Feb. 7th, 2016

thethriftyhausfrau: (fine dining oysters and wine)
I can't tell you how many batches of homemade salad I've thrown out uneaten/going bad in the past 30 years of cooking for a family. It's reached the point where salad has become something I eat only when in a restaurant, because it's too time-consuming and ultimately unappealing at home.

But the other night, while enjoying a chicken taco at our favorite neighborhood cheap Mexican restaurant, I realized something about salad:

It's time to deconstruct it, and rebuild it only with the parts I enjoy. What I like about the tacos is that they consist of a flour tortilla, some chopped-up grilled chicken, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and a sprinkle of cheese. That's it: essentially a chicken roll-up with a little salad inside. All the flavors could be tasted and enjoyed.

So today I took the leftover iceberg lettuce (shhh! don't tell the food cops!) and a ripe Roma tomato from last night's hamburgers made at home, and turned those two ingredients into a salad. I added a sprinkle of grated cheese leftover from last Sunday's homemade pizza, and made a simple dressing of two teaspoons of mayo beaten with an equal amount of water. It was just enough moisture to hold the cheese to the lettuce, more or less. Then I topped it with four large homemade croutons, made from the heel of a loaf of homemade oatmeal bread that was getting too dry.

It was filling, delicious, not fattening, and I enjoyed every crunchy, flavorful bite. Nothing new had to be bought to make it and it was constructed in just a few minutes. This is how salad is going to be from here on out. Yum!
thethriftyhausfrau: (sewing lady)
A few years ago, my husband bought me a pair of Behringer headphones that I like very much and use a lot. Our house is small, and the only way to listen to music or videos in peace is to use headphones.

Unfortunately, the vinyl-coated fabric on the ear pads and inside the head strap began peeling with age/use, and I wound up covered in tiny flecks of deteriorating black plastic every time I wore the head phones. I tried cleaning all the plastic off, but it's tenacious stuff. A long time searching on the internet for replacement pads came up fruitless. These are made for more expensive headphones, but not ones like mine.

Fortunately, I can sew. So I recovered the pads and strap with some fabric from my big tub of sewing goodies:

Headphones

All this took was eyeballing how much fabric would be needed for each section, cutting it out and hand-stitching it to the original seams on each section. It was a little tedious, but the result works fine and is fun to look at. Plus, nobody ever picks up my head phones by mistake.

The fabric is the remains of a large remnant bought for $1 a yard. Some of it I used to make a cover for any tempting items in the hatchback of my car. After a few years, that fabric was recycled into a dog bed. The little bit that was left over became the ear phone cover.

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