Friday 07-04-2017 – Let's Celebrate "No Housework Day"!

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  • #857830

    katzenjammer
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    Just say “No!” Kick back and enjoy the day, doing anything except housework. Hazel will stop by. And if you believe that …





    #857831

    lagatta4
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    Oh dear, tidying up. A sea of books and papers…

    I had to look up Hazel; she was a fictional maid.

    #857833

    pussigato
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    Oh yes-cats are ever so helpful when cleaning the place. I love the wee ginger hanging from the duster.

    http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/lolcats/tag/chores



    This explains the paw prints in the dust!

    It’s opening day for the Colorado Rockies and we’re going to hit 70f/21c. I’m not much of a baseball fan but the excitement is everywhere.

    LilBit is sitting on half on the mouse pad in case I miss him. Have a happy~

    PG

    #857834

    JerseyJoan
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    Hi KJ, Italian Wedding soup is a blend of broth, herbs, pasta and meatballs. The spices and pasta (tiny little balls) were in the mix I got. The recipe called for chicken broth, but all I had was veggie. I made the meatballs that went into the brew – tiny little things, about the size of a quarter. The recipe wanted me to sauté an onion in oil but I skipped that, as well as the added chopped escarole (which I had to look up as I didn’t have the foggiest idea of what escarole is). The recipe was not a slow cooker one, but I figured one can’t really screw up a recipe by dumping it all into the slow cooker. Apparently it can be served cold as well, but since it was cold and rainy yesterday, piping hot was purrfect!

    #857835

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Good morning – Hazel is indeed a fictional character. Many a TDKr has said they waited for ‘that worthless Hazel’ to show up. I hear she actually flies around on her broom, cackling. That may, however, be a myth, borne from one’s disappointment of her not showing up. There are some Hazels out there, but they are really angels who do Hazel’s job. Hazel can also be a verb, i.e., “I did some hazeling today.”
    It is still cloudy and cold and damp here in Jersey, however, not much rain is expected today.

    #857836

    pussigato
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    Hi Lagatta and other TDKers lurking…

    I’m glad Berta finally came in but dissing Miss Leela is not a smart move.

    Soups put together as you go along are always interesting and (usually) tasty. However, JJ, you are talking about KJ in the kitchen! 😯

    #857837

    lagatta4
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    There are also tiny meatballs in the cooking of the North African countries.

    I’ve made this exquisite Tunisian-Jewish one:
    https://www.eatyourbooks.com/library/recipes/600404/the-brides-chicken-meatballs-dar

    I own the book this comes from and Joyce Goldstein’s two other books on Jewish-Mediterranean cuisine. I don’t think we are supposed to post entire recipes online though, due to copyright.

    Unlike other types of housework, I love cooking. However, cooking entails CLEANING UP @#$%?&*

    #857838

    katzenjammer
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    Indeed PG! 🙂 JJ, soup sounds interesting, but by the time I got through reading the whole putting it together deal, I was tuckered out! I am good at snipping open a freezer bag soup, putting it in glass bowl in micro and turning said micro on for 4 mins. That’s as far as it gets. 😉

    As mentioned previously, if I wouldn’t be renting I wouldn’t bother having a stove. Had to replace the one in condo rental as I broke glass when one day I opted to unscrew the door and clean the glass, no logical reason why! T. oven suffices.

    When I was a kid “Hazel” starring Shirley Booth was a popular show. So dated, though, with the couple she worked for as “Mr. B” and “Missy.” Just found out that she was based on “Caturday Evening Post” character.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazel_(TV_series)

    #857839

    lagatta4
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    Although I love to cook I don’t have a full-sized stove either. Just a countertop convection oven (like a large toaster oven that cooks better than the original type), an induction plate and a double hotplate, as well as various other devices, the latest a brand-new Heritage The Rock multipot, which is sort of like a deep wok with a very good non-stick surface, which I bought for $20, in the box, over kijiji (yes, someone got it as a Christmas gift). I make pizza and flatbread, but if I want to bake more normal bread I can do it at a neighbour’s downstairs. I don’t make large quantities of food and would certainly not cook a whole turkey.

    My stove died and I didn’t replace it with another. I have a stainless-steel IKEA cart in its place, for storage.

    Now I have to do some @!#$%\/?&* housework. Livia has returned from a rather damp outing and is sleeping on her chair in my office.

    #857840

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    I have a stove but the oven part doesn’t work. Turned it on once and it didn’t heat up. Actually is not a big deal to me, as the previous oven didn’t work for a long time either. I got used to using other forms of cooking. Stovetop, microwave, outdoor grill, toaster oven pretty much get the job done!
    Not planning on making Italian Wedding soup again anytime soon, though it is very good. Brother and I were going through some stuff that we wanted to use up instead of having it take up shelf space.
    Definitely another wood burner day. Yesterday I got a free facial in the form of mist hitting my face when I walked down to get the mail. It actually felt good, and the warmth of the fire felt extra good when I got back from a short walk.

    #857841

    Jeankit
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    Paw up – PM TGIF Waves…almost weekend 😀 It’s supposed to be warmer & sunny for at least rest of today/Sat!

    Hmm…housework…an unending battle – unless you have a maid or cleaning person to share ?fun as IMHO!

    cat as couch

    Wishing all a pawsome next couple of day…back on the triple filp!

    #857842

    AV
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    TGIF everyone! ……

    That witch ‘Hazel’ never shows up at my house either! …. but I have a wonderful housekeeper, who is also a good friend, and yes – she is an angel!

    I just replaced all my appliances this year, and got the most beautiful double oven stove, which I absolutely love! …. It’s really cool, you can use the top and bottom ovens at different temps, or you can remove the insert that makes it two ovens, and use it as one large gigantic oven! Great for me who mostly cooks for just me and Mr. AV, but great to have the big oven option when I want to cook for the holidays when I have a house full! Cooking is definitely one of my passions, I love to do it and am always experimenting and making up new recipes!

    #857844

    katzenjammer
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    Oh my goodness! JK’s kit couch!!!!!!!!

    So glad that others share my views on a stove/oven not necessarily being necessary.

    I did some Hazeling today. I actually do enjoy cleaning, well most of it, for more srs jobs my friend/cleaning lady as N comes in every other week.

    Still srsly pouring out and good to get in as spent most of pm at Knitting Circle, vibe depends on who shows up and today it was quite fun.

    Now I can rest as final Passover prep starts in earnest on Sunday.

    Have a gr8 Caturday, all!

    #857850

    lagatta4
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    I certainly share your views on that (I think North American appliances are ridiculous for one or two people) but don’t see how one can remain in health without preparing food. That is not a criticism (it is absolutely none of my business anyway) but an honest question.

    I see people queueing up in front of me at supermarkets (small and large) with baskets full of prepared foods, and I know how much sugar, dodgy modified fats and other stuff is in them. I know that you are highly concerned about fitness and health and wonder how on earth you avoid those things without (simple) home cooking. I have chicken broth making itself right now in the crockpot.

    Oh well, it is the Sabbath now, so Shabbat Shalom and you might answer this (or not) tomorrow evening or Sunday, though obviously no pressure to do so. I’m thinking more of my own struggles to eat healthy food, living alone.

    #857853

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    OMG that giant cat is a riot! My bed is sometimes all cat, as Comet, Mac and Dewey like to ‘tuck me in’…and keep me tucked in!
    Your kitchen sounds fabulous, AV. As someone who likes to cook and has the crowd over for holidays, it’s purrfect for you! I like that you can set the ovens at different temps, that really widens how you cook and bake as well as figure out the timing of things, which can be tricky with one oven.
    I did a fair amount of housework to get it out of the way for the weekend. Hoping to get outside and plant peas in the coming days.
    Your place must smell awesome, Lagatta, with the brew you’ve got going!

    #857856

    Moonshadow_NZ
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    Hi all, haven’t been in to the Cafe much lately. With the terrible weather and not feeling 100% well I just haven’t been up to posting. Concentration wasn’t great. Also with HRH being unwell I have been concerned about her. still don’t know where we are with her, she’s fine then she isn’t. It’s Saturday and the weather has been beautiful and sunny but I feel awful enjoying it knowing that barely an hours drive away an entire town is still flooded as well as all the surrounding farmland. Goodness knows when people will be allowed back home and what will they go back to. 🙁
    I would love a giant cat to lie back against but definitely NOT it’s food bill. That is one cat that could deal with the dogs that my useless neighbours don’t keep fenced in or restrained so they just roam scaring the heck out of HRH. That may be one reason she is not well.
    We are definitely getting cooler night temps and have had to put warmer bedding on the bed. Hoping that we get some firewood in for the winter soon.

    #857858

    pussigato
    Participant

    Wow-That’s a big kitty bed!

    I’m sorry you and HRH aren’t feeling well, MS. I hope you get better soon. We have the same problem with the neighborhood dogs. Although the worse offenders have moved on.

    I’ve always had a stove/oven and it’s standard in any American house. I’m sure I could live without it. I have new toaster oven in its box. Go figure!

    I hate housework.

    #857863

    lagatta4
    Participant

    Never get a cat larger than yourself – you’ll become the cat food…

    My chicken stock is particularly good this time…

    #857869

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    Like AV, I stove top cook and roast a lot and bake (cookies, cakes, pies, scones) too, so my stove with an oven is a necessity. I feed lots of people pretty often–I am envious of the double oven!! I see these kitchens with all the gadgets, wide open spaces and WALL OVENS–aaaahhhh, but it’s not meant to be for me, my kitchen is too small!!

    #857879

    AV
    Participant

    Well, we all ‘do what we need to do’ with our ovens/kitchens and gagets!
    Lagatta, I too make all my own stocks and grow my own fresh herbs ….. I’ve had a passion for good/healthy cooking all my life, and really enjoy the creative aspect of it. I also like to paint, which I will tap into with restoring the new light fixture I just bought

    #857882

    katzenjammer
    Participant

    Lagatta, I don’t much buy prepared foods. I go with simple things, ie very few ingredients, very short preparation time. Omelets, baked frozen fish, pasta, etc. And for protein, cheese. And variety of breads. Srsly dairy. And kosher products easy to find in a major city. Certainly no need to watch “what” I eat – more like having to watch “that” I eat hehehe. Point being, that I don’t like cooking, nor entertaining/dining out. Just so not my thing.

    My thing is working out for the sheer joy of it and the high that I get after. Don’t quite get it when cohorts say that they have to push themselves to get to gym.

    As AV puts it we “do what we need to do.” 🙂

    #857883

    lagatta4
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    Me too. Painting and other visual arts are among my useless degrees, and I have held exhibitions and sold paintings and illustrations. I bit less in recent years, but hope to get back to it.

    #857894

    lagatta4
    Participant

    A rare time I actually enjoyed a bit of housework. It is sunny and a bit warmer than it had been in this so far cool and sometimes cold spring, and I washed my remaining merino pullovers by hand (those not moth-eaten, though I keep the wearable ones with holes for doing housework and such). And put them outside to dry and above all to air – even if washed regularly, I find knits get a musty odour in the wintertime.

    Livia is out playing in our garden, and I’ll wait a bit before calling her back home (yes, she actually comes when called, at least usually) and setting out on my bicycle for much-needed exercise and to run some errands, and doubtless run into friends who emerge from hibernation. I need a haircut… This week.

    #857895

    lagatta4
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    A rare time I actually enjoyed a bit of housework. It is sunny and a bit warmer than it had been in this so far cool and sometimes cold spring, and I washed my remaining merino pullovers by hand (those not moth-eaten, though I keep the wearable ones with holes for doing housework and such). And put them outside to dry and above all to air – even if washed regularly, I find knits get a musty odour in the wintertime.

    Livia is out playing in our garden, and I’ll wait a bit before calling her back home (yes, she actually comes when called, at least usually) and setting out on my bicycle for much-needed exercise and to run some errands, and doubtless run into friends who emerge from hibernation. I need a haircut… This week.

    kj, I love being active; riding my bicycle, gardening (far more strenuous than most non-gardeners think, doing stretches and dances with weights, just long walks … but I hate the gym. To each their own.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 1 week ago by  lagatta4.
    #857899

    katzenjammer
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    100% agree Lagatta!

    Next time you find yourself having to hand wash I’ll recommend the best product, vouched for by knitters the world over (OK, purrhaps I exaggerate!) It’s called SOAK and can be found in yarn shops and some lingerie places. The point of it is that you don’t have to rinse, which can be srsly trying as knits get awesomely heavy when wet. What I do is use the SOAK in a basin, squeeze out some of the water and prior to flat drying give the sweater a spin in machine’s rinse/spin cycle. Or one can just squeeze out by hand. The stuff is a bit costly but considering the amount used it lasts furever. And I prefur the unscented kind. 🙂

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