Friday, October 21, 2016

Bugs and Kisses

There are numerous “Bugs & Kisses” ideas all over the internet but the first one I came across was from Pink Peppermint Design.  I thought this was such a cute idea for the few children that come to our home for Halloween.  Most all the ideas I came across had Hershey Kisses and spiders inside a container/bag with a tag attached. 
Living a long distance from any type of store that would carry spiders and bugs, was making this fun idea, a “Maybe Not Happening” idea.  I loved the thought of giving the children these Halloween treat bags, so I hopped on the internet to see what I could find.  I searched and searched for a bag of spiders but the cost to have them shipped was ridiculous!  I then came upon some 11.5” x 5”, cello spider bags on E-bay.  Ok, this would work…..I could still use the theme “Bugs & Kisses” by using the spider bags and putting Hershey Kisses inside.


When the bags arrived and I opened them, they were bags that had tucks on the sides so when fully opened, they were HUGE.  It would take me a very large amount of Kisses to even partially fill one of the bags.  Thinking, thinking, what next.  Then while laying in bed that night, the idea came to me…..hmmmm…..I wonder if I could use my FoodSaver, bag sealer and seal the other end of the bags and then cut each bag in half, giving me two treat bags from one.  Eureka….it worked, perfectly!  Now I actually have 50 treat bags instead of 25.
So with new smaller bags, Hershey Pumpkin Spice Kisses, orange ribbon and my tags, I’m all set to go.  Oh how I love it when things come together.





Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bottled Tomatoes

Did I hit the nail on the head, or what.  Yesterday I posted a blog about my pickled beets and that I was thinking they would be the last of my canning for the year……but then something else always comes up and out comes the canning supplies.
Well, that is exactly what happened.  After posting my beet blog, I looked at the tomatoes that I had brought home from Utah, that I was planning on just freezing because they were ripening too fast.  After peeling them, I ended up with a lot more than I had anticipated so out came the canning supplies.  Granted, I only got 4 quarts but hey, 4 quarts is more than I had before.
I had some yellow tomatoes too, so I placed them in the pot with the red tomatoes since they basically taste the same. 
When canning tomatoes, for some reason after they have settled, they separate and you have about 1/4 of the jar that is a light yellowish-red liquid on the bottom and the tomato pulp rises to the top.  That is how mine looked this morning so I shook each bottle before taking pictures.






Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Pickled Beets 10-10-2016

Ok, I’m thinking that my pickled beets are the last of the canning for this year.  I say, “I’m thinking”, because I say that a lot and then something else comes up and out comes the canning supplies.  I didn’t do as many beets as I usually do but 21 is good enough.  The past few years we have eaten so many pickled beets that we decided not to do as many this year and we still have some left from last year.  But, when all is said and done, pickled beets are great just plain out of the bottle as a side to meals and putting on green salads.  They sure are pretty when bottled with that dark reddish purple color.






Monday, October 17, 2016

Guess Who’s Coming For Breakfast?

Early this morning…….we’re talking 5:30 a.m., I thought I would get up and feed the cats before the magpies were awake.  I’m sure they were awake, but they don’t fly in and eat until it lightens up. 
As I approached the back door, flipped on the porch and looked out, I was met by a raccoon, starring me down.
Ok here we go on the run to get my camera.  He was off the porch by the time I retrieved my camera, but he was standing by the porch, near a little green bucket that I keep water in for the cats.  It was a bit dark, but I still got a (some what) picture of him, and his glowing eyes.  And proof he was on the porch……his little wet paw prints.