There is hardly anything bad to say about cleanliness.
(O and if you want to drool, scroll to the bottom)
“Clean” is always a positive adjective. When you read hotel reviews, “clean” is usually a key word to search for. A clean car, home, workspace, closet, all help alleviate stress. When we see clutter, our mind tends to feel cluttered. Maybe it’s because we feel, “Holy crap! There is such a mess! O man, I better clean it!”. Plus, we cant find stuff, then we are late because we couldn’t find anything and it ends up screwing us big time.
I had no new years resolutions this year, but I would like to tidy up my life a bit. Let start with:
work: I have four jobs. Not complaining, but they are all scattered and there is no way to tidy them up. I dont go to the same office, form a certain time to a certain time. I write lesson plans for schools, teach four cooking classes a week, and in between, work as a personal chef/food buyer.
Car: My car is infamous to become a mess since I spend so much time in it! Plus, I bring all my cooking supplies for the cooking classes I teach so there boatloads of random pots and pans spilling out. Plus, I hate driving ravenous, so I stick cereal, almonds, and gum in the car for oral stimulation. Anyhow, I spent a small fortune today at the car wash. They shampooed everything and I’m on a mission to keep it clean. So to do that, I’m sticking a plastic bag in the car for any trash I accumulate. Receipts, apple cores, gum wrappers, used condoms (totally kidding!). If your car tends to look like its your home too, I suggest you try that having a trash bag.
Inbox: Oddly enough, having an overfilled inbox makes my heart race, and not in a good way. So today, i trashed all those unopened spam emails, old email, everything I didn’t need. I tend to be a “hoarder” with emails as well as I’m worried one day I’ll need info from one of them.
Closet: I just purged my closet last weekend. Don’t fret, it’s not bulimic. I have a bag of clothes thats off and ready to go for consignment shops and if they don’t sell, then to charity donation shops. I tell you, nothing feels better than finding what you need to wear!
I’d add more, but I would like to hear what YOU do to help you stay clean. Kitchen, bathroom, car, anything! I think it would be cool to hear and exchange tips from all the comments.
And remember my flashback from yesterday? Yea, as Deb mentioned, it was fairly cruel of me to give you a cabbage recipe when I was talking about Belgium. So here is a super yummy, super dense (but in a good way!) super chocolaty waffle cookie!
1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 sticks of butter (yes I said two!)
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar or your fake sugar of choice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (for gluten free version, try 3/4 c almond flour and 3/4 cup rice flour)
In a small saucepan, add unsweetened chocolate and butter – melt over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the stove and let cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, vanilla and granulated sugar – beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment until very pale – about 5 minutes.
Preheat a waffle iron until hot. Lightly coat grids with cooking spray.
Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, portion out the batter between the center of each waffle-iron square. Pull down the cover and cook until set, about 1 1/2 minutes. Use a fork to help you coax the cookie off and move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.