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Sep 22, 2012

Small Space Solutions, Applesauce, Fall & Giveaway On Hold

compact desk closed up

Small Space Solutions-

Some great ideas I stumbled onto Small office fits in a box

compact desk


FUSION Table and 4 chairs IKEA The chair backs are shaped to the corners of the table, to save space when the chairs are pushed up against the table.
And here's the Ikea Fusion table and chairs  The chairs fit flush against the table for a compact use of floor space!

        
      

Applesauce-
After buying farmer's market apples, and getting more from a friend, I made applesauce. Since I didn't really have enough to can I decided to make some to freeze. All my apples made 6 quarts plus a little more. Just apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt! I cored, cut in 1/4s and cooked with about 1/2 covered in water, bring to a simmer and turn to low, still once in a while. I leave the skins on for the fiber and nutrients. Mine is more dense and chunky than store-bought and so much better! With no apples from our tree this year I didn't buy a huge amount to can like last year. Oh well....


Fall-
We're still suffering with terrible smoke here. Even worse the last four days, as a closer fire is blazing. It's so sickening too- a volunteer fire fighter is charged with starting the fire. He confessed and said he wanted to "impress his Dad", another fire fighter. He has a target on his back now I'm guessing. He's 18. What an imbecile. On the good side, the leaves are starting to change, days are cooler. We're all praying for a heavy rainstorm and/or snow in the mountains to stop the fires. I've lived here for more than 15 years and have never seen a fire season like this. It's been a month and a 1/2 , (I think, who remembers?) since we had normal blue skies. Send some rain...

Giveaway On Hold-
Due to some health issues I have put the giveaway on hold for now. But when I'm feeling better I'll get it up!

8 comments:

Michelle said...

It's sad, that he felt that fighting a fire was the only way to impress his father.

nancy said...

It's sick, to me....

Kristina said...

Oh that is really sad.

Thrifty Mom in Boise said...

Love the office in a box! Cute dining set too. Hope you feel better soon. Smoke has been really getting to me lately. I appreciated the rain yesterday. Take care and feel better soon.

Susan said...

Wow, you'd think he'd want to impress his father by - oh, I don't know - doing a good job? Being a good person? Geez. I'm am amazed at how much damage an idiot can do. I hope no one was hurt in the fire. I love that office in a box! What a great idea. I am about to tackle applesauce myself. Hope you feel better soon, Nancy.

nancy said...

No one was hurt, no homes lost. Yes, cute desk idea, I love Ikeas stuff too...

Candy C. said...

I hope you are feeling better!
I like my applesauce like yours. :)
We had a fire started by a volunteer firefighter a couple of years ago too, what a bunch of stupidos!! Grrrr...

Leigh said...

Nancy I'm so sorry you're not feeling well. I'm sure the smoke doesn't help. It's hard to believe someone would be so brainless as to actually start the fire like that. Very sad.

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