Saturday, August 23, 2014

Canned Mango Salsa


  I cooked breakfast for Mr. FT's birthday yesterday,
  which is why
 he sent me to town for Big Mac Meals last night!

But three days ago, 
  I made mango salsa and I canned it.
I felt like a queen or at least I will feel like a queen when we eat it.


Mango Salsa
3 Red Mangoes
3 Red Pepper
2 large Oranges peeled
1 Sweet onion
2-3 Jalapenos
2 green onions
1/3 to 1/2 cup lime juice
1 TBSP Amchur (Green Mango Powder)
1 TBSP grated ginger (optional)
salt to taste

Dice all ingredients and mix.  Add lime juice.
I found it to be very liquid, but no worries as it thickened in the canning process.


I sterilized 5 pint jars and lids but I didn't get five.
  Each jar was filled to 1/2 below the top, except the fifth jar. It was only 3/4 full.
I felt a little cheated until we ate it.  
Then I felt like that guy that saw a double rainbow on YouTube a few years ago.
Crazy guy.

  I  fitted each jar with a shiny new lid.
Because they were shiny, I stared at them for a bit.

Dropped them in the water bath and processed them for thirty minutes.
Hopefully this prevents any botulism from happening, 

 I will let the family do a taste
 test before I dare dip my chip in there.
  Kinda the way royalty had tasters
 before they ate, and that's why,
 I feel like a queen!





How I love my tasters!

P.S.
I was on a cooking roll and made my friend's yummy dessert recipe for the third time!
You can find her recipe here at  Silo Hill Farm 


This is definitely worthy of a mention cuz it was sooooo good.
Mr. FT gave it three thumbs up.  Thanks Danni!

Cheers.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hollow Core Door Hangers

A hanger for a hollow door can be a real challenge.  You can buy the "hang over the door" models that scratch the bejeebers out of your finish, or you can risk a cup hook screwed into a thin veneer, and store your flyswatter on it.
And that's exactly where my flyswatter is...on a cup hook secured to a hollow core door. 
 But not this door.  When I figure out which door that swatter got to, I will have another project on my hands.  Watch for that blog post "How to Swat Flies with a Fly Swatter"


  In my master bedroom makeover, I have two doors in this room.  A new door and an old door.  Not wanting to rip the old door out and replace it with a new one, I decided to put moldings on it to mimic the new one.


After two more coats of paint,
 I was still left with a flimsy hollow core door. 
 Note the two holes drilled in the door in the above picture.
They go right through to the other side of the door.
I went to my old stash of wood and after a few slivers, I came out with these pieces

 I drilled some clearance holes in the barn board for nuts and washers so the heads would be below the surface.  Some white molding was added to the top and bottom of the barn board to mimic my door and window trims.



  Hooks were attached to the barn board.  I used a scrap piece of molding to set the hooks at the same height from the top.

 I placed a barnboard hook assembly on each side of the door.  A bolt with a washer was put through both and secured with a washer and nut on the other side of the door.  The above door picture is the bolt side and the below door picture is the nut side Note only one side of the door has molding on it.  The other side is my closet/ laundry room.   I snugged up the nuts and voila, one door hook assembly on each side of the door.


Now to cover the unsightly bolt heads and nuts....
 I scrounged some old wooden door knobs and cut off the necks,
 put them in a box to spray them
silver!  A few coats were needed.

 Pulled out my trusty glue gun and hot glued those babies right over the fasteners.
Believe me when I tell you that they hold a lot more than a little purse.  Instead of day old clothes all over the floor, they go on the hooks, but I was pretty sure you didn't want to see my designer clothes hanging all over my door....that might make you jealous!  On the other hand, a little green is good for the soul!


 Eat your heart out Coco Chanel!

Cheers!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Faux Concrete Countertop

My laundry room is a place of joy.  Oh how I long to be washing and folding laundry EVERY day!
Bahahahahahahahahahaha!

 I have been working on this area for two years now.  I guess that's the turtle in me.

 I built this little cupboard to sit in between my washer and dryer, which is the center support for my counter.  Nothing is nailed down!  If I ever have to pull either appliance out, the whole assembly can come apart.

As you can see, the dryer is new!  It's probably the only three year old dryer that has never been used!  Maybe we just celebrated it's fourth birthday....I can't remember.  Happy birthday dryer and so long warranty!

I used some scrap OSB from my stash.   I didn't want to buy any plywood for this job
 as I was ninety nine percent sure this would be a fail!
Screwed two pieces together and added a front strip with glue and brads,
 to hide the edges and form an overhang.

I used Thinset (tile mortar) to cover the top.


 Spread it on evenly with a trowel.  If you close one eye, cock your head slightly, and punch yourself in the open eye, it's pretty even! 
Make sure you're wearing safety glasses first though....I'd hate for someone to put their eye out!



When it dried, I sanded the ridges down.  It was fairly easy sanding as I didn't even break a sweat,
 until I saw where the OSB had bubbled. 
I did what any DIYer would do;
 I  said a few choice words, cried a little, stomped my feet up and down, throwing the perfect temper tantrum.  Okay, I didn't really do that, but I think I did use some colorful words.  Not as colorful as when we were working on the dormers though.
  
 This OSB was getting used whether it wanted to or not!



And then two months later, I peeled off the trouble spots and added more mortar to the top.  I think plywood would have been a better choice, but who knew this would actually work.


I sealed the piece with Varathane and set it on two side brackets attached to the side walls and the center cupboard.

And here she is, my favorite room in the house.

And my name is Bill Gates!


The laundry room walls will be getting the same treatment as
  the master bedroom. which you can see here at Ghetto Inn....if you dare!


I would scare the hell out of myself if I actually finished a project completely.
   Although if you click here, you can see the complete
 barnboard K, partially pictured on the right side below. 
  K found her way to the laundry room countertop
 after she fell from a wall shelf.   Shes still intact!






I can't say if this is strong enough to use in a kitchen, but I am pretty certain it will hold up to some heavy duty laundry folding!   I don't think I would use one of those meat hammer tenderizer thingys, but I did have a metal basket with stray socks in it prior to the last coat of Thinset, and it didn't get scratched.  Now that's quite a feat....or is that feet?


   I was actually satisfied with it for two months prior to this post but 
 I decided to fix the bubbles for the blog!  Now that's dedication!


Mental note to self:  Screw on switch plate covers and absolutely no more tenderizing meat in the laundry room!
 Cheers from the Gates Family!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Journey into The Tunnels of Moose Jaw

This is definitely not a travel blog. 
 Usually I have to be dragged out of my quiet
 little world here with a heavy duty blindfold and LOTS of alcohol.

 So there I was, blindfolded and barely standing. 

 This trip was a little unexpected and somewhat spontaneous.
  My kids thought aliens had invaded my body.
They asked me what our family safety code word was and 
 I must have gotten it right cuz next thing I know, 
 I was sitting on the back of this bad boy, ready to
 start our journey to the most bizarre destination.....Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. 

  Why would we go there?  
  To visit The Tunnels of Moose Jaw!  

 They were amazing! 
   
This was the waiting area and gift shop.

I was ogling all the beautiful woodwork and brick, until I looked up and saw this




  Truly amazing, and these weren't the fake ceiling tiles either.  You can see my fascination for tiles and how I used them in my own home Here and Here!
   
When the tour started, I took this picture......

and was quickly told that there were no cameras allowed.
But I had to show you this amazing cupboard.  What blogger wouldn't want to get their hands on this. Maybe use it for some amazing storage in your craft room or a wonderful addition to a kitchen....am I right?  Can you see it in your house?


This was the Passage to Fortune tour, which was probably the best tour, IMHO. 
  A shameful blemish in Canadian history!  

The other tour, Chicago Connection, was more for entertainment.  I must confess that I was ignorant to the fact that Canada also shared in the prohibition act.   Supposedly Al Capone spent time in these tunnels. 


Now for some free advertising for The Days Inn in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.


 A big shout out to Misty, the supervisor at Days Inn, who NEVER did bring up the proper remote for our TV! 
  I thought a suite meant a separate bedroom??



This post was not sponsored from Days Inn, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

  We overpaid for this "suite" all on our own.

 Both fascinating tours.
  If you happen to get to Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, I would tell you to do both tours.  Well worth the $25.00 entrance fee.
Now for the looooong ride home!
Thank God  prohibition was abolished.
   Oh how I wish I would have stolen the pillow from our overpriced, understaffed, poorly maintained hotel room! 

    Cheers!