Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday already?

 Creepy Picture of the day............
Yesterday I finally got around to changing my sheets. I usually do it on Sunday or Monday.  I did a load of laundry and took recycling. I went out and collected acorns and yes, they're finally turning brown although I did grab a few green ones. I'll post pictures tomorrow of them and "the tiniest acorns you have ever seen"...they are so cute.  They're about as big as the tip of my little finger.
I'll send some to the grand boys so they can see them.
I worked on financials all afternoon and went through more paperwork.  I'm behind and I am determined to stay on top of it this time! (Yeah right.).  In the evening I watched the news and then Nashville while I crocheted a #1 (the smallest) preemie hat for a boy and then knitted on my daughter's scarf for a bit. The colors are finally starting to change here......yippee!
Here's my Sugar Maple I planted about 10 years ago.
and in the woods.........
The majority is still pretty green though. I think our "peak" is around the end of October.  The lake is through the trees there............
 There's still a few flowers blooming..........
 these are "weeds" but I think they're pretty..........it's a bush full of tiny daisies
and lots of green tomatoes still on the vine............

and occasionally a ripe one....
Today I'm finishing up the financials and paperwork, I have to get the ghosts done, make some pumpkin bread and some regular bread for my new neighbor to welcome her, along with one of my crocheted dish cloths, more laundry, shake some rugs, vacuum, iron and that is what they call "wishful thinking"! LOL!  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Creepy Picture of the Day.....
Yesterday I cut up the leftover pork tenderloin and froze...yielded 2 C or about 1 lb
 sliced up the bread I had made and put in the frig
 this bread turned out great and had a wonderful texture..thank you King Arthur!
de-stemmed all the grapes and put in containers in the frig.  I made a mistake and washed them when I brought them home and then googled how to store grapes and you're not supposed to wash them until you eat them as they will get moldy.  Too late! LOL!  But now I know.  I think I'll throw some in that slaw salad...why not?  I'm getting adventurous in the kitchen!
 I took the garbage out and emptied and relined all the ones throughout the house (I use plastic bags from the store.  I also use them for when I clean out the litter box)  I don't have a lot because I use reusable grocery bags for the most part)
I went through a whole pile of paperwork and filled a grocery sack full to pitch and spent a good amount of time on financials, did a load of laundry, ran and emptied the dishwasher and loaded it again (I cook therefore I have a lot of dishes to wash!) and I made the "beer can chicken".  I went up town and got a can of root beer.  I poured the root beer in a glass so I could drink it and put the pumpkin ale in the can.  I slathered the chicken with olive oil and then tried to get the beer can with the beer into the chicken.....that was the hardest part.  I think my chicken was petite.  I finally got it in there and got it to stand up in the roaster....whew!
BEFORE:

AFTER:

I thought it looked a little "human" sitting in the pan and it creeped me out sitting up like that with it's little arms.  Sort of looked like me when I'm in the tub although ordinarily I try to keep my head on.  If  I had to kill my own food I would be a vegetarian for sure!  But despite all that, it was delicious, cooked perfectly and tender and moist.  And so easy!  I do believe that anything with the "bone in" is tastier.  Those boneless, skinless, tasteless, chicken breasts are for the birds! LOL!
 Annie and Grace were quite interested in the whole beer can chicken event.............
ANNIE:
GRACE:
Meanwhile Queen Nitty was outside overlooking her kingdom...lol
I fell into bed and used my tablet to peruse the King Arthur website, did my Sodoku puzzle and conitnued reading the same books.  It was a good day! What did you do yesterday?
Happy Trails!








Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday

Creepy picture of the day!

How I spent my Monday........
got my flu shot (pneumonia shot next week)
went to the store and got softner salt, milk, a cabbage and a whole chicken for roasting today
cleaned the litter box
put salt in the water softner
put the Hoover Floormate back together and tested...it failed so now it is out by the street for garbage pickup today
tested bread machine and it worked!
defrosted kielbasa for supper
made cabbage slaw salad with peanut dressing
made turtle brownies
talked to my daughter
watched DWTS and Castle while knitting Christmas scarf for above daughter
did my daily Sodoku puzzle
read Mary Jane's Farm magazine (Oct/Nov 2014), Bible, Those of the Forest and Joyce of the North Woods
lights out!

This is "ye old" bread maker... I'm guessing 30 years old? But I tested it and lo and behold........

 it still makes a beautiful loaf of bread..............

I used a recipe from King Arthur Flours 
their "Easy As Can Be" recipe.  They have the most wonderful website with everything a baker could want and more!  Their recipes and their flour are excellent.  I highly recommend their site and all their products and recipes.
 I also made a super simple, super healthy slaw recipe......it came from Mark Bittman's 25 Favorite Minimalist Recipes
 Mark is the food editor for the New York Times and has wonderful cookbooks out there and plenty of wonderful articles and recipes you can get on the web.  He believes good food needn't be difficult.  My sentiments exactly!  Here is an example in a comment from one of his readers: (I'm making the chicken today)

1) Indoor beer can chicken. One can froof it up with all sorts of stuff, but really, all you have to do is this: a) Preheat oven to 350F. b) Open can of beer and pour off 3/4 thereof into a glass for later (or other) use. c) Grab a whole dressed chicken, minus innards, and grease inside and out with edible lubricant of your choice (olive oil, drawn butter, etc.). d) Shove open end of can up bird’s butt. e) Set bird, can and all, onto roasting pan and put on lowest oven rack for 75 to 90 minutes. f) Serve and enjoy.2) Peanut-vinegar cabbage salad. a) Chop one head of cabbage as you would for slaw (this takes thirty seconds). b) Heat 4 tbsp. peanut butter (creamy or chunky) in microwave until liquid (this also takes thirty seconds). c) Mix with equal amount of vinegar (style points if you use Japanese rice vinegar). d) Toss in bowl with chopped cabbage. Elegant, delicious, easy.

Here's the slaw she was talking about....delish!  (BTW I did have the rice vinegar so I scored the extra points!  YES!)
I had it with some kielbasa I had defrosted and it was a perfect combo.  Tonight I'll have it with my beer can chicken that I'm roasting except I don't drink beer out of cans so I will have to find a "work around" using my pumpkin ale in a bottle. LOL!
I also made turtle brownies....if you know me you know that I don't buy very much "processed" food;  I make almost everything from scratch and I rarely eat out but once in awhile even a puritan strays off the path and stray I did...but in a good way.......
 BEFORE:
AFTER:

and it came from this box...........and they taste wonderful but next time I will make my own adding walnuts and homemade Dulce De Leche or caramel ice cream topping.  These were good in a pinch though. (tee hee)
I've rambled enough for one blog post and I need to get to work if I want to have anything to blog about tomorrow...and there's that chicken waiting.
Happy Trails!





Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Musings...............

The other day I posted some of my kitchen cupboard cleaning pictures but I  think I posted the "before" and never the "after" so here we go.........
BEFORE:
AFTER:
There's more room and I still have that empty cabinet over the frig.  I've since lined it with vinyl shelf paper also which I like a lot. Then I moved to the drawer beneath the counter.....there's no before as it really doesn't look any different other than it's been washed and the organizer trays cleaned and more vinyl liner installed.
I have 2 appliances that have been taking up valuable real estate and aren't functioning.  A Hoover Floor Mate (old) and a bread maker (also old).  I took the Hoover apart and washed it well and especially the seals.  I googled "trouble shooting Hoover Floor Mate" and found a wealth of information.  I'll try it out today and if it still doesn't work it is going out in the garbage tomorrow.  Same with the bread maker.
This took 3 hours or more by the time I researched it and took it apart and cleaned it all.  I'm beginning to think that the old simpler ways were much more efficient, less costly and low maintenance.  But when I first got RA and couldn't do much of anything, my sweet daughter bought this for me so I could do my floors.  I had done them on my hands and knees in the past.  Those days are gone! LOL!  Although every once in awhile I will but not on my knees....I just plop down on my "keister".  It's really the only way you can clean corners and around doorways etc.  
Now, I utilize an O'Cedar mop with a spray feature and a container I can fill with my own floor cleaner that I make and with removable, washable pads I can throw in the washer.
BTW, overnight the colors here have started turning!  I wonder if the acorns are still green?
Today is change sheets, laundry, iron, make a nice comfort meal, get Halloween gifts finished up and go for my flu shot.  There's lots more but I won't bore you! LOL!  What are you up to today?
It's all fun to me.  As long as I can go at my own pace I enjoy everything I do and when I get tired that's the end of the day for me.  I try to get my top priorities done first though in case I "poop out" early! LOL!  Have a great Monday!
Happy Trails!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

YOP Week #16



                                Creepy Picture of the Day

 We are having beautiful Fall weather here now after the heat so I have been outside as much as possible.  Doing yard work, a trip to Walmart and cleaning cupboards (slow boat to China).  But I did get some project work done............
The scarf for my daughter is coming along........
it's really not as "wonky" as it looks....for some reason the camera angle makes the width look very uneven. 
 Here's a close up...........
The ghosts will be finished soon as they need to get in the mail.  The third one is almost done and then I have to stuff the little hands (upper right), stitch on a smile and attach a hanger.  I'll be sure and take a picture when they're all done before I mail them.
I also cast on my son-in-law's Hawkeye hat but that's all....I just cast on.  I'm using my size 7's in other projects so I had to buy another one at Walmart.  Hawkeye colors are black and gold.
In other areas I mowed the lawn (I have a big one) and hung the ghosts out (different ones)......
As you can see, the colors aren't really changing here much yet.  In fact the acorns on the oak trees are green....what are they waiting for?  
Fall is here in my book....
I also went and bought some vinyl shelf paper but it was $3 a roll which only covered one shelf and that was at the Dollar store........ 
it does look better but I may only use it on the bottom shelves or just buy a few rolls a week...
This coming week is pay bills, test out and repair, if possible, my Hoover Floor cleaner and my bread machine, more yard work and outdoor Fall maintenance, finish Halloween presents and bake goodies to get in the mail for the grandboys and continue cleaning the cupboards and kitchen.  I hope you all had a good week and have a great one ahead.  Happy Trails! 

 




 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

None the worse for wear and tear!

The storms blew by and left us in tact...luckier than some.  Here's your creepy picture for the day.........
 and since we didn't get blown away yesterday I managed to get a little progress done on the scarf for my daughter.   It's all knit stitches so truly mindless knitting and I really like how it is turning out.
 Here's a closer look.  
  Most importantly I am going strong on the ghosts for my little grand goblins! LOL!  The one ghost on the right is done except for attaching the 2 little "arms", embroidering a smile and weaving in the ends.  Therefore, I thought I would go ahead and get all the crocheting done and then do the handwork on all of them at the end.  I'm making 4 but only 3 need to get done now as one is for my Halloween tree.  Their's have to be mailed.
 Finally got back to the Kitchen Project....Cupboard #1 cleaned inside and out.  All the canning jars got boxed up and put in the basement.  An empty cupboard...what a nice thing to have although I'm sure it won't be that way for long.  I'm ignoring the space above the cupboards for now. 
  Here's the next cupboard which I started emptying last night. I'm hoping there will be less going back in when I get done.   These cupboards are really inefficient.  My old farm cupboards held much more and I was able to organize it better.  Those shelves can't even hold a box of cereal standing upright and they are not adjustable.  Engineering done by someone who probably spent very little time in a kitchen!
 That's all for today.  All my Monday chores are being done today as yesterday was not a day to do much of anything except keep an eye on the weather.  I'll be by to "catch up" later!
Happy Trails!