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Dec 4, 2016

How To Unshrink A Wool Sweater, Turkey With Sour Cream Noodles, COLD!


How To Unshrink A Wool Sweater-
Dave had a minor laundry mishap yesterday, putting his new-ish (last years Christmas gift from me) L.L. Bean lamb's wool sweater in the dryer. Only for a few minutes. I gasped. I held it up, he tried it on, it shrunk about 1- 2 sizes  :( Oh no!!!  Being the avid DIYer selfer, I went online. I had seen this trick before and figured it would work Countryliving.com. I followed the directions, soaked the sweater-


Then I had Dave squeeze all the water out (still in my wrist brace) and rolled in 2 towels til damp.


I used another sweater as a template and gently stretched-


It worked! I moved it to a card table with a towel to dry overnight. I had Dave VERY gently try it on while damp. Sweater saved, Dave's happy, me happy! No more wool sweaters in the dryer!!! I wish I had known about this years and years ago. I had a couple sweaters I could have saved...



Turkey With Sour Cream Noodles-
What do you do with three or four cups of leftover turkey breast? Last night I was thinking of sour cream noodles and had a "ah ha" moment. For my basic sour cream noodles I cook extra large egg noodles and toss with sour cream, salt and pepper, till nice and hot. Serve! Great as a simple side dish. To use the turkey I cubed it, used a full large bag of noodles, 1 container of sour cream, a bag of peas, 1 cup of sliced baby carrots, salt and pepper. Cook noodles, drain add rest of ingredients, cook until carrots are soft, about 10-15 minutes. Easy peasy and pretty frugal!


COLD!
It was 17 degrees last week,  first really cold weather of the season. That morning there was a very heavy frost, all sparkly!


We've gotten quite a bit of early winter snow in the mountain, with more coming tonight! I started to decorate with my generic winter goodies today, since it seemed appropriate given the temps. We got our winter things out and I have most of the non-Christmas things out. We did set up the Advent wreath last week. We like to put up the tree a bit later. When we put away the Christmas things new year's weekend, we leave up the winter things. we like celebrating the seasons and bringing nature in. Today I spread things out across the house and we turned on the outside lights last night for my birthday! Here's a peak of some winter decor, pretty simple, eh?

In my kitchen




8 comments:

Susan said...

I've had to use that sweater trick before - thank goodness you were able to save that nice sweater! Your weather is colder than ours - we've been in the 20s overnight, but not in the teens yet. I can wait... :) I have to get my holiday mojo going. I am not in the Christmas spirit at all this year.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Thank you for sharing the sweater resizing trick! I'm going to have to try it, as I unknowingly put a wool item in the wash and dryer too.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes that's why we put up decor on batches;)

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Stuff happens!!

Mama Pea said...

Yikes, you're colder than we are in northern Minnesota! Only have a bare covering of snow on the ground but several inches forecast for overnight into tomorrow. They keep saying that but all we get so far is wet snow and . . . rain! Ugh.

I finally got our Christmas tree today so hope to get it up and decorated by end of the week. Then it will really seem like the holiday season in here!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes Mama, it was 20 this morning, brrr.

Leigh said...

What a relief about the sweater, whew. I have a Norwegian undershirt I knitted for Dan a number of years ago and he washed and dried it. I'll have to look at your link although I fear it's permanently shrunk.

Little Homestead In Boise said...

It depends on if it was "felted" too, Dave's wasn't luckily!

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