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Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, January 16
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 16, 2018, 10:03:16 AM »
I googled "homemade bleach cleaner" and it recommended one part bleach to 9 - 10 parts water in a spray bottle. 

Not sure how that would effect dish towels.  Maybe designate only white based towels to use with or use paper towels if you have them. 

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, January 16
« Last post by Alice on January 16, 2018, 09:14:00 AM »
Hi Cheryl and Pam,

We're having sausage and lentil soup tonight. I have all the ingredients at home so we will put that in the instant pot when I get home from work. I'm not a big lover of lentils but I'll eat it. I also want to make a loaf of bread tonight so hopefully I'll find the energy to do that as well.

We are once again on a no buying anything due to circumstances that have changed rather quickly. When we are out of something we won't be adding it to the list unless it is necessary. So the coffee is down to about 1/3 left in the bin so when that's gone we will drink instant coffee until that is gone. Or decaff until that is gone. We have a bit of cushion but I can't begin using that now because I don't think these are the circumstances to use it in. We won't starve either since the freezer does have good food in there.

There are also lots of things in the cupboard like spring roll wrappers that I found from when the girls made them this summer. I found a lot of the wrappers last week and made probably 10 of them and made the rest last night. I used seasoned chicken, carrots, cucumber, red pepper, shallot and cilantro and they are so good. I got cottage cheese for .90 for a big tub on Saturday so I'll probably make a lasagna casserole sometime this week. We also got ground beef 85/15 for $1.88 per lb. I'm well on my way to a lasagna casserole using a different type of pasta since I don't have the proper noodles. We had a tater tot casserole last night with freezer and pantry items.

Since our freezer was so full at Christmas we "lost" a few things but are now finding them now that the freezer level has gone done a bit. I "lost" a bag of chicken thighs but found them again. I also made a dry rub for seasoning our food. I was thinking of buying some but now that we have a "no buy" anything going on, I have to make some. I found a good one and we really like it. I don't want a BBQ rub or a chipotle but just a simple seasoning for chicken. I would love to find something smoky but haven't found that yet. I'll take suggestions.

I'm ready for summer! Another yukky day here today. More snow and very slick on the roads. But each day is a day closer to spring.

Cheryl, don't forget to get some rest while you are at home today. Join me and Pam by making a pot of soup for that cold day we're all having. With a slice of bread and dinner is served!

Would anyone know if I could make my own kitchen bleach cleaner by just filling the spray bottle with a little bleach and topping it off with water? Since I can't buy it I'll need to make it. I would use it to spray my sink after working with meats or vegetable to sanitize it. I wouldn't use it to spray counters if it were too bleachy. I also don't want my cloths to get bleached out if it happens to touch a cloth.

Managing a Household / Re: Tuesday, January 16
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 16, 2018, 08:16:29 AM »
Cheryl: for all you have been going through, it is impressive you know what date it is!!  Good idea to stay home.  We in the north think nothing of going out in the weather that you are expecting, but we are used to it, (don't really have the choice), and our communities know how to prepare and deal with it as far as salting and plowing the roads.  I still stay home if given the choice!

My day is full of things I have been putting off.  Laundry, cleaning and organizing a spare bedroom, doing a quick once over with bleach of doorknobs, handles, remotes.  (trying to keep any flu germs at bay)

I need to come up with a soup idea for dinner.  Not sure which direction I will go.  I would love a bean soup, but it's not hub's favorite, and we did do bean soup just a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe potato.  I have a few potatoes that looked like they needed to be used up.  Will have to see what hits me when I take a quick look at Pinterest.

Hope everyone is having a great day.  Stay in if you are experiencing this crazy winter weather if you can.
Would love to hear what you are up to!
Managing a Household / Tuesday, January 16
« Last post by Cheryl on January 16, 2018, 06:55:06 AM »
I hope I got the date right! ;D. I've lost track and don't have a calendar handy.

Finally I am having a little time at home.  My mother is still in the hospital, seven weeks today, but she is out of ICU.  I visited with her a little yesterday, but they are calling for snow and ice in the forecast and I didn't want to venture out and get stuck somewhere. 

I don't know what I will do today other than the usual - housework, supervising Emily's school work, etc.  I really need to organize my little kitchen pantry.  Things have been shoved here and there with no order and it's bothering me.  I need to be able to open the door and see at a glance what I have to work with.  We are using this time of slow work for my husband to really make use of the food we have here without buying unless it's a true need.  I am making progress using items from my freezers.  I have about 5 pounds of chicken tenders that are frozen in one huge lump that I want to thaw and cook today.  I think we have a couple of pork tenderloins and maybe a pound of hamburger, and a pound of smoked sausage.  That is it on the meat.  The rest is vegetables and other odds and ends.

I hope to hear from you all today.  Please check in if you get a chance.  Have a good day!  :)
Managing a Household / Re: Friday Jan. 12, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 12, 2018, 05:44:46 PM »
So glad you enjoyed your day Alice!

Lindsey: hope your power stays on for you.  Sounds like really challenging weather you are having.  Stay safe!  Do you have a fireplace or a way to keep warm if you do lose power?  That is the one thing that always concerns me in winter since we don't really have any way to produce heat without power.  I have a gas stove and oven, but the oven controls are electric, so no help there if the power is out.  :(
Hang in there with your chiropractor adjustments.  Sounds like you are fit, so I'm sure that is helping you a ton!

Have a good night ladies!
Managing a Household / Re: Friday Jan. 12, 2018
« Last post by Alice on January 12, 2018, 05:39:31 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'm on here for the first time today! Had a wonderful birthday so far. Thank you all for the birthday wishes.

Had a slow and lazy day. Coffee with a friend, then ran into MIL at the grocery store so that was a visit right in the store. Three of my four brothers called. All three kids called and my parents came over for a visit. 

Just like Pam we had such a strange change in weather over the last 24 hours that my car doors are frozen shut. Can't get any of the four doors open!  It is very cold today versus the near 60 degrees yesterday.

We had spring rolls with chicken in them for supper. We also had a small pkg. of red pepper/chicken ravioli to go with it and that was it for supper.  No sweets other than my bagel at Panera. 

Now I'm ready to go to bed already.

Managing a Household / Re: Friday Jan. 12, 2018
« Last post by Rooney on January 12, 2018, 01:16:15 PM »
Hey Pam. :)

Happy Birthday Alice, if you are out there!! !!!!  :) :) :) :) :) :)

Well girls, we are smack in the middle of a winter storm and prayin' the power stays on through it.  We had ice last night, then snow, then sleet to make it like walking across slick concrete and now 4 more inches or so coming down this afternoon with high winds.  Yikes!  This is bad, but not near as bad as 2009 thankfully.  Supposed to do more of the same on Monday. :P

Had an appointment on Wednesday and  we had left the van on the grass that had turned to a muddy mess.  Got hung up so bad that missed the appointment and had to go yesterday instead.  We only make that mistake once a year (leaving vehicles on grassy area in winter time).

Not much going on here.  Just hoping hubby isn't having to much trouble in town with driving and that he makes it home safely tonight....EARLY hopefully.

My appointment yesterday left me feeling like I am sore all over.  Things are shifting around and painful right now.  Pretty much everything hurts.  Our chiropractor says that in his 25 plus years of practice that I am one of only a couple of people that he has so much trouble adjusting.  Kind of bad when your chiropractor calls you his "Project Case". Ha! :P :P  Did get a compliment that made me feel like I must be getting back in some kind of shape.  The assistant wondered  if I ran marathons with a girl that she and I both know because of my physique! :)  Makes me want to get over my injuries and keep on keepin' on. :)

Thinking baked potatoes and baked chicken and green peas for supper.  Mine will be minus the potato--the low carb thing is workin' for me so I will keep with it. ;)

We are going to clean up on the house this afternoon, clean up on our little gym, and try to get whatever kind of workout in that I can manage.  That is all assuming the power will stay on.  BIG ASSUMPTION!

Managing a Household / Re: Friday Jan. 12, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 12, 2018, 07:21:25 AM »
Hi all! 

We made it to Friday!  Yesterday was crazy warm here.  In the upper 50's when I was out.  Also had some rain.  Most of our snow is gone, which is okay by me.  Over night the temps dropped hard, so now roads are icy and slick.  Glad I don't have to go anywhere today.  I think it's worse south of us. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALICE!!!!    Enjoy your day off and your coffee date with your friend!  It's good you are doing something for yourself!

My day is nothing to really write about, but I am here anyway!  8) 

Hubs was out of town yesterday and last night, but will be home some time this afternoon.  I think he said he has a couple of meetings this afternoon, so after that, I can expect to see him.

I watched part of season 2 of The Crown last night.  It's pretty interesting, even though I'm not really sure how accurate it really is.  I think there might still be a couple of episodes for me to watch today.  We will see if I get to it.

I have some laundry that was hanging to dry so all of that needs to be folded and put away.

I am making some Mexican food for dinner.  Will get the refried beans going in the crockpot this morning.  Then will have to figure out what kind of protein to do.  Chicken? Shrimp? Ground beef?  I can make that decision later.  One thing at a time!  ;) 

Hope all of you have a great day!
Managing a Household / Friday Jan. 12, 2018
« Last post by pamgonzo on January 12, 2018, 07:13:25 AM »
Good Morning Ladies!
Managing a Household / Thursday, January 11, 2018
« Last post by Alice on January 11, 2018, 09:14:04 AM »
It's Thursday and a warmer than usual day at temps. above 50 degrees. But tomorrow will tell another story--Cold and more snow.

A mid-winter thaw always makes me a bit nervous due to how heavy melting snow can be.  Also, so many accidents on the roads lately due to ice, melting ice, fog, misty rain, and this morning was no exception. It has been a scary drive to work every day this week.

Last night I wanted to organize a desktop counter in my kitchen. It continues to be a "catch-all" for anything and everything. I'm not liking that. I don't love a desk in the kitchen but would prefer a counter top with cabinets or just all cabinets. We never have a chair scooted up to the desk so there is the empty space where a chair could be and I really could use that for storage if it had cabinet doors or pull out drawers. Aside from a complete kitchen renovation, I guess we'll have to keep the desk but organize it better. I got a desktop organizer that I put a lot of stuff in folders and in the folder compartment, bills in another section, stamps and return address labels in yet another compartment and pens/pencils in that compartment. I like it.

I have a breadmaker in a box in the empty space underneath and I should find a place to store that since we don't use it. I might use it in the future but for now I'll store it. I saw hubby cleaning the kitchen cabinets with Murphy Oil yesterday so that was nice. I have a couple of small things he can do while he's home and not working.

We had a beef Pho for supper last night with turkey sandwiches and that was really good. The rich beef broth was wonderful. Tonight, hubby is making something since I volunteer tonight and won't have time to cook.

Tomorrow I'm taking the day off from work for my birthday and I am going out for coffee with my friend. I'm looking forward to that very much. I don't know what the rest of the day will bring but I know it's not shopping! I think R & R is in order after a stressful week.

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