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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Cleaning
« Last post by siamesecat2965 on Today at 08:29:37 AM »
Well, after completely cleaning, reorganizing and decluttering my kitchen, i am happy to say its stayed that way for 2 weeks. I've been forcing myself to clean it fully each night, and not leave things in the sink, on the counter etc. Its been tough changing my ways but well worth it when i'm done, and its neat and clean. One silly thing that helped is a gift from my mom; its an OXO broom with dustpan with a handle, so you just use the broom to sweep stuff into the dustpan, nad empt it. and the broom handle is extendable, so no bending over! it sounds silly but so much better than a regular broom and dustpan. i love it.

i also cleaned my bathroom and vacuumed up all the salt i've tracked in from outside. so trying hard to stay on a schedule, as well as keeping things picked up regularly, which I try and do every day or so. seems to be working so far.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: DECLUTTERING
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 08:25:51 AM »
I'm taking a load of stuff to Goodwill, including a sound machine we have no use for and lots of clothes!
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: DECLUTTERING
« Last post by siamesecat2965 on Today at 08:20:22 AM »
I have now gotten rid of a bunch of cardboard boxes, recycled, and the thrift shop at my mom's retirement community will happily take my giant suitcase that I bought and only used once, my queen size air mattress with headboard and platform, and various and sundry small items. Including an "antique" only beacuse its old, child's rocking chair that needs a new seat. I also recycled my dad's old stereo components, from the 80's, which, while they may or may not have worked, were pretty much obsolete.

Once those things are gone, which will be this weekend, and I arrange for my tv disposal (i got busy and haven't had time to do so), i have a small filing cabinet to dispose of, and if i can get someone in to hang my mirror, i will be fully decluttered!!! Well, aside from the 3 totes and one small rolling rack of stuff I have listed for sale on Poshmark.

I also finally took down my tree and put my Christmas decorations away. All of which fit into one tote, the tree in a box, and two tree skirts each in a giant ziplock back. i'm pretty impressed with myself right now.

I've also manged for the last two weeks to keep my kitchen clean, neat and organized, alhtough its been tought forcing myself to do my dishes each night. not that i'm disgusing, but i hate unloading the DW, so will put it off, and just rinse the dirty dishes well and leave in the sink. I also have a bad habit of leaving "stuff" out on the counter. no more. its so nice to walk in and see it all clean, neat and picked up.
Lodge also has a line of enameled cast iron which is perfectly nice ;)  I have dutch ovens from both Lodge and Le Creuset and I'm not sure I see a significant difference.  (I paid maybe $50-$60 for the Lodge one)

I've never owned anything from Le Creuset, so take this with a grain of salt:  But I would go for Lodge any day.  Especially if you aren't sure how much you're going to be using a dutch over or whatever, the enameled cast iron is great!  And they stand behind the product - I had a 6 qt that got a bubble and eventually a chip under the coating in the bottom of the bowl (after about 7 years and regular usage, and about 3 moves...).  I emailed Lodge to see if it was still safe to use, they sent back asking for pictures and some other info (like what dishwasher detergent I used, apparently those things are dishwasher safe although they recommend hand washing, which I always do) and shipped me a new one.  From time of first email to replacement arriving was less than a week. 
This is what I think happens when people approach a buffet where some dishes have been labeled "vegetarian" or "gluten-free" or "dairy-free."

Some people might just be curious. "What does this taste like? I've heard it's healthy, but I don't want to waste money buying it if I don't like it, so I'll try a small bit."

Some people have been influenced over the years by all the travel advice that tells airplane travelers to order the "special" meals, like kosher, vegetarian, etc., because they are made fresh and taste better. So they see the labels on the buffet dishes and assume that food is better, somehow.

And some people might just like that particular dish better than the other options. Cheese pizza over the meat-lover's special. Pasta over fish. Grilled chicken over a turkey sandwich.

So in a buffet situation, or even a boxed meal situation, if you are letting people have free access to the food, you need to have enough of the "special orders" to cover a larger proportion of the diners. Because a label that says, "gluten-free" does not say, "Don't take this unless you ordered the gluten-free meal."

So I agree with the other posters that the special meals need to be separated and served individually.

As for any "miserly" comments that might be made, perhaps just answering them honestly would work? "Well, yes, we're being miserly with those meals. They cost us extra. However, we can provide them for all attendees, if you think that's a good idea. It would double the budget for food, but we could take that out of our organization's charitable donations for the year. What do you think?"

I also live alone, in a small apt with limited kitchen space. I echo the good knives and cutting boards. I donít have a huge stand mixer but do have a very good KitchenAid hand mixer, which does the job or me.

Food processor; I have my momís hand me down Cuisinart which is close to 40 years old and still going strong. Although the blade holder just snapped on me but I found a replacement on ebay. Iíd say skip a FP for now unless you know you will use it a lot.

As far as pyrex; the new glass measuring cups are not the same as they used to be. And Im guessing the same with the baking dishes. If I were you, Iíd look at thrift stores, ebay, Etsy, etc. I just found, at the small thrift store in my momís retirement community, an 8 cup pyrex glass measuring cup. One small chip but it cost me $2. And it will double as a mixing bowl that I can pour out of.

Gadgets; Iíve gotten rid of a lot of mine. I do have, and use, one of those yellow metal lemon squeezer thingys. They make them for limes too but I use the same one so no need for two. I also have a really good peeler, and use that a lot. Along with my locking tongs, spatulas and spoons. I have a fancy garlic press but now I buy the garlic minced in a jar, since I never knew when Iíd use it, and it would go bad. 

I also have a couple of whisks, and some silicone pastry brushes.

As far as a toaster; I have a very nice toaster over that I actually cook and bake in, since its just me. I almost never use my full oven. Mine is a Breville, but I got it as an anniversary gift at work.

For pots and pans, I also agree; buy quality! And buy only what you need; many pieces of sets go unused.  I am a bit of a pot snob, and like All-Clad. But most of mine are seconds, bought at a now closed outlet, but you can get some high pans and other things hereÖ again, not cheap cheap, but less than full price.

I offered to split the cost of an airline ticket for my brother so that he can join me at a vacation destination in a few weeks.  He will not have to pay for accommodations as I'm taking care of that.  When we were hammering out the details via text and I had the ticket booked, he immediately asked if he should mail me a check or if I wanted to settle up when we meet on vacation.  I told him he could wait until we saw each other and that cash or check would work for me.  I added, "This will give you some extra time to save up."

BG:  About 13 years ago I made the same offer so he could visit me at my home.  He agreed that he would pay me when he arrived and that did not happen.  He hemmed and hawed and said that he didn't exactly have enough.  I think he tried to hand me $30 which I didn't accept because it made me feel miserly to take it.  He doesn't have a lot; however, this is due in part to the life choices he has made.  I am confident that he knew long before he made the trip to my house that he did not and would not have the money he owed me. 

Would it be rude of me to email him something along the lines of, "I'm so excited about our upcoming trip - I think you're going to love it!  You can bring either cash or a check for $$.  Whichever is easiest for you is fine with me."
28 general / Re: The recalled gift
« Last post by m2kbug on Today at 07:52:19 AM »
Giving her the receipt and letter her make a selection on her own to replace is probably the easiest, but I question if she'd just go for the cash or use the money to buy something responsible, like groceries. 

It depends on your goal.  Being a single and broke mom, I don't typically do things for myself.  If your goal was to buy her a nice THING, since you know she doesn't do this sort of thing very often on her own, you might just wish to replace the lamp with something else, whether you decide to keep the original or not. 
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Ski Resort - Never been help
« Last post by oogyda on Today at 07:46:55 AM »
I would assume the resort would have a website.  Try to find that and research your questions.  The rental shop should have a presence there and I would hope it's detailed enough to answer them.
A wonderful day at our Highland Games. My DH and DS got up early, DH made breakfast, and had done all the shopping! We had a great time, and I bought Devonshire Scones to have for breakfast all week. People complemented my hat all day, which amuses me, as it is not embellished yet and still how it was when I bought it.

Wrapping up my 47th year in style.  ;)
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