Friday, March 28, 2014

1 million jars of peanut butter dumped

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly a million jars of peanut butter were dumped at a New Mexico landfill this week to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.
Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.

The full story here:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Food recall

If you've purchased any of these things ....

A Minnesota company that makes peanut butter, cheese spreads and dips, bagel spreads and salsas has recalled all its products for possible Listeria contamination. Parkers Farm Inc. is asking consumers not to consume any of its products with a code date.
The products are distributed nationwide under the Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler, and Bucky Badger labels. These products were sold at several retail stores, including but not limited to, Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Walmart and Brookshire stores.

For a list of products, see this link.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Pat's Day

  We're all Irish today!   So go have a green beverage (adult or otherwise!)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's alive!

      Been wondering how my plants had fared with this year's harsh winter.   In particular, I was a bit worried about my rose bush, even though I'd cut it down and piled mulch and leaves around it.

     Today, I took advantage of the 5 minutes of warm weather  we had to clean out the flower beds, and checked on the bush.

     It made it!  The bottom of the canes are green, and it's bringing new shoots.  (I know, I know ... I'm easily impressed.)  I put the mulch back, however, since we're supposed to get more snow.

    Now I have to wait to see if the hostas will come up  ....

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time to spring forward

   Just a reminder:   Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, so remember to set your clocks ahead tonight before going to bed.

  It's  a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors, too.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This and that again

A few notes from the back of a snow shovel ...

(Actually, I'm exaggerating a bit ... the snow is melting nicely.)

Much better:   I mentioned that the yogurt I strained had a really nasty taste.    I tried it again with a name brand plain, no-fat yogurt.   Happy to report that the taste is much, much better,  though it's surprising just how much whey is in a cup of yogurt.

Fix it:   Lots of gluing around the house these days, LOL!   I re-glued a mirror that had split from its backing.  Then I used a wee bit of silicone sealer to fill a crack in my (ancient) boots.
 Lastly, I dabbed a bit of the silicone on the gash in a vinyl glove.   (not that I was trying to save money so much ... I just didn't want to go out in a snowstorm to buy new gloves.)

Renovations:  As do-it-yourself plumbers, we're a bust.   Couldn't get to, or get a basin wrench around the nuts that hold the faucet to the kitchen sink. .... back to Square 1.

Repurposing:  My porch goose is getting a new coat ... made from an old pair of sweatpants. I cut it so the fleece side is out ... gives it a nice texture.   I also salvaged the trim and the buttons from the old coat.   And the old coat went off to the rag bin.  Also hope to have a couple of place mats to show in the near future.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

February freebies

    Not a long list this month, but a few nice things:

Energy drink
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 Hormel wrap
1 single-serving cup grapefruit
FAC: 3 cans cat food.