Monday, March 26, 2012

March is almost gone!

We have had quite a run of nice weather which ended yesterday. Temperatures have been running about 20 degrees above normal. So many of the plants are coming up, the trees are getting leaves and the grass is green. Problem is that there is still the possibility of frost and freezes, even snow. Hopefully that will not happen, if the fruit trees have blossoms then the crops will be ruined. The last couple of years have been a bad one for our apple trees. The tornado hurt them and then cold and wet Springs messed things up even more. The apples are so good I miss them.

So I keep thinking of hints but have not written them down, need to tie a notebook around my neck I think,lol. One thing I discovered was for the dishwasher, I use those little packs with the dawn in them and they kept getting stuck and not dissolving all the way. Turns out if I put them in the compartment with the liquid side down they work fine. Other random money savers, if you grate your own potatoes for hash browns , one potato will make enough for at least 2 servings. I like to also grate some onion in when I make them. I grate several potatoes into a dish of cold water to rinse the extra starch off them, this helps to stop them from turning dark. I will take the extra and make patties and freeze them in zip lock bags. Quick and easy and much less them buying them from store. I found a really neat slicer/shredder at the thrift and it makes it so much easier. Has a fairly large bowl and electric so I can do bunches at once. Also good for making potato pancakes, slaw, carrot salad, etc.

I love the thrift shop, get cool things for cheap. Things you only use couple of times a year so why pay big bucks for them,lol. A fun thing browsing through and seeing what you can find and only spending 5 or 10 dollars. I just found one of those electric pots you can fry in or use like a crock pot, was $3.00!

Hopefully we won't blow away and will be back again! Best to you all,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hi just a quick hint I just found. I am going to try this for sure as I already use vinegar to clean with and Jim eats oranges all the time.

Orange peels, vinegar in a quart jar, let sit for 10 days or so...strain out the... liquid and use as an all-purpose cleaner. Easy, cheap, natural, smells good!

Oh and for you gardeners with cats, I am saving my lids from the cat food. Since they have the pull tab and are soft metal I am going to use them for row labels. I am also going to bend the tab over the fence so have markers at both ends of rows. Last year had some problems with peppers as my markers did not last.

Loving this spell of warm weather.

Best to you all

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A couple of Hints

This feels good being back and keeping in touch. I mentioned I wanted to add a dimension to my blog, sharing hints I run across and hope will help others. I learned early about being thrifty and self sufficient from my Grandfather. I have not always followed his good advice, but as I get older it makes more and more sense. Instead of running to the store whenever I need something I do look around and see what I have and how can I use it. In a way the advice I share will be in honor of Grampa's smart ideas.

So my first hint is one I saw on Rachael Ray's show , how to use fresh Basil. Basil is fragile and somewhat expensive to buy fresh. When growing it does not like cold so what Rachael shared makes sense. Instead of putting it in the fridge treat it like fresh flowers, trim the stems and put in a glass of water. The take a zip lock bag or other small plastic bag and place it over the Basil and set the glass on the counter. According to Rachel it will last much longer. I have not tried this but once my Basil comes up I will try it for sure.

There was something else I wanted to share, but can't remember it,lol. I have spent most of the day working on homework and trying to learn tax information. My brain is bruised and not working well,lol.

Best to you my friends

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Still Here

In talking to several people I find I have company with other missing in action bloggers! I promised myself I would get back to it for New Years, hummm that didn't work. So today plopped myself down and here I am. I have been mulling over which way to go with this, I was boring myself . So I think what I am going to do is put in some of the home type things and maybe make a section that is hints. Ways to fix things, reuse things or do things differently. I read constantly and find tidbits here and there so think I will share and see how it goes. I have also thought about having an anonymous blog where I could rant and rage and no one would know it was me,lol.

As I go through the day my mind is constantly churning away with an overload of thoughts. A mix of good, bad and ugly, I have ideas for improving things, making things and complaining. Currently, I am not in the best place, a birthday reminded me that time is flying by and we are not in a good place financially. I seem to be the only one who has any sense of urgency while the other half of the team seems to be content to coast along. All this brought
about a new determination to not wait for help but to surge ahead with my ideas and plans. I have found a handyman to help me build the Adirondack chairs I had tried before and also the yard art I wanted to do. I have lined up people to help me get my shop into shape so I will have space to do my pet treats and teach cake decorating and eventually do catering. I avoided this in the past not wanting to hurt others feeling by going outside the house for help. Now have decided if I don't take the bit in my teeth and go forward it may never happen. There are those that sit and those that do and I have always been a doing.

Anyone reading this who may have some ideas for online marketing, I welcome your input. Due to our location I believe online sales will be the way to go. I am going to try and be better about keeping up with this as I enjoy visiting with everyone.

I have been doing a few things, here is a painting I did last week. I am also learning china painting, when I get something done I will post it. I love the oils as you have instant gratification, the china painting is a long process layer after layer of painting.