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Sunday, December 16, 2018

ICE! Looks Nice But ...

A week ago we had a bit of ice... not a lot, but just enough to cause some troubles.


Just before dawn this is what it looked like on the front porch.  This small amount and the sun soon up I thought we'd 'dodged the bullet'.


A few hours later... wiffffff...  the power went off.  And this is what I saw when I looked out on the front porch.  It was starting to melt; but the damage had been done.

No power ~ no heat!  So Himself went out and checked the road.  It was in great shape so we jumped in the car for a nice warm drive.  It really was a 'winter wonder land'.














OK Ice... we know you're beautiful... you can STOP now!

(BTW, the power was off for almost 7 hours!)


Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Corner Coffee House in Hopkinsville, KY

Our last trip to Hopkinsville, KY we stumbled upon a little jewel...


The Corner Coffee House

It's located at 707 S. Virginia St in Hopkinsville.


The sandwiches of the day are listed up on a chalkboard.  I had the avocado-egg-and Swiss.  I was surprised that it was a fried egg sandwich rather than an egg salad sandwich.  Himself had the ham-cheddar-tomato and it was huge.


Drinks are on the other side of the room.


Is that not the best bar??  Everything is made fresh... including the baked goodies.


And while you wait, you can admire this awesome light!!




Monday, December 10, 2018

To Instant Pot... Or Not... (with recipes)

Electric pressure cookers are all the rage now.  I'd been wondering if maybe it was something we might find useful, especially since I'd heard it could cook a meal in 5 minutes.


The well-known name brand is "Instant Pot".


So when a free class was offered thru the Extension Homemakers, I jumped on the chance.


The class covered how to use, clean, and the safety features of the device.  Here steam is being released.


You have to be careful to open in a way that the steam won't burn you!

Then we broke into groups with each doing a different recipe.


















In the end, I decided that I definitely do NOT need this gadget.  My deciding factors were:

1.  It is NOT all that fast when you count in the time it takes to come to pressure and to release pressure.  The chicken dish took 11 minutes to pressurize and 10 minutes to depress, plus 20 minutes to cook (41 minute total).  The apple dessert took THIRTY minute to come to pressure and about 12 minutes to come down, plus 8 minutes to cook (50 minutes total).
I could have done both quicker with my electric skillet.

2.  Because of expansion, you can only use 2/3 of the space.  So a 6 quart cooker will only give you 4 qts of cooking space.  And if you do something like pasta which really expands or beans which froth, you can only use half of the space...

3.  Food particles get pushed into the lid seal area and it is not easy to clean it out.  The agent said the best way she found to clean it was to wrap a rag around a spoon handle and really work it in the grooves.

4.  The rubber seal...  First off, if it is not in perfectly, the pot won't work.  Second, it collects food odors and gets stinky.  And she hadn't figured out how to de-stink it.

That was enough reasons for me.




Friday, December 7, 2018

Shoe Boxes Full of Love

It's Operation Christmas Child again!


This year we packed two boxes in honor of Little Bird and Little Hoss.  Every year they wanted to do a baby (2-4 years old) rather than their own ages.  So that is what we packed for.


We FILLED those tubs!


We stopped by Walgreens to pick up photos to put in the boxes, which we packed in once we got to the drop-off location.


They were doing a brisk business!


We always pay shipping online so we can track the boxes to see where they end up.

With these boxes shipped... it's time to start collecting for 2019!




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Poinsettia Open House

We returned this year to the open house at South Central Growers.  They are a wholesale nursery who once a year are open to the public with their amazing poinsettias.


There is a "photo booth" where you can get a great holiday photograph.

One of my favorite things is the new hybrid poinsettia each year.  They have a voting  to see what the viewers favorite is.


This year there was an ORANGE poinsettia (one of the workers said it wasn't quite ready and would be fully orange in another week or so).


A very clear white flower (tho I'm sure you know that those aren't really petals).


Pretty pink with white edges.


This one looked like it had been spritzed with pink ink.


This was Himself's favorite.


And this was mine... I like the shape.


This is "Ice Crystal" the favorite of 31% of the viewers.

Then we took a riding tour thru the greenhouses...




Amazing!


Popular this year where the mixed planting pots.


They water the plants either by drip irrigation or by flooding specially built floors.


All of their water is reclaimed from rain.  Our tour guide said the issue this year was TOO much rain and the retaining ponds over filled.


This is an event we have really enjoyed both years we've gone.  

I wonder what will be new next year?