I am far from the domestic goddess I wish I could proclaim to be.
I hate cleaning. Once in awhile, I get a fire under my tush and I clean all day. But for the most part, I get away with do the minimum amount of cleaning. I am trying more though. Ultimately, I am the person that gets more done in the hour before someone shows up at my house than I do in a month! Just a note though: I adore cleaning and organizing for others. I thrive on it.
Our weekend plans include rearranging the living room to make room for a hutch cabinet for books. We also want to make room so that the kids have more room to play. I also want to go through our belongings and do a big overhaul. We have so much stuff. And not enough space. The living room closet could easily loose half if not all of what is in it and I would be fine with that. Our bedroom closet is the same. We have our Christmas decor stored in there and I really want to move it all to our shed outback. Still easily accessible, but no longer taking up valuable space. And Lawson's room....it needs a deep cleaning. He has a very spacious closet. I just need to put some serious thought and creativity into organizing it.
The kitchen is...well, it is a disaster area. It's not very big. But that doesn't stop us from loading the table down with clutter. Lawson's school work, bills, junk mail, crayons, hats, snacks, etc. The end of our counter is loaded with the same stuff as the table, with some tools, restaurant napkins, and random trinkets thrown in for good measure. I think I can get a handle on it. Maybe?? I guess it would actually require taking everything off the counter and table and wiping them both down. Then I need to go through each and every item and trash the majority of it. And I need to use the end of the counter as a bill station. I have a three drawer container I can use to corral Lawson's paperwork we are keeping, bills, and pens and pencils. Then putting everything else away where it belongs.
There is another part of being domesticity. Cooking and baking. I love it. But I am not always the best at it. I have recipe books. I have a Pinterest account. For some reason I have epic triumphs one day and then epic fails the next....on the same recipe! I need more practice I guess.
I am pretty proud of my most recent triumphs though. Homemade applesauce and apple jam. I picked a bunch of apples at my step-daughters house and also got some apples given to me. I knew I wanted to make applesauce. I had done it before with apples from a day apple picking at a local orchard. I used my crockpot for that. Easy and simple. I used about 15 apples. Just a few tablespoons of sugar. And plenty of cinnamon. And about 1/2 cup of water. A couple of hours later it was done. I left my apple sauce chunky. I like it that way. I actually prefer my applesauce plain, but the kids enjoy it with cinnamon. And honestly, I don't like adding it in later. It's one extra step. Talk about lazy!
I had only tried my hand at canning once before and I was so nervous and not sure what I was doing. I made pickled green tomatoes. I never actually ate any. I was too afraid I would get sick. Those tomatoes are still sitting in my moms cupboard. Lol.
I found this excellent recipe for Apple Pie Jam. I decided to give it a try. I bought some jars and pectin. I also decided to buy myself a water bath canning pot with rack. I knew it would make my job a lot easier. I also grabbed a canning funnel for pouring the jam into the hot jars. I made the jam according to the directions, jarred and processed it. It was o much easier than I imagined. And the flavor of the jam....out of this world! It is exactly like eating a slice of apple pie on thanksgiving! Minus the crust. My son enjoyed it right of the spoon as well as on toast. We made 7 half pint jars. I made another batch yesterday. These are to give to family and friends. I am excited for them to try it out.
I picked up a bag of pears today to try my hand at pear jam. My aunt makes the most wonderful tasting pear jam. I would so love to be able to replicate it as closely as I can. It makes me miss the pear tree we used to have at our old house. I also grabbed some mini cucumbers to try making some quick refrigerator pickles. I am excited for that because I love pickles and so does my family. I hope they turn out. I think overall, pickling is the part of food preservation I am scared of the most. Well, that and making my own homemade sauce to can. I need to work up the nerve to try it one of these days. I have found that with support (from family and friends) and inspiration from this excellent blog, I am stepping out of my comfort zone.
Wish me luck in my adventures of being "more domestic".