Blitz Q#185–Why do freeze-dried marshmallows melt better in hot chocolate than regular ones?

This is one that's bugged me for a while, but I forgot about til tonight when I went to make me a cup of hot cocoa (been getting over a sinus infection and needed something OTHER than tea for a bit of a sweet, slightly caffeinated pick-me-up). I always remembered getting Swiss Miss growing up … Continue reading Blitz Q#185–Why do freeze-dried marshmallows melt better in hot chocolate than regular ones?

Q #178– If you’ve tried canning your own food, did it really help with expenses & do you think it’s really worth it today?

I guess this is the perfect corollary to my previous question about freezing and batch cooking, and makes more sense for me to try as a long-term solution to keeping food handy and keeping costs down. At least, that's the theory. What really made me think hard about it was the fact that having a … Continue reading Q #178– If you’ve tried canning your own food, did it really help with expenses & do you think it’s really worth it today?

Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

It would've been nicer if I'd been a little quicker on the "idea train" this morning, but oh well. There's always tomorrow. I had a good thing going with my exercise and eating schedule. Had a few missteps and some tweaks I needed to make, but nothing terrible. I was going along pretty well the … Continue reading Oh, how the monkey wrenches keep coming… I just hope I can duck & dodge a little better this time around.

A Home Improvement Experiment That Worked Out Just Right…

I've always wondered something about the construction of manufactured homes (or mobile, whatever), or at least all the ones I've lived in and been around. Some are freaking fancy and maybe have a few dozen upgrades compared to mine, but at least if I need something worked on, it's easier to replace. At least in … Continue reading A Home Improvement Experiment That Worked Out Just Right…

Pandemic Learning Curve; or, shaving your own head for the first time…

Well, definitely didn't expect how that turned out, in the sense that it wasn't nearly as bad a job as I thought it might be. After getting some ladies at the hair place to basically shave my head three weeks ago (which they didn't quite do as much as I thought--I guess they figured I'd … Continue reading Pandemic Learning Curve; or, shaving your own head for the first time…

Stevia & me don’t get along; or, a minor setback in trying to be sugar-smart.

I admit, I love my orange juice. It's one of the few things I tend to crave when coffee or tea just aren't doing it, and especially when I'm really thirsty and sick. I'm not a huge soda person (most of the time, anyway), so orange juice is really a morning thing I love to … Continue reading Stevia & me don’t get along; or, a minor setback in trying to be sugar-smart.

If there’s anything that would make me consider going vegetarian again… it would be the Meat Packing Industry of yesteryear AND today.

Or maybe ovotarian, or whatever you call the one where you can still have a smidge of dairy or eggs in the diet. At least til I get better at cooking healthier (barely started, after all). I'd tried to go vegetarian before, and even went vegan for a bit. Of course, certain old traditional meat-and-potatoes … Continue reading If there’s anything that would make me consider going vegetarian again… it would be the Meat Packing Industry of yesteryear AND today.

Testing tea on age, health in other ways: an experiment because I’m tired of staring at my prematurely gray hair.

I made myself a promise for Valentines Day (which was forgotten due to certain, more important events). I promised that I'd stop looking at myself and just shrugging my shoulders, believing I'm incapable of changing anything about myself. Well, my promise was to take care of me without spending a fortune doing it. To get … Continue reading Testing tea on age, health in other ways: an experiment because I’m tired of staring at my prematurely gray hair.