Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hey, it worked!

        Been dealing with a  pair of dress pants purchased at the thrift store recently.  Guess they were a bit long for the previous owner, because the bottom hem was folded in half to create a cuff.
   (The sewer did a very nice job of it, too.)

    But I was wondering  how the heck I was going to get that cuff crease out.   I'd read over the years that soaking the material, or the pressing cloth in a vinegar solution, then pressing would do the trick.

I was a bit skeptical, but I soaked both the material and the pressing cloth -- smelled like a salad in the sewing room, LOL!  Then I pressed ... 

And darned if that crease didn't pop right out.

Could be that the material was a polyester/Dacron sort of blend.  But whatever, the pants look great.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Menu monday: Black bean and zucchini burritos

 I recently saw a recipe for a black bean and zucchini skillet.   As I perused it, I realized that with a couple of tweaks, it would make a great burrito filling.  So, here it is:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1-1/2 cups quartered lengthwise, sliced zucchini
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 can (15 oz each) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (14.5 oz each)  diced tomatoes with garlic, undrained (Or any kind of diced tomatoes)
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup water
1 cup instant white rice

1.Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and bell pepper; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, undrained tomatoes, water and spices. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
2.Add rice; stir well. Cover; remove from heat and let stand 7 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. 
Serve with salsa and sour cream in warmed tortillas.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Free patterns

It's been a bit hectic here with major changes at work, so sorry if I'm not checking in as often ...

Anyway, I've been wanting to sew some PJ bottoms for myself, to use with some t-shirts that are being re-purposed as PJ tops. (Hopefully, I can re-purpose some material, too.)  But I haven't had time to get to the fabric store to look for a pattern.

The Internets to the rescue!  I came upon this site (by Simplicity, of all folks) with a raft of free projects ... and patterns to boot. 

Actually, this should be interesting -- the pattern for the pants printed out in 25 pages.

May be a bit before I get to it, but I'll let you know how it comes out.

Here's the link to the pants, but the page has links to the other projects.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

How much is that card?

Ran into an interesting marketing trick the other day ...

I wanted to get a small gift for someone ... a gift card, something in the $10 range.
So I headed over to the local supermarket, which has an astounding array of gift cards.  (Apparently folks must be spending big bucks on Facebook games ??)

Anyway, as I perused the selection, I noticed something interesting:  All the cards were for a minimum of $25.  There were plenty for $50 and $100, but nothing in the $10 range.

I walked over to another display:  Same thing.

Finally found a small display tucked away by the self-serve checkouts, and found a $15 card.  Still more than I'd intended to spend, but ...

I'm sure there's plenty of thought behind this ... put the high-value cards in easy reach of folks who need to buy something in a hurry.  (I suppose there's also the 'I don't want to look cheap' factor at work here, too.)

I'm curious now ... I shall have to check out the gift-card displays in other stores  ;)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Menu Monday: Winter Squash Bread

I know, it's closer to spring, but I saw this and couldn't resist.  Bet it would taste great with pumpkin, too.

Thanks to

Recipe Winter Squash Bread

Friday, February 8, 2013

Reconnecting with an old friend

  After many years, I finally got around to renewing my library card! (I know, I have no excuse.)

    Actually, it's kind of exciting ... I've been perusing the online catalogs for e-books and other things. (Like I don't have enough to read already, LOL!)

In fact, I reserved a book.  The library hasn't put it into circulation yet, but I'm No. 6 on the list to read it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Coupon changes again

  Not-so-great news for coupon users in the Midwest ...

    Kroger has announced that it will stop doubling coupons at its Cincinnati-area stores.   Indiana-based Marsh has stopped doubling coupons (not sure if that applies to the company's Ohio stores).

   Coupon policies seem to be constantly in flux.  Stores double ... or stop doubling .. or change the limits on what they double.  They take Internet coupons, then they don't. Or they only take certain kinds of Internet coupons.
   Lately,  I've noticed that stores in my area are pushing their own digital coupons that don't double.  

   So are these latest moves a test or a trend?  Remains to be seen.  But whatever they are, it's sure to have an effect on our grocery budgets.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

January freebies

 Not a lot this past month, but definitely a couple of good ones.

1 gal milk

1 bag Chex Mix (FAC)

1 bottle Sprite

4 Airborne samples