New Thing #1--I love pictures. When I download my pictures onto my computer, it is like Christmas for me. To see what images I have managed to record is always so exciting. But I am not content to just leave them on my computer or camera. I want to print out pictures. I have family photos in frames all over my house. When the photographer came out to take my pictures for Woman's World Magazine, he liked all the family pictures I have in my house, even though most of them are not professionally done. He mentioned again how much he liked all my pictures when I went to his studio/house to pick out a couple pictures to buy. I probably have way too many pictures in my house, but I don't care. I love them!
This is just a few of the many places in my homes where family pictures are displayed.
I know I could send the pictures to Walgreens or Walmart or other places and have them printed quite reasonably. But I have decided that one of my hobbies is printing out my OWN pictures on my OWN printer. I had a nice, but cheap, Canon 4-in-1 printer that hubby got me a few years ago for Christmas. Lately, however the pictures haven't been turning out so well. The printer cartridges are so expensive and the nice photo paper is equally pricy, but I justify the expense by telling myself, "This is my hobby!" Then my old printer really started to malfunction, the paper would no longer feed. Which meant I couldn't print pictures at all, even poor quality ones.
So, last week I went out to Sam's Club and found this cheap 4-in-1 photo printer.
It's a Hewlett-Packard, and the printer cartridges are just as expensive as my old Canon printer cartridges were, but it has a tray for 4x6 photo paper which is very cool, and it prints nice pictures. I'm hoping the cartridges last longer than the old Canon ones did. We'll see. The picture I put on top of the printer is one of my favorites.
Hubby took it our first day in NYC, I am looking over the Rockefeller Plaza skating Rink. Any of the pictures we took on our trip have become my favorites, it is such a special memory for me. I have the scrapbooking materials bought, one of these days I'm going to get everything from our trip put together in a scrapbook, but now I will be able to print out better copies of my pictures to include in my book of memories!
New Thing #2: I have been watching a lot of of cooking shows on TV. Some of my favorites are Rachel Ray, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Pioneer Woman, Hungry Girl, and The Chew. I used to get so hungry watching those shows, I had to QUIT watching them for a while. But I've started watching again and now when I watch I try to think of ways to make the recipes less calorie dense, using lighter-type ingredients. Pioneer Woman is a new find, I love her blog http://thepioneerwoman.com/blo
ul-time-and-ive-only-cried-twice/ and her TV cooking show is fun too. She makes so many yummy looking things and I've tried a few of her recipes with pretty good results. The other day she was using a "grill pan." In Shopko's ad, they had a "grill pan" on sale, so I picked one up last week.
I like the red color, and the lid is nice. I think I could make a panini using that lid, it's very heavy--cast iron like the skillet. I'm also excited to try some of those recipes where you need either a cast iron skillet or a skillet that can start out on top of the stove and then be safe to put in the oven!
I used it yesterday making hamburger and chicken sliders for our Super Bowl supper (it was only hubby, son & I--no party). They came out fine, it was a nice alternative to real grilling, since it's so cold here. I liked the pan. I did not like what I paid for it. Supposedly it was originally $100, on sale for $49.95. (Everything's always on sale at Shopko--I doubt very much if one pan ever sold for that $100!) But I was sure the sale had said $29.95. So when I got home I checked the ad, and even though the ad booklet arrived at my house on Thursday, and I bought the pan on Friday, the sale didn't start until SUNDAY! I should have read the fine print! So I may take the receipt back into the store and see if they will give me the $20 back. I have done that before. I already used the pan, but probably could put it back in the box and take it in if necessary, although it's cast iron and very heavy, so I really don't want to tote it around that much. But $20 is almost worth going back out today and getting back, isn't it?
New Thing #3--While I was at Shopko, I found sweaters on sale. And I mean ON SALE! I had bought a turtle neck sweater there a couple weeks ago. It was on sale already (As I already mentioned, everything at Shopko is always on sale--kind of like Kohl's), I think I paid $15 for it It was supposedly originally like $35). It is nice and warm and I like wearing it around the house on these cold winter days. I think I could also wear it substitute teaching, it looks nice enough. These same sweaters were on sale last week for $7.19! WOW! How could I pass up a sale like that? I bought two more of them. I haven't done that--bought lots of the same thing in different colors--since I was morbidly obese and my choices were limited. But I made an exception to my new rule this time, that sale was just too good to pass up. I got one of the turtlenecks in deep red, and one in navy blue. I love them!
I saw a picture of myself in the grey sweater last week and thought I looked huge.
But when I look in the mirror at myself in the red one, I don't think I horribly fat in this style. Do I? I sure hope not--since I have three of them!
New Thing #4--I finally tried adding STUFF to my morning oatmeal. Last week Katie at runsforcookies.com had a picture of this yummy looking oatmeal in her blog: http://www.runsforcookies.com/
I usually buy the instant oatmeal packets. I really like the cinnamon roll variety, I make it with water and add just a little skim milk before eating it. I don't have it every morning, but I read so much about how filling it is, and I do like it so I decided to try it again the last several days. Katie's picture of her oatmeal reminded me of a yummy looking candy bar, so this morning I tried that. I used my cinnamon oatmeal as a base, and added 1 T of coconut, 1 T of fat free caramel topping and about 35 dark chocolate chips. I left out the peanut butter, although I gave a thought to adding 1 T of Cookie Butter or actually Biscoff Spread since that's all I have. I only have one jar of crunchy Biscoff Spread left in my cupboard. I don't like it nearly as well as the smooth stuff, but it still tempts me. When it's gone I won't be buying it again--in any variety!! It's just too good! I can avoid peanut butter, but this Cookie Butter-type stuff is just too yummy to have sitting around my house, evidently.
Of course I would pick my chipped bowl this morning, didn't realize that until I took the picture and I just didn't care enough to transfer the concoction to another bowl. I was not impressed with the taste. So now what am I going to do with that whole bag of coconut and chocolate chips? I know what I will do with the caramel. I love dipping my apples in that stuff--it's like crack! Or at least what I've heard crack is like. I guess I will go back to just eating my cinnamon roll oatmeal PLAIN, or as plain as cinnamon oatmeal can be, that is.
So that is the new stuff in my life this past week. Retirement is fun--I've decided. Right now, I have the whole day staring me in the face--and I hate to waste it. So better get busy with some of my projects!