Here is one of my moments of luxury (I watch Bill Tubbs' Create Channel TV show).
Opening my towel drawer in the kitchen and having it full of microfiber cloths! My daughter got me 10 of these at Christmas. They are the cleaning cloth size. I discovered microfiber for cleaning a year or so ago and use nothing else. They are the only thing I can successfully clean the black porcelain portion of the stove with and have zero streaks left. I use a large one clipped (clothespins) to my dust mop to do the hardwood floors, I mop the kitchen floor with one. They are without peer in the cleaning cloth world! I have only found them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I am sure they are in other places. I have given them to my daughter, DIL, and told people shopping about them. I am sure they think I am crazy.
If you don’t currently have microfiber cloths, please try one soon.
I made DH a pumpkin pie yesterday; he had requested one over Christmas but I thought two pies was enough. I used a pint jar of my canned Long Island Cheese squash.
This was a great pumpkin for productivity for me here in northwest Greene County, Missouri. It is a c. moschata type so had some resistance to squash bugs. I never lost a plant to them. They were huge things, one weighed 17 lbs.
I baked this in the new counter-top oven. I am amazed at how well you can see inside without opening the door and loosing heat.
There is no light.
I made a dish yesterday for our lunch that maybe was Swiss steak, no recipe was involved. I cut up a round steak; floured, salt and peppered it. I browned it in canola oil and a little butter for flavor.
When it was good and brown on both sides, I added a pint of tomatoes, some frozen chopped celery and diced green peppers along with some sliced onions. After about an hour of simmering, I added a cup or so of sliced carrots. I thought it was very tasty. I didn’t do mashed potatoes….did baked instead.
Pumpkin pie for dessert (it was too warm, but we ate it anyway….it was much better in the evening when it was completely chilled….with whipped cream, of course).
Still in future plans: Goat Milk Soap, organizing seeds, breads.
I got a new book called “The Resilient Gardner”. I was influenced by the Oklahoma Gardening Forum on Gardenweb. Those folks are serious gardeners. I love visiting there even though our weather and soil is different. Lots of knowledge about gardening to be had. It doesn't take too much encouragement for me to buy another gardening book....