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Baked chocolate Bisquick donuts

I feel like we hae finally turned a corner as far as the craziness goes… I hope!  Getting back into routines and not shuttling back and forth between houses is nice.  

Work is just about complete on the dining room – we even got a picture up!:


We will be getting our living room couch and chaise this week, finally!  We have had a trundle bed set up as a couch in the living room for now. Shades of dorm rooms LOL!  It’s beginning to feel more like our house now, little by little. 

Anyway, back to donuts – or getting to the donuts… I had bought a box of Bisquick for a recipe that I can’t recall now, but we needed to use of the rest before we moved and I found recipes for Bisquick donuts to use it up. We liked them so much and they were so easy that we bought another box after we moved LOL!


Here is one of the recipes from the Betty Crocker website

This is a half recipe and it makes 6 or 7 small donuts.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

Makes 6 mini donuts.

Preheat oven to 425 F.


  • 1 cup (120 grams) of Bisquick Heart Smart
  • 1.5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a medium bowl, mix the Bisquick, sugar and cocoa powder to blend. In another small dish, beat the egg, add the milk and vanilla.  


Then add this to the dry mix.  Mix until just moistened. Overmixing can make tough donuts, and you don’t want tough donuts :D


Spray the donut pan with cooking spray and spoon into the pan.


This is a little full, actually – so keep that in mind. I just didn’t feel like doing another pan for 1 donut (lazy).

Bake for 6-7 minutes.  Check with a toothpick if you want, but they will spring back to the touch.


See how I got this pan just a little full? Turn over to the pretty side on a cooling rack :)


Here are the stats for just the donuts:

Calories (per donut): 106, 2.7 grams of fat, 18.2 grams of carbs, 3.3 grams of protein, 0.4 grams of fiber.

Top with any glaze that you want.  This glaze is 1/3 cup of powdered sugar with a tablespoon of milk and 1/2 tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter.


The donuts are not too sweet, which is nice and so easy and fast to make. You can have donuts in about 20 minutes from start to finish.

It’s funny how I bought a donut pan kind of on a whim and we actually use it fairly often.  John loves the baked donuts, as do I.

New boiler for our furnace tomorrow and the new furniture!  I also have a product review and giveaway for this week, so stay tuned!

Fall foliage

Fall is in the air! Other than being warm, of course.  The leaves have hit their peak now.



So love the colors of fall.

Here are some photos on our walk today:




Not exactly sure what is up with this squirrel. It’s not really a fall decoration and he is tied into the tree.  Weird.





Here is one of my potted plants that rebloomed!


A lot of our fall decorations are in a box somewhere, but I did manage to find my sign welcoming the trick-or-treaters:


We need to check with the neighbors and see how many kids come for Halloween. We are a few blocks from the school, so it could be a lot.

I sure am glad it is Friday.  Gotta work some, though.  We got a tax bill for the new house already – eek!


Today’s pink picture:


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As if I weren’t busy enough!

This has been some weather this week!  We hit 78 yesterday and the overnight low was around 60, so that meant biking for breakfast! 


Happy bike face!! We haven’t been on the bikes in 2 weeks and it felt good.  Of course, we now live 1 mile from the coffee shop instead of 6, so we took a circuitous route there to add some miles.

 Fall plantings downtown:


It’s so warm that it feels like summer around here.  Looks like fall, though:


Work has been really busy, which is a good thing. For a while there, I was concerned about not enough work after losing my main account, but they gave me some more work and I think maybe a couple MTs left or something because there has been plenty of work lately. Feast or famine and I will have to feast as much as I can :D

My snack with my afternoon latte – Newman Ginger O’s:


I have a good relationship with food now, but I still have those foods I don’t let in the house for fear of bingeing on them. Newman Ginger O’s are one of those foods. I have decided to bring those foods into the house and learn that I don’t have to eat them all at once.  Of course, I won’t be having them all here at the same time :D  I have been doing okay with these cookies.

Work is progressing on the dining room. Painting has begun (YAY!!!) and I finally chose a light fixture.


I really struggled with this one as we wanted something Tiffany, but I was afraid the diffusion of the light wouldn’t be enough.  I had looked at this fixture and really liked it, but I thought it was too small for the room at 13 inches.  You are supposed to take the length of the room on the diagonal and that should be the size of your ceiling fixture in inches (according to experts). This room is 17.5 feet in diagonal, which means a 17 inch fixture. I finally decided to go ahead and get the light I liked since I kept coming back to it.  And you know – it fits just fine! Not too small and I love it.  Goes to show that the experts aren’t always right.

On top of all this, I got an email from my old soap client last week asking for more soap.  It’s always an ‘emergency’ for her (not sure why she cannot plan it better, but whatever).  I told her we had just moved and it would take some time to get them to her, but I just can’t turn the order down. It’s several hundred dollars and with the rehab and owning 2 houses, it is much needed $$$  :D

So, I had to find my molds and all the stuff in the pile of boxes and set myself up in the basement main room as I am *not* making soap in my brand new kitchen.

My alchemy station by the giant fireplace in the basement.


Finished soap:


I am about 3/4 done with the order. Just another couple days.  Then I am sure something else will crop up…

Today’s pink item?


Random floral vase. This normally isn’t out – or wasn’t at our old place. Still finding homes for a ton of stuff :D

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Fall weekend

I had a nice mostly unplugged weekend.  I worked a little on Saturday morning and then just spent the weekend doing other things. With the move done, it now feels like we are starting to build our routines back. I was on the hunt for a small table for out nook and I hit up a couple resale/antique stores. Here are some nice shots of some businesses getting decked out for fall and Halloween:






I did find an interesting table, but it might be a little too big.

I also finally got out into my own garden.  This is the mess (one of) I am trying to sort out:


Yeah, it’s a big mess!  If I can get anything cleared out, I might just get a chance to put some bulbs in just to have something come up in the spring.

House progress.  I got all the wallpaper off the dining room wall!  Each room seems to have a different level of wallpaper hell going on. This one seemed easy at first because the top wallpaper came right off except for right at the ceiling where it was glued in a strip (which took forever to get off), but the bottom was 4 layers. With paint in between. That took forever and a day.  But now it is done!


All that is left is wall patching,  quick sanding and then paint.  That red color is what is going on the bottom half. It’s called Merlot.  Top will be cream.  It will be good to get this room done.

I found strange stuff, too.  It looks like someone took a knife and stabbed the wall.  


Is that not bizarre? This was up high above the window, too.  All the neighbors we have met so far do not have a high opinion of the guy that had this house before. He sounds like a real peach.

We finished the doors for the radiator cabinet after my mismeasurement..oopsie… Or should I say John resized them :D  Here is the old kitchen and what we were trying to solve:


Here is this area now:


The doors came out just like I wanted!  The cabinets were moved a smidge to the left. We bought the radiator screen online and cut it to fit the middle of the doors. Then painted and voila. Now the heat can come out from behind there and we don’t have to look at it :D The drawers fronts look a little small above, but for now they will do. Plus we need a little trim on the bottom to match the other door, but those are small details.  I know I owe you a full kitchen reveal as well.

Today’s pink picture! This is a magnet my sister brought us back on a trip she took to California earlier this year. Bling!


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Cleaning out the old

This moving thing is getting old already.  We have been going to the old house and finishing up clearing out old stuff.  You know, you just don’t realize how much stuff you have until you have to move it.  Not to mention that I was feeling good that we had pared down – and we still have too much stuff.  Ugh.  It’s funny how you have so much stuff that means nothing – like how many mini blind brackets does one really need?? And you have the other things that mean a lot, like my great grandmother’s hand-painted plates:


Then is the task of scrubbing down the old house. Dust bunnies galore!  When looking at the house, it seems so generic inside without all our stuff and I don’t feel sad about it.  All the character of the old house was on the outside and the garden and that does hurt some to look at.  


I still need to move over most of my garden ornaments.  With no sale pending on the house, there really isn’t a hurry to do that stuff, but it would be nice to be finished.

We are slowly getting used to the new place. I do have to say that I have been sleeping really well.  I am totally shocked.  I normally suffer from insomnia and I will say that after the first week we closed on the new house, I started taking melatonin and that combined with all the physical work and I began sleeping a lot better.  The first night in the new house I slept surprisingly well and have all week.  I don’t know if it is just the melatonin, but a big part is the largeness of the master bedroom. I feel tucked away inside the room and not near a window or wall on the side and it just feels very safe. I just hope it lasts.

One of my favorite things is our new sink!  


I was a little worried about the granite composite staining as some people reviewed it as having an issue with that, but we have not found that so far.  There has been tomato sauce, chili, coffee, blueberries and strawberries in the sink and no stains, so I am really pleased about that.  

Pixie also has been settling in like she owns the place.  She has been finding some strange places to hang out that she never did before:



She just likes being with us, though.  I am happy that she has settled in and seems really content.  This was her in between John and I last night:



I am glad for the weekend, although it just feels like we don’t have enough time to get everything done that we need!  Every time we cross one thing off, we find 2 more things to do :D

Let’s talk candy corn

Okay, it’s time to talk candy corn. I know there are a lot of you who don’t like it. I love it! Funny thing is that a lot of people associate candy corn with me. Sad and funny at the same time, don’t you think?

candy corn

Anyway, as a candy corn connoisseur, there are certain rules about candy corn.  The first is freshness.  Stale candy corn is terrible.  This is why I only eat candy corn in the fall when most is consumed and what you get is fresh.  Don’t be buying any convenience store snack bag of candy corn in July and expect it to be good.  

The other is brand. I am very particular about the brands of candy corn I like.  You can’t just go and buy any old candy corn.  Best brand?  Zachary’s.


It has the best flavor in my opinion.


The other thing about candy corn?  You cannot mimic the flavor in other things.  It’s like fresh strawberries. Any kind of strawberry candy or muffin or whatever just doesn’t taste like strawberries.  So just say no to this:ccoreoMost definitely say no to this:


It’s just white chocolate colored like candy corn. Imposter!!!

The other thing is to stay away from candy corn that has been adulterated.   This means none of this:



No, no, no.  JUST STOP IT!!


Candy corn is a simple candy. Not sure why I like it so much, but I do!  We should take a poll and see how many candy corn lovers also love eggnog (I do!), which is another polarizing holiday treat. 

Settling in

We made it to the other side of the weekend’s move!  We did have some help packing and unpacking, but the moving part was by ourselves.  Thank goodness for being more fit than the last time we moved 8 years ago!  John also made a point that he is never moving again and I am to remind him weekly of that.   :lol: 

Too much stuff.

Pixie came over Sunday afternoon for good.  She was not liking all of the stuff being emptied out of the house.  



Are we there yet?

Do you like the piano?


I can now say I have moved a piano LOL!  Of course, it is missing the metal string compartment as John converted this to hold his keyboard. That got rid of a ton of weight in the piano since we were just moving the outer casing.

It’s going to take a while to get settled here, and we still have to clean up the old house and move a few leftover things.  It’s overwhelming to find new homes for everything:


Of course, it would be really nice if we could actually take a few days off to get things in order, but being self-employed, we just don’t have that luxury and were right back at work this morning.  Gotta pay for this rehab!  At least no commute :)

It seems we have had a thousand plumbing issues in this house, but something actually worked like it was supposed to – this dishwasher!


First load and no leaks. Whew…

We also did our first grocery shopping trip for the new house.  I am so tired of seeing pumpkin spice everything and I think this is just ridiculous:


It’s time to stop pumpkin spicing everything.

Friday and moving weekend!

It’s Friday!  Not too much is blooming in my garden right now and I didn’t have time for pictures, but I did get a couple downtown of the mums:





Now that we don’t have a leaky porch roof anymore, I put out my little scarecrow:


Saturday is supposed to be very rainy. We were going to move the big stuff, but now are putting that off until Sunday. We are renting a truck.  I know I vowed never to move stuff myself, but with the expense of the roof and the heating system (whenever that happens), I made the decision to get the truck and move stuff. John left that decision up to me, pretty much.  Good thing I have been strength training.  It wont’ be that bad, though, I hope.  We have actually been taking stuff over with our daily trips and have moved quite a bit of stuff already. It’s the big stuff on Sunday like the china cabinet, table and bed.  Still ugh, though.

The most important thing has been at the house for a bit:


I made chili in the crockpot to bring with us to cook at the house. I used up about 5 cans of things like tomatoes, beans, sauce, etc and was all excited thinking about using up all that stuff before moving.  Then it dawned on me that I was bringing it over anyway…


Please don’t laugh, but I was so paranoid about having the crockpot on my new wood counters LOL!  I kept checking the counter for scratches or to make sure it wasn’t burning a hole in it.  Of course, they were fine.

So was the chili!


We are putting the finishing touches on the kitchen.  It’s so exciting to see it now!  It feels like a home and not a disaster area.


I forgot to mention the other day about the return of the pink picture!  Every October, I post a picture of something pink and ask that you click on the link below to help fund mammograms for women.  It’s free to click and you can do it every day.

Today’s pink picture?


Firehose connections on the library! 

The Breast Cancer Site

October Goals

Where the H*ll did September go?  Okay, I know where it went.   September has such a flurry of activity normally because there are 2 anniversaries and 4 birthdays in the family that month and to add the house stuff on top of that and I don’t even know what day it is anymore. :D

Peeps, I am really tired. Bone tired. I can’t imagine if I had been trying to do that second job on top of this rehab and my regular job.  It just wouldn’t have been possible.  Once the move happens this weekend, the worst should be over, though, and there won’t be the daily traveling back and forth between the houses.

Trying to get some normalcy with our usual Bagel Wednesday!


It’s nice that this place is a little over a mile from the new house and we will be able to walk there if we want.

It’s all decorated for Halloween, too:


Pixie had her first visit to the new house.  She has never moved as she was a foundling outside the door of our current house.  I was curious as to how she would handle it, so we brought her over on Monday to spend the day with us.  She was a little freaked out at first, scurrying around and meowing and then after a couple hours of sniffing deposited herself on the floor in the living room by me.  When we came back to the house in the evening (we left here there as we had to grocery shop), she settled into the kitchen while we worked.


We brought her back home around 9 pm that night and settled in to watch football.  This is what she did:


Sacked out LOL!

Anyhoo, it is about time I started setting some goals for myself again.  This is the plan for October.

1. Move.  We are planning for moving the big stuff *this* weekend!

2. Get back to the gym.  Now that the heavy duty rehab stuff is done and we will be living in the new place, I can get back to training again.  I was using all the strength and stamina I had built up for rehabbing the house. Thank goodness for that or I never would have made it.  Now it is time to get back to routine again.  Plus the gym is only 2 miles from the new house! Woo Hoo!

3. Get my eating back into some semblance of normal.  Less processed quick stuff and more cooked things.  Less eating out, which is good for the pocketbook and pants.

4. Finish the dining room.  This room needs the rest of wallpaper removal and paint.  Really easy on the scale of projects, but it will take time.  The good thing is that I can be working on the walls while watching football once we get moved :D

Setting some goals makes it feel like we might get a normal schedule again… right??

Here are a few more pictures of progress that has been made. Here is something that didn’t work as planned.  My doors. These are to cover the radiator area and still let heat into the room.  I loved how the doors came


Everything was hunky dory on these at first because I did my measurements with the door off on the cabinet to the right.  Well, there is not enough room for the new doors to go on with the other door in place and I can’t move the other door. So, we have to fashion new smaller doors.  Although, the idea behind them is exactly what I envisioned. Execution is the problem here.  These are the things in rehab that are really annoying.  Supposed to work, but don’t.

The shower now works – woo hoo!  The final part was the charm.  This is the trim unit we needed.


We had to find the trim that fit the installed valve. Finding this model was a real PITA (and expensive).  If we couldn’t find the trim that fit the valve, it would have meant tearing off the tub surround and replacing the valve in the wall (not a job we would do), then replacing the surround, which was not in the plan…at least not now.  Just this valve trim alone was over $200. Can you believe it?  Kohler brand.  Or should I say Koh$er brand.  Now it is time to clean a super grimy shower before we put our tootsies in there.  It’s gross.

Stove is in and the marble is grouted.


I love the marble it! LOVE IT!  Maybe some year we will convert to a gas stove, which would be wonderful.  We also got the fridge today.  The kitchen is now functional and just needs small things done like some caulk lines and shoe molding… and the cabinet door do over  :roll:  

Tonight I get to be at the old house doing laundry, working and packing. Fun, fun!!

Lake ride and anniversary!

First off, I want to wish John a very happy anniversary!  18 years ago we finally got hitched and I couldn’t have picked a better person to spend the last 18 years with :D



Coincidence – this photo was in a bunch of pictures we brought over to the new house today. 

Saturday was too nice of a day to spend it all doing rehab, so we decided on a ride to the lake!  Colors are just starting to turn. Probably they will peak in the next week or two.  







It was really a bright and sunny day.



It was worth taking the early part of the day off for riding!



Now that the tourist season is pretty much over, the lake is peaceful and quiet.



While the tourism is great for the economy, it is nice to have the lake back to locals – especially at the most beautiful time of year.


A few trees are turning now.  The orangey colors are one of my favorites of the fall colors.



We stopped at the Lake George Baking Company for our treat and they had this sign posted:






Pumpkin cupcake with maple frosting!  So good!  We sat in a couple Adirondack chairs and enjoyed a gorgeous day.  There might have been a donut consumed, as well…

We did have to get some rehab work done, so we headed home. Nonstop, actually! 



31 miles and it was soooo good to get out for a long ride.  We have been working really hard for the last 6 weeks.

Rehab  progress this weekend: 



Sink in, but not hooked up yet.  That will happen this week. We are also getting the fridge and stove delivered this week.  It’s almost a functional kitchen!