Saturday, October 2, 2010

Project Declutter Day 3 plus some pancakes

It's Day 3 and I'm a bit burnt out, haha! It's also a Friday, so I took it a little easy tonight. I went into the storeroom and cleared one shelf of bags. These are like overnighters, small bags to bring onto the plane as hand luggage or for short trips. I counted 19! Some were freebies given by banks and travel agents, and some came free with perfume purchases. There were also some laptop bags.

I'm going to cart these to a shelter or children's home. I think they'll get some use out of them. No pictures, because premium bags are not exactly photo material. Plus they're all black. Now they're sitting on my living room floor as I'm too tired to transfer them to the boot of my car. Throwing things away is hard work, man!

As I weed out stuff to be thrown, I become conscious of how much I will be contributing to the landfill. I do not want my clean home to be at the expense of the environment, so I am recycling. It takes a little more effort than simply chucking everything into the garbage bag and leaving it for the rubbish truck to take away. I have to keep the items for a few days (which means taking up floor space) until I manage to get to a recycling center or pass them on to the people that want/need them. Reuse and repurpose whenever possible, right?

I also cleared out a bag of my maternity clothes and passed them to a pregnant friend. I've asked that she pass it on to someone else who needs them after her.

My house is a mess right now, but I know it's just temporary. Better I dig out everything that I don't need than to have them stashed away taking up precious space.

And here's the post on the pancake that I promised. The homemade batter recipe is really nice, yielding springy, chewy pancakes.
Ingredients: 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 4 tbsp butter.

Method: Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add milk, egg, vanilla extract and butter. Lastly, add cinnamon powder. Mix well. It'll be a little lumpy but that's ok. Heat up pan and add oil. Spoon batter onto pan with a soup ladle. I find soup ladles are the perfect measurement for one medium sized pancake. Brown on both sides. Repeat until batter is finished.

Cut the pancakes with a cookie cutter, but this is optional. nstead of agave syrup and jam (which is what the girls normally have with pancakes), I let them dip the heart pancakes in yoghurt. I don't know which was the greater hit, the pancakes or the yoghurt.

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