Thursday, November 29, 2018

Veggie casserole - this is a breakfast egg casserole with NO bread and a lot of veggies.

Here is the original recipe

 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for the baking dish
 8 ounces sliced white or brown mushrooms
 2 cups shredded carrots
 5 ounces baby spinach (about 5 packed cups)
 2 cups frozen diced potatoes (do not thaw)
 1 cup roasted red pepper strips
 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
 12 large eggs
 2 cups half-and-half
 2 teaspoons kosher salt
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 I do this -
Spray the pans instead of olive oil.

Use fresh organic (except for the spinach where I use a whole package of frozen organic loose leaf).

I use small amount of chopped red skinned potato (not peeled) instead of frozen Potatoes.

I use skim milk instead of half and half.

I sometimes use half eggs and half egg whites depending on who I am feeding (if it is going to be gone immediately, and I am only eating one piece, I use all eggs. If I might be eating a lot of leftovers, I use half egg whites).

I use lower fat Colby cheese instead of sharp cheddar.

I add asparagus or broccoli or both.

I add a lot more mushrooms.

I add a whole chopped onion.

This is a beautiful, colorful breakfast casserole with lots of veggies and NO bread.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Refrigerator make over

Clean slate.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


I can no longer hear the buzzer/bell on the microwave unless I am in the same room (with it).

Neither can my husband.

The kids (when they are home) however, can hear it all over the house.

And our microwave keeps dinging until someone attends to it.

So we turned off the microwave sounds. It is now dingless. No sounds as you push the buttons. No sounds to say it is finished.

And something interesting happened.

I now remember things in the microwave MUCH BETTER than when I counted on the ding (which I could not hear as soon as I left the kitchen).

The thing, I put in the microwave most often, are cherry pit bags. I put one in, hit 2 minutes, and then run to pee or brush my teeth or something. Except now I come right back and am usually there very close to the 2 minute mark. With the dinger operational, I would forget (until someone yelled - mom, the microwave is calling you).

I guess dingless made me more accountable or something. And it is very nice to have no dinging. Every kid agrees.

Friday, November 16, 2018

new winter boots

New boots. I bought them last spring when my very good shoe store was having clearance on winter boots. I did not compromise. I needed wide, water proof, warm, great tread, very good support. I got all of that. Plus there is no fuss. I simply step into them and go.

These are the pair being replaced. Oh how I loved them.

 I am not sure if you can tell fully from the picture - but the tread/traction was SHOT.

I can still wear them when there is no ice or snow.

I have support inserts in every pair of boots. Huge difference.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

We learned - showers

Middle went to a baby shower given by mother of the soon to be new dad. So this was a young pregnant girl being given a baby shower by her mother in law.

We have seen this happen before, so it is a thing. And that is why I am making note.

The couple is young and does not have a lot of $$$ and she was upset with the gifts she received. She was counting on getting new baby staples. And she got mostly fluffy baby stuff. 

The baby is due in a month. They were counting on the shower.

Now, yes, there is the whole - maybe you should have waited a bit to have a baby - topic. But this couple has actually been married for several years and this is a planned baby.

But I am here to say, in these circumstances if you are the grandmother to be, giving a shower, sit down with the couple and help them make a very very good list of only the things they REALLY NEED. Then help them or have someone else help them get their gift registry set up right. And then contact all the family and friends you know well enough to call. And make sure they are only getting very practical things, on the list.

And introduce couple to garage sales if they are pregnant in the right months. Ore resale shops in the winter.  Help them make their list and teach them to barter and to be very picky on quality. And save the things that should only be bought new for the shower - like car seats, diapers, pacifiers, bottles, etc.

After the shower, helping the mother to me, middle heard  how worried and upset this girl was. 

Middle was able to tell them - my mother had the bare minimum of baby stuff - on purpose - three times. 

Because I did not have all the seats and pillows and stations and equipment stuff. At all. (I did not even have cradles or cribs, but I do not recommend co-sleeping even to my own kids). I had car seats, high chair, baby bath tub. That was about IT on furniture/equipment.

We learned - college move in and move out extensions

It is fairly inexpensive and sometimes free to move into college dorms early.

There are a variety of activities that sometimes have early move in as part of the benefit of the group. Like honors. The honors kids often can move in a day or two early. Or sometimes you can move in early if you volunteer to help everyone else on the regular move in date.

Many colleges the rule is you have 24 hours after your last final to move out of your dorm -  at the end of the school year.

Youngest college, which was also oldest’s College, NO.

So far, each year, youngest has had a 2:30 final and needed to be out by 6pm the same day. Which is really awful.

We are slow learners, but now we are paying for a one day extension, and moving her the next day, all the rest of her college move out days.

Thursday, November 01, 2018


Jane wrote about turning off the lights and looking for a missing object with a flashlight. Highly effective. I have done that. It works.

I found another effective one, over the weekend, vacuuming in the dark.

Of course your vacuum has to have a light on it for this to work. One of mine does. Usually that vacuum is upstairs, but middle was using the downstairs one and I brought the one with the light down to get the kitchen and hall rugs and the living room.

WARNING - you have to be sure all the charger cords and anything else that might come to harm is put away because you can only see a small area as you go.

But then if you turn off the lights and vacuum only by the light of the machine on the floor, you are going to see things you have never seen before, so much dirt.


Very shocking.

This focused light method shows dust and hair and the like that cannot be seen normally. Like it is not enough to vacuum the rugs, the floor needs to be dust mopped extensively.

Evidently my laminate floors do not show dust, blond hair, or either of the dogs' hair. At all. All of that shows on the rugs. And I vacuum the rugs a lot. But the floor usually looks pretty good and does not get much attention.