Snowed in Sunday. And watching “the men who stare at goats”, one of my all time favorite movies. It is completely under rated. And if you haven’t seen it, clearly now is the time. Excuse me while I go practice “cloud bursting” 😉
Someone jumped off the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge tonight. I didn’t know them and yet my heart breaks. It breaks for the sadness and despair, that was so strong they felt this was their only option left. It breaks for anyone they left behind, be it family, friend, or foe. It breaks for how many other people will take their own lives. It breaks for the lives in my own family lost to suicide. It breaks for every sigle person who looks in the mirror and feels that the stress and weight of life is just so much they cannot bear it any longe. And it breaks because as a country we are so horribly ill equipped to deal with mental illness and assistance when needed. Be kind. Show love. Always.
As part of my non stop diy home projects, I am fixing the rusted baseboard heaters downstairs. It’s fast, simple and cheap and I can do it myself. Granted it takes a bit longer trying to squeeze in doing it while she naps, since she rarely naps and needs to be physically attached to me always, so getting away from her for projects like this is difficult. Anyhow, I am FINALLY in the home stretch. So I thought I would show you how it’s done.
You will need.
- A face mask
- Safety eye protection
- Sander or sand paper
- A dust rag
- Newspaper or brown paper to protect walls from the spray paint
- Rust stopping spray paint (lowes or home depot have it)
- And a few minutes to spare.
- Tape up newspaper around the baseboards to protect the walls. If you are painting the walls after then you don’t even have to do this step
- Put on your face mask, gloves and protective eye wear.
- Sand all rusted spots off your baseboards l, get it nice and smooth.
- Vacuum up debris or dust or wipe down the baseboards.
- Open all windows!!
- Spray paint the baseboards, follow the instructions on the can. Long even strokes are best, and don’t forget to stop and shake the can often.
- Keep all the windows open and let the area air out as long as possible.
Aside from my usual “new years” goal, to be a perfect blend of Mary Poppins and Martha Stewart, I am also going to push myself to be a better friend, to actually be a friend. Last year was very dark for me, the last 2 years actually, and I retreated from life. I unfriended/deleted/retreated from pretty much everyone I knew, interacted with no one, certainly not in real life and barely here on the internet. I reached out to no one. I wasn’t there for anyone, had no one over, I made absolutely zero deposits into the friendship bank. This year, I aim to change that. I’m going to set the bar pretty low to start, maybe send text messages, try and reestablish friendships. But the point here is, I am going to try, I am going to be a better friend this year, heck, maybe even have people over to swim this summer. I know, I know, just set the bar at medium with that. Here’s to brutal honesty and being a better friend.
When you have an entire pyrex dish of untouched macaroni and cheese, what should you do? Chill it overnight, and then fry it. Not whole of course. Heres my step by step process in photos. Along with the recipe. (Linda, just for you I went ahead and added It ASAP hehehe xoxo)
Ok, so here is the recipe. Its very basic, and the photos give you a really clear step by step of it all.
1) make your mac and cheese the day before, put in a rectangular baking dish, you want it to be about 1″ thick. As an alternative you can put it in a round or square dish and then slice in half (like a cake layer)
2) set up your breading area. Flour, eggs, and bread crumbs. Season each with salt and pepper. That is *crucial *
3) using a biscuit cutter cut into 1″ circles. You could also slice into 1″ squares if you want.
4) Dip each piece, one at a time. First in flour, then egg, then crumbs.
5) Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment. I like to go the extra step and spray the parchment.
6) Freeze OR fry immediately.
7) Fry on the stove top in a medium sauce pan with about 3 inches of oil in it. The oil should be 350 for optimal frying. And fry till golden brown, then remove from oil and place on a papet towel to drain excess oil.
8) Serve with marinara or ketchup, or what ever sauce you prefer.
A great way to keep from wasting oil if you only fry a few at a time, strain it through a coffee filter! It keeps the debris out and from burning and lets you use the oil again!
What annoys me? Too many things to list. BUT, one thing that irritates the beejesus out of me is how the package of cream cheese gets once its opened.
It gets all crinkly and weird. And if you don’t use it all immediately some gets dried. (Insert gag sound) Its weird and way too much for my ocd self.
Enter plastic deli containers. I buy them in bulk and use them for everything. One of my favorite ways to use them is to turn them over, use the lid as a base and the bottom as the top dome. Same principle as a cake taker. Best idea ever. No more nasty cream cheese. Yay!