Friday, January 31, 2014

If you own a dehumidifier, please read!

On September 12, 2013, Gree, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, announced a recall on dehumidifiers manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances of China and were sold from January 2005 through August 2013. The dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.

    This recall involves select 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 65 and 70-pint dehumidifiers with brand names Danby, De'Longhi, Fedders, Fellini, Frigidaire, GE, Gree, Kenmore, Norpole, Premiere, Seabreeze, SoleusAir and SuperClima.

  If you happen to have one of those brands, go check this site:

Personally, I just happened to see a news story saying the recall had been expanded, and realized I owned one of those brands.  A check with the Web site and a call to the company's consumer center verified that mine wasn't among those recalled.  (Though it's still unplugged .... )

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How's that again?

   I've been perusing craft sites.    (Truthfully, I've been collecting quilt patterns  ... I probably now have enough patterns to make a quilt for every person on the planet ... )

   But I came across an intriguing class offer: "How to make reusable paper towels."

   Well, not to be snarky ... but it was a towel.  A rolled up cloth towel.  It had a fabric cover, but it was still a towel.

    I think I'm officially confused.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

PSA: Keep an eye on your credit and debit cards (again)

For the crafters here ... Michaels may be the latest store to have a data breach.  Nothing confirmed yet, but pay attention to your statements if you've shopped there recently. 

From the Associated Press

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Michaels Stores says it is investigating a possible company data security breach that may have affected its customers' payment card information.
The Irving, Texas, company said Saturday that it launched the probe after learning of possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. payment cards used at the home decor and crafts retailer.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Oh, never mind


   In our last chat, I mentioned that a TV show we watched wasn't available online immediately unless we were cable subscribers.

    Well, eight days after broadcast, the show ... as advertised ... became available to view.

     So, we tried to watch it.  It wouldn't  play.

    Meh ...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

No TV show for you!

We don’t watch a lot of TV here at the casa de chaos,  but we do catch a couple of shows on the broadcast networks.  Since we aren’t usually around for one of them, we usually watch it online, which is easier than using that ancient recording device known as a VCR ;)

  But the network has added a twist to its Web site.  If we want to watch the show, say the day after it airs, we now must use a password from our participating cable provider.  (Since we don’t have cable, that is a problem.)  Otherwise, we have to wait 8 days to see the show.

   Talk about irony:  They want us to pay for cable or satellite to  watch a show that aired for free?   

   Ah, no matter.  Perhaps we’ll fire up the ancient recording device.   Or we’ll wait the 8 days.   Or maybe we’ll just wait for the DVD (which I’ll borrow from the library.)

Note:   Actually, firing up the ancient recording device is going to be more of a challenge.  The device has an analog tuner ... TV transmissions here are digital.  Stand by ...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Oh, yuck!

  Sometimes,  frugal plans go badly.

 DH was making pasta sauce ...  near time to eat, he said that the sauce smelled odd.

It did.  Tasted awful, too.

He swears the ground beef was OK.  So it was either the Italian dressing mix he used as seasoning (which admittedly was past its best-buy date), or the tomato sauce.  

Either way, a large pot of sauce had to go in the garbage.   (Fortunately, we had jarred sauce, so we salvaged dinner. )


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A cheesy post

  Apparently there are reports that Velveeta, the mainstay of queso dip and mac and cheese, may be in short supply due to a production issue.

   So,  I guess we either stock up (well, not at my house), or we try a nice sour-cream based dip instead ....

The story:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Interesting freebies

        Here's a twist or two  on buy-one-get-one-free ...

        Got an e-mail from the auto club, saying it wanted to give me a free membership.  Well, not for me  exactly. A free gift membership.  Well, why not?  So I signed up for DH.

        A magazine we get was offering a deal: Renew and get a second subscription for free.  So, we asked a friend if she'd like the magazine.   Sure, she said, and she could even offer a trade.   She was about to renew a magazine that was offering buy 1, get 2 free!

       I do wonder what percentage of folks who get the freebies actually sign up again when the first membership or subscription runs out. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

My jellies are cursed ...

   While I did really well making apple butter, and now pear butter, my jellies ... sigh.

    I made apple juice from cores and peels ... accidentally froze the juice by putting it too far in the back of the fridge .. but that's another story.

    Anyway, got the idea to make jelly.  Used the Hillbilly Housewife recipe, followed it to the letter  ... things looked good ...   but just like my mulberry jelly, it won't quite set.  

      So, I've either got a very soft jelly, or I've just made a pint and a half of apple syrup. 

      Actually, it's not  half bad as syrup.  It tastes more sweet than apple-like, but it works OK on pancakes. 

      Methinks, however, that I will stick to fruit butters or the occasional jam ...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year! (and some reminders)

  Wishing everyone a happy, safe and frugal 2014!

    A few reminders for beginning-of-the-year things to do:

  1.     If your health insurance, or anything else, starts on the calendar year, it's a good day to move those new member  cards  to your wallet.
  2.   Remember to switch your calendar (or buy or print one).  And remember to move (or add) any birthdays, expiration dates, etc. 
  3. Clean out your coupon stash. (That includes those inserts you have piled up ;)
  4. And if you don't change the batteries in your smoke detectors with the switch to DST, do it today. (We'd all like to be able to wish you a happy 2015.)