My "Fixin To Do" list is getting longer, so I've been looking for short cuts. I found I didn't have to pack up the chickens and pig if I just fit them in with the holiday decorations.
Surely there were chickens and pigs near the manger, right?
The biggest chicken was already up top the left cabinets, so I added a tree, some glittery leaves, a moose that lights up, and poinsettias. Yes, it's a crazy mix, but that was what was in the boxes I got down from the attic over the garage so pretend they go together, please?
Below the left cabinets, another chicken with some trees and the kitchen pig.
It's no secret...I have the worst handwriting. Pretend I just made it to look like the pig did it.
Of course Santa hangs out there too!
He's over the pig's left shoulder, hanging on the wall... See him behind the tree?
Here's a long shot of the kitchen. The shape of the room makes it hard to get a good picture.
On the right side, the snowman and Santa are partying. I left the washboard up there to add a comedic twist, but Wild Bill thought I just forgot to take it down.
Another Santa and his reindeer are up on the far right.
I've got more unpacking to do to find some garland to tie it all together. I used what I unpacked so far to wrap up the chandelier in the dining room...
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Our youngest daughter cleans and chops all her vegetables and fruit when she gets home from the store. Then she uses plastic containers that stack to store them in the fridge.
Wild Bill and I were impressed with her system because, due to being hidden away, we sometimes don't use our veggies before they spoil.
We vowed to adopt Jaimee's method of cleaning and chopping before storing. But, while Jaimee uses plastic containers, we stayed with our old-school canning jars.
I don't use the metal caps that come with the canning jars when you buy them at the store. The metal caps rust easily when you wash them. Instead I use white plastic caps and use the metal ones only when I'm giving away a jar of something like homemade soup, in case the lid doesn't come back. Yeah, I'm that cheap!
You can buy the white canning jar caps at any store. I buy mine at Walmart in the canning jar section. They come a dozen to a box for around $3.00, and I buy caps for both the wide-mouth and small-mouth jars.
If you need canning jars, remember to look for them at thrift shops and garage sales. You can usually find them for about 10 to 20 cents a piece. Be sure to check the jars for any chips or cracks before you buy.
I use an erasable marker (the kind for white boards) to show what the veggies are going to be used for. That way the tops of the celery, and "less desirable" parts of the onions and such, can be stored in a jar for the "soup pot" while the better part of the celery and onion can be stored separately for tuna sandwiches or to make a salad...
The canning jars and white caps can be put in the dishwasher to clean and will withstand the hottest of water temperatures.
If you make a mistake when you label the jar cap, just use a paper towel to wipe the erasable marker off.
To store the vegetable-filled jars in the fridge, I put them in the veggie/fruit drawers.
I've used jars for a long time, I just never thought of prepping all my vegetables when I got home before I stored them. Duh!
Since the mid-90's, I've stored leftovers in the fridge in the jars with caps. I've also used them to store crackers, cereal and other dry stuff in the cupboards.
By using the large jars (instead of covered bowls) to store leftover porkchops or such in the fridge, I'm able to easily see what's available. I try to put all the left-overs in one spot in the fridge, so they don't get over looked.
We also use the pint jars for drinking sweet tea and other drinks. I learned that ages ago from my dear friend Sally, who was from Oklahoma. Sally always kept a canning jar ready for me in case I dropped by after work for what she called her "Okie Tea". Sally taught me that only a canning jar should be used for Okie Tea!
Hope you found this useful. We're ready for the week.
Here's the little shop that did our wood floors recently. They just upgraded this old building on the square in downtown Sherman TX.
The shop owner is Darisa Sofey. She's the wife of the builder who built our house.
As usually happens with spec houses like ours, the builder sticks to basics with few upgrades. That's why we're doing the upgrades now, after only 2 years.
I could live in Darisa's shop. Since that's not possible, I visit as often as possible. As money permits we plan to have her put lights in the breakfast room and kitchen. Here's a sample of the selection of lights in her shop.
The lights in the picture below are my two favorites. Love that drum-shade chandelier! And I like how the other is a match, but not too matchy-matchy.
The chandelier below is a larger version of the one on the left above.
Here's a close up of the light in the middle of the picture above. It's pretty too...how to decide? Maybe it's a little too fancy for our home? hmmmm...
At the back of the shop, Darisa put in a model kitchen. Love the blue color of the paint.
Do you like that blue paint as much as I do?
I appreciate your stopping by and would love to hear your comments about which light you would pick for yourself.
Well, the oak floors are finished, but we still have a few things to complete. Let me show you around:
I'm in love with the floors. I can't get myself to bring the old furniture in from the garage. Cover that lovely oak floor with rugs and furniture? Nope.
So far, we only returned two chairs to the great room temporarily. Here's my lazy boy in his Lazy Boy.
I'm sure you can tell we ate Thanksgiving dinner with other family members. Hosting was out this year!
Remember how Wild Bill wanted to leave the floors bare, without stain?
That "before" and "after" should convince you that stain, like paint, is better.
One unexpected problem was the wood flooring added so much height to the floor that we had to special order shorter sweeps for the doors. In the meantime, we've classed it up with white towels to keep the cold, and bugs, out.
Here's a "new to me" vintage cabinet. I'm finally able to start decorating for the holidays.
YAY!!! It's been really bare around here lately.
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