I'm still painting my utility room *sighs* I'm now on the third coat of paint. I think the end may be in sight. In between the paint drying (and my enthusiasm flagging!) I've been decluttering and organising other areas in the house. I'm trying to get as much done as I can before school goes back. My kitchen still isn't finished *rolls eyes* but I upcycled a tree mug by painting the red base in the purple colour I used on the door and radiator. Quick, easy and free!!
I tackled my study. It was the dumping ground for everything. It's a through passage to The Teenager's den/family room so you can just see the floor is cleared enough to squeeze through! A lot of this stuff was put there 'out of the way' to be dealt with at a later date, which of course never comes! Some of it is school stuff to be taken to my new classroom.
The view from the other end of the room
Ta da!! The after shot! You can see the rugs again!!
And from the other end
I currently have 3 book cases (this was my downsized collection after moving) but I'm aiming to get rid of one more. If you notice the bookcase on the right is sloping (wonky floor!) and has a missing base plate. This one will be Freecycled along with the books. Then I'll put Emma's smaller bed in that place instead of in front of the radiator. She prefers the small bed now so I'll Freecycle the big one she shared with Lucy.
The Teenager has been cooking some new dishes to get ready for uni. This is his version of the Versatile Vegetable Stew from the BBC show Eat Well For Less? There's a new series on atm and already I've picked up a few new recipes from it. Some folk like to knock it and make fun of the families featured but I think people just get in a rut when they're busy and running a family. I could easily have been on it a few years ago.
It was actually very nice although we didn't have any paprika so used chipotle flakes instead. He would make it again so big success! Tonight he's going to try baked veggie enchiladas like the ones he ate in a Beefeater restaurant.
I made a big slow cooker lamb stew (Irish Stew) with some yellow stickered packs of lamb I'd picked up over the last few weeks. Really simple, just carrots, onions, potatoes and lamb chucked in plus some veg stock. I cooked it on high for 1 hour then low for 5 hours. I read somewhere that lamb is a very good meat to have if you have food intolerances as sheep cannot be intensively reared like chickens, pigs and cows. So it's not been mucked about by man over the years. OH won't eat it as he thinks it's fatty but if you use lean cuts and skim off the fat after it's cooled it's fine (I think!)
It's already been portioned up and frozen, some for me and some for my eldest DS. He does love a good homemade stew!
I also made him some buttery mash to have with it. I've not frozen mash before but Sue over at Our New Life in the Country did a recent post on it so I'm giving it a try!