This Wine’s a Shoe-in

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Have you ever found yourself on a picnic with a bottle of wine, but no opener?  Then take off your shoe!

Yes, your shoe can be used to open that bottle of Cab or Merlot or Chardonnay or Pinot or Rosé or all the aforementioned, even works with blends.  This is how it’s done:

  1. Remove shoe
  2. Take foil covering off the bottle to expose the top of the cork
  3. Insert bottle of wine into shoe with the bottom of the bottle taking the place of the heel of your foot and the neck of the bottle standing in for your leg
  4. Holding the bottle with one hand and the shoe with the other and using some muscle, repeatedly whack the bottom of your shoe against a tree until the cork has moved out enough that you can pull it the rest of the way out with your very own bare hands
  5. Pour the wine into glasses and enjoy! (or drink directly out of bottle if you forgot the glasses too)

 

 

 

This Rocks!

 

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What fun a simple rock can be!

The blue guy is from when I was in kindergarten, so he’s got a little wear and tear on him.  We collected the rocks and our teacher painted them for us.  The shape of the rock and the way it felt in my hand was what sold me on it.

And the first gift that my niece, Chloe gave me when she was just a toddler was a rock (just glad that she handed it to me and didn’t throw it!).

Gleaming Coffee Pot

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This is a helpful tip from my past life as a waitress (the days before being PC and the renaming of “server”)

The best way to clean your coffee pot and get it sparkling is to toss in a handful of salt and some crushed ice, which you can make the old school way by putting some ice cubes in a plastic bag or between two kitchen towels and pound them with a meat tenderizer.  That action can be counted as therapy because you’ll get any aggression/pent up frustration out, but I digress.  And because it will probably burn at least two calories, you can also count it as exercise, but I digress. Again.  A couple lemon wedges will aid in the cleaning, but they’re not necessary if you’d like to save those for your cocktail…I mean glass of water.

Just swirl the pot around and let the salt and ice do their thing and then rinse well.

Ta-Da!

 

What’s The Buzz?

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March 15th – the buzzards return to Hinkley, OH.  Every year.  How do they know?  These particular buzzards decided to move along from Hinkley to the lake.  Guess they’re beach buzzards.   

A few years ago on March 15th, we got up before dawn, made our way to Hinkley and stood in the cold around a campfire-in-a-can (50 gallon drum), drinking coffee and hot chocolate, kibitzing with the dozens and dozens of other people who had done the same while we waited…and waited…and waited.

We saw the sunrise before we saw a buzzard.  Eventually, the cold got to us so we went home.  And what do you think we saw as we rounded the bend for home?  If you guessed buzzards, then you are absolutely correct.

 

Fire and Ice

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This idea came to me from my friend, Joani, who watched her mom do this nifty bit of trickery many times ~

If you just can’t seem to get that stubborn candle nub out from your favorite glass candle holder, just put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or so….or if you’re like me, a couple days until you remember where you put it after you’ve looked for it for the original 20 minutes.  But I digress.

When you take it out of the freezer, just run a knife around the edge of the candle and it will pop right out!

I do recommend waiting until the glass has come to room temp or run it under hot water before lighting the new candle in it.