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WEEKLY INSPIRATION

What was your week? After spraining my wrist last weekend, I have been a tiny bit under the weather so I am planning a chilled weekend with loads of cuddles and comfort food.

I am thinking of getting myself a Fiddle Leaf Fig as my March plant. I still have to work out the logistics but it is so pretty….
Weekly inspiration

I think these infused waters will help me shake off the winter blues and make me feel than the spring is nearly here.
Weekly inspiration - infused water

I am totally in love with these toadstool mushroom table and chairs. They are just so adorable and they would look amazing anywhere. I so want them! I wonder if they do they in adult size.
Weekly inspiration - toadstool chair

I am really looking forward to dress nicely without having to cover it all with a big long coat and a scarf!
Weekly inspiration - style

We recently painted our built-in wardrobes in our room grey and I love them. I think it is my new favorite color. Grey with yellow, coral, duck egg… anything!
Weekly inspiration - grey color

Whatever you do guys, have a wonderful weekend!
Chaotic Itzi


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FEBRUARY PLANT AND A MACRAME HANGER

I have tried to be so good not to buy plants during this cold and dark month that I nearly forgot that I was allowed to buy one in February, so yesterday I rushed to the shop and I got myself this pretty thing.
My February plant
I seem to be running out of viable space for the plants, at least downstairs, but I wouldn’t let that minor detail stop me. I decided to go vertically!!Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog
Macrame hangers are all the range lately and my new plant is an ideal candidate for trying out my hand with knots. As the plant is small I decided to go for a simple design. So this is it:

1. Measure your cord and cut 4 x 2 meters and fold in half so you now have 8 cords, loop the cord and tie a knot
Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog
2. Divide the cords into 4 groups of 2. The space between the top knot and the next one should be determined by you but the main considerations are: your type of plant (if it grows upwards or if it will hang) and how low hanging you want your plant to be. Once you have decided where you want your plant to be, take the left cord from each group and tie a double knot to the one of the right.
Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog
3. Measure 3 cms down and repeat the process. You should end up with a close circle now. If your pot is very deep, you can repeat this process,
Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog
4. Combine all 8 cords and tie a knot 3 cm from the previous knots. Cut all the cords at the same length at the bottom.
Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog
I am loving my hanging planter. I am thinking of making a double one. Maybe even a triple? Adding beads or/and tape? The possibilities are endless! Yay!!!
Making a macrame planter - Organising Chaos Blog
Happy Friday!
Chaotic Itzi


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CHICKEN AND PRAWN FRIED RICE (NoFoodWaste Challenge)

I am no good with volume when cooking pasta or rice. I am getting better though. I have been cooking large amounts of rice for so long and freezing the rest that I have actually come up with a couple of recipes for this left over rice.
Fried Rice for #NoFoodWaste Challenge - OrganisingChaosBlog
Frozen rice is ideal for making any kind of fried rice dish as the lack of moist allows us to throw it straight into the wok and it won’t stick to the pan.

As part of my NoFoodWaste challenge, every week before I go shopping, I check my fridge and freezer to see what there is left and what meals I can make with what I have. I am actually enjoying this process as it forces me to get out of my normal thinking, of my go-to recipes and be creative. This recipe was born out of wanting to finish everything in the fridge and trying to make it work and taste nice.

CHICKEN AND PRAWN FRIED RICE (serves 2)
2 mugfuls of cooked basmati rice
1 chicken breast
100 gr of prawns
2 eggs
2 cloves of garlic
1 thumb piece of ginger
1 chilli
2 cups of mixed vegetables such of onions, peppers, broccoli, carrots, cabbage… whatever you have around will be perfect
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark sesame oil
juice of 1 lime
Recipe for Delicious Fried Rice - OrganisingChaosBlog
1. Heat a wok or large frying pan till very hot. Add a little oil to the pan and fry the chicken until cooked.
2. Once the chicken has been cooked, pour the beaten egg into the pan and scramble. Set the egg and the chicken aside.
3. Add a little bit more oil to the pan and add the grated garlic, ginger and chilli on a low heat (I usually keep some chillies in the freezer to have handy and once frozen they super easy to grate). Allow them to cook for few minutes without burning and then turn up the heat and add all the vegetables together with the prawns.
4. Once the prawns have become pink, add the rice and mix through until it gets warm.
5. Add the chicken, the egg, the soy sauce and the oil to the pan and mix well.
6. Serve in a bowl and squeeze some lemon juice on it. Enjoy it!!!
Delicious Fried Rice no Food Waste Recipe - OrganisingChaosBlog
You can add anything you want to this recipe and it would work its wonders. I feel a great sense of achievement to be able to make use of all the food I have bought and not having to throw anything out. It is great for my pocket, for my health and for the environment. Love it.
Fried Rice Recipe - OrganisingChaosBlog
Are you willing to give it a go?
Chaotic Itzi


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IDEAS TO UP-CYCLE ALL YOUR GLASS CONTAINERS

Although I always make my own sauces at home, we tend to end up with quite a bit of glass to recycle.

I would like to say that we always do our recycling straight away but the reality is that until the bag is overflowing and we keep tripping over it (not really, only sometimes, ok, most of the times) we tend not to do it.

I have put together few ideas to help you up-cycle some of that glass lying around your house, use them in your daily lives, make them beautiful and help the environment.

I got few very pretty serving spoons for my birthday and I didn’t want to just put them in a drawer. By using a wide glass jar with a ribbon around I can display them with pride in my kitchen and I can even bring it to the table.
Up-Cycling a jar to store Serving Spoons - OrganisingChaosBlog

Don’t discard pretty bottles. Refill them with your favorite olive oil and leave them on the counter to be used when needed.
Up-cycling a pretty bottle for oil

I always liked those little bowls that chefs tend to have in their kitchen  for their salt and pepper but I don’t like the idea of keeping them exposed all day. I sorted this problem by using small candle containers to keep handy my salt and pepper by the cooker and by keeping the tops nearby, I can cover them at night. Problem solved!
Keep your Salt and pepper in candle containers - OrganisingChaosBlog

Jam jars and ribbon make gorgeous candle holders. I have few on my stairs – don’t worry they are electrical candles… I don’t plan to burn my house any time soon.
Jam jars as candle holders - OrganisingChaosBlog

Jam jars are also ideal to store your cotton pads in your bathroom.
Jam jars to store cotton pads - OrganisingChaosBlog

Since I am list-freak and our kids are always drawing and writing, we tend to have pens all over the house. Jam jars are perfect to organise them in each room and you can personalise them by spray painting them.
Jam jars to organise your pencils - OrganisingChaosBlog

And if you are looking for flowers vases, the tall passata jars are the perfect height for it. Two or three tall jars full with flowers on your mantelpiece and you will feel like spring has just arrived.
Up-cycling jars as flower displays - OrgansingChaosBlog

I hope these ideas help you to reduce your recycling and inspire you to keep reusing every day items around your house.
Remember: REUSE, REDUCE AND RECYCLE

Chaotic Itzi