WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH ALL THIS SH*T?!
Having kids means acquiring a lot of stuff you personally have zero use for. Never have I thought to myself, you know what this space is missing? Six trillion LEGOS.
It seems like you just find a space for everything and a birthday or Christmas rolls around and you are back to having to reorganize the chaos.
I realize I could certainly make my life easier by embracing my reality – my life is a daycare, so my house is bound to follow suit.
But that is something I refuse to concede.
Unless my kids start contributing to the mortgage, their toys will not be stored in common living areas. I want sit in my living room and not see a sea of Hot Wheels cars and baskets of action figures.
Naively I used to think their rooms would also maintain the thematic vision I intentionally designed. Finn and Elliot’s room had a cute woodland / camping theme…for approximately 4 days.
Then they ransacked my motif with their own Louvre of Budding Artists. Every time I walk in there I expect to be charged admission.
For everyone’s sake, there are only so many battles I’m willing to fight.
ALL ABOUT MAKING LIFE EASIER 🤙
Being a food blogger I get a lot of questions about why certain recipes didn’t turn out. I’m always down for solving a cooking problem, but a lot of times issues or variances in the recipe simply boil down to equipment.
I was reminded of that this week when I burned a dish TWICE IN A ROW. I couldn’t figure out what the hell I was doing wrong.
The next day it occurred to me my oven’s calibration might be off. I threw my oven thermometer in there, set the oven to a temperature, and low and behold it was almost 30º off.
When I had my old oven I used an oven thermometer religiously. It was the only way I achieved consistent results with baking.
With the baking season upon us, I highly recommend checking your own oven. Oven thermometers are very inexpensive and it will make a huge difference if you are ever frustrated with inconsistent baking results.
Don’t forget to check different racks to see how the temperature differs. Then you will know where to place food for the most consistent results.
If you refer to your oven’s owners manual it should tell you how calibrate the temperature, but continue to check periodically. Or, just adjust the temperature you set your oven at based on your results.
I, for one, will be taking my own advice from here on out.
Save This Weekly Meal Plan to Your Pinterest Dinner Board!
Monday: (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) Cilantro Lime Chicken (Hands On: 10 minutes, Bake: Instant Pot – 20 minutes, Slow Cooker 3 hours), rice, steamed corn
Tuesday: Spinach Artichoke Chicken (Hands On: 15 minutes, Bake 20 minutes ), buttered noodles, salad
Thursday: (Slow Cooker) Mongolian Beef (Hands On: 10 minutes, Slow Cooker: 2-4 hours), jasmine rice
Weekend Baking: We are having another family over for dinner this weekend so I will be making Pumpkin PieCaken Cake for everyone (and use the opportunity to shoot a recipe video for it 😉).
CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S MEAL PLAN!
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