Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I am going to my neighbor's house for Thanksgiving. She kindly invited me and I accepted. It has been years since I have spent Thanksgiving with anyone else. I hope I don't forget my manners! You can develop some bad habits when you spend as much time alone as I do! LOL!I told her I would bring my families 24 Hour Salad which has been a Thanksgiving staple for generations. It's from The Better Homes and Garden's cookbook from years ago but I'm sure it's still around somewhere on the internet if it's not in the cookbook anymore. I found it and here's the link to the recipe Basically you drain pineapple, cherries and oranges. You make a custard over a double boiler with egg yolks, vinegar, sugar, butter,salt and some pineapple juice. Then you let that cool and mix the custard, miniature marshmallows fruit and real whipped whipping cream and there you have it! I used to use Queen Anne pitted cherries but I can't find them down here in AR.
I am also experimenting (this has nothing to do with cooking!) using gray water leftover from my bath to store water to water my plants with. The only problem I foresee is that my hot water is softened. So, we shall see how the plants take to it. I also throw in water leftover from taking my pills. Since I pay for water and it is a finite resource, I thought I would try and conserve it as much as possible. I may have to save more containers than this. I'm storing them on the porch.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I have turned my porch into my library........here's a few pics.............these 2 wicker rockers were sprayed with straight cleaning vinegar and then hosed down outside and left to dry. It worked great! I washed the one cushion and need to make cushions for the other. The basket under the table is for catalogs that I might be utilizing in the near future.
I put an old sewing table in the middle and made it my library table like they actually have at our library with new books that come in or that are featured. I'm putting books on it that I want to read next or don't want to get lost in the shuffle as they are reference books I will be needing.
I also washed the brick wall on the left which wasn't easy but I did it!
This is my main magazine repository with various knick knacks holding down the fort along with some antique tools that my step father collected.