This week I've had some spring fever and spent a lot of time cleaning out and just getting rid of stuff. We live in a small row house- three levels, 1200 sq ft total. At first I thought it was a good idea to use every available space to store stuff, but now I want to simplify the space and pare down our stuff so overall our house doesn't feel crowded and stuffed. I took everything hanging off of our room and closet doors and it made a huge difference! Now we can open our doors without hearing clanging and they can open fully without being stopped by a pile of sweatshirts or bags. That change made a huge difference.
We've also sold a good amount of furniture on craigslist that just wasn't working in our space. I'll miss some of the pieces (like an old table from our family farm), but we've realized that living in a small house means that we don't have room for a lot of extra, decorative pieces and that the furniture we do have has to work with the space, the size and the function. So now I'm on the lookout for the perfect buffet/media stand for our living room wall. I love this one, but it needs to go on sale!
Chocolate Trail Mix Cookies
Use my recipe for Chewy Trail Mix Cookies and add 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe's brand)
Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and use a mini ice cream scoop to evenly space the smaller cookies, then flatten each with a spatula
Bake for about 18 minutes, longer if you refrigerate the dough beforehand
Tea Towel by Leah Duncan