Tuesday, December 1, 2009
the thermostat is turned down to save on electricity, its really not too bad, my internal thermostat has definitely changed since my surgery!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here is one web site which is showing just some of the deals out there. This year retailers aren't even waiting until Friday, some of the sale prices started a couple days ago, check out some of the ads here and remember its not a good deal if you end up charging it and paying interest!
Keep track of spending and make it a fun holiday experience not one you regret next month when the bills come due.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
With all the rain in October the elephant ear is really growing this year.
see the lemon and lime trees I plan on bringing them in the house this winter.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The idea of the Jack O’Lantern and pumpkin carving is derived from Irish folklore. Despite the different variations, the basis of all the mythical stories center around an Irishman nicknamed Stingy Jack who played tricks on everyone, including the devil. Whether he was having a drink with the devil and not paying his fair share or he was tricking the devil into climbing up a tree where Jack had carved crosses, preventing the devil from climbing down, Stingy Jack ultimately made a compromise with the devil. In order for the devil to be freed from Stingy Jack's tricks, the Devil had to promise him that he would never take his soul.
As the story goes, Stingy Jack eventually died. Because of his sinful ways, he was not accepted into heaven. And, true to the devil’s promise, Stingy Jack was not allowed into hell either. He was left all alone in the dark with nowhere to go. The devil then gave him an ember with eternal flames from hell to walk with. He carved a turnip and placed the light inside of it to help him as he wandered through the darkness for eternity.
As the story continued to be told throughout history, people began carving scary faces and characters on different vegetables holding burning coals for protection against the dark spirits, just like Stingy Jack. After people started immigrating to America, pumpkins were discovered easier to carve and candles replaced coal. Still, the tradition of the Jack O’Lantern continued.
After you finish carving your pumpkin, save the seeds and bake them. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are an easy and tasty snack that is perfect for the fall. I remember my mom always had treats for us after carving, so I asked her how she makes them.
Pumpkin Seed Recipe
• One pumpkin
• Cookie sheet
• Olive oil or butter
• Herbal seasonings, such as salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper
1. Rinse the pumpkin seeds and remove all the pulp. To help get the pulp off, put the seeds in bowl of water—most should come off that way.
2. Spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet and let dry. (The seeds taste best if you soak them in salted water the night before.)
3. Toss the seeds with olive oil, or butter, and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, or any other herbs you think would taste best.
4. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, continually tossing the seeds.
5. Cook until golden brown.
excerpt from "The Herb Companion" magazine
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
While visiting Charles and Amanda last time we drove up to Missouri and ate BBQ and went to a downtown fresh vegetqable market where we ate an an Italian cafe. We also visited Cabela's.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
We had a storm come through last week with 75 mph wind... after the at least 12" plus of rain in the last month, that includes the 6" we got last week...we lost two more big limbs off the pecan tree in the back yard and electricity for 36 hours, due to pine trees being blown over at the houses north of us, I'm so glad we don't have that problem anymore.
A big "thank you" to Leon for his help in talking Kenneth through how to hook the generator up to the house so we could get the refrigerator and freezer back up and running.
We had one loss...the bird bath was broken while Kenneth was cleaning up the limbs. Oh well, we get to make a trip to Marshall Pottery sometime soon. We might also see about a drawbridge to put across the mote around the back patio.