Wednesday, May 31, 2006
If you use spray paint, this tip will make it easier. At the end of painting, turn the paint can upside down and press the nozzle until you see 'clear' or 'whitish' spray. This clears the valve so that next time you pick up the paint can you don't have to hunt around for a pin to clean out the opening. I've tried this many times and it 'works for me!'
Monday, May 29, 2006
To the right is my stuff all over the counter. After I took it all out, I decided to use the white plastic container specifically for 'leftovers.' I have a list of them, but now I know where to find the sausage and peppers, beef stroganoff, and company. (It's in the previous post. I don't know how to make pictures go where you really want them to go.) Anyhoo...So I stack up my 'pretty' containers to one side. They are mostly the kind from that spinny rack thing 'as seen on TV.' (Great investment, btw. I have two.) The meat went downstairs. So did the little pizzas. Most of the freezer still isn't as hotsy-totsy as the side pictured above...but it looks better than it did!
I have to head out to work at 9:20 tomorrow and get back at 12:30. I'd be too tired to work on anything so I tackled my Tuesday project early--as will be the case as long as I have a job. So my Tackle project was the freezer compartment of my upstairs fridge. We bought a new one about a year ago, and retired the old refrigerator to the garage. I use that one for the extra gallon of milk I buy, plus all the meat I buy. Except...mostly I put the meat in the upstairs freezer until I get around to lugging it downstairs. Lugging is not something I do well. So the upstairs freezer gets overcrowded and looks like the above picture, with my husband griping he can't get to his ice. So I took everything out and put it on the counter...(See next post)
Today I'm thinking about how we celebrated Patriotic holidays when I was a kid. I remember my dad putting the American flag out in front of our house. I remember the parades, where you covered your ears at the blast of the fire engine sirens. There were always veterans who sold little red carnations made of paper--perhaps someone can remind me who they were. The American Legion? VFW? The Good Humor Man always had some kind of patriotic treat--one I recall was called "Red, White and Blueberry." Sometimes the fire department would put on a show of their skills. The power of water gushing from the hose was always amazing, and a little scary!
Blessed Memorial Day to All! Today I am remembering my dad, my fil, and my brother, all who served our country.
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Thursday, May 11, 2006
One of the troubles with being a 'hobby cook' is that I'll find a recipe that looks good, buy an unusual ingredient for it...and lose the recipe. So there sits anchovy paste, of all things, in my pantry. I checked it and there is no expiration date, so at least I can still use it.
The trick is to go to a recipe site and 'search by ingredient.' I found a recipe for "Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Asian-Style Sweet and Sour Pan Sauce" over at the Cook's Illustrated web site. Next time chicken cutlets go on sale, I'll make this for dinner. I have all the ingredients except the meat. Although I could make it with the pork tenderloin I have in the freezer. I have also found a yummy-looking recipe for chicken Caesar salad over at the Food Network site. Both use only a minimum of the anchovy paste. I'm assuming it's going to be somewhat rich and salty, not fishy. I hope. PS--the picture of an anchovy paste box isn't very exciting, but I thought my site was getting a little boring with no pictures.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Oh, btw--thanks so much to everyone who commented on my blog! I was so happy to come here and find that. The cheesecake came out great!
My plans for each week's paycheck: 50% goes to one of my credit cards. 25% goes into savings and I get to 'play' with the other 25%.
I went to a thrift store today for the first time in years, but alas, couldn't find anything.
I think getting a job now instead of a few years ago probably worked out for the better. Trying to get myself out of debt, I have learned many good tricks--especially from reading my fellow blogger's sites! I'm so much smarter now. By combining my new found 'wealth' (LOL!) with my savings savvy...I'm sure to get not just my head...but my whole self above water!
Now I gotta go get dinner--bagels and leftover chicken cutlets. I head to work again in about an hour. Wednesday is my busy day--I'm there in the morning and in the evening both. But tomorrow, I get to sleep in.
And I have Friday off!