Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I like Sauvignon Blanc, but I never can taste the grapefruit or melon. I like Cab, but I don't ever taste the blackberries. It sort of just tastes like wine to me.
I found this list of wines under $10 which looks great. I've never tried any of the wines, nor have I ever heard of them. I would like to give some of them a try.
But, I don't make it to the-little-wine-shop-that- has-everything very often.
Here are my favorites that you can find at Nob Hill or Trader Joe's or Costco or wherever.
All these picks are under $10 & can be often found for around or under $5 if you get 'em on sale.
BV Coastal Estates
We like Cabernet, but other varietals are good, too.
and for a cheap pairing - we had this the other night with out Piroshkis & it was so good. It's also good with Tater Tots.
I never wanted to try this wine, cuz it kinda has a cheap look. And, it is cheap. So, I figured it was bad for sure. But, I tried it. And, it is good. They've won medals for just about all their varietals.
Again, we like the Cab & also the Savingnon Blanc.
Clos du Bois Chardonnay
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I'm pretty sure, for me, it is not.
When you are figuring how much something costs & how to save money & you factor in "your time", what does that mean? Is that time you are taking off of work & therefore losing money? If not, then time is not really money. And, time really shouldn't be factored in. Apparently a stay-at-home deserves to make a 100k + salary. That is so nice & flattering. People are trying to recognize your hard work & value, but no one is going to pay you that money!
I guess, you could say time is money, if you are using your time to save money.
False - When I factor in the time that it takes me to weed my own front yard, it is cheaper to hire someone.
True - If I have the time to weed my own front yard, I am "making money" (i.e. saving money) for my family by doing it myself.
Are you considering the cloth vs. disposable diaper factor? Is it really correct to add into the money equation the extra time the cloth diapers will take you?
Time is valuable, though. That is very true. So, if you don't want to spend your time doing such & such, then, very good. Spend your time wisely, doing what you value.
Time isn't money. It is worth so much more.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This year I made another valentine inspired by Martha. When I say inspired here, I mean, I didn't really read these directions. I just took a photo & glittered it. When I stepped back from my project to look it over & laughed out loud. It is nothing like Martha's beautiful glitter paintings. It is rather hilarious looking, actually.
But, Scott didn't laugh even a tiny bit. He was gracious & grateful. Another reason to love him!
Peyton had the worst time of dealing with the situation.
But, he hid himself too well. Maybe we'll see him next time.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Here's our plan.
Heart Shaped Scones
Egg Scramble with Ham, Chives & fresh Ricotta
Tomato Soup with heart shaped cheese toasts
Broccoli (I don't know why. Just because it's a kid meal.)
Since it was my sister Leah's birthday yesterday, I'll post some pictures with her!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Your kids can become members of the club for free, without signing any paperwork or anything annoying. They give 'em membership cards. When you come to do your grocery shopping, they get to pick out a free snack. There's a store rack full of goodies that they can pick from - juice box, fruit leather, raisins, sandwich cookies, cereal bars.... Or, they can take their card to the bakery for a free .99 cookie!
I remember being a member of Safeway's Cookie Club when I was a kid. It was so exciting to be able to hand the baker my card & get my cookie. It makes a kid feel so grown-up to have a card. Getting my first library card was also very momentous.
I don't often ruin delicates by accidently putting them in the dryer. But, on occasion, it happens. I used to do it a lot more. I am not sure if I have gotten better at this, though. It could just be that the likelihood of me wearing anything delicate has vastly decreased over the last several years.
One good thing I think I have learned is to use plain ole baking soda in the laundry. I put a big scoop in every load & I think the difference in cleanness is pretty huge. And, I don't use quite as much detergent. I used to always use a little more than the cap said to use. Now I use a little less. So, the baking soda is getting my clothes cleaner, and is saving money on my detergent usage.
The better I launder our clothes, the longer they will last, the less I will have to buy.
But, if I slip up with the laundry, there are still options.
When I do leave that pen in the khaki pants' pocket & it leaves a massive ink spot, I can just turn them in to a backpack. Or, if it happened to be a pair of Cargo pants, I could make a messenger bag.
A grease stain that just won't come out of that t-shirt. No problem. I can make a kid sized tee from it.
Speaking of laundry. We have had the stomach flu in this house for over week. I bet there is a load I could put in right now...
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This dreadful looking one was the best of the whole lot. The only one that retained any good color.
Hmmmm... Not sure if I will try this one again.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
And it will last & last & last in the little produce draw of your frig.
What can I make with cabbage, you ask?
I have a tasty main dish recipe for you. This recipe makes 6 main dish size turnovers. They freeze well for a last minute meal in the future.
1 1/2 cups Flour
1/3 teaspoon Salt
1/4 pound Butter
3-5 Tablespoons Water
2 cups sliced Potatoes
3 Tablespoons Butter
2 cups chopped Cabbage
1 cup finely chopped Onions
1 cup Cottage Cheese
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Dill (or 2 teaspoons dried)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Parsley
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Chives or scallions
1/2 teaspoon ground Caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon of water
sesame seeds or poppy seeds for topping
In food processor, mix the flour & salt thoroughly. Cut in the butter. Mix in a small amount of water at a time until a ball can formed. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes.
Boil potatoes until fork tender, then drain & mash in a large bowl. Saute cabbage & onions in butter in a covered skillet until tender, about 15 minutes. Add them to the potatoes & stir in all the remaining ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Divide the pastry dough into 6 equal parts. Roll each ball into a thin circle, approx. 6 inches in diameter. Place two or three heaping tablespoons of the filling in the center of each circle. Brush the edges with the egg wash & fold over to form a half-moon. Press the edges with your fingers or a fork to seal. Carefully lift each piroshki with the spatula & place it on an oiled baking sheet. Brush the top of each pastry with the egg wash & sprinkle with seeds.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
Top with sour cream to serve.