Sunday, October 24, 2021

It's 5 o'clock in Margaritaville

 I'm trying very hard not to waste foods. I haven't completely mastered it, but I think I'm getting there. My grocery bill has sky rocketed and it would be nice not to be wasteful. 

I had a couple of limes sitting in my fridge that needed to be used so I thought .... let's try making home made margaritas ... Barefoot Contessa Style! 

Hum ... I need Tequila and Triple Sec ... off I went to the liquor store. 

As I proceeded to make the recipe, Saturday night was looking to be an enjoyable and relaxing night. Hum .... much too tart, needs a bit of sugar.

They were yummy ....

As I sipped my second Margarita ... enjoying the fruit of my labour, thinking .... now that's life .... that is ... until it hit me like a ton of bricks. OMG, it dawned on me that the Barefoot Contessa likes her alcoholic drinks strong ... BANG! 

What I thought was going to be a somewhat productive evening ended up with me just sitting there on the couch ... in a zombie mode ... listening to music. Nothing accomplished that night except using two (2) limes! lol

The first time I make a recipe, I don't usually question and follow the instructions ... I certainly was not thinking that night. She calls for the following per serving:

2 Ounces of Tequila
2 Ounces of Triple Sec 

You can bet I wont be making that mistake again! Oh, and more limes on my grocery list!


Saturday, October 16, 2021

I truly stink ....

At pita making/baking, that is. Although one did pop properly. Statistically, one out of eight is not a great stats!

So, I've resolved myself to making pita for the purpose of ... pita chips! I do make a mean pita chip if I do say so myself!

Home made pita chips are so much better than store bought. Aside from the fact that you don't have all those preservatives, mine are soft yet crunchy ... perfect for Bruschetta.

I know ... it's not how you traditionally eat Bruschetta ... but it's so good! I do make a mean Bruschetta. It's so easy to make, I don't understand why I hadn't done it sooner. Want my recipe?


3 - 4 Plum Tomatoes

3 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar 

1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt (adjust to taste)

1 Garlic Clove (I use a micro grater)

1 tablespoon Fresh Basil chopped (I wing it!)

It's that simple!

The key is to have a good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Those are the two things I do not skimp on. It makes all the difference in the world. 

Well, best be going ... the Shoppe Troll is coming over for Bruschetta! Catch you all later!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

My misadventure with a Frigidaire Freezer

 I've been thinking about this purchase for the past couple of years. The fridge freezer is so small ... it wouldn't even hold a small turkey unless it was empty. I tend to cook a lot and need the freezer space ... never mind that I'm always digging into my freezer looking for what I need. Everything is pilled up ... drives me nuts!

So a few weeks ago, I bit the bullet and bought myself an upright freezer.

The freezer was delivered with the door opening from the left size. It made more sense to have it open from the right side ... the kitchen side.

I proceeded to work on changing the door opening. OMG, what a production! All went according to plan until .... two (2) friggen screws wouldn't budge. I called my friend, Shoppe Troll, and she had her DH stop by to help me out. Mr. Shoppe Troll couldn't get them off either and we were starting to strip the screw. He actually went back home and got his impact wrench! After a few tries, the screws finally loosened up. Who in their right mind at Frigidaire would have screws on so tightly that you need an impact wrench to get them loose? That was not a tool on the list of "tools required" to change the door ... seriously only two tools were mentioned. So grateful he had the impact wrench! 

I haven't decided if I should write a complaint letter to Frigidaire. Not even sure it will make a difference. I don't know about you but I'm finding good customer service less and less of a thing these days... as if companies just don't care. Hum ... just checked the Frigidaire site, no snail mail or e-mail address ... interesting!

I will admit, it is wonderful to have freezer space. 

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Chookyblue zoom .... zoom!

 Friday evening well into Saturday morning, I had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with these lovely ladies.

Always a treat to chat about life the universe and quilting. It's so inspirational! Even more so since I seem to have found my quilting groove! I also got to meet Swooze for the first time. 

Thank you Donna for hosting theses wonderful zoom get together!

Catch you all later! Cheers!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Feng Shui is a thing in a quilting studio!

 Well, I bit the bullet and re-arranged my quilting studio. What motivated me? First time in all the years we have been meeting that I show up at our Sew we Gather group without the project completed. After I got home I said "fudge it!" ... not really what I said LOL ... and got to work.

Would you believe ... I didn't have to take any computer equipment apart. I just pushed everything towards the center area and dragged the desk to its new place. I did have to vacuum and dust! lol

It really opens up the place ... making it less crowded when you first come it.

After the re-arranging, I actually sat down and quilted. It also occurred to me that when I was ironing my pieces, I was facing the work desk ...YUCK! Now I face my UFO Projects in waiting shelf!

Seriously, it makes all the difference in the world. Even on Monday, when I sat down at my work desk, I immediately noticed a difference.

Glad I bit the bullet and tackle that issue. It was so worth it!

Thanks for stopping by! Catch you all later! Cheers!

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