It’s getting onto lunchtime and my stomach is a’grumble. As I will not be clamouring up the ladder in the rain to check on the roof and eaves troughs today, perhaps I will focus on lunch first. There is always time for DIY projects later, once I have a full belly and can focus better. How about a hot sandwich, for a damp day? Here’s a delicious recipe from Allrecipes.com to add to Crock Pot Corner. Who doesn’t love pulled pork sandwiches! Perfect for the dreary December weather we’ve been having.

BBQ PORK FOR SANDWICHES

BBQ Pork for SandwichesIngredients:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
  • 3 pounds boneless pork ribs
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbeque sauce

Directions:

  1. Pour can of beef broth into slow cooker, and add boneless pork ribs. Cook on High heat for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. Remove meat, and shred with two forks. It will seem that it’s not working right away, but it will.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Transfer the shredded pork to a Dutch oven or iron skillet, and stir in barbeque sauce.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Enjoy!

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With a full belly, how about tackling one of those DIY projects on the list? As Christmas is coming, why not turn an eye to an organizing project or two. Think spaces that your guests will probably see the inside of; hall closets, spare bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. How can you make these spaces less of an eyesore and more a source of jealousy for your sister-in-law? Let’s take a look.

December DIY Projects

If you have guests coming over during the holidays, perhaps now would be the perfect time to organize the hall closet? Finding room for Grandma’s coat in the over-crowded closet is just not the way to start the visit. So here’s my suggestion;

  • Remove out-of-season articles, like flip-flops, lightweight spring coats and summer purses
  • Discard old, spent articles (goodbye holey runners!) and thin out seasonal items to a manageable amount for the space allowed
  • Store excess items in personal bedrooms to make room for guest items
Entryway Solution from Martha Stewart

Entryway Solution from Martha Stewart

Now that you can move coats from one side of the closet to the other and perhaps can even see the floor of the closet again, how about organizing the remaining items into a more efficient system;

  • Arrange shoes and boots on appropriate-sized shelves or in storage boxes. There are some great cloth hanging shelving units available nowadays that free up lots of space!
  • Hang different levels of rods to accommodate different lengths of items, ie. snow pants, car coats, bomber jackets
  • Add a shelf or pegs for hats, purses or other bags
  • Organize scarves and mittens into baskets. Make sure to pair your gloves to make it easier to find them when you need them!

 

Once your guests have arrived, invariably they will make a bee-line for the bathroom, so think about giving a bigger spit-polish to the guest powder room as well.

  • Give a thorough dusting to the space, including those unsightly cobwebs on the ceiling and above the door frame
  • Don’t just scrub the bowl. Take the time to scrub behind the toilet too
  • Wipe down the baseboards, tops of mirrors and any pictures you may have in the bathroom
  • Hang holiday hand towels to spruce up the space. If room allows, arrange matching wash clothes and  bath towels for your overnight guests as well
  • Put out a bowl of fresh, hand-milled soaps to let your guests know how cherished and thought of they are
  • Add a seasonally scented candle, diffuser or other air freshener too

So cozy, your guests might never leave

Now, for the overnight guests and a thought to the spare bedroom.

  • Pull the vacuum in here and suck all the dirt away, including those dust bunnies underneath the bed
  • Put clean bedding on the bed. Don’t forget to plump the pillows!
  • Make guest slippers and a robe available for your guests. If the bath towels aren’t handy in the bathroom, lay them in the spare bedroom where your guests can find them
  • Add a pitcher of water and a glass, for folks who need to whet their whistle in the middle of the night
  • A mint on the pillow adds a classy touch.

 

Don’t sweat getting it all done today though. There are still three weeks til Christmas. 21 Days and counting!

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