Wednesday, January 26, 2022

HAM AND BISCUITS


Was at the store one day and saw these.  We love the Frick's hams and we usually buy their "carver hams" but they sell these too...look closely at the name, they call them "BISCUIT HAM SLICES".


Of course they are round thick slices of ham...perfect for frying up in a pan...


Making some homemade biscuits...


And putting them together into one glorious food moment, ha.  We made extra and froze them, we're going to see how they warm up in the microwave for a quick homemade breakfast.

2nd Man is still loving his Lodge 'biscuit pan' as he calls it now.  That's what we use it for all the time.

Monday, January 24, 2022

PICS OF THE MASTER BEDROOM

It was cold this weekend, at least it was sunny but it was cold.  Inside the house (remember, no heat) it was 37 degrees when I got there.  On the porch it was 50's.  The sun was shining and it felt better out there, ha.

But I did a bit inside, mainly declutter, dust, and vacuum the bedroom floors and dead bugs in the windowsills, ha.

Here are a couple of pictures of the master bedroom...


This is from one corner looking back toward the other side of the room.  That area on the other side of the half walls was an add on by the previous owner.  We currently use it as an area to keep all of our crafting supplies.  One side has storage boxes and all sorts of cubbies for things and there is a giant bulletin board on the other side with a matching lower cabinet below it.  The two chairs are just some extras we had and it seemed like a good place to put them.  The middle table is a file cabinet end table/stand that we brought from town when we sold the other house.  So few people have a need for file cabinets nowadays (with everything digital) and that's why we decided to keep it.  We print out things we find online, articles from magazines, recipes, etc and keep them in there.


Then I walked over to that opening between the two areas that you just saw and turned around to take a picture back the other direction.  The open doorway goes into the living room and toward the kitchen.  The door on the left side of the mirror is the (tiny) closet and the door on the right side is the (tiny) bathroom.  The windows are just off camera to the right.


We went with a blue and white color scheme here as you can tell.  This is the room where this corner shelf is with the few blue and white pieces we have.

Hope you enjoyed the mini tour.  Whatever we end up doing with the house, we'll keep our blue and white colors in the room because we find it relaxing and calming...and besides where else would we put it, ha.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

GOOD FOOD AND HOBART SUNDAY

 Another cold weekend but at least it's been sunny and clear.  I went to the farm yesterday, 2nd Man stayed in town because there is a big work project due Monday.  But he did manage to whip up one of our favorite meals...a hearty potato soup.

Potato soup with ham, bacon and cheese

Here is the recipe he used from the time we posted it:  


It's super easy...in addition to potatoes of course, it has a couple of carrots and two stalks of celery, some diced up ham, seasonings, broth, milk and cream...it's just so comforting and hearty.  We top it off with some shredded cheddar, bacon bits (you cook the bacon to save the fat for sautéing the veggies), and some dried chives that we had saved from our garden.

On a cold Winter day, it was heaven in a bowl...

Hobart Sunday

And of course we know you like to see him, so here's Hobart, posing for all of you.

On his afghan.

From the dining room chair.

That we push over to the window so he can watch outside and have some sunshine coming in.  

#notspoiled

Hope you are having some good food and warm weather this weekend.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH

Here is the radar image from Thursday night/early Friday morning...


...the farm is the little red "pin" on this radar image.  The pink and light blue is sleet/freezing rain with some snow behind it...the dark blue and green is just rain.  We were just in between the two.

2nd Family said there was some frost on Friday morning but no frozen precipitation fell, just rain.  As this posts, I'll be heading out there, it's currently 34.  It's cold (for us) this morning, 29 out there as the low temp overnight.  Since I skipped last weekend with the rain and previous cold blast, I need to go check on things.  Of course, yet again, it's wet and very cold...so there is not much I can do outside.  I will just water the plants on the porch and do some cleaning inside until it just gets too cold. 

2nd Man is making some potato soup for us to have when I get back.  It'll make the day go faster with that as my end goal, ha!

We hope your weekend is off to a good start!

Friday, January 21, 2022

ROLLING DISASTER IN THE MAKING

OK, so on day recently, we were sitting in bumper to bumper traffic and this car drove by in the HOV lane.  I noticed it and took a picture (FYI, we were stopped and I was in the passenger seat).


It was five large containers of gasoline.  Now in all fairness, we're not sure if they had gasoline in them.  They could have held water or something else, but we  noticed that they had "flammable" and "caution" stickers on them.  In the light and shadows, you could see liquid sloshing around in them so they were full.

If they did indeed have gasoline in them, we can't imagine what might have happened if someone rear ended them in traffic.  But of course not any other way to transport that much either?  Certainly you wouldn't put them inside your car.  

Smart idea or risky idea?

Thursday, January 20, 2022

FROG VISITOR

Here is a post I thought had gone up but guess it didn't.  We wanted to make sure we posted it.  When I was cutting back the bushes by the front steps, a few weeks back, my eye caught something.

Do you see it?

Right here on this branch...it was definitely in a good hiding spot that I interrupted. 

Here he/she is in a closeup.  Just chillin' on the branch, though I'm pretty sure it was giving me "side eye" for ruining a good nap.  Needless to say, I quit cutting on this bush and left the frog alone.  Then when I was finished with everything else, I still needed to move it elsewhere.  I got a clay pot and saucer and coaxed him in.  The frog was then relocated to the back of the house in a shady spot.

Side note, love their little suction cup toes.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

MAXIMIZING OUR OVEN USE

Not too long ago, we posted a picture of our meatloaf meal.  We ate it over the weekend and it was so good.  Thankfully, 2nd Man made two.

Sliced meatloaf

Here it is (you can just see the edge of the other one on the side).  This one was sliced up and vacuum sealed for the freezer.  We found that two fit side by side on the largest sheet pan we have, so we just double up the recipe and make two.

We do the same thing when roasting chickens...

Two roasted chickens

...we do two of those as well.  Our philosophy for cooking things like this is that if we're going to heat up the oven to cook one anyway, two can cook at the same time and temperature and we have future meals ready to put up in the freezer.  For the chickens we will have one for immediate dinner and then when the other has cooled down, I pull all the meat off and vacuum seal it for using in other meals.  It's like having a rotisserie chicken at the ready most any night we need one.

Now if we could just figure out how to get two turkeys in one oven at the same time, ha.  Side note, don't those chickens look delicious?  Now I'm hungry!

2nd Man has always wanted double ovens in his kitchen.  If we end up with that at the farm, then we could have 4 chickens and 4 meatloaves and 2 turkeys at a time, LOL!

Anyone else do this?

Monday, January 17, 2022

GOOD FOOD AND HOBART SUNDAY

DUE TO AN INTERNET CONNECTION ISSUE, THIS WILL HAVE TO STAY UP AS MONDAY'S POST TOO, SORRY ABOUT THAT.  MORE TOMORROW!

Cold today.  Well, cold for us.  Windy and just cold.  Low 30's with "feels like" in upper 20's.

TexMex comfort food

We stayed in town this weekend (see yesterday's post) and 2nd Man made a meal of tamales (made by a coworker) and then he made Mexican rice, refried beans and I whipped up some pico de gallo and served it over some sliced avocado.  TexMex comfort food!

Warm Hobart

It's cold outside and Hobart knows this.  So he is on the couch, on "his" fuzzy blanket and of course, we are required to cover him up because, well, #notspoiled. 

Stay well fed and warm wherever you are!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

ONE OF THOSE WEEKS

 It's been one of those weeks where stuff went wrong.  Of course other than my trash to treasure finds, ha, see yesterday's post for that.

The other day at lunch I had a flat.  That's never fun.  I was able to make it back to my work parking space before it went completely flat.


Got the spare put on but of course, while bigger than a "donut" spare tire because it's a 4x4 vehicle, it's still a little smaller than normal so all the warning sensors and lights are on inside and it pulls to the left.

Because it was getting close to time for new tires anyway, we decided to just go ahead and replace all four.  That's never a fun expense to incur, sigh.

I will deal with that next week.

Then, there were rumors flying that Harris County (where Houston is) was going to threat level red for covid. Sure enough, they upped it... 


...at least we're vaccinated and boosted and other than the grocery store once a week and me going to work, we stay in and mind our own business, ha. 


We personally know four people who currently have COVID.  One is unvaccinated and is very sick.  The other three are vaccinated and experiencing symptoms like a cold except for one who said it's like a bad flu that they wouldn't wish on anyone.  Even a mild case can result in long haul COVID symptoms in some people, so we're happy to just keeping masking, social distancing and avoiding catching it if at all possible.


Today when we got up to head to the farm, we looked at the temps out there and thought "no heat at the farm, a cold wind blowing, let's just stay in town this weekend".  It's nice to have a break and just relax.  there is nothing to really do out there right now.  We can stay in town where it's warm and read, catch up on some TV/movies and have some good food.

Nothing wrong with that.  Hope you are having a good weekend and staying warm if you're where it's cold.  If you're where it's warm, send some this way.

Friday, January 14, 2022

CHRISTMAS ITEMS TRASH TO TREASURE

 Regular readers know that I have a favorite place to look for bargains...our downstairs trash area!  Our building has trash chutes on every floor and they feed into a separate room, but for boxes and other things that people can't put in the chute, there is an area (indoor) near the loading dock where people can put the things they don't want.  I've found quite a few cool items over the last few years.

Here is one are some of the latest!

Over the course of the week or two after Christmas and New Year, I gathered up the following items:


So this box was down there.  It's a "Slim Virginia Pine" pre-lit tree.  The box had some old water staining on it and I was thinking it might be damaged but when I opened it to check, the tree was fine, just some old water staining on the box.  A nice tree, 6 feet tall.


Here it is plugged in.  I made sure to test it before I "rescued it" and it works fine.  You only see half the lights on because I didn't plug one strand into the other on the tree itself before I plugged the bottom in.  The way they put it in the box didn't make it all fluffed up and even but since we're just going to keep it in the box anyway for the next year, there was no need to do that now.  It's a nice tree, 6 feet tall.

A few days later I went downstairs and found this...


...a wicker basket (score for the free basket too, ha) with Christmas lights inside!  I had to find an outlet downstairs so I could test them and they worked.  Two strands with 50 multicolored ball type lights on each...


...and then another two strands of lights, one white and one multicolored.  We can always use any lights for future decorating.


And THEN a few days later, I found this artificial tree!  No box with this one but here it is at the farm, waiting to go into a bag for storage.  Not sure what you call this "variety" of tree but it's 4 feet tall, really full and pretty, kind of frosted looking.  Not pre-lit this time but hey, we have plenty lights as per above.

But wait, there's more!

This post would have stopped here but just last night:


I went downstairs and someone had thrown away their real tree.  Not unusual of course.  It was dry and crispy but that's when I noticed that it still had lights on it.  I pulled it aside and saw the cords at the bottom.  They had just thrown away the tree with the lights still on it!  I started unwrapping them and it took me a good fifteen minutes or so.  They were on a very fine wire and I could later understand why someone probably decided it was easier to just toss the whole thing...but I had patience and kept at it...


...and it paid off.  I got this huge strand of what we think are called "fairy lights"?  They are tiny, tiny things like little LED seeds.  The wire is very thin and has a light every few inches.  Then there are these big fountain type pieces that are on stiffer wires that you can bend to a position, also with the tiny lights.  You can adjust all of them to strobe, flash, chasing, blinking, and any other number of patterns.  They are really unusual.  We'll find something to decorate with them.

After Christmas discards will become our future decorations and we're OK with that!