Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Glamourous life I lead!

So, how did I spend my day? Well, yesterday I thought I would finally tackle the boys Nintendo Lair which is full of old toys, legos, games, cat fur, granola bar wrappers ets. I have been wanting to tackle this room for a long while, and this week was the week. So I cleared, edited, tossed, scraped, washed, vaccuumed, plumped and found not one, not two or even three but FOUR boxes of lego that the cats had PEED in, and the boys had stuck lids on and stuffed in the back of the closet - UGH!

SO - while the boys sorted a box of junk I mean precious relics, I cleaned Lego, lots and lots of Lego:







Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I Made Bread, Yogurt and Got a Haircut!

It was a beautiful bread day!
OK - I doubled the recipe, reading very carefully to be sure I was doubling a one-loaf recipe and not a two-loaf recipe. It was a new recipe, and boy did it rise! So I checked again - yes "shape the loaf" - singular, one loaf.

So I shaped, and baked my two loaves -
Two HUGE DAGWOODIAN sandwich loaves - so I went and triple checked - recipe makes one 9x5 free-form loaf, so next time I will double it for three! Meanwhile it is huge and yummy!

Yogurt

- here is how I grow the culture in a cooler with a bottle or two of hot water inside to provide the warmth. I usually make a quart of milk at a time, and fill the empty bottle with hot tap water then place it in the cooler while I heat and cool the milk. Using a bit stainless steel pot, I heat the milk to 180 then let it cool to about 110. The heat kills off any existing bacteria in the milk. Then I stir in a heaping spoonful of yogurt from the last batch, (or if I ate it all, I use plain Stonybrook farm or something with live cultres) and pour the culture milk into 2 or 3 pyrex containers. When I put the containers into the now warm cooler, I re-fill the bottle with hot tap water and close everything up (make sure your yogurt containers fit into the cooler along with the hot water) then I cover and let it sit, usually it takes overnight. In this photo, you can see I did not check for fit first, so I used 3 of those rubbermaid drink bottles instead of the quart milk bottle.

Haircut

- I have been growing my hair out because I am lazy and cheap, then figured I'd really grow it while I was at it and donate the hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, I grew 15 inches:

Before:




after:


One 15-inch Ponytail!



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trellis for the Brambles

Done! Trellises are made and all the briars are pulled through the fence and stuck up through the wires - I added a string on the bottom to lift the smaller canes up so we can mow underneath - I did a quickie seminar at the local garden center all about fruiting things: apple trees, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, pretty much everything but figs (and she handed out a pamphlet on figs!) so I followed the directions. Of course the nice neat line drawings on the handouts only vaguely resemble the rangey canes of my berries! But next summer should be a big crop of berries! Yum! Next we attack the apple trees!


We are still getting green beans - we already have about 15 bags in the freezer!




Here are the two latest butternuts: Larry and Moe!


Saturday, October 3, 2009

I Love Thrift Stores!

I really, really do - Went to Impact! thrift today and got:
1 pair Lee jeans - $3.59;
1 pair pinstripe Lee pants - $3.59;
1 dark grey/forest green wide whale corduroy light jacket from Edie Bower - splurged at $5.99; and...
1 black leather "Fossil" shoulder bag - a little one - $1.00


On the garden front - Dave made a trellis for the raspberries and blackberries, I will post a photo tomorrow, but I had to brag about the thrift store today!


Also, found a very cool website of all things Halloween - and they have a whole section of paper toy templates you can print out on card stock and put together, be still my heart! So I made up the Hidden Cemetery and added a Hearse from the Hearse Playset! I have still to make Ravensblight Mannor to go next to the Cemetary and Ohhhhhhhh - I am going to make the Mechanical Bat too!