Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Farmer's Market (organic heirloom goodies)

I'm hanging outside, under the shade of several big black walnut trees, which believe me, comes in handy when living in a tin box.

Once my break is done, I'll continue filling the trunk with another round of goodies for the thrift store. I just don't need these items.

They can GO!

In contrast to things leaving, here's our weekend haul from the Farmer's Market. Most of which, is already processed or gobbled up.


Thursday, August 25, 2016


I was gonna head to Erie (30 minutes north), but with the morning rain, I decided to stay local. Now I'm about to remove all my cookery/bake stuff from under the sink so that the area can fully dry (from the leak).

Meanwhile, I've got Bryan Adams cranked and I'm wearing my Halloween shirt. You know why? Because I love Halloween and the only shirts I have left are the ones that I love to wear, year-round.

In other news, I'm making homemade peanut butter. Well, not me, the food processor is doing all the work, but I helped.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mother Clunker

Today, I skipped working on house stuff and made onion crackers and plain bagels. Cracker photos to come. Tomorrow, I'm on the hunt for bath towels and veggies then Friday, it's back to house stuff.

First on the list is the leak under the kitchen sink. It's time to get that mother clunker, fixed. After that, it's pick a project, any project. We have many to choose from.

But for today, I had a nice break. And now, I'm gonna kick back, read a few blogs and sip some hot tea.

Thanks for reading and boogie boogie.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Puffy & Hungover

Even with the stained doors dried, I still woke with a puffy eyes, rashy face, and slightly hungover.

But in better news ...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Blueberry Breeze

We have the air off and the windows OPEN with a breeze blowing through. The oven has been on once (made more jalapeno crackers for breakfast), and soon blueberry hand-pies. I love blueberries but I've never made blueberry pie.

That changes, today.

You know what else? I wrote a lot before, formulas/bakes/recipes. But now ... with 90 percent of my stuff gone, I write MORE.  I don't have to move my piles of paper from one spot to another. Instead, I get to work.

How flippin' cool is that?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

When I Say We, I Mean Tim

It's Saturday night and our butts are parked at Barnes. At home, tonight's supper is prepped and ready. And earlier today, after the Farmer's Market, I wrote and baked draft 1 of the bestest ever, jalapeno crackers.

In other news, here are the newly-stained bedroom closet doors, first coat. Not to be confused with the closet from the Lemon Tart Room. That closet ain't EVER coming back. Anyway, here's what we did today.

And when I say we, I mean Tim.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ding Dong

I love that it's before noon and I'm done with all my writing, plus my chores, plus my exercise.

Having less stuff, best thing ever!

Guess what else? I donated my writing desk that used to be in the bedroom. Yeppers, it's gone. I stopped writing in there about 4-6 months ago. We have zero need for the desk elsewhere so last Saturday we dropped it off. Best part, I haven't missed it. Not one ding dong bit.

And now, I'm gonna go make Tim a batch of surprise vanilla pizzelles, because he is the best honey bunny in the history of ever.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bat Crap Crazy

These counters are pink. Been here since the last owner. She put pink everywhere. Even the wallpaper had little pink roses, most of which we've long since painted over. I enjoy pink but not at the bat crap crazy level.

We have a few options. Ignore the counters (tried that, not a fan), paint them, replace them or make our own.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Who Wants Pizza ????

I've got pizzas started and Tim is turning the Lemon Tart Room (movie room/living room), into Halloween Town. Last I saw him, he was stringing orange lights way up high.

I love that man.

Anyway, if you're hungry, we have two kinds of pizza. You know what? Before I met Tim, I hated pizza. Never ate it. But now that I make my own, I love it.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Today's Farmer's Market haul for 20 dollars.
Bug not included.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Question: Silly Socks

When was the last time you ran down the hall and slid in your socks? For me, it was yesterday and then the day before that, and if I'm really, really honest, the day before that as well.

If we rip up the carpet and fix the damaged floors, put down dog-friendly laminate, then I'll be able to slide from one end of the trailer to the other without running into anything.

Friday Question: When was the last time you ran down the hall and slid in your socks? Or something just as silly and fun?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

No Thank You

Here's what we saw this week.  It is poorly constructed with cheap materials and way, way, way over-priced.  They want 44 thousand dollars for it.  No thank you.

In other news ...

I demoed my first closet, EVER!  Truth is, I don't know what I'm doing but who cares.  I learn as I go.  And with any luck, by the time I finish demoing our trailer, I'll get to keep all my front teeth.

That is the dream, you know.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Who Needs Storage? (not us)

Just when I thought it was safe to put down the hammer, we decided to demo the closet in the movie room. We don't need the storage (which I love), but we will use the open flex space (which I also love). Then we'll repaint/touch up the Lemon Tart Room, keeping the bright yellow.

But not today. Today, we're off to Apple Castle for transparents, early gold apples and other heirloom yumminess.

That's all from me. Have a yummy day!

Friday, August 05, 2016

FQ: WHAT AM I ????

I haven't gotten anything done today. But you know what? I'm okay with that. Once I get my butt in gear, I'll head to the market. But before I do, tell us what this is and win three dehydrated earlobs and a locket.

PS: As of Tuesday Tim's student loan is PAID OFF!
PPS: Up next, fixing the walls, and paint.
PPPS: I'm really not getting ANYTHING done today.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Mirror Mirror (you can suck it)

This wall was tricky for me because the mirror was glued on with magic glue. That stuff did not want to release.  Then at one point, I pulled back with the butt of the screwdriver and bam, right into my schnoz.  I was this close to smashing my front teeth. THIS close, I say. But in the end, I got the flippin' mirror down.

Suck on that, mirror. Suck on that.

Friday, July 29, 2016


(now you don't)


Last but surely NOT least, 17 years ago this weekend, I met Tim. Only the best honey-bunny, smoochie-face, Frankenberry-Bumble, in the history of ever.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Heeeeeeeeeeere's Ivy

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Today's Video (brought to you by the letter G)

Shoelaces and broken iPods for all who played Tuesday's game. The answer: soaked morning glory seeds, just starting to sprout.

Here's a clip from yesterday's adventure at Ace Hardware. As for today, I'm gonna hit dish and then go get my photographer's whitebox stuff, because yesterday I was distracted by what's in the video.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What Are We ????

Yesterday, was a day of rest and farting about. Today, I'm back in action and ready to kick butt. Might even hit Farm & Garden to see what's left.

That's enough about me. Tell us what these are and win something useless and gross. Because that's how this game works.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016


Dig these freebies from Farm & Garden. I was there for flowers but once I started looking, I didn't want them anymore. So I switched to food plants. When we asked the price, the guy said, "All veggies and herbs are free."

So flippin' cool.

In other news, I found more items to donate and now I'm at 90 percent of my stuff gone. And still, I miss NOTHING.

Monday, July 11, 2016


Thursday, July 07, 2016

Bookshelf vs Me (two guesses who won)

As I lugged the shelf through the kitchen, across the office and into the Lemon Tart Room, an idea hit.  Since we weren't using the movie room closet, I put two tall shelves in there and bam, our new media closet.  Books and DVD's.  Even when the doors are closed, I know it's now a fully-functional, make-sense for the room, space.  And all it really took, was 12 hours of sleep to figure it out.

Yay me. 

In food news, here are my mini cinnamon and currant flatbreads. I schmear mine with homemade peanut butter.

Oh my yum.  So flippin' good.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


I didn't crawl out of the coffin until 11AM. I'm pooped. But, no sore throat or earache, no rashes, no nothing that would stop me from working.

Today's goal is to remove the work shelf from my lab and trade it out for two teeny shelves in the movie room.

After that, everything else is optional.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


No bowls were harmed in the making of this video.

Or used. Ha!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Goodbye - Good Riddens

Friday, June 24, 2016

I Did What I Did (and now I'm done)

Today, I didn't get everything done but it did finally warm up enough for me to have homemade dairy-free chocolate, cherry ice cream. I meant to snap pictures, but my belly had other plans.

I digress.

The groovy thing is even though I didn't get everything done, I feel good. Where in the past I might try and do more.

Instead, I'm headed to the shower, gonna put on cute jeans and a Halloween shirt. Do you know what it's like to open your drawers/closet and love everything in there?  I do.

It's flippin' amazing.

But look at me, I'm writing the longest post in the history of ever. I'm not even sure I have a point. I'm just happy. Happy not to be stuck in the mindset of, I should've, I could've, maybe still can, get it done.

Screw that bullshit.

I did what I did and now I'm done. When Tim gets home, supper then to Barnes.  We plan to close the place down.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Friday Question: What Am I ????

My breakfast plan was to have chocolate cherry ice cream, homemade, no added sugars and free from dairy. BUT, it's so flippin' cold here, that I'm gonna go for a warm bowl of rice with broccoli and cauliflower. Followed by ginger, turmeric and cinnamon tea for dessert.

Anyway, it's Friday here at The Manor and I'm about to make something with the image below. What am I? Winners receive three dusty paperbacks, two frames and a lamp. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I just made a yummy lunch using only these bits. Make, eat, clean, away and DONE!!!!

I flippin' love it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Decluttered Brain - You Betcha

The main reason that I decluttered to the tune of 80 percent is because I wanted to be able to work from home, more efficiently. That is, I wanted to make household chores quicker, so that I can enjoy spending more time working on food photos and food writing.

My plan, worked.

But what I didn't expect was for my memory to improve along with my energy and focus. Or, that I'd finally realize that yeppers, I do have lots of food stuff to share.

Thank you, uncluttered brain.

And thank YOU for reading. Time for lunch. I'm gonna have a big bowl of veggies. What are you having? 

Friday, June 17, 2016


I love that it's 8AM and my last load of laundry is in the dryer and the rest is folded and away. Where before, we had an overflow of clothes.

I love that last night, I did the bills in under ten minutes, and that everything is housed in a single sunshine yellow envelope. Where before, I had boxes of saved bills, receipts and budget charts.

I love that, of the 80 percent of personal belongings that were removed from this house, that I miss none of it.

I love that in a few hours, Tim will be home early.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016