oh this looks delicious. carrot soup with crisped garbanzo beans/chickpeas



just click on the link. it look “oh my goodness tasty”

too bad my hubby is a picky eater so I can’t make things like this for dinner and my kids don’t do soups…. although they do like garbanzo beans….


What my hermits eat….

Ok, interests in hermit crabs has been showing up on my search feed so I will say a bit about how it’s been working out for me.

Currently, I have 4 live hermit crabs. In the year and a half since I’ve started with hermit crabs i’ve lost 2. One after a yr shortly after i changed the substrate from coconut fiber to sand and one after a few weeks of ownership. So I’ve had a total of 6, 2 big, 1 medium (the originals) and 3 tiny. I’ve lost only one of the big originals and one of the newcomers.
This is what I’ve learned.
My hermit crabs are purple pincher, at least that’s what I was told.

Occasionally, I put the yellow flukers cricket calcium fortified cricket quencher in their water dish.
I used rabbit food pellets, hermit crab powdered food, flukers cricket food, dried shrimp, rabbit dried veg treats, bird food, and occasionally fresh fruits.

I prefer the coconut fiber substrate.

When not traveling the hermits live in a huge plastic clear storage container with holes drilled in the lid.

At home I do have a small heating pad stuck to the side of the plastic container. *warning, do not place the heavy plastic container on top of the heating pad, it will melt the plastic and be a possible fire hazard. usually, the temperature in my house is around 75 degrees but there is high humidity in the habitat. Ido have a temperature and humidity gage in their habitat.

I try not to unbury the hermit crabs while molting but in emergencies I gently use a plastic spoon to dig it out, put in a plastic dish filled with substrate, bury it slightly and put a hut over it. The plastic dish I do place in the bigger habitat so that when it is finished molting it can crawl out and join its friends.

At one point I had a three footed toad (a toad with 4 legs but 3 feet) housed with the hermit crabs for about 8 months. I swear the hermits ate the toad’s poop. I also saw the hermits hunting and catching the crickets.

When traveling, I placed the hermits in a smaller portable habitat made out of a clear office storage box with holes in the sides and a latch lid.pictures below of the travel case as we are currently traveling)











I know many people are worried about making their hermit crabs sick but I have at times Introduced slugs, snails and worms to them from the outside during the time that the toad lived with them. I also included branches from outside. They loved the bark.
At one point they shared their habitat with about 10 slugs because well the slugs for the toad laid eggs and then their were baby slugs. There is still one resident slug in the habitat. It has been there since it hatched




Someone gave me their pet hermit crab because it quit moving around and they figured it was unhappy.
This was its habitat.


Note to dogs and cats

Someone posted this on their Facebook. I don’t know where they got it but it’s funny!

The following was found posted very lowon a refrigerator door.

Dear Dogs and Cats: The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Racing me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. You, dogs and cats, can actually curl up in a ball when you sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other, stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out on the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time,there is no secret exit from the bathroom!If, by some miracle, I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge in an attempt to open the door. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years – canine/feline attendance is not required.

The proper order for kissing is: Kiss me first, then go smell the other dog or cat’s butt. I cannot stress this enough.

Finally, in fairness, dear pets, I have posted the following message on the front door:


(1) They live here. You don’t.
(2) If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why they call it ‘fur’-niture.
(3) I like my pets a lot better than I like most people..
(4) To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted sons/daughters who are short, hairy, walk on all fours and don’t speak clearly.

Remember, dogs and cats are better than kids because they:
(1) eat less,
(2) don’t ask for money all the time,
(3) are easier to train,
(4) normally come when called,
(5) never ask to drive the car,
(6) don’t smoke or drink,
(7) don’t want to wear your clothes,
(8) don’t have to buy the latest fashions,
(9) don’t need a gazillion dollars for college and
(10)if they get pregnant, you can sell their children ..



I’m a bit worried about my toad. Three feet, hasn’t eaten it’s dry food on about a week and the crickets are still singing in it’s enclosure.
Maybe three feet is trying to hibernate because it’s getting colder.
I can’t release it until summer when we return to our original home. I’m not sure what kind of toad three feet is and I don’t want to introduce an invasive species up here. Also with it recently snowing and winter on its way I’m
Nervous three feet will freeze to death if I release her….
So it’s a wait and see….

New year’s eve dinner

Several pieces of garlic 1 thin sliced and diced onion Lime
juice and a bit of tomato paste and a bit of salt. Heat Allow to
cool Put under,and over the turkey skin And inside the turkey Add 1
can of beer to the inside and a bit of garlic seasoning to the
outside of the turkey. Sit covered over night in the fridge Bake at
350-400 until done Then remove foil and allow to brown Yum yum Take
extra turkey juices and a few potatoes in a baking dish, cover with
foul and bake at 350-400 degrees until done.( you can make the
potatoes with the turkey space permitting and if you remember) Get
grandma to make rice with black eyed peas Add some vegetables,
bread, salad and wine and wa-la dinner is served!!! My oldest and
only turkey for dinner My youngest ate only the vegetables…. My
nephew only the rice and bread ….. Sigh! Their combined effort
made a pretty balanced meal!

Going Green…sort of

Well, lately I’ve been trying to be more earth friendly and
less chemically ridden. So I bought the cloth grocery bags [which
we always leave at home], a diva menstrual cup[which is wonderful],
and I’ve started buying some organic foods and juices. I still
can’t bring myself to spend the top dollar on organic fruits, veg
and meat but I am trying to buy the kids less chemically filled
processed food. Recently, I heard of the Feingold diet and how it
is believed that many food additives and colorings can contribute
to behavioral and health problems. So slowly we
are eliminating most of the obvious dyes like red 40 and
yellow5 and trying a more natural less processed diet. Hopefully,
this will help my oldest with his behavioral problems. He is the
sweetest boy but once a tantrum hits he cannot control himself. SO
we shall see. Either way a healthier diet is better for us in the
long run anyways. I also have switching to cleaning most things
with either bleach water or vinegar water [never mix bleach and
vinegar]. This was spurned mostly by my oldest spraying my youngest
in the face with pet-stain-remover about a yr ago. Wish me luck!
I’m a tight wad, penny pincher, cheap skate trying to go green a
bit at a time.

Pineapple chicken

Yesterday, I made a delicious bit of chicken. I altered a recipe off of allrecipes.com.

Basically I took boneless, skinless chicken cutlets and sliced them into thin strips.
Added soy sauce to them.

In a pan I sautéed some garlic and onion in a small bit of coconut oil.

Then added the chicken to brown it on one side.

I then flipped the chicken after it browner on one side.
After flipping I added pineapple chunks and some pineapple juice and a bit more soy sauce.
Simmered until chicken was done!
Yum yum yum!!!