Not that I didn't know how, because my parents started making me take over chores when I was VERY young. Child labor I call it, which is probably why I'm a responsible person today. Too bad more parents don't do that.
Anyway, I was baking cakes from scratch when I was probably seven years old, only because they had not invented cake mix in a box yet. I can't tell you how many pots of cowboy beans I cooked in the deep well pot on the stove while standing on a chair leaning over the two front burners that were cooking something else. Not once did I catch on fire.
There was only one cookbook in the house back then, and that was Betty Crocker. Top shelf right, there are five Betty Crocker cookbooks ... mine, my mothers, my grandmothers, etc. I blame them for my penchant for cookbooks, and of course 4H because their only alternative was raising chickens.
I'm truly not that great at hoarding since ten years ago I got rid of over half of my stash. This is all that's left, leaving me LOTS of room for more!! Instead of sitting down and reading a detective novel, I read cookbooks. Hope springs eternal that I will absorb something from them that will improve my skills at keeping the smoke alarm from going off. So far no luck!!
On the other hand, I did have some very good luck when Miss Terry emailed a recipe for carnitas that did not require a gallon of lard. How cool is that? Thus the latest edition to my hoard. I can't wait to try out some recipes.
Here's one you won't believe! Remember that o-ring I wanted for the kitchen sink faucet? I can't believe it came in my post office box yesterday. You know why? It was addressed to my street address, which the Post Office refuses to deliver to, but when they saw my name, they actually threw it in the p.o. box instead of returning it to Delta. Will wonders never cease!!
Here's the kicker though ... I gave Delta the model number of the faucet and they sent the wrong part. First off, all I wanted was the aerator INSIDE the nozzle. They sent the entire nozzle ... that's it on the left. MY nozzle is on the right. Not exactly the same size!
So THIS is why it was $21. Lucky for me, they sent it at no charge. I'm stealing the washer out of it and putting it in my leaky bathroom sink faucet.
In an effort to keep at least the front yard looking nice this summer, I picked up new sprinkler heads. It will give the gardener new targets for his lawn mowing machine. I haven't figured out how to install them yet, but I'm guessing it requires a shovel. Another house project ... will wonder never cease!!
It's that time again, the magical, Camelot-like Magic Kingdom of Bingo. The Castle Lawyer and I met up LAST night for an evening of target shooting at the new range just a mile from my house. We did great as we each imagined someone's Bingo face on the target!! But that's another story!