Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Free doughnuts!

For those in need of a sugar fix: Friday is National Doughnut Day, and to celebrate, several places are offering free ... or almost free ...doughnuts.

For those of you with LaMar's and Krispy Kremes, those stores are offering a free doughnut of your choice. (I've never been to LaMar's, but I do love their Doughnut Day sign.)

Dunkin Donuts is offering a free doughnut with a beverage purchase. And Tim Horton's has a Facebook coupon good for a free doughnut with any purchase.
     Your local doughnut shop may have some goodies too, be sure to call ahead.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice ....

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just add water

The younger cats here at the Casa de Chaos, Big Boy and Little Girl, are normally good eaters. (BB, who vacuums up food, reminds me a lot of a teen-age boy, which I suppose he is.)

Their kibble comes as little triangles (perhaps cats love pointy food). But apparently when these two munch, they break off the little points, which pile up in their food bowls.

I don't know if they can't grab the little pieces, or don't like to eat crumbs ... they just gave me puzzled looks when I point to the growing pile.

So, the other day, I added a bit of warm water to the crumbs and let it sit for a bit. (Anyone remember that dog food, Gravy Train? Same theory.)

Well, the now-soft food was a hit! They cleaned their dishes ... then demanded their regular portion of dinner.

I don't know why it worked ... don't even know if it will work again. But at least I didn't have to throw out a dish of food.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Food stamp challenge

     Noticed in the news last week that chef Mario Batali (Food Network, et al) and his family had taken a challenge to eat on the average amount of food stamps given to a family of four -- $124.00  or $31 per person per week.
       Turns out that even celebrity chefs have to use the basics of bargain shopping: going to more than one store, depending on protein sources other than meat. He even admits that shopping organic went out the window pretty quickly on this budget.
       Admittedly, my first thought was that my average food spending comes in under the food stamp average. But I also realize that I have a pantry to back me up, and the financial ability to shop for that pantry ... a luxury that I might not have if I were having to use food-stamp benefits.   And feeding kids is much different than feeding adtuls...
       Anyway, I'll give him kudos for trying. (Wish he'd included some recipes with that grocery list.)  Check out the link that leads to his grocery list and a video.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Bring on the pies ... and muffins ... and quick breads ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Parts is parts

Until you can't find them, that is.

I had to clean out the bathroom sink drain. And when I popped out the stopper, I found that the little doodad that lifts the stopper up and down (formally known as a ball-rod assembly) had badly corroded, and was about to snap.
It looked easy enough to fix ... just buy another rod and replace.

The first big-box had the single rods ... but it was too small. Best they could do was a "universal" kit with several different size balls (and a confusing diagram on how to assemble the assembly).

When I went to the second big-box, the clerk looked at me and said, "Oh, they don't make those any more." He wanted to sell me an entire kit ... drain, stopper and rod ball assembly. Uh, the drain and the stopper are just fine, thanks.

So, we decided to try one of the locally owned hardware stores. They had just what I was looking for ... the catch was it came in a package of 2. Considering that the original rod had snapped as it was being transported ... I was in no position to argue. Ten minutes doing contortions under the sink,and I had a working stopper again.

I'm not sure what the moral is here ...Buy from local stores? Or don't give up till you find what you need? Take your pick.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Garden report: It's in!

 Apologies ... I've neglected things here for a bit to catch up with my to-do list.

Anyway ... my annual exercise in optimism .. otherwise known as my garden  ... is in.

I had hoped to have my planting started a month earlier, but we had payback for those lovely 80- degree days in March.

Most of this year's garden is the usual stuff ... beans, tomatoes and peppers. I'm trying eggplant again, and I also found a bush cucumber, which I planted in the front garden. (I'm hiding it behind the flowers, LOL). Hopefully, the addition of new compost will give everything a boost.

     I had to replant my container lettuce and herbs because hauling them in and out of the garage every time we had a frost took its toll on them.  Though it was darn nice to have baby lettuce in April ;)

So, here we go, let the growing begin!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Just a reminder

 I promised that I would give out a reminder ...

 If you can on Saturday, please put out any non-perishable (and non glass) food by your mailbox for the annual letter carriers' food drive.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

April freebies

Potting soil

Lipton tea mix

1 cinnamon roll

Garnier Ultra Lift

Kotex liner

2 mp3 songs

6 bags compost

2 Nivea lotions