Monday Minutiae


It rained most of Saturday night. I find it so peaceful to sleep with rain pounding on the roof. I always sleep well during thunderstorms.

Yesterday the sun was bright and there was just the faintest of breezes. 


Do you ever take baths with Aveeno? I've been doing that lately. I get in the bathtub, turn on the water to a warm temperature, and slowly sprinkle the powder under the faucet. 

I relax in the water for 10-15 minutes. And in that time my skin becomes so soft from the oatmeal mix. It relaxes me before bed. 


Lately I've been a lot of veggie meals. Though I'm not normally a big bread eater, I've been adding hot rolls to my meals.

I've recently discovered the best hot rolls from my grocery store. They are in the frozen food section, and come 10 to a bag. 

These hot rolls taste more like freshly baked hot rolls than any I've found.  


If you love rolls that have that definite taste of yeast, try these. 

(Note: I went to the website, and it says these are not gluten-free products. I don't have a problem with gluten. But I know lots of people do.)

I put 1-2 rolls in my Breville Oven while I'm baking a potato in the microwave. In 10 minutes I've got a meal.

I've never heard of Sister Schubert's before. But I looked up their website if you want to see if anyone in your city sells their products. You can find it here.


I've been spending time searching online for new ideas for my patio. I love to learn, so research is fun for me. And I will be able to show you even more ways to create an oasis in the city.

Don't despair if you only have a small outdoor space. A balcony, a patio, a courtyard. There is plenty you can do to garden and enjoy nature in a small space. 

I walk around my patio from time to time with a tape measure measuring and thinking and planning. 


I'm so grateful for my patio space where I can garden to my heart's content. Where the dogs can sit with me and watch the critters.

There's just nothing like the peace I feel digging in the dirt and planting. Then watching as the plants transform my patio space.

I listen to the birds and gaze at my plants and almost forget that I'm living in the city.  

I've decided to name the tree Jade. It is the name of the tree type (Jade Butterfly) and something I can remember!



57 comments

  1. I looked up Sister Schubert and most of the grocers by my house carry them! They are part of the Marzetti (?) brand and I really like the salad dressings from that brand.
    I like the name Jade. It fits 😊
    Have a nice day!

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    1. I've bought these rolls for years and wouldn't do without them for Thanksgiving! We love them...

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  2. Love those rolls!! Have been using them for years.

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    1. I must have been living under a rock, because I first bought them a week or so ago.

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  3. We have those rolls here too.... the BEST! They never last long around here! ha ha!

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    1. Looks like pretty much everyone knew but me about these!

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  4. Oh I love Sister Schubert products. We love their rolls and have them at our Thanksgiving and family dinners often.

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    1. I can't believe it took me so long to stumble upon them!

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  5. Jade sound perfect and you have inspired me to get a tree for my patio next spring. It's gotten cold here at night, so I think I'll wait until then.

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    1. I think fall is a good time to plant a tree. Not so sure about container trees though.

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  6. Yummmm! We love those rolls with a pat of real butter. Your patio is beautiful Brenda.

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    1. I will have to try them with real butter. I've just got margarine.

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  7. Sister Schubert's rolls are a part of every big family dinner. They taste just like homemade!

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    1. I was shocked they tasted so much like homemade bread. The taste of yeast is definitely there.

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  8. Sister Shubert rolls are yummy! We have them at Thanksgiving. Brenda have you tried an Epsom Salt bath? Very relaxing and softens the skin as well. Have a great Monday! Carol

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  9. sister schubert rolls are the best....
    they spend turkey day on our table!!!!!!!!!

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  10. I love rolls, so have to find sister schubert. They sound fabulous.

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  11. Sister Schubert rolls. Marzetti dressings. Yum yum. I love food.

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    1. Yes, on their site I saw that too! I'll have to get some Marzetti salad dressing.

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  12. I am a bread-a-holic. I have to look for these at the store. Thanks!

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    1. If you love bread, you will love these rolls for sure.

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  13. I have to look for those rolls! We need a good rain here, it's been so dry lately. Tomorrow we're supposed to get some heavy rains, that will probably be the end of the fall leaves!

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  14. I ate Sister Schubert's for years, but had to give them up when I became gluten free. They really are yummy though. It's a rainy day here today so I ma trying to catch up on some indoor things. xo Laura

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    1. I know you can't eat gluten. A shame, because these are delicious!

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  15. I will have to remember to look for Sister Schubert's rolls. I'm sure they are in the area. I like the name Jade for your tree. Have a blessed day.

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    1. I like Jade too. Yes, try these wonderful rolls!

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  16. I have never heard of them but by looking them up I can get them locally so I will definitely be trying these, they sound yummy. I am glad you named the tree Jade. I will think of you puttering around on your patio Brenda. Too bad you live so far away, I would love to sit out there with you and watch the squirrels at the water fountain.

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  17. My niece turned me onto them a few weeks ago. They are great!

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  18. I do have a gluten intolerance but I often cheat and eat some really good bread like sourdough, flower tortillas, or yeast rolls.

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  19. I just put both of your suggestions on my grocery list! Thanks Brenda!
    ~Bobbie

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    1. Let me know if you find them and what you think!

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  20. Been enjoying your post so much. Love your new tree and your patio looks so pretty. Blessings, Carolyn in Florida

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    1. I've been more interested lately in my patio than in my apartment.

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  21. Sister Schubert rolls! As good or better than home made. When friends ask who made the rolls, the answer is sister, of course. And we all give a chuckle.
    Yes, I use Aveno. I have psoriasis and it helps. Paul Mitchell , under the name of John Paul, makes oatmeal shampoo and conditioner for pets. Very soothing for their skin.
    I'm in luck, rain tonight with thunder. I'll sleep like a log.

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    1. Ooh, I'm jealous about your thunderstorm tonight!

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  22. I laughed at your comment everyone knew about Sister but you. I will discover something new and share it with my daughters in law and they look at me crazy and say "that's been out a while!!" lol
    So you aren't alone!

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    1. Sometimes it feels like I've been living under a rock!

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  23. When you live in a small town you pretty much have to rely on WalMart, but they do carry Sister Schubert's. They are so wonderful. I keep thinking I want to learn to bake bread then I ask myself why, lol.

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    1. I baked a lot of bread when my girls were young.

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  24. Oh, my gosh, my mouth is watering with all the comments about Sister Schubert's rolls! Sadly, I am gluten intolerant and don't eat wheat. I've always loved bread, too. Like the other reader, I sometimes cheat, too, and I'll certainly make sure I do it with these rolls!

    I think Jade is a perfectly fine name for your tree. How cold does it usually get in the winter in Tulsa? I've read that plants in pots can winter over if you wrap the pot in some type of insulating material. Don't know exactly what is best to use, though.

    Hope you have a good week with the pupsters and the tree!

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    1. I've kind of got the tree container surrounded with other plant pots, so hoping that helps insulate. It gets down to maybe the twenties I guess sometimes. Used to get colder.

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  25. We love those rolls especially with a hot bowl of homemade beef stew!
    I'm glad you chose the name Jade for your tree..perfect fit.
    I love seeing all your garden - patio ideas. They're very inspiring and it's nice to so see you're able to buy the things you like and enjoy.

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    1. Oh, that really sounds good! I haven't made stew in quite some time.

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  26. Love the name Jade for your tree.. I have a jade plant sitting in my living room.. love them.
    I love sister schubert rolls.. They are so good, I also buy the little loaves she puts out too. they are wonderful.

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    1. I was in the store today and saw more of Sister Schubert's products. But ended up getting the same rolls.

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  27. I just checked and it shows they are not available here in So Cal. But will ck the markets anyway. They sound so good. Jade is the perfect name for the tree.

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  28. Never heard of those rolls. But we rarely have bread with our meals. I try to stay away from bread as much as possible. Out of curiosity, I looked up the ingredients of these rolls and they do contain soybean oil, which I totally avoid (it's a hydrogenated oil which is terrible for your health, plus soybeans are GMO). Just your little health lesson for the day! ;-) When I take soaking baths, I use epsom salts. You can buy a big bag at Walmart. Not expensive. Will soothe muscle aches. And all-natural.

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    1. I think I may have a urinary infection possibly. And I'm thinking those baths may be the culprit.

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