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Leftovers & Eco Heaters

It finally feels like winter. In fact, we were hoping for snow but got ice on Tuesday. It was very cold that day with a high of only 33 degrees. Brrrrrrrrr. There were even icicles hanging off the old iron bed frame outside the bathroom window and the blue cedars in the front of the house had a shiny layer of ice. They really did look pretty. Today is more of what one expects of a ‘Texas Winter’ – clear blue skies, little or no breeze, and a cool but not cold temperature … around 58 degrees.   ecoheater  The yard is still looking sad – but that will have to wait till later . . . much later. I just know we’re going to have some more of those really cold days in the not too distant future.

We’ve been very busy in spite of being holed up inside. Lots of computer work and David’s been installing a new gadget. He bought a new heater for the bathroom in the back of the house. Seems to be always cold back there. But he found a flat ceramic heater that keeps it comfortable and – this heater literally attaches to the wall. My first thought was FIRE !!!! But surprisingly, it seems to be safe and heat the rooms at the same time. It has spacers that keep it from touching the wall where it seems to draft cold air from the floor and put out warm air along the top. This in spite of the fact there is no fan. You can click on this name –  Eco-heater NA400S Wall-Mounted Ceramic Convection Heater  – if you’d like more information.

It is supposed to run on 30% less power than a traditional electric heater – we’ll see how accurate that is when the next electric bill arrives. But in the meantime, it is working quite well. Have to say it does not put out great volumes of heat – but rather takes the chill out and keeps the rooms comfortable. Also, if you have pets or small children (or grandchildren) – not sure it would be something you’d want as it is totally exposed. But for us, it is good.

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Lunch today was a new dish. A casserole whipped up from the leftovers in the fridge – macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and chicken. Took the leftover mac and cheese – heated it in the microwave enough so it could be stirred. Did need to add a little water to it to thin the sauce some. Next chopped up the broccoli and mixed that in. I cooked up some chicken (with butter, onions and garlic) to add to the cheesy mac and broccoli. Poured all of this into a buttered casserole, topped it with a little Mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Came out nice and bubbly. Served it up with some fresh garlic bread and green beans. David gave it a thumbs up. I think this might also work with mac and cheese if you added in some spicy ground hamburger meat, maybe some chopped black olives and topped it with a Mexican 4-cheese blend. Sounds good to me – think I’ll try that one next time.

Got an email from Jerry and Jack telling me about a video showing how to separate an egg using a water bottle. I don’t know who thought this up but it is very clever. Take a look below . . . .

 

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