Tax Return Buys

My husband and I received our tax return a couple of weeks ago…and after paying all of our bills (he’s unemployed, so it’s been paycheck to paycheck lately) and putting some into the savings account, I decided we could each buy something. Last weekend after church we headed to one of the local antique malls and we both found something…actually, I found two somethings! LOL!

On Monday my husband went back and negotiated lower prices and bought himself a funny cast iron bottle opener (ummm…let’s just say he named “her” Pamela ~ just picture Ralphie stroking his dad’s Leg Lamp…only Pamela is from head to 5″ stilettos!). And one of my two picks ~ which I will show a picture of!

A hand-made wooden cupboard with hand-forged hinges.

And then yesterday, while carrying in some groceries, I saw my second pick sitting in the sunroom! I skipped up the walk-way! A wooden table with an enamel metal top! He went back and got me the table!!! The paint isn’t my favorite…but it does match the tile in the kitchen…also not my favorite…but when it warms up a bit I’m going to buy some sage green paint.

Here’s my new table ~

As you can see…it matches the tile in my wee kitchen. Don’t mind the dirty dishes.

Carson Valley, Nevada

Another day of training here at work…my coworker is transferring to another department and I’m learning her job.

My brain’s been hurting so I think I’ll just post a couple of pictures of last Friday down in Jack’s Valley and Carson Valley. 🙂

Gardening Supplies ~ Cool Finds

I’m taking a small break from training here at work and was looking at a email sent by The Gardener's Supply Comany online magazine…just thought I’d share a few good ideas and some items I find interesting.

In their last email they have an article on growing a Kitchen Garden in containers by Kathy LaLiberte HOW TO GROW A KITCHEN GARDEN IN CONTAINERS

Best Vegetables for Containers

Potatoes, chard, lettuce, cherry and bush tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, Asian greens, pole beans. And don’t forget herbs!

Planting Depth

Here are the minimum soil depths for healthy growth. Keep in mind that you can get by with less depth if you use a Self-Watering Planter.

4-5 inches: chives, lettuce, radishes, other salad greens, basil, coriander
6-7 inches: bush beans, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, Asian greens, peas, mint, thyme
8-9 inches: pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach, parsley, rosemary
10-12 inches: beets, broccoli, okra, potatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, dill, lemongrass

More useful articles by Kathy LaLiberte, THE INNOVATIVE GARDENER ~ lots of different articles in the following catagories: Spring Gardening, Backyard Habitat, Flower Gardening, Vegatable Gardening, Composting & Soil, Container Gardening, and Weather Protection

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BIODEGRADABLE COWPOTS…these transplant pots are made by two dairy farmers in Connecticut…they were trying to figure out an environmentally responsible way to dispose of cow manure. (I’m pretty sure I saw this on DIRTY JOBS with Mike Rowe!!!!)

Completely biodegradable pots transplant directly into garden
Add nutrients to the soil as they degrade
Larger size pot for robust transplants
Roots grow through and take natural fertilizer with them
Eliminates transplant shock
Two sizes, both sold in sets of 12

**** Hee! I was right ~ Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs DID do a segment on the Cowpots! HERE IT IS!…I just love Mike.

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BIOBAG Composting Pail Liners ~ they are made of 100% biodegradable cornstarch, so you can toss the whole thing into your compost bin.

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This is a neat bee house ~ MASON BEE HOUSE…here are the instructions on using the house. I guess they aren’t like honey bees in that they don’t use a hive. I’m not even sure if there are those type of bees in the Sparks, NV area…but I do have lots of bees in my yard, as I have Russian Sage and Lavender all over. When I’m weeding near the lavender they always keep me company…not once have I ever been stung and there would be 20 of them flying around me.

****Info I found on Orchard Mason Bees from the Washington State University site. I’m pretty sure I don’t remember seeing a wee blue bee in my yard.
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Ok…I have to get back to work now. 😦

For Today ~ 23 February 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 23 February 2009

Outside My Window… Cool, cloudy, morning rain…snow up in the mountains…right where it needs to be. 🙂

I am thinking… there is so much running around in circles in my head it’s hard to say what is what at the moment. Will have to throw a monkey wrench in there to slow things down a bit.

I am thankful for… a roof over my head…that doesn’t leak! 🙂 My mom loaning me money to payoff a bill (that card was shredded to pieces a while ago, now the bill will be wiped clean).

From the kitchen… Hmmm…will be leftovers. I thought I printed out a parmesan chicken recipe from The Pioneer Woman’s website, but must not have. So I sorta made my own recipe up from what I could remember about hers. Was dang tasty with the baked potatoes.

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, burgundy long sleaved heavy tshirt.

I am creating… Still making crocheted cotton wash/dish cloths ~ but am also making a small quilted wall-hanging using 1930’s reproduction fabrics for a Spring Exchange I’m in. Also making some hammered copper pieces with glass beads.

I am going… take a deep breath and jump into more training here at work.

I am reading… gardening books, Hobby Farm Home, an old Ziggy book.

I am hoping… that my husband gets called for an interview very soon. He turned in his resume/app at a “job fair” for a civilian military contractor, the guy told him to be near his phone as he’ll definitely be calling.

I am hearing… Chatter from the office next door.

Around the house… plans for the garden and lists of plants. Trays of seedlings that have sprouted.

One of my favorite things… cutting out fabric and sewing them back together in a beautiful quilt.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… same as last week…quilting and wire wrapping/hammering.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…
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Ok…I have a Duck Tail fetish…aren’t these the cutest duck butts?! I just LOVE the curls of a duck tail! These handsome fellows are from Gardnerville, NV…they were around during lunch on Friday.

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Just Because…

Am taking Friday off to head down to Gardnerville…just for the heck of it…because it’s supposed to be sunny…because I just found out about a quilt shop (The Quilt House) down there that I had no clue about…because my husband has to take a recertification class on Saturday and it’s gonna rain/snow on Sunday.

Am very much looking forward to Saturday! I get to play with wire and beads…without my husband being home! Maybe I’ll head over to G&G Nursery and Rail City Garden Ceter too. And maybe muddle-through more of the crocheting round dish/wash cloths.

I’ve finished six square cloths…two round ones, at least they’re sorta round. I still don’t quite comprehend crochet speak.

Here is one I finished at lunch today…and the start of another.

Wishing everyone a great weekend ~

Wednesday’s Ramblings

I’ve been busy at work lately, so I didn’t get a lot posted last week.

Thought I’d share a few recipes that I found online, a thrift store find my husband bought me, and a picture of my Great Grandma’s cast iron oil lamp wall hanger (finally got it up!)

First off…MULTI-GRAIN KITCHEN SCISSOR BUNS!

I found this recipe over at Mennonite Girls Can Cook…and boy howdy are they GREAT! Very simple dough to make…nice and crunchy on the outside and soft & chewy on the inside. Very hearty! I made them up for ham & lentil soup. The great thing about this recipe is that the dough can stay in the frig for up to 2 weeks and you pull off just the amount that you want to bake for the night! 🙂 I used Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Bread Flour as that is the only thing I could find at Raley’s (I was with my husband and he’s impatient at the grocery store, so I didn’t get to look around for anything else). Oh yeah…make sure you make the dough up at least one day PRIOR to when you want them, as the dough has to rest for one day in the frig….found that out the hard way (ie: didn’t read through the directions before making them).

Also found on the MENNONITE GIRLS CAN COOK blog was a link to ~ LOW-FAT BLUEBERRY LEMON SCONES ~ VERY GOOD recipe! I used lemon zest and frozen organic blueberries for my scones, and accidentally left out the salt, but that was good since I was going to give some to my In-Laws and my FIL can’t have salt.

Lookie at the enameled stock pot my husband found for me during a 50% sale at a local thrift store!! My kitchen is in cream and greens…I’m using it to store potatoes, onions, and squash.

Finally got my Great Grandma’s cast iron lamp hanger up…and the lamp that she used. I put up my Grandpa’s (from my dad’s side) black metal match holder just below the lamp.

And just for giggles…I found this on Saturday morning…it’s our car’s frosty shadows.

For Today ~ 17 February 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 17 February 2009

Outside My Window… Chilly, light snow on the ground, bit of ice…lots of clouds. More snow on the way…YOU GO SNOW! Drop more on those mountains! I want WATER this summer!

I am thinking… I sorta miss my online connection at home.

I am thankful for… my family.

From the kitchen… Two new recipes…I tried Low-Fat Blueberry Lemon Scones, Multi-grain bread…and old standby’s ~ lentil soup with ham and veggies. (Ham leftover from Saturdays ham dinner…I had a ham in the freezer since Christmas)

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, fuzzy grey pullover with rolled neck…same thing as last Monday.

I am creating… crocheted cotton wash/dish cloths.

I am going… to call my old boss to set a date for lunch this week.

I am reading… gardening books, Hobby Farm Home, old beading and quilting magazines.

I am hoping… that I finally got myself organized enough to start back into my wire wrapping…I’ve some pendants that I want to make.

I am hearing… quiet. Nice quiet.

Around the house… A sunroom bench covered with my silver and copper wires, beads, glass, hammer and sketches.

One of my favorite things… a nice long hot bubble bath in my cast iron claw tub with all the candles burning and Dahlia on the radio…I had a very relaxing evening last night. Big sigh.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… wire wrapping and start up some fancy stitches on the crazy quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…
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I think I’m going to share a video of Green Day instead ~ another favorite song.

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Tried Two New Recipes ~ Burek (Borek) & Chocolate Pie

Tried a couple of new recipes this weekend ~ one from Laila and one from The Pioneer Woman.

First…let’s do dessert! 🙂 Always go for the dessert first…especially when it has chocolate in it!

Here is the printable recipe for The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Pie…it’s pretty simple with not many ingredients.

I used her recipe for pie crust…I had made up one of her apple pies last month and stuck the rest of the pie crust into the freezer for a later date.

The only thing I would say is it takes more than 45 seconds to melt the chocolate in the microwave. I ended up just putting it over a small pot of hot water to melt it. Pulled out my Kitchenaid for this pie…added an egg and then walked away to watch the Friday Night Fights on ESPN. Added an egg and went back to tv…that goes on for four eggs. Until….

ONLY BAD THING ABOUT THIS IS YOU HAVE TO WAIT TWO FLIPPING HOURS BEFORE EATING IT! Big sigh…when she tells you to “scrape every last speck of it out of the bowl”….DON’T LISTEN TO HER! Leave some for you to lick lick lick! That should hold you until the looooooong two hours is up. 😀

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Next ~ onto Laila’s recipe. I made this up for dinner last night. Very, very, very tasty. Laila's Ground Meat Phyllo Pie "Burek"

Her recipe calls for:

one package of phyllo dough (box holds two packages, use whole box!)
1 pound of minced meat ~ I used chili cut minced beef
2 TBSP butter
1 small onion, chopped (I used a large yellow onion)
1/2 cup choped bell peppers (I probably ended up with 3/4 cup of chopped red, yellow and orange bell peppers, don’t like the green ones.)
1 TBSP Tomato paste
1/2 tsp Allspice
Salt and Pepper to taste
3/4 Cup milk
(I added Feta Cheese…had some that I needed to use up, figured it’s good with Spinach pie, why not with this?!)

Melt butter and saute onions, add meat until all cooked. Add peppers and mix. Then add allspice, salt and pepper, and tomato paste. Set aside.

Melt 1/2-3/4 cup of butter. Brush bottom of pan with butter and add the first sheet of phyllo (1-2 sheets), brush with butter and keep doing this until 1/2 phyllo is used.

Add meat mixture.

Continue with phyllo and butter until the last is used. Do not butter the top layer. You pour the 3/4 cup milk on top of the whole kit-n-kaboodle. The milk will give you a moist flaky crust that is easier to cut.

She says to use a medium oven for 30 minutes…I baked the pie at 375F for 30 minutes.

Cut and eat! I made up a salad of sliced cucumbers and red onions with garlic red wine vinegar.

For Today ~ 9 February 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 9 February 2009

Outside My Window… Dark…horizon has a purple glow…sky is white with blowing snow. It be chilly out there!

I am thinking… Stupid Nevada weather. 60F then 30F then 60F then 46F then 60F then 34F. Grrrrr. Thank goodness I don’t have fruit trees.

I am thankful for… my space heater, again. Heat my tootsies, please!

From the kitchen… a new recipe I tried from LAILA ~ Ground Meat Phyllo Pie. It was quite yummie! I added a salad of sliced cucumbers & red onions with garlic red wine vinegar.

I am wearing… blue jeans, tennies, fuzzy grey pullover with rolled neck.

I am creating… a quilt. I’m sketching an idea for a quilt using 1930’s reproduction fabrics.

I am going… to call my husband to thank him for washing the bed sheets…he’s not very good at laundry, but he trys.

I am reading… gardening books…and Hobby Farm magazine.

I am hoping… that my pepper seeds start to sprout. It’s a bit cold in our house and I keep moving them around to find a warm spot.

I am hearing… quiet. Nice quiet.

Around the house… A patched hole in the wall from the doorknob. Clean kitchen. New bird feeder to replace an old broken one. More cleaning/clearing of the flower beds.

One of my favorite things… snuggling under 4 quilts while it’s cold outside…hitting the alarm clock and telling it FIVE MORE MINUTES!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… take down some quilt blocks to start fancy hand stitching and appliquing on them (crazy quilt blocks).

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

GLOBAL WARMING PROTEST!

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