Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fall Clean Up

I am not going to go ahead and make crazy claims such as: Eric and I are clean freaks.
That would be a lie.

But I think both of us do have a mutual appreciation for a certain degree of cleanliness. Sure, we don't clean up every mess immediately and sometimes my dresser does look like it has thrown up (next time it happens I'll post a picture, it really looks like my dresser is throwing up). However, both of us do have pretty quick breaking points when we decide to clean up. I just feel a lot less stressed when my space around me is clean. I'm sure most of you can identify with this.

However, this week we reached our biggest mess since moving into our house last January.


That pile in front of the door would be mail. I swear I do look at it everyday, I just choose not to spend time throwing away the junk...good I know.
I blame this disaster on two things #1- engagement party gifts, all of which I love, none of which I know what to do with at the current moment. #2- Eric's football/masters/work schedule that means I am the only one doing any housework but I still have a full time job + tutoring so I can only do so much also. But, alas- the mess was not making me feel any less stressed and I had a "day off" (this is what I call days when I don't have to tutor- Katie told me I should stop calling 9 hour days "days off" so I am going to work on this) so I decided to tackle it. Here are the results:


Not too bad right?

As predicted, I feel 100 times better and am ready to sit down and write 1000 more thank you notes tonight, whoa hoo!

With my newly cleaned kitchen, I made a fall treat. I got the inspiration for pumpkin pizza from one of my favorite bloggers It's A Wrap Teacher. She often puts pumpkin on her pizza and I figured since it's fall I would give it a try.

To make pumpkin pizza I used:
  • pizza crust from Whole Foods
  • Libby's canned pumpkin
  • cooked mushrooms
  • Trader Joe's black beans
  • 1/2 of an apple
I wish I could transport smell through the blog because it smelled like I was baking some delicious fall dessert instead of my dinner. It tasted pretty good too, although I really miss tomato sauce when I have pizza without it. Yum.

Okay I suppose I should resume thank you notes...


  1. What a great idea!! I love this, and I may steal the recipe. I've been thinking of unique and clever ways to use the puree, and pizza sauce is one I never would have thought of!

    Your house is beautiful, and I'm a huge fan of the hardwood floors.

  2. Pumpkin pizza?! Genius! Of course a teacher would think up something that creative ;-)

    Thanks for reading my blog - I can't wait to read more of yours!

  3. It looks good but all I can think is. Pumpkin and mushrooms together?? Yuck. haha.. I love pumpkin though, I need me somep pumpkin pie!

  4. Woo-hoo jumping on the pumpkin pizza bandwagon. Imagine all the possibilities...with maple syrup and my favorite topping goat cheese and dried figs. Or bloobs and pumpkin seeds for crunch. I could go on and on! Have a great Thursday night!

  5. Love the pizza!

    And I'm with you on the neatness issue. I like to call my style "organized chaos." But I really wish I had the desire to keep everything nice and neat.

  6. I always feel SO MUCH BETTER when the house is clean, too!! It can be tough when you have a super busy schedule though!

  7. oh that's nothing girl -- you ever seen Clean House on TLC? now THATS scary!

  8. niiice. i'm digging the mail pile... i've had a similar mail-organizing issue since march. tackled that this weekend too!