Jan 12, 2013

Do you have a Granite Kitchen Counter?

If you do have granite counter-tops in your kitchen, I am jealous. We are still in the market for a new work surface in the kitchen, and granite or similar hard surface is high on the list of possibilities.

Granite is a compressed once-molten stone formed under the earths surface.  It is a great kitchen work surface because it is hard to scratch and mar stone.  It is a surface you can set a hot pan on without worrying about whether it will discolor or even melt the surface.  It is a surface you should be able to cut with a knife on, though I don't think I'd do this all the time because it will dull the surface of a good knife.  I'd still use a cutting board most of the time.  But if you do so very occasionally, you don't have to worry about cut marks in the surface of your counter.

Granite surfaces should be very easy to keep clean as well. 

Not only is it a practical surface, but it's one that is appealing to the eye.  One that can be purchased with a nice polished shine to it, and there are a variety of colors..personally, I would go for natural earth tones, as this is what I love, living in a log home in the country as we do.

I do love the idea of a stone surface like this, and will let you know when we finally settle on the counter top of our dreams, granite or otherwise. 

Updated 4/3/16

Did you get the flu or get the vaccine this year?

They say the flu is now at epidemic proportions, as it is widespread in almost every state in the United States. So far it has not touched our family, but it could be very serious if it did, as my husband has heart issues.

It was the flu he had a few years back (even though he had a flu shot) that put his heart out of rhythm again, and it's been that way since. He is also a Diabetic. Each year he has the flu shot because he has heart issues and Diabetes, while I tend to put it off. Though there is not a 100% guarantee that you won't get the flu if you have the shot, it does reduce the likelihood depending upon the strain of flu that is going around.

I work from home, and am not one to spend a lot of time in large crowds, so don't feel the urgency...but am considering having it done when I go for my physical this week. They say that the flu will peak in a few weeks, so there is still time to have the shot. The doctor's offices around here are out of them, but the pharmacies and chains like Walgreens, etc., offer them in our area.

I do follow the practical guidelines of washing hands regularly and always before eating, after shaking hands, after touching things that have been touched by others, and always have a hand sanitiser with me, though I don't rely on it 100%. I refuse to spend time around sick people, which is easy for me to do as I don't work outside the home. Did you have a flu shot this year? Have you had a case of the flu? Let us know about your experience in a comment.

Updated 4/3/16

Jan 7, 2013

Lactose Milk and Dairy Free Chocolate for Valentines Day

Valentines Day is not far off, and for people like me who are lactose intolerant, finding chocolate that is dairy free can be a challenge. Being lactose intolerant is a challenge, believe me! I'm not one of the lucky ones who benefits from using Lactaid or other products that are supposed to contain the enzymes needed to digest my foods. When I get dairy, even relatively small amounts, it takes me 24 hours of feeling sick, strange and miserable before I get back to normal. I describe it as feeling like I've been poisoned. Valentines Day is coming, and I wanted to provide you with a link to a sources for Lactose, Dairy and Milk Free Chocolate Candy. Please stop by and find something to give to someone you love.

Updated 4/3/16