Foodie Friday {Summer Fruit Cobbler}…

Well it is Friday — not sure where the week went.  Hope you all had a wonderful week! 🙂

I have been dying to blog about food again but did not feel right posting about recipes when I haven’t been doing a lot of cooking.  I finally got my groove back in the kitchen this week, so plenty to talk about in the foodie department. 🙂

This week I want to share a recipe that is not so much a family secret by any means, but I say it is my Grandmaw’s recipe.  My grandmother passed away when I was about 7 years old.  I remember certain things about her, and one is her delicious cooking!  She taught me how to make biscuits from scratch — and this amazing cobbler recipe.  This one’s for you Maw Maw Bryant! 🙂

SUMMER FRUIT COBBLER

  • (1 cup) sugar
  • (1 cup) self-rising flour
  • (1 cup) milk
  • (1 stick) butter (not margarine)
  • Fresh fruit
  1. Sweeten fruit with sugar and let sit for several hours.  (Strawberries and raspberries only).
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Melt butter in oven in 1 quart baking dish
  4. Mix together sugar and flour. Use less sugar if you prefer.
  5. Add milk and mix.
  6. Pour flour mixture into baking dish once butter is melted.
  7. Add fruit.  No need to really mix or stir.
  8. Bake, uncovered, for 35-45 minutes.  Top will be browned.
  9. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Until next time…

Jennifer Burnham, Official Caddy…

Not really official…

And more of a cart driver — not a caddy.  If I can drive the cart and read a book, then I am more apt to “caddy” for Raymond.

To back up for a minute, Raymond is an amateur golfer and plays golf every single day.  To say that he loves golf is an understatement.  Eats, breathes, watches, sleeps, dreams golf. 🙂 With that said, he plays in a boatload of tournaments every Summer.  And I get asked the same question every time, “Are you coming out to watch me play?” {batting his eyelashes} Good grief — if I can drive the cart, then I will go. 🙂

I caddied for him a few weeks ago at Furman University Golf Course.  Here are a few pictures from the day. 🙂

Golfers lean while they wait

The course was flat and wide open.

These “huts” were every where. I guess they were sitting areas.

Smile — it enhances your face value. 🙂

Until next time…

Look What I Can Do…

Okay so I don’t have pictures for the “look what I can do” title…yet.  I am a perfectionist and need to finish up some projects before showing pictures.  BUT I wanted to pat myself on the back for gaining serious momentum on the office. 🙂

I took apart a piece of furniture yesterday, only to put it back together again but customized to my liking. 🙂  I was SO proud of myself hence the title of this post!  To give you an idea of what to expect, this is a BEFORE picture of the office.

Now you can imagine what the AFTER will look like. 🙂

So things have slowed down just a bit around here which has allowed me to … pack the calendar with even more events. 😛  I guess it never ends and when it does that means you are done.

I have managed to blog for the past 3 days {woo hoo}, cook a few dishes {we have been eating out a lot}, and answer some emails that have been lingering since May {gasp!}.  Oh yea … I started working out more regularly.  🙂

When things get crazy busy, I find myself becoming a little … well … just crazy.  If there is a lot going on, then I have a hard time focusing.  That might be the definition of ADD.  I am trying to “be in the moment” more and focusing on one thing at a time.

As a complete random side note, I am thinking of buying an iPad this week.  If you have one — tell me about your experience with it?  Love it?  Could live without it?

What are some MUST have apps and uses for this nifty device? 🙂

Until next time…

 

Gardening for Kids…

Teaching kids about food and where it comes from can really make a difference in their nutritional choices as they get older.  They come to appreciate fruits and vegetables and also value locally grown…well anything.

There is nothing better than a fresh vine picked tomato whether from your garden or someone elses.  Growing up, the “old people” would share produce like it was their full time job.  I say that in the nicest sense of the word…anyone over the age of 20 was “old” in my early teen years.  My how things have changed.

Anyhow…

Not sure why I don’t get as much shared produce anymore…Hm.

Back to the idea…

Kids might not always eat vegetables but they love to grow them.  It is a science project to them.  From seed to plant to table!

An idea would be to create a container garden with your little ones.  Having a theme for the garden takes it to another level.  Think “Italian” garden.  Oregano, tomatoes, basil, thyme.  Once you pick some of the ingredients, make sure you involve them in making and planning a delicious meal using everything.

To make it even more fun…pick a few books about gardening and read them with your kids.  They will love the attention and one-on-one time!

Suggestions:

  • Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
  • The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (my favorite!) … the movie was excellent as well
  • The Gardening Book, by Jane Bull

What are you growing this season?

Until next time…

Organizing with Post-it Notes {Binders}…

I’m bbaaacckk!  Hey everyone!  Whew — what a busy couple of weeks.  Three trips, a move, and a ton of new clients!

Now it is back to business and the fun stuff — blogging! 🙂

I’m starting a new series centered around the 3M Post-it Notes commercials.

First up — how to organize with Post-it Notes — binders edition! 🙂

Pure & Simple Organizing 3M Post-It Notes Commercial, Binders

I have an obsession with binders, especially those from Martha Stewart (sold at Staples).  If done correctly, they can be really useful!

First tip:  add a label to the spine.

This will allow you to glance at a grouping of binders and know exactly which one to pull.

Second tip: Use tabs to separate different sections.

Post-it Filing Tabs

Any divider will do but think about flexibility.  The Post-it tabs can be moved around from one page to another and will remain sticky. 🙂  Not to mention — you can write on them!

Third tip:  Use sheet protectors.

I love the feeling of them.  There is something about glossy and shiny that gets my blood pumping. 🙂

Fourth tip:  Use the Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes on the inside cover.

Post-it Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes

Coupon here.

They won’t fall off because the whole back is sticky, and you can always pull for a note when you need to jot down an idea.

Last tip:  Buy up every single Post-it Pocket from your store.  They are amazing!

Post-it Pockets

They stick to anything – like a binder.  Great size to keep those smaller loose items that need to be grouped together.  Example:  paint samples inside your Home Inspiration Book.

What is your favorite use of the all mighty binder?

Until next time…

*Pictures courtesy of www.post-it.com  

Summer “Bucket” List…

I have been out of school for … well too long to mention.  I can still remember the when my dad picked me up from junior high on the last day of school blaring “School’s Out For Summer”…in our brown bomber RV.  I thought I was the coolest kid on the block. 😉

I, along with every kid, lived for summer!  No more school and homework!  Well since most of us haven’t dealt with homework in several years, we probably don’t get as excited about summer as we used to.

However, I do think that deep down we all still have those secret summer plans.  So before the summer passes you by…as time seems to go quicker and quicker each day…take a minute to make a summer “bucket” list.

BH&G called it a Sand Pail List … so cute!

So what will be on your Sand Pail List?

Ideas:

  • Summer concert series (CLT Pops in the Park, for example)
  • Outdoor movie screenings (Plenty of free ones around town)
  • Vacation (try somewhere different, like the mountains)
  • Spend a day at the lake (even if at the park)
  • Try out a new restaurant.  Sit on the patio and enjoy martinis (or your drink of preference)
  • Play some golf.  Or just get outside.
  • Grow something.  Plants or flowers.  Indoors or out.
  • Play some tennis.  ♥ me some tennis!
  • Go on a hike…or trail walking.  I love these!
  • Try something new…something out of your comfort zone.

What are you planning to do this summer? 🙂

Until next time…

The Peninsula Club Women’s Lunch Brunch…

A few weeks ago I had the great honor and pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of ladies about how to organize their pictures.  I love to organize … almost as much as I love talking about organizing.  I always get a little nervous before speaking engagements, and this day was no exception.

I was running a little late, had an interesting phone call with my friend slash attorney, had the bank call me about something unexpected, and to top it off I forgot my note cards at home!  Crap!  Winging it is not my fortay!  Thank goodness the topic was organizing.

Within the first 5 minutes, I was no longer nervous.  These women had me laughing and smiling … we all became instant friends!

After some talking and showcasing (The Container Store sent me some products to use), it was time for lunch.  They ordered me a plate of risotto topped with shrimp and a side of asparagus!  Well slap me silly and call me hungry … or how ever that saying goes.  It was delicious!

Showcasing products from The Container Store.

They learned about ways to organize pictures, and I made some new friends.  All in a days work. 🙂

Thanks ladies — I had so much fun! 🙂 Cannot wait until the next talk in December! 🙂

Until next time…

25 Things…

  1. Did you watch the Belmont Stakes yesterday?
  2. I did.
  3. I got emotional.
  4. Yea, yea.  I need to toughen up.
  5. I felt bad for those horsies!
  6. Raymond tried to make it better.
  7. Probably because we were sitting at a bar.
  8. He didn’t want to be embarrassed by his crying adult girlfriend.
  9. “But those poor horses!  Thats animal cruelty!”
  10. Goodness girl — pull it together!
  11. In other news…
  12. The apartment is coming together fairly well.
  13. I have slept so well since I moved.
  14. Except last night.
  15. I apparently have angry foreign neighbors.
  16. 2:30am is not the time to have a fight with your wife.
  17. And throw things on the wall.
  18. People are sleeping!
  19. Maybe I should leave a brochure on the door.
  20. …for Anger Management classes.
  21. We have not set up our cable yet.
  22. We get two channels.  
  23. Channel 3 and 9. 
  24. Aside from news, the only thing shown on those channels…
  25. Every law and order style show you can think of!  
  26. Good grief — I miss Bravo!  {You got a bonus today} 😉 
Until next time…

Goodwill Cornerstone Celebration…

Things have really picked up around here. 🙂 All good things of course.

I was recently asked by Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont to become their “Professional Organizer Expert Blogger”. Me?! 🙂 Of course I said yes!

Goodwill Blog

I was then invited to the Goodwill Cornerstone Celebration luncheon held downtown a few weeks ago.  What an event!  700+ attendees — inspiring and amazing stories — not to mention a great learning opportunity for me.  I thought Goodwill was the place where you drop off unwanted items.  There is so much more to this amazing company!  I left in awe and inspired.  🙂

For instance:  Did you know that $0.90 of every $1 spent at Goodwill stores is funneled into the programs that help thousands in our community each year?  🙂 Wow!  I didn’t know that!

Tomorrow I will be touring the Goodwill offices and Career Development Center.  I am so excited to learn more about what Goodwill is all about! 🙂  Stay tuned!

Until next time…

Foodie Friday {Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas}…

Foodie Friday is baaaack! 🙂

I absolutely love Mexican food — I could eat it all day, every day, any day, any meal.  Yes, I love it that much.  I am delighted I found this recipe on Pinterest as it is the easiest and tastiest way to make “fuh-gee-tas” (that is what my Dad calls it). 🙂

OVEN BAKED – CHICKEN FAJITAS

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into thin strips)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt

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  • (8 oz) can tomato sauce
    • OR (8 oz) jar salsa, chunky (medium or mild)
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 1 large bell pepper (seeded and sliced)
  • 1 poblano pepper (seeded and sliced)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and sliced)
  • 12 flour tortillas
  • Toppings (cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, guacamole, tomatoes)
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Place chicken strips in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt. 
  4. Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
  5. Next add the tomato sauce (or jar salsa), peppers, and onions to the dish.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.  
  8. Serve on tortillas with desired toppings.
OPTIONAL
  • Doctor up the tomato sauce on the stove with some chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Add to flavor.
  • The jar salsa is a quick option that infuses more Mexican food flavor into the dish.  I prefer the jar salsa.

Easy, yummy, and mexican — all the ingredients to a favorite meal. 🙂

Until next time…