Friday, February 27, 2015

Just in case you are wondering...

Our new trailer house, you might recall, was delivered some time ago.  It is set up and tied down, but that is all.  We are patiently waiting for the utilities to be hooked up, for the skirting to be put on, and for the final cleaning and inspection.  It looks very nice sitting out there, but is cold and bleak inside!  Here is a view of the kitchen from the front door entrance.  The green things on the floor on the left are a couple of shutters that will be put up.  The floor is all vinyl, throughout, which I requested.  I don't like taking care of carpets.  It looks so much like wood.  I am very pleased!  We have the components to make a 5-foot "island" with a bar on one side where we can sit on stools and eat, if we wish. The other side has cabinets and drawers.  This is taking a lot longer than we thought it would, but it doesn't matter, really.  Hopefully, the weather will be a lot nicer when we do actually move in.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I made some Banana Bread today....

I had 3 very ripe bananas sitting on the counter, so I made some of my really yummy and healthy Banana Bread.  Here is my recipe:


Pre-heat oven to 325 F

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons flax seed (freshly ground- I do it in a little coffee grinder)
1 teaspoon powdered kelp
1/3 cup hot water
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, lightly toasted in a skillet  (If you don't toast them, they turn green when baked.)

Sift the dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, mix the oil and honey.

Add the eggs and mix well.

Then, add the bananas and mix well.

Now, to the banana mixture, add the dry ingredients (not the sunnies yet) alternately with the hot water and mix well.  Then, mix in the sunflower seeds.

Butter a medium sized loaf pan, and spread the batter in it.  Bake for 55 - 60 minutes, and test with a toothpick that you stick in the middle of the loaf.  If it comes out clean, then the banana bread is done.

Cook for 10 minutes in the pan and then on a cooling rack or towel (have you ever noticed that some recipes you read say, "a clean towel?"  Good grief!  Do they think we'd use a soiled towel?) 

When cool, slice, wrap and keep it in the fridge.  Serve with butter.  Oh, my, this is good!

Of course, the kelp powder and flax seed are optional.  And you can change out the flour and sweetener if you wish.  This is just the way I prefer to make it.  If you don't use the flax seed, then reduce the hot water to 1/4 cup.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to clean your tub/shower - Soooo exciting! ;)

We have lived in this house for just over 20 years now.  I just cleaned the bathroom.  I would have preferred to write that I clean it every week, but I don't always do that.  I was thinking about that as I was down on my hands and knees washing the floor and I decided that I've probably cleaned that bathroom about 500 times in the years we have lived here.  That's a lot of times.  Not remarkable, except, that I have finally, as of today, come up with the Best Method Ever for cleaning our bathtub/shower.  It is one of those molded fiberglass units, very smooth and nice, actually. Unfortunately, like all such things, it gets a build up of soap scum and grunge on it.  I have tried many ways to clean it - "scrubbing bubbles", Commet cleanser, Bar keeper's Friend, baking soda, borax, and probably some I don't even remember.  All of them were okay, but nothing to get too excited about.  But NOW!!!!  TA-Da!!!  Eureka!  I have discovered something.  You are going to be amazed and shocked! 

Here is the scrubber thingie I've been using for a few years now, and I love it.  It does make the job easier.  These sorts scrubbers are available all over the place.  Just look in the area where they sell rubber gloves and toilet bowl brushes.  Here is one available online.

Now comes the secret -  Get the scrubber wet first.  Then, squirt a smallish stream of cheap shampoo in the bottom of your tub.  Then scrub as usual.  Voila!  Clean!  Easy!  Sparkling!

It makes sense... I mean, we use that stuff to wash our hair and it removes oils and other things.  It Really Works.  I used Suave (because that's what I have on hand) but I'm sure any regular shampoo would work.  There is no need to use anything expensive.

Try it and see what you think!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's here! - Sort of...

Here is our mobile home, out in the road yesterday.

And here it is in place.

There is still a lot of work to be done to get it set properly, and install all of the utilities.  But, at least it is here!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

More Rag Rugs!

See this mess??

My kitty likes it.  As you can see, my dining room is not exactly ready for company.  That is because we are preparing to move into our mobile home after it gets here.  I am trying to make some braided rag rugs to put by the bedsides in our new bedroom.  I found THIS tutorial, and am following it. 

I went to our local Goodwill store and purchased 3 bed sheets.  I began working on the braid and suddenly something occurred to me.  My sweet cousin, a number of months ago, redecorated her guest bedroom and she gave me the bed comforter, curtains, lamps with shades, pillow shams and sheets that she was done using.  When I bought the sheets for the rugs, I was not thinking AT ALL about trying to match them to the decor in our bedroom.  But, I got up from where I was working and brought out one of the lampshades.  As you can see, my rugs will match perfectly!

This really made me smile.  Here is the shade atop the fabrics:

Nothing short of amazing!

I tore all of the sheets into 2 inch strips:

And, I've been braiding them into a long long braid.  Instead of joining them as she did in her instructions, I am sewing them like this:

Then I trim off the excess:

and here is how that seam looks:

The rug will be smoother and I think maybe a bit more durable?

When you are braiding, you need something to hold onto the completed braid while you work.  My husband made this really cool thing for me. 

The part hanging down below wrapped in duct tape is metal and very heavy.  All I have to do is push it up and advance my work.  Pure genius!  He saw me struggling with a clamp and knew it would make my hand sore after a while.  I do love that man.  I will, hopefully, post pictures when I get the rugs done.  This is fun :).

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

To all of my Gentle Readers and Friends, you make my life richer and I wish you the best at this sacred time of year.  God bless you all!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homemade rag rugs for our new house!

I've never made rugs before.  Our trailer house is going to have all vinyl flooring (my choice - I hate taking care of carpets) so I knew I'd want some throw rugs.  Nice ones are hard to find, I found.  :)  I have a small rigid heddle loom and although those are not designed to weave rugs, I knew I could do it if I would just beat in the weft carefully by hand.  So, with my husband's help, I warped the loom with the kind of cotton string that is used for rugs, bought some sheets at the thrift store and started to work.  Here they are.  After they were completed, I ran them through the washer and then hung them to dry, so you are only looking at half of each one.

Here are the three rugs.

They are a bit rough looking (I am a beginner) but I do like them and I think they will be very nice in our humble home. 
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