Archive for March, 2009


reviving tights

Hmmm, that sounds a bit like a band name. Anyway. So a few weeks ago I realized that the red tights I’d planned to put on my little girl were hopelessly pilled and just kinda unattractive. This saddened me because I really wanted her to wear some cute outfit that required red tights and I did not want to take the time to find a new outfit (that would no doubt require its own pair of tights that would probably be pilly too…it’s been a while since we bought new tights). So I was looking at said pair of red tights and I realized that the inside of the tights was completely pill-free. They looked brand new on the inside. So I flipped them inside out. Voila! New tights! I don’t imagine that this will work on all pairs of tights as this pair was from the dollar store and had a strange sort of weave to them (not as thin as regular tights, but not a heavy knit either). All the same, I thought I’d pass on the trick in hopes that some other mom out there can benefit!


Hot Buttered Cauliflower

  • 2 heads of Cauliflower
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped chives
  • A dash of ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream

Yeah buddy! Wash and trim the florets off your heads of cauliflower and place in a baking dish. Add garlic, chives, salt and pepper and just a tiny dash of nutmeg. Slice one stick (for every 2 heads of cauliflower) cold butter into tablespoons and arrange on top of the florets. Poor a 1/2 of cream on top. Cover and bake in oven at 375 for 30 minutes or so, until they are soft, basting occasionally. For the last 10 minutes, remove cover and brown ever so slightly. Strain and serve.


baking things

I’ll start off with this slightly misshapen loaf of banana bread that was oh-so yummy. I got into a little baking spree last week and this was the first of my endeavors. The recipe is courtesy of Dani Callihan in Hot Providence.
Best Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
3/4 cup milk (I substituted a little buttermilk for fun)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Cream the butter, sugar, eggs and bananas well. Combine the milk and lemon juice. Add this to your creamed mixture, alternating with the flour, baking soda and salt. Pour into a well greased loaf baking pan and bake at 350 for 45 to 50 minutes (mine took more like 60-70 minutes). Do the toothpick test to make sure it’s done. Slather it up with some butter and enjoy!

In other news, here’s my other ‘baking’ project. Little Eva is growing steadily and quickly, and I can’t believe we’re down to two and a half months!



After paying last months electric bill (over $340!), I surrendered my hate of cold colored lighting and bought energy saving CFLs. I found them online on clearance and managed to outfit the whole house for under $50.00. As I changed out the old bulbs, I discovered many of them were 65+ watts! No wonder! I’ll let you know what my next bill looks like using the nifty 14 watters. 🙂




Orzo Stuffed Peppers

Here is another winner from Giada. The only things I did differently was to use squash instead of zucchini and added extra cheese into the stuffing.


1 (28-ounce) can Italian tomatoes
2 zucchini, grated
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
6 sweet bell peppers (red or yellow)

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I finished my official training for Handmade Natural Beauty. I am a sales consultant!! Upon completion of my training, I was given permission to give my clients an additional 10% off their orders for the month of March. The discount code is 3030918425  so let me know if I can help you out with that. Also, if you would also like to become a representative for this company, I’d be happy to give you the details. You can email me at abracarnahan@yahoo”dot”com. I don’t want to spam here. 🙂 And there is a link on the right-hand side under Abra’s Work if you want to check it out further. Cheers!
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