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cooking tips

Some great cooking tips

We were at the cabin last week and I found an old magazine. There was one page that had some great tips that I had not read before anywhere. Not even on Pinterest!

So thought I would share them with you.

  • You know how strawberries go bad so quickly? Apparently, if you store them in glass jars (unwashed and unhulled) they will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. To me, if they even kept fresh for one week, that would be great. Let me know if you try this.
  • Now chicken on a grill is tough to get right. I like the charred marks and I hate dry chicken. So if you wrap a brick in aluminum foil (obviously, you will need a brick for each chicken breast) and place it on the chicken breast, the weight compacts the chicken breaststroke, keeps the heat in, and assures attractive grill marks. I’ve already found my “cooking” bricks.
  • This next one is a “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” Poke two holes in a paper plate, then slide the heaters through to keep splatter at bay. Hope you find these tips useful.

cooking tips

God bless and have a good day.

plaid

Why we should change election day. Wink, wink.

I think we should change the month and day for our presidential elections. I mean, two months out from Christmas.

Really?

I was at JoAnn’s (our big fabric and craft chain here in the US) yesterday and the lines were already really long. I’ve searched Pinterest (mostly my own boards because I have a lot of boards and a lot of “pins” without looking elsewhere) to inspire me. I’m going flannel and plaid this year.

Here’s some “pins” you might enjoy.

plaid

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rag-garland

Here’s the fabric I bought. Only one plaid. It was all they had that I liked and that was on sale. I’ll head to Goodwill to look for some plaid shirts but this flannel, after all the discounts, was only $2.60 a yard. That’s even cheaper than a flannel shirt at Goodwill.

Christmas fabric

Oops, back to changing the day of our elections. (Pinterest always does distract me.)

It must have been a man who came up with this because no self-respecting woman would. The first of November is the beginning of the busiest time of the year, for women anyway. For men, it makes no difference.

Plus, it’s colder and the days are significantly shorter. Here in Michigan, it is already dark by 6:00 and with the time change coming up this weekend, it will be dark by 5:00 and that’s on a sunny day!

Think about it. Wouldn’t you rather vote during the spring or early summer when trees are starting to bloom and flowers are starting to spring up? Wouldn’t it put you in a better mood?

I mean this year no one is excited about voting anyway and we poor souls above the Mason-Dixie line really have to muster up some enthusiasm. These dark days don’t help our mood.

So let’s get a petition going to change the day of the election. We’re not an agricultural society anymore so we don’t have wait till the “crops are harvested.”

Let’s us women start a revolt. Let’s schedule election day somewhere in April, May, June, or July. We’ll just all be in a better mood.

Hmm, I guess I’m a “fair weather day” voter.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

chicken-with-mustard sauce

Do you REALLY like plain ‘ole chicken?

It’s not that I don’t like chicken. I just don’t like plain chicken.

I take that back. I do LOVE fried chicken although I never cook in that way and fried chicken is not “plain” chicken anyway, is it?

Anyway, I was on Pinterest and typed in a search using the words, “Sauces for chicken”. I found some recipes that I can’t wait to try.

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chicken-with-mustard sauce

chicken-in-garlic-sauce

chicken-in-garlic-sauce

But what I want to bring your attention to is this site that has this great chart that shows combining various items to makes lots of different marinades which could easily be turned into sauces. I’m going to print the chart and put it somewhere in the kitchen. If you’re like me and you’re always wondering how to dress-up your chicken recipes,  I think you’ll find it useful.

Anyway, happy cooking.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

Seaman's church scarf

Have you heard of Seaman’s Church?

I was getting ready to ditch some leftover yarn and that got me to thinking about knitting and that got me to thinking about finding some new patterns to use up the bits and pieces, and  that, of course, led to Pinterest and ultimately this great website. know, this is It’s a charitable organization called Seamen’s Church. You can find the site here. 

The site encourages knitters to knit certain styles of scarfs and hats for seamen. When you are done, you box them up and send them to this organization and they distribute them to the seaman. I found the patterns interesting as some of them are quite specific for reasons the site explains.

Here’s one I’m making from some leftover yarn.  I had to take these pictures with my cell phone. There was no way I could download them directly to my computer.

Seaman's church scarf

Here’s a few others:

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Seamen's Hats

I  was a little surprised at the pink, and blue items. Doesn’t seem “seafaring” to me but then I remembered all the men’s pastel shirts I find in the department store and I guess it’s appropriate. Besides, think of every “sea and ocean” movie (outside of the Titantic), they’re dark and moody and everything is kind of gray. So I guess these colors would brighten one’s spirits.

This really appealed to me because of something else I’m doing this Christmas. I’ve knitted scarves for the Rescue Mission for years, about ten or so. Last year, after Christmas, I went kind of nuts buying yarn at JoAnn’s. Plus, I’m always finding yarn at thrift shops. So-o-o-o, I thought, why not see how many scarves I can knit for this Christmas?

When the months were really hot, I didn’t knit as much, but I’m still on track. I’ve also been sewing some infinity scarves from fabric as well. I’ll let you know the final count.

It’s really going to warm my heart, to know I’m warming the heads and necks of these seafaring men. (Maybe women, too, I don’t know. Are there seafaring women?)

Oh, and please take make the insensitive remark, “She has too much time on her hands.” Besides, it’s always the busy person that gets things done. Just so you know, the bible says the same thing. 🙂

So the Seaman project was a perfect fit for me.

God bless and have a good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

alled http://cas.seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea

 

I decided to look up some websites for encouragement and perhaps some direction. I particularly liked this one from Apartment Therapy.

 

toilet paper roll

I need your creative help with this, please.

OK, I have a LOT of these commercial-sized toilet paper rolls. Like the really big sized trash bags full.img_6255-1

I ‘ve previously shared the story of how I came up with so many. It’s kind of funny.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Stack them on top of each other. Glue and wrap in paper or paint and use for a container for artificial flowers
  • Using them as “feet” for various containers
  • As holders for wrapping paper.

That’s it. That’s all I can think of.  My creativity is at its limit.

I have a board on Pinterest devoted to toilet paper roll projects.

One used these heavier rolls but I don’t want to do this project. Too putsy.

Then there is the ole’ organizing route I could go. But hey, that’s not the least bit creative.

toilet paper organizer

Many of the pins on my “Crafts-toilet paper rolls” board just won’t work with these shorter, wider rolls, like this toilet paper roll tree. (You can check out my board to see what I’ve already pinned.)

toilet paper roll tree

I’ve had these for two years. Getting ready to throw them away.

Here’s why I’m hesitating”

  • I’m going to feel so defeated if I can’t come up with something.
  • Plus, they’re free.
  • Plus, the man at the rest stop was so nice about saving them for me for months, I’m going to feel like I’ve “trashed” his kindness.

So thanks in advance ffor your help.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

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