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Showing posts with label economy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label economy. Show all posts

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Let Me Hear You Crow


Thanks to Barb, I am participating in my first blog party. Lots of roosters will be coming in their "Best Feathers". So, let's gather 'round and have a good crow!
My fine fellow doesn't know just how lucky he is. You see, he is the last (I think) fine feathered creature left in my home. He proudly rules the kitchen from his perch above the refrigerator.

I have been compelled to downsize due to lack of space and have a little less to take care of. I do not have a lot of decorating around roosters but I have always loved roosters. But, I do have a purple kitchen for him to tend to. I frequently think about the Rooster and Hen that sat on the window sill above my mother's kitchen sink. Many times I have wished that I had those special "kitchen friends".

All of the "party goers" are going to have a lot of fun looking and reading about all of our fellow rooster lover's roosters! How is that for a sentence? ? ? I'm not changing it!


Many, many of us know how easy it is to accumulate "too much stuff". So, last fall, I did a major clean-out. On three different Saturdays, I had a Gi-Normous Yard Sale. It was a Gi-Normous Success.

These photos are from the second Saturday sale. The first Saturday almost cleared the tables! So, then I started all over to fill the tables again. The sale also extended into the garage and patio. I have always taken good care of what I have and many items were in like new condition. There were many things that were at least 50 years old. Things that had been mine and also my mothers.


This was about the time that the recession was becoming a reality. I thought it was very interesting that during the first Saturday, we received several one-hundred dollar bills with request for change. The last Saturday, we were receiving rolls of quarters, dimes and nickels. Recession reality had definitely set in. The last day was almost "A Dollar Store" facsimile. But, even at that I made $300.00 in two hours before it started to rain!


Don't be concerned that I may have sold too many of "my treasures". I think I could have another sale right now if I had the strength and time. Many people were so excited with what they had purchased and I really enjoyed their reaction. It was almost non-stop people the entire time.

At times, it was almost like a big party. The first Saturday we had ice water and the last Saturday we had hot coffee. Some people came back to tell me things like how happy they were with the fabric they bought and they had recovered their dining room chair seats. Another person came back to show me a beautiful lap quilt she made for a "shut-in" with fabric she bought. My heart felt so good! ! !



Since the sale was in the fall the weather was quite unpredictable. There was hot weather and cold weather along with rainy weather. This picture was taken in between the second and third sale. The wind was so strong one evening that it blew the canopies (all three) completely upside-down and into the rose garden. Even though they were fastened together with large spring clips. I heard the noise, went out and all I could say was - - - - - (you fill in the blanks, OK). What a MESS. I guess, I would have to say that I earned every penny that I made!






The tremendous amount of work produced enough funds for payment of my property taxes!!!! It took me weeks to recover from the hard work - - - but the taxes were paid.




THANKS TO BARB FOR HER PARTY


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here Chickie, Here Piggie


Even though it was very hot again today, I had to prepare some chicken thighs that I purchased yesterday at a very good price. I have some nice portions to put in the freezer that I can microwave on another day. As I frequently do, I went to the Internet to look for something that I have not made previously. I found a very simple recipe that has very simple ingredients. It is called Thighs on Rice. The name couldn't get much simpler either! The recipe is from Allrecipes.com. I have been quite successful with that web site when I am looking for recipes. I am very pleased with the finished dish. Add some steamed carrots and a romaine lettuce and tomato salad on the side and it is a nice dinner. The recipe link is http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Thighs-on-Rice/Detail.aspx.

If you knew how many cookbooks I have in my collection, you might question my sanity for looking for more recipes on the Internet. At a later date, I'll show you the bookshelf.


Since the house was already seriously hot, I decided that I should go ahead and prepare the pork chops that I also have from the grocery shopping the day before.












This time, I went to the recipe box to get a recipe that I have made many times since I was a new young wife - - - - - - long, long ago. The name is Hawaiian Pork Chops and it is also a very easy recipe. You use 6 or more pork chops that you salt and pepper, then dip in a mixture of one beaten egg and 2 Tbsp. cream or milk. Coat them with bread crumbs (I used plain Panko crispy bread crumbs) and brown in oil until golden brown. Place the chops in a baking dish and cover with crushed pineapple. Do not cover. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. And, that's it and they are good!




Isn't that pretty?

I have always enjoyed cooking and baking. I still do quite a bit of it. My biggest deterrent these days is the price of groceries. I like using lots of ingredients that are not in the casual pantry but those items have become so pricey that I no longer can cook the same way. Many of those items aren't used that often and I am always concerned about the shelf life. If I only use the item once and have to throw the remainder out, I can't justify purchasing it. I'm just thankful I had the opportunity for years to enjoy cooking lots of different cuisines.

Wishing you a FABULOUS summer day.

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Some Additional Special Photos

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Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012

Happy Family (2014)

Happy Family (2014)
Grandma Pride

Valentine's Day 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

High School (1957) Friends Of Mine On The Left Live In New York and We Met In Canada In 2013

Bud Mietz

Bud Mietz
1928 - 2014