Sunday, January 01, 2012
This is a before pic of the kitchen floor. AND, this is my Sally Sue during her 16th birthday celebration....enjoying some pressies & treats.
Now for the after. The camera changed the coloring, so I had to take one at an angle. When you have a dog, they are always following you....therefore, they are almost ALWAYS in the pictures you take. This is Betsy Lou. You are getting a comparison of the two doggies here as well.
These are both "during pix, as you can see by the box on the floor. I don't have a better "after" one (showing the whole kitchen) b/c everything is still a mess in there. PLUS, for the last 2 nights we've set out mouse traps in a certain kitchen drawer. The mice have eaten PB on the traps WITHOUT the traps going off. We don't know HOW they've managed that!!! But, in the meantime, I have all these cereal boxes on my counter (out of the cupboard I found droppings in) and that drawer mentioned is also completely cleaned out (stuff on the counter.) Needless to say, my kitchen is a bit topsy turvy at the moment. Tonight we will set the traps differently and smoosh some soft cheese in there for them.....hopefully, making them work enough for it that the traps go off.
Friday, December 30, 2011
We like our old house. It has character. BUT (and we knew this going in) it always needs work. There is never a shortage of things to do. We've lived here more than 20 years. Back then, we had to paint the bedrooms and make them suitable for our 2 babies....and change them from the scary teenage boy rooms that they had been. There were other rooms that needed new flooring. By this point, any flooring WE put down is in need of replacing. One thing we never changed was the kitchen. Loved it how it was, but the floor that's in there is a 1970s (or is it 80s?) red brick design.
DH decided he was taking a working vacation. He had some home improvements he wanted to do (all his ideas)....I helped him choose the floor tiles as far as color goes, but he is the one who wanted the glass doors for the shower. I've been told to get a squeegee and that will make sure they stay clean. I have known many ppl to take OUT shower doors, instead of install them.
But, here goes.....the other night DH & DS installed the glass doors for the shower. I admit, they look NICE. Last night, they took the yucky old vinyl floor out and put down a new one. It's a tiny room, the bathroom. The kitchen floor is their next project. They'll do that today. It will have the same tile that they put in the bathroom. It is vinyl squares and has a stone kind of look to it. Me likey. The funny part was that a few days ago, DH said he needed a rolling pin to for the floor installation, and could he use mine? I said, "No, it'll ruin it." ('Xcuse me, but the rolling pin came from Tupperware....I like it very much and am not going to let him ruin it. ) I told him we'd find one at the 2nd hand store. He was convinced they wouldn't have one. We went to Wmart and tried to find a rolling pin while there. They were out. Who buys those things anymore? They probably just forgot to reorder them. THEN, we went to the 2nd hand store....and, OF COURSE, there was a rolling pin. 99 cents, thank you very much! I told DH that the reason Wmart didn't have it is b/c we were SPOSED to get it at Gd/will. So funny.
I can't believe that after 20+ years of looking at my ugly kitchen flooring, that I'm actually going to get a new floor in there today. Oh, btw, I have appreciated my dark flooring to mask all those muddy footprints over the years. My neighbor had her kitchen re-done at one point, and she chose white everything. She later told me that white isn't a good idea to have by your back door for all the mud that gets tracked in on wet shoes. SO, there is something to be said for old and funky. It means that everything doesn't have to be perfect and spotless. I'm not very good at spotless, anyway. I'm good with "lived in".
Exercise minutes? Oh, I'm lucky to get a walk in everyday. Actually, I'll get more done when DH & DS go back to work and I can monopolize the TV for my exercise DVDs.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Well, yesterday was the big day of visiting with in laws and their kitchen full of dessert offerings. I mean, most especially, the large cheesecake sampler. I chose the most chocolatey looking piece of cheesecake, and had just that one slice. (Hey, if I'm going to have a cheesecake sampler in front of me, I can't just choose a normal/average looking piece!) There was also crustless pumpkin pie. Years ago, I got the recipe from a friend.....MIL has fixed it every year since. She fixes a double recipe, cooked up in a 9 X 13. The name of it has forever become "pumpkin stuff" in our extended family. Everybody loves the "pumpkin stuff"! I had a square of that, too. I totally could have felt guilty about all this, but, was planning on going to Zumba later in the evening.
Zumba was a special with an instructor visiting from Chicago. The instructors took turns, and our visitor REALLY kicked our butts! Boy, could she ever move FAST! Plus, she has all those tummy rolls (belly dancing moves) down. It was a lot of fun, tho. Bigger class than usual. A fun time was had by all. Also a timely & much appreciated work out right after the holiday weekend.
In answer to Wolfspirits request for my recipe:
Impossible Pumpkin Pie
This pie makes its own crust.
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Bisquick (or Jiffy)
2 Tbl Butter or Margarine
1 Cup Evaporated Milk
1 Can (16 oz) Pumpkin Puree
2 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice*
2 tsp Vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Blend all ingredients for 2 minutes (there will be small lumps of bisquick visible)
Pour into 9" pie pan
Cook for 50 - 55 Minutes.
*If you don't happen to have "Pumpkin Pie Spice", you can use instead: 1 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. each of Ginger, Nutmeg, and Allspice
MIL doubles this recipe and cooks it in oblong pan. Cooking times may vary, then.
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