I loved hearing all about how you organize your recipes. I think the binder idea is fantastic for all those great recipes we print off the Internet. Allrecipes.com, epicurious.com, tastebook.com, Tasty Kitchen, and many wonderful food blogs are terrific sources for new cooking ideas and inspiration. You can print off a recipe in an 8.5 by 11 inch format and if it works out for you, put it in a sheet protector in a binder that you can access any time you like. And of course, we mustn't forget about those terrific little Post It flags that can be used to mark a recipe you love that is in a cookbook!
Today was a puttery sort of day around the house. My husband installed all new towel bars in our bathroom, which nudged the look up considerably. He also recently put in some new light fixtures, replacing our old and outdated shiny brass ones. This is the one in our foyer, which I think is pretty classy.
Not sure exactly why we continue to update the look of the house. It seems that we will be putting off our move for at least a year. Due to the combined facts that my husband got laid off his job again, and the miserable real estate market in our area, we have lost the opportunity to move nearer to our kids in Angels Camp. For now anyway. And we lost the house on which we put the deposit. Very sad news for sure, but better times will come. Meanwhile, we sit in a very spiffily updated home near Monterey, CA. (Where the temperatures have barely gotten above 65 all summer). There is always something positive in every situation.
So, here's what I did today. I had purchased two cute necklaces on sale recently, but felt that a shorter length would be more flattering on me. With the idea that I could purchase some jewelry making implements and "findings" to alter my necklaces, I ventured off to Michael's.
Now, I am going to admit something, and many of you gasp in shock and horror at this revelation, but.... I do not care for Michael's. At all. In all the dozens of times I have either phoned them up with a question, or gone into the store in search of something, I have found the place to be extremely confusing, and the staff to be not only unknowledgeable about the merchandise, but flat out unhelpful. So there.
After standing in some confusion for ten minutes or so in the jewelry section, I approached the girl at the cash register and asked if any help was available for that area. Shortly, a pleasant enough woman approached me. I explained that I wanted to buy a tool to use to shorten a metal chain and then to pry open those little circle thingies to add on a new clasp to the chain. She knew even less than I did, and was only able to suggest that I read the labels on all the tools to get a clue. That pretty much sums up my typical Michael's experience. If anyone associated with Michael's reads this blog, let me suggest that you might want to try to be more like an Orchard Supply Hardware experience for your customers. Hire or train your employees to actually understand the merchandise they are selling.
Well, I got off on a little tangent there didn't I? Go on, go get a refill on your coffee or tea. I'll move on.
I couldn't decide what tool or tools would do the job for me, so I ended up buying a little tool box for beaders that contained four different implements. Surely that would do the trick.
The good news is, that using a combination of two of these implements indeed did work, and I was able to cut the chain and install a new clasp. Ta da. I did all by my ritty self. Cutting the chain was hard work, and I didn't get it quite short enough. That's why you see the little tail there on the circle end of the clasp.
Mission accomplished, but, I should mention, that when I opened the plastic cover of my new tool box this happened: