Friday, September 25, 2015

Shopping and Wash Balls -Do They Really Work?

Today was a shopping day.  Daughter number three and I went to Yankee Candle with a buy two, get two free coupon in hand.  We each spent some time sniffing and checking out colors and jar shapes.  After about thirty minutes we made our decisions and walked away with two candles each and a free votive for each of us.

I (and she) chose holiday scents that would warm the atmosphere with cozy scents.  I chose 'winter glow' and ;silver birch'.

Daughter three went home, but I continued on to a thrift shop.  How surprising to see everything in the store was fifty percent off.  I found a Campbell's soup cookie jar from 1999 for 2.50$ that I was hoping daughter 2 would like.  A posted pick and a question to her on Facebook, revealed a 'yes, sir'!  As soon as I can find an appropriate box to ship it, she will have it in her kitchen.

I checked on ebay and there was only one I found that was selling for $34.95.  Daughter two gets excited when I find good deals.  She's impressed with my prowess when it comes to deals.  I thank her for that, it makes me feel I'm still productive - even at my age.

The most exciting part of this post is (drum roll please)  I bought a washing ball.  When they hit the market a few months back they were selling for $40.00.  Not a good deal for someone who only does two to three washes a week.  I figured out that the 1000 washes they're good for would take me about ten years out.  A container of detergent lasts 80 washed which will take me through almost a year. (about twelve weeks short)

The price on amazon has been reduced to $9.95 and since I had credit card points hooked into amazon, I took a chance if for no other reason than to let readers know if they work well.  The reviews were mostly good, but there were a couple that had only one star.  The one star reviews had me a bit apprehensive.  But, it didn't cost me anything, so I went forward and bought them.  (I have prime, so no shipping charges either.)

Here's what happened.  I began a wash, but stopped it on the spin cycle as I was leaving the house.  Murphy's Law would suggest if I let the cycle continue when I wasn't home, I would come home to a disaster of some sort.  When I entered the house by the back door - which is near the laundry room - I smelled something rather pleasant and fresh.  After a couple of sniffs I turned the washer back on and didn't give it another thought.  Wash was done and time to place the clothes in the dryer.  The smell was back.  Could it be the wash ball?  I thought that would not be possible as the contents were natural beads of some sort.  When I smelled the contents, I had to smell it a few more times.  The ball did indeed project a great fresh scent. 

I also noted that the white slippers I washed came out pure white.  I wish I would have taken a before picture of them, with the dirty toes, but I didn't really think the ball would work.

After wondering why the ball didn't work for a few people, I wondered if they crammed clothes in the washer so there was no room for the ball to agitate and do it's thing.  If a person wants a clean load of clothes there must be room in the washer for things to move around so the agitation can remove dirt and grime.

I do not receive any compensation for this post.

This is what the wash ball looks like. The ball is made
from rubber, but I'm not sure what the beads inside are
made from.  The instructions say to place it in the sun
before use and then every thirty days thereafter.

The slippers I wear around the house.  The toes were quite dirty
before I washed them using the wash ball.

Stay safe


Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Week at Angie's House

The house is officially decorated for fall.  A few pumpkins and the highlight of the garland on the fireplace.  Just in time for the fall weather to blow in.  I'm not sure if the weather will continue to be fall like, but I certainly appreciate the cooler air and wonderful wind that's ushering it in.

Another thing I do to prepare for the colder months is bring out the quilt my daughter made for me from my husband's clothes.  It was in storage for the summer in a bag so out on the patio to air out it went, after a quick tumble in the dryer with an odor remover.

Yesterday I had a salesperson in to give me a quote for a storm door.  I was thinking along the lines of using the sun to heat the house during the colder months, hopefully saving money on heating costs.  Sticker shock hit me so I began to rethink things.  I need to get another quote before I make any decisions.  At a price tag of 685.00, it would take a long time to recoup my losses.  The ten year warranty doesn't do me much good at my age - who knows if I'll ever be walking the earth in ten years?

I received a package from a friend yesterday that lifted my spirits, changing the direction of my thoughts.  She sent me a cool set of cards in a little plastic box that contained the profiles of some of the saints. My favorites are: St Michael the Archangel, Gabriel, Mary, and St Josephis behalf.h.  I've recently added St Joseph out of respect for the love my husband had for him.  I'm becoming quite fond of the man my husband modeled himself after, in his mature years.

A little story about my new found friendship with St Joseph.  My younger brother has had a number of strokes and is confined in a wheelchair with no use of his right side.  I did a novena to St Joseph in his behalf.  Two days after the novena was complete my brother called me all excited.  He did a push up!  This was exciting news.  The news dampened my spirit when I told him I did the novena and he should thank St Joseph for his prayers to God on my brother's behalf.  His response was he did it,  It was all him.  Why is it so difficult for him to say a simple thank you to someone who has the power to go before the thrown of God on his behalf?  Not worshipping him, St Joseph would not like that, just thanking him for his caring and loving nature.  I'll never understand the ego of man.

So, onward.  A young man in my neighborhood is coming to my house to help me with the changes in my back yard.  The blackberries need to be cut back as do the strawberries.  The part of the task I'm looking most forward to is removing the grass and replacing it with sand and large pavers.  I have discovered I have a hate relationship with grass.  I only left it so the pup would have an area to do her business.  She prefers the rock area for that.  So goodbye (I hope) grass.

I checked the grocery ads this morning and saw oranges were three for a dollar and Special K cereal was 1.99.  My mission today is to gather those items and stock up.  The price on the oranges tells me the price is soon to go way high.

I did more damage this past Sunday while watching a shopping channel.  They had a name brand food processor with juicing and blender accessories.  Great price and no shipping charges. I've bee wanting to get into juicing and I hate my current food processor, so the time was right.  I have been waiting over two years for something I could afford.  Not only is price important to me, so is quality.  This machine completes my kitchen needs.  Especially since it also grinds meat.  I can choose a cut of meat and turn it into hamburg knowing exactly what I'm eating.  It also kneads bread.  I'm loving it.

Pup went to the vet this week for a nail trim.  On close inspection her ears revealed an infection.  She's such a good girl and takes her medicine like a trooper.  She also had a shot for kennel flu so yesterday she was down and out a bit.  This morning she's back to her normal energy level.

Stay safe.

Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Negotiate

In the position I retired from negotiating contracts was a huge part of my job description.  Even though the contracts were worth -sometimes - millions of dollars, my approach to them was basically how I would haggle for a price for a kitchen appliance or domestic contract.  My technique was so simple that the vendors who were peddling million dollar machines, couldn't see through my approach.  They weren't paying attention to the way their wives / spouse got all those great deals for their home and family.

This is where I should reveal I retired as a Medical Imaging Director.  I exceled in the field and loved the position.  I had freedom with very little over sight once the COO realized I didn't need to be managed.  We met often, I ran things by her and she would get behind me 100%.

I contracted for CT machines, x ray machines, ultrasound, and mammography units.  Added to that were contracts for all consumable items used to support these modalities, such as gowns, film, maintenance contracts, all the way down to band aids and alcohol pads.   My skills saved my employer multiple millions of dollars a year.  All because I used the skills I developed as a home maker.

This information has been held close to my heart since I retired.  What's done is done so I left it behind me.  I admit, however, it's comforting to see this in print to remind me I have offered society quite a bit in this field.  Something I often forget.  I tend to spend most of my days in the here and now.  I am revealing this for a reason.

This morning I negotiated a contract with serius radio.  I reduced the annual bill from 219.00 (fees and tax included) to 119.62 (fees and tax included)

Here's how I negotiate:

1.  Always remain polite, yet firm.  Negotiating is an act of business, it's not personal.  When we make it personal we are giving the opponent the lead before we get started.

2.  Never reveal anything personal until the deal is closed.  Saying I'm retired before then gives the opponent information to work with. 

3.  Be fair, but move the contract in your favor.  Going too far will close negotiations.  Serius offered me a lower price, but I wasn't happy with it so I politely refused the offer.  Following that offer was a better one which I felt was fair for each of the parties involved.  Less than 10.00 a month for commercial free radio is a nice deal.  I also refused to give my credit card number to them and they will bill me through the mail.  This was an important part of my negotiations.   I feel unsafe when a company has my card information in their files.  After all, if I don't protect myself, who will?

4.  Have a notepad, pen and calculator with you so you can quickly figure out amounts.  It is common for companies to hit you with lower costs for shorter terms.  When this happened this morning I was prepared to politely turn down the offer.

Simple tools for simple negotiating tactics.

5.  Be patient.  If you can't reach your goal during the first negotiation encounter, wish them a good day and leave the 'table'.  If they really want your business, they will pursue you.  I once did a contract that took over nine months to complete.  I received the lowest prices in my community and no delivery charges.  On top of that the vendor wrote a letter to my employer saying some delightful
things about me.  This is a good area to learn the art of patience because a person can witness the benefits of the act.

6.  Be prepared to walk away without the item you're asking for.  There's always a small chance that a company has archaic policies and hasn't thought about customer retention.

It's that simple.  I bet if you think about it, you already do most of these things.  I only put the process in black and white.

Stay safe.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

HobbyLobby? Oh Yeah!

I've not felt well for two days.  So those days were spent with a box of tissue and my pillow.  I woke up on Wednesday with a new vigor and began to scrub the house of the invisible germs that I could just feel were around me.  The kitchen got a scrub down first, cupboards included, then the floors, living room, powder room, and laundry room.  With those areas complete the bedding went into the wash with tea tree oil to remove any germs.  I ordered in a ravioli dinner because food was sparse and, to be honest, I got lazy after the morning cleaning marathon.

My grand daughter called me from up North and asked me what Marley was doing.  Then, it goes without saying, I had to ask what her dogs were doing.  A giggle escaped when she quite honestly told me they were in the yard pooping.  The conversation continued as she reported details of the family trip to the local zoo.  Her favorite animal was the bear, however she did like the rabbits who were eating carrots.  Her brother asked a zoo keeper where the DNA lab was.   I probably never mentioned my family is full of science nerds with me at the helm!

Nights have been cool, but the days have been sunny and warm.  A nice warm that heals he body from the inside out.  The perfect opportunity to open windows for fresh air to permeate the rooms.

Grocery ads were delivered this morning with nothing much I need in the way of sale items.  Last week was a marathon week for sales so my pantry is stocked well.  I will pick up some grapes at 1.29 a pound and price match at Wal Mart.  Other than that there were no items that interested me.  Chicken legs are on sale, but that's a no go for me. So many years of eating chicken for my husband's diet and I have a hard time even saying the word 'chicken'.  I like stock and chicken salad sandwiches with a load of mayo and lettuce, but that's where it stops for me.

Daughter number three invited me to go to Hobby Lobby.  I was suppose to wash my hair, but saved that for when I got home because I had never been before.  Oh my, they had so much stuff in that store that we both called it quits after an hour of looking around.  Too much stimulus, even for adults.  I did find the most gorgeous woven basket the shape of a large bowl that would make a nice home for my yarn.  The price was reduced to just under six dollars after my daughter pulled up a coupon on her cell phone.

I fell in love with this woven basket.  It'll make a good home for my
yarn and placed under the coffee table on the lower shelf.

I also found what is referred to as 'candle jewelry'.  I've never heard of it before, so number three explained it to me.  Quite simply an embellishment is poked into a cheap candle to make it look decorative.  So when I got home I pulled out a piece of grosgrain ribbon to wrap around a dollar store white candle and held it in place with the jewelry.  The 'jewelry' was 4.20, on sale, the candle was 1.00, and the ribbon was free.  I'm very happy with the results.

How cool is this?  No need to look further for decorative candles.
This piece of jewelry is made from metal and glass and is
extremely sturdy.  Of course, knowing my creative juices popped
to the surface when I thought about putting a ribbon around
the candle was a pls.  There just may be hope for me yet!

That's it for today.  I'm saving the charity shop finds for another post.
Stay safe.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

First Aid Kit Basics

A while back I posted a list of pantry basics.  This post will include a list of first aid and medicinal basics.  The list I'll provide will include some items that a family with small children should have on hand.  Please realize it's been a long time since I've had little ones at home, so if you've anything to add, please feel free to do so in a comment.  Also, I don't suffer from 'ailments' such as heartburn, so my kit feeds my needs.

Basic First Aid Kit for Adults and Children

Band aids of various sizes
Antibiotic cream
hydrogen peroxide OR
alcohol 70% or higher
Ace wrap
Gauze wrap
Paper tape
Small scissors
Small flashlight
Gloves (disposable)

Aspirin or pain reliever of choice for adults
Pain reliever for children
Saline spray for stuffy noses
Benadryl for allergies or to bring down swelling in an emergency (See your provider for this one)
Anything else that is need to meet a specific health issue in your family.

It would be wise to purchase a container to keep these items in for quick and easy access in time of need.  I would nor suggest a dollar store container because the lids are not too stable on most of them.  Even a large zip top baggie would serve as a container.

The free bag I got last week at Walgreens for
purchasing 3 first aid items.

I put peroxide in a small travel size bottle so it
would fit in the case.  All of these items fit in the
expandable bag.  My flashlight is too big for the case,I 'll
have to look for a small one soon.

Orange Cleaner (Repeated for New Readers)

I've had a request to post a recipe for a cleaning product.  This is my favorite and is so frugal to make.  The only thing needed is a bit of patience.

Orange Cleaner

1. Clean glass jar with lid
2. Orange peels to fill the jar.  You can collect these and keep them in the refrigerator until there is enough to full the jar.
3. Enough vinegar to cover the peels in the jar.
4. Place filled jar in a dark cool area and wait 2 weeks for the oils in the skins to meld with the vinegar.
5. Strain and put in a spray bottle for use.

Use to clean most surfaces, but not wood.  (Sinks, counters, toilets, showers, etc.)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Week in Review

I'm not sure if my USA readers know this, so I'll jot it down in case there's someone who doesn't know.  WalMart  price matches all flyer prices of local grocery stores.  It's safe to bring the flyer with you to get the lower price, but if you forget and are challenged by the cashier, their customer service has the weekly flyers.  The only items WalMart does not price match are store brand items or buy one get one free when there is no price in the ad.

There's a Kroger where I live and this week they have some prices that can't be ignored.  Kraft block cheese is 1.49 and Honey Nut Cheerios are 1.29.   I know most kiddos like apple juice and this week's price on Motts brand is -get this - .99 cents for the 64 ounce bottle.   Bumble Bee tuna is .50 a can, well worth a trip across the street for some price matching activity.

At Kroger you have to purchase five items to get that price.  At WalMart, you don't need to.

Here's the Kroger ad for this week.  Keep in mind the prices may vary due to location.  I have a friend in the Midwest who has better prices than we do in my area.

I took the short journey to the farmer's market yesterday for tomatoes.  I pad 3.00 for nine tomatoes and received 3 large ones for free.

Since I was on a roll crossing off items on my list, I went to Walgreens to buy rubbing alcohol.  I got 6 bottles and with them came two free first aid pouches.  After I load them with the appropriate items one will go in the vehicle and one in the house.

Next on the list was returning an item to Target and checking out the dollar spot.
I had some luck at the dollar spot because all the new fall items were in.  They had grill fire starters, tissue, and goodie bags for Halloween.   Three dollars later and I am more prepared for the fall season of running noses, trick or treaters, and grill meals.

Sunday my daughter and her family came for a meatloaf dinner.  The weather was perfect because a cold front came in the night before and brought a feeling of fall air.  I had bought five pounds of organic carrots for 2.99 that were huge, so I only needed two to feed the five of us.  A nice sauce of brown sugar and butter and they were so good.  The meal was topped off with a salad and a big pot of rice (the mix recipe I posted in a previous post) and banana bread for dessert.

I prepared two meatloaves because I thought if we could all get on the same schedule we could enjoy each others company.  But, daughter number three's family schedule didn't match up, so her family will come another time.  The second meatloaf is patiently waiting in the freezer.

On Sundays there is a cooking show on QVC.  I turn it on as background noise and like to see what's new in the kitchen.  I seldom purchase anything, but today I bought a cookbook.

My readers know that I covet my grandmother's sauce and meatball recipes.  Even though my cousin and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with grandma D, neither of us paid attention to most of her recipes.  This cookbook is put together by Frankie Avalon, who is also 100% Italian.  The recipes are his grandmother's - straight from Italy.  I know the food is different in the regions in Italy, but I'm hoping there will be some of my grandmothers recipes in the book.  One can only hope.

Frankie Avalons Italian Family Cookbook by Frankie Avalon - F11977

I brought down the fall garland I bought last year and enhanced it with paint that matches the wall color.  I like things muted so I was happy with the outcome.

The garland is drying.  I'm not sure it looks so good in this
picture, but it looks very nice to me as a finished product.  When
the sun is up, I'll take a picture of it on the fireplace to show-
vase how nice it looks.
Also this week I dried more mushroom stems and celery.  The celery needs to be blanched before it's dried,  After it's dried it is so small, but it rehydrates to look the same as before it was dried. I now have enough veggies to make a quick soup in the winter when I'm in a lazy mood.  The soup will be packed with vitamins from peppers. celery, carrots, mushrooms, bay leaf, and parsley.

The celery before it went into the dehydrator.  When it came out
it was the size of a tiny stone.  After it's cooked, it will look
like this again.

I hope your week went well.  Let us know what you accomplished this week in the comment section.

Stay safe.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Better Than Boxed (Think famous brand) Rice Mix

Rice Mix
2 C uncooked rice
1 C uncooked spaghetti, broken into small pieces
1/4 C dried parsley
6 T. chicken or beef bouillon
2 t. onion powder
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. thyme, optional

Mix all ingredients well and store in an air tight container. Cook for twenty minutes as you would any rice on the stove top.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pigs in a Blanket, Italian Style!

My son called me today from 'up North' which is around 900 miles from my home.  He wanted my recipe for pigs in a blanket.   A little shy about how I murder the original Polish recipe, I asked if it was my own recipe he wanted or the real one.   You see I'm 100% Italian and my husband was German and Polish.  The recipe came from my husband's grandmother, but I felt an inert need to Italianize it. 

He wanted my own recipe.  It follows for him to use or anyone who has a need to eat Polish food with an Italian twist.

1 large head of green cabbage
2 cans of Hunts spaghetti sauce
1 cup uncooked rice (makes three cups of cooked rice)
1 pound hamburg
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Remove leaves from the cabbage by placing the head in boiling water for a minute or so.  Remove and use a sharp knife to remove the outer leaves from the core.  Rinse and repeat until all the leaves large enough to roll a mixture in are removed.  The inner leaves can be turned into cole slaw or cut up and cooked with the pigs in a blanket.  Slice off the hard spine of each leaf so the leaf will be easier to roll.

In a pan of water, cook the rice for 10 minutes.  Drain and rinse.  Place in a bowl and add hamburg and salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Place desired amount of mix in the center of the leaf and fold down the top part of the leaf.  Fold in the 2 sides, then the bottom.  Repeat with each leaf.

Line the bottom of a 9x13 oven safe dish with most of the first can of sauce.  Place the pigs on top of the sauce.  Cover the pigs with the remaining sauce.   Cover and cook 40 to 50 minutes in an oven on bake setting.

This recipe fed 6 people with a couple leftover for one lunch.

Serve with fruit and a salad.  Frugal and yummy!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Guest Post, Elise Griffith

Angie has a special treat for you today.  Cookbook author, Elise Griffith, has written today's post.  One of the many things that binds us as friends is her desire to feed healthy meals to those in need.  I know you will enjoy this post and I hope you'll comment to thank Elise for her efforts.
More families today are cooking and eating at home than were a decade ago. Part of the reason is to save money--the food budget is often an expense we can adjust more easily than fixed bills. Another motive is to know what it is we’re eating. At the grocery store, we can pick organically grown produce, meats from animals that haven’t been fed hormones or antibiotics, and read labels. As food prices for certain items rise, we can adjust what it is we buy. We can stock our pantries with basics and take advantage of sales. Angie recently gave an excellent, comprehensive list of pantry staples to keep on hand so your family can always have a nutritious meal available.
While you’re shopping for those staples, would you be willing to pick up one extra item to donate to your local food bank? As blessed as many of us are to be able to shop for food, a growing number of folks (mainly children and seniors) aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. Very often when I’m in one of the three grocery stores in my town, I’ll see a man or woman in their 70s or older picking up a package of meat or some other item and pondering whether to add it to the very few items in their cart. Eggs in my coastal area are currently $5.00 or more per dozen; what was once a cheap source of protein is now as expensive as a pound of beef or lamb.
One of our neighbors is 94 years old and still volunteers every week at our local food bank. As a “thank you”, volunteers receive one bag of food. It used to be an independently run program where volunteers picked up donations from the grocery stores, sorted and distributed the food to the needy here. A few years ago, though, our county had to partner with Feed America… all donations going to a warehouse to be sorted and bagged, then sent to individual community food banks. The result has been brown paper “Harvest Bags” filled with smelly, spoiled meats and rotten produce. Can you imagine receiving such a bag? What if that was a critical source for food in your household? Would you want any child or elderly person eating gray-green, foamy meat or soft, moldy vegetables?
Angie loves Dollar Tree, and I do, too! Canned meats, chili, stew and beans are available there and provide a source of protein; canned vegetables or fruits are better than spoiled “fresh” produce. No matter how tight your budget, a dollar (or less) can help one person in need have a safe meal. Often ordinary citizens are able to make a huge difference with very little time or money spent.
Here’s a recipe using Dollar Tree food items that would feed a family:

Pepperoni & Mushroom Baked Spaghetti

·         ½ (16 ounce) package spaghetti noodles, cooked, drained and cooled
·         1 egg, well beaten
·         2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
·         2 medium, Roma tomatoes, diced
·         2 cups sliced mushrooms
·         1 (26.5 ounce) can spaghetti sauce
·         1 (1.75 ounce) box sliced pepperoni
·         1 cup part skim, shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9 x 11 inch baking dish with cooking oil spray. In a large bowl, combine pasta, egg, parmesan cheese, diced tomatoes and 1 cup of sliced mushrooms, tossing with two spoons until evenly mixed; transfer to baking dish and spread evenly. Spoon and spread spaghetti sauce over pasta mixture, arrange pepperoni and remaining mushroom slices over sauce and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, cool slightly, cut and serve.
Angie's two cents.
I was thinking about the idea of providing unspoiled foods to the country's population that can't afford to put balanced meals on the table for themselves or their families.  I feel like my personal efforts are a dim representative of the need in this world.  WHAT IF:  Each of us writes a commitment in the comment section - a simple 'I do' - to provide one item for a local food pantry each week?  A can of on sale tuna, fruit, veggie, spice, anything that will provide nutrition to another.  I would be a happy girl if this idea grew across the globe.  If we encourage our friends and family to commit to purchasing one item a week, this could be a movement that demonstrates that there are plenty of good and caring people in this world
. I would be so happy if we gathered together to make an effort to prove that good can overcome  all the evil that appears in the headlines.   Are you with me?
Stay safe.  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Stocked Pantry List

There have been times I've posted about organizing the pantry mainly because I have a difficult time with how to organize it.  I have to be satisfied that I make a stride each time I tackle the problem.  Although it's taken me about three years to get to where the pantry is, I know there is still a ways to go.

One thing I have never addressed is what should be in a well stocked pantry and why the foods could some day be very important to have available.

The major reason I am comfortable with a well stocked pantry is I have no idea what the future may bring.  We've all seen life turn in a matter of minutes.  A job could be lost, or illness could strike. or the weather could prevent us from leaving the house.   There are a number of reasons why it's prudent to have a stocked pantry.

When I say pantry, I'm referring to any area that your food is stored. You may live-in an apartment or small home or a mansion.  The space doesn't matter, how the space is used is what does matter.  When we were raising our family my husband made shelves above the stairs going to the basement for storage.  Being creative with the real estate you have is a good idea if you're looking for space.

A well stocked pantry includes:

Baking Supplies
brown sugar
confectioner's sugar
baking soda
baking powder
evaporated milk
dry milk
corn syrup

dry (dehydrated)

dry (raisins and apricots contain iron)

canned chicken
bacon bits

dried onions
garlic powder
Italian seasoning
any spice blend you use on a regular basis
chicken cubes
beef cubes

Cooking oils and fats

Grains (and more)
oats (can be ground down to add to bread)
bread crumbs
dried eggs
dried tomatoes
dried beans (your choice)
corn meal

vinegar (lots of uses for vinegar including disinfecting)
peanut butter
canned cream soups
Any additional items you use on a regular basis

If you have eggs, milk, flour, grain, baking supplies, fruits. veggies, spices; any dish can be made.
A sampling of the dishes can look like this:
pancakes and eggs
corn fritters
rice and beans

If you have anything to add to this list (it was made from memory) please add a comment to help other readers be prepared for life's little hiccups. 

Stay safe.

Corn fritters with peach jam.

Strawberry jam.

Home made bread before the oven!

Preparing breading for fried green tomatoes.

Yummy herb bread.

Dill picles

Canned beans and veggies

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This Week's Accomplishments

The weekend went quickly for me. I spent Saturday night with our youngest daughter, which was a pleasure to be waited on. (she made dinner)  We cleaned up the kitchen together then went on the back porch and talked about all sorts of things.  It was very relaxing.

Earlier in the day I went to Ross with our eldest daughter so she could search for a few shirts for the nine year old.  No luck so far this year for her in that department so she's turning to the internet to check out  some of her favorite haunts.

After a restful weekend I hit the floor running this morning.  I cleaned the kitchen and living room, as well as the powder room.  A load of lights just finished drying and the house was sprayed with the home made bug spray.

I also have gotten itchy to put out fall d├ęcor.  I changed out the pillows in the living room and changed the centerpiece on the kitchen table.  Somehow a turkey found it's way to the center of the coffee table, as well.

I know this is a glitch in me, and I have no idea why, but I discovered I don't like color in my home.  I like whites, shades of browns, and muted greens.  So I have decided to paint the fall garland I bought last year for the fireplace an off white.  A can of spray paint should do the job.

For the first time in my life I have a desire to change things up a bit in my home.  Just small things.  There's a plant in the living room that I bought when I moved in nearly four years ago. I repotted it and put it in a different container I had laying around the house.  The container was meant to be a kitchen utensil holder, but I wasn't loving it in that capacity.  I do love it as a planter. I put rocks from the garden at the bottom to catch any extra water and trimmed the plant.  This I'm loving!

I've been trying to match up a new shade with a living room lamp.  After finally finding the right one, I discovered the current shade is not removable.  Who knew?

A visit to the meat store netted a heavy bag with four pounds of hamburg and one pound of Italian sausage.  I found a new recipe for meatloaf that I want to share with my family.  I mixed it up today and froze most of it in two loaves.  A small loaf is in the toaster oven so I can have cold meat loaf sandwiches.

After washing a sink full of dishes, I hope to have enough energy to bake a chocolate cake for tonight's dessert.  The two oldest grandchildren will be spending some time with me on Wednesday, so they can frost it if they like.  (What's left of it!)  This one will be made from a box mix I picked up on sale for .89 cents recently.  As soon as the weather turns cooler, I will make banana bread for the five year old as he asks me every time he sees me if I made some yet.  I tell him I will bake when the weather gets cooler, but I don't think he has figured that one out yet.

The melons were picked and cut into.  The meat is orange and tastes like cantaloupe, but not so sweet.  I put a small amount of sugar on the slices to sweeten them up a bit.  Now they are yummy!

Let me know what you've been up to in the comment section.  Until next time, stay safe.