Quick Easy Tomato Sauce Recipe

quick easy tomato sauce

This tomato sauce recipe was given to me by my mother who didn’t know how to cook when she got married and became a wonderful cook by the time she passed.  This recipe is one that I used through college when I had my apartment. And, was used when my husband and I were starting out and money was tight.  I hope you try it a save a few bucks on tomato sauce purchases. You can also add meat to this if you wish. Just be sure to brown the meat first and add about 10 minutes to the cooking time. This recipe yields enough for 3 pasta dishes (about 5 cups).  I used it for a lasagna dish (9 inches x 9 inches size baking dish), sauté tomato sauce with thin steak meal, and a pasta dish.

Ingredients:

4 14.5 oz diced tomato cans
2 cloves of garlic – chopped
2 tbsp – olive oil
1/2 tsp – red pepper flakes
4 Tbsp – dried or fresh Parsley
2 tsp dried or fresh basil
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  • Add olive oil to warm sauce pan (4 quart or larger). Then, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute.

add olive oil garlic red pepper flakes

  • Add diced tomatoes.
  • Add parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Then stir.

pour in herbs into tomatoes

  • Use the emulsion blender to breakdown the diced tomatoes. It will help with mixing the herbs as well.
    Bring to boil and lower heat to low. Add a lid and a wooden spoon to prop the lid open. This will help the water to evaporate and help keep your counter and range free from tomato sauce boiling mess. Then, cook for 20-25 minutes.

diced tomatoes mixed with herbs

  • Remove lid and let sit for 10 minutes. The excess water will evaporate.

easy tomato sauce

Here is the recipe for you to print.

Easy Quick Tomato Sauce Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cooking Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

How Many Served 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 14.5 oz diced tomato cans
  • 2 cloves of garlic - chopped
  • 2 tbsp - olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp - red pepper flakes
  • 4 Tbsp - dried or fresh Parsley
  • 2 tsp dried or fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to warm sauce pan (4 quart or larger). Then, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add diced tomatoes.
  3. Add parsley, basil, salt and pepper. Then stir.
  4. Use the emulsion blender to breakdown the diced tomatoes. It will help with mixing the herbs as well.
  5. Bring to boil and lower heat to low. Add a lid and a wooden spoon to prop the lid open. This will help the water to evaporate and help keep your counter and range free from tomato sauce boiling mess. Then, cook for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Remove lid and let sit for 10 minutes. The excess water will evaporate.

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The Adventures of Bob The Bin

the adventures of bob the bin

I’m taking a break from all tips this week to write this story about The Adventures of Bob The Bin. I hope you enjoy it.

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Once upon a time, there was a storage bin named “Bob” at the nearby store who longed for an adventure to serve a wonderful family. “The ultimate adventure”, he thought to himself, “Bins like me can be used for so many things. I can have many adventures and be around forever.”

One day, he saw a nice woman who was looking for a bin for her baby’s toys. She examined each bin while contemplating what size bin to purchase. As Bob watched, he became hopeful, “This is my chance. She may need a bin like me. So, he sat up tall and showed his best side. “Pick me!” he thought, “Pick me!” She perused the various bins picking up each one and when she came to Bob, she said, “This is it! This will be perfect for my son’s room.”

bob on the shelf

She returned home with her new bin and starting going through her baby’s toys. Getting rid of toys that the baby didn’t use, Bob watched as the piles of toys grew. I hope I can hold one of those piles, he thought.

Anxiously, he waited. A little while later, he was in luck, he got to hold all the baby toys for the lady’s son, Josh. While holding the items neatly, he thought “Woohoo! I’m doing it. I am helping someone.”.

As Josh grew, Bob’s purpose also changed. Bob held various amazing toys from Legos to Transformers. When Josh started middle school, Bob was used for various game cartridges and controllers for his many video game consoles. “What fun!” Bob thought. “I held so many things in my life. I wonder what I am going to be next.” As Josh grew and was ready for high school, Bob was nervous. “What can I hold now? Josh doesn’t play with toys as much anymore.” He thought. But, Josh surprised Bob by making him a file bin for his many school folders. Bob was amazed that he transformed into so many things in his life. He didn’t realize how useful he could be. He helped Josh stay organized with his studies and helped him get into an exceptional university. “I am so proud of Josh.” Bob thought. “I hope he continues to use me.”

The day had come for Josh to pack for university. Bob watched as Josh moved items around his room, packing various things in boxes, luggage, and bags. Josh’s mom walked in. “Almost ready for your big adventure, Josh.” She said excited but a little sad. “Yes, Mom, almost.” Josh said. As Bob watched this he wondered, “Will I be going away with Josh? Will I get an adventure too?” And, then, it happened. Josh picked up Bob and filled him with large reams of printer paper. “Wow, this is heavy!” Bob thought straining to not let the papers fall out. “But, I can do this.” He said confidently.

bob is happy

Josh carried Bob down to the car and finished packing. They started their drive to college, as the car moved and rattled, Bob held on to the papers so tightly. “Josh is counting on me.” he thought.  He didn’t lose a single ream. Finally, they stopped and parked. “Wow, we made it.” He thought. “This is going to be a great adventure!”

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I hope you enjoyed Bob and his adventure with Josh. The artwork was created by my daughter, Marina.  Check out her other creative drawings and photographs on Instagram.  What other adventures would you like to see Bob take? Leave a comment below.

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Organizing Kitchen Tips For Back To School

Organizing Kitchen Tips For Back To School
If you are like our family, we are getting ready for back to school. Little by little, I have been clearing out and updating each room in my home. It’s amazing how much the house gets cluttered when there are four people in it 24/7. So, when I finally reached to the kitchen to reorganize, I decided to write about organizing kitchen tips for back to school.

Kitchen Tip #1: Go through cans and soups and other pantry supplies to make sure you have everything you need for at least the first two weeks of school. Meal planning is great if you have the time too. Theme meals are easy and fun for the whole family.  Some examples are Mexican Dinner night, an Italian Dinner night, a Leftovers Mash-up Night, and a Meatless Dinner Night.

go through pantry staples to make sure you have meal supplies.

Kitchen Tip #2: Add a “Dinner Tonight” basket to your counter. In the morning pull out what you need to defrost and place in this bin.  It works great for freezer soup dishes because it keeps it contained when defrosting.  This is what mine looks like.

use a clear acrylic bin to defrost meals

Kitchen Tip #3: Make a snack section for quick grab to make lunches.  Buy a month supplies at your nearby wholesale store or buy at least 2 weeks worth of snacks (using coupons always) and sort them in labeled bins.  I have one for gluten-free snacks, but you can have a bin called, “sweet snacks” or “salty snacks” or “low cal snacks”.

Store individually wrapped snacks in labeled bins.

Kitchen Tip #4: Gather storage bags and other items in one place.  Then, store the kid’s and adult’s lunch bags on the counter to remind you at dinner time the night before to make lunch the next day. Use a pull out drawer to hold all the lunch storage bags for easy access.

Use Pull Out drawers to hold all your lunch storage bags.

Kitchen Tip #5: Bulk buying saves lots on money on snacks.  Have an area that you can store large containers to refill with large bags of snacks. Save money by buying large storage containers and filling with snacks.

These tips will not only help you as a parent, but it will also help the kiddos be more independent by letting them know where supplies and food are kept. Get them involved in the process of creating a well-organized kitchen and you will be saving time by handing age appropriate tasks to the kids.

Let’s continue the conversation, what is your favorite back to school organizing kitchen tip? Please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

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Braciole Recipe Stuffed Beef Rolls

Braciole recipe

If you are not familiar with this Braciole recipe, it is an Italian-American recipe that when I was growing up, we made it on holidays and served as an appetizer or main course. It Italy, it is called “Involtini”. You can read more about it on Wikipedia. Basically, it is stuffed beef rolls.  There are different spelling of this recipe, like braciola or bracciola, but they are pretty much the same.  

Ingredients:

5-8 strips of chip steaks or thin slices of steak
1/2 cup – 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Asiago Cheese
1/4 tsp Salt
Black pepper to taste

1 cup – 2 cups Tomato Sauce
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Several Large Toothpicks

Directions:

Mix the following items together in a bowl: 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup grated Asiago Cheese, 1/4 tsp Salt and Black pepper to taste.

On a plate spread out one slice of steak and place 1 tablespoon on the steak. Then, roll up and weave the large toothpick to keep the roll closed. Repeat the top step again until you finished all the steak rolls.

place the thin meat on the plate and then sprinkle the mixture on it and roll it up

weave a long toothpick to hold it together

Heat up the dutch oven and add the olive oil. When it is heated, place the completed rolls into the pan. If they don’t fit, brown some rolls then move them to the side and place the others in to brown.  All rolls should brown quickly.

braciole uncooked in pan

After browned, add the tomato sauce enough to cover the meat and simmer for 15 minutes covered. Every so often, stir it. Turn it off and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then remove and serve.

Here is the finished product in the pan. 

cooked Braciole in pan

 

Braciole on platter

If you want to print the recipe, here you go.

Braciole Recipe Stuffed Beef Rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cooking Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

How Many Served 5

Serving Size 3 rolls

Ingredients

  • 5-8 strips of chip steaks or thin slices of steak
  • 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Asiago Cheese
  • 1 cup - 2 cups Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Several Large Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Mix the following items together in a bowl: 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup grated Asiago Cheese, 1/4 tsp Salt and Black pepper to taste
  2. On a plate spread out one slice of steak and place 1 tablespoon on the steak. Then, roll up and weave the large toothpick to keep the roll closed. Repeat the top step again until you finished all the steak rolls.
  3. Heat up the dutch oven and add the olive oil. When it is heated, place the completed rolls into the pan. If they don't fit, brown some rolls then move them to the side and place the others in to brown. All rolls should brown quickly.
  4. After browned, add the tomato sauce enough to cover the meat and simmer for 15 minutes covered. Every so often, stir it. Turn it off and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then remove and serve.

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Backpack Organization

backpack organization

I have two great kids and both of them are in high school.  At their high school, the kids carry around their backpacks. Last year, they needed a 1 inch binder for each subject and my poor son carried around 5 binders and two folders that were never used except to hold a spiral notebook and the pockets (filled to the brim of handouts and tests all jammed into one).  By the end of the year, when he had to gather his papers to review for finals, he was so overwhelmed that he decided never again. We needed a better way for him to manage all the papers so he can refer to them at the end of the school year.

So, to help him organize his backpack, we decided to do something different this year.  Here is how we created his backpack organization.

backpack organization supplies

First, we determined how many sections (tabs) would be needed for each subject. This is what we came up with.

For English and German
Notebook
Vocabulary
Handouts/worksheets
Quizzes/Tests

For European History and Algebra II
Notebook
Handouts/worksheets
Quizzes/Tests

For Biology
Notebook
Lab
Handouts/worksheets
Quizzes/Tests

For Chorus and Health
A Folder with pockets and loose leaf paper attached in the center.

We washed his backpack from last year.  This backpack lasts two years and we keep buying them because they are durable and can handle a boy.

Then, I found these backpack accordion folders with 6 tabs and 7 spaces from Target. I used a black marker to write the sections on the tabs inside the accordion folder for each subject. I used the label that came with the accordion folder and folded two of the labels together so it wouldn’t slide out when the accordion folder turns on its side. It’s so annoying when a tab slides out of an accordion folder.

labeled each accordion folder in the front and on top with 1 inch label maker labels.  As a Professional Organizer, I have a professional label maker but if you do not have this you can write the subjects on tape and make your own labels.

We then placed the accordion folders in the backpack in order of his schedule so my son would first use the front section in the morning and the second section in the afternoon. Here is how it looks from the top.

inside the backpack

If you are looking for an academic planner, check out the most recent post for purchase options and details on how we used this academic planner.

The front smaller pocket became his pencil case.  This holds his calculator, pens, pencils, erasers, dry erase markers, index cards, and stick notes.  By the way, the index cards are in a small index card spiral notebook so he can tar them out and they don’t get lost in the pocket.

pencil case area of backpack

This entire setup took one(1) hour.  It didn’t take long and hopefully this easy system will help him throughout the year.

At the end of each semester, we store the older semester paper into a large accordion folder.  This accordion folder stays home in his study area.  And, at the end of each marking period, he will take those papers and organize them by the subject and by handouts/worksheets and quizzes/tests. So, hopefully, this will help him find the appropriate papers he needs to review for the finals at the end of the year.

I hope this gives you some inspiration on how to organize your child’s backpack.  I will update this post from time to time with the process of how he is maintaining his backpack.  Come back and visit often to see if he can keep it organized.  Let’s continue the conversation.  If you have any questions about paper management, please leave it below.  I will do my best and reply as soon as possible.

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Academic Planner For Teens

academic planner for teens

I have looked for an academic planner for teens for years. Now that my kids are in high school, I think I found one that will help them manage their own time and their schedule more effectively.  I am so relieved because I was sick of being their secretary and setting up appointments for them.  They can manage their own themselves.

This post will show tips on how my teens used this academic planner.

Tip 1: Hand write the class schedule in the planner. This will help you memorize the order of your classes and where they are in the school. Fill out the schedule in your planner

If you want your class schedule to stand out a little, you can use one color for each class.  Instead of writing A – F day, my daughter wrote ALL.  She also put P.E and health on the same line.

color code your schedule to help the subjects stand out

Tip 2: Use a black sharpie marker to write the subjects so it helps them stand out.  He also included the room numbers to remind him what room he is going to.

fill in the name of your classes in order of the day and add the rm number

My daughter is into fonts so she wanted to write each class as a different font style to make it her own.  Here is what she did.

decorate each subject name with different fonts

Tip 3: If you have a year at a glance section in your academic planner, color in the off days and other important dates from the school’s calendar for the entire year.  They usually have it available on the website.

color in the days off for the entire year

Tip 4: Don’t forget to write in your after school activities.  This will help you figure out when your free to study and do homework.  Block out those areas and write what you are going to do in the blocks.

fill in all your firm dates that you know of for the first month before school starts
Tip 5: Always have a pencil with an eraser attached to the planner.  This way, you can jot down notes quickly.

Always have a pencil clipped to your planner

 

Tip 6: Have some sticky notes in your pencil-case or handy so you jot down homework information.  Then, place them on the front cover if you don’t have time to open your planner between classes. Then, when you have time, like at lunch, put the stick notes inside the planner on that day.

ADDITIONAL TIP: If your child likes to use their smart phone instead, setup the calendar on it. Every smart phone should have a calendar and/or a task tracking app.  They can type in their assignments in their calendar or task app to help them keep track of homework and test information.  Have them start using them before school starts, then they can get used to it and if there are any issues, you can help revise their process.

I hope these tips help you or your kids keep your planner up-to-date and organized.  If you want to buy this great planner, here is the link: http://ow.ly/QPB0Y Use the promo code PLANNER20 to get an extra 20% off on the planner only. This promotion expires on 9-30-2015.

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Pineapple Bacon Spinach Pizza

Pineapple bacon spinach pizza

The other day, my kids and I didn’t know what we wanted for dinner. I had forgotten to take something out of the freezer so I decided to do a pantry meal.  I first created pizza dough from a homemade pizza dough recipe I had from years ago. I looked in the pantry and found canned pineapples and I had bacon and spinach that needed to be used so I decided to make pineapple bacon spinach pizza.  

Ingredients:

2 Pizza dough (made made or store bought)
1-2 cup Tomato sauce ( I add more parsley and basil with the jarred tomato sauce)
1/2 – 3/4 cup canned Pineapple chopped
4-6 pieces of cut Bacon chopped (I used low sodium)
1-2 cups of Mexican mix shredded cheese (I used Kraft)
1 cup of baby spinach shredded
1 Tbsp cornmeal for pizza stone or cookie sheet

Directions:

First pizza dough, place some flour down on a clean surface and roll out the pizza dough.  Be sure to get out as many bubbles as possible.  Make it any shape you like. Then add the cornmeal to the surface of your baking sheet or pizza peel. This helps the pizza not stick to the baking sheet or stone. 

rolled out dough

Add a thin layer of tomato sauce to the pizza. 

Then add the shredded Mexican mix cheese or whatever shredded cheese you like. 

cheese pizza

This is pizza #1. 

topping on pizza

This is pizza #2.

Add the chopped pineapples and chopped bacon.  Then add the shredded baby spinach. 

If you use a pizza peel, slide the pizza onto the heated stone. 

Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts and the crust looks golden brown.

cooked pizza

Here is the second pizza pulled out of the oven. 

cooked cut pizza

This is that pizza cut into squares.  I like squares because you can control the portion size better.   

Enjoy!

Here is a recipe to print:

Pineapple Bacon Spinach Pizza

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cooking Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

How Many Served 12

Serving Size 1-3 square pieces

Ingredients

  • 2 Pizza dough (made made or store bought)
  • 1-2 cup Tomato sauce ( I add more parsley and basil with the jarred tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup canned Pineapple chopped
  • 4-6 pieces of cut Bacon chopped (I used low sodium)
  • 1-2 cups of Mexican mix shredded cheese (I used Kraft)
  • 1 cup of baby spinach shredded
  • 1 Tbsp cornmeal for pizza stone or cookie sheet

Instructions

  1. First pizza dough, place some flour down on a clean surface and roll out the pizza dough. Be sure to get out as many bubbles as possible. Make it any shape you like. Then add the cornmeal to the surface of your baking sheet or pizza peel. This helps the pizza not stick to the baking sheet or stone.
  2. Add a thin layer of tomato sauce to the pizza.
  3. Then add the shredded Mexican mix cheese or whatever shredded cheese you like.
  4. Add the chopped pineapples and chopped bacon. Then add the shredded baby spinach.
  5. If you use a pizza peel, slide the pizza onto the heated stone.
  6. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts and the crust looks golden brown.

Do you like square slices of homemade pizza or triangle slices?  Please leave a comment below.  

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How To Become A Professional Organizer

how to become a professional organizer

Over the years, people have contacted me and asked how I became a Professional Organizer and how they can become one too. Well, I am here to tell you how I started and give you some tips and resources to use. Because of the amount of information in this post, I wrote this post in the form of a Q and A. I hope it helps.

How did you become a Professional Organizer?

In 1993, I was helping a friend of the family organizing her book. She was a writer with Multiple Sclerosis and she was writing her first book. After helping her organize resource papers, she asked if I would help her detangle her necklaces. And, then I help her change out her closet and purge her unwanted clothes. And, it snowballed into going through  other areas of the home, like the kitchen and attic. While doing this, she and my parents started spreading the word about my unique ability to organize spaces. I started working with different clients.  Because I didn’t know what I was doing and had no guidance or resources to turn to, there were many failures and successes until I figured out what I wanted my business model and policies to be.

In 1996, I read a Philadelphia Inquirer article about a Professional Organizers association called National Association of Professional Organizers and it hit me. “That’s it! That is what I am – A Professional Organizer.” And, yes this is part of the actually article.  I kept it because it had some meaningful to me and had great facts in it.  As you can see, I even wrote the phone number of NAPO at the time on it so I could call right away.

inquirer article

I joined right away and started spreading the word about my new part-time home organizing business. It was a slow start because when I would say “Professional Organizer” no one knew what that meant. To help explain it to people, I created a 30 word pitch that I memorized and when anyone said “what is a professional organizer? or What is that?”, I would say it.  It worked pretty well.

How did you get experience doing home organizing?

I charged very little to family and friends to start.  I realized early that clients would not truly appreciate the transformation unless they paid something for it.  In return, they agreed to write a testimonial of their experience and allowed me to take anonymous before and after pictures, and they would refer me to others.

How did you protect yourself and your business?

Before starting the consultation, I had a lawyer friend modify a contract I created.  The fee was smaller since I created it already.  It included a client confidentiality statement, a liability release statement, before and after photo releases, my rates, and a cancellation fee. My client and I would sign and date it before beginning.  Back then, there wasn’t business and liability insurance you could buy for this type of business but there is now.  Shop around, the prices vary greatly. Check out Managing Modern Life Organizing(R) Blog post, they talk in more detail about it.

How did you find your best clients?

Back then, Professional Organizer was just starting so the resources (even on the NAPO site) were limited. I tried working with a variety of people. Some had ADHD before it was called that, and others just couldn’t deal with the weekly work it took to take on this task they created.  And, others would stop right after they started the organizing process. Others would seem interested but didn’t take the extra step to make an appointment and move forward.

To deal with this frustration, I had to determine what I wanted in a client.  So, I created an “Ideal Client” list.  This is where I listed all the characteristics of my ideal client. This helped me focus on what I wanted to specialize in as well.  My Solutions Consultation was born from this process. It worked out since I focus more of my energy on small business help and less on physical home organizing over the last several years.

Do you have any tips for me to get my business off and running?

YES, here are some tips I learned that will help you:

  • Not everyone will want all your services. So, be flexible in your services until you have enough clients under your belt to determine what you want to do and what the majority of the people want from you. Offer the clients what they want not what you want to give them.
  • Spread the word and help your friends and family first!  They will help you build a referral system as well as, create content that you can use for your website.
  • Have an effective way to manage your schedule. Make sure you can take it with you whether it is digital or paper.
  • Write up your business process.  Answer these questions: What you do when people call?  What you do when you go to the client? What you do after the process is finished?  Do you send a closing survey?  You will need some of this information for your website as well.  This will help you especially, if you don’t have client’s all the time.  You may forget what your business process is all together.
  • Track your hours for each project.  This will help you determine how long it takes for you to complete the home areas. This will give you more accurate information to give clients an estimate on the cost. You can also use this information if you wish to bill by project.
  • Be OK with being hidden.  I have lots of clients that do not want their spouses to know that I was there so they may not spread the word as much as others.
  • Stay calm when visiting a person’s house. Show them you are there to help and give no judgments! They will most likely say to you, “I am so sorry you have to see it this way. I’m so embarrassed.” Don’t add to their embarrassment.

Here are some wonderful sites and Professional Organizers / Coaches that will help you start your own successful home organizing business. They also offer a tip to help you get closer to your own organizing business. 

N.A.P.O. offers classes and other discounts after you become a member. (Note: Must be a member of N.A.P.O. to take part in these classes.)

Geralin Thomas from Metropolitan Organizing ®, LLC – offers new Professional Organizers classes through N.A.P.O. and through her website. She also offers coaching.

“Invest in your business! Although the overhead required for starting an organizing business is modest, you’ll still need to invest in your business. Budget for: insurance, education (books and webinars) coaching (a well-respected person who’s active in the organizing industry),  conferences (travel, registration fees) associations and memberships.  Hire professionals. Your dream team may include a photographer who specializes in headshots, an editor, a bookkeeper, and a virtual assistant.” ~ Geralin Thomas 

Janet Barclay from Organized Assistant® – offers website services through her website to help you get your website up and running.

“Don’t be afraid to network. It’s a fabulous way to combine getting your name out there with gaining access to the ideas and experience of others, both in your community and within your industry.” ~ Janet Barclay

Sabrina Quairoli from Sabrina’s Admin Services – offers remote or on site bookkeeping help to aid you with your bookkeeping tasks.

“Setting up your books the correct way when you start your business is so important. If you don’t feel comfortable with bookkeeping, ask your accountant for referrals.  They know many bookkeepers. And, always ask for at least 3 referrals.” ~ Sabrina M. Quairoli

I hope this shows you how to become a Professional Organizing.  Please share your questions or tips below to continue the conversation.  I would love to hear from you.

 

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Create A Custom Marker board

Create A Custom Marker board

I love Marker boards!  They are so fun to brainstorm with.  And, since I write large, they do a great job fitting all my chicken scratch on them. But, did you know that you can make your own customized marker board?

Well you can! I will show you how I did it with the images I found on Amazon.com! Come along and check it out.

First I looked for the right size picture frame at my local craft stores. The picture below is my customized marker board in my office. It’s poster size to cover the back of my armoire so I can use the back of it. You can select any size though.

A Custom Marker board

The trick is to make sure that there is glass inside the frame. Plastic will not work. It’s hard to wipe off.

Then, I looked for a poster that fit inside my frame. I liked the stem and leaf above.  I was looking for something that had a white background.  Then I went to town putting it together.  It was easy just like adding a poster to a picture frame.

If you can pick different size frames, you can use different types of decorative paper. For example, if you select a square frame 12 x 12, you can purchase a scrapbook page to dress up the picture frame. If you want to dress it up even more, you can add ribbon across the page for an additional effect.

If you go with a poster size, you can pick a picture that has a calendar on it or draw a generic calendar on the picture and use it as a wipe off calendar after the glass is attached. Anything goes!

Black and other dark color dry erase makers work best on the glass.  Glass cleaner and a cloth will clean it up nicely.

The entire project wasn’t expensive to make.  I went to the craft store when they were running a frame sale. It has hung in my office for a few years now and still works beautifully.

Let’s continue the conversation, do you prefer marker boards or cork boards?  Do you have any tips to share about making a custom marker board?  Pleases comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Here are some items you can buy at Amazon.com.

      

Sabrina Quairoli

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Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffin

gluten free walnut muffin recipe

Whenever my bananas are ripe, I like to make different dessert dishes.  This one was my favorite so far.  Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffin.  My son was having friends over so I decided to make this one as an alternative to brownies.  It was delicious and they were all gone.

Note: since this is gluten-free, it will make only 12 cupcakes. You also may have a little more left. You can distribute the amount in the different cupcakes or discard it.

Ingredients:

3-4 ripe Bananas
1 Egg
1/2 cup Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups of Gluten free All Purpose Flour (I used the Wegmans brand)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of Walnut
1/4 – 1/2 cup of Coconut (unsweetened) 
1 Tbsp Flax seed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Then mix bananas first break them up until mashed. Then add egg, oil, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix flour and baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Then, mix on low, walnut, coconut, and flax seed.

Add cupcake liners to one tray.

batter in cupcake tin

Use a larger ice scooper and scoop out enough to fill a cupcake area 3/4 full.

Place in oven and cook for 25 to 40 minutes.

cooked muffins

Take out and remove from the pan and let cool completely.

banana walnut muffin

Here is the recipe to print:

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Muffin

How Many Served 12

Serving Size 1 cupcake

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe Bananas
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups of Gluten free All Purpose Flour (I used the Wegmans brand)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of Walnut
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup of Coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp Flax seed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Then mix bananas first break them up until mashed. Then add egg, oil, and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl mix flour and baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Then, mix on low, walnut, coconut, and flax seed.
  5. Add cupcake liners to one tray.
  6. Use a larger ice scooper and scoop out enough to fill a cupcake area 3/4 full.
  7. Place in oven and cook for 25 to 40 minutes
  8. Take out and remove from the pan and let cool completely.

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