Salad dressing shaker

How do you mix your salad dressings, do you just put  the ingredients into a jug and give a whisk or fork or do you pop it all into any container that has a lid and shake it all about?

Now don’t judge me by the look of my salad dressing shaker why mess with something that works?  It’s quite old, it’s plastic and the label never came off properly but it is the right size for the mostly coleslaw or potato salad dressing I make. My shaker is easy to wash and just thrown into a drawer when dried ready for next time.

I wrote on the sticky label … sort of, so my boys would not throw it away into the recycling bin.

I’m thinking that soon I may have to replace it with a nice little glass jar that looks a little prettier but I’ll have to be little more gentle when putting it away in the drawer.

Coleslaw dressing with herbs is in my jar.


Dressing room curtain fix

Ever taken your clothes into a change room and the curtains won’t meet in the middle either due to the 2 curtains not being wide enough or they are stretched into a weird shape?

My quick fix for that is to use your clothes hanger (the ones with the clip left and right that your pants or skirts usually get clipped to) to clip the two sides of the curtains together, the clips going to the top and bottom.

If I’ve learnt anything over the years it’s that not all change rooms have been created equal.

Cup a soup with rice and vegetables

The cream of chicken (or other flavours) cup of soup as I’ve mentioned makes a great sauce to go with pasta.

Cream of chicken cup of soup also makes a great sauce to go over cooked rice and vegetables with or without chicken. The same making of the soup  using only 2/3- 3/4 of the water stated on the packet.

Quick in a pinch.

Tins of cream of something soup also make great sauce bases for pasta or rice and vegetables they just serve more people and bulks out a soup.

Cauliflower & Broccoli Rice with chicken

I’ve touched on cauliflower rice before, this time I decided to do the same with my broccoli and mix together, it was vaguely a ratio of 1:3 more on the cauli side. Use what you have.

Blitzed the cauli I then microwaved it in a steamer with about  centimetre of water in the bottom for 1 minute on high. Time does depend on amount in your dish so check times for your microwave. I did the same for the broccoli. Let stand with lids on.

While the broccoli and cauli were waiting I microwaved up some  peas and corn from freezer. I chopped some capsicum up and tossed that to warm in with the peas and corn once cooked.

Make up a cream of chicken (or other) cup of soup only using 2/3 of the amount of water from box directions.

With leftover pulled apart bbq chicken from the night before,  I heated in microwave to take off the chill then added the cream of chicken soup, microwaved again until the chicken was to the temperature I liked.

As all the veg still had their lids on and were warm I tossed all the veg, broccoli and cauliflower together. Spoon veges into a bowl, serve chicken and soupy sauce beside or on top.

Can this be done stove top in pots and pans, yes though I’ve personally not cooked/heated cauliflower rice other than in the microwave.

Cauliflower rice can be bought already done but I prefer to do my own, it’s up to you. Can’t say I’ve ever seen the broccoli blitzed up for sale in the shops but can’t say I’ve really looked either.

A good way to get in those extra veg and pretty easy to make.

I love these little steamer microwave dishes.

Books and magazines

I’m a reader I love my fiction, I like my paper books and I love my ipad (library app) novels.

I still visit my local council library as there are a few series of books I like to read and the library is pretty up to date on their editions. If there is a series and they have several of the book but not the last one yet you can request the next book (though no more that 3 months before release date) in the series to be bought …. and you get to be number 1 on the list, I know what it is to be number 34 on a list.

My ipad I don’t buy a book I don’t want a digital copy, but there are a lot of freebies out there and my council library have apps I found out via their online booking (for the paper backs) so that I can not only get my local books but books state or Au wide it opens up so much more to read.

There is also a magazine app that comes with my local library that you can download for most magazines that are new and old releases. I’m a skimmer when I read magazines they can be on and off my ipad in a matter of 10 minutes. I’ve also found that I read magazines that are not my usual fare, who knew I’d like a woodworking magazine?

Ask at your local library if they have any apps associated with your library card. I found that mine has 2 adult library book apps, 1 childrens book app and 1 magazine app and they all work off my very old library card.

Check it out.

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