Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I wanted the bread because we're staying with relatives tomorrow night and each time we do, there's always nothing for us to eat in the morning. It's just that with kids and working parents, they get behind. So I am solving the problem by bringing raisin bread. We'll also have the "ugly" loaf (well, the uglier of the two) as a snack in the car.
I made this recipe up and it uses both white flour and white whole wheat flour. My mom used to bake raisin bread when we were kids so I remembered some of what went in it. Then there is the issue that I am just to lazy to follow a recipe. But I am not unhappy with the results!
Also, early this morning we had very high wind gusts and it kept me up -- so I did some Christmas shopping on-line! A lot of the Good Friday deals have already begun and I will not have to deal with this stuff on Thanksgiving or over the weekend. I've also picked up a bunch of gift cards and will only have a few more to buy. Even though I am out of work and we are trying to be frugal, I still want to spread cheer and be generous for the holidays. I will just find the most economical way to do it and make sure I take advantage of deals, free shipping, etc. Since I hate crowds and retail frenzy, this method works for me.
I won't be posting for a few days so I wish everyone who will celebrate it a Happy Turkey Day!
Monday, November 24, 2014
I will feed this twice a day and still give a veggie puree as a snack at night. Since I've fed this for almost two months, we've managed to shed the extra weight she gained. Her skin has cleared up too. Her hot spots were probably seasonal environmental allergies but we'll know for sure once I start feeding her some chicken again next week. Even when I go back to raw feeding, I'll probably feed her one meal of this per day since it's worked out so well.
I can't believe that a processed dry dog food could be healthier than this. While it looks like a lot of work, it's easier than making a trip to the specialty pet store to buy a bag every two weeks. Huge bags of food go rancid, so you even if you save money, you're feeding a lower quality food. Prep for this is easy because all you do is chop up the potato/yam, etc., dump in the fish, add water, then simmer. Mixing in the vitamins takes an extra five minutes. You buy the ingredients in the supermarket and you can use them for regular meals too. Don't let the pet food conglomerates brain wash you into thinking you need an advanced degree to make dog food. What you need are a few vitamins, good whole food, a half hour, and some spare containers to store it in.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
We are keeping our fingers crossed that the towns are ready for the melt and precipitation. The snow that's fallen equals about six inches of water and more is coming. This is really a freak occurrence for our region. Sure, we get snow -- but not of this magnitude in such a condensed area. And if you haven't been caught in a thunder and lightning snow storm, it's hard to imagine that phenomena as well. But we live here because we like snow -- even if it sometimes gets a bit freaky!
Friday, November 21, 2014
Today Sluggy re-posted her first stockpiling post and it reminded me that I needed to deal with this black hole in our upstairs hallway. While I was pretty certain I wouldn't get to all of it, I figured that even if I handled two shelves, it would be something.
And speaking of surprises... Who knew we actually had three jars of Glug? This is commercial grade stuff you use to unclog drains. I also had no idea that there was a stash of light bulbs. I also forgot that I had a three boxes of shine/gloss (Nature's Instincts) that I can use between permanent colorings to gloss up my hair. Nice to know as we enter holiday party season!
I have one more shelf to attack and it's likely going to mostly be of cosmetic/facial nature. I'll worry about that tomorrow, it was just a coup to get this done today. Thanks for the inspiration Sluggy!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Caught up with most of my housework, I picked today to tackle a task long past due -- I cleaned out the junk drawer. This was a big mess and something that I hadn't done in a while; but I do think I'd done it once before. This was by far the worst junk drawer clean out I've had to do yet.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The power supply and the other cords are hidden in the basket the laptop is sitting on. I've applied all sorts of updates to it -- even though it is running XP. If anything spills on this or it gets damaged, it won't kill me as I did not pay for it. It was a discard at my old software job and one of many devices I've been hoarding.
Another one of my "Stay In/Stay Warm" goals is to do some toy surgery. Three patients await...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
All this task cost me was about a buck seventy five, some elbow grease and a couple of hours of my time. Right now, replacing the counter top is out of the question, it's a good thing that keeping it clean is not!