Monthly Archives: September 2016

Power cord ID

Power cord ID

as I sit here today I was reviewing a catalog that had just came in the mail. There are a lot of neat stuff to be had. One item popped out at me was set of ‘cable tags’ so you can label the power cords where they plug into the power strips. It comes packs of 20 for $9.99 plus shipping, so it comes out to be fifty cents each. [plus the shipping] This looks like a great idea. My only issue against it is the cost.

Most of us buy store breed and most of them have those plastic thingies that hold the bag closed to keep the breed from drying out. Years ago my mom used those to label power cords ect. Just take the plastic tag, write on it with a sharpie what it goes to [sometimes it is best to label BOTH ends] and tag the plug end.

This solves many of the issues with tangled cords..

British Isles Travel Night

This is a good way to explore places for relocation or bugging out to….

Castles and Cruises Travel
Proudly Presents
British Isles Travel Night

Join us to learn about travel to Ireland and the United Kingdom

We will have information on some great trips –
including a new one created exclusively for Castles and Cruises Travel!
It will be small groups, more attractions than most tours and is sold exclusively by us.

How to get a refund after your trip
Why you should take a Selfie
Travel Tips
Some Fun Facts
Enter to win a prize

Join us at one of these locations:

Date Time Location
Sept 21 7:00 PM Sandlots of Salem, 9251 Antioch Road (Hwy 83), Salem, WI 53168
Sept 28 6:00 PM Ironwood Chophouse, 20715 Durand Ave (Hwy 11), Union Grove, WI 53182
Oct 5 6:00 PM Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154
Oct 12 6:00 PM Dover Inn, 1909 North Beaumont Avenue, Kansasville, WI 53139

Get updates on new locations as they become available by contacting Jan

Space is limited so RSVP’s with preferred location are appreciated but not required
Jan 414-588-6909

Ireland ~ Northern Highlights
9 day tour
Hill of Tara
Devenish Island
Marble Arch Caves
Florence Court House
Castle Balfour
Slieve League Cliffs
Glenveagh Castle
Inishowen Peninsula

Derry City
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Giant’s Causeway
Dunluce Castle
Bushmills Distillery
Titanic Exhibit
Belfast City Tour
Ulster Folk &Transport Museum
Dublin Orientation Tour

Heart of Ireland

8 day tour
Dingle Peninsula
Celtic Crystal Factory
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College
Cliffs of Moher
Connemara Marble
Dublin City

Scotland West Coast

11 day tour
Islands, castles, whiskey tasting at several distilleries and Loch Ness are the highlights of this tour
Two days in Edinburgh to explore the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle

storage sales

What to buy for storage at this time of the year.

As the sales are winding down for “Back to School” watch for additional sales on school supplies that you can get for the next year or to put into kids backpacks for things to do. Here at our Walmart lined paper was 82 cents at Safeway they had the same type of paper 3 for $1, so watch your grocery stores for school supplies, too.

Individual food portions such as canned fruit or tuna, granola bars, beef jerky and cheese sticks, Dinty Moore single serve meals, juices and canned puddings can all be put into 72 hour kits or backpacks.

This is the time that underwear, socks, jeans, shirts and shoes are all on sale; these can either be put back for Christmas or put some into backpacks. If you have a child who is just about ready for the next size of clothes go ahead and get the next size and put them up in their closet so that you will not have to pay full price in a few months. On younger children I use to buy the next size up and rock bottom prices and put them into a box and label it the size and put in their room. Then the next summer I had lots of clothes and they were already paid for.

In the garden centers seeds and pots will be on to get them out of the way for Christmas items so get your seeds and pots for next year. Also any Barbeque items including briquettes that can be stored in case the electricity goes out and you have no other way of cooking. Rakes and outside tools along with outdoor storage will also be on sale.

Summer toys like chalk, bubbles, sand toys and outdoor sports such as horseshoes are on sale. We use to buy these at the end of summer and give them to the kids with their Easter Baskets instead of so much candy.

Swimming items such as towels, goggles, swim suits and chemicals (some are good for water purification).

If your window air conditioner went out this year it is a good time to get a new one for next year. Also fans will be going away so if you need one for your house now is a good time to get a new one. If you live in hot climate get a hand held fan with a water reservoir so you can keep cool if electricity goes out.

With young adults going back to college you can find good prices on sheets, towels, storage containers and small appliances. Don’t forget to put a washcloth and a hand towel into your pack for personal hygiene.

This is all that I can think of at the moment.


– Condiments for the home

Condiments are an important staple in the kitchen. Imagine the kids eating French Fries without ketchup. Or a hot dog without mustard? How about a sandwich without mayo? Some of these condiments do not store well, so what would you do without them? How about being able to make some of them yourself from scratch?

A well-stocked kitchen would include the following condiments:
• A-1 Steak Sauce
• Barbeque Sauce
• Balsamic Vinegar
• Butter
• Cocktail Sauce
• Honey
• Horseradish sauce
• Jellies (apple, grape, strawberry)
• Ketchup
• Lemon Juice
• Mayonnaise
• Miracle Whip
• Mustard (Yellow or Brown)
• Olive Oil (flavored ones are nice to have)
• Pickles and Pickle Relish
• Salad Dressings
• Salsa
• Soy Sauce
• Sour Cream
• Sweet and Sour Sauce
• Tabasco Sauce
• Tartar Sauce
• Vegetable Oil
• Wine Vinegar
• Worcestershire Sauce
Of course there are lots of other condiments that are off-shoots but these are the main basics ones. Do you know which ones will store well and which ones will not last long?

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie Yummy!

1 ½ sleeves saltine crackers, crushed but not powdered
1 stick butter, room temperature
3 T sugar

Combine crackers and sugar. Mix well. Add butter and knead until mixture is kind of doughy. Press into a 9 inch pie pan and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until lightly brown.

1 cup sugar
6 T cornstarch
2 T melted butter
6 egg yolks, beaten
5 T plus 1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup hot water
1 cup hot half & half

Combine sugar and cornstarch in top of double boiler. Whisk in melted butter. Slowly add hot water and half & half, whisking to prevent lumps. Whisk in egg yolks and citrus. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly for about 5 to 10 minutes until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat.

1/2 cup water
2 T sugar
1 T cornstarch

Combine these ingredients and boil until clear. Cool.

3 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
2-3 T sugar

Whip egg whites, cream of tartar and salt at high speed for about five minutes. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until peaks form. Whip in cooled cornstarch mixture and beat until creamy. Pour lemon filling into pie crust and gently spread meringue over filling. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes until browned. Cool before serving.