Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Shoe Tree Doorstop 10 pics

The finished product

The inspiration. Found on Pinterest. Sponsored by Etsy
Found this one, lonely, wooden shoe tree

These were the colors I used, distressing between layers. 
Top layer of gold metallic and then lightly distressing again

Old jewelry used for decoration
More left over baubles glued on. You can see the colors coming through and also where I forgot to remove tape. Oops!
Close up of the top using pony beads and other plastic beads. Painted vines and stems.
Side view. Black felt glued to the sole to prevent scratch marks on the floor
Again, the finished product. Ta da🎶🎶
That's it

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Cinnamon Apple Spice and Lemonade mix

Yes, I use my coffee maker to also make tea. I'm not someone who likes a lot of gadgets that do only one thing. I'm a minimalist.
Celestial Seasonings is one of my favorite tea brands.  I'm known to add a little lemon and sugar or honey to my cuppa. I'm not a fan of the British way of just drinking it "naked".

But! when I tasted the rich strong flavor of the Cinnamon Apple Spice, I didn't need to add anything. The spice is robust leaving a memory on the tongue.  That's when I got the idea to add instant lemonade to it.  This concoction is tasty hot or cold.
Hot or cold it's flavorsome.

That's it ***

Sweet Potato Soup mix from ALDI

(6 pictures)

ALDI is a discount supermarket that came to this area a few years back.  There are ALDIs in other areas of the country too. I really like their produce. It’s less expensive than in other stores and still fresh. It’s been said that it’s organic by some. I'm unsure as to whether that is true or not.  If so that may the reason it spoils so quickly.
Not everything at ALDI is great, but then there are other stores I shop and they’re not perfect either.
If you want to shave a few bucks off of the grocery bill you might want to try them.

Being a fan of sweet potatoes, I decided to try their Sweet Potato soup mix.

I halved, baked, and scooped out the flesh as instructed.
Pouring the mix and water into a sauce pan
Ladling the warm mixture into a blender to puree.
The pureed soup. Very smooth.

I didn't like the soup. I tried adding a little salt, but that didn't make it any better.  It tasted like baby food.  The soup ended up here 



Wednesday, November 1, 2017


The Spiralizer (12 photos) 

I found this manual one on the clearance table at Walmart for $3.50. There are countless recipes on line for using zoodles. Zoodles are zucchini noodles. Zoodles are supposedly the answer to guilt free pasta.The zoodles are used in place of pasta.

The Zoodles come out by the blade in a very thin strand. But, portions that don't shred come out of the hole you see on the back.

You place a zucchini inside the cupped area and turn it, whereupon  the blade will shred it and release your zoodles. The picked area is used to screw onto the base to press and shred the last bit of whatever vegetable you're shredding.

Fresh zucchini to make zoodles

 Here is the inside of the bowl of zoodles.  The picked top that is supposed to push the last bit of vegetable to be shredded through the spiralizer doesn't do its job.  Unless you have arms of steel and want to use a lot of elbow grease, it doesn't work. I don't have those last two things.
As you can see it only clogs the  pick and you end up with these cone shaped vegetables.  The rotini shaped piece is what comes through the hole as you're shredding. Not to worry. I will be cooking these pieces too. After all, I did have to pay for them.

Cooking  I prepared the dish as was directed in the recipe. None of the recipes I instructed cooking the zoodles the way you would regular pasta. As thin and soft as they were, I didn't need to cook them.

 I added cooked ground turkey as my meat of choice, mixed in spaghetti sauce, sauteed onions and other seasonings.  I didn't take into account that the zucchini would be rendering additional moisture along with the spaghetti sauce. That's when I decided to place the mixture in a casserole dish and bake it instead.
I made sure I put enough mozzarella cheese on it before putting it in the oven.
Here is the finished result. It tasted great but was still a little too soupy for me. I put it back in the oven about 30 more minutes so it could firm up a bit.
And if you're wondering what I did to those zucchini cones, I put some olive oil and seasonings on them, wrapped them in foil and baked them along with the casserole. 
My Take on the Spiralizer:
  • If you have arthritis or trouble gripping and turning, a manual one wouldn't be the best choice. 
  • I couldn't spiralize my entire vegetable because the top which pushes it down got clogged . Lacking Herculean strength, I couldn't press it closed.
  • I think the thinly shredded zoodles would be great in a salad. 
Lastly, when it comes to zoodles, it still isn't pasta. No amount of imagination could get me to think I was eating spaghetti during this experiment. It tasted more like a vegetable side dish.

That's it