Wander and Ponder on Friday, April 28, 2017

What! It's Friday already? It's been a busy week, but I am feeling rather accomplished. And speaking of accomplished... 

The Graphics Fairy: is on my list as one of my favorite blogs and websites. The Graphics Fairy is a great resource for DIY, craft projects, and ideas. There are tutorials on painting techniques, transfers, and other "bling" additions from photos to furniture. Sign up for the weekly email that you will receive every Friday. Artist and owner, Karen posts vintage images almost every day and the page is filled with thousands of stock images, and even typography that you can use for your craft projects. 

Pickled Red Onions: I am going to make these next week. A local brasserie serves pickled red onions on the side with their croque monsieur and croque madames. I will often just eat pickled onion as is without even putting them on top of my sandwich. The ingredients are simple - - and only five ingredients that you have around the house - - other than maybe the red onions. Find the recipe here at Fox Valley Foodie. You try it. I'll try it. Then let's compare notes. 

Baking Half Pans: They are tough to keep looking shiny and new, and unless you are a professional baker or someone who bakes cookies several times a week, do you really need expensive baking pans and cookie sheets? I keep reading all of these handy hints on how to make your baking pans look like new with non-toxic cleaners, such as vinegar, blah, blah, and blah. After using too much elbow grease, I threw all of those ugly old stained pans away. And then... 

I went to the Dollar Store and bought a couple of new baking half pans - - you guessed it for $1.00 each. And when those start looking ugly, I will toss or recycle for another use such as: place tools or paint buckets on old pans instead of potentially ruining a surface. Also, use them as part of your potting shed or work table - again to keep surfaces clean. 

Talk about good timing, just yesterday Bon Appetit sent an email listing the three most important kitchen tools that Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa cannot do without. She cannot do without sharp knives, a zester - - and you guessed it - - plenty of baking half pans. I use mine for more than baking, but for roasting vegetables and making my own "baked" French fries from fresh cut potatoes. 

Life is too short to be scrubbing pans. So, go out this weekend and have a wonderful time. 


  1. There is something just magical about old fabric. I love to save old bark cloth when I find it, even pieces so small all I can do is wrap a special bud vase in it for storage. Old bark cloth seems to release the 30's and 40's when you unfold it. I have pieces that still have the fragrance of sweet memoires from long ago.

    1. Hi Lynda, thanks for checking in. I use to be a fabric hoarder, but eventually stopped. However, if I ever ran into any bark cloth, I would be picking it up. When I do find it, it is usually more than I want to pay. It is lovely old stuff.


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