Tuesday, February 25, 2014

National Pancake Day -- free food!

    For those of you who have IHOP restaurants in your city,
Tuesday, March 4 is National Pancake Day.

   In the annual fundraiser, the restaurant will serve a free stack of buttermilk pancakes to guests who stop by from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.    (Though, please, make a contribution to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.   This year, those who make a contribution of $5 or more get a coupon for $5 off the next visit.  Oh, and don't forget to tip your server.)

    For more information, and the rules, go to http://www.gocmn.org/events/ihop-national-pancake-day-2014 

Update:  I went to IHOP and made my $5 donation ... the folks there had no idea about $5 off coupons.  I'm checking on this ....

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Having a beef with prices

     Remember when hamburger used to be a cheap meat?  

      According to predictions, beef prices ... especially ground beef prices ... are expected to grind through our budgets for the next couple of years.
        In a story online for MarketWatch, one analyst predicts that while steak retail prices could climb 5-10% in 2014, ground beef could climb 10 — 15%. 

Of course, food prices have many variables ... drought, rain, etc.   But at my house, beef may not be what's for dinner any time soon.

For the details, check out this story: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/tomorrows-hamburger-may-cost-as-much-as-todays-steak-2014-02-20?mod=wsj_share_tweet&link=sfmw

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Alas, poor toaster ...

  Sort of an end of an era here at the Casa de Chaos:  my toaster died.

 Not that I'm overly sentimental about such things, but said toaster was the last of the small appliances that I'd bought before I was married, so it's been faithfully toasting for somewhere around 22 years.  That's a lot of bread, if you think about it.

  So, it's off to find a new toaster, and oh, my, are there choices.  Buy an el-cheapo one, or something a bit more expensive (and hopefully durable)?   Decisions, decisions ....

Update: Decided to go with the basic, el-cheapo version for now. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How'd that happen?

  When last we chatted (and my, time does fly), I mentioned that I was straining some regular yogurt to turn it into Greek-style yogurt.

   I think something went wrong.   The yogurt came out tasting, well, bitter.  Very bitter.  I tried mixing in a bit of honey ... it tasted even worse.

 Don't know if I had a bad batch of yogurt, or if it was because it was a store brand. (I admit, I'm not always partial to the taste of some store brands.)

   So, I shall try again.  I bought name-brand yogurt, and will strain a small batch of that.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This and that

 Just a few notes from the casa de chaos ...

It's snowing. Again.  A few days of above-freezing temps managed to melt the ice sheet off our street ... followed by another  6 to 10 inches of snow to accumulate overnight.  

   Things are buttoned up pretty well, but the house still feels chilly.   Whenever I cook or bake something now, I take the pot or pan into the dining room to cool down.  It throws a bit of welcome heat and moisture into the room.

    After reading what Lil over at Creative Savv had to say about making Greek yogurt from regular, I felt like kicking myself..  Greek yogurt is basically strained regular yogurt?  And for that they want $4 to $5 a quart, compared with the $2 to $3 for regular?   Needless to say, I have some yogurt straining in my fridge right now ...

We are about to embark on a new DIY project ... replacing the kitchen faucet.  Actually, I wanted to replace the sink, too. But as we began to price out the project, the costs just kept going up.   And we shopped darn hard to try to get the costs down.   So we'll go with the faucet for now ...