We go round and round

I’ll admit, I’ve been accused of having horrible taste in music. This is particularly entertaining when you add the fact that I have three degrees in music. You would think I would know better, but I can’t help it. I could listen to cheesy music from the 40s, 50s and 60s and Christmas music all day. Well, actually, I do listen to that all day. (Love Pandora!)

So, I have been super duper swamped lately, and I can’t get the song “Round and Round” by Perry Como out of my head. Sure, it’s about falling in love and not being busy, but hey, I can’t help it. The two go together. Work with me people!

Happy Mother’s Day – You better like it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there, especially mine! She’s pretty alright, I guess. 🙂

Mother’s Day was lovely. CBear took me out to breakfast at Bob Evans (a favorite!) on Saturday and put up with my super grumpiness due to being over worked, over stressed, tired, and not being able to breathe due to stupid allergies. Honeysuckle and I just don’t get along.

Sunday I went home. Both mom and my sister were sick with a cold, Munchkin had a tummy bug, so between allergies and colds and bugs, we were quite the bunch! But, this morning we went out to eat at Preto’s and stopped at a few tag sales where I found some new hammered aluminum and had quite a few fun conversations with the other treasure hunters. I even got to run out in the glorious, wonderful sunshine that finally has made an appearance this spring. Beautiful!

When we arrived back home, I was discussing canning blogs (How much do I love Food in a Jar!!) with my mom when she said she saw a recipe for violet jelly, and wanted to try it. So, I thought, I’ll go pick the flowers, and mom will love it!

So I headed outside and carefully picked these beautiful little purple flowers that were all over the yard. Did I mention they were little? As in super tiny? And I needed two cups!!! I finally got about a cup and went inside after about an hour of picking. We could just make half a batch.

Super tiny, super hard to pick, little purple flowers.

Mom loved it, right? Wrong. Mom did NOT want to make the jelly. She just thought it looked interesting, so suggested I make it instead. Me, who has never canned anything EVER. Blergh. I agreed to maybe. Then, a few minutes later I hear lots of talk about the flowers. Turns out my idea of little purple flowers and other people’s idea are two totally different flowers, and I had not picked violets, but some other type of flora. Doh!

So, back out I went, this time with both mom and sister in tow helping pick the correct flower. I must say, actual violets are SO MUCH FASTER to pick! I was sent home with the violets, left over pizza, canning equipment and some seedlings to plant in my garden.

Violets...what I should have picked the first time.

As soon as I got home I immediately started the jelly. Once I get my mind on doing something, I have to finish it. What do you think?

I have no idea if it will be good or not. One jar fell when taking it out of the water bath, so that one will probably need to go in the fridge. I know I heard at least five pings from the seven jars, so that is a good sign I won’t make everyone sick.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom. You better like your jelly!

Confetti!

So, I looked in my fridge and realized I get a bag of potatoes or sweet potatoes every single time I go to the store, and just had a TON of potatoes to use up, so what to do? Make my Confetti Potato Salad of course! I made this up, but it’s my absolute favorite! Hmmm…On a side note, real confetti is one of my least favorite things.  It’s fun, but what a pain to clean up, and it is like glitter – it never fully goes away.

Anyways, back to our story…

Emily’s Confetti Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 c. mayonaise
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbs. mustard (yellow or dijon)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1/4 c. sweet relish
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 hard boiled eggs, chopped

Directions

  1. 1. Peel and chop sweet potatoes and boil in a large pan with a pinch of salt. While boiling, peel and chop regular potatoes and add to same pot until both are cooked but not mushy – about 20 minutes.
  2. 2. While potatoes are cooking, combine in a large bowl mayonaise, sour cream, mustard, celery, onion, relish, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Cool cooked potatoes slightly and then toss with dressing.
  4. 4. Chop and gently fold in egg. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until serving.

Since I was cooking up cubes of potatoes anyways, I boiled event more, and kept some to mash up for mashed potatoes. I haven’t decided if I am going to eat as is or use it in a casserole.

Worst Day Ever

So, Friday I was doing the usual house things when I heard my iphone go off with its usual “ding” when a text message comes in. I was in the middle of washing dishes, so I didn’t get to it right away. But then, lo and behold, I couldn’t find my phone as I was stepping over my robe that I had worn when taking the dog out that morning. I thought, “Well, I can at least clean up while I’m looking.”

So, I put my robe along with a bunch of other things in the washer and continued to search for my phone. But I couldn’t find it! That’s when I realized what I had done….my phone was in my robe…my robe that was being thoroughly washed.

I frantically took it out and dried it off, but it was already soaked and shut off. I turned to the internet. I had heard stories of people saving their phones. Maybe mine could be saved?

I read up on baking your phone. Putting it in a box with dry rice to have it absorb moisture. Rinsing it in alcohol. Hair dryer. Setting it in the sun. Placing it under a lamp.I chose to put it in rice wrapped up and set on a heating pad so it wouldn’t get too hot and waited…and waited.

It’s amazing how quickly we rely on technology. I kept wanting to check my email. I couldn’t. I went to a friend’s house for the first time and didn’t get directions before leaving the house. Halfway there I realized once I got to the town I had no idea where I was going. Good thing I have a separate GPS! I wanted to call someone, but my backup cellphone has about two numbers stored in it. I have to wait until I get to my computer to see what my schedule is. Grocery shopping with the munchkin is harder with no games to entertain him while I dig for coupons and compare prices, oh, and those mobile coupons? Can’t use them.

Over a day later it still won’t turn on. I don’t really want to buy a new phone, but man, I NEED one! Anyone who wishes to donate a new iphone or contribute to the purchase of, just letting you know I will GLADLY take donations. I’m so bummed!

Rest in peace, Mr. Pickles II. (Yes, that really was my phone’s name.)