Hummus Recipe

My daughter creates this amazing hummus in my Vitamix. So good anytime and so easy! You know exactly what’s in it too! Get some amazing crackers or pita chips and enjoy!

1 can chickpeas, drained
2 medium cloves garlic
Dash of paprika
2 tbsp of lemon juice
3 tbsp of tahini (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil. Add more if you need to loosen up the humus.
Pinch of salt.




Near the finish line…

KonMari has been completed in 90% of the house. I have to purge and organize a couple of closets, photos and CD’s. I’m going to see what I can finish this week and then rest until after the New Year.

What a journey!

I went through all the crafty things down in my art space. I gave my artsy friend quite a bit. I hope this helps her launch a new venture! I have another artsy friend that I put things aside for when we meet next month.

Hubby put together a couple of organizers for me…I’ll post photos this week of before and after. I did get rid of a lot of card stock and I have more to go through. Extra stamps and stamp mounts, tools, scissors, products that were outdated or that I just didn’t use…all gone. I’ve been visiting Salvation Army’s donation line so often they actually are ready with a cart when I pull up. I’ve taken things out of boxes and containers and I’ve put them in drawers or on shelves.

I have found that I actually can find things when I’m looking for them.

I don’t have excessive things laying around.

It’s okay to have an empty space, shelf or cubby.

It’s helped a lot with my stress.

All good things!


Organizing and KonMari

One of the things that Marie mentions in the book is that you already have enough storage for your home. This is SO TRUE!

I took some things out of a basket recently and reused that basket under my bathroom sink, so everything was in one place. The baskets that were under there, are now holding all the medicine in our newly organized cabinet in the kitchen.

I just filled up four paper bags with mugs and glasses to give away.

Tackled the three baskets under our front hall bench. They fit inside the bench, which is good and bad.

I had my grand-daughter help me since 2/3 of the baskets are filled with school things, art supplies, her stuff!

One basket now has all paper for her to be creative with. Construction paper as well as plain printer paper. And a cool paper airplane book that she creates great airplanes with. My hubby helps her.

The other basket of hers was school papers from last May and from this school year. Now it’s really empty. She has a lot of room to put things into it.

The middle basket was a dumping ground. The makeup we were looking for face painting her face a few weeks ago WAS IN THAT BASKET. I knew I put it somewhere safe. So now we know where it is for the Spring. Twice a year I wait in an enormous line at our church festival for her to get her face painted. I wanted to do it beforehand this Fall, but, we couldn’t find the face paint. I even had hubby look in the Halloween decorations for it. NEVER AGAIN. I cleared out a lot of things for donating and she and I filled an entire garbage bag of things and papers.

Whew. I need to tackle the table in the living room before Wednesday when we move the furniture to clean the carpets. I also have to finish cleaning the fridge in the garage and in the house. Now that hubby is home all week, he can help.



A while ago I purchased this book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. She’s the person that changed my life for the better while just reading a book!

Over the past two months I’ve been going through things according to the book, but, I’ve actually been doing this since the Spring. We moved my creative space from an upstairs bedroom and a lower office to one big area in the basement. Before the move in August, I knew I would have to start getting rid of things, because I didn’t want to be overwhelmed and to do it when everything was in one area. It happened anyway, but, in a much smaller scale.

The basis of the KonMari method is to keep things that only Spark Joy. Keeping this in mind I went through the first category in my closet and dresser drawers. I learned to fold things the proper way so things stand up and aren’t wrinkled when worn. I also learned that holding on to things “just in case” is not the way to live. The wasting money aspect was a stumbling block over a weekend, then I just thought about it and prayed about it and moved past it.

I had been doing this with just my clothes.

Then the weather began to change and I wanted to get some Fall decorations out around the house. I had read in the book to get rid of empty boxes for appliances and items that you’ve purchased right away. The reason behind this is that if you need to return it and it’s not in the box it was purchased in, it’s okay. You can buy a new box…you also don’t need the instructions for some things, so you can toss the manuals. I have kept a LOT of boxes up in the garage attic space. Every time hubby would go up there to get something down, I would hear him say that there are a lot of boxes. So, with him up in the attic space to get down the Fall decorations, I took this chance to make both of us happy. Here’s the result of him purging the boxes:

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The pile of boxes just kept growing and growing.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup Recipe

I just made this today, but, instead of using my crock pot, I used my Instant Pot. I would strongly suggest you use a pinch of pepper vs. the 1/2 tsp. It was spicy! I changed the ingredients to what we eat and what we had in the house. I didn’t use the green beans, nor any parsley. I also recommend not using an entire onion unless it’s a small yellow onion. I used about 1/4 of the yellow onion I had, it was a large one.

This is what it looked like in my Instant Pot before I shut the lid:



1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, cut into ½-circles
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¾-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups frozen green beans
¾ cup pearl barley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
¼ cup minced flat-leaf parsley

All vegetarian ingredients and I believe this is vegan as well.


Combine all of the ingredients, except for the parsley, in a large (6-quart) slow cooker.
Cook on LOW until the barley is tender, about 8 hours.

Instant Pot – Click the soup button. It’s about 15-20 minutes to get up to pressure, then 30 minutes until it’s done.

Stir in the parsley. Serve.

This makes 11 cups. I filled two large canning jars almost to the top and I had 3 adults eat as well. There’s some leftover for one or two people for lunch tomorrow.

This is what it looked like after it was finished cooking:img_5523

Yum! Put a piece of bread in the bottom of the bowl before you pour the soup and it makes it even more yummier.