Thursday, July 30, 2009
And now I get to go home to this:
I posted last Friday (or even the Friday before) that I hoped to get the hallway and the walls and ceiling of the dining room painted that weekend. Still not done. Mr.'s parents came up last Saturday, so I got nothing done. Sunday was big stuff moving day. The Sunday before was Oma's b-day, so dinner at my parents... Now this Saturday I am taking my dad's mom to lunch. She probably won't remember the next day, but what can you do? Maybe Sunday I will make a dent.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It has five different grind settings! Fancy-schmancy! It's bigger than I thought it would be, but I guess that makes it easier to hold and turn. It grinds so smooth, I can put tons of pepper on everything and my wrist doesn't hurt. It's fab!
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea....
does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?
Why do croutons come in airtight packages?
Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
If people from Poland are called Poles,
then why aren't people from Holland called Holes?
If it's true that we are here to help others,
then what exactly are the others here for?
What hair color do they put on the driver's
licenses of bald men?
.When you put the two words 'The' and
'IRS' together, it spells......................
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This toolshed was jam-packed with rusty, rotting, and otherwise useless "treasures". Isn't it amazing how people can work up the energy to take all their good stuff with them, but cannot be bothered to clean up after themselves? I suppose we could have written junk clean-out into the contract, but Mr. was convinced he would find some great shining gem in the piles of decaying debris. Nope.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Pretty sad, no? Makes me wish I had the rest of my vases to spread them out a bit more. Martha Stewart I am not...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Do not use any type of metal bowl or spoon for mixing.
Do not refrigerate; it is normal for the batter to bubble, rise, and ferment.
Day 1 – Do nothing. (This is the day you receive your starter.)
Day 2 – Mush the bag.
Day 3 – Mush the bag.
Day 5 – Mush the bag.
Day 6 – Add to bag: 1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. milk. Mush the bag.
Day 7 – Mush the bag.
Day 8 – Mush the bag.
Day 9 – Mush the bag.
Day 10 – Pour batter out of bag into a non-metal bowl.
Add 1 ½ c. each of milk, flour, and sugar. Mix well.
Measure 1 c. batter into 4 separate gallon size zipper bags.
Give starter bags to friends along with a revised copy of this recipe.
Preheat oven to 325°.
In a separate bowl, combine 1 c. sugar, 2 c. flour, ½ tsp. baking powder, 1 large (5.1 oz.) box of instant pudding (pudding flavor will determine flavor of bread), ½ tsp. salt, and 2 tsp. cinnamon (optional). Mix well.
In the bowl with the starter batter add 3 eggs, 1 c. oil, ½ c. milk, 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix well.
Optional: In a small bowl, mix ½ c. sugar and 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon to dust pans and top of bread.
Grease pans (2 large loaf or 3 smaller pans). Use above mixture to coat pans. Pour batter into pans, adding remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture on top.
Bake 1 hour at 325°.
Try getting creative with your mix! Add raisins, chocolate, Heath chunks, toffee, even marshmallows for a taste and a recipe that's all your own! Yum!
Here is the recipe for the starter (from allrecipes.com), in case you don't have any friends passing them around.
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 cups white sugar, divided
3 cups milk
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes.
In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar.
Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added.
Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture.
Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly.
Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
On days 2 through 4; stir starter with a spoon.
Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
Days 6 through 9; stir only.
Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk.
Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Somebody needs to tell me how to put the full video screen up!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The ultrasound technician drew(?) in the little buttcheeks, which I think is the best part. hehe.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I want one! It holds your ipod and somehow magnifies the sound from your earbuds.
Somebody find me a cheaper option! I cannot believe that no one has come up with this idea before now. It's seriously equal parts hilarious and brilliant....
Friday we didn't get much done... Lolled around for a while, took the dining room table out to the new house, then we went to the 1st Annual Crawfish Cookout at Off Broadway. They had all-you-can-eat crawfish, cookies, corn, and gumbo. Yum! There were a ton of people... obviously. Free food brings out the masses. There were three bands, two were great. The first band was a bit strange. They formed a conga line from the dressing room and chanted "Going to the beach" and stomped around the bar for like four minutes... The were all wearing swim trunks and 60's style beach get ups and they were all covered in glitter. You could see their trail all the way through the building... Very interesting. I forgot my camera or I would have some very weird photos.
Saturday we went out to the house to start cleaning and realized we had no water! Everyone kept saying "Did you call the electric company?" Nobody ever mentioned the water company, which is funny, because my fiance works there, so you would think somebody would have mentioned it. Nope. No water. Then our podunk water company decided to take Monday as a holiday as well... So we may have water this evening... Finally! Saturday evening we walked up the hill to the park above our old house and watched the county fireworks. I love bright flashes of light as much as the next girl, but what a waste of tax payers dollars....
I think real estate agents should be required to hand out a generic instruction form of things you need to do.
1. Make sure you have enough money for $3000+ suprises before/during closing.
2. Contact your insurance agent.
3. Contact your utility companies: water, electric, gas, cable, DSL, telephone, sewer, trash, etc... some will take a few days or weeks to begin service.
Sunday, we took jugs of water out with us to at least wash our hands and such. Our house has a cistern attached to the gutter system and the old owners had it cross-connected to the potable water for the house. So, if there had been a leak, we would have been drinking stagnant cistern water. Gross, right? So Mister had to cut all the pipes apart and re-weld them with copper, which took three trips to the hardware store. It's a good thing he is handy. I couldn't use the bathroom, since we had no water, so I kept having to go to the QT down the road. Tons of fun...
Yesterday my mom and her parents came out to see the house. My grandpa loved it, but grandma didn't seem so sure. It needs work, which I guess is easier for guys to overlook. We got the flors buffed in the living room, but that about all. Hopefully, when we have water and I can pee whenever I want, margheritas will make things go much smoother.
Does anyone know how to paint behind a radiator? The one in the dining room sits close enough to the wall to prevent a roller from fitting, but no so close that it will hide what I don't paint. Grrr...
Hopefully, one of these days, the house will feel like home. For now though, I am wishing we never bought it.