Organization Part 5 — Spice Cupboard

Today I’m going to spice it up! Okay, bad pun, I know. But the spice cupboard is so important to the kitchen. Cooking and baking would be incredibly bland without the right spices and I hate wasting time searching for a specific spice. When I’m gathering ingredients for a recipe I want to be able to pull the spices out without getting a headache. And our youngest son and his lovely girlfriend often come over for dinner which he usually takes over making so I want him to be able to find everything easily.
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Housecleaning Checklist

Some of the women I talk with tell me they want to have clean homes but they get sidetracked or are unsure of exactly what to do in each room. A housecleaning checklist can really help with ensuring you’ve done everything you want to do for your normal routine.
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Garden Things To Do In Winter

We’ve had two snowstorms about a week apart and another couple of inches fell right after the second storm. I need to get away from winter! Unfortunately, a trip to the Bahamas isn’t possible so I just have to think of hot summer days and long summer evenings. One way I mentally remove myself from thoughts of snow and cold is to work on garden things to do in winter.
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Testing Seeds Indoors

Even with our long winters here I need to ensure that I have a bumper crop of vegetables each year. Our growing season isn’t quite as long as it is in more southern climes. Before spring arrives it’s important to test seeds indoors. I start many of my seeds indoors so those vegetables that don’t get sown directly into the garden have a good start. Before actually planting the seeds that are started indoors I do a test to ensure that my supply of seeds is still viable. It’s simple, takes very little time to get results, and allows me time to order new seeds if needed.
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Saving Money Series – Save on cleaning products

We all want to have clean homes and these tips will help you save on cleaning products. Don’t waste money when a cheap alternative is available. Save that money for something you really want!

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Green beans – stew

Cooking From Your Heart™️

I love this dish.  It is easy to whip up for dinner in 30 minutes or less.  It is a hearty, delicious, and a healthy dinner to serve to your family, and an easy way to make sure the kids eat their vegetables at the same time.

One of the key ingredients to prepare this dish is to have a well-stocked pantry, having canned vegetables, and a variety of canned soups on hand will make your life easy and make you look like rock star with your family when dinnertime comes!

My mother always used fresh cut green beans because she does not approve of using canned green beans, but I had to tailor the recipe to accommodate the cooking time I have, without losing or compromising the delicious flavor.


2 lbs. Beef stew small cut pieces

5 cloves of Garlic minced

2 cans of Hearty Tomato soup 19 oz…

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Organization Part 4 – Organizing Your Pantry

A chore that is often forgotten or ignored is organizing your pantry. If you’re lucky enough to have a pantry you may know how easily it can sometimes look like one of those closets in movies where, when the door is opened, everything falls out. It can require a little discipline to keep your pantry organized but it’s worth it. Time spent re-organizing is wasted time. Money spent on things lost in there is wasted money. And having a well-organized pantry makes meal-planning and creating a shopping list much easier.
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Dehydrating Foods

I’m a huge fan of dehydrating food. I’ve dehydrated a lot of different things over the years. If squirrels weren’t so darned fast I’d probably have thrown a couple in my dehydrator by now! Dehydrating is a great way to preserve food but there are some things that just don’t dehydrate well.  

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