Cucumber Dill Salad

I tossed together a random salad based generally on something my mom used to make.

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 sliced cucumbers

Stir the yogurt, dill, and pepper together. Pour over cucumber and stir to coat. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Super simple. I like it. Not sure it’s everyone’s cup of tea.

Mix-n-Match Skillet Meals

People are winding up with full pantries right now. But how to use up extra Cream of Mushroom soup? Well, here’s a simple, tasty Hamburger Helper-style recipe. Use up ingredients from your pantry, cupboards, or freezer. Feel free to share this with your friends, family, coworkers, homeschool groups, whoever.


Choose one (1) food from each of the following groups:

Breads and Cereals (1 cup raw)
Rice (white or brown)
Any pasta Continue reading

Oopsie! Took a day off …

I had a busy day yesterday so I made the choice to not follow the Daily Chore List. At the end of the day, I looked around and could see the difference. Things weren’t bad, but they were definitely a step down from where they’d been throughout the week.

I took one day off and BOOM right back into needing to dig myself out a bit. How does that happen when I was hardly even home? Don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I think I’ll laugh. A happier choice. 🙂

I realize now that if f I’d taken a quick ten minutes in the morning (made bed, made sure kitchen counter and sink were clean) and ten minutes in the evening (Ten Minute Tidy of main living areas), things would’ve pretty much been maintained at their previous level.

It was a definite lesson in how a little effort every day makes a big difference.

Onward and upward!

Week One, Done!

newscan189So, I finished my first week of using my weekly Chore Lists again. I’m sitting in a neat and tidy living room realizing that by just doing the daily chores, it’s made a big difference. One room at a time, I think I’m digging back out of the general messiness that had developed during the most recent season of life. For me, stress and depression can really effect my abilities to keep up on chores. And then the house gets messy and I feel even more down. Seeing a tidy living room is a great mood lifter.

Things I learned this week:

1) Make the bed as soon as I roll out of bed in the morning. That way, as I leave my room and walk into the kitchen, the first thing I do is mark off “Make bed” on the Chore List. Makes me feel accomplished in the morning before I’ve even had my coffee.

2) Sweeping the kitchen every day, rather than every few days, makes a big difference. I can’t eat off the floor, but it’s noticeably nicer to be in the kitchen.

3) If I don’t have time for a bigger chore, at this point I’m just putting it off until next week when it rolls around again. When I miss a chore, I don’t worry about it and know it’s coming back around soon.

4) Many of the chores are a bit time-consuming right now because I’m behind and things are worse than normal. Once I take the time to do the chore well, it’ll be easier next time it comes around in the rotation and will go much faster.

5) I realize how often I was forgetting to do things around the house. Just basic upkeep types of chores like emptying the dishwasher or wiping appliances. Now that those things are on the list, they’re getting done and I don’t have to rely on my memory.

6) Don’t worry if a chore is too big to tackle all in one day because it’s been skipped for so long. I set a timer (5 or 10 minutes) and worked on things until time’s up. The chore will come around again and I can work on it again for a few minutes. I can do anything for ten minutes, even nasty chores.

7) Music helps me move a bit faster and gets the chores done more quickly.

This past week was sort of my test run to see if the Chore Lists still work for me. I have to say the test was a success. I’m still behind in a lot of areas, but as the chores keep coming around, I’ll keep working on things. The house is noticeably tidier.

Onward and upward!

Family Chores

One of the things I struggled with over the years of parenting was getting the housework done. I tried chore charts and rewards for the kids, but honestly, I wasn’t setting the greatest example for them, so those things always ended up feeling more than a little bit hypocritical.

Then I discovered if I made up chore lists of all the regular household chores and set about doing those things, myself, I could start encouraging the kiddos to work with me to get the chores done. Continue reading

Spur-of-the-Moment Fun

DSCN6366Earlier this week, my next door neighbor’s son was celebrating his 11th birthday. They often include me in family celebrations, so I wasn’t too surprised when she showed up on my doorstep asking if she could leave the birthday cake at my house until they finished dinner, and then come over and share it with me.

I told her they were welcome to come over to my house and do the cake here. Long story short, she brought their pizza dinner, birthday cake, and entire family over to my house. It was fun to have a little spur-of-the-moment family party at my place.

If I hadn’t been keeping up on the housework using my Chore Lists, I wouldn’t have felt the freedom to invite them over. Instead of being embarrassed and apologetic, I was able to be welcoming and enjoyed the party.

Was my house perfect? No, not at all. Was it presentable and welcoming? Definitely.

Fun spur-of-the-moment activities. Another benefit of keeping up on things. 🙂



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broom-womanToday’s Chore List states that it’s time to clean the bathroom(s). This particular group of chores comes around each week on Thursdays in my chore rotation. The problem is that my bathroom is so cluttered at the moment, I wouldn’t be able to do the Thursday bathroom chores.

The list for today looks like this: Continue reading

Start Where You’re At

chores_logoI’ve heard from people who’ve used my Weekly Chore Lists that they found that just starting on whatever day it is currently works fine. You don’t have to start on Monday. If you’re starting mid-week, just do what I would do …check off all those chores you missed earlier in the week. Mark them as done. Crossing off the earlier chores is a reminder to not go back to the top of the list and try to “catch up.” The gotta-catch-up mentality kills the whole process. Believe me, I know this from firsthand experience.

Also, several people have told me that they were facing a huge mess, but just started in doing the daily chores. In a couple of weeks, they found they’d actually made headway with the bulk of the mess and clutter without ever really having to focus on it too much. The daily chores took a bit longer when things were starting out from the messy phase, but once things started getting in order from regular upkeep, it went much faster.

Onward and upward.

Happy Monday!

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th9KXQ6UC4Oh, wait. It’s not Monday, it’s Tuesday. Well, happy Tuesday, then. I guess it just feels like Monday to me. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

So far, so good on following the weekly Chore List. I was able to check off nearly all of the Everyday chores and nearly all of the Monday chores yesterday. Winning! (Hey, if I’m not my own cheerleader in this, I’ll never hear cheers … it’s not like I have a pep club following me around encouraging me on. It’s more like I have an anti-pep club living in my brain telling me that I’m a housekeeping loser.) Continue reading

Day One, Week One

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ae03ecd672db9684615f63028d2f9694So I pulled out my Chore Lists and decided to start today with Monday of Week One.

I have to admit I feel accomplished, but it was a little overwhelming. Since I hadn’t cleaned the fridge or the kitchen cabinets for ages, it was more of a chore than I’d planned on. But I realized after I finished, next time it will be more a matter of wiping things down quickly and not the scrubbing chore it was today. Continue reading

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