like pretty much everyone else, i've been trying to get more organized in this new year. i'm working on a cooking and cleaning schedule. lack of sleep has left me without the desire to make new, interesting meals, especially dinner. so i've picked a handful of family favorites and have assigned a day to each meal. for example, sunday night i roast a chicken, then monday i make a ramen noodle soup with veggies and the leftover chicken. tues-thurs are still open. i'd go crazy if there wasn't a little variety. friday night was beans and rice, then it switched to an ingenious cook's illustrated recipe for macaroni and cheese where the noodles are cooked in a mixture of water and evaporated milk, then you stir in many handfuls of grated cheese. it is amazing and so much better than anything that comes out of a box. and of course it lends itself to adding in broccoli or cubes of ham or sausage. well, last friday night the kitchen was extra chaotic and i burned that milk and water mixture onto the bottom of my enameled cast iron dutch oven. my arm is still sore from scrubbing it off. so i might go back to beans and rice, at least for this week. i can't face more burned milk this week. anyway, saturday night is pizza night (of course). it is so much easier shopping when you are cooking the same things every week. my middle of the week meals so far have been teriyaki chicken and pasta with meat sauce; still super simple and everyone enjoys them.
as for my cleaning schedule, well i'm still working it out. what i really mean is i've written out a schedule, but i'm having a hard time executing it. this morning i vacuumed the blinds in the bedroom and am doing laundry. according to my schedule i should be cleaning the kitchen. instead i'm going to enjoy this last bit of quiet time (daughter at preschool, son is napping) and hopefully, finally, finish vincent's scarf while watching the season 4 premiere of downton abbey. i'm already 30 minutes into it and loving it!