August 21, 2012 § Leave a Comment
My son is always mentioning how loud the cats are when they eat. It reminds him of that Kit Kat commercial (that drives me nuts) where the whole thing is “crunch crunch crunch” to a little tune.
Hence he made a video that completely amused me today.
(Not bad for a cellphone video I might add.)
Thank you Kyle for making me laugh!
July 25, 2012 § Leave a Comment
(For the most part, this is from a Taste of Home recipe..but of course a few adaptations have jumped into the bowl.)
8 ounces uncooked medium shell pasta
8 oz package frozen peas, thawed
1/2 cucumber, halved and sliced (peel if desired)
1 small yellow squash, sliced
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
black pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Drain again.
In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, squash, peas, and onion. Add the ranch dressing and a bit of black pepper. Mix well.
Add the pasta, and toss to coat.
Cover and chill for a couple hours before serving.
Whew, we’re done. Thank goodness, it’s hot in here!
July 17, 2012 § Leave a Comment
How many wind chimes can one backyard hold? At least one more..especially when it’s all pirate-y. Arr matey, here there be pirates.And look, there’s even a skeleton key! Too cute!..er..I mean look at that there skeleton key yer scallywag..
I have two made, but this one is for sale if your interested. Check me out at Etsy.
July 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
You know when you have zip for groceries, and yet the family still expects something to grace their plates at dinner time?
My dilemma exactly. So I came up with this! It got rave reviews, and there wasn’t a wedge left. I think it’s a keeper!
6 medium potatoes, scrubbed, cut into wedges, and patted dry
1 fresh lemon, sliced
1/2 cup mayonnaise (or salad type dressing mayonnaise)
Italian style bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Put your wedged and dried potatoes into a large bowl. Add the mayonnaise, and stir to combine.
Squeeze about 4 of the lemon slices over the potatoes. (Keep them, you will be using them in just a minute)
Add salt and pepper to taste. (I think I used about 1/4 teaspoon, but it could have used a teenie bit more.)
Sprinkle bread crumbs over the potato mixture, and stir well to get everyone in the bowl covered.
Grease a cookie sheet with about a tablespoon of oil, then lay the lemon slices down.
Place the potato wedges in the pan and over the lemons. (only a few will actually be on the lemons)
Sprinkle more bread crumbs over the potatoes.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees farenheit for about 60 minutes, turning once, till golden, and potatoes pierce easily with a fork.
Ding! Time to impress your family with a new potato favorite.
July 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This is what happens when I don’t have any soap orders to fulfill. I make soap “candy!” It was a small project, but I had been staring at my empty box of chocolate cherry candy mourning the fact that I didn’t make it last longer, when those empty little chocolate holders said..”pour soap into me.” Who am I to argue?
It is Chocolate scented too. Decadent.
It must of looked real enough to my husband, because I left them on the counter to cool in the container overnight, and when I got up this morning he had put them in the fridge so the chocolate wouldn’t melt…lol He’s so cute.
July 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I love love love summer, because that means cucumbers! How many out there are growing cucumbers this year? I have one plant, and that usually means more cucumbers than I can eat..but I sure give it a good try. Hence a quick recipe to use up those soon to be abundant fresh crisp cukes.
1 cucumber, peeled if desired, and cut into slices
1 walla walla onion, cut into chunks
1/4 cup salad dressing type mayo
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice (bottled is fine)
1 tablespoon sugar
black pepper to taste
Put cucumber slices and onion chunks in a medium sized bowl. Cover with ice water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Let soak for 30 minutes; drain well.
Meanwhile mix together the salad dressing mayo, ranch dressing, lemon juice, sugar and black pepper.
Put drained cucumbers and onions in a bowl, pour dressing over, and mix well.
Chill for one hour in the fridge, and serve.
June 30, 2012 § Leave a Comment
I had one of those new Dr. Pepper 10′s yesterday. You know, the ones they advertise as having Only 10 Manly Calories. Which cracks me up that there is such a thing as a manly calorie. Do guys really care? My son, who is 24, has a dream to grow a beer gut.
Let’s just take a look at this shall we?
Yep, right there, it says “10 bold tasting calories.” (Bold? what?) Per 8 ounces.
It’s a 20 ounce bottle, and that’s ok with me, it’s still a mere 25 bold calories. BUT…
If we look at the BACK of the bottle:
It says the serving size is the whole bottle. The whole 20 ounces. That is not 10 calories, it’s 25! And while it does state right there on the side that there are 20 calories per bottle, I still think it’s misleading. We’re going by serving size here people. (Wait a second here…it just came to me that is says 20 calories..but it’s 25 if you go by ounces..who does the math down there at Dr. Pepper, anyways??)
What will happen to me if I drink 25 manly calories? Chest hair? A mustache?
I think the public should be warned.