geekery, drawing and then some
I seem to have lost my cooking-foo. The whole meal / menu-planning doesn’t work for me, I can’t figure out the big secret. I did stumble on Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday which hopefully give me some inspiration / ideas on how to tackle this.
I did some laundry and cleaning today and paused for drink and food, and then stumbled upon Kay’s cheese-onion butterflies and I thought ‘oh yes! want those!’ so I chopped up my last onion (oops, how can I run out of onions), got the grated Gouda from the fridge, the puff pastry from the freezer and it went completely wrong. It fell apart and I ended up smashing it a bit. It doesn’t look very presentable anymore, and I put it in the oven anyway.
Not feeling the cooking-love today.
I lost my drawing habit. I haven’t done any drawing or doodling in ages. I miss it, and yet I spend more time cleaning up than drawing…
This morning in bed I thought how it takes a month to create a habit, so I figured I’d start drawing one drawing a day in april.
After I got up I thought ‘screw April, start today!’.
So, as of today, for at least a month, I will make at least one drawing (no matter what) to kickstart my habit. I’ll call it my ‘30-day drawing challenge’.
I’ll keep you posted…
I came up with a random casserole recipe by just tossing stuff together. I have tons of cans with food from my compulsive food-buying so I just mixed what I thought would work (my cans are mostly 1 person portions):
- 1 small can of brown lentils
- 1 small can of baked beans in tomato-sauce
- half a courgette (zucchini I believe you weird USians call it)
- about 200 grams of baked mushrooms (a leftover, baked in butter and garlic salt, tasty!)
- 1 small can of cream of mushroom soup (at least, I think you call it that, I’d just call it ‘creamy mushroom soup’)
- two handfuls of grated cheese (ah well, cup, handfuls, who needs exact science!)
I mixed everything together apart from the cheese, put it into oven-dishes, and topped it with cheese. My cans contained about 200 grams of lentils / beans (about 7 US-oz). The soup was a one-person portion, around 230ml / 7.5oz. I don’t think the exact amount really matters, the general idea / proportion counts more. I think replacing either the lentils or beans with ground beef/pork will also work pretty well (I want to try a tofu version some time soon).
I just love courgette and mushroom…
I did forget to season it with pepper and salt and herbs, but it tasted pretty good just like this, probably thanks to the soup being already seasoned. I liked the mixture of creamy soup and tomato sauce.
I put it in my toaster-oven for about half an hour on 400°F / 200°C, but it’s a toaster-oven, so YMMV.
I ate a tasty portion, put another in my bento for tomorrows lunch and have two portions left for later in the week / freezer. Normally this would make two portions I think. Or maybe one and a half.
My first attempt to cook from my pantry has turned out pretty well. Very pleased :D
Now I have to think of something to cook with my forgotten-but-stil-ok small sweet peppers…
I still have issues eating bread, so I’ve made a bit of my own (totally abused my rice-cooker for it too!). I like pita-breads, they seem to work well, so I searched for a recipe and found one. I will cut the recipe into 1/3 (this worked pretty well with my previous bread), because 1/4 means too many calculations and weird things (call me lazy ;) ).
I’ll still make eight, just eight small ones :D
They’ll fit in my bento too!
Recently I started keeping a wishlist of things I wanted to buy, however, not just now. It also helps with having a ‘cooling down’ period after I decide I want-want-want something, as advised by many personal finance blogs out there (in one form or the other). At first I thought it was silly, I’d remember the things, but after using it for a while I found it actually really helps. Not only does this immediately stop me from impulse buying, it also helps me (eventually) buy more focussed. When I put an item on the list, I also put the price I found it for next to it, and where I saw it. Usually, I’ll also add a photo to it. (I use Shopper on my iPhone, which I also use for my normal groceries). By adding the price, I can keep my eye open for a special offer for the same product, or, when I decide I really want to buy it, I can do focussed research to find the product at the best price.
I did do research before, especially for needed items, but my wants sort of slipped past that research stage more quickly. By keeping this list I force myself to not only wait, I also make sure I do plenty of research (and then in the process drop the product all together).
I’ve also noticed it becomes easier to throw things of the list after a while, and this in turn leads to it getting easier to not want to put something on there to begin with. Don’t want to waste my time with things I won’t buy anyway :) By seeing the silly stuff on my list, I feel less tempted by more silly stuff. And seeing the total amount doesn’t hurt either!
I currently have 5 items on my list (I dropped some earlier): 1. Griffin Clarifi iPhone case 2. Neocube magnets 3. Sigg Thermo Mug 4. Portable foldable water-drinking reservoir for the dog 5. A 5x5x5 Rubik’s Cube
All wants, I don’t need any of them really. They’re just so much fun! ;)
a bit of a compulsive spender. There, I said it.
Oh, and pens.
And I buy a lot of food.
Only on occasion do I not use the things I purchase, this happens maybe a couple of times per year. I don’t buy 50 pairs of shoes, new skirts because they’re on sale etc.
But I am a compulsive spender and this has to stop. I have more pens than I could possible ever get empty (granted, drawing just goes a lot better with the right pen, but I have multiple so that shouldn’t become a problem any time soon). I have a gazillion (lovely) boxes. No more buying food when I have plenty in my pantry. Make shopping lists and stick to them. Time to grow up ;)
Lately I have spent a lot of time de-cluttering (not done yet, it takes a long time to get rid of years worth of junk). It feel very liberating to throw out old stuff, stuff I don’t even like or just keep out of guilt. It not only clears space, but also my head. It makes me very happy.
To help me and keep me motivated, I’ve started reading blogs about getting rid of clutter basically. I found a good list of tips over at ‘Simple. Organized. Life.’ As a recovering pack-rat I found the first two most helpful.
- Have a place for everything - this means your keys, your wallet, your office supplies, etc.
- When you bring one thing home, try to send at least one thing out the door.
Having a place for everything (well, not yet, but getting there) helps me not having to search for an item. Tossing out something when I bring in something new helps me to not cling onto older items just for the sake of clinging on.
I’ve started feeling much calmer with less clutter around me. A lot less stress.