One of the biggest tips a top chef will give you while working in the kitchen is to clean as you go. A messy kitchen is not a sign of a good chef, even while preparing a delicious meal, so if you find yourself surrounded by dirty dishes and ingredients strewn about, you may want to change your method. Clean as you go and you won’t dread doing the dishes after dinner.
Hey y’all one of my favorite holidays is coming up this week and are you ready? Whether you are hosting a bunch of family over for the day, traveling to be with others for the week or spending it on your own, you’ll want to start preparations early. For those hosting, that’ll start with doing chores one evening, the next making pies ahead of time, then preparing the stuffing mix, etc. If you split it up into a few tasks each evening leading up to the big day, you can enjoy the actual day of a little more without feeling so stressed out. For those of you traveling, the same thing applies! Pack your bags ahead of time, make sure your arrangements for your pets are done, get that rental car confirmed, and then make sure to take time to relax beforehand. Traveling can be super stressful, so take care of yourself and try to alleviate any extra stress that you can. For those who will be spending it on your own, prepare a smaller version of the big meal for yourself, and then find some time to relax. Whether you have to work Black Friday or are studying for a big test, get some of the other things done out of the way chore-wise so you can focus on that and not feel as stressed each day.
Whether you plan your outfits for the week or you just decide in the morning, make sure to iron before your week starts. This will save you time and energy, and make sure you can wear that cute dress or nice shirt when you want to, rather than having to iron before work or push the outfit back for another day.
We are in the most hectic part of hurricane season, and actually had one come right up near where I live, which is why I wasn’t posting at all last week. It ruined my holiday weekend, and then some, and it also cost quite a bit of money in hurricane prep that I wasn’t necessarily prepared for. So, rather than wait until the last minute, be prepared for big storms before they arrive.
It’s important to have a few essentials on hand, like bottled water, some canned goods, peanut butter, jelly, sustenance to get you through a storm coming through that could wipe out power for a few days. It also helps to have shutters on your home if you live in a hurricane area. I unfortunately do not have shutters, so I have to put up plywood when it seems like a storm may do damage to the area. Trust me, shutters would be so much better. But keep in mind, you have to think ahead with those, and plan ahead, because they are not something that can be done instantly. Another thing that just makes life a bit easier is a generator. Worst case, you can run your refrigerator and a few other appliances, best case, you test it once or twice a year to make sure it works and it looks pretty in your garage.
Also, make sure you have a plan in place if you are in an evacuation zone. This is important not only for you but for any animals you may have as well. If you can’t stay with a friend inland, come up with another solution whether it be going on a family road trip in a camper or even boarding your pets if you can find a place that will take them during the storm. Just make sure you know where you are going, and you have enough supplies for yourself and for them to leave the house for a few days. Most importantly though, NEVER leave your animals behind. Unfortunately, that’s something we see every year, and nothing makes my blood boil like seeing some poor animal on the news that had to be rescued from a flooded home or hear that people released their animals into the wild rather than take them with them. Your animals are your family, if it’s considered unsafe for humans, it’s unsafe for animals. Not only that, but it’s illegal to leave your animals, and that is something that my area especially has been cracking down on.
So moral of this weekly tip, be prepared. Have some supplies on hand, know where you’re going to go if you need to leave, and have everything you’ll need for yourself and your animals. Finally, stay safe! Whether you leave or not, make sure your family is safe, and that you’ve done what you can to protect livelihood.
If you’re planning a trip or trips around the holidays, get your vacation time in early. That way, you’re sure to get the days off that you need.
If you’re preparing for the work week that is looming ahead, prep your snacks ahead of time. You’ll thank yourself tomorrow when you are just grabbing it and going, rather than running around gathering it all.
Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or an appetizer to a dinner party, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser!
I personally love bruschetta, and it’s super quick and easy to make. For those who don’t want to click the link, here are the directions.
- 1 Baguette French Bread or Italian Bread
- 5-6 Tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1/3 Cup Chopped Basil Leaves
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
- 1 Tablespoon Butter (optional)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder (optional)
- In a big bowl, combine finely chopped tomatoes, chopped or thinly sliced basil leaves and minced garlic.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Balsamic Vinegar, 1 teaspoon of Olive Oil, 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder and 1/2 teaspoon Salt, or to taste.
- Mix all the ingredients well and let the mixture sit for an hour on the countertop or in the refrigerator, if you have the time. This allows for the all the flavors to blend together.
- Slice a French baguette or an Italian bread diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices.
- Brush the bread slices with butter or olive oil. Optionally, you can also add 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder to the butter or oil before brushing it on the bread. Toast or bake the bread slices till they are crispy and golden brown.
- Spoon the tomato mixture generously over the toasted bread slices and serve immediately. You can also place the bread and tomato mixture separately and let people top it themselves.
No matter where you live, you may need to prepare an emergency kit for a natural disaster. So be prepared, have some bottled water, batteries, and canned goods ready. Even if nothing happens, it never hurts to have some extras ready and on hand.