Archive for February, 2011

Buzz & Bargain

Due to torrential rains and wild and crazy winds, I was powerless (or my apt was) on and off, all day.  Sorry I didn’t post.  Just wanted to wish you all a great weekend.


One bargain.  Charlotterusse.com has taken $10 off their rainboots, making them $20 + s & h.  They’re out of the ones I love in my size, so I’m getting these.

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Quick Buzz & Bargain

Just writing a quickie for you this morning.  Have to go to lawyer to sign new contract.  There may be more complications than the bank.  The appraisal I paid so much for for the mortgage company was for less than the bank wants.   I need it adjusted, or a new one.  I will be royally PO’d if I have to pay out another $400.  May just tell them all to shove it.


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Heard from my lawyer today.  I have to go in and sign a new contract tomorrow morning.  Am I insane?  Should something good be this hard?

I figure now that I can’t afford to get a car right away, since I’ll need the down payment toward closing at the higher amount.  I keep telling the salesman that I’m not getting the truck (2010 Suzuki SX4 that Hubby loved driving because he could play with the shifts), but he keeps calling to give me a better offer.  Arrghh!  Life is not easy.  Hubby refuses to answser the phone and speak to him.  Guess I have a new BFF.


We don’t know how much longer we’ll have Social Security as we now know it.  This frameable poster might be a nice reminder .

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You have to like them on Facebook for this. 

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 This gym is in FL, but apparently you don’t have to live there to request the exercise gloves.  (Thanks James)

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 I told my lawyer that I caved and will pay the bank the extra money they insist on.  It hurt, but I did it.  Now I’ll find out if they really sold it to someone else.  I’m not sure I know what I want the answer to be.


I found these cute rain boots on Amazon.  The ones I like, that are available in my size, are blue raindropsAmazon.com: Nomad Women’s Puddles Rain Boot: Shoes.  Different patterns are different prices.








This Friday’s coupon is only good till the 28th.  Hubby loves their burgers, I love their pineapple falvored rice which I don’t know the name of.  Whatever I get with it is usually good too.












 You can use this coupon when you order online or call ahead.

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Sorry I haven’t kept up with you..  I’ve been a bit sad and angry over the condo.  I have been told by several people, including Hubby, not to cut off my nose to spite my face.  If I like it, I should get it.  Will make decision by tomorrow.  I really have a problem with letting my principles stand in my way.  Always have.

Next, rented a car to go to my cousin’s baby shower, about 3½ hours from here (when you don’t get lost).  We got there with minimal confusion, but going home spent a whole LOT of time riding in circles.  Good thing gas is less expensive in NJ.  Why doesn’t that state let you make left turns?????

Other weekend activity was car shopping.  Found an amazing bargain on a Hyundai Elantra.  Unfortuntely it’s almost as hard for klutzy ol’ me to get in and out of, as my Kia Sephia.The best height car, though not exactly what I was looking for, is the Suzuki sx4 awl.  We saw a really nice one at a dealer, who offered me all kinds of deductions, and it sounded good.  I left a refundable deposit, still not absolutely sure.  Hubby loved the way it rode, handled, and was comfortable in it, and it had a Gasrmin GPS which was a nice plus.  It has 16,000 miles on it.  We were kind of excited going home, and I saw a flyer fromt he same store.  They had a brand new 2010 for the same price, and the full warranty.  I’m going to tell him I want that one.  I’m cancelling the other one.  Hours later:  salesman called and I told him I want the new one for the same price, as in the ad.  He said it wasn’t the same.  I basically let him know I didn’t believe him, and to credit my card with the deposit.  He called back and told me to come in and look at the new one.  That I agreed to.  We shall see.

Still don’t know what I’m telling my lawyer tomorrow.  More important than the car.    ARRRGGGHHH    (advice?)

For the record, so so DO NOT need all this snow and cold.


Coupons of $2 off Blue Bunny.

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Amazon has a very good price on  

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, 1.7 Ounce  $16.14



These  can be a lifesaver in this weather, and can be the base fopr a devil costume for Halloween.

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Okay, Hubby worked overtime, till 10:30 last night.  Didn’t get home till almost midnight.  Why?  The car wouldn’t go over 10mph.  Oy!  I called the dealer to see if the Tucson we were looking at was still available,and it was gone.  I was hoping  to send Hubby in with a check tomorrow to pick it up.  Oh well.  Gotta find something fast.   Just spoke to Hubby, it drove pretty well going to work today.  He put vaseline around the gas cap, which may have been the cause of the problem.  Meanwhile, I’ll step up my hunt


I know your home smells lovely, but sometimes scents are just because you like them.



I know I’m the only one left using AOL (I hate change), but found these idea there.  Some are pretty good.

What to Do With the Extras

If you cook a lot — or even a little — chances are you’ve got a bit of this and some of that hanging out in your fridge. Don’t waste it and certainly don’t go shopping for new groceries; you’ve probably got all the basics of a really great meal already on hand. Here’s how to make smart use of all those little bits and pieces.


Mashed Potatoes
Extra taters make great soup. Thin the mashed potatoes with milk, cream or broth and garnish with thinly sliced scallions.
You can also make fabulous fritters. Add flour and an egg to bind the mixture, fold in some diced ham (or lots of onion) and shape it into patties. Dredge in bread crumbs or flour and sauté.


Don’t throw away that smidge of mustard left in the jar. Add some oil and vinegar and make vinaigrette by just shaking it up right in the jar. Or stir in a little bit of jam — ideally apricot, or a red-currant jelly — and use the mixture as a glaze for pork or chicken.


Of course you can slice it and freeze it for morning toast, but there’s lots more to do. Make bread crumbs by pulsing the bread in a food processor or make a batch of croutons. Just cut the bread up into chunks, toss with olive oil and a little salt and sauté in a pan or toast in a 400 degree oven. It’s also great for crunchy crostini.

Brown Sugar

Don’t throw out that hardened brown sugar. Put a couple of slices of apple in the container and seal it up. In a day or two it will be supple and ready to use. You can generally trade about half the amount of granulated sugar for brown sugar in baked goods like brownies and some cakes and cookies.


Until dairies figure out they should be packing buttermilk in half pint containers, you’ll probably have leftovers. Don’t despair — swap in buttermilk for regular milk in pancakes by adding a little baking soda and decreasing the baking powder by a drop. Use it for marinating chicken for fried chicken — it both tenderizes and gives a little tang. Or try it in a salad dressing with a small amount of oil.

Coconut Milk

Luckily it now comes in smaller cans but if you’ve got leftovers, stir it up and freeze in ice cube trays for use in drinks and soups later. To use it right away, substitute coconut milk for some or all of the water when you make rice. Substitute it for butter to finish a sauce or stir a little into some broth along with cooked pasta and garnish with peanuts.


Cooked Meat
Chop some of that leftover stew meat and any extra vegetables and make them into a pasta sauce. Add a little broth, butter, and Parmesan, toss with hot cooked pasta and you’ve got an instant meal. Cooked meat also makes a great filling for tacos, a topping for a pizza, or it can even be folded into an omelet. Got extra meatloaf? Break it into small pieces and stir them into tomato sauce for a quick meat sauce.

Who hasn’t cooked up enough rice to feed an army when it’s just you and a couple of friends? Fried rice puts leftovers to delicious use and actually works better with cold cooked rice.

Don’t want to break out the wok? Mix the cooked rice with a little egg, some Fontina or your favorite cheese, add some seasonings and make rice cakes. Cook them in a little olive oil and you’ve got a vegetarian dinner.

Tomato Paste
When you get down to just a couple of tablespoons in that can of tomato paste, transfer it in ice cube trays and freeze. You’ll have it on hand for stirring into soups and stews for extra body or to thin with a little water for those times when you only need a little bit of tomato in something. Or if you find yourself without ketchup for those burgers, mix the tomato paste with a little vinegar and honey and you’re good to go.

Flour Tortillas
Have half a package of tortillas languishing in your fridge from taco night? Pop them into the freezer so they don’t spoil — use them for savory or dessert pizzas. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet, brush with a little oil and crisp them in the oven. Then scatter cheese, cooked vegetables or meat on top and make an individual pizza. For dessert, brush with butter and brown sugar and top with thinly sliced plums, bananas or peaches and bake.


I’m th inking these would have been good to own during all the snow, but I’m also thinking we’re done with snow for this year.  (I hope, I hope).  They seem to be a real good buy in olive and barley.


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Not much today.  As I was checking out the multiple home listings, I noticed there was a change in status of my? condo.  The listing has expired.  I’m not sure what that means, but I’m guessing someon else is buying it, and they don’t want me, or my lawyer, to see that it is “pending” or “sold”.  I can’t help feeling it was being shown after I went to contract.  I may be wrong, but a wee bit of paranoia has set in.


A little tip from VocalPoint.com.  I think I knew this, but mentally put it away somewhere.

You can keep dust from collecting on your TV and computer screens by wiping them with a dryer sheet.


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