Some things in my inbox

Hello all. Before leaving for Holy Week vacation, I’ve decided to try and clean my inbox.  Some interesting things found and….. truth be told, I haven’t gone through ALL my email subscriptions but I’m getting there! 🙂

I have a TEENY tiny kitchen and any way that I can make more space would be awesome. Here are some things I would like to try…. SOMEHOW.

I have several junk drawers hehehehe! I’m hoping this will help 🙂

I don’t know about this. Any thought about 70s decor?

I love eggs in the morning. A perfectly scrambled two egg breakfast with cheese is heaven. Checking these recipes out to add on to my repertoire.

Because I need more inspiration for left over night.

And also because I’m in need of some sort of organization in my recipe folders, both online and off.

And this is a great read for those who are like me, still trying to figure out what they want in their homes 🙂 (Personally, I’d like a different sofa, and a sitting area and a work area for myself….)

Steady sounds for the rest of this Tuesday… and week for that matter 🙂

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The Year Long Challenge of Recipes

This year, more than ever, I’m trying to eat heathier for my son’s health as well as my own.  As he’s starting to mimic our movements, like when we do exaggerated feedings of ourselves, so as much as possible I’d like to instill in him the quality of trying things even before disregarding them all together, especially because I love to cook (yes and EAT! 🙂 ) I’d like to have him at least try the things I make.

So one of the resolutions I have this year is since I have a ton on recipes, in this computer I’m working on, the hard drive beside it, and the bookshelf holding my cook books and folders. So I’ve decided to start out making a dent in these recipes and make them for the little one. Also, more than organic and whatnot, I do want to be able to buy local, and be more contentious about where our food comes from and how it is made. The amount of sugar and salt especially that goes into our food, two of the things that could most likely cause disease as my side of the family is prone to diabetes.

The first recipe is that of Jamie Oliver’s that I played around with. Kept the main the ingredients and I just played around with the quantities and measurements. It is his Milk Roast Chicken. Now see, I had a couple of problems: one is that I don’t have a stove and the recipe calls for the whole chicken to be browned first.  The second is that my oven toaster is rather small and I only have a roasting pan, so the liquid I put in had to be minimal, which made me scared that the chicken wouldn’t be as juicy as the recipe promised.  Also I used tarragon instead of sage just because I couldn’t find any sage in the grocery.

Now I have a whole bunch left.

Now I have a whole bunch left.

Here’s the recipe 🙂 

This is what I ended up with:

The Final Product!

So far so good. I’m happy with the result and so was the rest of the house! 🙂 We also have enough left over chicken to last a couple of more days, through sandwiches and maybe a salad or two.

Tomorrow, in an effort to get my not so little punkus to eat more veggies I will try to make zucchini and carrot pancakes 🙂 I’ll write about that soon. Meanwhile, I’ll research on the best pancake batter recipe for this challenge 😉

I’ve been listening to this because I’m helping a friend’s daughter get some gigs and thought this song would be awesome for her to cover.  Maybe with a beat boxer 😉

Home made cleaning wipes

In an effort to make our home budget friendly, I’ve researched online and found several ways to make my own home made cleaning wipes.  The Clorox ones are just too much to buy every time and the smell STINGS if used as often as we do.

SO! To be more friendly to the tribe’s pocket and even to the environment, I’ve decided to make our own cleaning wipes. It is much like the homemade baby wipes I did eons ago and which we still use today.

Ok so much like the baby wipes, you first start out with paper towels:

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Any size so long as the paper is sturdy enough to take on liquid

And then you get a serrated knife and cut it in half:

Takes MUSCLE! haha!

Takes MUSCLE! haha!

Then put in 3/4 cup of WHITE VINEGAR, and 3/4 cup of WATER, with about 20-25 drops of essential oil to take that vinegar smell out of the solution.

We use Green Tea from Zenutrients because it smells clean without being chemical-y.

We use Green Tea from Zenutrients because it smells clean without being chemical-y.

Then you stick the half a roll into the receptacle of choice, and pour the shaken (not stirred hahaha!) solution OVER THE WHOLE THING.

Make sure the place where you decide to put your wipes can hold the towel AND liquid together.  This was a tight squeeze but when you take out the little roll inside it wasn't so bad.

Make sure the place where you decide to put your wipes can hold the towel AND liquid together. This was a tight squeeze but when you take out the little roll inside it wasn’t so bad.

I poured the solution into the receptacle til most of the paper towel was wet, made it soak right way up, and 10 minutes with it upside down just to be sure. I didn’t finish all of it so I have some left over just in case the towels dry out.

Keep it somewhere you don't mind having the smell in :)

Keep it somewhere you don’t mind having the smell in 🙂

TADA! Home made cleaning wipes! 🙂

YAY!

YAY!

Let’s all break free of chemical-y cleaners!  HAHAHA! 🙂 I just really wanted to play Queen 🙂

Have a great day everyone!

Feel free to post your versions of your cleaners on here. If there are any additions and suggestions, please feel free to write back or post (AND LIKE!) in my Facebook account for this blog here: https://www.facebook.com/thedomesticdrummer?fref=ts

Counting

Today is Monday and unfair or not, this is the day I tend to make myself face things I don’t like, such as math. Deadlines. Credit card debt situation. Bills.  Yeah all the icky grownup stuff that we all have to inevitably face, whether or not we’re kicking and screaming in the process. (I’m doing both just in case you’re wondering. Silently as the punkus is asleep.)

Today seems all about numbers.  It’s not that I hate numbers per se, but I am just no good at it. I don’t see the poetic flow of how numbers fit together like a math teacher does, or how it opens up worlds for other people. I may have glimpsed it when I really, REALLY got into trigonometry in high school, for all of 8 months, because seeing those equations making sense made my heart leap, like I spoke a new language. But then it disappeared like a dream, and I was stuck with remedial math.

Here’s a little Metric music for your Monday. I just rediscovered them again. Forgot how awesome Emily is 🙂

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So to keep to the topic of counting, here are some things I saw online today:

Truth be told, I’m still trying to learn how to maximise time consuming Pinterest. So addictive and fun, but I want to learn what more I can do with this platform, don’t you? Check this out, and maybe we can learn together 🙂

Top 10 most innovative companies in advertising and marketing. Interesting stuff.

Thick skin? So makapal mukha (thick faced) as we say in Tagalog? Know the difference.

Ah failures. What would we learn if it weren’t for failures. Based on this list, I’m in pretty good stead as I’ve pretty much bombed in each and every one of these. Amazing. Currently I am massively failing at that “healthy” bank account. WOOHOOO!

These are just fantastic albeit a little creepy pictures and a short film of an author I want to get into. So awesome.

Here are a bunch of photos of an abandoned Parisian apartment. I’ve seen this before, but it is still GORGEOUS. And I want all those books!

Last but not least: THREE things to be thankful for, and help you love your business again.

Happy Monday all! Oh and belated happy International Women’s day too!

Wednesdays

Wednesdays, the middle of the week. My favorite Addams. Somehow I always love the middle of things. Middle of the road, middle of nowhere, middle of a book.  To me, it means that being in the middle, you’re in the thick of it.  It’s not always the best thing, sometimes we don’t like being in the middle, especially of arguments, or just plain drama.  That’s not even yours!  But like being in the middle of the week like we are now, I tend to think of how it all began and how it may or may not end.

I tend to be more introspective on Wednesdays, maybe because I can see where the week started off, and have some sort of idea of where (or how) it could possibly be ending. Today, I’m just trying to take a moment and look where I am in this little digital consultancy that could.

I’m quite proud of the roster of clients I’ve been having quite the pleasure to work with. Don’t get me wrong, I liked that I started out with big companies, the bastions of the industry. I learned a lot from them, and their processes and how things work 🙂

But working now with the upstarts, and looking at them and what they do, most are about renewable energy, preventive medicine, arts and design, all things that really do get my excitement going. Maybe also because they are younger, the pace is faster, things don’t really need to go through a battalion of approvals, just one or two people and all online. Had I known earlier that I could do business this way, I MAY have gotten into this sooner.

Anyway, those are my crazy thoughts on this hump day. I see I still have a long ways to go, but yeah, I’m quite happy where it’s going. I hope and will work towards this direction.

Well then. I now have a few things I’ve been looking at with this wobbly internet of mine.

Because you know, CHANEL. http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2015/02/instagram-chanel-archives/

Kinda loving all the pictures of the house in this post: http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2015/02/16-02-15-notes-from-the-weekend-a-few-lovely-links/

As a lover of books, this bookcase is AMAZE. http://minimalissimo.com/2015/02/frames-2-0/

Liking this guy:

HAPPY HUMP DAY EVERYONE! 🙂

Rolling Stone subscription

I have a subscription to the newsletter of Rolling Stone and since it is my self proclaimed “day of purge” today, I have gone through ALMOST every folder in my email inbox.  One is listed subscriptions and boy there are nearing 2000 things I haven’t read.

So I’ve decided to start with my Rolling Stone subscription. Going through it, I’ve found these gems you all may want to read too 🙂

Weird movies I missed out on last 2014.

The story behind that hiphop classic “Regulate”.

DYLAN covering SINATRA. I mean, c’mon. 🙂

I love this series! If you haven’t watched it yet, please do.

I am torn about this movie. I liked the drumming, but the music is the back seat of the main story that is power tripping. The movie itself doesn’t do anything for jazz, but it is superbly acted. But I do like this guy and the fact that he’s really a drummer.

Because. Aretha.

Things Rolling Stone says to watch out for this year 🙂

Do you guys subscribe to anything? Should I look into other magazines as well? Let me know!  Oh and just in case you want to, I’ve put The Domestic Drummer on Facebook if you want to LIKE it. I haven’t really put anything new in there, but just in case you want to connect through there, here’s The Domestic Drummer on Facebook 🙂

See you guys around!