Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Thank you so much, Sheryl, for all you do for me. Just knowing you're there means all the world!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Place chips in the microwave for about 30 seconds with 2/3 - 3/4 C. Peanut Butter (we like the crunchy kind). I prefer Adam's because it has no sugar or hardened fats, and add 2 tablespoons of milk. Adam's is very soft so with regular peanut butter you may need to increase milk. Stir the chips, peanut butter and milk, place back in the microwave for 15-20 seconds and stir again. If needed microwave another 10-15 seconds. Be careful though, carob is very heat sensitive and becomes chewy like a tootsie roll quickly if it get too hot. If there are bits of carob chips left, just stir the warm mixture until they finish melting. Add 2-3 packets of Truvia to taste and 1/8 t. of Vanilla. I use Butter Vanilla. Spread onto oiled plate. Allow to cool to room temperature. Carob Chips can be purchased at Health Food Stores and Whole Foods. Adam's Peanut Butter, Truvia (a no calorie natural and healthy sweetener), and Soymilk are available in many grocery stores. And, Butter Vanilla comes from from the specialty cake and candy maker's supply store, but regular Vanilla is OK, too! So there you have it; Fudge made without Chocolate, and taste's like a peanut butter cup! Well, at least to me it does!! Here're those 5 simple ingredients without all the chatter:
2C. Carob or Chocolate Chips
2/3 - 3/4 C. Peanut Butter
2T. Milk or Soymilk
2-3 Packets Truvia
1/8 t. Vanilla
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Some songs are there just to make us smile, like "The Dummy Song" and "I Hope You Dance", or to help us "Make Someone Happy".
Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Julie Andrews and some of the others on my list I consider to be simply brilliant musicians!
I identify with Julie Andrews since the car accident. She inspires me because she's a survivor. And after throat surgery in 1997 that left her unable to speak, let alone sing, she has returned glorious!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Then songs from some of my favorite movies include "Couple of Swells" - Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, "One Fine Day", and "Dreams" by the Cranberries.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Well, this is my very first contribution to "How-To Tuesday" and I'm excited to share the story of our yard sale miracle! I had been combing the internet and conjuring up ideas for how I was going to fix the problem of not enough storage space in my kitchen, so I was in the market for a cabinet.
My daughter Suzanne and I went to the fundraiser yard sale of some friends of ours where we noticed the dad and older brothers with a pickup. We bought a couple of items, then continued with our yard-saling. Suzanne found herself a $50 freezer in great condition, which was something she'd been needing, but she didn't have a way to get it home. We went back to our friends where she hired the dad and brothers and when the truck was moved, there it was! My pantry.
They were hesitant when I asked what they wanted for it, but they told me $20. I had priced them new at $80 before tax, so I jumped at the price! I also had them deliver the cabinet and I spent the rest of the day fixing it up. I was so excited about it that I forgot to take pictures of what it looked like when I first got it home. It's solid wood and looked like it had been bought and used as unfinished. There was some pencil scribbling and black Sharpee markings on it and some crayon. The crayon came of with a scouring pad. I wiped off the dust with a damp cloth, took out the drawers, and painted.(My Dad is a retired professional house painter, and he emphasized the importance of making sure the surface was clean and he told me that the paint wouldn't cover crayon.) Since there was no old paint or varnish or serious dings I didn't need to sand anything either! If you have a surface that is very smooth, the paint won't stick so sanding is a must..
I started with the fronts of the drawers. I made sure no paint got on the metal runners or wheels and I didn't paint the insides. I then painted the cabinet from top to bottom, again, not painting the inside except the shelf that has no door, and the cabinet doors. I used black, water-based paint for easy cleanup and a small 2" paint brush, but I actually used a child's water coloring brush for the close spots around the hinges.
I took out one of the shelves and went to Home Depot with it, where they cut me two more shelves. I didn't know that the little brackets that hold up those shelves came in towo sizes, but I bought a package of each size knowing I could return the unused package later.
Brush strokes are important to pay attention to. With a solid color piece, the strokes look best going in the same direction as the grain of the wood except in small spots. The doorless shelf I painted and the edges of the doors I also coated with a layer of mod podge to help protect them from getting scratched.
All together with the paint, the shelves and the brackets the final cost of my new pantry came to about $35! Not too shabby for a day's work. And now, for the follow up of the cleaning and reorganizing of my other cupboards!
I hope this is helpful to you. Feel free to ask in the comment section if you have any questions.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I found it on DVD on e-bay and had to have it! Sandy is adorable and Danny Kaye is the sweetest Papa ever. I was so glad to get it that when I retrieved it from the mailbox tonight I didn't waste a minute watching it and I was not at all disappointed. It was just as fun and heartwarming as I remember!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Concerts were an important part of my life as a teenager because I played the flute and we did concerts as well as playing for games, half-time shows and parades. I did actually go to a rock concert once as a kid to hear a group called "The Association". They were such a favorite with me!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
There were other bands that were part of "The Invasion" but the Beatles and Herman's Hermits were THE ONES!
When I'm 64 was the other song I couldn't get for the playlist so again, I found it on youtube.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
~ Just as a side note, they said Louis Armstrong would never amount to much on the trumpet because he didn't hold his instrument correctly!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
When we visited my Dad in January I took a look at his freshly painted front door and I told him I was going to be doing the same thing so he gave me some good tips. He said to paint the indented parts of the door first and the raised sections second. He also told me that it's best to go from top to bottom so as to catch drips.
Now that the door is done and dry, I'm feeling pretty good about the way it turned out. I wasn't too sure at first, but it looks better dry than it did wet. I think Dad would approve. :)
Friday, March 4, 2011
~ Beautiful Dreamer was Grandma Shipp's favorite
~ The Very Thought Of You also makes me think of her, it's not one of her favorites but it brings on the nostalgia and I love Billie Holiday
~ Barbra Streisand was my Dad's favorite, and since I couldn't find the song I liked best of hers to add to the playlist, I did find one I liked. My favorite is featured on youtube, though!
~ Softly As I Leave You was sung by Sam at Pop's funeral. Only Michael Buble recorded it right, though. Don't singers know that when they sing a tender song, it should be sung tenderly? Wish I had a way to put Sam's rendition on here. It was perfect.