Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why Can't People Just Be Honest...

I'm kinda upset right now about something, and I figured I'd blog about it... My assistant manager at work hasn't shown up for 3 days. That counts as a full no call no show quit. I'm really upset by this, as he was the only guy that worked there and that made me feel safe in a way, and I worked with him the last night that he worked, and he didn't say anything to me about it. Yes, I guess it could have been a fluke accident and he could be laying in a hospital bed and can't get word back to us, but it still makes me mad that we were finally starting to gain a relationship and actually enjoy working together and actually talk to each other when we were walking home at night and he didn't even say anything... Ok, so I suppose that's the end of my rant for today. I just wish people could and would be honest to the people that are around them.

So, on the up side, that gained me an extra full day, and an extra hour on the day I was already working. As of right now, I don't know what will come of the situation, if there will be promotions, or someone coming in from the outside. I have mixed feelings about this, I don't want someone coming in from the outside to reign over us, when they haven't been there to gain our trust and respect at all, but I don't think that the Lead Associate would move up, and I don't want a key holding position, so that's probably what will happen. Good thing this is my weekend off. I plan on baking alot of bread to be able to pound out my frustrations with. And maybe some cookies... I think I deserve some cookies right now...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


For anyone that wanted it... Here's the Betty Crocker Applesauce recipe:

8 tart apples
water (1 cup to 1 quart apples)
1/2 cup sugar
dash of salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/8 cinnamon or nutmeg

Wash, pare, core and slice the apples. Place in a sauce pan. Add water. Simmer until the apples are tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Taste and add more sugar, if desired. Cook 1 more minute. Serve cold. [It was also pretty good warm] Elegant topped with whipped cream or ice cream.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Are Angels in season?

My poor sleep deprived husband had some good ones for me this past weekend. He came in from work on Sunday morning and asked me if Angels were in season. I of course was flabbergasted as to what to say to him. He was completely straight faced the entire time. He asked me again if Angels were in season. I asked him what he was talking about and he said they watched an episode of Home Improvement the night before and Jill (the mom) had asked her youngest son Mark if he wanted some fresh Angel Food cake, and he said no. She then in turn said, why not, it's made from fresh Angels! So then my poor sleep deprived husband decided he wanted to know when Angels were in season so he could have some fresh Angel food cake with fresh Angels. He also wanted to know if we had to kill the angels to get their hair for Angel Hair pasta.

I was then reading to him from the new Amish Cookbook I got, Cooking with the Horse and Buggy People Part 2, and he decided that he needed to become an Amish bishop. Of course, by now I knew he was just completely wacky with what he was saying so I decided to let him run with it. He was outraged by the number of convenience items that were in this cookbook. There were a couple recipes with instant potato flakes in them, some canned items from the store, and a couple with refrigerated tube biscuits. So, he decided that he was to become an Amish bishop so that he could outlaw such items, as they were not "simple." Then.... here comes the good part... he decided that on 5th Sunday, all the Amish men in his district would wear Hawaiian shirts and all the women would wear tie-dye dresses!!! He couldn't decide which part of the dress or if the whole dress would be tie-dye, but the idea of it was enough to make me laugh... I had to share with you!

Here's a recipe from my new cookbook!

Dick's Bundt Rolls

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts
2 tubes buttermilk biscuits

Melt butter and add remaining ingredients except biscuits. Mix well. Grease tube bundt pan. Place half of sytup mixture in bottom of pan. Place biscuits on end around tube pan. Pour remaining syrup over top of biscuits and bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Let set for 5 minutes. Remove from pan.

Sounds yummy!!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Update on the house...

I had another 3 day "weekend" this week, as I will for a while, so I got alot done on the house. The kitchen is nearly completely unpacked and functional. The only thing left to work on in there is cleaning all the dishes that just got packed dirty (bad idea... next time I think I'll rent a dishwasher (can you even do that???)) and finding them a home, and sorting to decide what goes into storage and what's getting sold. Very hard decisions...

God has blessed us this past week with provisions for winter. I sent Grant (I don't think I've ever used his name before... that's my hubby) to the store yesterday to get some groceries for this week (when it takes 4 -5 hours to do a shopping trip and you have to walk at least 2 miles to the store and carry everything home, you try to do it as little as possible...) and he came home with very sad news... The sweet Vadalia onions are out of season. :( With my stomach problems this is the only kind of onions I can eat, and I wanted some to put up for winter. Oh well... The day was not a complete loss. He managed to find an apple tree across the street that the owners don't do anything with. So he asked them about anyone picking it, and they said no one picks it, no one tends it, so if we want them, we can pick every apple off the tree!!! So yesterday he brought me home a 5-gallon bucket of apples (we're not sure what kind, the little greenish colored ones, they are kinda tart but still sweet at the same time...) and worked up half of them. I made a batch of applesauce (just a small batch, the Betty Crocker recipe) that we had some of last night (it was amazing...) And saved some of the worked up apples in the fridge for today, in lemon juice of course. I still have 1/2 the bucket left to work up and I saw the tree today and it was still pretty full of apples! Thank goodness next week's weekend is sooner than later!

Well, on to my onions, I was pretty sad that I wasn't going to get my onions, but Grant went to the store today (this time to Walmart :( I don't like that store) to get a couple other things that the grocery store didn't have. He said as he was getting to the produce area the gentleman was bringing out a flat of Sweet Onions!!!! He said that one was the only store in town to get any, and that flat was the last shipment of the year!!! PTL! So he bought me 3 bags at $3 each, and a set of pantyhose to save them in, so I spent the morning tying my onions into pantyhose. I've never done this before... We'll see how it goes.

We're hoping with our tax refund this year to buy a computer and get internet set up in our house, so maybe by January or February I might be able to post everyday, and actually get recipes up!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Washing Machines

I'm thinking of getting a new washing machine. Now, before you think, "Now, Dawn, you've talked about how much in debt you are, and how much money you need every month to pay bills." Hear me out. I'm not going with the latest Kenmore or Maytag. I'm thinking of one from Lehman's!

This is the one I would love to have! Home Queen Wringer Washer
  • Uses much less water than an automatic washing machine
  • Requires no water pressure, and really gets clothes clean
  • Stainless steel tub holds 14 pounds of clothing!
  • 42 1/2" Hx24"OD, 139 lb.
  • One-year warranty on parts only
  • Made in Saudi Arabia

But it costs an amazing:

$899 for the 120V, 60 cycle, 7.5 amp
$949 for the 230V, 50 cycle, 3.5 amp

and both of these have an added $175 for freight.

SO.... I'm thinking this one looks like it might be closer in my future...

Lehman's® Hand Washer -

  • Easy, thorough washing-Agitator's pendulum motion slashes effort and shortens wash time to just several minutes per load. Triangle-shaped agitator forces water and detergent through clothes as they gently roll and turn, and keeps clothes fully submerged - never floating on surface or lodged in corners.
  • First-rate construction-We worked with a local manufacturer to ensure the highest possible quality, with important features and improvements over other models. Rust-proof, 304 stainless steel tub and handle mount. Clear plastic lid with knob lets you see inside as you wash. Unit is welded for extra strength (other models are soldered). Wooden legs with steel reinforcing crossbars at each end. Heavy-duty plastic fittings are easily replaceable and found at most hardware stores.
  • 36"Hx231/2"Lx23"W, holds 15 gallons, 30 lb. USA made.

And it only costs...

$650 with a wringer
$499 without the wringer

Ah.... someday....

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Days off are nice...

Well, I go back to work on Monday... I know I'm going to be homesick for staying at home, again, as I will have not worked for 5 days in a row, making it possible to cook and bake and unpack (some) and spend time with my husband. We think we have figured out a plan to where in about a year we'll have most of our debts paid off and I can quit work and stay at home again! Then I can work on preparations for gardening and the winter and plans for our house we will someday build and my crafts I want to sell and everything else. We have found a church on our walks that is less than 10 blocks away from the house. I think we might try it soon...