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Pantry Clean-up

A year’s worth of messes, recipes ingredients, snack boxes, food cans, opened cereal bags and lots of unhealthy choices can drive a mom bonkers.

How I managed to fit an oversized box filled with baking supplies, a few cleaning solutions, an overload of protein powders, a stash of bounty towels and a whole lot of tomato sauce is completely beyond me.

Looking back at this photo, honestly, I cannot understand how things got so bad. I am usually a very clean and highly organized person and moments like this one reminds me that my OCD is only partial.

However, I was determined to fix this problem and didn’t want it to overwhelm me in the future. After long consideration on how to reorganize my pantry, I finally watched a few episodes of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up in hopes of finding an easy way to clean up the mess my pantry had become.

I was not completely impressed at first because I didn’t want to understand the way she chose to help others clean up. I was expecting her to come into the person’s home and just torch the place. Fresh, clean slate. But, that was not the point of her method. Several episodes in, I realized her intentions were to instill habits of long-term cleanliness, not just temporary solutions.

In a few of her episodes, I noticed she would bring empty boxes to the person’s home. I thought, “Humm, this is weird. The last thing I want to do while getting rid of stuff is to find more places to store things into.” But you guys! It was all about having a place to put the items you decide to keep. Almost like giving it a rightful home within your home.

So with the help of a few Pinterest pins, I realized this project was a lot smaller than I expected and much easier to complete as well. A quick trip to the dollar store and two days later I was able to see my pantry be transformed. Having separate bins for my toddler’s snacks and baby’s food definitely improved the look, along with taking my pasta shells out of the boxes and putting them into matching plastic containers.

Ex: Instead of hanging the baby food from a plastic bag off the door handle, I used the square bins to keep them readily avilable.

I am proud not only of the way things turned out at the end but that even after weeks of shopping and adding to the pantry, it has remained fairly organized. Additionally, I was able to set up a large white basket with pre-assembled snack bags for my son to grab on his own before we head out. I removed the big box of baking supplies and I am still fussing over how to store it properly, but at least it’s not on the pantry floor disturbing my peace.

Still not the most healthy looking pantry but at least we have food to eat and it’s pretty to look at 🙂

I’ve pretty much been able to do this kind of organizing to my personal closet, my dresser, and the boys’ playroom. Now if I could manage a way to organize my craft corner and keep my kitchen counter from overflowing with junk that would be divine and would remove unnecessary stresses in my life.

But one can only dream 🙇🏽‍♀️💭

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Trying Honey Ham

My first attempt in making a simple ham in my new crockpot

I know today isn’t Tuesday, it isn’t Saturday either…  (I woke up thinking today was Saturday – sad when I found out because I was looking forward to the Christmas event at our apartment complex), BUT I will share this very simple recipe I found for cooking ham in a crockpot. You will have to excuse me as I wasn’t prepared at all and this is my first time both cooking ham and using a crockpot! Nevertheless, ONWARD MY FRIENDS! So I bought a ham from walmart pre-sliced and fully cooked and cured. The ham was a little less than 4.5 lbs. Thankfully I saw the recipe called for brown sugar and pineapple slices ahead of time. I say thankfully because of course I would lose the recipe before cooking. And if you check out the details of my photo you will notice that we bought chunks instead of slices of pineapples – another fail! but I didn’t let that stop me from cooking this ham. So this is composed of two random recipes put together. Talk about improvisation. Anyway, so I measured out 1 cup of brown sugar and used 1/4 of it to cover the bottom of the crockpot. I layered the ham slices with pineapple chunks in between. The other 3/4s of the brown sugar were mixed with the pineapple juice from the pineapple can and check this… I also needed ground cloves. Yeahh did I mentioned I didn’t even realize that was part of the new recipe? Also that I don’t have ground cloves in my pantry? So what is a girl to do with two small children and when a run to the supermarket is out of the question? That’s right! Google! 

Fun Fact: Did you know? If you don’t have ground cloves readily available, you can use a 50/50 ratio blend of cinnamon and nutmeg powders as a substitute. 

The Spruce Eats

Both of which I have in my pantry, cinnamon for my coffee and nutmeg for seasonal coquito. YAY! So now we can move on. I drizzled the mixture onto the ham and set the cooker for 2.5 hours on low heat. (The second recipe I saw had used an 8lb ham and it cooked for 4 hours so I figured 2.5 hours should do the trick). 

< Insert three breastfeedings, eight baby spit-ups, showering and some tv time >

It’s finger-licking gooooddd =)

Ladies and gents! this ham came out so delicious and sweet!! I surprised myself HA! and I had to control myself since the hubby isn’t home yet and I now have to cook up the rest of the sides that we will eat with the yummy ham.  I have to say, I really liked that I was able to get the ham pre-sliced and boneless. So much simpler!

  • Tip: If you do decide to add pineapple to your ham, go for two small cans to add a tiny bit more sweetness. Also adding actual honey might help with making the sauce thicker. That will have to be experimented on another day. 

Well, thank you for reading and for letting us share a little of our night with you.

As always have a wonderful day. 🤪

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Empty Wall

Good Afternoon!

Today everyone was up and ready to start the day early. Start the day in our living room that is. Cleared up the many pillows we like having on our couch, swept the floors, kissed the hubby goodbye and organized a few boxes still left to unpack. We have been in our new home since mid-January this year. And many might say Sheesh! It is almost a year and still, you have boxes? Why, yessir! We do! As the theme of this blog goes, we are learning to enjoy LIFE one day at a time. Sometimes that means leaving off certain boxes to the very end lol. So with bowls filled with cereal and Christmas carols blasting through the tv, I decided that I will finally decorate one of the walls in our apartment. It stands right behind our dining table, it’s big and it’s plain!

Note: Ethan’s very own decorated Christmas tree

See what I mean? Now, I have debated whether to just add photos to this wall or to decorate it like some moms I know have done. But as crafty as I am, I hate to admit I am not so creative or knowledgeable of different decorating styles. Yikes! So now what to do? Well, the Christmas season is here YAY! and I had an idea for the wall. About two years ago I started making personalized Christmas stockings for every member of our extended family. Yes… you read right, all of them! Even their PETS! Hey! I was bored… cut me some slack. Plus it had to do with a little tradition I wanted to start with my own family just as my mom had done with us (Awwwww mushy face)

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So I have about 20 of these adorable Christmas stockings and have a few more to make as the family just keeps growing. Now since this year, we won’t be putting up a big tree, I thought “Why not put these stockings up?” on the aforementioned wall. I am thinking of hanging them on gold crochet thread with golden or silver jiggle bells in between the stockings. Pinning up the thread to form a cute design on the wall and calling it a day. Maybe later add some battery powered lights to make it a warm ambiance. An updated picture of that mini project will be posted next week.

I’m off to washing dishes and trying out my new crockpot (honey ham here I come!)

Let me know below what ideas you have for empty walls in your home.  ♥️