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2/11/2015 12:26:10 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

The Excessively Complete Guide to Homemade Pizza For Beginners
This post is a basic guide to homemade pizza and includes detailed instructional videos for beginners, a review of different baking methods, and quite a lot of tips for getting the perfect home pizza.  While there are plenty of instructionals for pizza on the net, all I could find was "the right way to do it" by people who have obviously made a few thousand pizzas.  So I decided that it might be helpful to give an instructional to beginners by a beginner who has made just enough pizzas to have a good idea ...

1/30/2015 3:15:54 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

The Five Stages of Grief... Over Pizza Dough
Over the last few months hubby has made pizza dough several times.  The pizza was so delicious that I decided we should make pizza every weekend... or more.  It even had me planning double-double batches so that we could have pizza for lunch all week, too.  Yes... it really was that good and I even ordered pizza "screens" to make baking the pizza easier.
But why ...

1/23/2015 3:21:23 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Clutch Pedal Extension
As promised and despite a lingering cough, I am back in the saddle of DIY projects... or would that be the car-seat?
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Hamper Hangin Around1/14/2015 4:35:16 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Old and Grumpy... I mean the Cat.
Sure, for the last couple weeks I have felt like a herd of miniature horses has run me over daily, and the doctor basically said "Who Knows." and tossed some antibiotics my way.  But this post is really not about the grumpy and cough-so-hard-my-head-will-explode human in the house, it is about the old and grumpy cat.  No... not that grumpy cat... my grumpy cat.  The one that ends his "Meow" with an extra "feah" when he is angry with me.
My big old ...

1/5/2015 12:04:51 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Some Wicked Wind This Way Blows and A Very Silent Night
Sunday was windy, and while it would be easy to think that the mountains don't get strong winds... just take note of the fact that buildings in our area have to be rated for 120 mph gusts.  We get seasonal 80-100 mph winds a few times a year, but I think some of the current gusts have been running even above that.
Yesterday afternoon the wind knocked out power several times in the surrounding areas, and dropped power to our whole area around 5:30pm.  Thankfully the wind died down completely by 6pm so ...

1/2/2015 11:24:29 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Happy New Year 2015 and the Shortest Resolution Ever
Hubby and I have very few traditions.  I think without having kids, traditions just don't seem as important.  Everything is flexible.  Which, in one way, is nice because everything becomes easily movable to a convenient day-off-work.  But it also means that holidays and special events are a lot easier to slip under the rug and forget about.
Some of the loose events that we try to make time for, consists mainly of going out to dinner at least some time near our birthdays and anniversary.  On the ...

12/24/2014 10:00:52 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays from TinkerT and my family.  We hope everyone has a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

12/22/2014 12:18:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Little More Car Storage Space
"Tired" of emergency supplies taking up space and rolling around in the trunk of your car?  This fix can fit a surprising amount of those little things in a space that is never used.  
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12/9/2014 1:18:25 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

More About Our New-Used Car
So our new-used car, a Suzuki SX4 Sport, has been running well so far and already has a name.  Okay... so I have to admit I named the thing before I even had a chance to drive it, but with hubby having to take it to work before the crack-of-dawn and not getting home until pitch-black-O-clock, I didn't even get a chance to drive it around until Saturday and it needed a name long before then.
Much like "Roo" our first Subaru... this SX4 got it's name mostly from it's ...

12/9/2014 10:21:48 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Frugal Fan Fix For Ferociously Freezing Failing Fridge
I actually did this mod/repair a while ago, but I wanted to be sure it would work well before I posted the how-to.  We got this fridge when we first moved to the mountains several years ago.  Used, nothing fancy, but in good condition.  Sadly though, over the last two years it has gotten worse and worse about freezing everything in the back and produce bins and leaving the rest not cold enough.
I started moving things around a lot to try to keep everything at the right temperatures, but with hubby home and ...

12/4/2014 8:25:38 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A "New" Used Addition to Our Car Family
A smart girl thinks ahead... and an obsessively compulsive one thinks ahead, plans for the worst, and then worries about it until something can be done... then worries about it some more.  And this was the case with our recent car troubles.  Luckily though, I put some of that planning and worry to good use by having scoured Craigslist for the best deals on hopefully good running vehicles.
So when ...

12/3/2014 3:15:17 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Cars - Headache and Heartache
A few weeks ago, hubby was in an accident while driving my beloved little red Subaru Justy "Roobie".  The other driver did an illegal U-turn without looking on an icy road.  (Yea, that is the kind of dim-wits that are on the road every day.)  Hubby's neck is very sore and the doctors kept him home from work for several days and he is still taking the last week of muscle-relaxants to try to get back in good shape, but he will be fine.  Thank heavens that the little Justy was made back when they actually ...

12/2/2014 10:18:13 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Pots and Pans
After all that jam making I came to realize that my miss-matched pots and pans (mostly from two very cheap sets purchased about 12 years ago) were on their last legs... or in this case handles.  So I started looking for replacements for the dutch oven that lost it's handle last year.  Of course, then I noticed that most of the other pots and pans were getting loose handles as well, so I was also keeping my eye out for a nice set of pots & pans that I could get cheap.
Not an easy search.  Sure there are ...

12/1/2014 3:30:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Thanksgiving Weekend and Covering a Barn Shelter
I am thankful for many things.  My friends and family.  That my sister invites hubby and I to spend Holidays with her family.  And right now I am very thankful that I no longer need to worry about everything in the "barn" getting covered with a couple foot of snow this winter.
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salesapronlist11/25/2014 7:54:14 PM - Read Full Post

A Bitter Breeze and Some Website Work
WIND.  I donít like WIND.  Yes.  That is in all capital letters.
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11/23/2014 12:18:45 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

What Craft Fair?
Sadly the question most asked of us on Saturday at the "Deck The Mall" event was "What's this for?  Is there some kind of event going on?"  Evidently the advertising for the event was more than lacking, and a search of online came up with almost no listings and those that were still listed the event being on the 15th.
So while we were excited to have good weather despite fighting some wind in the early morning and evening, and a good spot on a corner, sales were definitely less than ...

Deck The Mall Denver11/14/2014 5:19:38 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Deck The Mall Delay
Hubby and I were expecting to go to the "Deck The Mall" this Saturday to sell jams and aprons, but it has been postponed to the 22nd because of bad weather.  Hopefully next weekend's weather will be better.
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11/14/2014 4:55:37 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Fixing Flow to an Unusual Faucet
When flow to a faucet fouls up, the first thing to check is the aerator... No, this isn't something you fly with.  The little screen that is usually screwed onto the faucet where the water comes out.
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11/14/2014 3:49:58 PM - Read Full Post

Guest Bathroom Pipe Drain
I recently installed shut-off valves for the guest bathroom ( info here and here ) in preparation for cold weather this winter.  I was tired of trying a lot of ways to keep the bathroom warm enough for the pipes in the outer walls from freezing.  Unsuccessfully in several cases.  So as the ...

11/8/2014 12:00:06 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Mouse Bait... Lava Soap.
Being just a little bit OCD means that I wash my hands quite often during the course of a normal day, and even the thought of dealing with septic systems and effluent filters sends me grabbing for the disposable gloves and about 5 kinds of harsh-to-skin-disintegrating soaps.  Imagine my surprise, however, when I reached for the third soap in my arsenal only to find someone had gotten there first.
Bite marks on my lava soap.... I mean... WHAT?!?
I know that mice try an invasion each year ...

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