Rosie's Ramblings

scenes from an empty prison

I've mentioned a few times in the past that we live across the road from an empty prison. About ten years ago New York state decided to shut down a good chunk of the minimum security prisons. The inmates were there for petty crimes, such as drugs charges, and such. Not a threat to the communities and they did a ton of (really nice) work in the State Forest on the trails and clearing things out.  Having the prisons nearby allowed their families to still come and visit weekly, and remain involved in their lives. Well, anyway, about half these prisons got shut down, and the one near us was among those. Back when it was running there were at any time about 200+ inmates, plus staff and correctional officers. 
Now empty, the buildings are up for sale, but the land is not since it's State Land. It's a quiet, and peaceful, albeit a bit eerie, place. 
I took the little sisters up for the first time the other night to see it and while there snapped a bunch of photos.  

Enjoy this little evening stroll with us! 

onion ring recipe

I got Adam a deep fryer for Father's Day this year and we've been getting a ton of use out of it. We don't eat fried foods all that much, but when we do it's nice to get them just right, and there's basically no cleanup! 
Last weekend I made onion rings to go with dinner and they turned out perfect! Here is my easy recipe that I use:

Easiest Onion Rings.

You will need:

2 large onions, sliced.
1 /14 cups of flour.
1 teaspoon of baking powder.
1 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning.
3/4 cup of bread crumbs.
1 beaten egg.
1 cup of milk.

To make:

Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees.
Beat egg and milk together.
Mis together flour, baking powder, and Old Bay.
Dip onion in the flour mix and then in the egg mixture.
Gently coat with bread crumbs and then fry for about 3-4 minutes in oil.
Take out, drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt to taste.


Prime Day Deals!

It's Amazon Prime Day! Seriously, one of my favorite days of the year. You all know my love of Prime, since we live out in the middle of the boondocks and it's pretty efficient to be able to order a product and have it at your doorstep just a day later (it might take me longer than that to get to the store to buy the product!).

Anyway, here's what I've been eyeing for my Prime purchases, and also a few good deals that maybe someone else wants to scoop up?

p.s if you don't have Prime you can sign up here for a free trial. Snag all the deals and then you can always cancel after if you don't want to keep it..., the Insta Pot is on my list. It seems that EVERYONE has one and raves about it. It's on sale for almost HALF off. Just a little over $50.00. 

next up, the Alexa Fire Stick is also half off! I already bought this last night, since it's too great of a deal to pass up.
In case you don't know, the Fire Stick plugs into your t.v and basically makes any t.v a smart t.v (like a Roku).

We have these eggs and both the kiddos have LOVED them. And, as amazing as it sounds after almost four years we still have all of them. At almost half off these are a great a deal and if you have children they are sure to get hours of play out of them. A nice gift too!

I think I'm also going to get this drill for Adri (maybe save it for Christmas?) because it's too good of a deal to pass up. Plus, she's always helping Adam with work around the house.

If you really wanna go all out and get a deal for the hubby this smoker is 30% off! Adam loves a grilling and a smoker is the next thing on my list for him. I'm sure he'd be tickled pink if he got this for Christmas! 

The Cloud Security Cam is half off too! It connects to your phone so can keep an eye on things at your house whether you are at home or not. 

If you use code PRIMEBOOKS18 you get $5 off a $20+ book purchase!

This Keurig is almost half off as well and at $99 is a steal! It makes me wish I could justify having two of them...

The Vitamix is hands down my FAVORITE blender-I swear by it. It's $100.00 off today. I've seen promo videos of them chopping up 2x4s with this blender! It's super strong, durable, and powerful.

Keep searching around Amazon! There are SO many great deals going on right now, and I just don't have time to list them all, so go take a look for yourself! And remember, even if you don't have Prime it's not too late to sign up and get some of the good bargains! 

after the weekend: zoo day

Yesterday the sisters, my two littles and I went to the zoo. It's been on my summer bucket list and I'm happy that we were able to cross it off. There is currently a dino exhibit there with large robotic dinosaurs. Adri had a BLAST (that might even be an understatement). She really had so, so much fun. She even asked to walk back through as soon as we were done! (it was an about an hour and a half walk through the whole zoo). 
It was extremely hot, but we all still had a lot of fun, went for a picnic at the playground afterward, and then got ice cream. Basically Adri's dream day.

Now it's another week. It supposed to be over 90 degrees here today so I'm sure we'll do some sort of swimming, and definitely no oven cooking.

Have a great Monday!