Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Morning! I had a great weekend and am ready for an even greater new week.  It's Monday morning and I'm really enjoying getting back into a regular routine here at my new and improved blog. I join in with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Be sure and stop by to see what it's all about!

  • A big cup of coffee, fresh fruit (pineapple, apricots and grapes) and toast.
  • Pool first to avoid the warmer water from the humidity of the recent storms and then the gym.
  • Fix the washing machine.
  • Chores, shopping and doctor appointment.

Whatever strikes our fancy off the DVR.  I try not to plan this in advance and just go with the flow at least until the NEW Fall schedule starts.

Hot as usual! And humid to boot.

 Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie

Black Bean Chicken Nachos
Pink Lemon Chicken
Chicken & Tomato Spinach Salad 
Kentucky Hot Brown
FRIDAY8/15Buttermilk Waffles  
Baked White Fish
SATURDAY8/16Buttermilk Cinnamon Pancakes
Twisted Pepper Steak
SUNDAY8/17Shirred Eggs
Enchiladas Rancheras Lasagna

Do a little quilting and finish a few older projects though I have yet to have a few minutes to myself LOL like that's going to happen.

I have a list of tons of recipes I want to try, but I'm trying to go with the most unusual first.  So this week it is MOINK balls.  Stay posted for the results.

As I combine all my old blogs into this new one I'm also keeping a list of those recipes that I cannot in good conscience bring over until I remake them and take some decent pictures LOL.

The garden is finally finished! Rock terrain with heat resistant and drought resistant plants and a special corner for Dickens.

Now for something fun and easy - cleaning the silver. Yep, you heard me right, cleaning the silver. FIL wanted the silver polished. I have news for you, I don't polish silver! I even sold my own and replaced it with gorgeous stainless, but I found this quick, easy AND super inexpensive recipe for cleaning silver! Here is the before picture:

Hubby helped as I have been a bit busy. He is trying to show you the instantaneous results he achieved with this formula below.


per large piece or place setting you will need:
1/2 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
1 large piece aluminum foil
1 non-metal sink or wash tub
hot water
  • Lay large piece of foil along the bottom of the sink.
  • Fill the sink with VERY HOT water.
  • Swirl in the baking soda and salt until well dissolved.
  • Add silver or silverplate piece.
  • Watch the magic. Allow it to sit a few minutes. The chemical reaction of the salt and baking soda transfers the tarnish to the piece of foil leaving you with a pretty silver piece.
  • Rinse and dry!
For heavily tarnished pieces you might have to repeat the process. Hubby also found the reaction was quicker if you wrapped the foil around the pieces.

CHALLENGE: Is your guest area ready for guests?
I've been trying to clean out my feedly and so many of my favorite blogs are just gone - so sad.  But I ran across Dorothy at Crazy for Crust that used to be one of my favorites and found she's still cooking up a storm.
Wondering why Acronyms and Avatars have taken over the world!

Guidance as we move forward and start again in a home search. While we are sad that the home we had our heart set on is not not going to happen we are elated that we are realizing the signs are pointing (and have been we were just to dense to see) that we were meant to go in a different direction entirely.

2013 Dickens takes a Stand
2009 The Revival of Common Courtesy & Personal Service
2008 Fun Trivia ~ 500 year old facts ~ the 1500's
2007 The Domino Effect


  1. I need to give that silver cleaning recipe a try, I have two pieces from my dad's mother that are so very tarnished. It would be nice to have them pretty again. Your menu plan sounds so good, what is Kentucky Hot Brown?

    I love when I find old blogs I used to love that are still around.

    Have a great week.

    1. Thanks for visiting - I'm so glad to find many of my favorite blogs still around and participating in fun memes.

      Kentucky Hot Brown is a delicious open faced sandwich topped with a melt in your mouth sauce. Here's the link for it if you'd like to give it a try.

      Have a good week too. :)

  2. Your menu is making me hungry, and I JUST finished dinner. LOL The Enchiladas Rancheras Lasagna sounds so good. I've made Kentucky Hot Brown before and it was really good.

    I love how you try to get in a pool swim every day, that is awesome.

    Love your finished garden, so pretty. Have a wonderful day and rest of week Tamy :)

  3. LOL then my job as chief cook and bottle washer here is done my friend - that is exactly the reaction I was hoping for with my menu.

    I received your sweet thank you not today - thank you you so much and glad you had a great birthday.


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