Tuesday, January 27, 2009

dried minced garlic update

It's back!! So, after ranting here about the lack of dried minced garlic at WinCo, I found they had hidden it! When I went to buy some bulk lemon pepper on Friday, I found the garlic on the top row, far away from the bottom row where the garlic power, garlic salt, and granulated garlic are. Do. not. ask. me. why. they would separate these, except to give a frustrated housewife something to blog about...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

i'm a ham!

No, really. I passed my exam and am now a licensed ham radio operator.

73 (That's ham talk for Best Regards)!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

stuff i like

I have been on the search for THE perfect ice-cube tray, or at least one that actually lets you get the ice cubes out without losing your mind. The ones I've bought in the grocery store look OK, but when it's time to get the cubes out, I'm twisting, I'm turning, I'm running hot water over the bottom of the tray and having the cubes fall into the sink. Argh!

Then, at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I found these great trays by the OXO company (no idea if it's any reference to hugs and kisses). BUT, I was ready to kiss them when I first tried them. They have a cover, which can be a little tricky putting on with water in the tray. (See below for how to work around that.) But when the cubes froze and I was ready to pop them out, just a delicate tiny twist, and *voila*! They all loosened at once! And because there is a cover, they didn't shoot all over the room, either! An extra bonus: The cover is made with this little lip, so that you can tip out exactly how many cubes you want--even just one!

These are THE ice-cube trays for me.

(Now about putting the lid on with water in the tray: Don't remove the cover all the way. Push it half-way to one side and fill the open half. Then set the tray down and gently move the cover half-way to the other side and fill the second half. Then set the tray down again and move the cover to the center. Carefully carry the tray to the freezer.)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Our New Family History Blog

For many years I've been collecting family histories and family photos of my ancestors. It's been a lot of fun and I've had some adventures and surprises along the way.

Just recently, it occurred to me that I could post these histories and photos to a blog, and then they would be available on the Internet to others, particularly other descendants of my ancestors.

So I am hereby announcing the debut of "Where We Came From," a blog for our family to post life histories and photos of our ancestors, Farrier and Davidson. I invite you to check it out--who knows, maybe we are related!

I've just started uploading the stories and pictures--one of my goals this year is to finish this project.

(Sidenote: Don't laugh about being related. When we first moved to our ward, I was asked to give a talk on my "spiritual heritage." I decided to tell some stories from my ancestors. After Church, a sister whom we'd started to be friends with said, "Hey, those were stories from my ancestors!" We discovered that our dads are first cousins! Small world.)

Monday, January 5, 2009

David's 15 Minutes of Fame

I about fell over when I got this in my mail last week. It makes me smile.
(They autographed it because they are so "cool".)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year's Resolutions Poll Results

I'm so impressed. A full 80% of you said you plan to make New Year's resolutions this year! There's a lot of self-improvement going on out there. Good luck to you all! May the new year bring you much success and many blessings!