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13 June 2016

Memorandum Monday–In With The New

Look what the FEDEX guy dropped on my front porch Friday and Saturday.  I won all this back on National Scrapbook Day from the kind folks at American Crafts via the fine folks at Scrapbook and Cards Today.

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They sent so many unexpected extra goodies to go along with the Heidi Swapp planner – that I was speechless, or nearly so.

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And this C’est La Vie line is going to be saved to scrap our trip to France later this year.  Ooo la la!

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It is all fabulous, but those little notebooks are the same size as my traveler’s notebook, and the small paper pad will be great for pocket pages of the many, many photos we will take on the trip.  C’est la vie, indeed!

Our focus this past week has been home improvement, and we’ve made some real progress.  Hubby replaced our grill – the last one was 21 years old and was falling apart.  Hopefully he can dismantle it further so that it is easy to dispose.  He bought the same brand, Holland Grill, from the same small town hardware store that we did last time.  I rather like the continuity of that.  Here is the shiny new devil. (Golly I wish I’d caught the old devil in action using it.)

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What I like even more are grilled steaks and chops we have had this week.

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What’s new about steaks and chops, you ask?  Well, with the steaks we had a side by side wine tasting of Sonoma Valley pinot noir and Napa Valley cabernet, both vintages discovered on our recent trip, Some of us preferred the former, some of us the later.  And the chops – those are actually boneless pork steaks, and we’ve perfected the way to keep them moist and tender.  I stewed them in barbeque sauce in the crock pot for 2 hours on high, then hubby shook off the excess sauce (so as not to gunk up his new grill) and grilled them to a finish.  At that point, he put an aluminum pan of sauce on the grill (again, so as not to gunk up his new grill) and let them simmer submerged for a few minutes more. YUM! As you can see, the side dishes are not impressive – as I am in charge of those: simple tossed salads and something yellow, it seems.  I love summer grilling season.

We also got the windows washed on the house (the first floor at least), and that’s when we were reminded how tacky our outside light fixtures are looking. They are every bit as old as that tumbling down grill. So we went to Lowe’s and brought this type home.

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But we had not measured the old ones, or really taken in the details of how they are mounted.  So we will be taking the first ones back as they are undersized and exchanging them for these beauties.

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Our son found a new chandelier to hang over his kitchen table, so he and hubby installed that right away.  (I say right away, but son had taken down the old fixture months and months ago.)

This week will be another week of tackling large projects around the house, probably indoors as the temps have now reached the 90’s.  Maybe we will finally decide about those bookcases.  I am sure you gather by now that we are not impulsive about home improvement purchases – we mull them over – slowly, deliberately, at a simmer.

I hope this Monday is finding Sian @FromHighInTheSky and our friends happy, well-fed and well-lit.  (Hmmm . . . what does S mean by well-lit?)  Do update us with a Memorandum, won’t you!

18 comments:

  1. WOW that is some prize package - lucky you. Oh excitement of a new grill & outdoor lighting - I always find it amazing how little (although expensive) details can make such big changes. Decisions that you need to live with are best simmered on :)

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  2. what a fantastic prize.

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  3. Congrats on that great prize - what fun it must have been to open those boxes! Summer grilling is always a favorite around here too so I'll have to try your pork chop technique.

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  4. What awesome happy mail and loving the new grill and light!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Stopping by to say 'Hello!' I see a lot of grilling in your future. Have a great day!

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  6. What a great prize - you are going to have fun with that!
    We actually got rid of our barbecue a few years ago and never replaced it - British weather is too unpredictable and it was just rusting on the patio!

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  7. Oh wow! What a fantastic prize. I would have been very happy indeed to receive those lovely goodies. Have a great week.

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  8. What an amazing prize!

    Yes..round here we take our time over little projects too: so long that if we went back to the same shop as you did we'd probably find it closed and cobwebby..

    Have a good week

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  9. What an exciting win! I love all that they sent you! It must have been so fun opening and going through it all! I hope you have a great week!

    Melissa

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  10. What an exciting win! I love all that they sent you! It must have been so fun opening and going through it all! I hope you have a great week!

    Melissa

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  11. wow lucky girl~now get busy!!! :)

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  12. Such fabulous goodies that you received!! And the food cooked on your new grill looks yummy!!

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  13. You got some amazing goodies!!! Congrats on your win. It sounds like you guys have been super busy!

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  14. Hi Susanne ~ Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog this week. :o) Wow - that was a great haul of prizes you won! You'll want to lock yourself into your scrapbook space and not come out for a while. Thanks for the tips on the pork steaks! My mother-in-law used to cook pork ribs in her crockpot and then grill them the same way you've mentioned and I had forgotten about that. Enjoy grilling season! It's almost too hot here in Arizona to even think about grilling for the next couple of months!

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  15. What a fantastic bunch of new stash!! And it's the perfect time of year for a new grill. We've been traveling too much this month to use ours. :)

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  16. Congrats on your winnings!!! So many yummy goodies :)
    Wow, that is a good BBQ!!

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  17. Ok I'm truly in awe ... WOW that's some prize. I'm going back for another look

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  18. France?!?! Tell me more! Where and when???

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