Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I looked around at the offerings and decided not to buy any now, but I thought to myself what a great idea this was for the holidays. If you slave over cutting up celery and onions and other veggies to make stuffing, you no longer have to do that. You can just grab a couple small tubs of already cut up vegetables and concentrate on more important things, like mashed potatoes.
I neglected to check the pricing of these small items when compared to buying vegetables in their natural state, but I am guessing they will cost more. How much, I don't know.
There's the decision: Pay more for convenience or not?
It will all depend next week on the mood I am in when I shop for Thanksgiving. Not sure which way I will go, but I know what my decision would have been back in the day when my children were young. I would have snapped up those pre-cut veggies so fast . . .
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
There's still time to make some handmade Halloween cards for all of the ghouls in your life. I simply bought some empty card sets at a craft store and rounded up some old paper remnants and some cute accents I had lying around for the October holiday. Even if you only have orange and black paper on hand, you can still come up with some clever ideas for card faces. And making them with little ones can be even more fun.
With so many neat card-making supplies and embellishments to choose from these days, making cards -- and scrapbook pages -- is easier than ever.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
It must be fall because the onslaught of giant orange-colored fruits is upon us. Not only do you see pumpkins lining the driveways of local markets, there are full displays featuring the fruity goodness at grocery stores.
I happen to like pumpkin, a lot, but usually limit its presence to pies, because nothing is better. But I have been eying up pumpkin-flavored lattes at local coffee shops and trying not to give in.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I find myself going back to look for them in their original spots before the massive decluttering and of course, they are not there.
I have come up with a solution, I hope. I am going to create a notebook system that will prevent me from wasting any more time.
Here's the plan: I will list everything I buy or bring into the office/craft space in one notebook. All of the new stuff will then be identified as to where it is. I may even go so far as to number the drawers in my office so I can quickly go to them when I need something.
For example, in my Yeasty notebook I will write:
- Silver Beads for Christmas bracelet gifts: Left drawer (no. 1).(Seeing as how I just misplaced some beads like this, I wish they were actually in that drawer).
- Blue cotton yarn to go with white for January baby blanket. (wicker basket, front hall closet)
Now this might seem like a little more work than you want to do, but believe me, in the long run, it will save you time -- and money since you won't have to buy replacements for those items you can't find when you need them.
The other alternative is to buy a warehouse filled with shelves holding clear containers or file cabinets with labels where we can literally see everything we have in our stashes. Heavenly.
This reminds me of the time when we were looking at houses years ago and were shown the home of a doctor who collected cars. He had built an eight car garage behind his house to house his collection, which made the asking price for the property prohibitive.
But when people asked who else could possibly need a garage like that, I remember thinking -- me. I know you would have felt the same way.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
We were visiting Presque Isle State Park in Erie PA last weekend and took a few moments to sit on a bench and spend some time enjoying the quiet landscape.
A man carrying a camera with a large telephoto lens on it walked over to talk with us. After a few moments I realized he had a DCNR (PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) patch on his shirt and I assumed he worked with the park service. It turned out that he is a volunteer ambassador and the official "volunteer" photographer for the park.
Every day Brian Bechtold drives out to the state park and takes photos of wildlife while hiking or from the kayak he keeps strapped to the top of his official four wheel drive vehicle.
We talked for over 30 minutes about his work which he absolutely loves with me peppering the conversation with questions about equipment and apertures and ISO and all the things that seem so difficult to figure out when taking photos. And unfortunately, take a lot of the fun out of it.
While we talked, Brian had his camera slung across his shoulder where he says it doesn't really get in the way when he is moving around. The source for these slings is BlackRapid.com
And he said to be sure to get the swivel hook for when you attach your camera to the sling. Can you say Christmas present?
We also talked about Photoshop (PS) and Lightroom (LR) as being the two most popular software programs used by photographers. I have been thinking about updating my PS4 but the cost is prohibitive: about $600. I have LR 2, but haven't really checked on its update cost yet.
Brian suggsted that I use LR for organizing photos (which I used to do when I was taking a class on it) and also look into buying PS Elements 11 instead of updating PS4 (a much more reasonable purchase). For my personal photo editing, the Elements program would make more sense.
We thoroughly enjoyed our talk with the park's ambassador, whose hobby really interested me and had me wishing we lived a lot closer than two hours from the state park.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
These corn-on-the-cob cupcakes were served at the end of a recent corn roast we went to and I couldn't resist getting the recipe to share.
There are directions for these on the Internet but here's how my friend J. made hers:
You make the cupcakes out of a white box cake mix. Tint store-bought vanilla icing yellow w/food coloring. And then line Jelly Belly jelly beans across the top to look like rows of corn kernels. (I think it might be best to use the Jelly Belly brand since they are smaller than regular jelly beans.) They also come in a large variety of colors and flavors. Buy yellow and white (I think the pale yellow ones were buttered popcorn flavor.)
Then, you just line three cupcakes up in a row, putting a plastic corn holder on the ones on the ends. To resemble a pat of butter, place a yellow Starburst candy or Laffy taffy on top. Sprinkle black sugar over the cupcakes to look like pepper.
I found it helpful, once I had iced the cupcakes, to put them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. That way, the icing firmed up a bit, and the jelly beans didn't slide.
These might even be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table. Very cute!