Monday, January 23, 2012

Baked Chicken Dinner

I forgot to take a pic before I started chowing down.

Baked Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, and Green Beans.

This was a pretty easy meal, actually. And my husband came home and ask why I cooked such a fancy meal. Also, I'm pretty sure it's the first time I've ever made baked chicken. I am usually not a huge fan of baked chicken, for 2 reasons: 1 - it's hard to tell if it's fully cooked and 2 - the breading gets all soggy on the bottom.
{Does anyone have any suggestions for preventing the bottom side of the chicken from getting soggy?}

To make the breading I just ground 2 handfuls of 'crunchy onions' and a few crackers together, and added a bit of salt, pepper, red pepper and parmesan cheese. (I baked 3 med. chicken breasts with this, adjust how you need)
I coated the chicken in a honey mustard/bbq mix, then the breading mixture, and baked for 30-35 minutes at 425 degrees. The chicken was perfect, fully cooked but still moist in the center, and the topping was crunchy without being too hard. The only problem was that the breading on the bottom of the chicken was soft and soggy.

And I made chocolate peanut butter cookies, too!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Getting Organized : Warranty Receipts and Product Manuals

I have been working on organizing our paperwork around the house, making things easier to find, clearing out what I know we don't need to keep, working on a 'family binder' for us; all kinds of projects.

So, here is how I chose to organize our product warranty information, and our product manuals.

To organize the manuals, I used an expandable file and manilla file folders.
I just grouped my manuals how I thought they worked best for us, labeled each folder, then stored them in the expandable file. On the front of each folder I wrote each product/manual that is inside, so you can just pull the file, and not have to search through each folder just to see what's inside. We really don't use the manuals that often for things (only when something's smoking, leaking, won't work...) so the expandable file frees up space I can use in a cabinet for other things, and can easily be tucked into a drawer or our "file storage" bin until we need it.
I broke down the files into these groups:
~ Small Kitchen Appliances
~ Large Kitchen Appliances
~ Washer & Dryer
~ Small Household Appliances
~ Small Household Electronics
~ Large Household Electronics
~ Computers
~ Outdoor Items

The warranty receipts are organized pretty much the same way as the manuals. I always make a copy of the receipt, then attach the original to the paper copy. On the copies I make sure to highlight the date of purchase, and write out exactly what we purchased, along with any important warranty information (like, 1/2/5 yr warranty).  Each of the receipts are organized into files, and labeled with what's in each folder. These files I keep in the cabinet with our more important info. We don't want these getting misplaced somewhere.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Is it spring?

My bulbs seem to be a little confused as to what season it is. They have already started to sprout.
I bought them on clearance last year at wallymart, and it looks like they are doing well.
Once we work on our flower beds this spring, they will get transplanted.
I can't wait to have gardens of tulips and hyacinths. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Goal - Organization

One of my goals for this year is to better organize our office.
This was one of my goals last year, and it didn't exactly work out.
Plus we bought a house and moved, which makes it harder to stay organized.

Here is the breakdown of our office :

Our office serves 2 purposes for us:
1 - it's our office
2 - it's also my closet/ dressing room.
(and 3 - catch all for everything that can't go downstairs)

In our office I have a dresser with clothes and accessories, and I use the closet as well.
Since getting pregnant I also keep my maternity clothing scattered throughout the room too.
But, we also need to use the room as an office. Not just a random catch-all room.
So I would like to get this looking a bit better and more organized.

But my number 1 issue is our filing system.
It is horrible.

Yeah - I currently have our files stored in a paper box.
Our file cabinet was broken before we moved, and it didn't get any better when we moved.
So we now just use it to hold our printer and extra supplies (paper, ink, cardstock...).
And, the box only holds our files up until we moved. Everything else is piled on the table waiting to be filed.
Which, may or may not be pointless for a lot of items now.
I do like to keep everything until I have done our taxes and know we don't need things anymore.
And there are some files I keep forever (like taxes, account records, and stuff with hubs work). 

I'm not sure how I would like to better organize everything, though. A file cabinet? Filing boxes?
A plus would be getting super organized for very little money!

Any ideas?

I've been stalking out i heart organizing.