bath towels (and some other stuff) . . .

When we moved into our last house there was not one towel rack in the bathrooms, not one!  But . . . . there were these beautiful (probably Rejuvenation Hardware) hooks in the bathrooms.  So after our showers we would pile our towels on the hooks.  Our towels always smelled musty and there wasn't enough room to pile up our towels!  It drove me nuts.  Not nuts enough to put in towel racks, but nuts.  Finally I came up with the best idea!  I took five inch pieces of grosgrain ribbon and sewed loops on the corners of all our towels.  It was magic!  After each shower you simply found the ribbon-loop and hung it on the hook.  Our towels dried instantly and never smelled musty again! So yeah, it took me a little while to sew on all the ribbon hooks, I did it to ten towels.  But, it wasn't horrible I would just plop myself in front of the tv and sew away.  It took me a couple of nights of watching tv, not the end of the world.  About a year and half ago we moved, and I still have this system in place!  I love it!  I don't like hanging towels on towel racks anymore.  When you fold up a damp towel on a towel rack to make it look pretty, the towel doesn't get a chance to dry out properly and ends up smelling musty.  Plus it's much easier to designate a towel hook to each person rather than having enough towel racks for all your towels.  On top of that, a bunch of hooks in a line with matching hanging towels looks great!  So if you have this issue with either musty towels or not enough room for your towels, get rid of the racks and put in hooks!  Trust me, you will love this!


Last night I cooked the Pesto Rice ( and everyone loved it!  I highly recommend this for everyone.  This recipe could easily be done by cooking the rice separately, and then add in the beans, pesto and parm (just omit the chicken broth).  On the same night I made the corn salad ( .  This was yummy!  For the little kids I omitted the radishes and jalapeno to decrease the spice.

Tonight I cooked the Chicken and Okra Stew (, huge hit.  There's lots of chopping because of all the yummy vegetables, but once the chopping was all done it was simple!  Another huge success.  The Tomato Salad* on the other hand was a little odd!  Omit the paprika from the dressing and it will taste delicious!

Have fun cooking and organizing everyone!  And thank you for reading my blog.  Kysa

*Tomato Salad (recipe with paprika omitted)

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 3/4 pound heirloom tomatoes
  • 3/4 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small bunch of watercress
  • 1/2 head radicchio, torn into bite size pieces
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese

In a small bowl whisk together first 6 ingredients for the dressing.  Toss 2 tablespoons of the dressing with the watercress and radiccchio.  Toss the rest of the dressing with the tomatoes.  Mix all together.