Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Kitchen Hacks

 


*Note this is not my kitchen. The
owners must not use this one. :)

Kitchen Hacks is our topic on the
'ol blog.

1. Make hard boiled eggs peel real
easy by steaming them in a steamer
basket that is suspended over boiling
water for 15 minutes. Shells supposedly
slip right off.

2. When roasting veggies, place the pan
in the oven as it preheats. As the veggies
hit the pan they get a jump on browning.

3. Need powered sugar? In a pinch,
pulverize granulated sugar in a spice
grinder.

4. To keep things warm like Mac and
Cheese, serve it on warm plates. Use
the "warm" setting on oven.

5. For speedy meatloaf, place
individual portions in a muffin pan
bake at 450 for 15 minutes.

6. Ignore egg dates. WHAT? The best
way to check an egg to see if it is a good
one is by placing the egg in water. It will 
SINK if it is still good and FLOAT if it
is not. But please use your own judge-
ment. I'm picky about my eggs.

7. When grilling, put your raw meat
on a foil lined pan. After the meat is
on the grill toss the foil and keep the
pan to serve the meat.

8. When toasting nuts always make
more than you need , these freeze well
and you will have them on hand when
you need them. You don't even have to
thaw them.
The perfect toasting temp is 325.

There you have it. Hope you found one
or two useful.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Well, It is May!

 

Hello!

**Long post...bear with me.

I was reminded in a comment on my
last post that May has arrived and I
know that but May for us arrived in
a whirlwind of horrible weather.
Rain (LOT'S of it ), thunder, lighting
and wind.
Woke up on the first to a geyser coming
out of our sump pump and water in our
family room. Mr. Ken stayed home to do
cleanup and I went to school, an hour and
a half later I came home to help. It took a
total of 12 hours to clean up the water
mess and the messes it created.

On the first I was supposed to have a job
interview at a brand new Early Childhood
Center after leaving a message to possibly
move the interview, I received a message
that the interview would not be held because
they could not pay what I wanted and they
would not be providing benefits at this time.
So the Merry month of May did not start off
well.

We had rain the rest of the week and spent
the first weekend of the month finishing 
putting the sump pump back together from
Mr. Ken's temp fix and spreading dirt to fill
in gaps to keep the water away from the
foundation. We also put in a short wall
to redirect water from one of our down-
spouts away from the house. We continued
to have more rain this week, as of this writing,
we are waiting for the next storm. "Oh bother "
as Eeyore would say.

Moving back to the interview...I was bumbed
to say the least but as time has passed and I
have heard some different things in regard
to next year it was probably for the best.
Plus the drive would have been 10-15
minutes added to my current drive.
This has not been a good year and I know
that I have said that before but truly this
has been "THE WORST" of my 19 years at
school. We have 10 1/2 days with kids and
I have one more day after they leave, plus
our department is switching rooms with Kindergarten!
So there are six rooms moving. Lots of
packing going on for sure.

Hoping these last few days of school go a
bit more smoothly than Monday and
Tuesday went, today was a bit better but
still no recess due to the weather.

Thanks for listening, hope everyone's days
are going more smoothly than ours.


~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Something Yummy

 


Hello!

As we end the merry month of April
and begin May tomorrow, I have a
very simple recipe for you.

Our librarian at school has been
making this for our treat days recently
and it get's rave reviews. She gave me
the recipe and I made it for Mr. Ken to
take to the office.

This would be great for any upcoming
parties or gatherings that you may have
over the next month.

Ann's Cowboy Caviar

2 cans of black beans rinsed and drained
2 cans of corn drained
1 bottle of Medium Pace Picante Sauce

Throw it all in a bowl, mix well then chill.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
If need be add more beans and corn plus
Picante Sauce for a large crowd.

So easy and so fast! Enjoy

If you Google "Cowboy Caviar" you will
find a variety of versions of this recipe.
Most have more veggies in them.

Checked with Mr. Ken and he said it was
a "Big Hit!"



~Keep on Dreaming~


Thursday, April 25, 2019

What Does Your Favorite Flower Say About You?

 

Hello!

Has Spring arrived where you are?
It has here in the Midwest, trees are
blooming, the grass is turning green,
flowers are popping out and as are
the allergies!
So, since all of this is going on hope-
fully where you are, I thought we would
talk flowers today.

*All of the pics in this post were taken
by me on a Garden Tour several years
ago.


Do you like flowers, which one is your
favorite, do you grow them in the ground
or in pots?

Do you know what your favorite flower
says about you? Well, let's see.


*I chose random pics from my file they
probably will not match the text.


Roses

They can have several meanings depending
on their color.
Red symbolizes LOVE. Pink symbolizes
GRACE, White symbolizes PURITY, Yellow symbolizes NEW BEGINNINGS and a
Lavender rose symbolizes LOVE at FIRST
SIGHT.
Of course we could go on and on.
The Rose is the state flower of New York
and a darker red one is the state flower of Oklahoma.

What does a Rose say about you?
You almost always think with your heart.
You are classic, timeless and never going
out of style.


Daisies
The origin of the word Daisy come from
an Old English word that means "day's
eye." They represent innocence, purity
and hope.
Gerbera Daisies which come in bright
colors signify "cheerfulness."

What does a Daisy say about you?
You can find the good in any bad situation
and you are probably a morning person
too.

 
 

Daffodil

It is one of the most popular flowers and
represents friendship or regard for some-
one. They are the national flower of Wales.

What does a Daffodil say about you?
You put your family and friends first. You
enjoy a good party, you like to have parties
for others.
Your style shows your fun laid back
personality.


Sunflowers

They signify adoration (because they turn
to face the sun), as well as dedicated love
and pure thoughts.
The Sunflower is the state flower of my
state, Kansas.
It is also the national flower of Ukraine.
They are the world's largest exporter of
Sunflower Oil.

What does a Sunflower say about you?
Making friends is your favorite activity,
you thrive around people and you love to
be the center of attention.
Your style is bright and warm and you are
never without a statement piece.


I think we will end this post now cause I
could write on this topic forever, such
interesting facts.


~Keep on Dreaming~

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