Saturday, April 23, 2011

Packing up The Palms, the Famous Musser Onion Dip

Happy Easter tomorrow, everyone!
Katie and I were up early this morning, stopped by the grocery store to get things for tomorrow - Easter Dinner at my son, Tom's.  I always make dressing if we are having a turkey, and we are, in addition to an Easter Ham, so I'm bringing my turkey dressing and chips and dip.  We have what we call "the Famous Musser Onion Dip."  My dad, Frank Musser, didn't cook, but he did make this onion dip. Who knows why?  But he did, and now I make it, and when I'm gone, I'll bet both my kids will make it, too. People just love it, and it's so easy to make.  I'll put the recipe at the end of this post.

Then we went to the storage lot and picked up The Palms.  I just love her!  I parked her in the driveway and I started going through stuff for things I'd would want to bring with us, and not sell in the Estate Sale.  The other night I went through both bathrooms and got everything except what I need everyday now, and packed them in boxes.  This morning I went through my craft/sewing room.  I was able to fit quite a lot of it in The Palms.

I am leaving my sewing machine, all my materials, threads, quilting books, magazines and patterns, all my quilting rulers.  I have a large soft sided carrying case that I used to use to bring my quilts to class with all the materials.  I've spent a fortune on all this quilting stuff, and I hope I get something back for it all.  I am going to keep my sewing machine tote, though. It will be good if I need to walk to a store to do some shopping. It's quite roomy and has wheels and a zippered cover.  It stores nicely under the dinette table.

I am also leaving all my craft stamps.  I have tons of them, and lots of different inks and papers, from when I was into my card making with stamps.

Most of the craft things fit into the outside storage compartments.  I'm using two of the three compartments for this stuff, and the third will be for tools, hoses, stuff  like that.

I just couldn't leave all my books, though, and did bring some. I put them on an upper shelf over the couch along with my condo paperwork, homeowner rules and regs, and I think I'll use that top shelf for recent tax papers, everything I need to keep. It will be out of the way, but available if needed. That shelf will be my "filing cabinet."

My daughter Kristy and her husband Matt gave me a set of Coral dinnerware to use in the RV, and it's in the cupboard, along with paper plates and bowls and paper coffee cups with lids.  Plastic knives/forks/spoons are in the drawers. I'll bring some my daily silverware with me, too.

In a recent comment, a Follower said she uses Snapware that she got at Costco.  When I saw it at Costco, I thought they were great storage containers, so I bought a set, too, and it fits nicely on the shelf above the plates and bowls and cups. There is a lot of it, but it stacks well.

The hardest part was deciding which area of The Palms would be used for storing which things, and then all of a sudden it made sense, and then I started putting things away.  I got some rubberized type cupboard lining material so things wouldn't slip when I'm driving, and a wire thing that I put in the kitchen cupboard that doubled my shelves.

The funniest thing is that when I took the toaster/oven out of the box and put in in the corner of the kitchen counter, it looks EXACTLY like the fake one on the photo in my last blog.  Exactly.  So funny.  : )  I wasn't sure it would fit that well, but it did.  I don't like much on my counters, and will only have that and my new little Keurig coffee maker.  And maybe a plant.

This is just like playing house - so fun! : )

Then around 6:30 the sun was starting to go down, and we brought her back to the storage lot.   I got a lot done.  Next weekend I have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and then the Estate Sale ladies are coming on Monday to start pricing and staging everything that's left.  So next weekend will be a busy one for me.

Once everything is gone, I'll still live in the condo.  Camping out inside until it's leased.  Hopefully soon.  I got a large FOR RENT sign at Home Depot today. It's mounted on a frame that you can anchor in the lawn, so I'll probably put it up tomorrow.  No calls yet for potential tenants.  I might have it listed a bit high, but will wait a week or two, then lower the rent if I don't have anyone insterested.

Here's the recipe for the  Famous Musser Onion Dip.  We don't have measurements, you just add to taste.

1 package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
about 1/4 cup Best Foods Mayonnaise
grated onion to taste - I usually put in a couple of tablespoons
5 or 6 shakes of Worchestire Sauce
a little bit of milk to make it smooth, not too much
salt and pepper to taste

Stir it all up, or blend it, and it's done.

It can taste different each time depending on how much of each ingredient you use, but no matter what you do, it will taste great.

From Me and My dog, have a nice Easter Sunday, everyone! : )


  1. Hope you find a tenant you like and can trust real soon.
    Happy Easter to you.

  2. When moving be sure to pad the plant holder and put it in the sink, or another safe place. I forgot a couple of times and lost plants plus had to clean up broken pottery and soil all over the floor. If you put it in the sink be sure to put a couple of dishtowels or paper towels under it so that if some of the dirt spills out it won't go into the drain. I always used the drain plus as well.

  3. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time getting your Palms all set up. I'm sure you're going to have a great time!

  4. It is so kool to read and follow your blog as your about a year ahead of me so while reading and learning from many that have gone before,i'll try the onion dip! Happy Easter and may God bless.

  5. Happy Easter! Sounds like everything is coming together nicely. Can't wait until we're there as well.

  6. Gypsy has some good advice there. When I'm driving, I make sure I have nothing on the counters. Don't want any flying objects if you need to stop quickly. :)

  7. Happy Easter to you and Katie!!..sounds like things are coming together for you both!!..good for you!!

  8. I am exhausted after reading what you've done. If this exhausts me I wonder what it's going to be like when I have to start putting stuff into Olivia. Well, it'll be fun, that's what.


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