Cooking and Cleaning, Oh My!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

So January seems like "deep clean" month in bloggy land. I wish I could say I had the time and determination to get in and really deep clean stuff, but all I really have is the desire to do it. Not the energy, time or real interest. ha! BUT, I have started a list of deep cleaning things that I want to do! That's a start right?! So here's a peek at just some of the things I want/need to really tackle around the house, more so than just our daily or weekly cleaning stuff....

Master Bedroom:
* Clean out the following drawers
* Shey's Bedside table
* Sean's Bedside table
* Top left and right dresser drawers
* All the bathroom drawers
* Organize Closet shelves
* Purge closet!!!
* Organize jewelry (again)
* Clean ceiling fan

* Get rid of all appliances we don't use
* Organize pantry (again)
* Clean out junk drawer

Living Room & Dining Room:
* Paint mantel
* Decorate mantel
* Find new art for wall beside TV
* Clean fan
* Relocate bookshelf to... somewhere?

Guest Bedroom:
* Clean out closet
* Get rid of junk in there!
* Dust all the surfaces

* Relocate bookshelves to...? (Bedroom? Dining room?)
* Put Full bed back in room
* Purge Craft Closet
* File 2009 papers

* Sigh... not even going to think about this one right now!

Other Stuff:
* Finish wall lettering for entry way
* Install baseboards
* Install transition strips for wood flooring
* Clean out front hall closet (get rid of stuff!)

So, as you can see, I have quite a list of things that I want to do. They're not necessarily things that HAVE to be done, but I am really trying to reduce clutter. I have so much stuff that I don't use anymore that I really need to just give away. So.... we'll see how these tasks go! We did actually accomplish one or two of the items today... Sean cleaned the fan in our living room! Man, it was bad! I think I will breathe a little bit easier now.... He also cleaned out his bedside table drawer! Thanks honey!

Have I also mentioned that I love my crock pots? I got a great, EASY chicken taco recipe from Holly Furtick over at The Preacher's Wife... It is cooking right now and smells INCREDIBLE. And it is seriously the easiest crock pot meal I have made yet! Here it is:

Chicken Tacos:
2-3 frozen chicken breasts (I only had the frozen chicken tenders... I used about7 of those)
1 can Rotel (or small can salsa)
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 packet of taco seasoning.
Dump it all in your crock pot first thing in the morning. Frozen chicken and all! Cook on low for 8-10 hours. (Mine has been in about 7 hours and looks close to done) Shred chicken at some point in the afternoon, then let finish cooking until you are ready to eat. Wrap in whole wheat soft tortillas and serve with whatever else you like... salsa, sour cream, guac, etc. I CANNOT wait for dinner!

PS- I've added a couple new posts over on our Whitney's blog... :-) CLICK HERE.

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  1. ummm...YUM on the tacos. i'll have to try this asap. did i mention this summer we have to work four 10 hour days? so mon-thurs 7a-6p then fridays off. we will be having MANY a crock pot meal. keep posting your faves!

    i'm SO glad to see your list. it feels like out list of "home improvements" is never ending. it's encouraging to know we aren't alone. love you gal!


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