Monday, January 9, 2017

Home Organization

Holidays are over and winter is here.  A good time to clean out closets and organize your home.  It is also a good time to recycle your goods and eliminate clutter.  In fact, one of the top 10 New Year's resolutions that people make is to organize their home.  In 2015, it was number 6, according to Nielson.  In 2017, home organization jumped to number 2, from Google by iQuanti.  So, it comes as no surprise that January is National Get Organized Month.  So let's get started.

Whether you are organizing your home or your in-home office, you need to follow a step-by-step plan of action. Once you have that in place, half the work is done.  Then it is a matter of setting aside specific times to do the work.   Here are some preliminary planning ideas to help you get started.

  • Determine your square footage
  • Identify the tasks
  • Assess lighting needs
  • Create a system
  • Decide on a completion date
If this seems a little overwhelming,  Katy Hahn Designs offers a DIY home organization consultation. Let Katy be your personal home organizer.  It can be done in-home or via Skype/email. The home organization walk through consultation will include:  identifying areas of concern, creating a task list, measuring your space, creating a lighting plan, organizing ideas and recommendations.  If you would like to set an appointment, contact Katy at katy@katyhahndesigns.com.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Cookies and Family Traditions



Every year at Christmas time I bring out the Christmas cookie recipes from both my family and my husband's.  There is just something about carrying on family traditions that I love.  Sometimes we can't always have our loved ones with us, so this is one way to keep their memories alive and keep them close to our hearts.

Today I am going to share a simple recipe for chocolate, peanut butter and Ritz cracker cookies.  All you need is Ritz crackers, peanut butter and dipping chocolate. Simple and delicious.

What really makes these cookies different is the flaky texture in the cracker.  What makes them stand out is the contrast between the chocolate and the salt.












Start by melting the dipping chocolate in a double boiler.  I use a pyrex bowl set in a pot with a small amount of water.


Next, you make small peanut butter "sandwiches" using the Ritz crackers.

After the chocolate is melted, dip the Ritz cracker sandwiches in the chocolate and set them on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper and let them cool.  The chocolate will harden and, voila!, you have your chocolate peanut butter cookies.


Enjoy your cookies and have a wonderful and happy holiday season with your loved ones.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I found Santa's House!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy healthy New Year!

I found Santa's House, perfectly designed to fit Santa's lifestyle.  If you want to see how Santa lives, click on this link.

Santa's house


May we never take anything for granted.  Enjoy your friends and loved ones this holiday season.  I believe that everyone should have a SMALL gift waiting for them under the tree and the REAL gift is in the memories and time we make with one another. It's the smile, the conversation and the festivities that you do as a family that brings us closer. When do you remember the last gift?  It's something that we did together that we remember throughout the years. I haven't always felt this way, but life has shown me otherwise.  God Bless and Merry Christmas!