw
  • walk Ava
  • make chocolate pots
  • wash dishes 
  • sweep sitting room
  • straighten sitting room
  • sweep dining room
  • dust dining room
  • dust sitting room
  • dust hall
  • sweep hall
  • clean hob
  • clean microwave
  • empty sitting room and kitchen bins
  • make ganache 
  • lay dining room table
  • assemble puddings
  • make dinner

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Day Five of Routines Restart


To Do
  • quick tidy of the kitchen
  • fold laundry
  • put away laundry
  • declutter/organise for 15 minutes
  • prepare dinner
  • lay out clothes for the morning
  • quick tidy of the sitting room
  • get in pjs
  • put dirty clothes in laundry basket, and air clothes that can be worn again
  • sit in bed and craft whilst listening to an audio book
Ta Da!
  • get dressed
  • walk Ava
  • make Ava's breakfast
  • put on a load of laundry
  • check my calendar for upcoming events
  • make bed
  • check the menu to see if action is needed for dinner
  • dry laundry
  • take dirty mugs, plates and glasses through to the kitchen 
  • visit Markwell house
  • return shoes for a refund
Extra To Do
  • sweep and steam mop kitchen, back vestibule and hall
  • walk Ava again
  • finish wrist warmers