Monday, April 18, 2011
Spring Cleaning Weekend...
This weekend was one of the most physically draining weekends I've had in a long time. We took on the task of gutting out all the crap in the kids' rooms. It seems like we do this every year, but this time, we literally moved EVERYTHING out, scrubbed EVERYTHING and only put back in the things they use on a regular basis. It's so strange that they are old enough now to not really "play" with toys (except LEGOS, Jay is a master at LEGOS), but they don't want to let them go. We have about 6 (or more) HUGE tuperwares of Star Wars stuff. These are the boys' first keepsakes. Meaning they don't want to "play" with them anymore, but they don't want to give them up either. It was a very "Toy Story" kind of weekend here. We also cleaned out appliances in the pantry that are never used and scrubbed walls. Why do kids feel the need to put their hands on the walls? Anyway, we were warn out.

The best part of the weekend, was the ending. We had pizza! By 4:00pm, we were pretty much done and needed to relax. I had some Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust in the freezer (it freezes really well!), I made a gluten free pizza crust that I need to play with a little more, but I will share soon

(Never mind the cheese on here, but the crust is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I have one more thing to do in order to make it a little doughier, then I will share it.)

and I made my gluten free flat bread pizza (super thin and super crispy).

(My favorite mix of mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach and nutritional yeast!)

I LOVE making pizza now. It's hard to believe I went years without eating pizza. Now, we seem to eat it almost every week. Anyway, we ate dinner on the patio while playing scrabble. Jay, who is 12 1/2, kicked mine and the illustrator's butts. I'm going to blame it on exhaustion.

So, I decided to take it easy on myself this morning with my workout. I did Ellen Barrett's Slow Robics (I think this is similar to what I did, but I recorded mine from FiTv a long time ago). I really love this workout for those days that I really want to move to stretch things out, but don't want to over do it since I worked out all weekend. It combines strength through movement so your heart rate does go up, but with out a lot of bouncing around. Great workout in my opinion. 

Today is another busy day for me. I'm massively scrubbing bathrooms and the hardwood floors. It's funny, our house isn't dirty by any means. The illustrator and I are kind of neat freaks with no clutter, but every so often you need to do a really good once over on everything. I really needed this Spring Cleaning!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:07 AM  
  • At April 18, 2011 at 8:23 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I think pizza is the best way to start and end a weekend! I really need to get into a cleaning mode like that. Hope you have a good one!

  • At April 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said…

    Can you come spring clean for me? But it would be more of a I-haven't-cleaned-since-we-moved-in type of thing...

  • At April 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I love the end result of spring cleaning...but the process? Ugh.

    Pizza is a perfect way to reward yourself for hard work! I love much. I think I could eat it everyday, but really am still looking for top notch gluten free and dairy free (but not gross fake cheese either) versions...

    I'll be stalking your gluten free crust recipe when you post it!

  • At April 18, 2011 at 8:36 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    The thin crust looks so good! Ahhhh pizza....

    The girl I'm moving with is obsessed and has pizza every weekend as her "thing".

    I'm not seeing any problems with this. ;)

    Happy Monday!!!

  • At April 18, 2011 at 9:09 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    It sounds like you had an amazingly productive weekend, Sarena! I'm sure the house looks beautiful. I have today off for a state holiday and so plan on doing some spring cleaning, myself. :)

  • At April 18, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    Jason would be so jealous that you have all of those Star Wars legos :) We have our fair share too!

    Sounds like you had a productive weekend, but yes, cleaning wears me out too!

  • At April 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I did spring cleaning too, and I totally relate to the boys-- I have SO much stuff that I never wear/use/need, but I'm so reluctant to throw it out! I need one of Oprah's henchmen to come and make me throw it out like they do on her episodes about organization and house makeovers, haha.

  • At April 18, 2011 at 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Doesn't it feel good to have all of that work done though?? And at least you got to eat some tasty pizza ;)

  • At April 18, 2011 at 12:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    girl you are on a cleaning frenzy. I need you to come to our house. So this crust....when do we get the recipe??

  • At April 18, 2011 at 12:05 PM, Anonymous Tine said…

    Mmm, I'm definitely gonna try your pizza crust recipe!
    I'm wondering, do you ever eat dairy free cheese (because you're lactose intolerant too)?

  • At April 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Your pizza crust sounds AMAZING!!: D I totally prefer pizza WITHOUT cheese. It just tastes better! :D

  • At April 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    i got exhausted just reading about cleaning out the kids' rooms. In just 2 years I see how much stuff they accumulate.

  • At April 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM, Anonymous Averie said…

    mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach and nutritional yeast = that sounds great!

    glad you got your cleaning done and your pizza making in!

  • At April 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM, Blogger MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said…

    I love the smell of our apartment after we clean! The work is so hard but the end result is always worth it, especially if you get pizza that looks like that, YUM!

  • At April 19, 2011 at 12:50 AM, Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said…

    My spring cleaning will happen after I get out of school next month :)

  • At April 19, 2011 at 8:13 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    Homemade pizza is a favorite in our house, too!
    Wanna come clean for me? I seriously hate it. Lol.

  • At April 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Anonymous Dmarie said…

    wow, you make me want to get up and clean something. (a minor miracle ;) You must really have a great sense of satisfaction after getting so much done. And your reward looks yummy too!

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