The little recycling center that sits next to the fridge in our kitchen was l-o-n-g overdue for a reorganization and cleaning.
I have a constant tug-of-war going on inside my brain. My desire to be a minimalist and my need to hang onto anything that has a memory (or is cute) are always on a collision course. I do not need one single thing on this shelf. I don't use anything up here. But since I haven't totally embraced minimalism, instead of letting everything go, I just gave it a good cleaning.
The canister set is one thing I won't part with (the other canisters are nested inside this large one). This set belonged to my mom. Also, the green tree. That was made by my oldest daughter, and I love it, so I certainly can't let that go. (That gives you a good idea of how my inner dialogue works)...
I at least got the shelves and baskets organized so I can find things easily. But look at all the crap still on those shelves! Clearly a project that was long overdue, but that still needs a lot of tweaking! (There's cute Mr. J, getting a drink from his water bowl).
Of course after all that organizing, I ended up with piles spread all over the living room - the 'stuff' that had been shoved into/onto the shelves of the recycling center. I'm happy to report that it all got organized, tossed, or recycled, etc., so the piles are now gone!
As I do every January (and this year is no exception), along with trying to tackle all the little house projects that have long been avoided/neglected/overlooked/ignored (any one of those words will do), I also make a promise to myself to try to eat healthier. (We'll see how long it lasts.)
I found a recipe on Weight Watchers for Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie.
It looked simple enough for even me (I am neither an adventuresome or good cook).
Okay, vegetables and turkey sausage sauteed and cooked, sweet potatoes cooked and mashed......
Tomato soup then added and cooked to thicken. Turkey/vegetable mixture poured into pie dish...
Mashed sweet potato topping added. Then, into the oven...
... and a short time later, yummy Shepherd's Pie.
That plus a tossed salad made for a nice dinner on this cold winter night.
PHOTO PROBLEM SOLVED
Regarding yesterday's post, where I was having problems being able to load photos. I'm STILL not able to put up a new post with photos using Internet Explorer, so I tried using Mozilla Foxfire. As you can see, I was able to add photos to this this post without a problem. I've been having a lot of intermittent Internet Explorer problems lately. I use USPS.com to print labels for all our Etsy orders, and about a month or two ago I was no longer able to print my shipping labels using Internet Explorer. Once again, I started using Mozilla Foxfire to print my labels and haven't had a single problem.
I know several of you also had problems or heard of others having problems with pictures on Blogger yesterday. So it seems there is some glitch with Internet Explorer working with Blogger, at least on my end.
I'd encourage anyone else who's having problems to download Mozilla Foxfire and try using that. It might solve your photo/posting problems!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!