Sunday, January 8, 2017

A lazy frigid winter day

It's too cold to run and play for long outside so we decided to take a nap while Sherry is busy reading her book.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My new bird house

When I moved here 20 years ago, there was a wooden bird house on the electric power pole right outside my kitchen window.  It was somewhat weathered so had been there awhile.  I enjoyed sitting at my kitchen table watching the birds go in and out and when the new babies hatched, I watched them learn to fly.

Several years ago, the pesky squirrels began chewing the roof off the house and the birds left.  For so many years, the squirrels were not a problem.  

I just got a brand new bird house from  It arrived yesterday.  Bailey and Morgan stood guard as I opened the package.  You would think they felt a need to inspect it before letting me near!  "Do you mind if I look at it and take a picture?" I asked them.  Morgan stepped aside.  But Bailey still needed to sniff it!

It is made of thick cypress wood.  That should deter the squirrels!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Finally, a garlic press that works!

I have probably had 4 or 5 garlic press tools over the years.  They were hard to clean, didn't work properly, and finally ended up being thrown out.  

I use a lot of garlic in recipes.  In recent years, I have just chopped up the cloves with a knife.  That is tedious work!

Enter the Rosle garlic press!  Yes, I was hesitant to spend over $40 for it.  Now I am pleased to tell you it is the best!

The basket where the garlic goes in, pulls away from the rest of the tool for easy cleaning, although still staying attached, so no worries about that piece getting lost.  And in the blink of an eye, 2 or 3 cloves placed in the basket turn out evenly crushed.  I love it!

It is stainless steel and goes right in the dishwasher.  No need to pick left on dried pieces of garlic with a toothpick!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

I love a good deal!

Who doesn't like finding a good deal?  I have always had large wall calendars in my kitchen, almost always with pictures of Labrador Retrievers for each month!  Each year the price kept inching up until finally I was not willing to pay over $15.00 for them.  For 2016, I printed off twelve pages (one for each month) and pinned them to the bulletin board in my kitchen.  Plain, and no eye appeal, but they didn't cost anything either!

I was in Wegmans recently and thought my eyes were playing tricks on me.  There was a large selection of big picture calendars for $2.99.  They had been marked down to $4.99, and then to $2.99!

They aren't Labrador Retrievers, but they are pretty outdoor scenes of paths in the woods.

And if you come in my kitchen this year, you will likely have to put up with me bragging about what a good deal my calendar was!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Roasted Veggies and Chicken

Now this is a real winner!  If you are looking for a recipe that is quick and easy, tastes good, and highly nutritious, this one is it!

Cut up a variety of vegetables into bite size pieces.  Go for color.  I used eggplant, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, broccoli, red onion, and brussels sprouts.  Cut up one or two chicken breasts into bite size pieces.  Combine on a foil covered baking sheet.

Add 5 or 6 chopped garlic cloves, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and paprika.  Drizzle with olive oil.  With your hands, mix up all the ingredients and spread over the sheet.

Roast in a 450 oven for 15.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Never on Sunday rule

Like most people, I look forward to watching the Tournament of Roses Parade each New Years Day.  So, after a leisurely breakfast, a pot of coffee, taking up time with the dogs, I reached for the TV remote and turned on the channel guide to see which channel would carry the parade.

Duh!  It wasn't listed.

So I did a google search on the internet to find the right channel.  This year is it on Monday, January 2. I clicked on a "Never on Sunday" link and learned why it isn't today.  The parade goes back to the late 1800's.  It was agreed that it would never be held on a Sunday because it was feared the parade would disturb the horses tied up in front of churches along the route!!!  That rule still holds today.  I would guess it has lasted this long due to Sunday being designated as NFL coverage!  I note the college bowl games that are usually on New Years Day are also delayed until tomorrow.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ramblings. . .

Not too long ago, I read an article online about things we know today that will be obsolete in the near future.  I don't remember all of them, but here are a few:  Blockbuster Video Stores, long term power outages, manual transmissions in cars. . . WHAT?  No more stick shift cars???  NO!!!

I was raised by a father that wouldn't have anything but a stick shift car, so therefore, that's how I learned to drive!  In those days, there was significant gas mileage savings with a manual transmission.  That is no longer true, I am told.

Driving an automatic transmission car, in my opinion, is boring.  Just like using cruise control.  I like to feel I am engaged in the driving process.

Over the years, whenever I sold a stick shift transmission car, I found that buyers were especially looking for a stick shirt.

As for the demise of long term power outages, the reasoning behind that is that new technology will allow power to be restored much quicker.  Tell that to blizzard and hurricane victims who are stepping over downed power lines!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A wonderful new salad recipe

Here is a great salad recipe I ran across recently.  It is colorful, has a nice blend of flavors, and is good for you!

1 cup green cabbage, chopped
1 cup red cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
olive oil

Combine all the vegetables and mix well.  Pour olive oil over, about 1/4 cup, and season with salt.  Chill to let the flavors blend.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Christmas Surprise!

A few weeks back, I ordered a shirt jac from an online retailer.  There were many color choices and I had a difficult time deciding on just one.  I went with the red plaid.  When the order arrived, I really liked the jac and planned, at a later time, to order another one.

Fast forward to this Christmas morning!  I opened my present from my son, Michael, who was here for brunch.  I couldn't stop laughing when I saw it!  It was the same shirt jac that I liked so much, only in another plaid, one in which I had considered in the first order!

Like minds think alike!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and may your New Year be bright and happy.

Friday, December 16, 2016

A snowy morning

We got about 6 or 8 inches of snow overnight and it clings to everything!  Late yesterday, the Sheriff asked people to avoid any unnecessary driving due to the conditions.