Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Perks of the Purge

(Linens I hadn't ironed in two years.)

In an effort to balance myself,
I had a purge.

(Extra stuff I never use.)

What was I saving this for?
The great bowl shortage?

The grands sift through my odds and ends.

So, I had an Oma Giveaway.
Craft paper, purse mirrors, pill boxes and stickers . . .
The little kids scored mini-sized lotions, notepads and bags,
toys I don't like to clean up, games I don't like to play, books I don't like to read—
they cleaned house!

Amy discovers a gift she gave me.

The big kids were a bit more choosy.
But hey, who doesn't want a new Christmas cookie platter?
Fake fruit anyone?
After my customers left,
the remnants were packed up and hauled off to a thrift store.
(I'll probably buy the red pan again when I find it there!)
Perk of the purge:
Living with less lowers my stress.

My long-lost fondue pot!

Another perk of a purge is the discovery of forgotten treasures.
After the Oma Giveaway, Dee whipped up his specialty:

Swiss Cheese Fondue
  • 1 lb. cubed Swiss cheese (we like half Gruyere and half Emmenthal)
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 2 cups white wine (we use white grape juice)
  • Nutmeg
  • Pepper
Spray saucepan with Pam and rub with garlic. While heating wine on stove, toss cheese with cornstarch and add it by handfuls to the wine, stirring constantly until cheese is melted. Transfer to a fondue pot to keep it bubbling, and sprinkle with nutmeg and freshly ground pepper. Spear bread cubes, vegetables, sausage, apples, olives, pickles and dunk and swirl.

I love the simple life!


Christie said...

YUM! I want some fondue!

Seriously, the best thing about moving is the purge. I love getting rid of stuff. Makes me wonder why I keep buying new things after I get rid of the old?

kenju said...

I have purged so many times and I still have too much stuff. where did it all come from?

Fondue? Count me in!

missy said...

I'm not moving, but I'm so overwhelmed with stuff that I'm going to act as if I am. I can't wait to go through my kitchen and start tossing. I looked up the organizing blog you mentioned last week and I'm ready to simplify. Now that my kids are back in school, it will be easier to get rid of things when they're not here to dig it back out of the trash... :)

Diane said...

Just yesterday I made the goal to go through one shelf or drawer each day to clean out and purge. It seems like it might be the size goal I can keep right now (not moving eases that pressure). It feels so good to clean out. Good luck with the move.

the wrath of khandrea said...

the great bowl shortage. BAAAAAAAWWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

The Grandmother Here said...

Was Amy crushed that you were giving away a gift that she had given you? That's a knotty problem.

Grandma Shelley said...

Good job on the purge. Your meal looks delicious too.

Grandma Cebe said...

Yay for purging! I'm a great fan of the process. It's liberating! The fondue looks terrific.

Heather P said...

Yay for purging... but I MISS YOU. Hope all the busy-wonderful things that are keeping you away from blogging are awesome, but just wanted to pop by and say I miss you in my reader. :)

Susan Adcox said...

I badly need a purge, but I hadn't considered giving stuff to the grands. Good idea!