We’re Going Under Captain!

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Yesterday, my computer notified me that it is dying. :-(  Apparently, my hard drive is on its last legs. I’ve run all kinds of scans and they’re all telling me the same thing: replace the hard drive.

From what I can gather, it isn’t easy to replace the hard drive on a laptop, especially my Dell. You have to practically dismantle the whole thing to do it.

So this means that my time online is limited to my tablet until I can either replace the hard drive or replace the computer. I am currently writing this post from my tablet. It’s not quick, I can tell you that.

I’ll be MIA for a week or so…

Had a Great Trip, Now It’s Time to Get Back to Business

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We had a wonderful trip visiting family in New York State. We had a lot of great food, saw people we hadn’t seen in years (and, unfortunately, missed a few as well).

Binghamton, NY is very proud of the six wooden carousels they have. We were able to get to one of them. The next time we go up, we hope to take the time to ride all six, just so we could say we did.

Binghamton Carousels

Information Board telling about the carousels.

Information Board telling about the carousels.

You're never too old for a carousel ride.  Eileen's Perpetually Busy

You’re never too old for a carousel ride.
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Oh mom, do you really have to take a picture? Eileen's Perpetually Busy

Oh mom, do you really have to take a picture?
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We also went up to Cayuga Lake. Poor Boo sliced her foot on the rocky shore, but they still had a blast.

Those rocks can be mean, but very cool to see. Eileen's Perpetually Busy

Those rocks can be mean, but very cool to see.
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What a ham! Eileen's Perpetually Busy

What a ham!
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The rest of the trip was visiting and lots of food.

 

I’ve got some posts up my sleeve…I will probably borrow my mom’s sewing machine again so I can work on a couple of special projects.

Busy, But Will Be Back, I Promise

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The next couple of weeks will be busy as we are going to visit family. Since that requires packing and traveling, I won’t have time to post. I also have this thing where I make sure the house is just about spotless…nothing like coming home to a funny smell, so I try to avoid it if I can.

I’ll be back soon… :)

This could happen if I'm not careful

This could happen if I’m not careful

This probably WILL happen

This probably WILL happen

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Refreshing the Dining Room Table Set

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My dining room table and chairs didn’t match. The chairs were from one set and the table from another. I loved the chairs and I loved the compact size of the table. The fact that they didn’t “match” was driving me crazy.

Over Winter Break I decided to paint the set and recover the chairs. I had some mis-tint paint I bought for $5 from Lowe’s. It was a creamy white, very pretty and it had the primer already in it.

Some lessons learned:

  • Don’t try to paint outside in the cool damp winter weather.
  • If you’re using paint from a can, not spray paint, use a roller, not a paintbrush.
  • Paint with primer in it, even just a satin finish, will dry tacky.
  • When you have funky shaped chair seats, they don’t make foam pads to fit, so you have to improvise.

Again, this isn’t a tutorial, just some pics of my progress…

I sanded the table, this was after I tried painting the chairs outside and figured out that I would have to do this project inside.

I sanded the table, this was after I tried painting the chairs outside and figured out that I would have to do this project inside.

This was the result of painting chairs outside in the cool, damp weather using a paint brush.

This was the result of painting chairs outside in the cool, damp weather using a paint brush.

The result of painting inside where it's warm and dry, and using a mini-roller.

The result of painting inside where it’s warm and dry, and using a mini-roller.

The fabric I used on the seats.

The fabric I used on the seats.

I was able to buy a 4-pack of foam pads for the chairs, but they were square, whereas my chair seats were not. I had to improvise…

Chair pad with pieces of an old blanket to help fill in and thicken the pad.

Chair pad with pieces of an old blanket to help fill in and thicken the pad.

Old blanket

Bob helped me staple everything to the bottom. We used a clear tablecloth to  protect the fabric and padding from spills.

Bob helped me staple everything to the bottom. We used a clear tablecloth to protect the fabric and padding from spills.

Finished chair pad

Finished chair pad

6 months after using the clear tablecloth ($5 at Walmart) I’m finding a couple of holes, but we do have cats and that doesn’t help.

To fix the “tacky” issue I mentioned above, I sprayed a couple of coats of clear spray paint over the top of the table as soon as it warmed up enough to do so. It made a huge difference! Papers and napkins don’t stick to the top of the table anymore.

I wish I had taken a “before” pic of the set so you could see the vast improvement a little paint, fabric, and a clear tablecloth gave this set!

The finished set!

The finished set!

 

 

Making My Shorts More Comfy!

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I’m finding that as I get older, I really cannot stand anything restricting my waist. I would rather my pants be loose, or at least stretchy. Anyway, I have a pair of shorts that I love because the waist isn’t jeans fabric, but rather a jersey knit with elastic inside.

 

The Original Pair

The Original Pair

The waistband on these shorts would give and move when I moved (or when I ate). My other pair of jean shorts did not…the waistband was seriously restrictive. Yes, If I lose weight, I’d have no problem with them, but it’s too hot to wait until I lose 10 pounds to make them too big again.

I’m not really posting a tutorial for this because I want to do it again with something else to perfect the process. But I’ll show you a few of the steps I took to give you an idea…

I took the waistband off

I took the waistband off

I cut off and kept the button and button hole

I cut off and kept the button and button hole

I pinned them back on so I could get a measurement for the rest of the waistband.

I pinned them back on so I could get a measurement for the rest of the waistband.

I could have used the left over pieces of the waistband, but I wanted to go by the size of the shorts, not the waistband, which was slightly smaller (hence the reason they were restrictive).

I then sewed the new comfy fabric and a piece of elastic to the button and button hole fabric.

I then sewed the new comfy fabric and a piece of elastic to the button and button hole fabric.

I then pinned and sewed the newly created waistband into place. It's not exactly pretty...the sewing machine was giving me problems.

I then pinned and sewed the newly created waistband into place. It’s not exactly pretty…the sewing machine was giving me problems.

The “Secret” Sauce – Pork Buffalo-BBQ

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Bob concocted a wonderful sauce to put on chicken wings. He HAD to make it (by order of the family) whenever we had chicken wings.

My kids loved the pulled pork BBQ made with Coke and BBQ sauce that I used to make at least once a month (recipe here).

One day, Clone of Bob suggested that Bob make HIS sauce for the pork BBQ. Up until that point, he only made it for chicken wings. Well, let’s just say that I do not make it with BBQ sauce and Coke anymore…the kids wouldn’t hear of it!

So, here’s a sort of, kind of recipe…I have no exact measurements since we toss it all in until it tastes good.

Bob's Secret Sauce Ingredients EileensPerpetuallyBusy

Bob’s Secret Sauce Ingredients
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What you need:

  • 1/2 Stick of margarine or butter
  • Honey
  • Plain ol’ BBQ sauce
  • Buffalo wing sauce

What you do:

  • In a saucepan, melt margarine or butter over low heat.
  • Add BBQ sauce (approx. 1/2 to 1 Cup)
  • Add honey (approx 3 Tbsp.?)
  • Add buffalo wing sauce (approx. 2 Tbsp.?)
  • Keep adding the last 3 ingredients until it tastes good to you. It should be slightly sweet with a bit of bite (or more if you like it hot).
Bobs Secret Sauce for Pork BBQ and Other Things EileensPerpetuallyBusy

Bobs Secret Sauce for Pork BBQ and Other Things
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What to put it on:

  • Shredded Pork: I cook a boneless pork roast (about 1- 1 1/2 lbs.) for a few hours on low. No seasoning, no added water. Then I let it cool and shred.
  • Chicken Wings: We like to grill them until a little crispy then coat with the sauce.
  • Anything else you can think of!

 

Bob's Secret Sauce on Pork BBQ EileensPerpetuallyBusy

Bob’s Secret Sauce on Pork BBQ
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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Bake

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Ham, Cheese, Egg, & Potatoes EileensPerpetuallyBusy

Ham, Cheese, Egg, & Potatoes
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I was searching for recipes that used ham, cheese, potatoes, and eggs and really couldn’t find anything. Some used ham and potatoes, some used ham and eggs; not potatoes and eggs all at once. So, I decided to come up with something myself.

I’ll admit that there is probably a recipe similar to this out there, but I couldn’t find it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (this is approximate…you could use more or less)
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • Dash of Milk
  • 8 oz. Package of diced ham
  • 3-5 Potatoes (diced and cooked…not fully cooked, but just cooked, like for potato salad)

Directions:

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Spray an 8×11″ baking dish with cooking spray

Building the Dish:

  1. Put potatoes in bottom of baking dish
  2. Spread ham over top of potatoes
  3. Sprinkle a light layer of cheese over that.
  4. In a separate bowl, scramble together eggs, egg whites, and milk. Add pepper, if desired.
  5. Pour evenly over potatoes, cheese, and ham.
  6. Top with more cheese.

Baking:

  1. Cover top with aluminum foil
  2. Bake covered for 30 minutes
  3. Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes
  4. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Slice and enjoy!
  6. Makes about 8 servings.

I made this on Sunday, but waited to post the recipe because I wanted to see how well this dish reheated in the microwave. I have to say that it didn’t taste any different than it did freshly baked. I heated it for 1 minute and it was heated through and still very tasty!

Ham, Cheese, Eggs, & Potatoes EileensPerpetuallyBusy

Ham, Cheese, Eggs, & Potatoes
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