Monday, 18 January 2016

Weekending

It has been a funny sort of weekend at our house.  On Saturday it was cold and frosty.  Hubby went to visit Man, and discovered that he has made a few purchases.  A mini chopper - for tomatoes apparently - an electric polishing kit and some screwdriver bits for teeny tiny screws....  I am saying no more.

Then in the afternoon we went shopping and bought some new floor tiles for our back lobby floor.  We set out originally to buy some that were similar to the kitchen as the two areas lead on to each other.  Then we decided that a darker colour would be better and looked at some that were a slate effect.  The price though was very high.  We kept looking and found some that are a wood plank effect.  They are very effective and will, we hope, look really good in the area we want to put them.


On Sunday morning we woke to snow.  Brrr!!!  Not a lot of snow I admit but as we rarely get snow - just once last winter - it is our snow so I have to photograph it and share it with you!


It is a bit of a change from the sunny photos that I shared with you yesterday - which were taken on Friday - very cold and grey indeed.




As it was a day for staying inside we got cracking on the back lobby.  There are 5 doors, yes, 5!  So to try and reduce the confusion of doors and to make a bit more space we have removed the one that goes to the laundry area.  You can see the gap that is left on the right and what the door looked like on the left - that one is staying, we don't want an open air bathroom!


As we do more I will update you.  Then we started on a clear out and tidy up.  Hubby found these pieces of log which he had sanded and polished for me.  I am waiting for him to put some felt on the bottoms so that I can use them as bases for some of my domes.


We have also cleared out a lot of "stuff".  Hubby has said that he has realised that we cannot keep holding on to things and that we need to have things that we love - as in William Morris's quote about having only useful and beautiful things - as opposed to "stuff" that has accumulated for one reason or another.

So old mugs, glasses, kitchen stuff and general "stuff" is bagged up and waiting to be taken to the charity shop.  Oh, and yes, that is a chicken that you can see.  We have made room in cupboards, and can now actually get things in and out without having to remove loads of things to get to what you want.  There is more to do, but we are on a roll!


In my tidying up I did make one odd discovery though.  I can totally see why I have a packet of polenta, I use it when I make corn muffins, but why do I have a packet of semolina...  I don't use it, I cannot imagine why I ever bought it.  I think that I must have mistaken it for the polenta when I was shopping.  Semolina anyone...


I will leave you with another photo of my beautiful daffodils which have come out even more now.  Aren't they lovely.  Some real cheer while it is cold and grey.  You can see also in the background that the snow is all gone now.  Didn't say for long!


I hope that you had a good weekend and enjoyed whatever you were up to.

Today I am linking with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise to share my weekend, and with Judith at Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.  Please go and visit both ladies and see some other lovely posts if you have time.

Amy

60 comments:

  1. I love your washroom sign, I have a clear out on my list, some of the kitchen stuff that is now redundant the boxes are in the barn so not taking up cupboard space :-)

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  2. To have a clear out is on my list of things to do but we generally do this in the Spring and then do a car boot sale if we have enough. Still no snow here.

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  3. You can use semolina to coat your roast potatoes (as indeed polenta). Par boil the prepared potatoes, drain and shake in the pan with about 2tbsp semolina to rough up the edges and coat the potato edges. Roast on a high heat in a little oil (or goose fat) turning occasionally - yummy!! I also use it to coat strips of chicken which I roast in the oven to make home made chicken 'Nuggets' ...... Might you look more favourably on the sad packet of semolina now? :)

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  4. What a good idea to remove unnecessary doors to open up the space.
    Semolina? Well, perhaps you read a recipe in which potatoes were rolled in it before roasting to give them a crispy coating? I've heard that this can be done although I've never tried it. Having a fairly low-fat diet we seldom have roast anything.
    The daffs look wonderful, especially on a cold, grey, wet day as today!
    Margaret P

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  5. Someone is trying to escape from your charity shop bag! Snow or icing sugar? Very pretty either way - glad it's gone though. Good luck with your back lobby, I'm sure it will be great when it's done. x

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  6. Lucky you having some snow - still no sign here. Well done too on having a good clear out. I really need to do that; it's amazing how much 'stuff' we accumulate. Try sprinkling some of your semolina on parboiled potatoes before roasting them, it makes them extra crispy. Have a good week. xx

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  7. I use semolina but not as a pudding. I use it in burgers & meatloaf etc instead of breadcrumbs. I think it was Nigella who put me on to that idea. I have a box of stuff in the garage that's waiting to go to the charity shop. I really should go with it soon in case I have a look inside the box and change my mind about the things in there! :oD

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  8. Thankfully no snow or rain here in Essex yet!
    love the pic of the daffodils, very cheery on a cold grey day!

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  9. It may not be much snow, Amy, but it's more than we had here so thank you for sharing your pics. I am looking forward to seeing your new flooring in situ - and I really think I need to have a clear out. Sigh. x

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  10. You had more snow than us, Amy!

    It's amazing what foodstuff you find in the back of the cupboard - like you I have a pack of semolina too. Don't like the stuff and have no idea what possessed me buy it! Xxx

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  11. The snow here is melting very fast and so ours is almost all gone too. Sounds like you've had a very productive weekend!

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  12. You've had a very productive weekend! I buy semolina only to stop homemade pizza dough sticking to the baking sheet. It works really well! :)

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  13. We woke up to snow yesterday too - very pretty, but I was glad it didn't hang around. All gone by supper time! :) I sprinkle semolina over my roast potatoes as they are cooking - makes them lovely and golden and gives them a great crunchy outside! xx

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  14. Decluttering I'd always so invigorating. I'm also on a roll at the moment, doing a bit each day.

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  15. I have been willing the snow to come Amy, and so far nothing! Semolina? Well, apart from that horrid pudding from school days, I have just started to use it to coat my roasties on a Sunday. A Nigella Lawson trick to make them really crispy - and it works! Give it a go. xx

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  16. What a contrast in the photos, spring to winter in the blink of an eye. You can use the semolina in short pastry and in shortbread, just replace 75 grams of flour, it gives a lovely crisp bite. I also sprinkle a little under the fruit when I make a pie, it soaks up the juice and helps to prevent a soggy bottom.

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  17. Daffadoils are my favorite!
    My mother had a yellow kitchen with daffadoils wallpaper when I was little, so seeing them always makes me happy. I love organizing and purging!
    And I enjoyed your love,y photos!
    Have a cozy week!

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  18. The daffodils are beautiful Amy they do cheer the place up don't they. It sounds like a very constructive weekend, it's always good to have a clear out and it's something I must do big time! I know that once I get started there will be no stopping me and I will as soon as I feel a bit better, I've had really bad sinusitis for the past 10 days but thankfully today I can almost breath through my nose again. Have a great week. :) xx

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  19. It's good to have a declutter session. It's something I need to get down to myself. Some jobs will have to wait until I feel in the mood. I would like to change some flooring, but need to choose wisely as once it's down that's it. I like the sound of what you're doing with the back lobby. You've had some tips already for the semolina. I've got some lurking in the cupboard which I use for dusting pasta dough and mixing with bread flour when making bread, but haven't done that for a while. The daffodils bring some cheer especially as the buds open.

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  20. It is the season for clearing out cupboards and closets. It looks like you've gotten off to a good start.

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  21. If you went through my cupboards you would find so many things that I do not use either. I have this grand idea to eat all of it eventually... we will see. I love your snow kissed photos and house plans, what fun!!!

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  22. OH, my imagination can smell the daffodils! I do love that subtle aroma!

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  23. My goodness, that looks cold indeed. No snow here but a couple of frosty mights have taken us by surprise lately.

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  24. I don't quite know how it is that we completely missed the snow. It was in Wales to the west of us, the midlands to the north of us, and obviously with you to the east of us. We must have been a little corridor that was missed.
    Your daffodils in the yellow Poole pottery vase look really welcoming and inviting.

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  25. I too need to remember Useful and Beautiful as I go to clean out a couple closets today. :-)

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  26. Your garden and neighbourhood look beautiful with snow and without, and your daffodils are wonderful.
    Have a lovely new week! xx

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  27. SO fun to see your snow and your tidying up rules! It must be that time of year. I'm getting rid of hundreds of blurry old photos!

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  28. Doesn't it feel good to declutter! In my experience you can only do it properly when you are in the right frame of mind...it is also essential to get to that charity shop quickly, otherwise things gradually drift back into cupboards...your daffs are really cheering today :) Barbara X

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  29. Your garden looks pretty. I love the daffodils!

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  30. So many nice things going on in your home :-). We are having some wintery weather overhere too, love it!
    Good luck with the tidying up, I guess we were thinking the same ;-).
    Love from Mirjam.

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  31. How amazing looks your snowed neighborhoods and garden Amy! I love snow, everything becomes sparkling and magical!
    The bunch of daffolodis is gorgeous!
    Olympia

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  32. Hi Amy! We had some snow on Friday too but it quickly disappeared but it does make everything look extra special! spring seems to be coming early with such a wonderful bouquet of daffodils!
    Hope everything goes smoothly with the new floor

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  33. Your daffodils are amazing and in such a pretty vase.

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  34. I always enjoy your 'what I've been doing' posts and this time with the added boon of snow! We don't have any, not even a light dusting, so I am very envious :o) We also spent Sunday clearing out old unwanted stuff just as you two were, and came to the same conclusions about only keeping what you really like, otherwise the place overflows. I prefer travelling light anyway. Have a lovely week my friend xx

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  35. Love your pretty yellow flowers! I don't mind the snow, but hate the cold and grey.

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  36. Sometimes it is good to have a bit of a clear out and it is surprising what you find when you delve into the back of a kitchen cupboard! No snow here but a dank cold grey day today. xx

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  37. Amazing what you find at the back of a cupboard. I'm still waiting for some snow here - enjoy yours x

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  38. Bright flowers....we have been purging stuff here too, but we have loads more snow. @ feet falling today!

    Donna Donabella@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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  39. What gloriously happy daffodils!! They're certainly a sight for my sore eyes as we're in the midst of a deep freeze + snow squalls today. Not a splash of merry colour in sight - so thank you! xo

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  40. Even a little snow is lovely and to be celebrated. Doesn't a clear out always feel good? So satisfying. It looks like you had a really nice but also productive weekend. x

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  41. You have had an interesting and busy weekend and a productive one too. The daffodils look wonderful and so cheerful. The snow we had over the weekend has gone now:)

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  42. My neighbour's daffs are up too. Wonder what will happen come Spring ?
    Jillxo

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  43. How I miss being able to buy those beautiful bunches of daffodils!! I love daffodils and always used to buy them when I lived in London; here in Sweden they are not easy to get hold of nor cheap to buy if you can find them...

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  44. January seems to be the month for tiding up :0) I like the logs they will be wonderful as trays also :0) mari

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  45. How satisfying to have a good clear out. Your laundry room is very smart Amy. I've just been looking at a white shaker style unit from B&Q to put in the cottage utility room so it is good to see how nice your fresh white space looks. The logs are lovely too - must be the influence of that Nordic wood-stacking book!

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  46. I love the snow on the red berries. It's my favorite photo!

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  47. absolutely beautiful dear Amy!!! hugs!!!! xoxoxox

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  48. those daffodils are gorgeous!! we are having such cold temps. a chance for snow flurries on Friday. we had a few on Sunday. nothing really stuck. it is fun to see it fall though. i love the logs. have you counted the rings? i have been cleaning up a whole bunch, got to make another run to the goodwill to get rid of some items. so much going on. never a dull moment it seems, which is nice at times, but rest (relaxation) is always nice. ( :

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  49. Hi Amy,

    Sounds like you had a good productive weekend with cleaning out surplus stuff.
    The snow looks pretty and yes the daffodils are like a gorgeous pop of sunshine.
    Have a great week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  50. You have daffodils already? They are beautiful! I also like the wood pieces your hubby made for you.

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  51. Those daffodils are just lovely. We don't have them in the stores here yet, but I'll be buying some as son as they do :)

    I've been clearing things out that we don't need as well. It's that time of year ;)

    xo,
    rue

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  52. Love those beautiful daffodils ! They are so cheerful on grey days. We are on a massive clean out, good thing we have a big truck. We have lots of the elders stuff, our junk and some of our kids!! Ackk!! Good luck on your projects!

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  53. What a lovely cheery post, Amy. Your daffodils are gorgeous, and so early in the season! It is nice to have a dusting of snow, just to signal winter, and doesn't it look pretty on the pumpkin. Snow makes everything look special. Re the purchases - when my father went into residential care, his world reduced to a single room with a few of his own books and treasures, we began to see 'useful' things appear: little set of screwdrivers, small tools of various kinds, found in the discount stores when he went on the group outings to a local shopping mall. It seems to be part of the human condition, especially for people who have spent their lives fixing things as they go. Have a great week dear Amy. xx

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  54. I used semolina in a cake the other day, it called for that or finely ground polenta. I also use it when making pasta/ pizza to put on the work surface instead of flour.

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  55. your garden looks so pretty with the snow. I like the way it fell on the seashell fossil thing. Your daffs look lovely, such happy flowers :)

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  56. Ooh, I do love a good declutter - doesn't it make you feel good afterwards!
    We went out to buy tiles too - for our bathroom - husband thought he was going to get cream tiles but came round to my way of thinking in the end and we have tiles that are almost black!
    Your frosty garden looks lovely. Our 'not so little man' was hoping for snow at the weekend but nothing arrived in our neck of the woods.
    Semolina - well, everyone has said it already - I use it for shortbread, pastry and instead of breadcrumbs in homemage burgers and meatballs.
    M x

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  57. I am going to heed your advice when I purge the basement and only keep the things I love. It is shameful the amount of stuff we keep - for what?
    Sometimes I think I'd only like a dusting of snow for winter as you have but when I look outside today after several days of fluffy flakes - it truly makes a beautiful landscape.

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  58. Ah, snow, cold but pretty. I was only telling hubby yesterday I need a small base for a piece of driftwood similar to those pictured. Coincidence!
    Decluttering is good for the soul and charity (giggle). Take care.

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  59. Oh I love a good sort out. We totally missed the snow storm, Evie was most disappointed. The daffodils are beautiful xx

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  60. Good for you getting all organized and putting new tile in. I love sorting things out and moving them along. I just packed up a big box of yarn to send to a new crochet friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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