Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Feelin' hot, hot, hot


It is simply to hot to be the end of May. I am convinced there is some kind of mass hallucination to make us believe it is May instead of like August. Which is what it feels like. Some crazy government experiment in quantum time leap gone awry. It is a conspiracy I say! That sounds kinda crazy....ummmm... just kidding...haha haha ha? Maybe I watch to much SyFy...yeah--that's it...ahem...
Quantum Leap-- I loved that show!!
I wonder how many times I can stick my head in the freezer to cool off before I blow the compressor on my fridge? Our AC is working overtime. My downstairs is cool but upstairs is boiling lava hot. There is a 15°F difference between the 2 levels. Even with 3 fans running at high speed upstairs. Oh--the joys of a century old house.

I am not kidding about the heat. It is simply oppressive. 92°F in the shade today. UGH!  I was lamenting the fact that I wish we had a screened in porch with ceiling fans and  a fenced yard because then we could have pool.

I can hear the squeak and snap of the screen door
Painted Porch
BHG
I could totally nap here...
The Marley n Me house
Yes please!
Buzzle
Wow--love this!
Above ground Pool Deck Lighting
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and this...
above ground pool with wood decking
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and this!
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Yeah... something like that....someday....siiiggghhhh



Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Sunday Stroll around my yard

Happy Sunday Y'all! 

What a BEAUTIFUL morning!  The hubbs was up early to go fishing so I decided to head out in the garden in the wee hours this morning. 6:30 am found me groggy and bleary eyed but I am glad I was out before the waves of heat came rolling in.

I took the dogs out with me but decided Chubbs could be my garden buddy this  morning. He is 10 and  his favorite thing to do is his impression of a speed bump. Except today he was rather alert.  

Here he is inspecting my raised bed's project

Zombie dog and killer garden mist! lol

The morning mist on a grape leaf.

If I can keep the critters off of them--I may get some yummy grapes this year!

My outta control perennial bed.

Dew covered Asiatic Lily

Evil sneaky weed planning to overthrow my garden bed. It must be stopped!

I thought this plant is a daisy--but now I am not sure. oops!

My Cone-flowers are as tall as me.

It just screams HELLO!!

Butterfly bush beginning to flower

A thirsty petunia
Coleus

A perfect dew covered rose.

I have lots more to share but I am tired. Last night was a very late night 3am and back up at 6:30am. ugh! Then this afternoon I had a 70 minute drive each way to attend my nephews graduation. I am glad to be at home in the AC and it is quiet. Umm I think I need a nap! So I am gonna go dream about all my fruits, veggies and flowers. What is growing in your yard?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Frugal Foode Friday

Here are a few of my favorite easy-peasy  $ savers.

I don't know about you, but I am always on the look out for easy and frugal foodie type tips. With the cost of everything  going up (except my income, haha) I thought I would share some of my favorite frugal foodie tips.

Ice cube tray tricks-You can freeze eggs, broth, gravy, sauces, herbs and wine


I make extra french toast and pancakes and freeze them between wax paper and securely wrapped in freezer paper or freezer bags.

    Prep ahead for meals. I use my crock pot--a lot! Then I found this awesome ideal on Pinterest--Pre-package your crock pot meals in the freezer. HOLY HELL!! This woman is a genius! Why didn't I think of that ??!!  Grab it, toss it in the crock pot and fuh-geta-bout-it! Well for 8-10 hrs anyway.
    I also like swip-swap meals. For instance sloppy joes leftovers can go into spaghetti sauce. And left over taco meat can go into chili. And left over chili can go into  chili mac, etc...well you get the ideal.

    From this...

    To this...


    I make my own breakfast sandwiches and freeze. So much healthier and cheaper than store bought. And I learned an awesome trick to make your eggs in a muffin pan . Then they are the perfect size for your bun or or English muffin!

    community.tasteofhome.com
    Make your own TV dinners, by storing leftovers in divided containers.

    cardiofoodie.com
    I freeze my strawberries before they go bad to make into jam later.  Ripe bananas and no time to bake? Freeze em! Peel and place in a freezer bag. When I want to make banana bread I can thaw and mash for banana bread.

    Speaking of baking--it is just as easy to bake 2 loaves as 1, so I always bake my breads in multiple batches. 1 to eat and 1 keep in the freezer.

    Choco-chip Banana Bread

    If you don't have time to can, freeze your sauce. Add to freezer bag, remove air, seal tightly, lay flat  on cookie sheets, freeze and then stack 'em up.

    http://dianestexasgarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/fire-roasted-tomato-sauce.html

    Did you know you can freeze buttermilk, cream cheese, cheese, butter, cottage cheese and sour cream? Buttermilk will be a slight separation on thawing but a little mix will take care of that.Great for pancakes, biscuits or fried chicken. Cream cheese, cottage and sour cream can freeze but will have a different consistency after thawing, but is great when used in cooking/ baking. The same with hard type cheese. Use your frozen shreds, grates, and slices for cooking and baking. Butter freezes very well but can pick up odors due to high fat content. Place in a freezer bag to protect it.



    Don't buy boxed or bag stuffing mixes when you can make your own!

    moderndaymoms.com
    Pre-mix of batches of dry ingredients for baking mix. Then measure out when ready to use.

    midnightmaniac.com
    What are your frugal hints and tips?

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Baking up a batch of Banana Bread

    Well  technically  it is Choco-chip Banana bread. MMmmmmmm....

     Don't you just love when you find a bargain? Except when it doesn't look real pretty. But then you just gotta look past the ugly. Banana's for $0.19 a pound is a great deal. Except they were UHG-LEE. Very ripe. Over ripe. 


    But those are the perfect kind of banana's to bake with with. They are nice and soft and much sweeter. So I picked up a bunch (or two) and made a couple batches of choco-chip banana bread. 


    I also cheated and used a biscuit mix  because I could.  And I was in a hurry.  A hurry to get my feedbag on, haha.  Check out my recipes tab for the recipe. 

    It is just as easy to make 2 6 loaves as is it is just 1 loaf. And this stuff frreezes great! If it actually could make it to the freezer instead of my piehole mouth....Schowwry Ima eatin bread..cant tawlk...mmmmmm


    P.S and FYI--this is a very dense albeit moist bread!

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Funky and Frugal Finds #11

    Welcome to Funky and Frugal Finds #11 Monday


    I thought this would make a great change collection jar
    St. Vincent DePaul, $0.50
    I have always wanted one of the Pyrex wicker casserole pan caddies. It has a cork bottom to protect the surface from heat and nice handles. 
    St. Vincent de Paul $2
    Another monkey pod bowl/ tray. I swear this will be my last one. Maybe...
    St. VIncent de Paul $1.50
    I am digging this copper bowl/ pan. How cute would this look with pebbles or glass marbles and a candle?
    St. VIncent de Paul $3
     I love this little mirrored shelf. Gonna paint it white and once the mirror is all shiny I think it will be really cute! Maybe a little applique at the top? Or some decoupage? Or keep it plain? Hmmm, not sure.
    New2You thrift store, 50% off for a grand total of  $1.50
     Not a bad haul for less than $10.00! Woot!


    Saturday, May 19, 2012

    No pussy-footing around

    So I decided to walk the garden and check the progress of all my plant babies. On my walk back to the garden I ended up with my garden buddy, Boy Meow-Meow.
    Boy Meow-Meow

     It is kinda sweet  because my dog Gollie-gollie guru and my cat Kitty-BubbityBub used to be my garden buddies.  (None of my fur kids have normal names, lol) They would follow me around the yard and through the garden. sniffle I miss them so much! 

    My Gollie-kins as an awkward puppy
    Crazy ol Kitty Bub
    So the strawberries are looking good. Flowering and a baby berry--YAY!

    Tomatoes look good.

    My Roma's are starting to flower!

    Peppers are flowering
    Anaheim pepper
    Woot! A baby poblano
    My Butternut squash is looking kinda puny.

    My watermelon looks kinda flattened.

    What the heck is going on? All the mounds I made for the squash, melon and cukes have been compressed.

    HEY! One of my cukes is broken!

    HMMMM...I wonder....

    Could it be?...

    GASP!!

    NOOOOO!

    BUSTED!!

    Thanks a lot Benedict MeowMeow! Yes it is true! My Boy MeowMeow was the culprit. Don't let his handsome looks and charming demeanor be a guise for his nefarious plans.  He has been identified as potential threat. I shall be watching him closely!