Monday, November 21, 2011

Reusing Packing Paper in the Kitchen, One Easy Idea

With cookie season right around the corner, I thought I'd throw this idea out into the blogosphere.
With all the boxes that will be coming and going through the mail, I imagine you'll be receiving quite a few that are stuffed with packing paper.

Today, when I couldn't find newspaper to place under my wax paper, I remembered I had a whole pile of packing paper I was saving for repackaging boxes.  I don't normally place paper under my wax paper, but today I wasn't in the mood to scrub the wax residue off the counter when I was done.  This was my tired mom's remedy.
These are being shipped to my daughter overseas...
If I reuse the paper yet again and pack her box with it, I wonder if it will smell yummy?

Nova thinks they are going to her...
Here is the recipe, though in the US I believe it's in everyone's recipe box. This is my Grandmother's version.

No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies

1 c. margarine or butter
1 c. milk
4 T. cocoa
4 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter
6 c. oatmeal (quick oats)

Mix margarine, milk, cocoa, and sugar together in a large pot and bring to a full boil.  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Add peanut butter.  When well mixed add oatmeal, stir until well mixed.  Drop on waxed paper to harden.
*for peanut butter cookies, leave out the cocoa!

 The packing paper did the trick and I get to rest a little longer before dinner goes into the oven.  Lemon Chicken...mmmm.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

China Glaze "Material Girl" & Orly "Prince Charming"

With the holiday season on the horizon, all the big manufacturers are out with their new lines of glitter nail polish.  After perusing my brand new Ulta, I found a new favorite...
China Glaze's Material Girl... of their new 3D nail glitters.  I love it.
The pink is a beautiful pale color and the glitter has an iridescence to it.  It goes on a little heavier than I'd like though.  The glitter is very dense in the clear polish base, so it's not very build-able.  I would have preferred that it go on light and build to a solid covering in a few coats.  As it's done in two, so you'll need a very light hand if you just want it for highlighting over another preferred choice.

Left to Right...One coat...Two coats...Three coats.
See how chunky it is?  A good thing and a bad thing all at the same time.  Definitely use a top coat with this polish.  It will bring out the brilliance and smooth out the ridges from the chunky glitter.

With fall still in full swing, I am still pulling out my browns and taupes, so I thought I'd try this combination!
China Glaze "Material Girl" and Orly "Prince Charming".

 (excuse my nails...still haven't recovered from canning season)
Doesn't every Material Girl need a Prince Charming?  Or is it the other way around?
Very pretty combination.

See you after Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your families.

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be." 
October 3, 1789--George Washington

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Magic Town

(Warning: spoilers ahead...and a rant...)

I had a revelation recently while sitting quietly on my sofa watching the 1947 movie “Magic Town”, starring Jimmy Stewart and Jane Wyman.

It had been a while since I’d seen Magic Town and with the addition of Netflix to our Roku I could watch at my leisure.  Little did I know how it would haunt me for the next week.  The moment Jimmy Stewart’s character, Rip Smith, issued the words, “You can’t go around telling people they’re special, not even these people.  It’s deadly.”  I knew what a terrible mistake we’d made.  The collective WE, I mean. 

Frankly, I’ve had it up to here (she says with a see-sawing motion over her towering 5’2” frame) with political correctness.  I’m all for doing the right thing, treating each and every individual with kindness.  Now…that doesn’t mean I have to agree with their point of view or lifestyle…just that they are entitled to a life free of harassment, as am I.  It’s called being civil.  No one should have to tell you to be a kind person.  And don’t even get me started on the whole “respect thing”.  That’s something that has to be earned.  So when I heard Mr. Stewart passionately spouting those words…I wept...literally.  We’ve been telling our young people for the last 2 or 3 decades how special they are.  Everyone gets a trophy.  What? You can’t spell?  Don’t worry, we’ll use invented spelling.   And heaven forbid you make a mistake.  Again, no worries, no one will scrutinize you, we’ll gloss over it and find another to blame…your parents, your environment, the government, lack of school funds…
Merciful heavens, the list is endless.
No one has a sense of personal responsibility anymore.  Everyone wants a caretaker of some sort.   Worst of all, we are in denial.  Are we afraid to to take off the blinders and see what we've become?  Or are we actually proud of our selfish and self absorbed attitudes? 

So what’s the next step?  How do we correct the injustice we’ve dealt our families, neighbors…country?  Honestly...I don't know.  The pit we've dug is deep.  In the movie, once the town’s folk find out how “special” they are they start behaving…well…crazy.   They become self absorbed, over confident…proud.  Then they take a very large fall, learning a lesson in humility.  Ashamed by their behavior, they turn inward, locking themselves away from each other, shutting out the world as best they can.  It’s only when they decide to move ahead with a previously planned project that they begin to reclaim their self respect.  They do it on their own, admitting their mistakes and foolishness.  Knowing it could take years to complete their project, without outside help or funds, they donate their time and money in hopes of redeeming the town, and in the process, themselves.   There is a lot to be said for self sufficiency and selflessness.  It’s not only good for the soul; it’s a good character (and muscle) builder.
I think we need to find our souls again…ourselves…

One other thing…we don’t talk to each other anymore. 
I watched that sweet little movie town of Grandview go from a close-knit community to barely looking each other in the eye.  We’re not so different.  The fact that you’re sitting in front of a screen right now instead of in the next room playing Canasta with a group of friends speaks volumes.  I’m not insulting you…don’t be overly defensive…I’m sitting here, too!  Once again, how do we fix this?  For one…I’d like to noogie whoever invented texting.  And how ever did we live without cell phones, computers (I say ironically), mp3 players…you name it…any little device that has a screen and sucks us away from reality…the present.  Isn’t it time we start looking each other in the eye?  Isn’t it time we find out who our neighbors are? 

I don’t know.  The movie affected me.  Infected me. 
With everything going on in our country right now, in our world right now…doesn’t it make you think?