10 One-Minute Tricks to Get More Organized

Let’s admit it! We all want to be more organized & we all find it too difficult & time consuming to accomplish! Well, not anymore. Good Housekeeping has taken away our excuses by developing an incredible list of ways we can all get more organized in a minute! WOW! A minute? I need to try these myself! When it comes to organization, every little bit helps! Enjoy!

One Minute Organizing

Quick and Easy Mason Jar Frittata

Quick and Easy Mason Jar Frittata

In Granny’s day, mason jars were used for canning. And maybe for storage. Dad would sometimes sneak a few out to the garage to hold nails & the like. However, the uses for Mason jars were fairly limited. Not anymore. Mason Jars are being used to create a variety of dishes from oatmeal to dessert. I know any day now, I’m going to see a Mason Jar restaurant advertised! It’s only a matter of time!

Today, I’m sharing a great recipe from Cooking.com. Martha Tinkler has created a fabulous frittata in a Mason Jar. You can make them ahead, then cook them for dinner. Serve right in the jar. Your family is going to LOVE them! Enjoy!

Mason Jar Frittata

101 Container Gardening Ideas

101 Container Gardening Ideas

In case you haven’t heard, California is going through a drought. To help conserve water this year, I have laid ground bark in the areas where I normally grow vegetables & flowers & plan on only growing these items in containers this year. On blazing hot days, I can move containers out of the hot sun. More important, I won’t use as much water keeping my plants hydrated during the growing season.  Southern Living is helping me out with this article featuring 101 different container garden ideas. You can have a garden no matter where you live. Enjoy!

Container Garden

9 Crafty Ways to Organize Kitchen Utensils

Shutter utensil holder

Admit it! It’s tough getting organized! I don’t know about you but for me, other things just keep getting in the way. What to do? Good Housekeeping to the rescue! These ideas for organizing the utensils in your kitchen are so cute & clever… I can hardly stand it! Admire them for a bit. Then get busy! The Holidays are coming. Your kitchen is going to be busy! Time to organize your kitchen to make things easier, & less stressful, for you!

Kitchen Organization

41 Insanely Awesome Organization Hacks

41 Insanely Awesome Organization Hacks

Most moms I know are always saying they need to get organized. We waste so much time searching for things, making ourselves so incredibly frustrated! If only there were an easier way to get organized! Well, these ideas from Emily Co on PopSugar may not solve all our problems but they will definitely help. I LOVE hacks even when I smack my head & ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Enjoy!

Organization Hacks

Take Time to Pamper Yourself Everyday

Breakfast on my porch
Breakfast on my porch
I originally posted this a few years ago when we still lived in our home in Old Towne Orange. I feel the thoughts are still valid. It’s important for women to take time to pamper themselves every day. Let me tell you how:

A year or so ago, I was chatting online with a group of young moms. Someone asked if any of us had done something special for ourselves that morning, something simple. Everyone gave a variety of answers but my response caused the greatest uproar. Ok. Maybe uproar is going a bit far but WOW! I was surprised by the comments made by the other women in the chat. What did I say I had done for myself? I told them I had enjoyed my breakfast on my front porch!

You were expecting something more dramatic, weren’t you? Nope, just breakfast. Now I admit, I fix things up a bit, as you can see in the photo above.  I put a cloth napkin on my small table. I use my glass plate, cup & saucer. But you will not my meal is not elaborate. I believe the day in question, I had yogurt with berries, juice, croissant & coffee. I put layered the yogurt & berries in a parfait glass. I put my juice in a wine glass. Big deal! I had to put them in something, didn’t I? By the response I received, you would have thought I had my breakfast catered! What did the women say? Most of them felt they simply didn’t have the time to do something this extravagant. Hey! It’s just breakfast on my front porch!

How sad that we are so driven these days that something as simply as taking your food out onto your front porch seems like an extravagance! You can’t allow yourself the pleasure of sitting outside with the meal you are going to eat anyway & enjoy nature, the neighborhood, your thoughts? We all need some down time. We all need a few moments throughout the day to slow down & consider “What’s Next?” As women, I believe we need to pamper ourselves each & every day. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. If they do, GREAT! Extra pampering! Otherwise, you must take time to treat yourself well.

For me, breakfast on the porch, with a few special touches, is a simple, low stress way for me to pamper myself. Rather than bolting down my food in front of my computer (& later being unable to remember just what I ate!) I can relax for a moment, gather my thoughts, prepare for my day & enjoy my yard, neighborhood, nature & most important, myself. BTW, don’t tell anyone but I’ve even been known to eat my DINNER on the front porch!

How have you pampered yourself today? You say you haven’t! Well, no time like the present. It takes so little to treat yourself well! And it’s such a Simple Joy!

Lemon Cheesecake Swirl Blondies

Lemon Cheesecake Swirl Blondies

Whenever Mr. D & I visited my in-laws in Kankakee, IL, my MIL always made Lemon Bars for me. I absolutely LOVE these things. The tangy taste of the lemon paired with the sweet crust was wonderful!

Mom is gone now & as much as I miss her, I also miss her Lemon Bars. I know I can make them but it just isn’t the same. Perhaps a similar recipe that is just different enough is what I need. Thank you, Betty Crocker for these Lemon Cheesecake Swirl Blondies! they offer me the tangy goodness & sweetness of Mom’s Lemon Bars but the Cheesecake gives them a slightly different flavor to make them unique. I think Mom would approve! Enjoy!

Lemon Blondies