Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Got Milk? You May Be Eligible for Up to $30 Refund

Have you purchased milk or dairy products for your household, business or group in the past decade or so? You may be able to cash in on the Bought Milk class action lawsuit that was settled recently. 


Me, too?

Requirements aren't that big a deal. You must:

*Live in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia or Wisconsin.
        (We're out of luck here in Colorado, but our Michigan relatives are eligible. You may well qualify, too.)

*Have purchased milk or dairy goods sometime from 2003 until now.

*Fill out a brief claimant form.

*Do it by Jan. 31, 2017.

Dairy producers are accused of killing up to 500,000 cows, so milk prices could artificially be kept high. They agreed to a settlement recently. (No doubt the lawyers got their share, too.)

Hurry and apply -- you've only got a few weeks to take advantage of this.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ummm... Wanna Explain This?

I can definitely relate to the mom part!

     We got about 10-12 inches of very welcome moisture...which has started to melt off already. I've been working on appraisal stuff, doing some reading and catching up on household things, along with regular stops for my two dogsitting charges. Here's one of them: Miss Luna. What a charmer.

"Quick -- love me up!"
Plus three cats.

Frankly, I wasn't even sure there were three until last night, when Miss Kitty #3 deigned to appear. At least she let me pet her, as part of the bargain.

     Still not feeling completely well -- this flu has not laid us flat, but it does sap any extra strength we've got. At least it comes and goes. And some of the ironing's done. And the dishwasher ran tonight. Small accomplishments are better than none.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fishy Updates

I've been meaning to tell you how the Seven Fish Dishes went.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Catholic tradition: seven seafood dishes to commemorate the Seven Sacraments.

(No, we're not Italian. Not Catholic, either.)

But we are Christians -- and this is a wonderful way to celebrate the birthday of our King. After the Christmas Eve service, we set the table nicely, using antique china inherited from my (Great) Grandma Pearl, with silverware my Grandma Cumings used for her tribe. We light the candles, pull British Christmas crackers, and wear goofy paper hats while we read the jokes to each other. (Which are usually awful -- but the presents inside the crackers are cool!)

Then, we pop the cork on the wine and enjoy -- dish after dish, carefully counted to at least seven. (This year, the total came up at nine.) We take out time, and everyone invariably waddles out, hours later.

This past Christmas Eve, the Brick played for every one of the three church services. Fortunately, I did not, which made setting up the Fish Dishes much easier.


Here's what we ended up having:

Lobster Bisque   (canned condensed soup -- ironically, from the Dollar Store!)
Angels on Horseback   (oysters wrapped with bacon)
Spaghetti with Clam Sauce
Shrimp Scampi
Tuna Casserole
Grilled Salmon fillets with lemon-garlic sauce
Grilled fresh sardines
Grilled sliced octopus

Lessons learned:

*The soup was very, very good -- especially with a can of crabmeat stirred in.

*I'd always bought fresh oysters for the Angels before. Canned oysters were a heck of a lot cheaper -- and just as tasty.

*I used to make Devils on Horseback, too -- chicken livers wrapped bacon. I thought no one liked them -- turns out Daughter #1 did! So next year, I'll restore those to the list.

*The Shrimp Scampi is terrific -- but only if you saute it at a bare minimum. Barely cook it, until the shrimp turn pink, and it's amazing -- cook it longer, and you've got 'boingy' shrimp.

*Ditto for the octopus. I messed up on this one -- it was like gnawing on a rubber band.

*The tuna casserole: winner!  A can of tuna, mixed with canned mushroom sauce, fresh mushrooms, a chopped onion, a sprinkle of Parmesan and fresh-cooked noodles -- then baked until hot. Yum.

*The spaghetti with clam sauce: failure. Even with extra clams and a shot of wine, the dish was boring. The chickens got nearly all of it, sad to say.

*Grilled foods are wonderful -- but not when you're in a hurry, and it's freezing outside. The sardines, done Greek-style with garlic and olive oil, tasted good -- but had lots of bones.
     The salmon fillets, on the other hand, were outstanding.

All that seafood would have been cloying without some 'refreshers:' blueberry/strawberry smoothies, fresh rolls with butter and jam, green salad and relishes. And dessert was a lot simpler than originally planned: Christmas cookies, chocolates and a dip from the fruit bowl on the table.

Hot, strong coffee and spumoni (chocolate/strawberry/vanilla ice cream, Italian-style) finished the meal.
     A good time was had by all.

For more fishy ideas, try my earlier post on the subject. Or check out some of the earlier years' Seven Fish Dishes for more ideas.

(This also ran on the Christmas Goodies blog -- which will start up again in the fall.)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: White Stuff

Well, it's about time this newest snowstorm showed up.
     It's been sooooo dry -- and around here, we know what a dry climate's like. Any amount of moisture is not only gratefully welcomed -- it's wished for. So what have we had these past months? A good blizzard or two, then just a faint scraping of snow now and then. 
     My poor garden. Every fresh flake of snow means it might actually be possible to grow stuff in the spring. 

Ironically, in spite of subzero temperatures, the turnip greens are doing just that. 
     Right now.

In keeping with yesterday's post:  24 different ways to build a snowman. (From Mommyshorts)

Finding an early 19th century teapot stand at a bargain price...when you originally thought it was early 20th century.  That's the kind of mistake we all hope to make! (From the Spode History Blog)

Two women who wear pjs to get groceries respond to the guy who posted their photos for the world to see. (Actually, I can see valid points on both sides of this story.)

Do you love the look of fine machine quilting? I just found Debbie Stanton's blog. This award-winning machine quilter is amazing. She's also willing to share some of her tricks and special techniques.

More classics from the Dog Hall of Shame.   (From Life With Lynn)  Including these two gems:

Buck, our Weimie, used to do this. 

Ever see an upside-down waterfall? Thanks to high winds in California, now you can say yes. (From

Who just got snubbed at a White House press conference -- and who got snubbed in the past? The answers to both questions will surprise you. (I sure didn't know.)

21 movie roles hated by the actors who made them. Yes, Mark Wahlberg, The Happening WAS ridiculous -- you're absolutely right.  (From Cracked)   Also:

Five famous people who survived events (sometimes multiple ones) that should have killed them.

Ten definitive pieces of evidence that PROVE the Holocaust really happened. (From Listverse)

Ten mysterious messages...hidden under and beneath other texts!  (From Listverse)

"Helping Mrs. HB get control of her grocery budget." A hands-on experiment in reducing food costs, done by the author of One Hundred Bucks A Month.

The 17 most notable moments in last week's Golden Globes awards. Three cheers especially for Ryan Gosling!   (From Urban Daddy National)

Have a great week. If you've got snow, too...why not go out and play in it?

thanks for the idea, Pinterest

Snowmen, Snow Dogs, Snow...

It's snowing right now. Lovely sight.

The Brick and I made it through yesterday. Thank God. There were some strange twists -- I got to the church to find the kitchen crowded with guys from Prayer Breakfast, scooping up burritos. (Sweet men -- they insisted I have one, too.)
       The church refrigerator died. (Thankfully, the soups I'd put in it were cooked -- and still cold.)
       The potatoes for the third soup disappeared, as did my box of sauces. (Turns out I'd left them outside the church kitchen door the day before. Thankfully, they weren't completely frozen.)
      I finally found them -- and made soup #3 as quickly as I could. (Yes, recipe's coming.) Roared out of there late...but made it to the quilt shop on time, nonetheless.
       According to the Brick, the barbecued chicken wings disappeared in a flash. So did the buffalo chicken wings. The lemon and garlic ones, on the other hand, went begging. I said, "Why not just pour barbecue sauce on the lemon garlic wings?" The Brick looked puzzled. "Didn't think of that," he said.
      People enjoyed the Seniors Luncheon, he said. But the Brick only saw seniors -- no leather jackets or hoopskirts. Darn.

On my end, the appraisal day went beautifully. Whew.

We collapsed. Slept in the next morning... sort of. I had two dogsitting stops, the chickens to feed and a quick trip for milk and necessaries. Then a lovely rest all day, with time to visit Robin Hood, and see the latest Sherlock.

Maybe we'll go out and build a snowman. Snowdog. Or whatever.

(Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Snow, Snow, Snow

Forecast says a storm's coming. Which means:

I've seen this a bazillion times here in Colorado. After all:

And, of course...

Maybe a slight exaggeration...

That's the way we roll out here.

You laugh -- but I've seen people do this!

Guess I'd better get my heavy socks out. (I don't usually wear any, to the Brick's chagrin.) 

Life in Zanyland - And Courage

     I have been fighting off the Michigan flu all week. (Shared thanks to The Mama's recent visit.) I'm winning, but it's been interesting. 
     Tomorrow is a big Seniors Luncheon at our church. Normally I would be the one running it...and I've got a post coming in the next few days on cooking frugally for a crowd. 
     BUT tomorrow is also appraisal day at Holly's Quilt Cabin in Littleton. (Go here if you're interested, and want to know more!)

*I've got two of the three soups cooked and ready to heat.

*The chicken wings (three different kinds) are thawing -- just need to be brushed with sauce and baked tomorrow.

*Several different kinds of cake are baked and ready.

*A bunch of people are coming to help set up, take down -- and serve food.

The Brick has kindly offered to help supervise the mayhem. He's a little scared, but willing to try -- and several of the people helping have done this for years. 

     P.S. The Christian Motorcylist Club is meeting in a side building during the Luncheon. A bunch of people are also planning to use the church bathrooms to dress for a Civil War Ball that night, put on by a homeschoolers group. I mentioned this to the Brick, and he burst out laughing. Seniors, bikers in leather jackets, and Civil War belles with crinolines and hoopskirts, all mixed together and wandering around:   "What will the neighbors think?!?"

I'll head over to church tomorrow morning about 7 a.m., make sure stuff is laid out, the first batch of chicken wings ready to bake, and the soups simmering. 

Then it's on to Holly's and appraisals. 

Pray for us.