I won't know until it gets here. Just so you know. I'd hate for you to expect a decorating extravaganza that never materializes.
Also, in the interests of full disclosure...I don't like to clean my house.
I long for the day when I can hire someone to do it for me.
(We all need an "Alice", don't we? Mrs. Brady was one spoiled...um, lady. I mean, I do it. Clean my house. I just don't like it. And it's probably not often enough.) I have to clean the parts that will show in a photo I want to post, almost every time.
Sometimes, when I'm spray painting, I don't wear my mask. I feel claustrophobic in it. And then I get a headache and swear I'll never do it again. And then I do it again.
(what is she pointing at?)
Also, I'm scared of my table saw, but I LOVE my compound miter saw.
Sometimes I give up on projects. Sometimes they just don't turn out. Sometimes I'm never sure if they ever really did turn out.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. After washing the apples, carefully cut 1/2 inch off the tops. Use a melon baller to scoop out the core, seeds and stem. Make sure you leave the bottom intact.
Stand the apples up in a baking dish. Make sure the cut side is up. I sprayed my pan with baking spray, but you could probably get away with skipping that step.
Put some chopped up snickers bar each apple. Pack it in kind of tight.
Then put a caramel in each apple, followed by more snickers, another caramel, and then more snickers. This is how much I used for 6 apples.
(You might notice two caramels are missing. Some sort of petit theft while I wasn't looking is my guess.)
Once your apples are stuffed
Put some dots of butter on top of each one, and after mixing the cider and sugar, pour the cider on top of the apples.
Then bake for 30-40 minutes. They'll look like this when they're done.
You can serve these with vanilla ice cream if you want, or whipped cream, but we like them with just a little bit of plain cream on them. You can also use different kinds of candy, like Heath bars or Babe Ruth bars. (Raid your kids Halloween candy next week and you'll have plenty of choices.)
It's a fairly versatile recipe.
They'd show you how to get rooms like this for less.
I loved those shows.
And all the craft shows? I liked those, too.
I really think HGTV, and even DIY are really missing the boat.
Would someone who may be dealing with unemployment, or who lives in a neighborhood where every third house is empty really want to watch "House Hunters International"?
I don't think so. I think they'd rather watch shows that feature inexpensive crafts or decorating on a budget.
Something they can really do.
Because buying a house in Spain is just not going to happen.
But that's just my opinion.
This is kind of fun, though.
It premiered on the DIY network on Thursday, and I caught a replay last night.
This woman restores old homes, and it's kind of fun to watch. It is a real estate centered show.(Which there are plenty of. But this one didn't irritate me.) The house was so cool I kept watching this one.
I like people who expect good things to come their way if they just look a little bit.
People who think that all something needs
is just a little paint, or stain, or a slipcover and it's stunning again. Who realize that while a piano may never play again
It makes a fine desk. And there's one more reason I like people who like junk. They look past the surface. They don't see junk. They see the possibilities. The potential. I like to think that carries over to how they see other things in life, too.
Of course, I could just be trying to rationalize my latest purchase.
(I don't have a problem. I'm an optimist who sees the potential, that's all.)
Besides the stencil from Cutting Edge, I got some glitter and some acetates from PK Glitz, 5 different colors of paint from DecoArt, 5 bottles of different mediums from DecoArt, every size of Disk Hanger, and today I got the mother load of prizes from Rockler!
An awesome tool bag, clamps, bench cookies and a rack, steel wool, some paint pyramids, tack cloth, cheese cloth, glue, paintbrushes...I thought I'd never stop pulling stuff out of the box!
If you have a blog, and you're hanging on to a project you really like, ENTER! This months prize is HUGE, and you could win! Just check out the requirements on their homepage~they're not hard.
(I think I should also get a prize for most exclamation points in a blog post.)
But I have to hand it to my husband; he started over with gusto.
He went back to school while working light duty. The first two or three years he did it on about 4 hours of sleep every night. He was eventually cleared to go back on full duty, but he kept going to school. He didn't even have an Associates degree when he started. Now he has a Master's degree. It took 7 years. Some of them were very long years.
We would order his textbooks from Amazon, and most of them were used. One book came with a surprise inside.
37 four leaf clovers were pressed inside the pages of that book.
You wouldn't believe the lift that gave me~both of us, really. I like to think that some anonymous person was wishing us luck when we really felt like we needed it.
I framed the best ones. They're faded now, but I think I'll probably keep them for the rest of my life.
And my husband?
He has a much better job now. He's still in law enforcement, but he's moved up the ladder and what he's doing now is not nearly as dangerous. He's one of the very few people I know who really has changed his life, and I'm so proud of him for it.
(If you click on the picture twice, it zooms in a little.)
It went fast. Two days and they were done.
(zoom in~can you see the guy in the white hat standing on top of the combine? He's pulling vines off of the conveyor belt before the potatoes are loaded into the truck and taken to the cellar. I used to do that when I was a kid. Stand there all day long and pull vines. I'd see potatoes going by on a conveyor belt in my sleep.)
Anyway, once they're done, there are usually a lot of potatoes left in the field.
They can't get them all.
My husband and I went out and picked some up. We had 200 lbs in less than 45 minutes.
I thought it was kind of fun. Like an Easter egg hunt, but with potatoes. And no chocolate bunnies. So it wasn't as fun, but still fun.
In honor of potato harvest
(and because I didn't want to go buy groceries)
I made baked potato soup. It's really good, and low fat! This is what you'll need.
4 large baked potatoes
7 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled.
4 green onions, sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste
dash of hot sauce (optional)
(I know, you're thinking "She said this was low fat!" Patience, Grasshopper. We'll get to that.)
1~Melt the butter in a large pot.
2~Saute the onions in the butter. Do yourself a favor and use these. No chopping required. Unless you like chopping onions. But then I have to ask~WHY???
3~Add the flour and stir until smooth.
4~Slowly add 2 cups milk, heat until thickened, stirring continually. Add the rest of the milk.
5~Add the bacon. And here's the low fat part. Use this. See~50% less fat than regular bacon! I am looking out for you! You're welcome.
6~Heat, but don't boil or it will curdle. Ask me how I know. Before serving, add the sour cream and the cheese, reserving some of the cheese for garnish. Stir until melted. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce.
7~Garnish with sliced green onions and a little grated cheese.
(OK, seriously, it wouldn't be hard to make this lower fat. Just use low fat sour cream and cheese and less butter. I never have, because we eat this maybe twice a year.)