Friday, April 16, 2010

Scallions Away.

I don't know how many time I'm going to do this before I figure it out... Do NOT chop onions and then wipe your eye before washing your hands. Not good.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Hi. I figured I should post something just to see if anyone is paying attention. ;)

Actually, I do have a little somethin' for you all to try. It's way easy but darn addictive.

This'll feed about four as a side dish. You can always just increase.

Take five russet/Idaho potatos. Get half of a yellow onion, or an entire small shallot, as you prefer.

Finely dice the onion. Peel and cube the potatoes. Even better, try to get someone else to peel the potatoes. My hubby is da' man when it comes to that!

Put them all in a big skillet w/ a lid. Add about a half a cup of vegetable oil. (My Grandma prefers Crisco melted beforehand, but I go with the oil.)

Take your pepper shaker and add pepper to taste. I like a lot, as the potatoes tend suck up the flavor of it. Mix it all up, put your lid on and fry over medium high heat, flipping the potatoes occasionally until your house smells like White Castle and the potatoes are a crispy brown. This should take about 15-20 minutes.

You don't want these like Potatoes O'Brian. They should actually be CRISP.

Salt to taste and enjoy.

This goes very well with a salisbury steak, or a baked boneless, skinless pork chop. Or just by itself if you make a bunch.

I'm an addict. It's Grandma's fault. ;)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Other uses for WD-40...

Snopes even asked the manufacturer...and NO, they do NOT use fish oil...

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that `just-waxed` sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car.
Removed quickly, with WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.
22) Rids kids rockin g chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain
37) Florida 's favorite use 'Cleans and removes
love bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38) Protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.
40) Ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) If you've washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you spray WD-40 on the distributor cap, it will displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Husband Approved...

I found a new recipe torn out of a magazine in the break room at work. It didn't seem to belong to anyone and it looked rather good, so I swiped it.

Turns out, it is EXCELLENT comfort food; I just made it tonight and although the children wouldn't touch it, Dave and I just might have finished off the entire skillet and are now in food coma mode. I've added my own notations to the recipe from my experience with the process.


1 cup white rice (or jasmine/brown rice)

** I tried white rice and was happy.**

4 slices of bacon

**I used turkey bacon; you can get it crisper than regular, imo.**

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

**Yes, I cried. I used a red onion, but the recipe is not specific so I imagine you can use whatever type of onion you prefer.**

1/2 cup of dry white wine

3/4 cup of heavy cream

**I believe that 1/2 a cup would be better and will modify the next batch so; it is a tad soupy with the amount prescribed.**

1 1/4 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, and tail removed

1 10 ounce package frozen corn

**I used a 12 oz steamfresh package and it was OK. Very easy, too.**

1 tsp kosher salt and black pepper


Cook rice according to directions on package.

**I used a boil-in-bag rice; it is the same amount required by the recipe and takes far less time or effort.**

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel, let cool, then break into pieces. Wipe out skillet.

Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until softened. Add wine and let cook untill reduced by half, 2-3 minutes.

Add cream and bring to a boil. Stir in shrimp, corn, and add salt and pepper. Simmer until cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Stir in bacon, serve over rice.

Friday, February 20, 2009

How to save a wet cell phone!

Follow this link to a short video that tells you how...and make sure you have the "secret weapon" in your pantry...and maybe a pair of rubber gloves handy, just in case!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Some money saving tips for around the house...

Here are some good tips on saving money around the house.

A few good ingredients are all you need to clean your house, and they will save you money...try to keep in stock;
baking soda
white vinegar
and olive oil...

An inexpensive substitute for Windex is;

1 part white vinegar

1 part non-sudsing ammonia

1 part water,
mix in a spray bottle, and voila! Clear Windex...

Every month pour 1 cup baking soda into all your drains, then add 1 cup of white vinegar...helps keep drains cleared. Wait 15 minutes, then rinse.

If you have an ac unit, change the filter monthly, add 1 cup boiling water followed by 1 cup of white vinegar into the intake of your central ac...the boiling water breaks up any ice that forms around the coolant lines and the vinegar kills any bacteria or algae growth. The results are a more efficient unit and a healthier house.

Happy savings!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

REAL hot chocolate...and a fruity glogg to warm the cockles of your heart...

By way of the Old Farmer's Almanac...yum-yum!

Real Hot Chocolate
Beverages Recipes
Yield: 3 servings
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup light cream
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus a pinch to garnish
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch salt
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
Whipped cream
Combine ingredients over medium heat until chocolate melts. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with cinnamon.

Nonalcoholic Glogg
Beverages Recipes
Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings.
1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, reconstituted
1 6-ounce can frozen raspberry concentrate, reconstituted
4 cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon cloves
4 cardamom pods
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
Combine all ingredients except for the fruit slices, and heat to steaming. When ready to serve, float citrus slices on top.