Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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8 Weeks to a Clean Home-Week 2 the Kitchen

How'd you do with your living room/family room?  Did you clean it all week long?  Did you clean it last night?  Did you have help?  Did you do it all alone?
I cleaned my living room/family room all by myself.  But I wouldn't have been able to do such a great job on it without my sister-in-law Amy.  She watched Madelynn for me while I cleaned.  It was amazing to be able to get everything done without having to go over it 3 times in 1 day.  I admit, I straightened up and vacuumed again before I took my pictures.  But it stayed this way with a few toys in the floor for the whole week.  It felt amazing to have a clean living room/family room all week.

So I'm just gonna get down to the pictures.  First, are my clean living room pictures.  I'm quite proud of myself for them.

And here are my messy kitchen pictures.  This is definitely not the messiest my kitchen has ever been.  But it for sure needs some cleaning.

I live in an apartment so I did not choose any of the furnishings like the metal top stove, the panel cabinets, the refrigerator with no handle, the solid white doors with the solid white walls, the ugly linoleum, or anything like that.  I didn't even choose my furniture really.  It was all given to us by family. The only stuff that wasn't is the furniture in Madelynn's room.  I got to choose all of that.  But I am grateful for all that I have.
Ok ladies, and Gentlemen if there are any of you reading, now it's time for your clean living room/family rooms and messy kitchens.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

8 Weeks to a Clean Home

I don't know about you but I am so unmotivated to clean my home sometimes.  And now, I'm pregnant.  That makes me even more unmotivated.  Some days I just feel like crap and don't want to do anything but lay on the couch and watch tv.  But I have a house and a family to take care of so I can't do that.  
So, in my desperate need for motivation I came up with a blog challenge to share with my fellow unmotivated mommas.  Each week we are going to focus on a different room of the house.  On Tuesday we will post our before cleaning pictures of the room we are focusing on.  Then the next Tuesday we will post the after cleaning pictures and the before cleaning pictures of the new focus room.  Now here comes the challenge part.  Once a room has been a focus room and has been cleaned you are challenged to keep it clean for the rest of the 8 weeks.  So for example we are going to focus on the living room/family room this week.  This week you will post your messy pictures of your living room/family room.  Next week you will post your clean pictures of your living room/family room and your dirty pictures of your kitchen.  The week after that you will post NEW clean pictures of your living room/family room and clean pictures of your kitchen and then the dirty pictures of the bathroom.  It will keep adding up like that until we have pictures of fully cleaned houses. 

The weeks will go as follows:
Week 1: Living Room/Family Room
Week 2: Kitchen and Dining Room
Week 3: Bathroom
Week 4: Kid's Rooms
Week 5: Mom and Dad's Room
Week 6: Windows
Week 7: Yard and Outside of Home
Week 8: The Whole House!

I'm sure if we can keep a clean house for 8 weeks it will become a habit.  

So let's get started.  My Living Room/Family Room is extra messy because I've slacked on making Madelynn clean up her toys before bed for awhile and haven't gotten around to taking my sewing table down cause I just haven't felt like it.

What you can't see is the granola and raisins Madelynn spilled in the floor yesterday morning that I still haven't vacuumed up.
My hall is included in my living room cause it's so small.

Now it's your turn.  Share what you living room/family room looks like and why you think this challenge will be good for you.
Also, if you're wondering, is there a prize for this challenge?  The prize is that in 8 weeks you will have a clean home and hopefully will have developed enough self discipline to keep it that way.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sausage Breakfast Pasta, for dinner

So I didn't take pictures.  I didn't know it would be this good.  I didn't know what to make for dinner tonight because we are very limited on groceries until Thursday.  I was looking on Allrecipes.com for a recipe with ground beef and cream of mushroom soup.  I know that I can make hamburger casserole but Casey doesn't like it so much.  He thought it was to plain.  I found a recipe for this zesty beef casserole or something like that.  It got my brain goin.  I didn't have all of the ingredients that went into it.  So I used some of the stuff that it called for and substituted other things to make what I thought sounded good.  So this is what I came up with.

Sausage Breakfast Pasta/Casserole
1 roll ground sausage
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small/medium onion chopped
1/2 to 1 green pepper chopped (it really depends how much you like green pepper.  I would have added more but Casey doesn't like it that much.)
1 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
2 cups of cheese
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

Cook pasta until done. Drain and set aside. 
Brown sausage. Drain. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic.
Cook until the veggies are about half way cooked.  Like 10 minutes.
Add cream of mushroom soup to meat.  Cook for a few minutes.
Add the meat mixture to the pasta.  Stir in well.  
Add cheese.  Mix and then let cheese melt.
If you want to make it into a casserole you can put it in a casserole pan and put the cheese on top instead.

It's delicious and cheesy and tastes kinda like a breakfast burrito.  We all really enjoyed it.