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A Scenic Ride

My son nodded off in the car the other day. So I decided to take a ride through a surrounding town while listening to holiday tunes. 
Lots of people, thanks to television and movies, think New Jersey is an armpit and lacks any beauty. I beg to differ, but when all you see is the New Jersey Turnpike, I understand. 
As I drove along a particular road it struck me how serene and tranquil the area was at that moment. I decided I had to try and get some photos. The road was not conducive to just pulling over nonstop. Too windy and narrow in some points. When I was certain there was no one coming and going, I stopped, rolled down my window and took a picture. I was only able to take two and they are of the Lamington River. The area is really beautiful and there are a few houses here and there. I loved the tranquility of it all as my little guy slept and I hummed along to "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..."



Hope your weekend was wonderful.

Cheers! MissFifi

Whatcha got?

A sense of humor thank God.

Yesterday I commented on a blog post by Ben Hewitt about how some people read homesteading blogs and feel inadequate. I think it happens to the best of us. You will read that someone has cut their debt to almost nil or grew three acres of perfect vegetables. Why is it the cabbage worms have ignored their planted heads while mine had been decimated to the point where I will no longer attempt to grow said veggie??Anyway, I wanted to reassure the person who made gotten that conversation started. She apologized and I felt she did not have to. Some homesteaders don't share the rough times only they good, but I prefer when they share it all in that type of world as it makes it much more interesting.

That being said, it looks like my reply inspired Mr. Hewitt to write a parody based off my reply.

Here is the original post and you can scroll down to my comment.

Here is the parody.

I am fodder for the masses, I think, in a good way. Seriously though, Portlandia sh…

Our Little "Tree"

I bought this gold, wired tree, which most likely now be considered 'hipster',  quite a few years ago at Crate and Barrel. After some good natured teasing by some loving friends who asked where we would put our child's presents since he must learn the "deception of Santa", I figured it was a safe idea to put up our little tree. Last year I had done it but it was a constant ornament chase festival and this year he seemed even more obsessed with the ornaments on our friends tree. In the end I figured if he breaks something, so what? Most of it is unbreakable and while there are one or two sentimental ornaments, it is not the end of the world if we lost them to excited little hands.

Behold our little beauty.


It was the best shot I could get and yes it sort of reminds me of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree and I love that. Your eyes are not playing games, that is a batman ornament and a menorah up front next to a snow globe. We are multicultural in these digs okay?

O…

A Teacher From Tokyo - Children Full of Life Documentary

Mr. Kanamori, a teacher in Japan, believes school should make you happy. Yeah, get the box of tissues.


If you cannot view it via YouTube try this link.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Change in Eating

I have begun eating homemade oatmeal for breakfast once again. See, when I got pregnant the taste of oatmeal made me want to toss my cookies so I had ceased to eat it. I tried it after I had our son, but it still grossed me out.

Recently I had a really bad episode of a sugar crash. I had only eaten two chocolate chip scones and was out with my son who decided to pitch a fit in a store so I carried him out. I ended up tripping over a curb and we both crashed down. (My son hit his head on sidewalk. That was nice and terrifying for him and me. We took him to the doctor and all was well.) As I stood up to make sure he was okay since he hit his head, I became light headed, my heart started to race and I thought I would pass out. I somehow got us to our car and sat in the driver seat. holding him and called my husband telling him I could not drive. I shoved a chocolate croissant in my mouth, yeah not to smart but it was all I had, and met my hubby at dr's office because after a few minu…

I'm So Glad We've Had This Time Together

Seems our furry friends have gone and met their maker. Not a one of them was caught in the snap traps which means they ate their fill of the bait boxes, which also means I have little mice carcasses in my walls. This is exactly what I wanted to avoid. I hope they decompose and don't smell, but I am sure one a warm spring day I may know just where they are. Now that is all kinds of awesome.
My husband already knows if I smell it, he will have to cut the drywall and remove it. I can only hope they perished outside, but what are the chances?
The exterminator comes back on the 17th for a follow up so I guess I can bombard him with any questions I have then.

I thought I would share a few articles I have read and found interesting, infuriating or just outright enjoyed.

Ireland's "New Poor" Need Food Banks to Eat - Wouldn't be nice if people made enough money so food banks became obsolete? Sadly, this is not the case.

Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tig…

Charity and Frugality

We are on the tail ends of our colds here, my son faring better than us, but I would still love to lie down and nap for about three hours. Also, the exterminator will be here in a bit and I honestly cannot wait to get this process going. I am so sick of mice poop at this point and I am sorry, but they must find elsewhere to live.

I have been reading a lot of interesting articles and blog posts in regards to charitable giving and reeling in the holiday spending. Do I think you can be frugal and still give? Absolutely. I just think you need to be wise as to where and how you give. Mindfulness is key, even in being charitable.

There is a great article in December's Money Magazine that discusses how one should decide to give to charities. It is also in Time Magazine, see the link below.

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Charitable Giving Buck

It is interesting how money is more helpful than dropping off a bag of clothes in some cases, but it makes sense. The charity itself knows where …

Achoo!

Once again, my son has caught a cold. He had a fever on Saturday. Now he is just a snotty, coughing mess. Add to this that I have begun having sneezing fits and we all know this means I will soon be joining him in veritable snot land. Tissues for everyone!
The cough he has troubles me because there is not much one can do for it. No OTC meds for any child under the age of 6 if I am correct so that sucks. I tried to give him honey and he acted as if I offered him arsenic on a stick. Mommy will try the honey again later. My favorite thing he does is use his sleeves or beloved bear as a tissue. He even likes to run over and hug me, burying his face in my just washed hair. Parenting is not for germaphobes.

Now good news. Wednesday, at 1pm, John from PermaKill will be here to begin the process of mice elimination.

Hallelujah.

After cleaning my silverware drawer early this morning due to mouse droppings in there, well, these little buggers can kiss my grits. All our forks, knives and spoons …

Mice 3- Humans 0 and Some Food

Well, the little bubonic plague carriers have taken the bait off all eight traps for three consecutive nights.

It is war.

A few friends have suggested glue traps. My mom used them once when I was a kid. It was horrific and I cannot do that ever again. Though I am tempted, the idea of something screeching as it breaks its own legs grosses me out.

Our son picked up another cold and of course the first thought I had was, "He got a hantavirus from the rodents!" Last night I had gone into his room and he was having problems breathing because he was so stuffy. I cursed those fur balls and kept hoping I would hear the traps snap and that this nightmare would be over, but no. Somehow they have alluded their deaths and I am beside myself.

All of our food is in jars or containers. My husband has steel wooled every hole he could find and yet, they are still coming into our pantry. This is baffling and impressive. What it comes down to at this point is that I just want someone to come i…

Snow, Mice and Bergdorf's

We woke up this morning to find mice droppings on our counters, in our son's playroom, on our stove and on a counter that separates the kitchen from the dining room. Gross. What really pissed me off is that I had left a cookie tray out to bake today and lo and behold, they had the audacity to shit all over my Silpat. No one shits on my $25 silicone baking sheet and gets away with it! I have run boiling hot water and soap over it about five times. Hooray for that.  Thanks to a neighbor, we now have four traps that will be set up tonight in the kitchen. And everything, I mean everything is in jars or containers now. Dig the pantry.


I actually like how organized it looks.  As for any other food that was out, I moved most of the squash into the refrigerator and the apples to a bowl to be placed in the hutch. Frustrating, but for now, the best way to handle this. The less access to food they have, the less I need to kill and they can just move along. At least, they better find another …

M-O-U-S-E

We have mice.

This is not acceptable.

I have found droppings in my pantry and they ate through a Mylar bag of my oats.

Little bastards.

I get it. We live in the country. It is cold. They need food. But I have a small child. And a dog. And me and my hubby.

Piss off little fur balls.

It absolutely grosses me out that I have vermin in my walls. This never happened when we had cats and now we are seriously considering getting another one. We did want to wait awhile, but this may change things. For now my husband has filled any possible cracks in the pantry with steel wool and covered it with duct tape. This of course is after a removed said droppings they correct way, dabbing at them with a wet paper towel to prevent little clouds of Bubonic Plague germs from shooting into the air, and sprayed with Lysol. I don't know why I think that will even do anything, but it made me feel better. We have also found droppings underneath the kitchen sink so we need to figure out how to block that a…

Mish Mash of Stuff

I have residual snot going on, sexy way to open a paragraph eh?, but the cold has pretty much left the building with out any other collateral damage. Hooray!

I just spent and aggravating fifteen minutes on the Huggies Diaper site. (Dear Huggies IT Dept, your coding sucks.) Why was I on the site you ask? Because when we had gotten brand name diapers as gifts, we logged on to their sites and entered special codes so we could try and win prizes. The catch is you have to buy a lot of boxes of diapers to get points so mine have been languishing at Huggies. I did better with Pampers and got a nice gift certificate to Shutterfly to buy a poster.
Anyway, Huggies was holding my paltry 235 points. So I did what any decent person who does not have enough to get a freebie for themselves would do. I donated the points, via Huggies, who then give diapers to the Naitonal Diaper Bank Network. I am saddened and horrified that there are families out there unable to buy diapers. First off, name brands a…

Damn Germs

I am home, in bed with a cold.

I have had enough of this.

Our son's pediatrician had told me that my hubby and I would get sick a lot this year due to our son being in preschool two days a week.

Little petri dishes these kids are.

Oh well. I am not pleasant to be around at all right now. I am moody thanks to uncontrollable hormones and I feel like I have been laid out by a truck. Of course I have yelled at my family because I have no sense and it is inexcusable. My poor son probably considers me a harpy and he and his father would be right.

Forgive me.

When I feel like this, well, it is when I miss my mom the most. I would love to have her here to fuss and soothe me and let me be a big, sick baby.

Perhaps I should whip up some of this cough and cold syrup from Keeper of the Home for the winter.

And if you are feeling blah like me, get some amusement from this insane post on Houzz. Seriously, a kettle for $123.50? What a steal! ;-)

Cheers!
MissFifi

2 Recipes You Must Try

We received a serious amount of cranberries from our CSA last week and apparently we are getting more this final week. I had no desire to make cranberry sauce so I did a search, found a cranberry bread recipe and made it this evening. The only change I made was adding a glaze over the loaf and oh my, this rocks.

Cranberry Bread Recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet.


Last night I made a Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash using Tofurky Sun Dried Tomato sausage. Yes, it was damn good. Very filling. I also left out the tomatoes because my hubby is not a big fan and I was using my cast iron pan and you are not to cook tomatoes in cast iron. They were not really missed. I added a few sundried tomatoes to the baking part which was a nice addition of flavor.

Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash from Eating Well.

Enjoy!

Cheers!
MissFifi

An Outing

My brother lives up in Orange County, NY which is about an hour and fifteen minutes from where we are. It was a nice crisp fall day and he suggested we head over to Long Pong Ironworks and walk one of the trails.
We had driven past the site every time we had visited so it was pretty nice to go and actually check it out.
The ruins were precarious and some were just the foundations. The water wheels though were impressive with their immense size.

We did not hit the actual museum but if you are ever in the area of West Milford on the NJ/NY border, I recommend the walk for its beauty,  tranquility and amazing photo opportunities. You can get more information here at The Friends of Long Pond Ironwork site.
Here are just a few pictures from our little outing. Note the gorgeous reddish pink burning bushes. Unfortunately they are considered an invasive species which is a shame because they really add such a jolt of color to the landscape.





Cheers!
MissFifi

Welcome to the End of the Week

My hasn't it been a busy one? You do your normal and then have a bunch of extras thrown in. It is nice to be busy and it is also nice to have a moment to sit and breathe.

Last night I finished reading a friend's book and gave my two cents. She is in the process of editing and cleaning it up before sending over to an agent and asked if I would look it over. I am happy that I actually enjoyed the story and that she was willing to let me comment. I must say, I cannot wait for the day where I send my novel to an agent, but patience, patience right?

I have been roasting or pan frying most of our vegetables and have also begun drying fennel fronds. Seems a shame to throw them into the composter if I can use them.

I rearranged and cleaned out my spice cabinet area and the pantry where most of our dry goods are. Amazing how balsamic vinegar bottles leave dark rings everywhere.

Last year I sold same knitted neck warmers at a craft show in Ohio. Basically, a friend is from there, she go…

Kids That Rock

One day in my YouTube feed I kept getting some videos of music students. I finally decided to take a listen and may I say I was impressed. Apparently this guy, one Aaron O'Keefe, and about 26 other teachers instruct kids in various musical techniques from ages 6-18  in Cincinnati, Ohio.  These kids and teens are incredibly talented, especially the singer, featured in the video below, Kala Scarpinski. I would be very surprised if this young lady does not get far in the music industry. I know it is a tough, eat you raw business, but some people you see and just know. Check out these youngsters performing Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine.





Cheers!
MissFifi

Another Yummy Dinner and Halloween

The other night I made The Simple Veganista's Ultimate Vegetable Lentil Loaf. It was hardy and damn well delicious.
I used ancho chili powder instead of the optional chipotle because it was what I had on hand. I also chose to use all purpose flour instead of oat flour. I was too lazy to ground down any oats. haha. I greased the pan with coconut oil because it seemed like a nice addition of a good old healthy fat.
The glaze is spectacularly good. I can imagine it on fish, a hamburger, anything really.  I also pan roasted a side of brussels sprouts to go with it. I used frozen brussels. I had them out on the counter for about 15-20 minutes, then I rinsed them in cold water and cooked them in ghee and maple pepper with garlic blend. Oh my!

Our son truly enjoyed going out for Halloween this year. A friend gave us her son's old costumes and so, our child was Superman!!

*Superman and his heavy bag of treats. Do you dig the fake musculature? LOL
He said "Trick or Treat" and …

What I Am Reading and Watching

I am trying my best to read more books. Why? Because I have always loved to read and with technology making all sorts of info easy to obtain via the internet and me having a very active almost three year old, well, holding a real book is somewhat a welcome reprieve.

The graphic novel Watchmen may not appeal to everyone, but writer Alan Moore has an incredible gift for storytelling. This particular story is brutal, ugly, real and intense. The colorist and inker brought his characters and words to life in the perfect way as well. Very impressive.

Smoke and Mirrors;  A short story collection by Neil Gaiman. This is from 1998 and I ordered this from the library with good reason. Recently Mr. Gaiman's latest children's book, The Sleeper and The Spindle, created all sorts of hullababloo because of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White having a kiss. When I saw him speak he apologized to the gay community because the one photo from the story had been taken out of context. This is NOT an LGBT…

A Delicious Modified Recipe

Tonight I made pasta and napa cabbage with soy chorizo for dinner and sadly, there is just a bit of cabbage and leeks and chorizo left that we will add to eggs and rice for breakfast tomorrow.

It was that damn tasty.

I found this outstanding recipe on Pham Fatale and it is called: Trenne Pasta with Napa Cabbage and Chorizo. She makes her own soy chorizo, God Bless.


Here is what I did differently in the recipe.  I used rigatoni, left out the potato, nutmeg, parsley, tomato sauce, tomato paste and instead of Tobasco I used Siracha.

This is a seriously hearty dish and I am sure if you are not little piglets like me and mine, you will have leftovers to enjoy. Or at least have a bit left for breakfast like we are ;-)

Cheers!
MissFifi


MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH

We received two delicata squash in our CSA box last Thursday and so the internet recipe search began.
I found this terrific recipe from For The Love of Cooking. It accompanied salmon and homemade biscuits. I pan fried the salmon with this incredibly tasty Maple Pepper with garlic seasoning my husband picked up for me in New Hampshire. I admit I am a touch addicted to this seasoning and will find any excuse to use it on something.
As for the squash recipe I am a big fan and will definitely make it this way again.

MAPLE AND CINNAMON ROASTED DELICATA SQUASH

Cheers!
MissFifi

A Dream Come True

On Thursday, October 16. I drove to the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and got to hear Neil Gaiman speak.

YES, THE NEIL GAIMAN.

If you know me at all you know I have a thing for this man and his work. Not in the seduction Oooh la la kind of way. More in the, please mentor me because you are so fucking fantastic kind of way.

Let me share my blurry photos.

He is giving us his shaggy haired profile. This was right after he walked into the room and I gasped like an ecstatic schoolgirl.





Wesley Stace interviewed him for FDU's annual WAMFEST.  The artist Michael Arthur drew the entire time the interview went on, capturing details from the conversation in this incredible piece of artwork.

It is a complete fluke that I found out about this event. The night before I randomly went on Neil Gaiman's blog and clicked on "Where's Neil?" And there it was. He was going to be in Madison,  New Jersey. What are the chances?!?! This caused me to almost stroke out.…

Bette Davis

She truly rocks.


Cheers!
MissFifi

Fall Has Come and a Special Visitor

Leaves are everywhere. The temperatures are cooler. My garden is giving its last hurrah while the trees prepare to slumber. I have to say I am impressed with the marigolds hanging tough considering their seeds come from Spain and I would figure this recent chill would have killed them by now.



In honor of fall I am making a roasted cauliflower soup with cumin for dinner tonight.

And we have a little guest that has been hanging around since Friday.



I adore the Praying Mantis, don't you? We first spotted it when my son almost ran it over with his toy car.

 The next day it appeared among the Baptisia leaves.

Today it was on the rocks by the lavender. I hope it is going to lay eggs somewhere. Little Mantises for everyone! Or at least for me :) Japanese beetles be gone!

Cheers!
MissFifi

Being Okay With What You Have

You know you are depriving yourself right? Your house is too small, you drive the wrong car, your clothes are from two seasons ago, your hair style is boring and let's face it, your vacation plans could do with some upgrading. You deserve it. You worked hard, you could die tomorrow, you need to live and spend money and enjoy yourself.
While we are all susceptible to a touch of "Keeping Up With The Joneses", it is high time we stop putting ourselves in cycles that can only beat us down. Sure I like a high end kitchen or a piece of jewelry from Van Cleef and Arpels like the next person, but I also understand I will most likely never spend $200,000 on a pair of earrings and I am okay with that. Believe it or not, I have met people in my time, that have been covetous of such things. I knew a young lady who lived in a very nice neighborhood and a very nice home with a pool and she was angry her parents did not try to live in a more tony area with better houses.

Seriously?????…

Sick and A Cemetery

Our little guy had a fever and sniffles two weeks ago. He seemed better but then in the last 24 hours he got this cough and I began to feel ill. I did not send him to school today. Instead we went to the pediatrician who proceeded to tell me our son just has a cold and from now until May this is cold and flu season for all kids in daycare and preschool. Apparently the runny nose is normal for about two weeks and I was little early on the cough as they are not concerned with coughs in toddlers unless they run over a week or more. He also told me that the hubby and I will be getting sick more often now too since our son is in preschool. Aces. Petri dishes unite! LOL
I feel bad he missed class today but hey it is preschool and another day of just chilling, this means trains and iPad and reading, should help us both.

Last week as he was in school I decided to walk around town and visited an old cemetery. New Jersey has lots of history thanks to George Washington and his troops coming thr…

Small Rant on Lawns

Domestic lawns bother me. Not the little patch of grass type lawn. No. I mean the huge swaths of green that is manicured and sprayed within an inch of its life. Sure it looks nice, but I do not care for them in any way, shape or form. I sound like I have a vendetta against grass, but that is not the case. Yes, I prefer flowers, ground covers and hardscaping and I prefer lawns to just be and not have them mimic a football field.

My ire of lawns has come about due to the care they require. Most people near me use lawn services like Tru Green and that is where my rant starts.

Last week I was sitting in my son's playroom with the windows wide open when a foul chemical smell hit me. I raced to close the windows and headed out onto my porch to see the little TruGreen truck down the street.

Shit.

All this talk about pesticides and the damage it does to people and animals, hello, bee colony collapses, somehow has evaded being cared about among the "I need a perfect lawn" communi…

Binge? What Binge?

While a lot has been going on here, the usual housewife-y, I am a repressed novel writer, get kid to preschool stuff. I have somehow found a way to watch episodes of a show called "Supernatural". I am incredibly late to this party, but how have I not seen this before?!?!? Can I say I love it even though I am still in season 1? Yes, yes I can.


Demons, Urban legends, mystery, all sorts of awesome!! These two brothers, Sam and Dean, are "Hunters" of all things supernatural. Their mother was murdered when they were young by some unknown being and since I am a Wikipedia cheater, I know exactly by how and what as well as everything that is happening up to Season 9. I can do that and still be excited to watch it all unfold.
Normally I am hooked into some BBC brilliance, currently The Aristocrats miniseries is on my plate and very good as well, but "Supernatural" is a nice change of pace content wise.

Now here is the best part. I am going to share why I started w…

Planning

September has come and brought us a heatwave. Now she is giving us fall temperatures. No wonder all of our plants are so darn confused! Trees have begun to drop some leaves and it makes me sort of sad.

This is the last of my garden. I will miss it when it has completely given itself back to the earth.


Below are some "just blooming now" marigolds. The seeds are from the Alhambra in Spain and were a gift. I adore the colors and hope they come back next year from whatever deadheads go into the ground.

We have decided that we shall be adding a second garden and with a mix of flowers vegetables. This means I have already made a wishlist on Victory Seeds and am promising myself that I will plan the layout of the garden better. The current garden will stay as a full on flower garden and my fingers are crossed that all those perennials will self seeds like mad. Of course I am going to add compost this weekend to help nurture that ground and in the spring, buy a $5.00 bag of ewe poo

Black Bean Burgers

Hands down these were the best black bean burgers I have ever had and ever made.
Let me tell you what my modifications to the recipe were.

I used two cans of beans so it is just under 3 cups and it made no difference.
I made smaller patties and got way more than 8. Yea for leftovers!!
On a recommendation from someone, I used cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper in stead of liquid smoke and lemon pepper. I think you can have a lot of fun swapping out flavors so by all means, go wild.
I also added some cumin to the onions while cooking. What a wonderful, warm smell in the kitchen.
We ate these on regular whole what sandwich bread with ketchup.
I made roasted corn on the cob to go with them and it was perfect.

Now go and fetch thee The Prudent Homemaker's recipe for Black Bean Burgers. I highly recommend you make them for a meal soon. Best part is it is not an expensive meal to make and it is nice and healthy.

Cheers!
MissFifi

A Few More House Projects Done

Isn't it lovely when you can check off the list of ever growing things one must take care of around the casa?

My hubby decided he was up for another project while on vacation so he made a version of these DIY Nautical looking shelves for our pink bathroom. Now, while I loathe that bathroom it will be quite sometime before we can afford to fix it up so I bought a new hideously bright and colorful shower curtain, thank you IKEA, and he made the pretty poplar shelf. Honestly, it makes the sad, poorly built room look much nicer. He was going to paint it, but I like the natural look.


I want to add a decorative something on the top shelf, just not sure what yet.

Next we have a very loooooooooooooooong living room. Original owners knocked down a wall and framing for an old, tiny bedroom and hence, you could probably park two cars in here. This also makes it a layout nightmare. One wall over the couch has three giant Charlie Harper posters. Then there is a beam and a blank wall. We have n…

One Hit Wonder - Stabilizers

For some of us, music defines certain moments in our lives. You hear the first few notes and it all comes flooding back. Where you were, what you were doing and who you were with. In the case of the one hit wonder, the inevitable, "What the hell happened to them?" follows as you crank up the song and bounce around like a lunatic. At least I do.

We have a Sonos Play 1 wireless speaker and I love this thing to no end. I use the app on my phone to go to Radio where an obscene amount of music and talk radio stations await to be chosen. I have been having a lot of fun and flashbacks with the Got Radio Retro 80's station. Which also has a website here if you want to check it out. They have played so many great songs that I had forgotten about that I would crank it up so loud I believe my neighbors must think I am insane. Eh, who cares? LOL

The 80's had a lot of talented and creative bands. Also, genres were a lot more defined where it is not so much now. Crossover music, s…

Freezing tomatoes

We visited friends of ours this week who happen to have a garden that is producing tomatoes at an insane rate. So, I gave them mint from my garden, peaches from our CSA, we don't eat them really, and they gave me two squash and a serious glut of tomatoes.

I am giddy.

I have been noshing on them and adding them to anything I can. But it is a serious amount that we have because our CSA just gave us some as well. What is a non-canning person to do?

I froze them. Whole.

Rock on.

I did a lot of research online and of course came across the many ways you can freeze a sauce or blanched tomatoes, but I am feeling waaaaaaaaaay too lazy and am not into having to deal with too many steps. What I wanted was to have tomatoes that I could throw into chili or stews for the winter. These tomatoes will not do well for any recipe calling for fresh tomatoes so keep that in mind. Freezing about 6 or 8 large tomatoes was the goal here and a helluva a lot more simple than I thought. I really thought I …

The Riverside Church and Peace Fountain

We went to NYC this weekend to have lunch with a friend and to take in the beautiful day.

We always park up by Columbia University and right across from the school is the stunning Riverside Church. My hubby and I were married at there in Christ Chapel. One of the reasons we chose this location was that my hubby was at school then so he was able to handle most of the arrangements and they did not care what our faith or if we were regular parishioners. Another bonus was that they were very accommodating and we even had our reception in The Ninth Floor Lounge. The food was fantastic and the views equally so.


Anyway, it is quite the church, but over on Amsterdam avenue and 112th Street is the ginormous The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. It makes Riverside look like a shoe box to be honest. One of the reasons we headed over there is I have had a slight obsession with one of their statues called the Peace Fountain. I had seen it once before when driving by, but I have never had th…

Our Grown-Up Closet

We had a small closet, our friend enlarged it and all it had was a shelf and a rod. We were fine with this. We added cube storage with baskets and it worked for awhile. Then we did our room, had the storage crawl space discovered and moved the cubbies in there. We have been at a loss as to what to do with the closet. We bought dressers at IKEA to put on either side of our bed but they ended up being too large and awkward looking. Then we put one the closet and one to use in the guest room. A very temporary solution.

We decided to check out The Container Store. Nice stuff and good ideas but very pricey. We inquired what one of their systems would cost for our little closet and it would have been $500, but with delivery and installation, that brought the total to $800. Uh, no. In the end, my hubby did Lowe's and bought a Rubbermaid system for about $200.

Here it is:


Some painting needs to be done, but right now, we are very happy with the result. My stuff is on the right, his is on …

The Generosity Of Others

Neighbors down the street offered us a kiddie pool. Since the one we have is really meant for a one year old and we had already been discussing picking up a bigger one at the end of the season sales, we jumped at the offer. About a week later we swung by, checked it out and happily took it home. They took no money for it so I see me dropping off homemade baked goods very soon.
Anyway, yesterday, I finally got around to cleaning it up and our son was beyond giddy.

This is the only full shot I have the pool.
He spent a total of 5 hours in the pool with lunch and nap and snack in between. It was stunning out and he had an absolute blast.

The cool back story behind the pool was another neighbor had this for her three sons, the oldest is now in college, and she passed it onto our other neighbors whose two children are now in middle school. That same family also has an above ground pool so they no longer needed this one.

Other neighbors had gone to a huge antique sale and picked up a vintage…

Remake

I am not someone who is a big fan of remakes. The Women? 1939 did it so much better. Stepford Wives? Don't shame me. And may God smack around the fool that attempts to remake Gone With The Wind.
Now the 1954 Sabrina? I liked it, but I did not love it. As for the 1995 remake, I adored it. I am sure there is someone somewhere clutching their pearls right about now so I apologize and please let go. I do not recall what it was, perhaps it was the settings or the costumes or the way the story went. And while I like Humphrey Bogart as an actor, I preferred Harrison Ford's version of Linus Larrabee.
Classic movies and I are usually much better friends, but this time, the remake won out for moi.
Plus,  the 1995 version introduced me to the superb French beauty Fanny Ardant. I want to smolder like she does.


Are there remakes you loved and/or hated or preferred over the revered original?

Cheers!
MissFifi

Things to Make For Yourself or Someone You Love

It has seriously been one of those days so this post is all about being creative and eating. Don't act surprised cause you know they go together. Seriously. Hammers, chocolate, figs, wine, chalk paint. Ahem. Enjoy.

DIY Blue Mason Jars from A Beach Cottage blog.

4 Men 1 Lady has a really nice tutorial for a Jewelry Peg Board.

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes. A dozen right here please.

Want a tiled tray? Just A Girl blog has easy directions on how to make such a beauty.

Frugal Feeding has a lovely watermelon, mint and feta salad recipe. It looks so refreshing.

Need ornaments? Beneath My Heart has new way to use upholstery tacks with these DIY ornaments.

10 Minute Dinners has a homemade peach salsa recipe in case you are being inundated with peaches and want to do something else besides just can them. ;-)

A DIY Undermount Spice Rack. May need to send this to the hubby...

I grow a lot of lemon balm so The Nerdy Farmwife's lemon balm bug spray may be on the list of endless things I want to…

My Drying Rack

On occasion I like to send my husband links to a furniture/woodworking project I believe he may enjoy undertaking and that I will enjoy using. This was the case of the DIY Drying Rack on the Centsational Girl Blog. I liked it, passed it on and I now have my own. Hooray!
I actually wanted him to wait until we did a laundry room, but I am glad he didn't as we have already used it. There is something really nice about having things that someone has made for you. Especially when that item costs a ridiculous amount of money in the stores. 
He eventually wants to paint it, but I think it is fine for now since it is hanging in our unfinished never to be finished basement. We will most likely go with white, but one never knows does one? 





The washer and dryer are closer to where I am standing taking the picture. Our basement is a typical concrete, blah space, but that is fine. If I had to make a choice and had loads of cash, I would rather add a small addition onto the house than redo base…