Monday, December 31, 2012

Kids Gone Raw

These Kale chips are hands down my favorite new snack.
Please support this local company Kids Gone Raw.

The chips come in many flavors and they conveniently have an Etsy story.
They are also on Facebook.
I inquired with them about buying in bulk and they said that they can make big bags like the do for restaurants.
If you are not into Kale chips, they also have "grawnola" and fruit leathers.

Our new heating strategy

A fan  at the top of the basement stairs to pump air up into the space between the first and second floors. Lets hope it works!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Caring for Antique Furniture

I learned at a young age that if someone was stupid enough to leave a sweaty glass on an antique there was a rapid fire treatment you could use to hope the ring went away - MAYONNAISE! I can't tell you how many Christmas Eve's, after everyone went home and before we left for midnight mass, that I went around with a jar of mayo to goop on the white rings and pray that with the magic of Santa they went away overnight. This Yankee skill was one I came by honestly (see prior post). What I love about this gem I kept is the name of a "Glass man" in Meriden, CT listed. Meriden is not only near where dear KK lived, but also close to where my now husband is from. Small worlds, seeing that we met at UMaine. For those of you with at least one piece of antique furniture, here is an article and KKs notes from 1978!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Household Helpful Hints

My paternal grandmother KK was a tried and true Connecticut Yankee. She was also a tough as nails single Mom. KK was the Queen of thrift and short cuts which, in her later days, included using the oven as a bread box and the dish washer as additional storage. This was much to my chagrin the day I preheated the oven for a batch of cookies. The Cheerios did not survive.

 I recently moved some file cabinets to the basement and discovered a file I had named Scrapbook. I found quite a few gems inside, but this post, and the three that will follow, were safely tucked away. My father must have passed these copies along to me when KK died in the 90's.

 Today I find these priceless. Enjoy! I'm off to find my Magic Eraser and some Windex! :D