PICKLED BEETS

PICKLED BEETS
4 LARGE beets
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
¾ cup water
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Wash and trim beets, but leave 2-3 inches of tails on.
  • Cover baking sheet with foil and LIGHTLY spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake 35 minutes until fork tender.
  • Cool 30 minutes.
  • Trim again and rub off outer skin.
  • Slice ¼ inch thick or julienne and place in canning jar.
  • Whisk together water, vinegar, sugar and sea salt in saucepan until sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cool 15 minutes.
  • Pour over beets and seal jars.
  • Refrigerate.

BLOGTOBER – DAY 28 – WISHLIST FOR THE FUTURE aka FALL BUCKET LIST

It’s been fall around here for over a month already. I’ve actually already done a few of these things, but I still added them to the list, because they are multi-step items or I might want to do them again. Completed items are in red and italics. I’d love to hear what is on your bucket list for fall. Here’s my list.
  • Make a new and inventive dessert EACH week
  • Make apple butter
  • Roast marshmallows around the fire
  • Curl up with a terrific book
  • Take a drive to look at fall foliage 
  • Sip hot apple cider
  • Finish several smaller quilts
  • Eat chili – I have several different flavor chilis and try to get them ALL worked into the fall months.
  • Decorate for Halloween
  • Try a new soup or stew
  • Make pumpkin cut out cookies with my new sugar cookie recipe
  • Make some crafts with the munchkins
  • Collect leaves and seed pods to decorate
  • Take a walk and enjoy the color changing leaves
  • Make jam
  • Make homemade cocoa
  • Bake banana, pumpkin and lemon bread
  • Bake cookies
  • Make Neighbor plates of goodies
  • Make homemade Vanilla
  • Make Christmas gifts
  • Watch Christmas movies
  • Watch MORE Christmas movies
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Get updated addresses for my Christmas card list
  • Burn cinnamon and spicy pumpkin candles
  • Read by candlelight and lamplight
  • Decorate House
  • Read a wonderful Christmas book 
  • Decorate our Christmas tree
So this is my list, what’s on your list? 

BLOGTOBER – DAY 22 – MORE FALL CLOTHING

Have I mentioned that I LOVE fall?  If you missed it, let me say it again.  I LOVE FALL!  And I especially LOVE fall clothing so this category deserves a second day 😀

Recently I ran into JC Penneys for some towels and passed by the shoe department and a sign that literally said Buy 1, Get 2 free!  How do you pass up a deal like that?  For me it was especially fitting because I have needed ALL new shoes as well as clothes since losing all the weight after that last surgery.  Who would have thought you’d lose shoes sizes, but I did – an entire size!  So this is my fun purchase where I not only took advantage of the sale, but also a 20% off coupon and was able to buy 3 pair for $64. 😀 My tootsies are staying toasty this fall!

 

PINEAPPLE RUM PUNCH

“CHRISTMAS” PINEAPPLE RUM PUNCH
4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
4 cups cran-pomegranate juice
1/4 cup red hots
2 cinnamon sticks + 1 stick per glass for serving
1 cup cherry spiced rum OR pineapple rum
FRESH cranberries
FRESH pineapple chunks, FROZEN (optional)

  • In a 3 quart slow cooker, combine the pineapple juice, cran-pomegranate juice, red hots and cinnamon sticks.
  • Cook covered on low until heated through and red hots are melted.
  • Add rum.
  • Serve with FRESH cranberries and a cinnamon stick. Can be served warm or over frozen pineapple chunks.

NOTES: This can also be made on the stove, but use very low heat and watch that the candies don’t burn.

BLOGMAS 2018 – DAY 1 – HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Christmas is such a busy time of year.  I find getting through the season is ALWAYS easier with a basic schedule.  While this is not a detailed extensive list, it IS a basic guideline for me to stay focused with.  There are a lot of little things like making a list of the ELF on the SHELF shenanigans and things of that nature that don’t make this list, but still needs done.

I hope you’ll join me and have some fun this holiday season.



HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 34 of 2017

HAPPY Monday everyone! I hope you had a good week and an even better weekend.  Ours was quiet, but productive. We celebrated our anniversary Friday night at a wonderful new to us restaurant and had a fabulous time. We also spent Saturday helping my uncle with a project getting all hot, sweaty and dirty so we came home, cooled off and relaxed the remainder of the weekend.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE

I’m so happy we are NOT in Oregon for today’s total eclipse.  Until 2 years ago we lived near the 100% coverage area and from what I have heard it has been a zoo there for the past week with heavy traffic, sold out stores and gas stations, crowds and crowds of people…  I’m quite happy here in our 70% coverage area.

We are supposed to have beautiful skies, but will still be under heat advisory with triple digit heat and high humidity.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE

Protein drink and coffee

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

I admit, it’s a wreck!

WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS

  • LAUNDRY… all caught up
  • LIVING AREAS… mostly tidy, NOT – I have packing materials everywhere
  • KITCHEN… quite clean except for the breakfast dishes
  • STUDIO… so-so with all the packing and ebaying going on
  • YARD… need to fetilize
  • BLOG… still doing some recipe updating and planing for future posts.

CURRENTLY READING & TELEVISION / DVR

  • STILL READING – Ava Miles #3 Dare Valley – Grand Opening

Pre-season Football has gotten a little boring so NASCAR is dominating as it gets close to the “PLAYOFF” time, formerly known as “THE CHASE”. PLUS, Defenders started Friday night as well as Guy’s Family Road Trip and the Great FOOD TRUCK race  started yesterday.

We still have a few summer shows going.

  • ZOO
  • DOUBT
  • STRAIN
  • SALVATION
  • NIGHT SHIFT
  • MIDNIGHT TEXAS
  • CHESAPEAKE SHORES
  • AMERICA’S GOT TALENT
  • GUY’S GROCERY GAMES
  • MASTER CHEF – there are some interesting characters left this season and some I can’t wait to see go – hint hint JEFF HAS TO GO!

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

BREAKFAST

PROTEIN DRINK & COFFEE

PROTEIN DRINK & COFFEE

PROTEIN DRINK & COFFEE

PROTEIN DRINK & COFFEE

PROTEIN DRINK & COFFEE

QUICHE LORRAINE

PANCAKES & BACON

LUNCH

SALAMI & CHEESE WRAPS

GRILLED CHICKEN and TOMATOES

SOUP & SANDWICH

MAC & CHEESE with HAM

SALAD & FRUIT

PASTRAMI BURGERS

APPETIZER PLATES for the RACE

DINNER

BBQ SAUSAGE & BEANS

COUNTRY BOB’S MEATLOAF & MASHED POTATOES

CHICKEN GUMBO and SALAD

CAST IRON SKILLET CHICKEN and VEGGIES

MARRY ME CHAMPAGNE CHICKEN & SALAD

BUNLESS CRY BABY BURGERS with POTATO SALAD

SEAFOOD SALAD with PARMESAN CRUSTED ROLLS

DESSERT

RUM RAISIN NOODLE BAKE

SNICKERDOODLES

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

ON MY MIND

We have a “difficult” person in the family and are praying for guidance in understanding and dealing with this person.

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

11 days to go to my testing that will determine surgery type and date as well as the overall treatment plan.  This has been a miserable wait and I’m ready to feel better!!!

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA

I have been working hard at sorting and packing up all that I can (china, winter clothing, studio parts and pieces…) for the upcoming, yet to be determined move.  We still don’t have a date for my surgery, for that matter we don’t yet know which surgery will be done as my surgeon is waiting for the results from the tests being done on September 1st.  Either way, I am working at getting a lot of the heavy work done before that test and have made good progress.

I took another load to the donation center and have designated the spare bedroom as a staging area.  The mattress isn’t there any more either.  It was a full size and no one we know or have visit is comfortable on that size so the little boy next door now has a new bed as of yesterday.

INSPIRATION

 

Be sure to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday and with Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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CONVERSIONS

I know many people are finding delicious recipes from all over the internet these days. Some of the most unusual and tasty ones I have come across are from Australia and Europe. These are also the recipes that give me the most pause. Mainly because I now have to think. I have to do the dreaded math and convert from metric to standard. So I’m offering this handy conversion chart for those of you having the same qualms. I have found many different charts, but these particular measurements seem the most consistent and commonly used weights and volumes for the cooking we most commonly do for our families.

U.S. METRIC
VOLUME VOLUME
½ teaspoon 2 milliliters
1 teaspoon 5 milliliters
1 tablespoon 15 milliliters
¼ cup 50 milliliters
1/3 cup 75 milliliters
½ cup 125 milliliters
¾ cup 175 milliliters
1 cup ¼ liter
WEIGHT WEIGHT
1 ounce 28 grams
1 pound 454 grams
TEMPERATURE TEMPERATURE
Fahrenheit Centigrade
325 degrees 165 degrees
350 degrees 175 degrees
375 degrees 190 degrees
PAN SIZE PAN SIZE
9X13 inches 23×32.5 centimeters
9×9 inches 22.8×22.8 centimeters
8×8 inches 20.3×20.3 centimeters
15.5×10.5 inches

Jelly roll pan

39.3×26.6 centimeters