Thursday, July 26, 2012


I shared my 3 favorite pickle recipes over on my New Blog.
I hope you will stop by!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Move Over

38 Months and 383 Blog Posts

It is time for a change.
I am moving over to a new blog.
I hope you will come along!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hot - Lot - Not - Pot - Got To Have Iced Coffee Recipe

It has been very hot and humid.

Perfect iced coffee weather!!!

I decided I needed to make up a better flavored iced coffee concoction because I was consuming a lot of calories with each quart pint mug cup.

Besides....I was not sleeping at night.  ;)

First I made up a batch of cold brew coffee.
I used 1 cup of coffee grounds for each quart of cold water.
(I used Half Caff coffee)
I mixed coffee grounds and cold water together and let sit 12-24 hours on my counter.
I strained the coffee through my coffee pot ground container (it has teeny tiny holes) but usually cheese cloth is the choice for straining.
Cold brewed coffee is very concentrated and can last quite a while with refrigeration.

Next I made up a pitcher of flavoring.
I used Walden Farms Calorie Free Caramel Syrup and Chocolate Syrup and Silk PureAlmond Vanilla.

I used 1/2 cup of each syrup for every 2 cups of Almond Milk.

Walden Farms syrups boast "No Calories, Fat, Carbs, Gluten or Sugars of Any Kind!"
The almond milk I used boasts 90 calories per serving.

I could have gone with caffeine free coffee,
but a girl's gotta live a little!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Whole Fleet

I have to share my most recent discovery with you....
or I would not be a good friend.

Floyd makes wooden toys.
He sells them on etsy and locally.

The first time I purchased one of his toys (a mother duck pull toy with a string of baby ducks), I asked the shop owner if they were made in China...because they were so inexpensive.

I am SO ashamed I asked that question.

I found out not only does Floyd make the toys himself, he mills wood that he cuts from his own property!!

I have my eye on his bigger boats, but for now I picked up a fleet of these little gems.
I thought they would make great little gifts.

Floyd practically gives them away sells them for $5.00.
Yes...for $5.00 you can pick out a red, yellow, blue or natural Rubberband Boat!
I haven't met Floyd (yet),
but It think it is fair to say his toys are


I also think it is fair to say....
Floyd is the one who is a good friend!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Very COOL Find

Yesterday I stopped at our local Salvation Army Thrift Store.
I almost missed this....good thing I walked through that aisle twice.  ;)

Made in the USA

Still wrapped in the plastic it came in!!
 I am thrilled it fit perfectly in my kitchen freezer.
Almost as thrilled as only paying $4.80 for something so COOL!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Wood You - Could You?

I have a crock full of wooden utensils.
I use them daily, so I like to keep them handy.

I didn't really need any more,
but I came across a great deal at my favorite store.
Three wooden spoons in each package....still sealed....for 49 cents!

Yep...I took all three packages...woodn't you???

I don't need 9 new wooden spoons!
Could you use a few?
If so, leave a comment and I will share a sealed package of 3 spoons with someone on Monday morning.

****Terry's name was drawn, thanks to all who left a comment.****

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wisconsin Travels

We have been in Wisconsin for a few days.
I grew up in Wisconsin.
My Grandpa use to drive a milk truck for the Nelson Creamery.

The milk he hauled was used to make cheese.
I remember Grandpa coming home with a hunk of cheese wrapped in white paper.
Most of the time we really liked the cheese he brought home.
Our favorite was the cheese curds!

Although you can no longer watch the cheese curds being made, the Nelson Creamery has evolved into a quaint store and eatery.

And when the sun is shining and the temps are in the 90's....

it is a great place to stop for ice cream!

So many things have changed over the years.

Sometimes it is fun to notice something that hasn't.