Local Sweet Potato Fries

Hubby and I set out to run some errands this afternoon.

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I brought a Babybel to snack on.

First up – rug shopping!

We found a couple rugs we liked for the bedroom:

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Feels light and airy

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Feels modern and fun

Then, we scoped out potential rugs for the dining room:

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Traditional with plenty of colors

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Fun and playful with a darker base.

We didn’t buy any rugs tonight. We took the measurements and need to figure out if they’ll even work in our rooms before buying them.

After rug shopping, we hit up Home Depot and then Lowes to buy shelves for our basement. We gotta have somewhere to put all our crapola!

Now we just need plastic bins!

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While we were out, we swung by Earthfare for dinner. I was CRAVING sweet potato fries and Earthfare actually serves LOCAL sweet potato fries…sweet!

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Hubby and I split a salad to start – romaine, baby spin, baby greens, purple cabbage, carrots, sweet bell peppers, sprouts, celery, broccoli, feta and vinaigrette dressing.

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I ordered the kid’s burger – local grass-fed beef with local sweet potato fries on the side. So tasty! Though kid sized (and a steal at $3.99), I still couldn’t finish it! Hubby had the last bite of burger and I took half the fries home.

Btw, the fries had this sprinkling of coarse salt on top…heaven! I loved the sweet-salty combo.

Next up, hubby and I went to Barnes & Noble to research.

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I found a nice stack of books to browse – pretty diverse, no?

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Snack = a whole wheat chocolate chip cookie (from Earthfare) and African Autumn hot tea with honey.

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I really liked this Kitchen Garden book. It had lots of pictures and seemed to be a good reference guide for a beginner gardener such as myself.

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I also really liked this Domino – The Book of Decorating book. It had some great tips and basic info.

I held off on buying these books, though. I want to research them more. In fact, I may have found a garden book more up my alley – Square Foot Gardens with Mel!

Instead, I came home with One-Yard Wonders, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and a Dilbert Desk Calendar (50% off- holla!). I LOVE new books!

Have you found any good books lately?

CinnaToast + How to Multitask Errands

I’m working on not sleeping in even though I’m on a stay-cation.

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I couldn’t wait to break into our cinnamon chip bread.

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I made a quick breakfast of oven-broiled toast with real butter and a fried cage free egg with coffee – 1/2 Christmas Blend + 1/2 Peppermint Creme.

How-to Multi-task Errands

I love to multi-task it when I’m doing errands. I feel like, when done correctly, I can get so much more accomplished than when I take things step by step.

Step 1 – create a list of tasks.

Step 2 – note whether a task takes a short duration or long duration and which ones need 100% attention (vacuuming) and which ones can be left alone (laundry)

Step 3 – start a long duration, no-attention-needed task. While Task 1 works, do some of the shorter tasks. When Task 1 needs your attention again, work on it or complete it, and repeat Step 3.

Continue till you’ve completed all the errands you’d like.

Example:

Today, I had the following on my task list:

  • a load or laundry – long – no-attention
  • groom Bailey – short – attention required
  • find a recipe for my new blender – short – attention required
  • lunch – short – attention required
  • mop bathroom 1 – short – attention required
  • mop bathroom 2 – short – attention required
  • sew a fabric gift – long – attention required
  • design business cards – long – attention required

I multi-tasked some of my errrands:

  • I started by putting my laundry in my washing machine.
  • While my laundry ran, I turned Food TV on in the background. I sketched out some ideas for business cards. I consulted my IMG_0924.JPG IMG_0925.JPG Martha Stewart cleaning bible to see the best way to mop my bathrooms. I groomed Bailey. I noticed a meal on Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller that used a blender to make a yummy tomato sauce. I printed the recipe (click for recipe).
  • When my laundry was done with the wash cycle, I hung the hang-dry clothes, moved the rest to the dryer and got the dryer going.
  • While my clothes dried, hubby surprised me by bringing a friend over to show them the house. I was utterly and completely embarrassed by the state of the house, but helped hubby give our friend a tour. After our friend left, I mopped both bathrooms. IMG_0931.JPG IMG_0936.JPG Next, I had lunch. IMG_0926.JPG I started pre-washing my fabrics for my craft project. I watched a blue heron fly across my yard and into my neighbor’s yard. I browsed my new cookbooks and selected recipes to try out in the next week, possibly for Eat in Month Challenge.
  • Then, it was time to fold my laundry.

Next on the agenda:

  • iron/fold cleaned craft fabric
  • rug shopping
  • basement furniture shopping
  • plastic bin shopping
  • sorting + organizing in the house
  • maybe some other stuff…we’ll see how productive we are

Dear Bloggers…

Please…PLEASE…stop saying “Viola!” when you mean to say “Voila!” A “viola” is a musical instrument. “Voila!” is said when you want to express something like “Ta-da!” Not everyone does this, but I’ve seen it on so many blogs…you know who you are. ;)

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