Archive for December, 2010

Rice Cookers

I’m planning to get a rice cooker.  I’m trying to decide on a model, capacity, and whether or not to get one with a steamer tray.

If you have a rice cooker, please leave a comment and let me know which type  you have and if it’s working for you.


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Holiday Break

It’s been a great holiday break from teaching school and attending grad school.  I’ve been to see the Nutcracker (in my fancy new party dress) and I also got to see Tangled today.  It’s been nice to sleep in, visit with friends and family, and just relax.

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Another Jayne Cobb Hat

Here is an ear flap hat that I made recently.  I used Vanna’s Choice yarn and knitted with a double strand of yarn.  The pattern is from a Jayne Cobb hat pattern I found online a few years ago.  Jayne Cobb was a character on the TV show, FireflyPlease note that on this particular hat (see above picture), I did not do the colors in the proper order as the original Jayne Cobb hat.

Adding an ear flap…

The finished hat, complete with crocheted ties (great for tying the flaps down on cold, windy days)

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Silicone Steamer Basket

Recently, I purchased a silicone steamer basket.  I found it worked best for me when I put it in a larger pot.

Here are some pictures of when I steamed veggies for fried rice.  The great part about using the larger pot is that I can empty the water and use the same pot for stir-frying the rice and veggies with the sauce.



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How to Plant Potatoes

To plant potatoes, you need potatoes with eyes.  These are potatoes from my previous harvest.

Here’s a close up view.


If you have a large potato with several eyes, you cut the potato into pieces, one eye per piece.  I had small potatoes, so I kept them whole.

I do Square Foot Gardening, so I put one potato (or potato piece) per square.  Dig down and plant them deep.  You want to have some deep soil.  The garden box above is 7 inches tall.

I’ve heard some people say that you can keep piling dirt, straw, etc. on top as the plant grows higher, in order to get more potatoes.

I usually plant in the spring and in the fall.  I harvest when the plants stop growing and look like they’re dying (Sorry, that’s probably not the answer you’re looking for!)

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Little Black Dress


I found this black dress at Target today.  So cute!

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I recently went to Old Navy to get some more pants.  I found that they hardly have any tall or short sizes any more.  I checked online and found the same problem.  They only have corduroys in one length.  Thus, they were 3 inches too long on me, as I am petite.

The picture above shows my jeans (which had already been altered in length when I got them at a resale shop) compared to the new cords.

After turning the corduroys inside out, I lined up the bottom hems and cut off 2 inches.  Then, I measured an additional inch, and that was the line I used to fold up the new hem.  I folded it under and sewed it in place.  When you use a contrasting colored thread, it looks more like the original hem.

Let’s review:

1.  If raising the hem 3 inches, you cut off 2 inches.

2.  Next, you fold up an additional 1 inch to make your hem.

The 2 + 1 equals the 3 inches you needed.

Mark 2 inches from the original hem.  Cut off 2 inches.

Fold up 1 inch, fold under, iron, and pin.  Compare to make sure both legs are the same length!


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I recently made spaghetti sauce mix and then pasta sauce (from the homemade mix).  The recipes were from Family Feasts for $75 a Week by Mary Ostyn.

Cook onion and garlic.

Add 2 cans of tomato puree.

Add 1/3 cup spaghetti seasoning mix.

Mix and cook for 15 minutes.

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Pizza Crusts

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This recipe is based on an Ellie Krieger recipe from the Cooking Channel.

Step 1 of making a hummus and zucchini wrap:  slice zucchini in long strips and cook 3-4 min. per side with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  I also like to cook some onion with it.


Spread a tortilla (burrito size) with hummus.  Add raw spinach and red bell pepper slices.


Add the cooked zucchini and onions.


Here’s one from another day, when I put the cooked veggies on before the raw ones.


Roll it up and slice in half.



Wrap it up for lunch!  I like to heat mine for 1 minute if it’s been refrigerated.



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Car Maintenance Log

Every time I get maintenance done on my car, I keep the paperwork together, but I don’t have a listing of everything that’s been done.  I decided to make a car maintenance log that I could print out and keep with the paperwork.  That way, I could have a summary of the work that’s been done, the cost, notes, etc.

Looking around online, such as this site, many sites recommended using a small notebook.  I preferred to print out a couple of copies of the spreadsheet I made and add more pages as necessary.  That way, it takes up less space.

Note – I ended up going back and typing in all of our maintenance, by year.  It was very, very informative to see all of the maintenance and costs over time.  I highly recommend it.  As I’ve typed all of the previous work, I’ll just write in new maintenance on the spreadsheet printouts.

Later Note – As I was typing up the maintenance information, I ended up stapling all invoices from each year together and then writing the year on the front in Sharpie marker.  Then, I decided to staple a printout of the maintenance info for that year to the front of the packet, using a new page for each year.  That way, each packet a summary for that year’s maintenance.

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