The view from here

  • FurFiles and I have organized a little Skype baking session–yes, we’re going to make apple pies together–my good friend and neighbor from another country are going to put on our aprons (well, I am) and slice some apples and roll out some dough! Doesn’t that sound like so much fun? Technology can be awesome, that’s for sure.
  • Hubs and I went on the Palm Spring Aerial Tram yesterday and hiked all over in the snow at 8,000 ft. Took a lot of pics and will get to that post prolly when you-know-who leaves on Sunday.
  • Tomorrow is the launch of our rowing dory and we’re having a christening party here at Casa de Enchanted Seashells. Should be fun! You can’t believe how pretty this little boat is. Pics and post to come.
  • Working on the menu for my tugboat man’s last nice dinner before he flies away on Sunday. I’d love it if you shared your suggestions. Don’t forget we’re vegetarians–hope that doesn’t limit your options!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a “hate” with you.

I hate hate hate the little plastic things that conceal toilet bolts; I can’t explain why (maybe a shrink could, but that’s a whole other topic LOL)  but they really bug me, and one day I took the plastic off while I was obsessively cleaning. My seashell-saturated mind came up with  the brilliant idea of replacing it with a seashell, which fit perfectly, and I think it’s a great improvement!

I daubed a bit of Museum Putty on the underside to hold it in place. I use QuakeHold or Museum Putty to secure lots of things that I don’t want to glue or hot glue. It works great and doesn’t leave a mark.

The view from my throne…

Hi, I see you!

Hi, I see you!

The toilet improvement…Beautiful!


And a bit closer…don’t worry, it’s clean, I promise!toilet 2

Happy Thursday!



26 thoughts on “The view from here

  1. I hate those thingies too! They are just creepy no matter how much you clean them. The shells look awesome! A great vegetarian dish that is a favorite of my families is called “Potato Lover’s Salad” from an old veg, cookbook by Marilyn Diamond. It is yummy!


  2. Very cute seashell idea, but wouldn’t work in my house! Also, your vegetarian diet – cheese & eggs or no? If you do eat cheese & eggs I have a great recipe for spinach salad that is more like a meal in itself. I usually add bacon, but it could be left out too for vegetarians! Let me know!


      • Benze’s Spinach Salad:
        1 whole bag of washed spinach with stems removed
        6 large mushrooms (can be pan fried & cooled or raw)
        4 large eggs (hardboiled & chopped)
        Swiss & cheddar cheese mixed (enough to create a layer on salad)
        1/4 red onion (thin sliced & then separated into rings)
        Dressing: Equal parts of mayonnaise & coleslaw dressing with liberal amounts of dill weed.

        Fill the bottom of your bowl with dry spinach. Layer red onions & mushrooms over the spinach. Create a layer with chopped hardboiled egg. Create a layer with mixed Swiss & cheddar cheese. Seal the top of salad with dressing. This is meant to be a layered salad, so you dig down though the dressing to get all the other layers. Will taste best if you make it ahead of time & let it store covered in the fridge for at least 1 hour before eating.

        I don’t give away this recipe lightly, this is my SECRET recipe to serve to company, but since it’s hubby’s going away dinner, I’ll share.


      • OMG I have ALL the ingredients already! He loves hardboiled eggs and it sounds AMAY-ZING. I’ll take a pic and post it but won’t give away the “secret” , just a thank you shout out to you! I even have some dill in the garden!! thanks so much!

        On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  3. How do you feel about stuffed mushrooms?
    Get Portobello caps. Clean the stem and gills. Saute form tofu with some sesame oil and other seasonings you like.
    toss with corn niblets and chopped scallions. Brush mushroom caps with olive oil. Fill with mixture.
    Put in the oven until the caps are hot.
    (I’m writing this from memory, but I think it’s pretty colse to what we usually do.)


    • You are making me drool, well not YOU exactly, but the portabello mushroom recipe. I love them, I bought some too, so this is a definite yes!! I just need some tofu, but this is amazing. Thank you! this will be our appetizer tomorrow.

      On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


  4. You weren’t in my INBOX! I had to come looking, wondering where you were! I can’t get my hands on museum putty;I would love to have it.(You saw the back of my ‘throne’ and all the shells)
    Check out my blog,Kiddo…I have vegan/vegetarian food there, too.


    • Museum putty is pretty easy to find, Michaels has it and I’ve gotten it at hardware stores too! I know your blog has veggie ideas, I’ll check them out. I’ve gotten some good ideas so far!

      On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo


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