Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Easy Peasy Hard Boiled Eggs

We eat a lot of hard-boiled eggs.  My husband takes two to work daily in his lunch, and I will typically eat two before bed, instead of cookies or chips.

In the past, I would throw 2 dozen in a pot and bring them to a boil, turn off the burner, cover the pot and let them sit for 22 minutes.  They turned out fine, except peeling them was always iffy.   I would add baking soda to the water and that would help but not always.  I would let them cool completely and sometimes that would help, or at least I thought it did.  It was never perfect and the boiled eggs would look a little rough because of my struggle peeling them. And..... it took forever to peel them!

Now... I use a rice steamer to prepare my hard-boiled eggs.  It is easy, no mess, take 22 minutes and the eggs are EASY to peel and turn out perfect.

  Here is my steamer.  I add 2 cups of water into the bottom.  Add 12 eggs into the insert, and set my phone timer for 22 minutes.

After 22 minutes, I remove the eggs and put them in an ice and water filled bowl for 10 minutes.

They are easy and to peel, it takes just a few minutes to remove the shells.

They turn out perfect every time.  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Spring Cleaning

We have tile throughout the whole house and keeping it clean with two dogs, two cats, and two humans is an endless job.  We have lived here for seven years, and when we moved we brought the old vacuum that we used on a house full of carpet.

It was a Hoover, with a bag that had to be replaced monthly.  The animal hair was out of control ( did you know how much an English Bulldog can shed?? Me either!!)  Last week, Hoover took a dump and I was finally able to replace it.

My daughter is a bit obsessed with vacuums as she has three in her possession. She recommended the Shark and after a little research, I found one on sale at Target and brought that baby home.

I Love This Vacuum!!  I am embarrassed to reveal just how much dog hair and dirt this new vacuum picked up!

I think the visual of seeing the actual hair and dirt that the vacuum picks up is so darn satisfying.  It is easy to operate, lightweight and is my new favorite "appliance".

 After I vacuum, I follow up with the Libman spray mop. It picks up what the vacuum misses and leaves the house smelling fresh and clean.

Cleaning the house is my new obsession.  Housework was one of those things that were neglected during knee replacement surgeries.
At the time, I just did not care.

As I go through the rooms to clean, I am still finding items that I no longer want or need, and I gathering them to take them to Goodwill or the local animal shelter thrift store.

There is still more yard work to do, post-hurricane debris to haul off and old shrubs that need to be pulled out so we can make room for a privacy fence in the future.

How is  your Spring cleaning coming along?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday Update

We have been working on getting the house back in order.  With both knee replacement surgeries in Aug 2016 and Jan 2017, I have been out of commission with recovery and physical therapy for a good bit of time. That and I did not really care which could have been a combo of pain meds, depression and or menopause.

Yesterday we hauled off two trailers of post-hurricane yard rubbish to the landfill.  Originally, we priced it out to see what we would be charged to have it done by a private company.  Uh...$400.00   No thanks.  We borrowed the trailer, loaded it twice yesterday, drove to landfill and unloaded it.  Free of charge. 

According to the scales at the landfill, we dropped off close to 1000 lbs of yard waste/branches.  After a shower, dinner we both fell asleep on the couch.  Long day, for sure. 

We still have two more loads to carry off to the landfill.  The price of neglect is trying to play catch up.

 We have been making good use of our Disney passes.  At least every other week, we go to one of the parks.  This past Tuesday, it was the Magic Kingdom.  We booked fast passes on Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Small World.

 Typically, we go when the kids get out of school and stay a few hours.  The crowds are increasing and the weather is unseasonably warm, so a couple of hours is about all I can take. 

I am very appreciative of the time I get to spend with my grandkids, they just grow up so darn fast.

We signed them up for soccer and that starts this Monday.  It is a short season and will keep them busy and outside for the next couple of months.  It is at the YMCA and is more for fun and to learn the game. 

Today, my husband is a guest speaker at his friend's local Haitian church.  He has preached/ taught there previously, and they invited him back. Last time, he had an interpreter, this time there will be no interpreter. You just never know where God will take you. 

Spring has passed us by,  and summer temps are here in full force. It has been running on average of 85 degrees daily.  Luckily, the humidity is still low so it is manageable. Our AC runs almost daily.

How is the weather where you are?