If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall Tree, a rainbow, makeup repair, meal prep and thrift store bargains.

Hello everyone,  here is another a multi topic post.  Do you all prefer these jumbled up ones or would you rather read short, more frequent posts?  

We bought this 4.5 pre lit tree at Hobby Lobby.  We added some extra colored lights that blink, artifical fruit and am assortment of ribbon we already had.  We just really enjoy the twinkling lights when it's dark outside and the grands all like it too.  

After Thanksgiving, the fall things will come off and this will then be our Christmas tree.  And then it might be the Valantine tree and Easter tree before it gets stored away for next year.  

We have had quite a bit of rain this fall.  This early morning rainbow, that seems to end right in our daughter's home, was photographed by our son in law.  
I'm so glad he got this photo and I know it pleased his family too.  
Almost magical looking, right?

Makeup repair
I saw this hack to repair a broken compact and since I had one, I gave it a shot.  
The tutorial said to use a plastic spoon and alcohol. 
Makeup is messy and stains so I worked on a paper towel.  

Crunch up the makeup more, with the flat end of the spoon, until the makeup is powdery.  

Then stir in alcohol by drops until it goes back together.  
Let it dry and then see how it turns out.
My makeup turned out fine and is very usuable once again. 
I call this one a win.  

We have another busy week ahead and I had mostly basic produce on hand,  so I prepped it all to have a head start on the week. 

Lettuce, tomatoes and onions are in the first 2 containers for taco toppings and for sandwiches.  
There is a container of diced potatoes to make a copycat version of Olive Garden's potato sausage kale soup.  
One dish has diced carrots, celery and potatoes for vegetable beef soup.  
The big dish is a simple salad to add to any lunch or supper. 
 The last dish is the end of the carrots, cabbage, celery, bell peppers and onions to make a vegetable noodle stirfry we really like.  

If the potatoes are covered with water, they will stay white and be good in the fridge for at least a week.

Then everything was labeled and put in the fridge until needed.  

I went to my favorite thrift store twice last week in search of long pants and long sleeve shirts for the grands. 
I found quite a few of both in the sizes needed.  
Below is what I bought the first day and I got almost as much the next trip. 

Besides play clothes,  I also added some dress up clothes from their 75% off Halloween costumes.  

So, it was a good week here and I hope all of you are fine too.  
And here is one funny picture to give you a smile

He is helping Grandpa in the garage while wearing a car buffer attachment on his head 😂

Friday, October 7, 2016

Monarchs, gardening, cooking, medical info and grands

Monarch butterfly season- they are loving our backyard zinnias.  At one time, I counted 8 of them feeding there.  
But I am a lousy photographer so I never got very many of them in one shot.

The front yard rose bed - before ......
My son in law told me about a new rose disease called Rosette and he thinks these bushes have it.  I did some internet research and I think he's right,  
Anyway, I usually trim these bushes way back in the fall so I just did it early this year.  
They may have to be removed but I'll wait till spring and we will see what happens.  

I cooked a special meal one day as my husband returned home from his second trip to help his parents.  His dad needed surgery for a broken hip.  I'm happy my husband could go be with them and I'm happy my father in law is healing and my husband could come back home.  
We had some store bell peppers and some homegrown bell peppers.  So I made 2 pans of stuffed peppers.  We had one pan for supper, and also shared them with my parents.  The second pan went in the freezer for a future meal.  And yes, one pan looks different as the homegrown peppers are much smaller than the store bought and I added a little leftover mozzarella cheese to it as well. 

For dessert, I baked a blackberry pie.  These were wild blackberries my dad picked and we froze.  I used some of my freezer pie crusts.  There were some dough scraps so I made 2 tiny cherry pies.  I tried out pie in the silicone muffin cups and it worked great!  They baked nice and brown and released from the cups so easy.  
I used part of a can of Dollar Tree cherry pie filling for the mini cherry pies- down further you'll see what I did the rest of it.......
Our little backyard garden is yielding a bit of Okra.  
To cook okra, slice it thin and then shake it in a bag with just enough cornmeal to coat it.  
Put it in a hot skillet with a thin layer of oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add diced onions, salt and pepper.  
Keep cooking and stirring occasionally until it all cooked and browned.  
This is a very Southern dish.  And so good!  

With the rest of that can of cherry pie filling, I baked a half recipe of a family favorite for breakfast the next morning,  
Cherry Swirl Coffee Cake.  
This is a recipe I have used so many times.  Years ago, I wrote on this recipe "Nina's favorite". And then she wrote "yum yum". 😄

I baked that coffee cake in the early morning while we were in a thunderstorm.  Shortly after it was done,  our electricity went off and stayed off for about an hour.  
It was still dark so I got out 2 battery operated lanterns.  

Its nice to be prepared.  

And a medical tip .............
While my husband was away helping his parents, my dad had MOHS surgery on his nose for melanoma.  My brother was with Dad at the hospital.  Dad's nose requires some special care at home while he heals.  When the nurse was giving those instructions, my brother took a video with his phone and shared it with me and our Mom.  
This was so helpful to us to watch and to see exactly what to do.  
This is not the actual video- just a screen shot.  

So, many people have a phone that videos now.  If your getting special medical instructions like this, see if it's ok to video.  

I took my mom to a couple of her doctor appointments during the last few weeks while Dad is recuperating. And I 
was so impressed with her general doctor who made some changes in a prescription for her.  As he visited with her and told he what he wanted her to do, he was also writing it down.  Then he gave her that sheet of his instructions so she could know exactly what he recommended.  
That young doctor has the nicest penmanship too! 

Family Time

Right now, 4 of our grandchildren are having a cousin sleepover on our living room floor.  Before they went to sleep, they watched "Beauty and the Beast" and tomorrow morning, they are excited about riding their bikes. 

It's 3:30 a.m now and they are sound asleep, Grandpa is asleep but I am wide awake.  

I guess I'll be taking a nap tomorrow afternoon.  

Questions about press on nails

This post is just about wearing press on nails -
I've been asked several questions about them 

Below, I'm wearing Dollar Tree glue on nails.  I don't like the glue on nails quite as well as the Impress press on nails with a sticker back but I do sometimes wear them. 

Yes, sometimes these nails pop off or start loosening before it is time for a new set.
It is quick and easy to fix a priblem.  
I keep this small zippered bag in my purse.  Inside is a bottle of nail glue and extras of whatever nails I am currently wearing.  If I lose a nail or need a repair,  I just get this little bag and can fix the problem in a minute.  
Sometimes a loose nail needs a drop of glue.  Sometimes I need to put on a whole new nail.  
So whether I am on the go or at home,  repairs are quick and easy.  And way quicker than waiting for polish to dry or going by a salon for a repair.  

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cooking, sewing, flowers and a sweet Etsy shop

Hello everyone 😄
I did some cooking to take to my parents this week.  I baked buns with my grandparents recipe, oatmeal cookies done the easy way with a cake mix, baked carrots and my Aunt Evelyn's Tuna Rice Casserole.  

For lunch today, Jackson and I had some of the extras of that meal.  He really liked the Tuna Rice which I fed him with a fork.  It delicious but too messy as a finger food.  

Can you see the bun in his hand? 

Then he finished off his old fashioned meal with a new fangled applesauce squeeze pouch.  

Aunt Evelyn's recipe - I think it's rare to find a casserole recipe that doesn't use a can of cream soup.  This has an easy to make cheese sauce. 
It's a great recipe if you have leftover rice.  Measure the rice after cooked, not before.  
Aunt Evelyn was Catholic and she often served this to her husband and 6 children on Fridays- but I suspect she must of doubled or tripled the recipe to feed that many mouths.  

Like the Dutch Baby recipe, this recipe uses just basic ingredients and is very budget friendly. 

Sewing - my son requested a tissue box cover for his office so I'm making this flying geese pattern in blues and grays to match that office.  
It is a Leisure Arts online pattern that I bought several years ago and stitches up quickly.  


Manicure for the first of Autumn- these are press on nails from Impress.  I sometimes wear Dollar Tree nails but the Impress are my favorite.  I bought these at Walmart. There was a big display of new seasonal nails right beside the costume section. 

We have zinnias growing in both our front and backyards and they are thriving in our current cooler, wet weather 

I bought a small art piece for fall from a brand new Etsy shop.  It's a hand painted plaque that says "happy fall y'all" inside a vine wreath.  I hung it over a vintage mirror in our dining room and I am so happy with how it looks - but obviously I don't have photography skills when it comes to mirrors.  

The shop belongs to the daughter of an internet friend of mine that I've known for a dozen or more years.  I think most of you know Terri of Blue House Journal and Penny Ann Poundwise from her blogs. 

If you're needing a gift or a little something for your home, browse Katie's shop.  

Dutch Baby for breakfast- yum!

Want something really good for breakfast, something that tastes fancy but uses very basic ingredients and is no trouble to make?  
Below is the Dutch Baby I made yesterday.  Sometimes they are called puff pancakes and are a lot like English Yorkshire Puddings.  
When my children were teens, this was one of their favorite before school breakfasts.  

For 2 people, use the above amount of ingredients.  Just increase for however many servings you need.  2 egg version  -fits in a pie pan
 3 eggs - used a 7 by 11 (that's what is in my picture) 
 4 eggs - use a 9 by 13 pan 

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees C.  
When it is preheated, put the butter in your baking pan and put in the oven until the butter is melted and just starting to bubble.  (This recipe really needs Real Butter - not margarine) 
Wisk the eggs in a bowl until just starting to get frothy. 
Then add the flour, milk and salt until lump free. 
Pour the batter over the melted bubbling butter into the hot baking pan.
Close the oven and bake for 25 minutes.  (While it is baking, it needs no tending to, so you have time to get ready for the day while it bakes) 
The pancake will puff up and get a little crispy on the bottom and just be delicious! 
Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or maple syrup or a squeeze of lemon juice.  And do eat it warm straight from the oven.  It's not as good after its cold.  

Braeden is a 2 handed eater- he had Dutch Baby in one hand and bacon in the other 😂 

Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda