Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Do you have an old holiday tablecloth that has too many stains to use on your table? Instead of turning it into rags, why not cut out the nice parts and make some new things? For example, my mil had a Christmas tablecloth she used for years. It had holes in it and too many stains for good use. So I found enough unstained parts on it, where there were pretty Christmas designs, and made 4 Christmas stockings for my kids. I had a Thanksgiving tablecloth that had outlived its original usefulness...I made both an apron and some decorate pillows out of that. Aprons, napkins, pillows--if you can make it with a piece of cotton fabric, you can make it with a tablecloth!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Seems every week I improvise! Well, here's what I hope to make this week.
Monday: Chili. I already have the meat cut up and browned since I didn't make it last week! I'll be having a taco, myself, since I don't eat chili. I'll just take out a little of the meat. We'll have chips and salsa, too.
Tuesday: Mahogany Chicken Tenders, Peanut Butter Spaghetti and salad with Mandarin Orange dressing.
Wednesday: Homemade Pasta sauce with rigatoni and salad. I will have my husband put the sauce together for me, since it involves opening cans. Can lids and I don't mix...
Thursday: Haven't decided yet, but it will probably involve ground beef since I have a lot of that. I have a meatloaf recipe I'd like to try. I would make it with those danged biscuits I meant to make 2 weeks ago...the dry ingredients are still sitting in a plastic bag, in my mixer!
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I wouldn't be a kid again for the world, but one of my fondest memories is sitting with my dad in a little room in our basement, where he had his ham radio set up. I can still remember his call number: WB2MBU. You are talking about 40 years ago, btw! 2. What was your favorite subject in school? I loved high school biology. I really loved anything to do with science. English would be next.
3. Who was your best friend when you were 10? Betty and Stephanie. I've long since lost contact with them, alas!
4. If you could be any animal what would you be? A cat. Specifically, a cat who lives with someone like me. What a life my Nutmeg and Melody have. I want that life: to sleep 20 hours a day, eat, torment squirrels, bother humans to scratch my ears...5. What would you change about your school, occupation or life right now? I would like to not be in pain most of the time (back problems). I would like to be totally out of debt. I'd like to sleep at night.
.6. What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is red, then purple, then blue.
7. What is your favorite type of crust and favorite topping on a pizza?
I like any kind of crust. I only like cheese on my pizza, since my stomach can't take anything too spicy. I used to love pepperoni!
Friday, August 25, 2006
Here is a layout I did of my daughter and her boyfriend. Aren't they cute together? He is the nicest kid. I wouldn't mind having him for a son-in-law...in about 5 years! (My daughter is in no rush to get married, believe me. She's only 21 and he's only 23--way too early in my book!)
The blue parts are by Sue Jones--I'm sorry I don't remember where I got the kit from. The hearts and bears are from PC Hugclub. I decided that this is going to be one of the last layouts I do that I print completely. Ink cartridges are just too expensive. (I've tried those ones you refill--I hate them.) I get 98% of my scrapping supplies for free from different sites on line, but when you pay $25 for a cartridge and it disappears pretty fast...time to rethink how you do things. So I'll have to print out elements and use paper I already have for the backgrounds. A little bit here and there always helps, doesn't it?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com/shannon/ Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer worries about being a grammar snob--even a little bit. She's got a great tip to remember it's from its. But I don't think she needs to worry! I think we need more grammar snobs! People might say that in the Big Picture of Life, who cares if you use it's or its, lose or loose, etc. But you know what I think? I think that all these little things add up to make the Big Picture of Life! If you make a mosaic with a lot of dull or broken tiles...won't your final product be unpleasant? You might not notice one tissue dropped by one person...but multiply that by a million, and...well, you get it. So, so, so...what is my "Works for Me Wednesday" tip? I'm not going to write about my absolute pet peeve of spelling, loose and lose. Part II of today's spelling lesson (Shannon must have been up early for part I!) is "affect and effect." This one is so easy it's silly. "Effect" is a noun. You often use 'the' with nouns. (The cat, the ferret, the backyard.) "The" ends in "E," and "effect" begins with "E." Just match them up! "What is the effect of reading Shannon's blog each day?" "Affect" is a verb, an Action word. It does something to something else. "How will that affect me?" Now, if you don't have a 'the,' just try to change the sentence to use one and see if it works: "What effect does blog hopping have on you?" Change to "What is the effect that blog hopping has on you?" Capisci?
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 medium shallot, sliced thin
1/4 C olive oil
3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
salt and pepper
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1 1/2 t sugar
1 T balsamic vinegar
3 large garlic cloves, sliced thin
In a small bowl, toss shallots with 1 t oil; set aside. In a medium bowl, gently toss tomatoes with remaining olive oil. Add other ingredients. Spread over a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter shallots on top. Roast until shallots begin to brown and tomato skins are slightly shriveled, about 35-40 minutes. Do not stir! Cool 5-10 minutes. Serve over pasta or as a side dish. (PS...don't tell anyone, but I use garlic powder. My stomach can't take the real stuff, alas. And frankly, a handful of nicely chopped onion--think Vidalia!--would be just as nice as shallots.)
Monday, August 21, 2006
http://orgjunkie.blogspot.com/ Well, I don't see any menus up yet, but here goes mine. At least, I hope--experience has taught me nothing about a weekly menu is carved in stone.
Monday: Chicken and egg salad, green salad with tomatoes, biscuits and leftovers for anyone who doesn't want chicken. My 23-year-old son does not eat chicken. Go figure.
Tuesday: Steak, Potato Bread (new ABM recipe I'm trying) and broccoli au gratin
Wednesday: Chili and bagels and salad
Thursday: Roasted pork tenderloin (BOGO last week--so I bought 4!), Cauliflower Polonaise
Friday: Clam chowder, Grilled Scallops, Whatever fish is cheap (I hope tilipia), roasted cherry tomatoes and shallots
The food highlighted in red is new recipes I'm going to try.
I'm also finishing off my first noble attempt at making strawberry jam tonight. I have to do it after work because it has to sit 24 hours. Believe me, if I'd known it was this much of a production to do canning I wouldn't have done it. My mother cans up a storm, but I have found it tedious. Oh, well.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
The funny thing is that I have the dry ingredients for the biscuits in a plastic bag, all ready to go for another day. The apples are still waiting, too. I'll have to aim to use them tomorrow night. Tonight we're celebrating back-to-school with a trip to our favorite restaurant, "Catfish Annie's." Which got me thinking why I'd make seafood tomorrow night, too. So...the biscuits and apples will be made to go with something else. Maybe just a simple steak on the barbecue.
Last night I was planning to make turkey cutlets in lemon sauce. I dont' make turkey often and I had no idea it isn't all that readily available this time of year. But I found turkey burgers which were on sale for a good price. So I used those instead and we had them on bagels with the lemon sauce.
I'm glad to have a day off from work where I'm also not cooking, because I have a lot to catch up with. I'm sitting here with "Excellence by L'Oreal" all over my head. I have to finish laundry. We had a new window put in the laundry room that had to dry before the vent could be reattached, so I have been 'sans dryer' for 2 days. I have to get to the post office and mail off a book proposal. That is...if the guy who is supposed to fix the broken door on my dishwasher shows up before the day is over.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
My debt story is the same as a lot of people. I'm not frivilous. I didn't max out my cards on silly things. It's more like I was dumb about how they work. There are so many sneaky tricks they play on you! But that's beside the point. I'm slowly paying it off and I like anything that puts me in control. I've read in several places that a good idea is to pay in weekly installments instead of monthly. Just make sure you meet the minimum by the deadline, of course. The idea is that it's easier to pay $25 a week than one big $100. And you can round it up to pay even more without it really hurting too much. In other words, if I'm paying a minimum of $240, instead of paying $60 I'll pay $65 or $70. So how can I make this easier on myself? My WFMW tip is this: Get some blank address labels and use a computer program to make labels addressed to the c.c. companies! I have a whole sheet for Bank of America and another for Capitol One. I made up some form letters that say: "Dear ______, Please accept the enclosed payment for my account ending in 1234. Sincerely, My name, address and phone number." This way all I have to do is stick the label on an envelope, print and sign the letter, write a check and add a stamp. Having the labels means I don't have to hunt down the address! I hope this helps some people. Debt is a nightmare, and any way we have of getting out of it sure 'works for me!'
Monday, August 14, 2006
Organizing Junkie is hosting another Menu Plan Monday! Here's mine for the week:
Monday: Spaghetti with Meatsauce
Tuesday: Buttermilk Chicken Tenders
Tomatoes from my garden
Turkey Cutlets with lemon sauce
Thursday: Dinner out with my family at our favorite restaurant: Catfish Annie's!!!!
Friday: Mussels in wine
I go to work at 4 on Saturday and Mike usually makes homemade pasta sauce on Sunday.
All I know about this week is...we're eating a LOT of tomatoes!!!!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Well, first let me send cool thoughts to all of us suffering in this ridiculous heat wave. Take heart: it's supposed to drop about 20 degrees by tomorrow. Right now, 85 sounds positively arctic. Now, my tip: we all guzzle down a lot of ice cold water and other drinks in the summer. To keep from running out of ice, empty all of your trays into a baggie. Then refill the trays. Repeat as the bag gets empty, and you will always be a 'step ahead' when it comes to having ice on hand!
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Holy cow, everything is running slow today--especially Photobucket. Must be the heat. It's 91 now but we're supposed to get a heat index (whatever that means!) of 105 here on Long Island. Which makes me glad I did these chairs over the weekend, LOL! Here they are partially done--you can see the white on the legs. These are just those cheesey white chairs we all have, which get spotty and ugly after a while. Still, they are structurally sound and it seemed a shame to throw them out. So I revitalized them with a few coats of Krylon Fusion paint. I probably used too much since I went through a can for each chair--but they look brand new! Michael's had the paint on sale for $3 a can, so for $6 I have two 'like-new' chairs.