Kindness and love

​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.

Crock pot lentil soup

Crock pot lentil soup

​Easy crockpot lentil soup:

1lb dried lentils
2lbs sausage
6 carrots (chopped to your liking)
2 qts chicken stock
Heafty sprinkling of salt and pepper
1 tsp each dried granulated garlic and onion

Combine everything and cook on low 8hours

Saving rusted heaters

Saving rusted heaters

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. 

I wish I had taken photos before sanding the rust off, because there was a lot of it. 

You will need.

  • A face mask
  • Safety eye protection 
  • Gloves
  • 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.  

  1. 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
  2. Put on your face mask, gloves and protective eye wear.
  3. Sand all rusted spots off your baseboards l, get it nice and smooth.
  4. Vacuum up debris or dust or wipe down the baseboards.  
  5. Open all windows!!
  6. 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. 
  7. Keep all the windows open and let the area air out as long as possible.  

After, you can either keep them just as is, or paint them any color you like. I’ll be painting these a dark light gray. Yes, there is such a thing. 

A new year

​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.

Fried macaroni and cheese 

Fried macaroni and cheese 

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!

How to store cream cheese

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! 

CVS, worst pharmacy ever. 

I have to share this here, because I want to make sure that everyone knows just how crooked CVS currently is and what they are doing to their customers. This is my first hand experience of what just happened to me today at my local CVS. pardon the typing errors, I am just so upset I can barely type. I posted this to the CVS public page 

“I am beyond shocked and upset to see just how horrifically you are ripping off your customers when it comes to their medical treatment. The rule you have in place, stating that regardless of what a previous prescription was, or has been filled previously, that you will always give the patient, your customer the smallest quantity possible when medications are in a tube form,  regardless of history or copay, and then still charge the same copay for all sizes. This has to somehow be illegal, I can’t imagine that this is legal to be doing this to customers. Last week I was prescribed a topical cream for an and given 30g tube. Today I went to pick up a refill on that item and was given a 15g tube, half the size,  yet charged the same amount simply because your policy is to always give the customer the smallest amount. The doctor wrote the EXACT same prescription!!!!!!!! And yet your pharmacist decided to give me the smallest amount possible and still charge the same amount of money i paid for the larger amount. And as they explained it to me “copays are based on the kind of medication not the size of the tubes”, and so its the same price no matter what size i am given. And that size will vary based on what is on hand at any CVS at any given time. This is deeply deeply disturbing I ended up on the phone with my doctor in tears, and the practice had NO  CLUE that this is your policy for customers!!!!! My Dr, whos practice is a healthquest medical practice, is now aware of this horrible and predatory policy of yours. Because of your policy, I would have to spend $50 to get the same amount of Medicine that just a week or so ago I got for $25, all because of what you have stocked on your shelves and your policy to “give the least amount possible to customers.” And if you’re doing this to me you’re doing this to everyone. This means that any time anyone has been prescribed medicine that come in a tube form, they are being given the smallest amount possible and then charged for the standard copay for that specific item not for the size.  They pay the copay and then when then need it again, regardless of the size of the tube they receive  (which will always be the smallest possible) they have to pay the same copay even if its a smaller amount. So wheres all the money going????? I would be extremely interested to know just how many people are being suckered into this scam around the country because clearly you’re running some kind of scam and stealing the money of people who deeply need medicines. We’re not talking opiates and painkillers were talking creams, ointments,  topical creams, things that come in tubes,  things needed for infections!!! You should be ashamed of yourself. I have been a cvs customer for over 15 years, and I will never trust you to honestly fill a prescription again or that you have your customers well being as a priority.  You make me physically ill over this.  And i will do everything i can to make sure every medical practitioner and insurance company sees this and hears about what you are doing. ”