The artificial insemination “took” on the first attempt and we were very excited at the prospect of Tango delivering her first foal next April.
All previous vet checks and sonograms in the last couple months revealed Tango was doing well and the pregnancy was progressing normally. Sadly though, at Tango’s 90 day sonogram earlier this week, it was evident that Tango has miscarried. :(
At this point, it is rather late in the season to try again so a second attempt to breed Tango to Amazing is planned for early 2011.
if you steam (instead of boil) eggs in their shells for about 15 minutes and then let them sit in the pot and cool before peeling, the shells almost always slip off like butter?
I use a Revere Ware steamer pot which is similar to a double boiler except the top pot has holes in it. However, any method you use to steam vegetables will work for steaming eggs.
Since my mom taught me this trick years ago, I rarely have to fight those teeny tiny little bits of shell that so often stick to the eggs, nor do I have to throw away part of the eggs because the shell is impossibly stuck to them like glue.
You’ve had that happen, right?
I have heard many reasons why the shells stick, the most common being the eggs are too fresh. But what is considered “too fresh?”
I’ve also heard (and tried) many tricks to keep the shells from sticking such as adding salt or vinegar to the water.
Overall, steaming the eggs seems to produce the best and most consistent results for me.
Several readers asked if I was planning to paint the bargain Craigslist cherry buffet white. My husband just assumed I would because, in his eyes, I have a “white obsession” and I paint “everything” white. lol.
I make no apologies for that. I love white. I love painted white furniture. And I know I am not the only one. Right?! :)
It would definitely be beautiful painted white, wouldn’t it?
In all honesty though, the fate of the cherry buffet is still undetermined.
When I bought it, I had a concrete plan. Now? I am rethinking it because I have realized there are a couple options for it.
At the moment, the buffet is just temporarily parked in the foyer at the house in Hooterville because it’s out of the way while we continue to renovate, but I originally bought it with the intention of using it in the home office with my distressed cherry Ballard Designs desk and hutch (below), which is in the office/guest room in the current My Cottage of Bliss. I envisioned using the buffet to store unsightly, but necessary, office supplies and paperwork for our Windswept Farm business.
However, once I got the buffet inside the house in Hooterville, I realized it would also work perfectly for the vision I have for the formal dining room. I’ve mentioned before that I am striving for a similar look to this dining room that Layla designed for one of her clients.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 35.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.