Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Here is their house...nice, hey?
Here is Jeff relaxing...yes it was that cold out in August that we had to wear pants and jackets at night :-(
She finally relaxed.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I know not many have the time to donate to rescues so I ask that you click the link below daily. Every click will provide food and care to rescued animals in a shelter or sancutary, Sasha thanks you!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
That is me...someone graciously offered to take a picture for me. I usually don't get pictures of me at places unless I do a self-portrait or ask someone to take one for me.
Here are some "crazies" climbing one of the pyramids. You can see how steep it is.
Here is one of the three pyramids. This is the largest one.
I did climb a pyramid and it was probably the smallest of the three. Going up was fine, but coming down I thought for sure I would trip and fall down the pyramid face first. Luckily, one of the friends I made spotted me the whole way down ;-)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Had some fun in Chinatown (although Katie was the only documented one).
After a long freakin' day we satdown and rested with some JUMBO Margaritas...oh yeah!!!
We had a great time in the short time we were there...Friday to Monday morning. I hope we can do it soon...assuming Mike will have us again.
Monday, July 27, 2009
30 Household Products VINEGAR Can Replace
by Nora Dunn
All Purpose Cleaners
Vinegar in general is a natural (and inexpensive) disinfectant. It can be used on almost anything except marble. So stick it in a spray bottle and get to work! Here are a few more “recipes” for various cleaning purposes:
All purpose cleaner:
2 parts vinegar, 1 part water.
Extra dirty spots:
Scour dirty areas with baking soda, then spray the all purpose cleaner (recipe above) over the area and wipe clean.
Brew a cup of peppermint tea (use 1 tea bag: one cup for you, one for the floor). Squeeze half a lemon in to the floor mix, and add 1 cup of vinegar. Mop away with your solution; the vinegar disinfects, the tea has antibacterial properties and removes marks, and the lemon freshens & disinfects.
Pee stains on carpet (presumably from pets):
Blot up the initial stain, flush it with water, then apply equal parts vinegar and cool water. Blot it all up, rinse, and let dry. This will eliminate odors and stains.
Hard water stains and mineral deposits:
Allow a cloth soaked in vinegar to sit on a hard water stain (for example behind your faucet) or mineral deposit for a few hours. Wipe clean.
Clean your coffee maker or laundry machine or dishwasher by running vinegar through it, followed by water. This reduces soap buildup and keeps everything in working order.
In The Kitchen
Remove labels from glass jars:
Saturate the labeled area in vinegar and scrape the stickiness right off.
Dirty pot bottoms and cooking utensils:
Fill the pot with enough water to cover the stain, add 1 cup of vinegar, and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Let cool, then scrub the stains off. While you’re at it, put your stainless steel cooking utensils in the pot to get them sparkly clean too.
Fruit stains on hands:
Had a little too much fun making that cherry pie or berry salad? Just rub your hands with vinegar to remove the stains.
Coffee stains on china:
Use a mixture of salt and vinegar to clean coffee stains from china.
Wooden cutting boards:
Wooden cutting boards are great, except they can be a hothouse for bacteria (especially if grooves have been cut into the board with use). Disinfect it regularly with vinegar to keep it (and your food) clean.
Clean and crisp up your veggies by soaking them in a mixture of water and a tablespoon or so of vinegar. Any bugs lingering on your produce will float away, and your soggy celery will come to life again (depending on how far gone it was to begin with).
Smelly onion hands:
Eliminate onion odor off your hands by rinsing them in vinegar. This also apparently works with other stinky parts of your body that soap isn’t cutting through, such as underarms.
Clean sticky scissors:
Sometimes those scissors get so gummy you can’t even make them work. Just wipe them down with vinegar, and they’ll be like new again.
There are a few fabric softener strategies you can play with:
Add equal parts vinegar and baking soda, OR just ½ a cup of vinegar to your wash when you would add fabric softener (final rinse cycle). Line dried towels will come out softer with a vinegar-based softener.
You can also add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar to your wash water, which does the following:
Reduces the amount of soap you need to use
Brightens colors, and stops them from running
Acts as a rinse aid
Keeps the washing machine running clean and well
Use vinegar on stains before washing to remove stubborn ones like perspiration, fruit, mustard, and coffee.
In The Garden / Around the House
Kill grass and weeds:
Pour or spray full strength vinegar on grass or weeds poking through your driveway or rearing their heads in other unsavory places.
In The Car
If you know a chilly night is on the make, you can ensure that your windows will be frost-free when you wake up in the morning. Simply mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water, and coat your windows with the mixture the night before.
In The Bathroom
Kill soap scum:
Wiping a “scummy” area with vinegar and rinsing with water will do as good a job as any at attacking your bathroom shower grime. If the scum is particularly stubborn, scrub with baking soda (a great natural abrasive) after wiping with vinegar. Rinse with water.
Unclog your shower head:
Unscrew it, throw it into a pot of equal parts vinegar and water and boil for a few minutes to loosen deposits that are blocking your shower head.
If vinegar removes soap scum on your tiles, it stands to reason that it will also remove soap scum on your hair. Rinse with a cup filled with ½ a cup of warm water and ½ a cup of vinegar, and your locks will be shiny and free of buildup.
Using the same technique as the hair rinse above but with a higher concentration of vinegar, also acts as an effective dandruff treatment.
Apply equal parts vinegar and water to problem areas.
Using vinegar as toner is a great (and inexpensive) alternative to using alpha hydroxyl based products.
Athletes foot (and other fungus):
Apply full-strength vinegar to the affected area twice daily until symptoms abate.
Eliminate smoke odor:
Simply put a bowl of vinegar in the offending room near the offending source. Smoke odors be gone!
If you would like to reduce icky smells but would like a nicer room smell than vinegar, add some fragrant spices (like cardamom) to your bowl of vinegar and leave it in a warm corner of the room.
Use full strength vinegar with soft cloth to make that chrome shine.
Insect traps:Vinegar is an active ingredient used to various insect and pest traps.
Monday, July 13, 2009
If you are ever looking for furry family member, remember please adopt don't shop.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Isn't she a beauty. She arrived in June. Jeff even went to pick her up from the furniture store all alone (doesn't happen often) so I know he was excited to get her. We are really happy with her. She was a custom order from Rowe furniture, who actually make furniture for Pottery Barn/Crate and Barrel. Of course we didn't have to pay their mark-up...I love a deal.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It is from ROWE furniture, the Quincy chair. We custom ordered it so we should be getting it soon. The fabric we choose is different than shown here. When we get it I will post a picture.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
One more time...
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
These boys and girls were in a kill shelter in Athens, GA and were saved by a Golden Retriever Rescue in Minnesota. I drove them from the Chicago suburbs to Janesville, WI. Were I handed them off to Lauren and Jason who were going to take them to Madison, WI. Eventually they got to their new homes in Minnesota later that day.
Chloe- 4 year old owner surrender
Them hanging out in the back of the car...napping
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
With the state of the economy the way it is, everyone is looking for ways to cut back. I saw this article and thought...duh, money-saving 101, but thought I would post anyway.The top 10 overspends
Do you munch protein bars as a healthier alternative to a chocolate pick-me-up? You could easily be paying more than $2 per bar and consuming just as much sugar as you would with your favorite candy bar. Stock up on fruit for a fraction of the cost when you do your grocery shopping. You'll be fitter and save a bundle.
Yes, it's important to drink water every day. But picking up the bottled variety with your lunch is an expensive way to stay hydrated. Rather than spend $2 a day for water, buy a pitcher and a filter for about $20 and drink as much as you want for pennies a glass.
Can't get through the day without at least one cuppa Joe? Stopping at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts can set you back as much as $1.65 per cup. Splurge on a pound of gourmet coffee for $8 to $13 and you can make 40 cups for about 20 cents to 33 cents each.
Do you rush out to buy the latest CD by your favorite group even though there are only one or two songs you really like? Instead of paying up to $18 for the CD, download those cuts you want from iTunes for 99 cents each, or from Amazon for as little as 79 cents.
A night at the movies. An evening for
An evening for two at your local theater costs an average of about $20, including the popcorn -- and closer to $30 in major cities. And that doesn't even count the babysitter. For just $5 a month, you can watch two movies from Netflix or pay $9 for unlimited viewing. If you're willing to wait a little longer for new releases, borrow them free from your local library.
A bouquet of spring blooms brightens up a room and your mood. But purchasing it from a florist at $25 and up can quickly put a dent in your budget. Check out your local grocery store, which offers a selection of seasonal bouquets for $5 to $10.
Fruits & Veggies:
Sure, precut vegetables and salad mixes that are washed and bagged save a little time. But you'll pay for the convenience. Broccoli florets and sliced peppers cost $6 per pound, compared with one-third to one-half the price for the uncut versions. Lettuce varieties that are pre-washed and bagged sell for $5.98 a pound. But it takes just minutes to wash and spin dry enough arugula for your evening salad, and you'll pay one-third as much. Buying whole strawberries rather than sliced ones that are prepackaged cuts the price by 75%.
Credit card fees:
Every month, millions of credit-card customers pay their bills late, and they're assessed as much as $39 each time. Set up an automatic debit and you'll never incur another late fee.
Each time you use an out-of-network ATM you pay an average of $3.43. Do that once a week and you'll rack up almost $180 in ATM fees every year. Avoid those charges by selecting a bank with a large ATM network or an online account that reimburses your ATM fees -- such as the eOne no-fee account from Salem Five Direct bank. Another alternative: Get cash back at the grocery store.
Packaging and mailing services:
Instead of paying FedEx $1.49 to fax one page, sign up to send free faxes from a provider such as faxZero or K7.net. Save on shipping with the U.S. Postal Service's priority mail service. You'll pay just $4.95 to mail an envelope or small box anywhere in the U.S., and your parcel is likely to arrive within two days. Larger packages cost $10.35. That saves at least 50% compared with UPS's two-day service, the cost of which varies by weight and distance.
The above 10 Overspend items are from kiplinger.com
I am/we are guilty of the following:
purchasing bottled water when we could have brought my own bottle and filled it up
purchasing coffee when I could have made it before I left the house instead I slept the extra 5 minutes
eating at the cafeteria at work instead of making my lunch at home and bringing it in...hey, it is really hard to give up my sleep
I/we save in the following areas:
I bring fruit to work everyday. I also have a stash of snacks at my desk or in the office refrigerator (crackers, pretzels, cheese, carrots, etc) in case I get hungry. Not only does it save me $$ these are healthier choices than going to the vending machine.
The husband and I make conscious efforts to only use our banks ATM, since we get socked with a huge fee depending on what the ATM banks charge...usually around $5.50 per withdrawal. Another helpful hint is when you are at the grocery store or Target and are using your debit card withdraw money.
I send faxes at work (yeah we all do it...just admit it) not that it happens very often. I send all packages through the USPS, which is much cheaper than FedEx or UPS.
All of our monthly bills are set-up on automatic debt...we never get any late fees.
When purchase anything on-line I always look to see if there is a coupon code available for the store I am making my purchase from. My favorite is http://www.retailmenot.com/
We only purchase items that are on sale or if we have a coupon...whether it be at the grocery store or a department store.
What are your tips for saving a few dollars?
4½ ripe bananas, peeled, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Friday, March 6, 2009
One Egg Lemon Pound Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract (I used juice from a whole lemon...it was as lemony as I would have like...in the future I am going with the lemon extract)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) grease and flour an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in butter. Break 1 egg into a measuring cup and then fill to the 1 cup line with milk. Add to dry ingredients and beat well. Add vanilla and lemon flavoring.
3. Pour batter into an 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.
My co-workers gobbled this right up...another winner.