New Plates

A while back someone suggested I get smaller dinner plates since we were trying to cut back on our serving sizes. It didn’t seem like a good idea at the time because, as much as I love kitchen gadgets, things like plates and glasses are just necessary things and they don’t excite me. I guess because I would feel bad if I broke something I really like or something that was expensive . . plain Jane plates . . it doesn’t bother to me if one accidentally gets broken, though I can’t remember the last time we broke a plate.

I was tired of looking at my ancient white Corelle and decided to find some new smaller plates. I made the mistake of telling Vince I was looking for new smaller plates. Mr. Bargain Shopper took over and he found all kinds of discounted plates. NO! I know what I want and I’m not getting something just because it’s on sale.

Fiesta Luncheon Plates

Fiesta Luncheon Plates

I wanted Fiesta Luncheon Plates and I wanted them all to be different colors. Vince found some on sale . . four . . all the same color. NO! I don’t want all the same color. To save his life, he could not figure out why I had to have all different colors . . just because that’s what I wanted!

For about $5 more . . total, I was able to get what I wanted. That will bother him every time he uses one of these plates!

Fiesta Luncheon Plates

Fiesta Luncheon Plates

I’m betting that lime green one gets lots of use!  :)

The Worms!

Our well house has turned into a worm condo. The new set up for the red wigglers is working well and they seem happy. Time will tell.

For some reason, the concrete foundation in the well house ended about 18″ from the left wall. I’m not sure what the former owners were thinking but it was pretty inconvenient when storing things in the well house.

When we had insulation blown in, we added it to the well house too. The insulation is thick in there!

Insulation

Insulation

You can see where Vince had to dig out whatever that box is. This insulation helps keep the well house from getting too cold or too hot and I’m hoping it will be a good habitat for the worms.

Well House

Well House

Vince filled in the gap between the foundation and the wall with sand and leveled it all out. 

Worm Houses

Worm Houses

The worms are all set up now. Two box of red wigglers and two boxes of meal worms. I know we can keep them warm enough in the winter but I’m not real sure I can keep them cool enough in the summer . . we shall see.

Marking Jars

When canning, I don’t always label my jars. Things that I know will get consumed this year and things I can look in the jar and see exactly what it is, I usually don’t worry about labeling. But when I could be confused about what’s in the jar, I label and anything that I think might not get used right within a year, I be sure to put the date on it.

Labeled Jar

Labeled Jar

This year I’ve canned prickly pear juice, prickly pear syrup and prickly pear jelly and sometimes it’s a guess as to which one is which, especially the juice and the syrup so I be sure to label those and I simply use a Sharpie marker on the lid. If using Tattler lids, I don’t want to mark on those since I re-use them and I generally use the stick on labels.

Jar Label

Jar Label

Last weekend I was on a blog and saw that someone was using the Sharpie Paint Pens for marking their canning jars.  The Sharpie Paint Pens come in several varieties – medium brights, medium normal, fine brights and fine normal colors. Next time I need some, I’m getting this set with all 15 colors!

I’ve never used the paint pens for labeling the jars of canned foods but I love them for labeling leftovers. 

Jars Labeled

Jars Labeled

We store our leftovers in Mason jars. Vince would pull a jar out of the fridge and say “how long has this been in here!” I’d have to stop whatever I was doing, go back to my menu from last week (or the week before!) and figure out when we had that stuff but then I started using the pain pens and just putting the date on the outside of the jar so there’s no guessing as to how old leftovers might be.

Also, when I make yogurt, I label the date on the jar . . not that yogurt ever sits around here very long.

Labeled Jar

Labeled Jar

The paint usually comes off in the dishwasher or in the sink but if not, I use a scrubby on it and it comes right off. Whether or not it comes off easily may depend on how long it’s been on the jar. We usually wash it off within a week or so at the most. I suppose if it’s hard to get off,  you could always use rubbing alcohol to clean it. I’ve never had to do that though.

I’m not sure I’ll ever use the paint pens for labeling the jars of canned foods but it works great on leftovers so I’m sure it would work great on canned food too!