My fall flowers in an old butter-churn. : )
I finally put my fall decorations up! Last Saturday I had the morning to myself so I brought up the boxes and went to work. I went VERY light this year. I pulled out my favorite items and decorated with only those - the others are left in the boxes which I plan to go through today and bag them up to give away. I used to go all out with the leaf garlands and such but as I get older I truly enjoy the "less is best" because with everything else that I have in my home I believe going all out is just a bit too much. It almost feels and looks a bit cluttered rather than pretty. So, everything will stay up until after Thanksgiving which really extends this beautiful time of year.
On Monday I watched Queen Elizabeth's funeral from beginning to end. Got a bit weepy in places. I love the pageantry and tradition.
The rest of the week was rather up and down. Life sometimes gets that way, doesn't it?
Yesterday was a wonderfully cloudy, cozy day which motivated me to do some things that were others-centered and creative. I spent quite a bit of time on my monthly letter for seniors at the care center. I enjoy writing the letter and then I enjoy looking through nostalgic magazines for articles that they might like and add it to the envelopes. I try to buy pretty stickers to make the envelopes look pretty and stamp a nice greeting on the front. I truly try to put myself in their place and think about what I would like if I was there.
Now we come to Saturday. It's another cloudy and cool day which, again, motivates me to work. There is a reason they call summer the "lazy days" because it's SO true for me! In the Spring there is all that busy work of cleaning up after winter and getting the gardens ready and then the actual planting, but once summer comes it seems like all I feel like doing is the bare necessities of the housework in keeping it clean and organized and then the pulling of the weeds outdoors. But once fall comes, it just makes me want to do everything!!! There aren't enough hours in the day (nor the energy) to get everything done that I feel like doing. It's like there should be 3 of me. So I really have to write out lists now and prioritize (and I like doing that too!).
My Saturday chores look like this:
*Make our Sunday meal so I don't have to cook tomorrow - just heat and serve.
*Go through my fall boxes and bag things up.
*Clean the bathroom for the weekend.
*Wash and hang a load of laundry.
*Clean and better organize the laundry area.
*Clean the oven.
I have high hopes today, but I also have my doubts in getting it all done! And......that's okay. : )
There are two recipes that I want to share with you today before I go. One is the Asian Sloppy Joes that I had mentioned a while back. Again, no photos - sorry.
ASIAN SLOPPY JOES
In large skillet, heat 2 tsp. sesame oil and add 1/2 onion, chopped. Cook for about 4 minutes. Add 3 cloves of garlic, minced and cook till just fragrant. Add 1 lb. ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, and 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook till it thickens, about 5 minutes. Top the bottom half of hamburger buns, sprinkle with some chopped green onions and top with the other bun. This is so good, but what I think makes it special is if you can make coleslaw and top the beef with a little of that before adding the top bun. I hope you can try it!!! : )
The other recipe is called a Bakeover. I know that I brought up one of these in a past post but I made another this past week that we enjoyed so I wanted to share it with you. The whole idea of Bakeovers is that it is a one-pan meal and it's a great way to use up leftovers. The idea/concept came about from MaryJane Butters - she has a few books out and this "recipe" appealed to me. So here it goes (and I DO have photos this time!!!).
Actually, there is no "recipe" - so I'll try to do a step-by-step explanation. Since there are many ways to do this, you have to actually figure out what kind of crust you want. For example, what I'm showing you today, needs a cornbread crust because it's kind of Tex-Mex theme. So you want to make the crust first. In my case I needed to make the cornbread batter. Set that aside.
Next you need to figure out what ingredients you want - for me it was shredded chicken, onions, taco seasoning, black beans, canned tomatoes (drained), corn, some enchilada sauce, and shredded cheese.
So begin by adding the onions to your Non-stick, Oven-safe, skillet, and saute them until soft and then add all the other ingredients and mix well. Add the cheese on top of this.
Then, pour your cornbread batter on top of all of this.
Bake at 425 for about 20 minutes or until the cornbread is baked through. Now you flip it out onto a large plate.
Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and sliced green onions - maybe some sliced black olives, a drizzle of taco sauce - whatever you want.
The nice thing about this (for me) was that here are all the ingredients I needed for this:
but as for the canned ingredients....... I only used half - I had half of the corn, black beans, and tomatoes leftover so I was then, a couple of days later, able to use those to make a quick and easy chicken taco soup! Two big meals for very little money. : )
*I will need to tell you - I found that the Bakeovers don't re-heat well. So, you might want to wait to make this when you have a few people over (I know they'll like it). Let me know what you think!!!
Well, I think that is about it for this post! If I have the above list to accomplish (or a part of it), I had better get moving. I hope you enjoy this day and weekend ahead. Enjoy your home. Make it clean, make it comfortable, make it inviting, make it yours and have fun doing it.