Thursday, June 02, 2011

Garage Sale tomorrow

Probably didn’t dig deep enough, but got some things that won’t be missed transported to Kim’s this evening, ready for customers bright and early tomorrow morning. 
We’re selling all our old dining chairs.  We bought them at least 40 years ago in Sabetha. They were probably considered antiques even then.  They were painted and we wanted natural wood so we stripped the one pictured above.  It was very nice, except it took a long time.  So, we had the remaining four chairs “dipped.”  This was a quick way to strip furniture.  Only, they used water at some point and the pressed backs never looked as good as this one we painstakingly did ourselves.  We had a round oak table and despite the bad stripping, they actually looked fairly good.   Our old bodies wanted something more padded, though,  so they are going down the road, we hope.
IMG_0681 I found my old hair dryer in the back of a closet.  I’m pretty sure my Mom bought this for me in the early 60’s.  Back then we rolled our hair on big curlers and if there wasn’t time to air dry it, we used one of these. 
This Universal dryer also had a manicure attachment as well as a place you could put perfume in the dryer air.
I cleaned it all up and was ready to put it out for sale.  Then, just for fun, I checked Ebay.
There were three listed.  The least expensive was $29 and the most was $49.   Doubt if anyone attending the garage sale would want to pay over $1.00 for it.  So, I put it back in the closet.  Next winter I plan to try my hand at selling some things on Ebay.
Of course, asking and selling are two different things.  I’ll probably wish I would have just tagged it in the sale tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Banana Sour Cream Bread

I am always on the lookout for recipes that use up leftovers in the refrigerator. It was sour cream going even sourer and bananas going even riper that sent me to the computer.  It is easy to do a search for a recipe anymore, but this one is tried and pronounced delicious by someone you know. 

Before I type the recipe, here are a few suggestions.  First, it is rich.   So, I would half the recipe and make just two small 7 x 3 inch loafs.  Unless you have company, you’ll gain a couple pounds eating the whole recipe.  Use real butter.  Once you put the flour in, don’t over mix. Tastes better after it cools down and rests awhile. Finally, I left out the nuts and really missed them.  Still that is personal preference.

Banana Sour Cream Bread

Grease pans then mix together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teas. cinnamon and dust pans.  The recipe says this gives the loaves a “gentle spice undertone.”
3/4 cup butter
3 cups white sugar
3 eggs
6 very ripe bananas
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
2 teas vanilla extract
2 teas. cinnamon
1/2 teas salt
3 teas baking soda
4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
2. Cream butter & 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream vanilla and cinnamon.
3. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
4. Bake one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Monday, May 30, 2011

It’s a small world

Aaron invited some friends from his class at school over for a birthday party Saturday. 

Look closely at these two pictures. The picture on top is a grade school picture taken at Acker School in rural Geary County between Junction City and Chapman.  The picture on the bottom was taken at Aaron’s party and is the grandson of one of my classmates in the picture.  img078-1 - Copy


If you said Robert’s grandmother is the girl on the left side of the picture you are right.  You can’t tell by the picture, but Judy has red hair like her grandson.  Her brother is in front of her and there is family resemblance there as well.  Judy and I were the only two girls at Acker that year.