Monday, September 29, 2014

Placemats In My Fridge Follow Up!

Well, after the fridge called my name all day.  It finally started stinking really bad. Which meant, no more putting it off. It had to be cleaned. I am still loving the sun flower placemats that I found at the local thrift store $1.50 a piece. The plastic is easy to clean up. They are not just sturdy but, pretty as well. 

Down side....there is a difference in the type of placemats you buy and use in the fridge. Case and point the one the left down below. It's not solid plastic. It's a laminated placemat. Not so study. Did not last as long as I had hoped. I am looking for a couple of solid plastic ones to replace them. 

Alright, I promise this is the last time I ramble on and on about how great the placemats in my fridge are. Just in case you missed the first two times I rambled on about them, you can go here and here. Now, I am going to go admire how clean the fridge is while getting a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk. Mmmm, that sounds so good right now and read some blogs.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Collector of Clutter?

Maybe. It seems that way or at least if you looked at the back of my car, you might think that I am. Tomorrow, I will make my second trip to the local thrift store in less than 7 days. My car is full of stuff. This stuff was taking up space in my basement. Cluttering it up. Weighing me down. Getting in the way of other things I want to be working on. Whew, so glad to finally have my collection of clutter out of my house, and almost gone completely.

Wondering how long before the clutter re-appears? Guess only time will tell. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sweet Treat, Brownies

Awe, finally a sweet chocolatey treat that I can eat. Ooolaaalaa! They melted in my mouth. Much too sugary and good for children. But, none the less they are gone and a fresh batch is already baking in my oven as I type this. Food allergies have been a real challenge. Before making these, each ingredient had to pass my own allergy test. 

My Brownie Recipe Is:

1 Cup. Melted Butter

2 1/2 or 3 Cup Sugar. (depending how sugary sweet you want your brownies.)

1 TBS. Vanilla

4 Eggs

1 1/2 Cup. Flour (I use Turkey flour)

1 Cup. Cocoa Powder

1 tsp. Salt

1 Cup. Chocolate Chips ( I used 1/2 white chocolate chips and 1/2 semi sweet)

Mix dry ingredients together first.
Add in wet ingredients, stir together. I don't use my mixer, I just stir it with a wooden spoon. Great work out for my arms.
Pour into a 9x13 pan  lightly sprayed.
Baked 350'  for 35 to 40 min

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day...Junk

Hubby and I tackled our junk filled basement today. It was took a lot of  hard "LABOR" to get most of it done. I say most. Because, there is still boxes of photos, genealogy and old scrapbooks that need some tlc. Can you believe I got a bit emotional over some of the junk in the photo below. Yep, sure did. Even started to shed a tear or two. But, Hubby held my hand, offered some great questions for me to ponder while sorting. Like, "would this go with you to your dream home?" or " Is this going to help you achieve your goals right now?". Just what I needed to help me let go. Thanks Babe! 

Now I am chilling watching an old movie, and cleaning out my e-mail. Also, noticed I have been nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge. Guess, I better plan something spectacular for that. Maybe I should just donate. Not thrilled at the idea of dumping ice on my head. Going to think about it. So, thanks sister for nominating me. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Baking Powder Re-placement

Baking Powder has corn starch in it. Did you know that? I wasn't aware of what was in much of anything until recently. Now, I am very aware. I did some research and found that Baking Soda and Cream of Tartar together are great replacements for Baking Powder. 


1 tsp Baking Powder 

Replace it with : 

 1/4 Baking Soda + 1/2 Cream of Tartar

I have been very grateful for this useful information, since baking powder is in most goodie recipes. It's nice to know that I can make some cookies that I can eat now. I haven't had cookies in over 2 months, since finding out about my food allergies. Will be working on a cookie recipe this next week, to try. Happy Day! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Taking A Boy School shopping.

Just spent my Friday night back to school shopping with Brad. I would have done better to have just gone to the pool to relax, and sent him back to school in whatever clothes are currently in a pile on the bedroom floor. Because, he hated shopping. We only found one pair of shorts for back to school. Seems like every other kid in the valley wears the same size he does. As for shirts. Well, Old Navy had some shirts on sale. We grabbed 5 random shirts off the rack that he promised he would wear and called it good. Nope, no trying on. Thank heavens I saved the receipts. Maybe tomorrow he will try them on. But, for now he doesn't really care about how he looks. All boy! Good news for me, some of the shirts rang up for $2 bucks. As a thrifty shopper and mom who likes a great deal. I am happy about the nice surprise at the check out. Made up for a Brad's lack of enthusiasm when shopping. 

Truth is he hates the crowds, the noise bothers him and for a kid with autism those two discomforts are enough to make any back to school shopping trip a real pain in the butt. Just telling it how it is. Feeling grateful that he has his hair cut and has something nice to wear for the first week of school. 

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