Saturday, August 1, 2015

Instant Decluttering

I spent a couple of hours in our garage this week
just sorting through auction finds, throwing out trash,
filling a few thrift store boxes...stuff like that.
Old rugs got thrown out and the floor swept.

I didn't get to any major cleaning but it was a nice
big dent in an overdue project.

When you clean out the garage, you find fun things.
Things like bird houses saved from the auction trash.  
Then you just take 6 steps out to a tree and hang it there.
   Instant charm.  Instant decluttering. ha.

The Blue Moon

Last night, above my little home.

"Once in a blue moon, people will surprise you....
And once in a while people may even take your breath away."

meredith grey

Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Star, Rescue Kitty, at Two Months

We've had Star two months as of today!
To celebrate, we had a photo shoot.
She wasn't impressed and scowled...haha...
so unlike Slate, who poses so well!
Star is almost always by my side.  She's a curious girl
and likes to be in the middle of everything that is going on!
Some of the other cats are still leery of her, but I've seen
some friendly and affectionate head nudging going on 
between Star and the others, so that is a good thing!

She eats very well and loves her packaged
'milk for cats' I get at the grocery.
But she refuses all table scraps ..even the beloved
rotisserie chicken, but she is putting on weight!
This week I added a lysine powder for cats to her diet to help
boost her immune system.  She still gets weepy eyes and I
read that it is good for that.  I'm giving her a good brushing 
every day, which she loves and her coat is looking 1000%
better!  She doesn't groom herself...isn't that strange?
I haven't figured her out completely, but we're getting there!

She's looking good, isn't she?  
Even with that serious face. ha.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Refrigerator Bread And Butter Pickles

After picking cucumbers last weekend, I thought I'd make
these yummy pickles.  Very easy...no canning... and they
are ready to eat the next day.
Besides, it gave me a chance to use this cute vintage
Monarch Foods Cracker Jar.  It makes
me smile when I open the fridge. :)

I like bread and butter pickles...not as sweet as those
sweet midgets from the grocery and not as strong
as the dill pickles, either.  They have a nice sweet/vinegar
 combination that is really yummy on burgers and sandwiches.

If you have some extra cucumbers from your garden,
you should give these a try!
I doubled the recipe and it made about 8 cups.

Refrigerator Bread And Butter Pickles

5 1/2 cups (1 1/2 lbs) thinly sliced cucumbers
1 1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric 

Combine cucumbers and salt in a large bowl.
Cover and chill 1 1/2 hours.
Rinse in a colander under cold water, drain well and return
 to bowl.  Add onion to the cucumbers and toss together.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar
dissolves.  Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the cucumbers
and onions.  Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.  
Good for 2 weeks.