Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6 sandwiches you can make with your leftover turkey

Chances are you're going to have a lotta turkey (that's a technical term) come Friday. I, for one, really like turkey in my sandwiches and am happy for the surplus of turkey coming my way. Turkey is actually my favorite lunch meat. Anyhow, from the 50 sandwiches I've made so far for my 52 sandwiches project, I've put this collection of sandwiches together- perfect for all that turkey.

This turkey salad/cheddar cheese sandwich is on the top of my list. I get the turkey salad from my local grocery store, but the ingredients are listed (and I've listed them on the picture). I imagine it is simple to make. This sandwich is all about that cheese and jalapeno roll though. YUM. I linked to the post where you'll find the recipe below the picture. (You'll find the recipe to all the sandwiches I've listed today below the picture).
sandwich #28: turkey salad | cheese & jalapeño sub
turkey salad | cheese & jalapeño sub

The sandwich that follows is the one that was made for my birthday last year. Spinach artichoke spread on Tuscan bread with my favorite lunch meat? Yeah, that's a winner.
sandwich #17: turkey, spinach artichoke
turkey & spinach artichoke

What makes the next sandwich is that apricot/mustard spread. It's, like, so good. Maybe this one should be on the top of my list. Hold on. I'm going to go see if I have apricot jelly in my fridge.
52 sandwiches #6: apricot turkey & cheese sandwich apricot, turkey, & cheese

The sandwich that follows has pesto, mozzarella cheese, and grape tomatoes. You have to really smash those grape tomatoes, so your sandwich is constructed correctly. I discussed sandwich construction here. I say yes to this sandwich and so should you.
sandwich #10: tomato & mozzarella
tomato & mozzarella

The following 2 sandwiches call for deli chicken, but you can easily use turkey instead.
52 sandwiches #32: chicken + cheddar flatbread
chicken & cheddar flatbread52 sandwiches #31: chicken panini
smoked chicken panini

If you make one of these sandwiches (or any of my sandwiches), would you tell me? Share your thoughts with me; would you? :)

** I am attempting to make 52 sandwiches. Read more about how this project got started here. See all the sandwiches I've made so far here.**

Monday, November 24, 2014

establishing a morning routine

establishing a morning routine
One of my goals for November is to complete Crystal's 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home challenge. I know this stuff is typically done in the spring, but I'm a rebel. "I spring clean in the fall" is tattooed on my back. I am in the middle of the challenge right now and I can already see huge improvements to my home, but more so to my mental health. lol. I was challenged to do things that I wouldn't have even thought of doing given all of the other things I have to do. For example, on one of the days, the challenge was to clean under my bed. I almost skipped it thinking, "That's not a priority." I did it though and it took me about half an hour to remove all of the nonsense that had accumulated under my bed. My room feels so much cleaner to me now.

Anyway, so every week day, there's a list of things to be done. The first few are the same every day: "get dressed in something that makes you feel great" (the premise is you'll be more productive if you dress the part), "sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and make a list of weekly goals" or daily goals with your weekly goals in mind, "complete your morning routine" (which is what I'll be discussing today), and then follows the 2 to 3 challenges that are specific for the day. For 2 weeks I have been following the challenge and I feel like my mornings are more structured and like I am accomplishing more than I have in the past.

Crystal discusses How to Develop a Routine That Works- And Stick With It here. Be sure to start with part one by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page. Crystal has a routine established for the morning, afternoon, and evening, but suggests sticking with just the morning routine for a few weeks if the concept of routines is unfamiliar to you. Crystal suggests that routine "will calm your chaos and bring rhythm, order, and peace to your days." I am going to paraphrase her steps, but be sure to visit her "How to Develop a Routine" series because her steps are more elaborate and more helpful than mine. Plus, I'm only discussing establishing a morning routine. She discusses establishing morning, afternoon, and evening routines.

To develop a morning routine,
Begin by writing down your priorities
Our days can get filled up with a bunch of little, mundane, time consuming activities. So you don't allow those little things to take priority, establish your priorities. For example, reading to Adeline (she's my preschooler) is very important to me. That is something that I am trying to make a daily, morning priority.

Determine a time sequence
Determine when you wake up, when you have breakfast, when you get dressed, when you make your bed, etc. My days are filled with unpredictable activities (sometimes time consuming, unpredictable activities- like milk getting spilled at breakfast). Determining a time sequence (though flexible) gives me a sense of order and peace in my day.

Create a chart/checklist for your routine and refer to it often

Stick to it
It can only become a routine if you stick to it. It doesn't have to be a rigid routine. In fact, it should be somewhat flexible. Generally following it will bring more structure and peace to your everyday life.

I plan to eventually establish routines for the other parts of my day. I really look forward to my mornings now because they are more peaceful.

Friday, November 21, 2014

five on friday

five on friday five on friday five on friday
1. "There are times when 'don’t beat yourself up' is terrible advice" by the hysterical Karen Sommerfeld for Purple Clover. “Not beating yourself up is supposed to be a way to build self-esteem, but you know what builds self-esteem? Doing estimable acts." I've been following Karen, who I know better by her pen name June Gardens, on her blog Bye Bye, Pie for years.

2. Nikki Mans from Whimsy Love shared a Balloon Advent Calendar this week. It's so cute. Nikki has the best ideas for crafting with kids on her blog.

3. What Are Your Pet Peeves? by Joanna Goddard with illustrator Emily McDowell for A Cup of Jo. Loud crunching (or any loud eating noises); obnoxious poking; unpleasant odors that are supposed to be pleasant (too much cologne, strongly scented candles, etc); loud, public disciplining; over sharing- to name a few.

4. I bought these digital stamps from Elise Blaha Cripe at Enjoy It. I bought them before I knew all that you do with them. See her video tutorial here. So cool.

5. I'm making these roasted potato breakfast nachos for dinner tonight (breakfast for dinner is popular at my house). Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean shared this recipe, which is from Joy the Baker's latest book Homemade Decadence. [Edited to add: Made the nachos! They were the bomb dot com. My sister Jasmine posted a picture on Instagram.]

Hope you have a good one!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

52 sandwiches #50: tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons

The other day Tracy from Shutterbean posted a picture on Instagram of tomato soup and a sandwich, which looked amazing. I went searching for the recipe hoping she had shared it on her blog, but I didn't find anything. Could anything be more sad? ;) There's always good ole Pinterest though, right? Eh. The soup I found and made wasn't even the same color as it was in the original Pinterest picture. Maybe I used too much cream or something. I went back to Tracy's blog again looking for a tomato soup recipe hoping maybe I had overlooked it the first time I went looking for it. Sadly, I didn't find it, but Tracy did link to a creamy tomato soup Joy from Joy the Baker shared on her blog. And you know how much I like Joy's recipes. I made her soup, and it was perfect. What I did gain from searching Pinterest for a tomato soup recipe is that several people shared the idea of garnishing their soups with grilled cheese croutons. Good idea for sandwich #50!
52 sandwiches no. 50: tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons
For this tasty experience, you will have to make your favorite tomato soup first. I highly recommend Joy's if you don't have a favorite already.

To make grilled cheese croutons, warm a small pan or panini maker. Layer cheddar cheese slices on one slice of bread, then top it with the other slice of bread. Butter each sides of the bread. Grill the sandwich for a few minutes until golden. Finally, cut the sandwich into cubes.
52 sandwiches no. 50: tomato soup with "croutons"
Yes to grilled cheese croutons and yes to Joy's tomato soup.
52 sandwiches no. 50: tomato soup with "croutons"** I am attempting to make 52 sandwiches. Read more about how this project got started here. See all the sandwiches I've made so far here.**

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

workspace wednesday: 10 steps to overhauling your space

workspace wednesday
(As I was sorting through painful amounts of paper, I began to gather supplies for my December Daily. #ohgoodjob).
workspace wednesday
A few weeks ago (in October) I discussed creating vs spending. In October I made a goal to really go through my craft supplies and sort through everything. My goal was to purge my supplies and clear my space (and mind!). I find that messy spaces hinder my creativity. Maybe you feel the same way. If you do, I've put together a list of how to tackle your space, which is how I tackled my space this last time.

1. Set a realistic goal for completing this project
I intended to complete this project within month. Though I had to extend my deadline, it gave me a good initial starting point. A deadline motivates me to push myself and not put off an activity.

2. Label 2 large boxes: "sell" and "giveaway"
As you sort through your things, you'll want to consider those items which are worth selling (on eBay, a yard sale, a craft fair, etc.) and those items which you can giveaway. You may know a few people who are just starting to build their supplies and would appreciate your excess given to them.

3. Pace yourself
You've already made your deadline, now decide how much time you'll be investing in this task daily or weekly. Maybe you'll work every weekend for a couple of hours. Maybe you'll take 15 minutes every day to work on your space. For example, I have a bookshelf with 12"x12" cubes; I decided I would completely sort through one cube every weekday until I completed the task. Find what works for you and doesn't overwhelm you.

4. Prepare to do what you don't want to do
There are some tasks that will be daunting. For me it was my paper. There was so much of it (too much of it). If possible spilt that task up into more manageable pieces. Instead of tackling my paper all at once, I worked in one section (by color because that's how I had it organized) every day. It wasn't so overwhelming that way.

5. Purge
Get rid of that which you wouldn't buy again, that which you know you won't use, and that which doesn't inspire you anymore. Be ruthless.

6. Put like things together in attractive storage boxes/bins/etc. and label them if possible
I have these inexpensive boxes I like from Ikea. I hadn't labeled all of them. I made it a point to label all the boxes this time around. It's amazing to know right away what's in any given box.

7. Dust/clean dirty supplies
Things that haven't been used in a while collect dust. Things that are used often- glue bottles, scissors, binders- get dirty. Clean them and marvel at how clean your space is starting to look.

8. Giveaway what you've set aside and sell what you've set aside
It'll still clutter your space if it sits there for weeks/months at at a time and you don't get rid of it. Don't wait- get rid of it.

9. Reflect on your excess and how to avoid accumulating
Have your ever bought something extra because you didn't realize you already had it or something very similar? Yeah. Me, too. I'm trying not to impulse buy and create with what I have.

10. Reward yourself
This was no easy feat. Reward yourself for a job well done. I recommend a quiet afternoon of crafting with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

See other Workspace Wednesday posts here.