Showing posts from September, 2017

Sweet Boy's Diner--A Breakfast To Remember

September 30, 2017

Hey y'all, it's me!

Friday morning my son went to his dad's for the weekend, so mama has some time off! His birthday is coming up, so this is a treat for him.

I had planned to complete the redo on his room while he was gone, but the weather put the brakes on that idea. We have had rain, rain, and  more rain, so I can't put the furniture to refinish out on the carport. Well, fuddle. But I am going to do as much as I can before he comes home Sunday night. It will just have to be an ongoing project. Persistence, not circumstances, makes for success.

This morning after chores, the Redneck and I decided to go out for breakfast as a treat--a little couple time for us. We picked Sweet Boy's Diner on Mason Street here in Bowie.

Good choice!

We have been thinking about trying this place for a while. I love the exterior.

When you first walk in the door, this cute li'l fella greets you.

The hostess, Tawana, led us to a nice booth. She was very sweet wh…

How To Dismantle An Old Crock Pot--And Why You Should

September 29, 2017

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When I decided to try a different kind of sourdough starter, I realized that I really needed a crock of some sort to contain all that lovely bubbly action. I couldn't afford a new crock, but I recalled that I had three of the early model crock pots (the ones where you couldn't remove the crock for cleaning) in my 'what the heck will I do with it' pile on the carport. I also remembered that in my TIGHTWAD GAZETTE II by Amy Dacyczyn, there was an illustration on how to take one apart. I grabbed one of the pots, the book, and some tools, then set to work.

First, I wiped down the crock pot, getting rid on any dust or debris on it. Then I checked the book for ideas on how to go about it.

There were no specific instructions on how to take it apart, but it did give me ideas on what to do with the stuff I took off. So I studied the pot itself, and saw that there was a seam down one side, and it looked like it was a tab in slot co…

It's Fall! LET'S BAKE!!!!!!!!!! Day 1

September 28, 2017

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Woke up to rain the past few mornings. The sound of it outside my bedroom window at 5 am makes the perfect excuse to snuggle deeper into the covers for a while longer. It also gives me the urge to experiment in the kitchen, especially in the area of baking. I admit that while fall makes some people dream of pumpkin spice everything, I get the urge to feel the strain of stirring flour into a dough or batter, to feel the sticky dough turn silky in my hands as I knead it, and to smell the delectable aromas of sugar or cinnamon, and especially the gratifying and uplifting scent of yeast. Yes, bread is my enthusiasm. Nothing sets off a meal like a soft, pillowy dinner roll or a dense, chewy peasant loaf made with whole wheat to accompany a hearty stew. Chili and cornbread take the unfriendly rawness  off a cold day, and a hot, flaky buttered biscuit in the mornings takes the rest of a plain breakfast of bacon and eggs above the plebeian and i…

Money Saving Adventures For Last Week

September 26, 2017

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I usually do a money saving post on Mondays, but I wanted to post about the 9th Annual St Jude's Children's Hospital yesterday.

As you can imagine, last week was a whirlwind of preparation for the trail ride, so ordinary activities were minimal. I did manage to save a little here and there though, and that's what really makes the difference in the long run--lots of little choices that add up over time.

I mentioned last week that a woman at the library was giving me a china cabinet. Well, I got a call from her on Tuesday, and she was embarrassed to have to tell me that the person who had given her the cabinet wanted it back, and since they are in her family, she needed to keep peace. I laughed and told her no problem, it's more important to maintain family peace than for me to get a china cabinet. I know there's one out there that I can get, I just need to be patient. In the meantime I will continue to use the big ente…