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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Organizing my life a little at a time, and a recipe!

A few months ago, I bought this pretty three ring binder.  Living in one room in a basement, while we build our house above us, makes it very hard to stay organized or have a schedule of any kind.  Here is one small thing I did to try to help organize my life a bit. 
Inside the binder were note pads, sticky notes, stickers, a calendar, and pocket folders that hold paperwork.
I use the pocket folders to keep papers such as Dixie's veterinarian records, insurance policies, flight and motel information, receipts, coupons, bills, and important things like that.  There are eight of them.  It was very helpful when we went to Brown County, because Dixie had to be boarded and I knew right where the paperwork was for his vaccines.  I didn't have to go digging through boxes. 

 But the main thing I got out of the whole organize thing that has made my week so much easier is on Sunday evenings, My Shug and I discuss what to have for dinner the coming week.  We plan meals for Monday through Friday, according to our weekly schedule.  It's not an event. We usually are sitting down in front of the TV on Sundays by 8:00 and we discuss meals and schedules while reading the paper or watching TV.

On Mondays I get groceries.  I buy from the list of meals.  No more conversations of,
"What are we having for dinner?"  
"What sounds good?"
"I don't care."
"How about meatloaf?"

Now we know exactly what we are having for the week.  I'm still flexible, as things do pop up.  But it's usually a simple matter of switching meals around.  I don't have to  make last minute trips to the grocery store.  And I don't have to think about it on a daily basis.  I love it.

Here's a recipe you might like.  It's yummy and easy.  I received it in the mail from Kroger's (local grocery store) a few years ago.
It uses a lot of canned foods, so it's probably high in sodium, but you could buy low sodium varieties.

It's basically a shred, dump, and mix recipe.  You could probably do all of that the night before, and bake it the next day.

And I forgot to get a picture of it baked!!!!!  Go figure......

Cindy Bee


  1. I'm with you on the meal planning - if I didn't make a weekly menu we probably wouldn't eat! The Great Scot loves any kind of Mexican food, so this would be right up his alley!

  2. Sounds really good! Going to pin it to my wants to try recipe board. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I used to do this a long time ago and somewhere along the way fell back into the "what am I going to have for dinner ? " routine. I think your simple tips on organizing make a whole lot of everyday life easier, and every little bit helps. This kind of organization is on my end of the year thinking and planning for after Christmas.

    Boy, dinner looks delicious, now I'm hungry.

  4. Cindy, I didn't realize that I was hungry until I saw your photos, LOL. That looks so good, I love spicy food. I am not too organized about meals . . . I just kind of wing it.
    In fact I'm not too organized about anything . . . I could take lesson from you.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  5. Cindy, That sounds very organized. I like chicken and rice. :):) Next time maybe we can set a time to meet at Horton's. I laughed after I left there on Saturday,, thinking why didn't I ask what time you were thinking of being there. GAA.. Hope you loved it. I had a fun time and met a 90 year old lady that was cute as a button. xoxo,Susie


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