Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Week 35 Tuesday (9/9/14)

OOPS! I never took a picture of the crisp from yesterday. Sorry!

Recipe Review       
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Buttermilk Biscuits
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl         Pages: 44 - 45       Copyright:  2009  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 320 calories per serving, if 18 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

They really do look like a bad pita bread!

Even the picture is blurry!

         Talk about a total failure – this was it for me. I have no idea what I did wrong! I made them and tasted one and it was awful. I took them over to share with the Serpico family and asked Nicole what she thought they were. She answered, “pita bread?” “an oatmeal cookie gone bad?” 
         OMG – they were awful. Here are my thoughts on what could have gone wrong. The baking powder or soda may have been old and they didn’t rise at all, OR I cut them too thin and they looked like a pita instead of a biscuit. I JUST DON’T KNOW. Oh Ree, I totally let you down on this one. Too bad you don’t even know about this blog.

Special Event:       I GOT A NEW ROOF!

         On Saturday, September 6th, a new roof was put on my 16 year old house. The most fantastic part was that it only cost me $500.00. It sounds crazy, but I am fortunate that my home was in the area that had horrible storm damage, hail, at the end of May. I am fortunate because the area was declared a disaster zone so my insurance paid for all, but my deductable. I am also receiving $300.00 from the salesman for the three referrals I gave my friends and neighbors. So, the real cost is already down to $200.00. Sometimes life can be really good.
         The greatest part of this is that I plan on selling in the next two to three years and this will make a great selling point. I owe a tremendous thank you to my sister, Kim, who stressed the importance of having it checked out and her son, Cory, who found me a wonderful roofing company. I checked them out with the Better Business Bureau and they have an A rating. Not everyone in my neighborhood checked out their roofer, and I know for a fact that a few had one with a D rating.
         If you need a great and dependable roofer call Dale Haas at 123 Exteriors for an estimate. You can reach Dale at:
         Cell:                  815-557-4453
         Phone:         630-517-4771
         Fax:                  630-963-4151

         The following are pictures I took as the guys worked. Of course, I did bake for them. They enjoyed several Angel Sugar Cookies.

Yes, those are my beautiful plants in the
front yard buried under all of that rubble

The wood is covering the pond,
so it doesn't get filled with cinders and nails.
That large piece of foam is used by the guys
to kneel on the roof.
It also keeps them from sliding off of the roof.
Who knew? Yet another example of using materials for many purposes!

No, I wasn't taking a picture of his butt.
The shingles are almost off.

They also tarped the deck. Right now it is
still perfect - but just wait.

The underlay is going up now. It is from Minnesota and
is called something like Rain and Ice Shield.
This is an upgrade since it became a standard in the last 16 years.

This is all about to be shoved off the roof
in the front and right onto my
pond and flowers. Whoa is me. 

This is being shoved onto the perfectly clean deck. Yikes!

The new roof is started. I really love the color.
I lightened it a bit. 

He was supposed to wear a hard hat.
Is this a male fashioniesta?
Is that even how you spell it?

I love my new roof.
Is my house sinking or is it me?
Okay, so I have always been a bit off!

At least one side of the house has minimal debris.

The back is getting finished!
Okay, I must admit that this was a bit stressful for both my dogs and me. I am so thankful that it is done.

My Gorgeous Girls

Getting a new roof is panic time for my dogs. First of all, they hate loud noises such as: fireworks, lightning and thunder, and cars and trucks backfiring. So, putting a new roof on the house, over their heads, was totally fear producing! They took turns wanting to be held and at one time I had both of them in my lap. If they were down, they were under a table or close to my feet.  I wish I could have explained it to them so they wouldn’t be terrified.
         The pictures I used to show their fear are ones I already had, because there was no time for pictures  during the event.

I hate roofers!

Make Them Go Home!

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