Mom and Dad arrived yesterday and everything was in order for them - short of cleaning the oven, thats where I drew the line. Oh, there were things I did not get to, but I told myself to put my pride aside - Mom appreciates more that I love and cherish her son than how clean I have our house. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking after the details we miss the BIG picture. Mom and Dad offered to bring in pizza (I HAD planned to make one) but we declined. Oh, to have dinner made and brought in is like THE MOST tempting, but what happened is this: Miles, knowing how busy I have been preparing, took me out for lunch and a foray to the thrift store yesterday. (yes, Mom raised him to be thoughtful to his wife - thank you Mom!) While at the thrift, we saw a set of the sweetest single serving baking dishes ever - brand new! A set of four. A lightbulb went on and I begged Miles to bake the same dish he invented and made for me for mothers day - a seafood/asperagus dish - in the new dishes. I realized we have so little opportunity to cook for Mom, and she's always supplying us with exotic cooking implements and ingredients. Plus, I want her to be proud of Miles ability as a chef! It was a huge success, other than his use of HOT italian sausage which made Mom's nose run.
We are going to garage sales this a.m. thus my early entry. Gotta take care of you folks! We will also drive about the town and show them the Desert Centre and the Inkaneep Desert Centre too. I will post pics tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend!
BARB'S TIP # 18
Lighting the Fire
It has been raining here for a week now - enough now, Lord! lol - actually its ok just till Mom goes home as she can't handle the heat. The rain brings to mind all those folks who are camping about now - they will be huddled about the fire like moths attracted to the lightbulb...Its darn hard to light a good fire in the rain. This tip came to me from my sister in law Judy. She gave me this recipe to make home-made fire starters. Trust me, you will have flames three feet high for three minutes even on wet wood. Withhold this recipe from pyromanics please.
Ok, so start saving paper egg cartons, dryer lint and old candles. When you have an abundance of all, fill the egg carton cups about 2/3 full of dryer lint. Melt the wax and pour over the lint until its fully saturated and the cups are filled to about 3/4 way to the top. Thats it. When this cools you can take it camping and simply tear off a cube or two to use lighting the fire. You'll be thanking me one cold rainy day...