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Sorting/Organizing the kitchen

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I found that sorting/organizing the kitchen has actually made it clear I have the same problem I have in my craft room. I don't have a system to track what I already have, which means I end up buying duplicate of some things.

I haven't found a decent program for my computer to track pantry (Did Grocery King for a while but its Phone specific - and I want something that I can have on my computer as well as my phone to sync to)

Maybe I should do make this app. But it is clear that my 'overstock' cupboard is going to get great use now out of, since we're going to be tight until my vocation starts bringing money into the house.

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SUGARSMOM2 10/13/2013 12:31PM

  I see many others have stated that they have this problem also . I am joining in with I also have this over abundance of things , things that perhaps others might use or need . I have a box of stuff I give away . I keep the box in the bedroom . when It is full I take it to good will . but I still have to much . need to find a place to list what I need and not need . I wanted a spice rack to fill the wall but hubby said no . but I still want this spice rack . just because I want to cut the wall and use the studs to make a spice rack in emoticon between the studs and make a frame around it . then put a door on the whole thing . I see it . shame he doesn't . if he goes away for a trip I might have it anyway. so if you hear about him killing me you know it did not go well .

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SENTERSTOCK 10/11/2013 10:48AM

    You know, I have encountered this too! I started a donation box. Each week I evaluate my kitchen, my closet, and my craft areas and if it's something I can live without it goes in the box. When the box is full it goes to GoodWill. Little by little my areas are getting more organized and I am loving my new space, come to think about it - a little here a little there and I am getting a new body too ;-)

Senterstock - Grandmother's Fitness Club, co-leader

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CELEST 10/11/2013 7:46AM

    LOL seems like there is a following here or overstocked areas. Mine is my sewing area. Right now, I have cut patterns, pieces of material, pins you name it, its lying about begging me to finish various projects. But I'm so tired from boot camp I can barely thread a needle. LOL

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TORTILLAFLATS 10/10/2013 11:45PM

    your not alone!


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FLAMENM 10/10/2013 10:01PM

    I have been searching for a way to track my pantry contents. I will look into things everyone else mentioned.

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TAISIAKAT 10/10/2013 8:00PM

    I will have to check this out. I have this other set of products that we use for our Movies/DVDs/CDs/Books. I have a program for my crafting supplies and designs,

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CATHWREN 10/10/2013 6:32PM

    I can recommend SplashShopper which has apps for the phones as well as the computer:


It works for all kinds of lists. I keep a list of all my thousands of books on it to make sure I don't buy duplicates. I also used it to set up a diabetic exchange diet for myself. It is really very versatile.

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Portions - not one size fits all

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

My food habits have been random. I didn't grow up eating a lot of junk food in fact looking back my childhood through teen I ate healthy, just never thought much of portions, since I was extremely athletic (Cross Country in the fall or Volleyball, Basketball in the winter, and Track in the spring. Then camp/camping through out the summer ( and very active)

Things went south when I stopped being athletic and the pregnancies.

Over time, my portion issue would be the downfall.

Now, with trying to get back into a healthier shape, getting moving, doing yoga and exercises that I like and feel good with, my portion watching still needs work.

Like lunch today. Great on the sandwich, but had extra cookies. - Maybe I need to go back analyzing why somethings I wanted (cookies actually wanted something crunchy that I could carry around that wasn't nuts)

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SUGARSMOM2 10/13/2013 12:35PM

  well lets see for me I see oatmeal and I think oatmeal cookies . so I guess I am in trouble .

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TAISIAKAT 10/12/2013 3:00AM

    SENTERSTOCK - OHHHH I like that idea, once a week whatever is in the box goes... I tend to save up and it NEVER gets anywhere. Good idea.

Maybe I am expecting too much too fast. emoticon

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TAISIAKAT 10/10/2013 5:54PM

    Genre009 - Thank you. Oatmeal for snack? Hmmmmmm... Fruit I just go through energy wise if I don't have something solid to hang with it. I tend to do cheese and fruit then.

I am making zucchini, carrot, and banana bread this weekend. I wonder how that will go over for snack foods. - (I was thinking of adding coconut to the breads....and dark chocolate chips)

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TAISIAKAT 10/10/2013 5:51PM

    Thank you Senterstock.

I found that carbs (starches currently) make me feel nauseous if I eat them too early in the day.

So for me a good morning is protein/fruit

Lunch is when I bring in the carbs.

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SENTERSTOCK 10/10/2013 4:10PM

    You story is very similar to what I have lived! I am working hard at adding more veggies - my goal is 8 servings a day. Protein and if carbs they come early in my day to help with the cravings...Genre009 is on to something :-)

Senterstock- Grandmother's Fitness Club, co-leader

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GENRE009 10/9/2013 10:51PM

    I incorporate more vegetables into my meals, snack on thinks like soup, or fruit, oatmeal, a few nuts.
It's really hard now that we aren't active. When I make something, I tweek it, to lower the cholesterol, fat, and add more fiber.
Next time you make brownies add zucchini-mashed into it. here are some of the things I crave and do: crunchy-eat chocolate rice cakes, creamy-eat yogurt, ice cream-blend fruit & juice into pop icicle containers, crunchy-eat some nuts/ or popcorn. Most low fat cook books have that one recipe made out of egg white. It has almost no calories. Even those nut bars, are ok if you don't eat them all the time.

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Today - focus-focus-focus

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

on the task on hand - taking pictures of what I have made and posting to Etsy. It is hard because the little nagging voice in the back of my head is trying to belittle me - saying - so to lessen the voice I am writing down - as I learned in a work shop and countering these
"You're not good enough"
"Why are you kidding yourself"
"Why are you trying to jeopardize your family's finances"
"Are you insane"
"Nobody will buy your stuff"
"Only losers become Artists"
"They were only trying to be nice by buying from you before"

Most of them I can counter quickly with "I hosted an event and sold over $1600 dollars in one day -without trying and most folks had never seen my stuff before that moment"

The folks who bought - have bought more

The folks who bought - their friends have bought from me as well.

I just need to keep focused and remind myself positive affirmations of love, worthiness, creativity, happiness, and most of all, the feeling of watching someone fall in love one of my pieces and cuddle it like its a baby, showing it off when they wear it.

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GRAYGRANNY 10/9/2013 3:19PM

    Positively positive!! Keep that thought!!

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SENTERSTOCK 10/9/2013 9:45AM

    YES!! Focus-Focus-Focus! A great Mantra!

Senterstock-Grandmother's Fitness Club, co-leader

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SPARKVERNICE 10/8/2013 7:38PM

I love how you countered the negative thoughts. That's what we have to do stay focus on our goals and stay on track no matter what. :)

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More energy than I have had in SUCH a long time

Sunday, October 06, 2013

So while I am working on my craft, I'm also finishing up some projects that went on the way side thanks to the corporate work schedule. First one is oddly putting this wonderful material on my shelves in my kitchen that is a green product and starting to really re-organize to make a better work flow for me and the husband. It also is allowing me to make some new ideas for keeping things clean, like finally making pockets for serving dishes, covers for my mixer, blender, etc. And to finally take inventory of what we have in the kitchen for equipment.

We have bought so much over the last 10 years+ that I realized that we've got a really nice amount of quality kitchen pieces.

Decided we're going to have to replace at some point the 30 year old sparking food processor, and add a bread maker to our kitchen. The one thing I realized I don't have is a dutch oven, of which I was rather surprised to find that I didn't.

But I have a lot of awesome cookbooks, lots of wonderful mags with recipes, and just about every thing you can use in the kitchen.

This is good place to start. There are some things we're going to purge out - but for the most part, re-structuring some areas will give us what I need for making a pantry for stocking up when there are sales of dried goods.

Going back to the basics. Getting away from processed food is going to also be a great advantage for us to eat even more healthier than we are already doing.

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LINDAM.1 10/7/2013 10:30PM

  My pantry is full, My wonderful husband thinks meat and potatoes, a must. He liked the bean rice and a bit oh hamburger was good . Still have some White noodles.

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CELEST 10/7/2013 8:00AM

    I have begun a big clean up also, for me mainly because I want to sell my house and find something smaller. Once we have the new home (probably only next year some time) then I will go hunting for new stuff that fit the new size house. Till then I just will have to wait patiently.

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SENTERSTOCK 10/7/2013 7:04AM

    Go un-clutter, re-structure and enjoy your new found energy! emoticon I am inspired!

Senterstock - Grandmother's Fitness Club, co-leader

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MERRYMARY42 10/6/2013 9:34PM

    sounds like you have a plan, stick with it, emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 10/6/2013 9:07PM

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Enjoying simple pleasures

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Today we went up to visit the grandchildren. Our family is a mixed of those that are genetic (biological) and those that have been added by choice. B/K are just that couple. People who we have chosen to be part of our family and us part of theirs. (This came about with the pregnancy of A - my first grandson) and we were honored to be asked to be Nonna (Italian) and papa. Anyway, our granddaughter had to have outpatient surgery today, and so we went up to give support and hang out and fill up on the most amazing unconditional love you can ever imagine. You see A (we don't use full names for many different reasons on the internet) is autistic. But that has never once stopped him from being the most amazing, devoted to his Nonna little child. Tonight's newest change was he was tickling me (mind you we have to teach about clothing boundaries) but still he had me laughing and snuggled and loved.

It is that unconditional love - the feeling of wholehearted worthiness he spreads to me that I can take back and keep cherished inside of me. I am truly blessed.

And me and his Mom gabbed about ideas and thoughts, she showed me off her brand new loom of which I am jealous but extremely happy for her, and she brought me some new patterns to make some clothes - plus raid the freezer for tomatoes and such to do some sauces and make jelly this weekend.

I spent some more time working out how to make the craft room - the studio and then alter the end of the great room we've blocked off to be some storage and business office. The word is starting to trickle through the old company and a lot of folks have been pinging me trying to find out why I left - only to find out - it was the company that let me go, and that starts a rant from them about how unfair.

But I remind them of my love, my passion, my desire to do this, and how much they have encouraged me over the last three years to start really exploring this ability to become a full time Artist. And my biggest thing I tell them is I am not having nightmares, feeling claustrophobic, I actually WANT to wake up in the morning - instead of dreading it.

Its only day 2 since the termination and I am experiencing many different body adjustments and sensations. I'm sticking with making sure my food intake is within my range, making sure I am getting my stretching, my walking and my yoga. I need to figure a bit of a change in how to incorporate my bowflex and my bike into this but it will come.

I am grateful for having the courage and the network of friends and family to pursue my dream.

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TAISIAKAT 10/6/2013 6:29PM

    MT-MOONCHASER - But I do have money coming in from my craft, even as I transition I've already sold 600 dollars worth of designs. I just won't have the size of paycheck I've gotten used to for the last 15+ years. The truth be told, we're simple folk. And Dan and I can live on a lot less, instead of going nutz like we did. I just need to be more cautious about things, and work on making sure we stay solvent. On the slow season I can always work contracting as a SQA engineer, of which I am very good at.

Thank you for the encouragement and compliment.

I am very happy that we have the family and network I have.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/6/2013 5:48PM

    I like your attitude. I wish that you still had a paycheck, but if you dreaded getting up in the morning to go to the job, you are probably better off without it. I hope you got a good severance package and can draw unemployment. That always helps when you are trying to get a new business underway.

Isn't it great when you can get along so well with family? It's always nice when they can make you smile so much and be so helpful.

I hope you have a good week.


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SENTERSTOCK 10/5/2013 9:51AM

    All I can say - is with heart and passion and family - all dreams come true! Love hearing your page in the journey! Helps me to relish in mine emoticon

Senterstock, Grandma's Fitness Club, co-leader

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TINY67 10/5/2013 9:27AM

    Sounds like a great family.

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