I found this challenge really easy to keep on top of when I was on vacation at the start of the month, but now I'm finding it harder and harder to remember to do. I cheated a couple times this week by taking two photo's in one day and using a picture I took with my DSLR.
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2012 Declutter Calendar
Again, this was much easier to stay on top of when I was on vacation! Most of the tasks this week were around cleaning out bathroom drawers and getting rid of old products (skin care, meds, etc.). We don't have much storage space in our bathroom and so we keep most of our bathroom stuff in our linen closet. With no time during the week to get things done, I decided to tackle the entire closet on Saturday.
The problem with decluttering is that I'm the type of person that likes to start from scratch. I scour pinterest for great idea's on how to organize and then I want to throw everything we own in the trash and buy everything new. Unfortunately our budget doesn't agree with this method and so often I've got to work with what I've got. In this case, it's our array of mismatched towels and linens and random half-packs of every cold medication under the sun.
Things are looking much better, but there are a few little things that I'd like to get to make the closet that much more organized and clutter free. I'll post a picture later this week to share the results!
Every now and then I make a menu plan and everything on it turns out amazing and this was that kind of week!
Review of what we cooked last week (with photos!):
Easy Quinoa Vegetable Stir Fry
I was super skeptical about this one since it seems to lack vegetables. I added an extra zucchini that we had hanging out in the fridge and I suppose you could add anything you like, but we just went with what was listed and the zucchini. I also didn't add nuts because, well, I hate nuts in hot food. It's weird. Anyway - it was really easy to make and it was bursting with flavour. I thought that maybe it wouldn't be enough as a meal, but Kris and I were both pretty satisfied (Kale is on a hunger strike due to the flu this week).
Ole' Chicken Skillet
I forgot to take a picture of this one, which is too bad because it looked and tasted amazing! This recipe is definitely getting added to our favourite one dish meals! Again, I was skeptical because this really looked like winter comfort food and then it suggested adding avocado, cilantro, sour cream and tomatillo salsa. It just seemed an odd combo. But guess what? It totally worked!!! My mouth is watering just thinking of this one....
Roasted Chicken Wraps with Black Bean Salsa & Guacamole
I was really excited for this one because I love Annie's Eats blog! However, it was probably at this point that I realized I was likely killing Kris with the cilantro and avocado (he's not as much of a fan as I am - but really, who is?). Unfortunately, I think this meal suffered from a lack of super fresh ingredients. It was good, but likely would have been better if the cilantro was fresher and the guacamole was spicier (we left out the jalapeno for Kale who continued his hunger strike and didn't end up eating anyway).
Closet Cooking is another one of my favourite food blogs and so I was looking forward to this one too! Like many of the other recipes from this site, this one did not disappoint. Kris told me that this was the best fish taco he's ever had (to be fair, I think this is the third fish taco he's tried). The cilantro lime crema was the perfect touch and totally worth the extra few steps.
What's on the menu this week:
I'm attempting to give Kris a break from the cilantro/lime/avocado combos this week...unfortunately I think I might have overdone with the chicken recipes....