Protect Your Valuables

Protect Your Valuables

Our house has been broken into twice.  Not this house – but the one we lived in before. The first time was horrifying.  Our daughter came home from work to find the front and back doors open.  She called her dad and the police.  The thieves were very efficient!  They took pretty much everything of value.  They took two laptops, every single dvd we owned (my daughter had a pretty extensive … [Read more...]

 How to Track Your Time in Your Planner

Tracking Time in Your Planner

I’m a big fan of time tracking.  I consider it beneficial for several reasons, including: It helps me stay on track. I’m a piddler and I get distracted very easily.  Tracking my time helps me stay on task better.  It’s not magic – it doesn’t eliminate the piddling and distractions, but it helps a lot. It helps me know how long things take. I’m terrible at judging how long things take.  … [Read more...]

Help for Trash Can Liners That Won’t Stay Put

My trash can liner refuses to stay put but I don’t want to spend big bucks on a fancy trash can that has a built-in feature to hold the trash bag firmly in place, like this one for $40 at Wal-mart. Don’t get me wrong – I might like to have one, depending on how much trouble it is, but I don’t want to pay for it.  My trash can was about $5 at Wal-mart and that price suits me fine. But I … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper Week 73 – Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

I don’t know how he did it, but David got a LOT of stuff done on the master bathroom this past weekend. His completed task list included: Install tile on shower walls. Install tile on floor. Install tile on toilet and sink wall. Install tile trim baseboards. Install decorative tile on toilet and sink wall. Install shower handle. Grout tile. Permanently install toilet. Can … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 161) & Cooking Tips, Too

table setting

This week's menu was a win-win.  We had a combination of old and new and everything was a success.  I don't have many weeks like that! Monday Leftovers Tuesday Potato, Spinach & Cheese Frittata (NEW) Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (NEW) Notes:  My mom and step dad were stopping by around dinnertime and bringing Mr. Goodcents for them and me.  David was at the gym and would be eating when … [Read more...]

Fish Tacos & GF Tortillas

Fish Tacos & GF Tortillas

Fish Tacos. Everybody has their own way of making them and this is mine. Fish Tacos Ingredients: 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon cumin 3-4 tilapia filets (or other fish of choice) 2 cups frozen sweet corn kernels 1 red pepper, diced Directions: Mix the chili powder and cumin together in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over both sides of the fish filets. In a large … [Read more...]

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (GF)

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 2

In my quest for gluten free and low fodmap yeast breads, I have failed.  I haven’t given up yet, but I decided to start searching out quick bread recipes, too.  My first effort, this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (GF), was a HUGE success. Ingredients: 1-1/4 cups gluten-free flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup maple syrup 1 mashed banana or … [Read more...]