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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…

No Kneeling

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the baptism of our friend's little girl in a Presbyterian Church. As someone who was born and raised Catholic and went to Catholic school until 9th grade, I have always enjoyed exposure to different faiths. I have been to Jewish Weddings, Hindu ceremonies and I have attended Episcopalian services. On that last one, let's be honest, Episcopals are not much different than Catholic as far as the services and songs go, but the Presbyterians? I sang hymns that were not somber and were uplifting and they even took requests from the congregation (!!!). There was no communion and no kneeling. I was so confused when after the collection plate went up to the altar and the minister came down spoke and pretty much wrapped up the Mass. There were bibles in the pews, very odd for this Catholic chick and tithing envelopes with pencils so you can do your thing there. The sharing of the peace was similar to Episcopals where you can walk around and shak…