Friday, February 4, 2011

Down Comforters, they’re not your grandma’s featherbeds…

I think that Grandma’s featherbed is why I resisted using a down comforter all these years.  If you’ve never tried to smooth out feathers and fit a sheet over a featherbed, you have no clue as to how daunting that can be.  Every time we spent the night at Grandma’s, I would have to wrestle that darned featherbed, trying to make it of a morning.  But sleeping on top of feathers is totally different than sleeping under them.

Our kids had down comforters and we would sleep under them when we visited them, and talk about how nice it was, then come home and totally forget about it.  But a couple of years ago they had a down comforter marked down, wayyyy down, at Tuesday Morning.  We have a king size bed, and soft goods for it can be really spendy, but this comforter was just such a good deal that I bought it.  I brought it home, stuffed it in a closet and there it stayed until last summer.

I finally got around to buying a duvet, stuffed it with the down comforter and put it on the bed.  I quickly realized that it was indeed, light as a feather and worked great as a light blanket all summer long.  Then autumn rolled around, I was still just using the duvet and a sheet, no need for a blanket.  Then this gawdawful winter started, the temps were frigid, I keep the bedroom cool, and still no need for a blanket.  It’s simply the most awesome thing, it keeps you cool in the summer, toasty warm in the winter, not to mention the fact that the M&M’s love it, they dive on top of it, and sink into the down, almost disappearing, and are instantly asleep.

Mine doesn’t have channel stitching, like some do to keep the feathers in place, and I prefer it this way because it’s so fluffy.  I simply flip it end for end every few days and the feathers redistribute.  But the best part is not being weighed down by blankets, it really is like sleeping under a cloud.

So, if you are a late bloomer to the idea of a comforter like I was, or had always wondered about one but weren’t sure if you would like it, give it a try, they are a wonderful thing.  I think hubby likes it even more than I do, he thinks it’s the greatest thing, ever.

I still see them often at Tuesday Morning for great prices.  If you’re looking for one, it’s a good place to start.  I found all kinds of duvets at Bed Bath and Beyond.  Of course Pottery Barn has gorgeous ones, they are simply stunning, but I couldn’t justify the cost, considering I sleep with the dogs and wash mine often.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Butterfinger Snackerz Commercial *

This is the cutest commercial I've seen in a long time. Southern woman are just so "precious," bless their hearts. I just bet John Austin would like these, my oldest son has loved Butterfinger's since he was a little boy.

 

One of those simple things…

The sound of a bird outside my window made me positively giddy this morning.  And I’m bemoaning the fact that I didn’t plant those crocus bulbs last fall!

I think I’m going to go to the grocery store, browse the plants and pick up a bit of spring for my desk.  Bring a little sunshine home today

Let’s summer dream a bit this morning, with a little vintage Seals & Crofts…

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Your daily dose of cuteness, ohhh, it’s a good one, too!

Hacienda Salsa



Ladies, do I have a recipe for you!  Well, actually I have two of them.  I'm a huge fan of a local restaurant, Hacienda, and have wanted their salsa recipe for years.  I'm talking years, like thirty years!  On a whim, I put Hacienda Salsa into Google and this recipe pops up, and it looks surprisingly similar.

The poster on the Group Recipe site also posted a recipe for Ranch Dip, which hubby loves with his chips.

 So, if you're looking for something new to try for Super Bowl Sunday, this might just be what you're looking for.

The recipes are on Jan CAN Cook, take a peek, and tell me what you think.  These are a couple of goodies.  I can't tell you how excited I am to find these recipes!!!!!
~ jan

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Mother Tucker Collection, body shapers

 

 

They were talking about these shapers on After Today, with Hoda and Kathie, Lee this week.  They were pretty impressive, totally smoothed the dreaded rolls on a hefty model.  Here's a link if you want to check them out.  I haven't tried these, I'm just sayin...

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Today Show, 1994, Bryant and Katie, What's the Internet?

 Flash back to 1994 and watch this clip of the Today hosts trying to figure out the internet, they're totally clueless.  Oh, how far we've come...


The Lost Valentine

For those of you who watched Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt in The Lost Valentine last night, wasn’t it wonderful?  And for those of you who didn’t, you missed a good one.

One thing that just irritated the bejeesus outta me, though,false eyelashes! They had a full set of Jennifer Love Hewitt, extremely long and thick, extremely black, so unnatural, it was detracting.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, they had a half set on Betty that just looked stupid!

But that was a minor thing, the movie was just charming and the actor who played her husband when she was young,Billy Magnussen,  was SO handsome. How refreshing it was to see a young actor cleanly shaven and groomed, he was just yummy!

Here’s a little behind the scenes video for you…

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jan’s Finds of the week…

1It’s Sunday, time for some more of my finds of the week.  I have a couple for you today, the first I can’t take credit for, I owe this one to Linda, Lindsay’s mom, who gave one to Linds. It’s a counter mat and since I have a one bowl sink, I'm always putting a dishtowel on the counter to dry things, but this works so much better.  It’s foam lined, absorbent, cushions your dishes, easy to fold and put away, isn’t bulky like a dish drainer, it's a great product.  They come in grey and beige, and are available at Bed Bath and Beyond.  They’re only $7.99, not a chunka change, it’s a lot of bang for your buck.

And speaking of one bowl sinks, it’s the most wonderful thing I’ve ever owned, this deep one bowl sink.  I remember when I told the guy building our countertops that I was putting one in, he told me that it was a huge mistake for resale value, and I told him that I could care less because I plan on living here until they cart me out of here to the nursing home.  Well, that was eight years ago, now the trend has shifted and a one bowl sinks are really popular.  My guys love mine, both of them wish they had them in their kitchens.  And some of you are probably thinking that if I had a two-bowl sink I wouldn’t have to put this mat on my countertop.  Umhmmm, I hear ya, but if you have never tried them, you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re big and roomy, easy to clean, so much more user friendly than a two bowler, pinkie swear they are…

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And this is my second find.  Hubby has the big stainless grill on the patio, this huge contraption that men seem to feel the need to own, you know the kind that will grill a dozen burgers, plus twelve ears of corn, plus whatever else you want to throw on it, and every time we grill we have to traipse all the way thru the house out to the patio and fire this big thing up. 

It’s way too big for a couple of burgers, it’s so big it takes forever to heat up, not to mention guzzling the gas.  It’s great for when we have company, but just not for the two of us.

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Enter the Weber Q120 Gas Grill. We’ve debated on buying one of these since last summer.  It’s cast iron, portable, easy to pick up, put in the car to tailgate with, and you can buy a cart to roll it around on when you’re at home.  LC found a great deal on one of these on eBay last month, we bought a cart for it at Lowe’s, and we’re off to the races.  It’s so easy to roll outside the garage and grill. It’s close to the kitchen, and it heats up really fast since the surface is small.  As you can see from the picture, it’s plenty big enough for 4 burgers and a couple of ears of corn on the side.  It’s a good thing…

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