Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekend Projects

Ok, so I did do a few projects.
One, I found and painted a little mirror that our daughter will take with her when she moves.



Then I canned some Pepper Jelly using our own peppers....well, mostly our own peppers....
And then, I finished the little quilt top that I was working on. It is a Hunters Star and I might have made it bigger, but ran out of the blue. It takes more than one would expect to create this quilt. However, it is decent size for a baby quilt. It has a 4" border which I am sure I will have fun quilting!

Today, the kids are coming over to help us celebrate 25 years in this house! Can you believe it? I can't.
It seems like just a few years....but then I remember everything that has transpired over time...it really has been 25 years.
Anyway, hope you are having a good long weekend with family and friends.
Nancy

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Weekend

As Memorial Weekend comes once again, I am a little, well, maybe a lot sad.
An entire generation is almost lost and all anyone thinks about is BBQs and summer fun.
It hits me even stronger when I am looking at craigslist and see all the estate sales.
My father-in-law passed now almost two years ago. Men and women of his generation and all they fought for, for us, and it is all just a "bunch of stuff". Things they prided themselves on owning or working hard for...or got "when I was oversea"....with memories and everything....it's sad.
Sad because two years ago we had to let the estate sale guy take and sell all the things we couldn't take with us...which was 95% of everything. We took so little. Our own homes were full.
Now that my eldest will be moving into a place of her own, I was looking at a few things....then I grew saddened.
Let's remember what that generation did. Their work ethic and determination. The World War so many fought in (and is so easily removed by textbooks).
I wish you a family filled weekend and don't forget to teach the younger members about what the older members did....so we can have a peaceful holiday.
Nancy

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Fireplace

Ok, so I'm letting my readers in on a trick I recently learned.
Painting the inside of the fireplace.
Yes, really.
Why you ask?
Well, it makes it "cleaner"...makes fires look better etc...
How did I learn this? Now, that is the story.
You see, Hubby loves his wood fires. Too much.
When we lived in Placerville, we had a wood stove that was way more efficient than the space heaters in our little house. So, he would crank a fire up to warm the little house so we would be comfortable.
To him a big fire is warmth.
We have lived here in this house for 25 years. He still acts like the fire is for heat.
Problem?
Yeah, he has melted two iron log holders.
And, cracked the fireplace. One crack was so big you could see to the other side of the brick. No, not to open air, but it went way back.
So, the chimney sweep (yes there really are chimney sweeps) patched the cracks and filled the holes.
Years ago, I told Hubby, one day we'd have to go to a gas log set because of his fires.
So, I started a search on gas log sets etc.
We ended up going to the most expensive place on the fourth trip out.
They gave us a piece of advice.
No matter what you decide....clean it completely out and paint it.
What ????
Yeah, it gives a cleaner appearance....
So, then, I looked online. It is all over "blogville". Use "high heat paint" and paint the sides first and then the floor of the fireplace.
So, I did.









So, this is after one coat. I may go back and do another coat, although I'm not sure it's really necessary.
I used a cheap brush and threw it away...(I don't do turpentine to clean brushes). So, I'm waiting a few more days before deciding...letting the paint dry. Caution....if you use this paint it is very stinky...so be sure to have lots of fresh air blowing in....
The doors will probably be coming off if we do follow through with a gas log set....no sparks!
The doors might stay on we'll see, after all we have a little grandson....
Anyway....I wanted to share...
A 56 year old house that we have been in for 25 years needs a little updating here and there.....
Have you done this??
Looking at this picture I see the need for more paint....but no rush...we aren't having a fire anytime soon....
Nancy

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Zucchini Bread

Well, our suburban garden is not a farm...not big at all. However, I do seem to squeeze produce out of it.
Out front in boxes are mostly tomatoes, but in one box is a couple of zucchini plants. They seem to be doing well. We've had zucchini twice already from two meager little plants, and this time I missed some so they got big....like zucchini do. One was cut up and cooked as it was still quite tender and served three. And the other still tender but large zucchini got shredded for zucchini bread.
I used a new recipe that is gluten free. It is on the Pamela's baking & pancake mix bag. It turned out quite well I have to admit....I'm sitting here this AM having a piece with my coffee.

Now, this picture doesn't look like much...but trust me, its good.
Want the recipe? Well, I'll print it here

It is called "Zucchini Loaf Cake"              2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups Pamela's mix                                    1/4 tsp nutmeg
                                                                    1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt                                                        1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed                      1/4 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
2 eggs
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup chopped nuts...optional

This yields on loaf. Preheat oven to 350. Grate zucchini and then squeeze zucchini in paper towel to reduce moisture and set aside.
Whisk together the Pamela's, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil and sugar. Stir in vanilla. Add dry ingredient to wet and mix together. Fold in zucchini. Put into a greased loaf pan and place in oven for 50-60 mins. Test with a toothpick if it comes out clean it is done.
This cake is quite moist and yummy.
They say you can put in nuts....I think you could put in raisins too...
So easy....good thing....its zucchini season!
Have a great day.
Nancy

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Simple Gifts

In today's all so hectic and crazy world, the smallest things are the nicest.
Our eldest daughter is home after almost a year doing a house sitting job. She will be with us for about two months, when the condo she will be renting will be ready.
Most of her stuff is in storage and she is making plans for the new home.
She needs a few big things, like a sofa and a refrigerator and small things like pots and pans.
But what she needs too is plants. So today, I started her off....she had empty tea tins that I washed and planted for her...they will be quite nice in her kitchen or patio.


Because they will possibly be inside, I put a good amount of gravel in the bottom then dirt and cuttings from succulents that I already had. These will  grow quite nicely and actually be needing thinning months from now.
Aren't those cans adorable? They are from her favorite tea.....
Have a great day!
Nancy

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A little tip..

While waiting for the "kids" to arrive today, I thought I'd show you a trick I found.
A created spoon rest.....
You see spoon rests need lots of washing, I use them all day.
I had a sweet little silver plate dish I picked up at a thrift store and realized I had a couple of little dishes that fit neatly inside its indention. It works. Use, take the ceramic dish out and pop into the dishwasher the next one is ready. In use the two nest inside each other, so it's like a tear off sheet....the silver plate rarely gets dirty...the ceramic dish goes into the dishwasher. Sweet!


There is another little dish that nestles just inside this dish....but it is right now in the dishwasher.
I thought it was cool...Just a little tip ....
Nancy

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!

Here is wishing you a Happy Mother's Day!
May it be a memorable day and a delight!

Nancy