A rod and baby food

My husband's a smarty pants and very thrifty when we have to be.  So in our tiny house when he needed a curtain to divide between our only toilet and the sink, this is what he came up with.  It's been up for a year, so I'm guessing those baby food jar lids are holding their own.

My husband’s a smarty pants and very thrifty when we have to be. So in our tiny house when he needed a curtain to divide between our only toilet and the sink, this is what he came up with. It’s been up for a year, so I’m guessing those baby food jar lids are holding their own.

A single screw drove into a stud seems to hold them up just fine.

A single screw drove into a stud seems to hold them up just fine.

One of the circles was cut at the top just enough to pull the rod into it.  With that one screw I can pivot the lid when I remove the rod.  That way the rod can be a close to the ceiling as needed.

One of the circles was cut at the top just enough to pull the rod into it. With that one screw I can pivot the lid when I remove the rod. That way the rod can be as close to the ceiling as needed.

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Morel Mushrooms have no morals!

Seriously, you can do anything with these bad boys!  Make sure you soak them before consuming and always, ALWAYS cook thoroughly.  When soaking place 1/2 lb. in quart of water with 1 Tbs. salt.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Rise off and place on a paper towel to drain.

Seriously, you can do anything with these bad boys! Make sure you soak them before consuming and always, ALWAYS cook thoroughly. When soaking place 1/2 lb. into 1 quart of water with 1 Tbs. salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off and place on a paper towel to drain.

Delicately chop them and brown on a pan with some butter and salt.  Cast Iron skillets are one of my favorite things!
Delicately chop them and brown on a pan with some butter and salt. Cast Iron skillets are one of my favorite tools!

Sprinkle in soups, in a hash, stir fry....

Sprinkle in soups, in a hash, or a stir fry…. in a house… or in a box… with a mouse… or with a fox.

... omeletes, in a grilled cheese sandwich, cream sauce and noodles...

Try in an omelet, in a grilled cheese sandwich, cream sauce and noodles… in a car… with a goat… up a tree… or in a boat!

Seriously, these bad boys can go anywhere.  But my favorite has to be that classic PIZZA!

These lovely earthy fungi can go anywhere. But my favorite has to be that classic PIZZA!

Toward the end of my experiments I did try and dry them.  They shrunk to a quarter their original size.  I'm saving them for something special.  But I'll be sure to post that moment in the future.
Toward the end of my experiments I did try and dry them. They shrunk to a quarter their original size. I’m saving them for something special. But I’ll be sure to post that moment in the future.

Enjoy this glorious morel season!

You may like them.  You will see.  Try them and you may, I say!

Veggie Lasagna

I'm not lacking in muscles after rolling out those lasagna sheets.  Wow!  I was seriously considering driving 15 minutes to my moms house to borrow her pasta mill.  IF you have one, you are one lucky duck.  But I do find this homemade pasta 100 times better than any store bought-boil-hard-to-handle-noodle-stuff.  Anywho, if you let these baby's dry out for 30 minutes, they're much easier to handle and don't puff up as much.

I’m not lacking in muscles after rolling out those lasagna sheets. Wow! I was seriously considering driving 15 minutes to my moms house to borrow her pasta mill. IF you have one, you are one lucky duck. But I do find this homemade pasta 100 times better than any store bought-boil-hard-to-handle-noodle-stuff. Anywho, if you let these baby’s dry out for 30 minutes, they’re much easier to handle and don’t puff up as much.

Gather together everything you'll be wanting in the veggie lasagna.  I steamed my asparagus and spinach.  Soaked my dried mushrooms for the white sauce.  And shredded mozzarella (or buy pre-shredded, which I did so and saved my poor sore arms)

Gather together everything you’ll be wanting in the veggie lasagna. I steamed my asparagus and spinach. Soaked my dried mushrooms for the white sauce. And shredded mozzarella (or buy pre-shredded, which I did so and saved my poor sore arms)

The white sauce is nothing special.  I sauted the mushrooms and onions in butter.  Add some flour and let cook 30 seconds.  Then add your milk.  The ratio is 1 Tbs butter, 1 Tbs flour, 1 cups milk but increase for as much sauce as you think you'll need.  With the pasta being fresh, it doesn't need as much sauce but I do keep the sauce on the runny side.  Don't forget to add salt and pepper!

The white sauce is nothing special. I sauted the mushrooms, garlic and onions in butter. Add some flour and let cook 30 seconds. Then add your milk. The ratio is 1 Tbs butter, 1 Tbs flour, 1 cups milk but increase for as much sauce as you think you’ll need. With the pasta being fresh, it doesn’t need as much sauce but I do keep the sauce on the runny side. Don’t forget to add salt and pepper!  The bowl of brown water is the left over mushroom water (after soaking my dried mushrooms) and I add that at the end to help the sauce be a little more runny.

Last thing to prep is the cottage cheese/parmesan/spinach layer.  About 2 cups cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan, and 2 cups steamed and chopped spinach.

Last thing to prep is the cottage cheese/parmesan/spinach layer. About 4 cups cottage cheese, 1 cup parmesan, and 2 cups steamed and chopped spinach.

When assembling the lasagna, put a layer of sauce at the bottom of the pan.  Pasta... cottage cheese mix... asparagus... sauce...  mozzarella... pasta... cottage cheese mix... asparagus... sauce... mozzarella.  Keep going 'till it's all gone.
Cut the sheets of pasta to fit the pan and poke with a fork to keep it from puffing up when baking.  When assembling the lasagna, put a layer of sauce at the bottom of the pan. Pasta… cottage cheese mix… asparagus… sauce… mozzarella… pasta… cottage cheese mix… asparagus… sauce… mozzarella. Keep going ’till it’s all gone.

Add a sprinkle of mozzarella on the top.  Stop to gaze...

Add a sprinkle of mozzarella on the top.  And at this point realized I didn’t have enough liquid, so I added a splash of milk.  Stop to gaze…

Bake it up!!  350 for 45 minutes.  Sorry but I forgot to take that classic shot of the lasagna all baked up and pretty... but I'm new at this whole blogging thing.

Bake it up!! 350 for 45 minutes. Sorry, I forgot to take that classic shot of the lasagna all baked up and pretty… but I’m new at this whole blogging thing.

The last few bits of  pasta I shredded up and set out to dry for another day.  They'll be perfect in a chicken soup.
The last few bits of pasta I shredded up and set out to dry for another day. They’ll be perfect in a chicken soup.

Easter Wreath

This wonderful book will never fall void.  Therefore I MUST put these pages to use.

This wonderful book will never fall void. Therefore I MUST put these pages to use.

Cut out a circle using a small plate as template.  I covered it with the bible pages but I wouldn't recommend that because it wasn't as supportive as it needed to be.  And nothing on the cardboard shows.
Cut out a circle using a small plate as template. I covered it with the bible pages but I wouldn’t recommend that because it wasn’t as supportive as it needed to be. And nothing on the cardboard shows.

Curl your book pages in a cone shape.  Use hot glue gun to secure it in that shape.

Curl your book pages in a cone shape. Use hot glue gun to secure it in that shape.

Begin glueing cones around the circle.  Keep it nice and full.

Begin glueing cones around the circle. Keep it nice and full.

Keep going...

Keep going…

... and going...

… and going…

I glued a ribbon onto the back and it hangs wonderfully.  Mine's on our front door and even with all the rain, it's stayed wonderfully biblical.

I glued a ribbon onto the back and it hangs wonderfully. Mine’s on our front door and even with all the rain, it’s stayed happy!