Look What I Found! 2

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Find your perfect color here and get 50% off your first order

 How to do a reverse search and see if your photos are being used on another blog.

Wordmark.it  All you need to do is enter in the phrase you want to write and hit the “load fonts” button.  It will then show your phrase in every font you have loaded on your computer.  EVERY FONT.

An Antique Pattern Library that has some really awesome stuff for all needlework!

How to turn your Pinterest boards into PDF or JPEG image so that you can refer to them off line.  

Spice Jar Labels and Templates to print.  Lovely!

I’ve been using the Walmart Savings Catcher app since July and so far I’ve got $3.53 back in savings.  We probably spend $300 to $400 a month at Walmart on food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies, and odds and ends.

And finally:

 Get free prints for a year and more on the new Snapfish App!  It has to be a new email address to get the free prints for a year, but my daughter in law already got her free 100 prints for this month so it is worth it.

Apple  or Google

 

 

 

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Apple Butter

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Core and quarter 18 to 20 large Jonathan apples into 7 quart (or larger) crock pot.  Add 3/4 to 1 cup apple juice.  Cook on low overnight (12 hours).

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Dip hot apple mixture into food processor and blend for 3-5 minutes until smooth.  Pour smooth mixture back into empty crock pot.  Add to mixture 1 1/2 to 2 cups brown sugar, 1 1/2 to 2 cups white sugar, 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice. Cook on low for another 8 hours.

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My sister-in-law sent me this great addition to my measuring spoons.  Isn’t it great?!!

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Now comes the actual canning process.  Run jars through the dishwasher.  Once the dishwasher is done, add lids and rings to a large saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil then remove from heat.  Take hot jars out of dishwasher and fill with apple butter up to 1/4 inch from the top.  Use a paper towel to clean the rims of the jars before adding the lids and rings.  I just used my big pasta pot and lid to boil water in.  Add seven half pint jars to the boiling water making sure the water completely covers the jars and cover with your lid.  Boil for 15 minutes.  Remove jars and let stand until cooled.  If you hear a pop and see the indent in the top of the jar lid it means it sealed and you are good to go.  Any unsealed jars will need to be refrigerated and used within a month’s time.

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And the second batch makes a total of 22 half pints (and one quart jar full in the refrigerator) of Applebutter!

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These are a few of my favorite things …

Some of my very favorite diy ideas I use all the time in my home and life:

1.)  700 plastic water bottles not throw away into the environment

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2.)  Fresh smelling clothing every time I open a drawer

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3.)  Plastic shopping bags reused as trash can bags in the bathroom and kept in an empty tissue box

Empty Tussue Box become a great plastic grocery bag holder for trash bags. 50+ bags in a large box

4.)  Fabreeze is still on my shopping list because I use it to help with my son’s allergy of dust mites but now I can spray my own version of air/fabric freshener with no conscious at all.  I think it is like 25 cents per bottle now!

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5.)  Wonderful foaming hand soap for the bathroom!  I love the scent of this dish soap!

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and for the kitchen:

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6.)  My tub shower is spotless and smooth. This was so simple! Fill wand with half and half solution of Dawn and White Vinegar. Wet surface and scrub. Leave wand in shower so that you just scrub while you are in there! I’m unable to stand very long without pain and this has made a BIG difference in my life/ability to clean house.

Scowering the Shower

Six Pounds of Hamburger

I love it when this:

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becomes this:

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Sweet & Sour Meatloaf:

Mix together with your hands in a large bowl:

2 lbs. ground beef, 1 lg finely chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1/2 cup ketchup, 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, 2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

Form into a loaf in a loaf pan or 13×9 baking dish.  May now be frozen in a loaf freezer container.  Cook at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or in crock pot on low for 8 hours.

Prepare Sauce:  Mix together 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tsp. dry mustard, and 1 tsp nutmeg.  Mix with whisk the spoon over meatloaf.  Return to oven for 15 minutes or continue to cook in crockpot for another 1 – 2 hours.

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches:

In a large skillet, brown 2 lb ground beef then drain any fat.  Stir in 1 medium finely minced onion, 2 cups ketchup, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 4 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 4 tsp prepared mustard, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes.  Cool then spoon into two gallon freezer bags.

To serve heat in microwave or on top of stove.  Spoon over toasted french bread halves sliced into serving portions.  Sprinkle with shredded mild chedder cheese and add a side of dill pickle slices.

Two for One Dinner and Other Stuff

Yesterday morning I tried an experimental recipe for crockpot chicken.  I used 3 lbs. of skinless, boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot then prepared two packages of Southeastern Mills Chicken Gravy with 4 cups of boiling water and 1 cup cold water to mix the two packages of gravy mix before adding it to the boiling water.  I poured the hot gravy over the chicken and added 2 cups of chopped carrots then cooked on low for 10 hours.

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I served one chicken breast with mashed potatoes and green beans for dinner and it was delicious.

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After dinner I shredded the remaining chicken with a fork then added a can of peas and 1/4 cup diced onion.  I poured the now chicken pot pie mixture into a 13×9 pan and spread out 1 can of Grands Buttermilk Biscuits over the top then put it all in the refrigerator.

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Today I replaced my pan cover with aluminum foil and cooked the chicken pot pie in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  I took off the foil and cooked it another 15 minutes and it was again … delicious.  Rick will eat two lunches of chicken pot pie this week because he liked it so much and asked for it.

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I finished my crocheted house slippers … finally!  I found this slipper pattern on Pinterest and I sort of modified it here and there, but kept to the basic instructions.  I used 3 strands of Red Heart Super Saver and an H hook.

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Ben and I are learning to play chess.

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I got to have lunch with my daughter.  She had her third miscarriage last month and we are all sad and confused about that.  She’s been through every test they can think of to find out why she has been pregnant three times in the past five years and miscarried in the first trimester every time.  The physicians all say that there is no reason for her to miscarry next time, but she has.  Has anyone heard of anyone else having a story like that?

 

Been Busy

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I am not a morning person.  Hence my interest in frozen egg mc muffins, pancakes, and breakfast burritos that I am filling my freezer with.

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I found 5 lbs of carrots in the clearance bin at the grocery store and bought them to blanch and freeze for cooking later and to add to freezer to crockpot meals.  I’m finding that I like doing this as long as I pace myself and don’t do too much in a day.  My new titanium knee is still just 3 months old now.  The other knee is in need of replacement and my back recently had 3 nerves severed so that I don’t feel the pain, but that is not really true.  I feel pain. But this time last year and the two years before I was in a wheelchair so this liberation to do things that I love is wonderful.

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I’ve been baking mini banana breads (bananas were on sale for 39 cents last week) and pumpkin bread from two cans of last year’s pumpkin then freezing them to add to meals later.

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And I’ve been covering all of my crochet hooks with DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handles.

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I love the feel of them and I love that I can stand them up so I covered even the hooks that are fat enough for my arthritic fingers and hands.  They are so smooth and fit my hands perfectly.

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I have not been able to grow flowers for 8 years now because of my back and knees, but I’ve been buying fake flowers at Michaels (once they hit the 75%) off mark for the past year and I’ve been making a fake flower garden in front of our tiny retirement home.  We bought it for cash and have no mortgage for our old age (I’m 56, but disabled due to the severe arthritis and allergic reaction to NSAIDS).  Suprised we were when 13 years ago I came up pregnant.  *laugh* Anyway, it isn’t much, but it is ours.  We gutted it and did all the work on it ourselves so it truly is our home.  The only thing we didn’t replace was the furnace and the siding.

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Cheap and Easy Orange Chicken

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I forgot to set out something for dinner, so I’m looking through what I have and find frozen chicken nuggets and frozen stir fry vegetables.  Hmmmm …. I put the chicken nuggets in the oven, as directed on the package, started stir frying the vegetables (with it’s own sauce) and began boiling water for instant rice.  I grabbed the orange marmalade and soy sauce out of the refrigerator, mixing 1/2 cup orange marmalade with 1 tbsp soy sauce.  I found a package of Knorr Asian Side Teriyaki Noodles in the cabnet with a similar recipe on the back of it ( geeze!  I thought I was an original!) and prepared the noodles as directed.  The recipe added white vinegar to the orange sauce so I added 2 tsp white vinegar to my orange marmalade mixture and it was much better!  I tossed the nuggets in a large bowl with the orange marmalade mixture and served it to my boys.  My husband thought it was great.  I thought it was pretty good too.  Ben ate his nuggets with no sauce and plain rice.  *sigh*.    All in all it was quick, easy, and cheap.