Somethin' Good Blog at (11/2011)

Somethin' Good

Nov. 30, 2011 1:22 pm 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 3:28 pm
My last blog was "less is more" all about scaling back, cutting down, frugality.  All the things I live by on a daily basis.  I do believe, I really do.......................but sometimes you just go NUTS.  Since this blog is about NUTS (even though you can't eat them) I figure it is… MORE
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Nov. 29, 2011 1:05 pm 
Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 1:11 pm
Tree is up, wreaths are hung, Christmas hand towels washed and hung, candles set out.  I wrapped 75% of the gifts.  I am done!  Every year I do less and it takes more energy.  It used to make me so sad when my Mom said, "Oh no, I don't put up a tree anymore, it's too much trouble"  I am not… MORE
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Nov. 29, 2011 12:56 pm 
Updated: Dec. 9, 2011 7:28 am
As the economy continues to slump, we must rise to the challenge.  This may include making homeade Christmas gifts.  Last year I made this brown sugar scrub, packaged it up in recycled glass jars (even jelly jars will do) that have lids and tied them up with ribbon or raffia. If you can… MORE
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Nov. 28, 2011 1:28 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 11:54 am
I make a brown sugar scrub (bath product) every year for Christmas gifts.  Scoop into a pretty mason jar or such and add a ribbon and it makes a nice small gift.  Anyone interested in how to make this.  Based on comments, I will blog how to if there is interest.  I am all about Christmas, the… MORE
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Nov. 28, 2011 6:43 am 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011 6:12 pm
I was only 11 when my mother had to be hospitalized and had surgery at Thanksgiving time.  My Dad had invited his boss and wife for dinner.  I was 11, my little brother was 4.  Dad said he would cancel the meal, I said "I can make it don't worry".  Well, in retrospect I realize he was very… MORE
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Nov. 25, 2011 11:05 am 
Updated: Nov. 26, 2011 2:08 pm
Hope everyone had a good meal and some great fellowship yesterday.  I know I did.  My kids went away to the "in laws" this year, but I was surrounded by many of my nursing friends and their family.  Wonderful day.  She had so many people (over 20) , that she used decorative, sturdy paper… MORE
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Nov. 20, 2011 10:34 am 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 3:09 pm
It is driving me nuts.  My Dishwasher (G.E.) had those wheels on the side of the bottom rack that roll in the track.  They keep popping off.  I had another dishwasher that did the very same thing and it was not a G.E.  Does anybody else have this problem?  If so, do you find it as maddening… MORE
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Nov. 18, 2011 12:15 pm 
Updated: Nov. 19, 2011 12:29 pm
My previous post on Boursin (French Herbed Cheese) created quite a bit of interest.  Today I am making butternut squash soup.  I have multiple recipes for this and while I was sorting through I found one that added on goat cheese dumplings.  Mixture of herbed goat cheese, parmesan cheese,… MORE
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Nov. 13, 2011 12:53 pm 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 6:16 am
Per the request of another AR member, I am letting you in on my Boursin secret.   I am a new subscribing member and have not figured out how to post a recipe yet, but I can blog so I will do that for now.  Any tips on posting a recipe will be appreciated. Boursin is a french herbed cheese that… MORE
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Nov. 12, 2011 3:59 am 
Updated: Nov. 13, 2011 7:11 am
I am in the market for a new breadmaker.  I am looking for suggestions for features, brands, etc.  My old one was at least 10 yrs. old and pretty basic.  It did not have a rapid cycle, took a min. of 4.5 hours to bake a loaf so I would like a rapid bake feature. It was working perfectly… MORE
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About Me
I am a retired registered nurse. I have two fabulous grandchildren ages 10 and 7, they live only 1 mile from me so we cook together often.
My favorite things to cook
I like one pot meals, slow cooker, rustic fare. Lately, I am cultivating recipes for soup and have turned out some really good results, especially using curry seasoning. I am not a baker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make many of my mother's dishes. I like to entertain with just a wide array of appetizers sometimes, even though it is labor intensive.
My cooking triumphs
My Italian spaghetti sauce. My famous pot roast made in an oven bag. Appetizers.
My cooking tragedies
My latest debacle is making Pho, Vietnamese beef soup. Very labor intensive, many exotic ingredients, cook all day. I went to strain it through a cheesecloth lined colander and forgot to put anything under the colander. Down the drain it went; 7 hours worth of broth. Oh Well!
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