Fixing a Door That Swings Open

Do you have a door that swings open by itself? Does the door not stay in its place when opened partway? Well let me share this easy idea on how to fix a door swing problem yourself in just minutes.

If you have a door that swings open by itself, it is because the door jamb is not square and the door is not balanced properly. This easy fix works and takes just minutes to complete.

All you need to do is take out the top pin on the door hinge and bent it a bit to get your door to stay put. Here are the steps to take:

  • Remove the top pin from the door hinge
  • Place the pin on a flat solid surface like a board
  • Hit the pin in the center with a hammer just a few times to put a slight bend in it
  • Replace the pin in the door hinge

Here is my pin after it was bent a bit. Continue Reading →


Freezing Cabbage

I discovered this useful idea for storing fresh cabbage. I cut up this garden fresh cabbage and froze it in freezer bags. A half of a cabbage head fits nicely into a quart sized freezer bag.

Roll up the freezer bag with just a small opening left in the zip lock so the air can escape. Roll the bag up towards the zip lock opening and push out all the air you can.

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Warming Pizza in Cast Iron Skillet

We enjoy our leftover pizza warmed up. The problem is that most people microwave it to warm it up. Microwaving leftover pizza tends to leave it soggy and the crust limp.

If you read this blog occasionally, you will know that I love and use cast iron skillets and pots for cooking and baking quite often. I love my cast iron pans and find new uses for them all the time. So… I figured I would try putting a few pieces of leftover pizza in my big skillet to warm it up. In my first attempt, I scorched the bottom of the pizza crust. I found you want to keep the heat lower and allow extra minutes to warm the pizza slowly.

My 2nd attempt warming pizza in the cast iron pan turned out wonderfully. Not only does the crust stay nice and crisp but the topping heats up and everything turns out great. Tasted almost like freshly baked pizza. So here are the details for successfully warming pizza in a cast iron skillet.

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Skyline Drive-In Moses Lake

Just want to share some old memories and history about the Skyline Drive-in movie theater that was in Moses Lake, Washington. The drive-in opened in 1952 as the first area outdoor theater but it closed around the early 1980s. It had 300 spaces when it opened and later apparently expanded to 450 spaces for cars. Located on 8 acres, the drive-in was just off what used to be the old Larson Highway just north of the Grant County Fairgrounds.

According to the Columbia Basin Herald archives the drive-in opened in July 1952 featuring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “The Invisible Man” and a Roy Rogers western.

Here is an original photo of the marquee sign taken around mid 1970 when the drive-in was still open.

I have many fond memories of going to the movies at this outdoor drive-in as a kid and later in high school on dates in the 1970s. It was always fun to see friends and have a little pizza along with an ice-cold pop from the snack bar during intermission.

Below is an old vintage movie poster from 1962. Continue Reading →


Cast Iron Skillet Rolls

Sometimes I just need a few bread rolls and don’t want to bother with a large bread recipe. This is a small recipe for rolls baked in an 8 inch cast iron skillet.

Cast Iron Skillet Rolls

1-2 cups of flour
1 package of yeast
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp wheat germ (optional)
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
Butter if desired to brush on top of risen rolls
Water as needed for dough ball

Proof yeast with 1/3 cup of warm water (115 f degrees) with yeast and 1/2 tsp of sugar.

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Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine is blooming right now in the woods around us. It is just so beautiful and I love the smell. We are lucky enough that the blue Lupine grows wild and comes back each year.

The official name according to Wkikipedia is Lupinus. The flowering plant is in the legume family of Fabaceae. The seeds in various forms have been around for thousands of years.

First is appears with it’s pinwheel green leaves and then the spikes are formed that the pea-like flowers grow from. While some Lupine is edible with proper processing to remove isoflavones and alkaloids such as lupinine and sparteine from the seeds. It should also be noted the people who have peanut allergies should avoid Lupine Continue Reading →