As the days are getting shorter, I keep thinking of all the things needing to be done before winter. It reminds me of when I was growing up and my Mom planned a day for fall cleaning.
This was not the ordinary cleaning that took place every week. Since we didn’t have air conditioning, we had to clean out the dust that had blown in through the screens all summer. This was the ‘deep’ clean of washing the curtains, the windows, the walls, the rugs, cleaning the oven, defrosting the freezer, rearranging the furniture and anything else my Mom could think of.
Our modern HVAC systems, self-cleaning ovens and frost-free freezers have reduced the need for all that ‘deep’ cleaning. Though I still feel the urge to clean out and prepare for winter. So, this past weekend, we (or I should say I) decided the garage attic needed to be cleaned out.
After living in our house for thirty years it is amazing how much stuff/junk has accumulated. Inside the house (my domain), I clean out regularly. But, the garage and garage attic tends to be my hubby’s domain. And he seems to think that cleaning out the garage means stashing everything up in the attic.
We enlisted Matthew to come over and help. I said everything needed to come down and be assessed as to what to do with it. I did relent on the outdoor Christmas decorations and all of the gear from our tent camping days. Maybe next year we will have a garage sale and part with the camping gear.
As everything else came down I determined its fate. The bed of the truck filled up with items to donate to Goodwill (the equivalent of a UK charity shop). The trash and recycling dumpsters were filled. Our next-door neighbors have moved and the house hasn’t yet sold, so we even filled up their dumpsters. And there is a huge pile of stuff/junk to put out to the curb for spring cleanup day next year. (Curbside Cleanup Day is another story. I will have to remember to tell it next year. Lol.) The few things that went back in the attic are now organized. I must say it felt good to clean out and prepare our nest for winter.
So now back to the kitchen…
Thursday Doughday: Taking advantage of the nice weather for fall grilling…Boneless Stuffed Pork chops, salad with garden fresh tomatoes and warm apple crisp with optional whipped cream.
Friday (Fruit) Pieday: Warm days and timely rains have kept the cherry tomatoes coming inspiring Chicken, Avocado & Cherry Tomatoes Pizza…my pan crust topped with guacamole, Monterey Jack cheese, Parmesan, Fajita chicken, Crumbled bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onion, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, Mozzarella and garnished with cilantro. (Double fruit…avocado and tomatoes!)
Sunday’s Creations: Inspired by memories of tent camping, a Roasted Hot Dog Pizza…a thin crust topped with a ketchup & mustard, American cheese, Parmesan, roasted hot dogs, onions, mozzarella and garnished with dill pickle relish & a S’mores Pizza…a thin crust topped with Hershey’s Hot Fudge, crushed graham crackers and mini-marshmallows.
Until next week…