Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stovetop pizza

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook ...  looks interesting.   (Oh, and be sure to read the comments, there's some information on what heat settings to use.)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bread recall

    If you live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia, and you bought bread recently, you may want to check out this story.  Several brands of bread baked by Bimbo bakeries are being recalled because glass was found in one of the loaves.

Here's the story, with a list of the brands affected:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Impromptu trellis

  A broken lawnmower handle turned out to be just the right size for propping up my climbing rose bush. 
 A bit of plastic clothesline strung through the handle's holes provides the anchor ...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Latest project

  The latest sewing project here at the Casa de Chaos has been a new pair of PJ shorts for me. 
 I'd already dug through the fabric stash to find something appropriate, but didn't have a good pattern.  And yowza!  The costs of patterns now!

   In desperation, I dug through my late DM's stash of patterns. (now there's a blast from the past!).  Came across a set of men's PJ's, circa 1970!   Well, close enough.

   Had to get a bit creative, since I wanted a drawstring waist.  Sewed down the fly about halfway and added an inside snap. I think the result came out fairly well.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The $3 store?

  Just had an odd experience ....
  Stopped by the dollar store this evening to get a couple of items.  As I passed the cereal aisle, saw a box of Special K with Red Berries cereal.  I occasionally see other name-brand cereals there, and usually pick up a box, given the usual price of this stuff.
    At the checkout, it rang up at $3.
    I asked the clerk if he was sure that was correct, and he very politely assured me that it was. (The other clerk on duty was surprised by the price, as were other customers standing in line.)
     Perhaps I missed it, but I don't recall seeing a $3 sign near this cereal. 
    I told the clerk thanks, but no thanks, so he took off the charge and I went on my way. 
    Yikes!  I've seen things marked less than $1, but never above $1.  I've sent a message off to the corporate headquarters ... will report back when I get an answer.

Friday, July 24, 2015

What's going on

   Had another of those blogging lapses ... but really, I've been doing stuff!  It's also hard to believe that the summer is slipping by.  Just realized that in another month or so, we'll have apples and squash.

   Here's what's going on at the casa de chaos:

   We're jammin:  Made a batch of mulberry jam, and for the first time, tried my hand at making peach preserves. (It helps to find peaches on sale, LOL!).   The preserves taste great, but I think I should have cooked them a bit longer.  They're still a little runny.  

In the garden:   We've had so much rain, that I feared everything would drown.  But this stretch of hot, dry weather got the tomatoes and green beans going.  Been picking lots of beans, and am about to freeze my first batch of tomatoes.  Hopefully, soon I can report the arrival of zucchini and eggplant.

The never-ending painting job:   It started with the woodwork in the kitchen. Now I notice that the woodwork in other rooms need a coat of paint, too.  So I've done the front windowsill, next is the trim around the patio door. Then the basement door, then the master bath ....

 The big job:   Replacing our rotting
 mailbox post. (Seen at left in its dismantled state.) We opted to buy the new post only. DH picked it up and did the installation, while I contributed the 2 coats of paint. (What's that about never-ending painting?)

On the sewing front:  Turned a pair of pants with worn-out hems into a pair of capris.  Did some mending.  Cut out a pair of sleep shorts and more quilt squares.  Do need to finish the duvet for our big comforter before it gets cold again. 

Plus the stuff of daily life, like cooking, cleaning, dental visits, vet visits, shopping, and what have you.  At some point, I need to find at least a part-time job to help cover some increased expenses.  Though lately, I'm not sure I've had time for a job ;)  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Another project down!

  Finally finished one of my "musts"  -- cleaning out the main bookcases!

  Admittedly, I love books ... but there comes a point where there isn't enough room to keep all of them, especially since I have a large pile of books that  "I plan to read when I retire."  ( Methinks the time may have come for that ;)

   Anyway, cleaned out some books that were at least 25 years old. And while I enjoyed them at the time, I have no interest in reading them again.  And while I was at it, I tried to shelve the remaining ones into "interest" sections. Translation: I finally put all the cookbooks and the reference books together. Now I don't have to hunt when I want to cook ... or look something up. 

    In the end, I donated two large grocery bags worth of books.  I have several more bags that I will try to sell at the second-hand book store.

   Now, I need to kick up my reading a notch, since I have more unread books lurking in another closet.