Sunday, March 22, 2009

Easy Peasy Cinnamon Buns

Some Sunday mornings we have cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Well we were out of the store bought kind so I decided to get creative with a roll of pizza dough! My hubby said they reminded him of Cinnabons!

Here is my recipe for Easy Peasy Cinnamon Buns.

-Unroll one roll of refrigerated pizza dough on your cutting board.
-Sprinkle the entire crust with cinnamon (covering the dough) and top with several tablespoons of sugar.
-Cut thin pats of butter or margarine and lay over dough.
-Roll up the entire dough. You may have to rearrange the pats of butter.
-Slice the roll into about 8 buns.
-Lay in an ungreased pan and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
-Top with cream cheese icing. (I used the tub kind!)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Cleaning Lady's Perspective

So some of you know that I clean a few homes to make some extra money. Let's call me The Cleaning Lady.

As some of you also know...I love to organize. That does not mean that I am always am organized but I love the act of looking at a space before, purging, organizing, finding new homes for things, and then basking in the after.

That's why I was so glad I caught Oprah with Peter Walsh yesterday for the "Clean Up Your Messy House Tour". Plus they were at Georgia Tech, the hubby's alma mater.

Let's just say that since then I have been looking at my SURFACES differently.

I always seem to concentrate on drawers and cabinets and closets. Nice. But who sees them? I now want to focus on using storage for storage and leaving surfaces clearer. This definitely cuts down on clutter and gives the room a larger feel. As some of you have seen from the Tour of My Home post, we have a very very open floor plan. I need clear surfaces!!!!!!!!

Ok, so back to the point of this. Let me give it to you from The Cleaning Lady's perspective. My least favorite thing to do when cleaning someones home is moving all those little knick knacks! UHHHHHH!!!!!

One of my pals/clients has the most enjoyable home to clean....Janet!
Janet has triplets in the first grade, a husband who works out of town a lot, and she works full time. Its not like she spends lots of time organizing and tiddying up. BUT her home is always clutter free! And no she doesn't stay up all night the night before straightening up.

What do I love about her home?
She only has a few decorative things out and most things that are out serve a purpose.
The surfaces in her home are relatively clear and therefore easy to clean.

So I know what you are thinking. "I don't have anyone clean my house!" but you clean your house. Take it from me. Wouldn't you want to make it easier on yourself?

Try clearing some clutter.
Clearing some surfaces.
Donating/Selling/Trashing some things that serve no purpose or have no sentimental value.

Then clean your home and see how much easier it feels. I am starting in the kitchen!

Monday, March 16, 2009

7 Things That Make me Diaproportionately Happy

So thanks to Heather I am jumping in and passing on this meme.

Can I only pick seven? Here they are in no particular order...

1. Waking up Wooks in the morning. He gets this adorable look on his face like "Five more minutes Mommy?" and he stretches forever.

2. The beach. We went every summer growing up. Making drip castles, catching little crabs, riding waves, bologna sandwiches for lunch, making friends. I still feel 7 when I stand near the ocean.

3. When my hubby gets up with me in the middle of the night to take care of the Wookie. Even though he sleeps on the couch while I get him back to feels good having someone there with you when you are propping your eyelids open.

4. Bargain Shopping.

5. Cooking with my Mama. She always took the time to teach me to cook when I was growing up and I still love being in the kitchen with her.

6. The Aaron Shust song..."My Savior lives, my Savior loves, my Saviors always there for me. My God He was, My God He is, My God He's always gonna be. Tear fill my eyes every time I hear it.

7. My walks and talks with Robin. I feel like I can be so transparent with her. She makes me want to be a better me.