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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Warning: Gross

I had been watching HGTV. A contractor said there was a tool at Lowe's for under $3.00 that everyone should have.  It is a flexible plastic strip with  barbs going up both sides.  He said you should poke it down your sinks and your tub drains every few months to clean out the hair.  There are about 3 small openings in each drain that the strip will fit into.  You are supposed to push it down the drain, wiggle it a little and pull up and it will bring up hair that you didn't even know you had down there.  My sinks were not plugged or even running slowly, but now and then an odor would come up through the bathroom sink.  I bought the tool, called "Zip It" and used it.  OH MY GOSH!!!!  It worked amazingly well as you will see.  Granted, I hadn't cleaned out my drain in 8 years but... gross as it is... I will never be without it again.



If you have short hair this might not happen to you, but I think if I hadn't done this soon, we might have had a real plug that even a Roto-Rooter snake might have a hard time pushing through.  Oh, and my tool was barely over $2.50.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Gourmet Dinner Group for October

Gourmet dinner group was at our house this month. I don't have a  big enough dining room for 12 so we used a church size table and a round one and extended into the living room just a bit.  The long table had a black lace tablecloth and the small one had an orange one with spiders and webs on it. The decorations were pumpkins on candle sticks and a trick or treat glowing sign on the large table and a little witch brewing something on the small table along with an orange candle.  We had skeleton napkins to top it off. The food was likewise Halloween themed.

For the meal we had:

Wayne had grilled pork loin and fashioned it into the shape of a snake.  I cut up a radish for the teeth and inserted red skittles for the eyes.

The Utley's brought
They were the best I had ever eaten and Jaymie offered us the recipe but we have yet to see it.  Maybe she has to retrieve it from the catacombs.  

Wayne also whipped up some potato rolls from my Mom's "dead" relative's recipe.

The Turners brought a Romain and avocado salad topped with "blood oranges".  OK they were only mandarin oranges, but I needed it to sound scary.

The Welton's brought this beautiful selection.

I wish I had taken the lid off this yummy "DINNER IN A PUMPKIN" for the photo.  It was a sugar pumpkin filled with potatoes, carrots, onion, ground beef,  brown sugar etc. and baked right inside the pumpkin. When you scooped out your portion, you also scraped some of the inside of the pumpkin and the taste was amazing.  

And last but not least we had "Death by Chocolate Cake" brought by the Ahlstrom's.  It was so rich and creamy it really could cause death if you ate too much of it.  DELICIOUS!!

Scott Bennett, Laura Turner, Susan and Paul Welton

Wayne, Joan, Rick and Laura Turner

Doug and Julie Ahlstrom and Jim and Jaymie Utley

Thank you all for coming and celebrating the holiday with us.
Oooooooooooooooooh!!  BOO!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

My favorite color is red.  I love ribbon and string and here is my find of the summer.  Colett and I went shopping in Lehi to a vintage store.  This spool is about 8 1/2 inches tall and about 7 1/2 inches across at the bottom.  That is a lot of string.  What am I going to use it for?  Whatever I want.....just to look at, wrapping brown paper packages, flying a kite, adding to home made cards, tying up flowers that want to droop over, and tethering the grand kids.  Every once in a while you come across something that you just identify with for no particular reason.  At $12.00 it was cheaper than a new pair of shoes and made me just as happy.