Tuesday, March 22, 2011

projects progress (update 2)

March 16th-21st.

*sigh* I seem to be heading in the wrong direction...far more is being added to most lists than is being taken off. :P But I knew the lists were nowhere near complete, so this was to be expected.

>Mission: 50x50

This list *is* complete, so anything I accomplish here really is getting me somewhere. :D Not that I've done all that much in the last few days...

#8-Donate 50 trunk-loads of stuff to charity thrifty store.
--One more trunk-load hauled off!

#11-Watch 50 documentaries.
--Annie and I completed our viewing of Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. All 10+ hours of it.

#15-Try 50 new recipes.
--Creamy Lemon Cheese Pie (one of those super-duper easy recipes that is super-duper yummy--yes, it goes to the keeper pile)
--Cheesy Rice & Broccoli
--Walnut Carrot Raisin Muffins (another winner! unless you ask Max, that is)

(Recipe from Jean Childress' Muffin Cookbook--I *love* this cookbook.)

3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup melted butter
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/3 cup grated carrot (which was about 3 large carrots for me)
3/4 chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat to 400 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In separate bowl, cream sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients.
Fold in carrots, nuts, and raisins.
Spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
(Makes 1 dozen. I think this would be another great one to double the batch and freeze half of them.)

#21-Buy 50 Etsy or other handmade gifts.
--Ordered a kitty ears hat for Annie for her birthday.

>Mission: Declutter

Not a lot of progress made in the library--just one more shelf...from which I got rid of one book and Rich got rid of three. Better than nothing, I suppose.

Annie's room has come a long way, however. Not only did she weed out her books (culling about 40 books--some of which will go to friends, some of which will be listed on PaperbackSwap, and some of which will be donated to the library sale), but we also went through her "closet." We managed to get fill 2 1/2 big garbage bags with clothes, shoes, and bags to donate! (I saved another pile to use for craft projects.) I so wish I had thought to take before and after pictures, because the difference is astounding. :D And another few hours in her room and I think we could finish it!

>Mission: Recipe Reorganization

I actually got to cross something off this list! :D All the folders of recipes I've been tearing out of magazines, printing off the internet, etc. for the past decade or so have been weeded out. Believe me, it was a much bigger task than it sounds. Hundreds of recipes went to the recycle bin. Unfortunately, I saved more than got rid of. :P But at least I did manage to try a few new recipes, so they could also leave the folders and be added to cards in the filing system. Finally, I got 7 tried-and-true recipes copied to cards.

Slowly, slowly...


Kailana said...

I really must work on my 50x50 list. I have been distracted with other projects!

Jean said...

Wow! Three posts in three days--you have been a busy blogger. I need to finish the one I started on Sunday and get it posted. In the meantime, I sent a parcel your way yesterday. Some birthday prezzies for Annie and a card for her mom. And don't despair at the projects lists. YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS!!! Some days/weeks will see more progress than others, but just keep moving.

Megan said...

Sure *seems* like you're making progress! Boy, my house (perhaps my whole *life*) could do with a bit of decluttering... ;-)