White Trash – Halloween Style

White-Trash-1024x668.jpg (1024×668)This version of the popular recipe for parties is very simple:

2 Cups Cherrios

2 Cups Wheat Chex

2 Cups Rice Chex

2 Cups Pretzels of Any Shape

1 Cup Roasted Peanuts

1 Cup Pecans

1 Bag of Candy Corn

1 Package of Candy Melt

Mix all the ingredients except for the Candy Melt in a Large Bowl

Melt the Candy Melt in the Microwave and pour over the mixture, mix well being sure that each piece of ingredient is covered.

Spread out on wax paper or aluminum foil to dry

Store in zip lock bags or air tight container until served.

You can also use seasonal colored M&M’s.






Halloween Fun

There is no other holiday like Halloween where one can become anything the imagination will allow. Decorations and costumes are all meant in fun and jest. Do they become offensive? Probably if one goes too far into the political arena and so it is best to stay away unless you are among like-minded individuals who get what you are doing. This year I have decided to host Witches Night Out which is an idea gleaned from an event hosted by my childhood hometown. Women only attend the event where tickets are sold to enter the community (it’s a very small town/hamlet) and the shops, restaurants and vendors cater to their wine-loving needs. Music is provided and contests are produced. On the small scale of my home we will have wine, punch, beer, soda and tidbits along with white chili and games. Prizes will be awarded for best broom, best hat and best costume. It is hoped that everyone will have fun, play ghostly games and enjoy a ladies night out away from kids, schedules and responsibilities. It’s all in fun.

On the next several posts will be the recipes for the tidbits and some information on games and conversation starters that make the cut to be used for this occasion. Life is short- have some fun!


Recipes, Uncategorized

No Crust Breakfast Pizza

I discovered this recipe in my Paleo cookbook and love it! You would think that the pizza would be difficult without a crust but it certainly is not. I make this about twice a month and being on my own here it is ready to re-heat for several days. I have also been known to have it for lunch or even dinner. Like all pizza’s it is what you make it to be.

Crustless Pizza 


1 – 2 lbs sausage

Vegetable toppings, 1/4 – 1/2 cup each, cut into small pieces or slices

1/2 Cup Cheese (optional)

2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 small sliced onion

I get the pre-seasoned sausage from the meat counter, not the pre-rolled commercial type but the one at the butcher counter. Myself I like the Italian but there are others available. If you use no flavoring, then you can flavor it yourself to your own liking.


For toppings on this one I used, asparagus, yellow squash, onion, garlic, broccoli, mushrooms and my favorite avocado. It’s what I had in the refrigerator. I also had some leftover cheese from a cheese platter, about five squares that I cut up and put on top. I am not much on cheese these days, except for cream cheese as most cheese is not allowed on the Paleo diet. Indulge yourself if you so choose. Parmesan would be great too. Notice that there is no tomato sauce involved too which makes it less messy. I may try the tomato sauce sometime just to have that flavor.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, cut into squares and Enjoy!

For me this makes about 6 servings, for big appetites I would say 4 – 6 servings.

IMG_0005TADA! This keeps well for the week and so delicious! When you get the seasoned sausage there is no need to add more seasoning. The product gets plenty of flavor added by the variety of veggies added as topping, especially from minced garlic and thinly sliced onions! Low to no carbs!


Saved by Hanging

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This may seem like a lot of work to do but trust me, it’s not. I have a friend who all her married life has hung most of their laundry in the basement or laundry room to dry. It seemed like a lot of work to me but I understood the reasoning. Clothing fades with heat applied and can get worn, tangled and dried up in the dryer. She said that their clothing seemed softer and jeans lasted longer with hanging them to dry. They also keep their shape better. So this summer I went and bought two drying racks and began hanging my clothing on them to dry. When I have more laundry to do at once I use hangers to hang the shirts and dresses from the racks on the garage doors. Things dry pretty quickly in the summer so it’s not a days long wait to fold and put them away. I live out in the country where no one can see my house and drive so sometimes I placed the racks in the driveway and in no time, things were dry. My clothing seems softer and the few wrinkles shook out, ironed out or I put them in the dryer for five minutes to get a little heat. Shorts and jeans for the most part did not require this service but sometimes I added them to the load just because.

Yesterday I received my electric bill and it was Seventy Dollars less! That reflects the first full month of savings. Amazing to save money on an electric bill in the summer too! I wish that I had thought to do this years ago! Just think of the savings we would have had while raising a family! In a year’s time at this rate the savings will be $840.00 on a total electric home. Well worth the small effort of hanging the clothes to dry and savings on the clothing that lasts longer too!  Also, there is the whole carbon footprint that is reduced by using less electricity. This last six weeks has been my only change in that direction as far as electric use and my total consumption was down by almost 5KW compared to last month where I was doing this for only two of the five weeks of June. Consumption over last year in the same period was down by 10 KW. So the challenge is out there for you. How much can you save?

Until tomorrow! Happy savings,




A Word About Spots and Dots-Creating a Stain Removal Solution at Home

I am one of the worst to get spots and stains on my clothing. It seem that everything finds it’s way to the front of my shirt eventually. Wearing an apron is a good thing but a habit that I have not used much unless I am on a baking binge. So when sorting clothes or when I take something off I set those items aside to be treated before hitting the washer. This stained relationship has been on-going for some time so I have made the rounds with Shout, Clorox, OxiClean, Dishwasher Detergent and the off brands. Not so much luck as diligence brought results. Google stain removal and you get quite the mother load of advice. Trial and error seemed to be the route and in the meantime I was not wearing the garments that I obviously had a relationship with or the item would have been gone. The best grease and oil absorber that I found was Dawn dish detergent. It is designed to absorb oil so naturally it would work but not consistantly and not on all stains. I wanted more – one product that would work on all stains. So – off to Pintetrest and research. Whoa – what a plethora of information, it’s another part of the Cult – the homebodies who care. I found one consistent ingredient – Dawn, so it dawned on me to try one recipe that had three simple ingredients, Dawn, Hydrogen Peroxide (whitening power) and Baking Soda (another absorber).

I have one stain story to share. I had a white cotton dress that everyone loved. It was a joyful sack like affair that brought comfort and ease when wearing it but being white and being me,  eventually there was an accident. I was in a board meeting with a really good indelible permanent ink pen in my hand. The darn thing broke at some point and to all our shock and dismay it was on the front of my dress. Nothing to do there at the meeting but let the ink dry. I went home and tried hair spray – the sure fire remedy for ink removal, which faded it a little. Next came alcohol and paint remover as well as WD40, all to no avail. By this time I had a pretty good supply of stain removal items and trying all of those usual ones did not change the dark dark stain. Someone mentioned a spot remover sold at the Dollar Tree. So off to the local market to find said item and what the heck, it’s only one dollar! I brought that item strait to the stain and Viola! It worked instantly. I thought “I have found the perfect stain remover.” but alas it has since been a disappointment. I am not sure why but it’s not as good as it was on the ink. For ink stains, I could make the recommendation but for other stains, go with the following recipe. It’s cheap and easy to make, lasts a while and best of all it Works.

Simple Stain Remover

1 Cup Dawn – any color

2 Cups Hydrogen Peroxide – get the 16 oz bottle and use it all

1/4 Cup Baking Soda

Mix together and store in a spray bottle. Spray on stained area, let set and even dry before washing the garment. Re-apply if necessary. Don’t just spray and wash it right away, give the agents time to do their job. Here is another stain removal tip for small areas that might involve blood. Wash the spot as soon as possible and then (this sounds gross) take a wad of white sewing thread or a white cotton cloth and spit on it. Use this to dab the blood spot. Your saliva contains the same ingredients of you blood and thins out the pool of blood stain. Now that’s something you don’t hear every day. It works, I know from experience.

A word about the recipe. The original recipe I used called for a cup of baking soda which promptly hardened inside the sprayer and I had to deal with the clog. I bought a new sprayer at the hardware store and decreased the amount of baking soda. All is well. When you first prepare the mixture it will be the color of the Dawn but after a few hours or overnight it becomes clear from the use of the Hydrogen Peroxide. I just love chemistry and the science behind this recipe.

One more note about laundry. All fabrics are treated with chemicals for various reasons. The dyes can be poisonous to the blood system and the sprays used on fabric finishes include formaldehyde for one, bug spray if it is being imported and stiffening agents to make them crisp. These are in our fabrics by the bolt, all clothing items and textiles. Always wash everything before you wear it or if you are sewing wash the fabric before it is cut. If something is to be altered, wash it first if possible. Washing will remove the stiffness, formaldehyde and other agents which you do not want absorbed through the skin. Safety first.


I have to say that I am not a huge fan of the baking soda here. I reduced the amount used and will reduce that amount again in the next batch. The baking soda continues to clog the sprayer and it’s not so fun to have too much of it stuck to the fabrics either. Adjust to your liking.

More later!