Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I read Mrs. Wilt's Answered and was therefore tagged... below are my contributions.
Aprons- Y/N? Yes, when cooking and baking.
Baking- Favorite thing to bake? Any type of quick bread, scone, or biscuit
Clothesline- Y/N? Yes, yes, yes. But like a wimp I only hang outside when it is warm. During the winter I have a drying rack I use inside.
Donuts- Ever made them? Yes, I made baked donuts for hannukah. I think I will try frying them next time.
Everyday- One homemaking thing you do everyday? Make the bed, vacuum the kitchen floor (the dog hair would take over if I didn't)
Freezer- Do you have a separate deep freezer? Nope, but I would love to if I could find the room.
Garbage Disposal- Y/N? Yes.
Handbook- Y/N? Yes, I have a Home Management Binder.
Ironing- Love it or hate it? It has to be done either way.
Junk Drawer- Where is it? We have several. The main one is in the kitchen.
Kitchen- Design and decorating? The same one the house came with even though I don't like it. Decorating is low on my priority list.
Love- What is your favorite part of homemaking? laundry.
Mop- Y/N? I Swiffer Wet Jet which I hacked.
Nylons- Wash them by hand or in the washer? I HATE THEM. But, when I do wear them I wash them in the machine in a lingerie bag.
Oven- Do you use the window or open it to check? Both.
Pizza- What do you put on yours? Artichokes and ham.
Quiet- What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Normally I am at work during the day, so I try to look busy.
Recipe card box- Y/N? I have an accordion folder for untried recipes and two 3-ring binders for favorites.
Style of house- Split Level suburbia circa 1965
Tablecloths and napkins- Y/N? Tablecloths for special occasions napkins everyday.
Under the kitchen sink- Cleaning products, trash bags, plant food, rubber gloves.
Vacuum- How many times a week? Carpets once a week, kitchen floor everyday.
Wash- How many loads do you do a week? 6-7 I think.
X’s- Do you keep a list of things to do and cross them off? I am a list maker.
Yard- Who does what? Hubby mows, I plant, we both weed.
ZZZ’s- What is your last homemaking task for the day? Pick up dog toys.
If you read all of this, consider yourself tagged!
Friday, February 23, 2007
If you remember, it was on Monday that I rejoined WeightWatchers after wrestling with my pantyhose. I did really well for the first four days. I was very conscious of what I was eating, incorporated lots of fruits and veggies, drank lots of water, and even got a little exercise.
Even though I do not consider myself to be Christian I have given up candy for Lent, so I didn't secretly sabotage myself with Snickers (ummmm... Snickers...) I was so proud.
Until today that is.
Today someone brought in donuts and carelessly left them on the table in the staff lounge. The were the bad, bad, bad for you powdered sugar kind (I am borrowing Mrs. Wilt's wording here) and I ate three of them. I don't know how many points that is (i still have to figure that out), I don't WANT to know how many grams of trans fat they had... I just want to acknowledge that my sizable rear end fell off the wagon and I want to get back on.
Thank you for listening.
1. Jasmine Pearl Green Tea
Although it is expensive (more than the green tea you buy in the supermarket) I can bring my own containers and have the store fill them (no packaging to throw out and recycling old jars), there are no bags, strings, wax paper, cardboard box, or staples to go into a landfill or to pollute the air with their manufacturing. Plus, I use something like 5 pearls for a good size cup of tea, so it lasts forever and there is nothing, NOTHING like the heady aroma of jasmine to pull a girl out of a winter funk.
2. Aveeno Body Lotion
It is nothing fancy, and it smells slightly medicinal but winter is hard on a girl who likes a HOT shower. All of my skin is dry, tight, and itchy, but this lotion works wonders. At the end of the day, I still feel like I just put it on (in a non-slimey, non-sticky kind of way).
What are your favorite things this week?
I found some leftover pumpkin in the refrigerator last night and went to my cookbooks in search of a recipe to use it up. I found one in the Goosberry Patch Pumpkin Cookbook. I tweaked it a bit and here is what I came up with.
Pumpkin Cream Muffins
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/4 Cups Flour
2 tsp. Cinnamon
3/4 Cup Oil
1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 (8-oz.) pkg. Cream Cheese
1/3 Cup Splenda
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
3 tbsp. Flour
2 tbsp. Butter
Mix batter ingredients together and set aside. Blend filling ingredients until smooth and set aside. Combine streusel ingredients and set aside.
Pour pumpkin batter into greased or lined muffin tins. Fill 3/4 full. Spoon heaping tablespoon of cream filling mixture in center, pushing it down just a little bit. Sprinkle with enough streusel topping to cover the entire top of the muffin.
Bake at 350º F. for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.
Makes 12 muffins.
I will post pictures when I get home this afternoon.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
A picnic basket for $4.99
A Nordic Ware cake pan for $2.99
Glass candle sticks for shabbat (friday night)for $1.99
** Note the star of david on the base
Two picture frames for $1.98
A Bodhrán for $4.99 (I'm thinking presnet for a child)
There is one other goodie I picked up, but it is going to be a gift for someone who reads this blog, so I can't tell you what it is:(
2. If you usually tell your mom about your Goodwill deals first, continue to do so after every trip. If she has to read about them on your blog, she will call you at work at tell you you are a "bratty kid."
[Since my mom is a faithful reader of this here blog, I think she will get a kick out of the second one].
Monday, February 19, 2007
[addendum: Joining Weight Watchers is frugal. I had the money ear-marked for something else that fell through, and losing weight is cheaper then buying all new clothes even at Goodwill prices]
I decided to wear a dress to work and since it is -57 (i lie, its probably 20, but still, it's cold) I have to wear pantyhose. I hate pantyhose. They were created by the devil and should I ever become president of the United States I will outlaw them.
So I wrestle myself into the dreaded pantyhose and they run. On to pair number two. I squeeze myself into these (run free, thank you very much)with much help from the dog only to find that I have gained so much weight since I bought them that they don't exactly cover my now sizable rear end. GREAT! I'm wearing them anyway.
I also decide that since it snowed close to a week ago, the university I work for will have cleaned of the sidewalks and parking lots and wearing my snow boots to work is unnecessary. I decide instead to wear my prized black suede knee-high boots with the 2" heels. Well, I found a parking space in the lot farthest from the library and discovered that they hadn't cleared diddley squat! I nearly killed myself trying to get into the building.
Which brings to right now when it is 12:15, I haven't done a gosh darn productive thing today and I still can't get blogger to do what I want it to do with my new blinkies. They are too far apart, but I don;t know how to get them all smooshed together like other people have them. If you know how to do that could you let me know? You could be the saving grace on the crappy Monday morning.
Thanks for listening.
[this is all written with a smirk on my face, just so you know.]
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
- My Roomba Robotic Vacuum This was a gift and I use it at least once a week. It really does pick up an amazing amount of crud and dog hair and it cuts my vacuuming time in half
- Clinique Superbalm It is a super-hydrating lip balm and glossy gloss all in one. I can make one tube last close to a year and I haven't found anything cheaper that comes close
- Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme I pick at my cuticles (bad Molly, bad Molly) but this heals them right up.
So what's on your Favorite List right now?
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I hacked my Swiffer Wet jet. I first read about this on Like Merchant Ships. People are apparently finding cheap ways to refill non-refillable products like the Swiffer and the automatic shower cleaner thing. I loved the idea so last week when my Swiffer Wet Jet ran out of cleaning fluid I grabbed the channel locks and twisted that cap right off.
I refilled with a combo of Lysol All Purpose Cleaner (because it was what I had in the house) and water. Once I have used up the Lysol I think I will switch over to Simple Green or something like that which is cheaper and less toxic.
So I was feeling all proud of myself for being thrifty and a little bit for sticking it to The Man (hehehe) when I used my newly hacked cleaning tool and it worked better than before. I have tile floors in my kitchen and bathrooms and after using my version of cleaning fluid there was no sticky residue. Yeah ingenuity!
Here are the original instructions that Meredith referenced for hacking your cleaning products. I HIGHLY recommend it!