We're back to NYC, ready to start another school year! Fall for me, is spring cleaning time. After being away all summer to our home on Long Island, coming back to NYC, means, clean out and reorganize. (Before fall madness begins!)
My kitchen got the biggest clean out. I do not have a large kitchen, so things get pileup on my counters. After a while, I'm left with very little work area... So, now, I'm set to go. Dust bunnies, be gone!
I collect cookbooks to read like novels. Crazy, I know, but I love cooking and food as much as I love quilting! So as an hour of rest, I choose two cookbooks, and two cooking magazines, to sit down with and post it note, a whole bunch of recipes.
I get so many comments from people saying, "How do you get it all done?"
here is how I get my family fed:
I post-it-note about 20 new recipes in a few random cookbooks.
On the post-it-note, I write out the shopping list.
I look for recipes that sound fast, delicious, and for things I know I will often have on hand.
Now, when I'm ready to make the recipe, I grab the shopping list and go get the extra ingredients I don't have.
Saves me tons of time, and I can revisit the many, many cookbooks I have, and actually put them to use.
That hour is my sit-down-and-relax time. A cookbook to me, is like sitting down to read a magazine... I enjoy finding new recipes that I can share with my family.
Now that my shelves and kitchen is freshly organized, I hit the studio...
Thankfully I left it clean, before I went to Texas. So it's been sitting here waiting for me! I moved a few things around, updated my fabric storage with a console table, taken out of my home,(sits on top of my fabric unit) and bought two new desks from IKEA.
I actually made 'less room' for the sewing/piecing area... I found the larger 6' tables I had used previously, to just be a dumping area for "stuff",
So I bought these desks that are 15" shorter...
I still have boxes of "stuff" (for a lack of a better word...) crammed under my JUKI long arm. Friends will soon be asked to come "dig and take" :-) ...The fastest way to declutter my studio!
This also gives me more room for my jukiQVP 2200 sit down machine. I can now walk easily around the tables and the QVP, to get to my design walls.
I'm off to do some school shopping today, and to just enjoy this beautiful September day. I hope you do the same!
Thanks for the peek inside. :) Have fun school shopping.ReplyDelete
Victoria, thanks for inspiring me to do the same. I love your idea regarding the cookbooks and post it notes. I too love cooking, baking and FOOD, as much as quilting! Have a great Labor Day!ReplyDelete
Great job! You really have a system working for your other creative outlet...cooking. And your studio looks so spacious now without those big tables. My dining room table collects everything, too. But what I really envy are those fat rolls of batting at hand. Maybe if I moved the sofa...ReplyDelete
Thanks for the quick tour and hints. I am going to try the recipe approach for sure. I love flipping through my cookbooks and magazines but adding the lists is a very clever trick! Have a great day!ReplyDelete
Love your idea of putting ingredients you need on the postits - that might help at our house too!ReplyDelete
I find it also keeps me on track for taking a few minutes for myself each day as well... Sit down, flip through a book... relax.. I need those reminders, too. ;-)Delete
Love the post it idea! I cook from scratch for everything (lots of food allergies so it's not optional). Having those lists ready would be awesome! Thanks for the great idea.ReplyDelete
I do the same thing with cookbooks - read them like novels. People have found that strange. I am glad there is someone else who does that, too. Have you seen the ones by Nigel Slater? "Ripe" and "Tender"are the two I have on fruits and vegetables, respectively. Beautiful prose. Gorgeous photosReplyDelete
I love that I'm not alone in reading cookbooks... YAY!!Delete
Ah, love to view your work areas, looking good!ReplyDelete
So envious of your enormous studio. Looks like you're ready to produce some awesome new quilts this fall, look forward to seeing them!ReplyDelete
I think we had a conversation about our love of reading cookbooks. I think your idea of posting needed items on a post-it note attached to the book cover is inspired! I'm going to borrow that. I use my iPhone with a "grocery" entry into my call database. I add the missing ingredients in the "notes" section as I move along through the week as I know I often forget that post-it note when I leave for the store. Love the new studio set-up. Wish B a great start to the new school year. See you soon! xoReplyDelete
Being only 5'1" tall I have to laugh at how high up your kitchen cupboards are and how high you stack things in your studio. I'm sure you can reach all of it.ReplyDelete
HAHA!, I do have a step stool at hand... Even I can't reach the top shelf.... ;-)Delete
I read cookbooks and food magazines for leisure, too - I may even have more of them than quilting books and magazines??? I recycle envelopes for my shopping lists but my sister-in-law has a small whiteboard in her kitchen for her shopping list and takes a picture with her phone before she heads out the door. I thought that was an idea worth sharing.ReplyDelete
It is actually spring here in Australia now and my thoughts are slowly turning to the dust keeping my furniture warm - thanks for the spur along.......
A great studio space and I love the central set up for your sewing area.ReplyDelete
What a clever way with your cook books, I'm certainly to try and follow your example - and hope it works for my time saving!
As an Australian, I'm very impressed to see you reading (and hopefully cooking out of) the Donna Hay magazine! Also I love your apartment, even if the kitchen is a little small.ReplyDelete
You are a gal who gets things done! Thanks for the fun tour.ReplyDelete
You are making a great start for fall, your spaces look great.ReplyDelete
Wow! Everything is sparkling! Do you like any cooking show?ReplyDelete
As someone who will be taking delivery very soon of a sit-down Juki 2200, I enjoyed seeing yours setup. About the recipes...yes, I too love to sit down with a new cookbook (from the library!) to find a new recipe or two. I sticky-tab the pages, then look up the recipe online. Most can be found on blogs. I then 'clip' them to Evernote where I keep two notebooks: My Recipes and Recipes to Try. If an ingredient is something I don't keep in stock, I capitalize that ingredient. I put this week's menu in the Shortcuts to easily find them. If something is on sale at the grocery, I can search for all recipes with that word and then I know what else to buy...its all on my phone. I LOVE EVERNOTE!!ReplyDelete
Enjoy the sit down 2200!!! I've tried putting stuff on my phone, I can't keep it all straight... Need that visual reminder, sitting on my kitchen counter... LOL.Delete
Well done you! Happy cooking and sewing.ReplyDelete
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Have you looked at eatyourbooks.com You enter all your books (you can get a scanner app) then when you want to try, say, scones, it tells you all your books, magazines, and blogs that have scones. When you put in magazines, it automatically includes the next issue when it's released if you subscribe. It's not the recipes it the indexes. I have about 300 books (I read them also). It's fantastic. I can also go look at the books my girlfriend has so we can plan a menu together.ReplyDelete