The effects of winter

One more sleep until John comes home!!  Interestingly enough, last night was the first night that I slept well since he has been gone.  Normally on his weekend trips I sleep okay, but this longer one I haven’t been.

I did Bagel Wednesday anyway. Nothing stops that 😀  No company this time, though.


That frozen main at the old place is annoying. I called the water department and they can’t clear it from outside because the ground is frozen and they can’t dig. So, they had to come to the house and look at the main valve inside to see if they could use their equipment and drill out from the inside. The guy said “What time can you come out today?” since someone obviously had to be there. Nothing like having all the stuff go down when only one of us is at home. Anyway, I get there and then they tell me they can’t clear it from inside the house unless we have a plumber come in and change the shut off valve to a type that accepts their tools.  Sigh.  Or, they said we could wait until it thaws on its own, which is what we would like to do. Would be nice if temps could actually get above freezing and stay there.  I guess all the houses in the couple of blocks had the same problem and we were house #28 to have the main frozen.

The effects of winter.  At our old place, the house next door has not been well taken care of. The garage has looked like a death trap with a bowed roof for years. Funny thing – the neighbors put a new side door on it and started painting the sides, but totally ignored the roof other than covering it with a blue tarp. Well, this year’s heavy snowfall took its toll:


We see this from the driveway. The front of the garage at the street looks terrible because with the roof broken in, the garage door fell off the track and is dangling down.  So unsafe. Of course, a bank owns that house now and they won’t do anything about it. It’s a good thing for potential buyers to see, don’t  you think?  🙄

 Anyway enough house stuff.

I am still enjoying the Spiralizer.  Potatoes are awesome with this tool.  I used the angel hair shredder on a 5 oz potato:



Then I sprayed the waffle iron with cooking spray and put the potatoes in there, using a spatula to even them out and get them all in there.  Added some salt and peppah


Then cooked for about 5 minutes. If you use a blade bigger than the angel hair, it would probably take longer:


The lighting is a little weird because there were a bit darker than this. Anyway, this was a fun side dish and very quick.



It makes a serving of potato look huge, too. My eyes like that.  Looks like I waffled spaghetti, doesn’t it?  Hmmmm…. I wonder how that would be?

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16 thoughts on “The effects of winter

  1. debby

    Does a frozen main mean that if you were living there you would have no water? That would be awful, especially with having to wait for it to thaw!

    Totally love the “big look” potatoes. How fun to put them in the waffle iron. Hmmm. You could fill all the indents with other goodies. Hmmm…
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    1. Lori Post author

      Yes, that would mean no water at all. They say to leave water trickling, but we weren’t going to do that with a vacant house – and it didn’t help any of our neighbors as their pipes froze, too! If we did live there, we would not be waiting for it to thaw. You can’t live like that. No water, no toilet, no shower, no drinking.

      I think some cheeeeeeeeeese!!! on the potatoes would be pretty awesome don’t you?

  2. Shelley B

    Yummy on those potatoes! I still haven’t pulled the trigger on buying your spiralizer, but I just might. Of course, I don’t own a waffle iron, so I wouldn’t get those cute waffle potatoes, but still…veggies look really fresh and good spiralized!

    That pipe thing is crazy – thank god it’s at your old house, at least. But yeah, this winter need to be OVER for you guys!
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    1. Lori Post author

      Well, I did not know you didn’t own a waffle iron. That is a must have kitchen appliance LOL! Weren’t you trying to pare down stuff and now this will prompt you to get 2 things 😀

  3. debby

    LOL’ing at Lori’s and John’s comments. Oh, and Shelley? A nice unused waffle iron is one of the easiest things to find at the thrift store. Evidently, folks have not heard about the noodled and waffled potatoes and so give their waffle irons away;)
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  4. Fran

    Funny: today John comes home and R. is leaving for a trip to Italy. We switch “shifts” in being alone. I never have trouble sleeping when R. isn’t home, probably because he has been away on business trips a lot in our first years together.

    The potato dish looks good, looks a bit like rösti.
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  5. Helen

    You basically made hash browns in your waffle maker – very cool! I bet sweet potato would be good like that as well. Or even a starchy squash like butternut. Yum.

    Sorry about that stupid pipe and that this stupid, stupid winter continues on for you (and me). Enough is enough already!
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    1. Lori Post author

      I was thinking sweet potato as well. I almost wonder if a yellow squash would work almost like roasting. When veggies are cheaper this summer I will have to give it a try.

  6. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I never would have thought to “waffle” spiralized potatoes and they look delicious!

    Now I really want a spiralizer.

    I know home sales around here picked up like crazy and houses aren’t staying on the market very long. Maybe once you get through these cold temps and stuff warms up, the market will pick up for you and you can sell the old house. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!!
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  7. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Clever Lori. Those look delish! I haven’t caved on the spiralizer yet either. I hate when I get a tool/appliance and then don’t use it. Which happens a lot.

    While the frozen main at the old house is a PITB, it is a blessing you aren’t living there!

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