Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Meatball Recipe

This is more of a recipe that is good for fall and winter, but we've been dying for this lately, so I made some meatballs today. There aren't many ingredients, they are pretty easy to make.

1 pound hamburg
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (we use Progresso)
1 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1/2 tsp pepper
Lots and lots of pasta sauce. (You won't find any home made sauce recipes on this site, har har. I'm too lazy for that. I cheated and used a brand from a jar.)

Mix the meat and all the ingredients except the sauce together. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer to make this easier.
Roll into balls, these are about 1 1/2" in case anyone is curious. Needless to say, they don't have to look perfect.
Brown meatballs in a skillet. They just need to be partially browned/cooked, not cooked all the way through. A little pink is ok. We just shove them around the skillet with a spatula so they don't rest in one place for too long.

Plop the meatballs into a crock pot with plenty of sauce. Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes or so. Then set to low and cook for about 2 or 3 more hours. Stir about every 30 minutes so the meatballs don't stick to the crock pot.
Test a meatball on a plate, and try not to devour them all before supper time. Serve with pasta, or in sub rolls. Yum!

Friday, June 25, 2010

School's Out!

Handy Boy brought home a big pile of school papers, notebooks, workbooks and art projects this week.

I just realized, this isn't even the whole pile! I've gone through some of it already. Several papers are repetitive and can be recycled. Some papers will be saved for his school year scrapbook. During the school year, I put the papers I want to save in an accordion-type file; and go through it again at the end of the year. This is the final sort that I do to determine what I'll save or toss.

Since I scrapbook, I put some papers (and his report cards) into the album. There are other items that I save in a large manila envelope and label "3rd Grade." I then put the large envelope into a canvas box I bought at Target. I store the box on a shelf in Handy Boy's room:
This way, I don't feel like I'm overrun with school papers, even though there are several that I want to keep.

One more tip: if your child has a large art project that is difficult to store, take a photo of it and keep the photo. I don't toss all of Handy Boy's bulky art projects, but I just can't keep them all, either.

Do you have any children's school papers to deal with? How do you handle it?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Declutter Challenge for a Monday

Rob decided that he would go through all of the manuals that we have for tools and appliances and organize them. He tossed instructions for things we no longer own, and also tossed the extra packaging that the manuals came in.

Then he put the manuals into this plastic box that we already had for storage.

I asked Handy Man if he can find most of this information on the internet. He says that he probably can, but he says that sometimes he just prefers a paper manual.

Do you have any manuals for tools or appliances? Do you keep them, or toss them?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Shed Project

Handy Man has decided that he wants to build a shed this summer. This is to store some of his "toys" in, like his lawnmower, snowblower, etc. It is also for storing the generator, which we seem to need to use a lot over the winter.

First, he built the deck platform. It measures 8x12, and Rob was careful to make sure that everything was level. He used 2x10 pressure treated wood, with concrete deck blocks in the corners and on the edges.

I didn't happen to get any photos of Rob building the platform, but I will get some pictures of him building the rest.

Rob has some vacation time coming up soon, and he is hoping to build the walls, the roof, etc. He thinks that he is going to finish it over vacation, but we'll see. I'll have to add this to his Honey-Do List.

Have you ever built a shed before? We did look into buying a pre-made shed, but the prices were exorbitant!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fiesta Ware Collection

I've added Fiesta Ware page to the blog. I'll be posting some photos and stories soon about our collection.

Do any of you collect Fiesta Ware, or other dishes?

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Monday, June 14, 2010

I Feel Old, Part 2

We went antique shopping again over the weekend. Handy Man has been in the mood to look around in some shops that we haven't been to in a long time. We went to Antiques Alley in Northwood.

This goes with my original "I Feel Old" post from the other day.

I took more pictures of things that Handy Man and I used as children that are in antique stores now:

A rotary phone. What color rotary phone did you have in your house growing up? We had a light blue one. I saw an olive green one, and a bright red one today.

A view master. I put one of the little cartridges in it and made Handy Boy look into it. He wasn't all that impressed.

I also had a doll case like this one. Mine was light green.

Do you recognize any of these items?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Banana Bread

Here's a really good recipe for banana bread that I made today.

Banana Tea Bread
1 3/4 cup of sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350. Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. Cream shortening until light, add sugar gradually, continuing to cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs.

Add flour mixture alternately with bananas, beginning and ending with flour. Spoon into a well-greased 9x5x3 loaf pan and bake about 1 hour, until loaf pulls slightly from sides of pan and is springy to the touch.

Cool upright in pan for ten minutes, then turn out on a wire rack and cool before slicing.
I seem to forget to take photos before we start chowing down on things...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Worldless Wednesday

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Monday, June 7, 2010

I Feel Old

Handy Man and I went antique shopping in Maine today. We had read about Antiques USA in Arundel, Maine, and wanted to check it out. This place is HUGE! It took us an hour and a half to go through the store, and we still feel like we didn't even see everything.

One thing that we noticed: some of the items that Handy Man and I used as children or teens are in antique stores now. How depressing! Many of the items were invented before we were born, but were still widely used when we were in school.

I learned how to type on a typewriter just like this one. It was heavy and the keys were hard to push:

An old globe, with countries that don't exist anymore.

Handy Man's family had a chrome bread box just like this one.

Remember these "Little Golden Books" with the hard covers?

Old Hardy Boy books. These were mostly published before we were born, but I remember the blue bindings from our library. We had some that looked like this:

I know that this one is ancient, but we both used a punch clock at jobs. You know, with actual time cards and everything.

One thing we've also seen at antique stores are rotary phones. We had those in our homes growing up. Handy Boy saw a rotary phone in an antique store once, and said "WHAT is THAT?" We had to show him how to use it. He loved dialing and we had to practically drag him away from it. We also had to show Handy Boy how a record works. And yes, we still have some records left, and Handy Man still has a record player.

I feel old.

Linking to: Brambleberry Cottage

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thrifty Finds

I just wanted to share some of the thrifty purchases we made recently. We went to drop off a bunch of items at Goodwill. I try really hard not to bring any "things" back, but I always check the boy's clothing for Handy Boy. I found a nice, new-looking raincoat for him that cost $1.99! It has a hood and nice pockets.

Handy Man also noticed that there was a neighborhood yard sale nearby. I found a new Creative Memories album for $10, and Rob found an ice hockey table for $10:

Rob has always wanted an ice hockey table, and he said he was not passing this one up for $10. Handy Boy loves it! We've been having a lot of fun with it.

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