What a Monday! What is it about the beginning of the work week that turns people into either babbling idiots or monsters that could rival the ones that hide amongst the dust bunnies under the bed?! Wet miserable weather that I didn't expect or plan for hasn't helped either. Every little sproing I have in my hair has taken on a life of its own and I look like a hen that stuck its tail feathers in an electrical outlet. Hanging Christmas lights in a heavy, misting rain wasn't exactly lovely either ... especially after Darth Molly decided she wanted to help. Oy, you have no idea. It has been one of those days that always reminds me of that old show "Candid Camera." Oh well. At least I can say that I'm getting things accomplished. LOL.
Google is slowly letting me spend more time on the various blogs before it stops responding. I'm having my lines checked to see if maybe my carrier is choking my bandwidth and it is causing something to time out. Despite it all I have managed to get a few things up.
For those wondering about the liqueur and cordial recipes, I think I've gotten most of them up at the recipe blog. I need to check around and see if there are anymore hiding out on my computer that I can just copy-n-paste in tonight or tomorrow.
Mother Hen's Recipe Blog
For those that asked about the book that has all of the frugal recipes for both cooking and household products, Rodale publishing produced several nice ones. Reader's Digest did as well. Most of my books are years old so will likely not be in print these days. If you happen to go to a bookstore don't overlook books on herbs in the garden section as sometimes they have sections in them on what you do with herbs besides cooking. The ingredients I use in mine are very basic, I don't even bother with using essential oils though I know that is the trend and even my married daughter uses them. If I had to come up with a basic ingredient list for my homemade cleaners I would say: alcohol, lemon juice, ammonia, salt, baking soda, borax, vinegar, and instead of bleach I use hydrogen peroxide. The main commercial product I use is Oxy-Clean which I use on antique linens and laces as a good soaking solution. I will try and share my cleaner recipes over the next couple of weeks.
The stories I managed to get updated are:
Up On Hartford Ridge
A Bunch of Wild Thyme
Zombies Aren't Real ... Are They?!
I wanted to do more but "blogger is no longer responding" so I'm going to give it a rest for the night before I get tempted to do some damage to "blogger" whoever he or she is.
Tonight, after realizing I was caught somewhere between The Grinch and mean ol' Herod I decided I needed to do something to get over my Monday Blues and get in the spirit of the season. I've been listening to some new-to-me Christmas music, probably a group that everyone else has already heard of just like Pentatonix. LOL. Anyway here are The Piano Guys. Their Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) is amazing and so is their other work, some of which I'm posting below. I'm also baking cookies ... and my mother sent me a really good recipe for Meringue Christmas Tree cookies so I'm gathering what I need for that as well. First batch probably won't last too long ... I love meringues. (blush) LOL. Feeling less and less Grinchy as each note rises and as the smell of baking fills the air.