Thursday Musings

It’s been crazy, hectic and unscheduled this week and today’s no different. It started out rather quietly (YAY!) then seems to be sort of rolling along on it’s own. The guys got up and asked for pancakes – no problem, seemed like a good request so I complied. About 3/4 ths through making them we had a knock at the door; one of their friends stopped by to ‘visit’. I really like this 20-something ‘kid’ BUT . . . he’s built like Mad Mountain Dean (if you remember that character) and can eat a house! Of course I couldn’t be rude and just not offer him anything; the ‘good part’ was that he’d already eaten a large bowl of cereal earlier, so only had 3 large pancakes, 2 fried eggs and 2 glasses of orange juice. (sigh).

My next project involves knitting another lacey scarf: my co-teacher in our Special Needs group had her birthday yesterday and guess who totally FORGOT! I saw it on the calendar (way too late to do anything about it in the area of a gift), so I called her and told her it’s ‘in the works’.  Today I spent a good hour trying to find a QUICK, EASY pattern for another lacey scarf; my current pattern is lovely, but it’s eight rows long and requires reading EVERY SINGLE STITCH for fear of losing your place! Took me quite awhile, but I finally found a rather simple 4-row pattern (every odd row repeats – YAY!) NOW I have to decide which of 2 yarns to use. Have two really pretty donated yarns (came in the same batch as the fuzzy, white yarn for other scarves): a really pretty sort of rose-colored one or a kind of kinky white one (kinky as in “the yarn has tiny kinks made in it”). Am kind of leaning towards the rose, because the Christmas scarf is ivory and I really didn’t want to give her two white/cream scarves. (I’ll be putting the ‘other’ cream lacey scarf on hold until this birthday scarf is finished – will post photo when done).

Today is Thursday which means I’ll be getting my 4 yr old grandson soon. It’s hot out (in the 90’s) and sunny – his sandbox is STILL filled with tons of rainwater (we had a HUGE thunderstorm yesterday afternoon), so it looks like we’ll be spending the day indoors . . . again. (I don’t mind – I really don’t like being outside in the hot sun!)

Not sure yet what the rest of the day will hold; not even quite sure yet what dinner will be! (for me, that’s unusual – I usually try to plan dinner ‘in my head’ when I first get up so there’s no problems later on). I’m sort of leaning towards salmon patties, but seriously doubt grandson will think that’s a good idea for dinner (well . . . there’s always PBJ’s or hot dogs for him!). Here’s a few “keep your kitchen cool” recipes:


Microwave Turkey ‘n Stuffing Burgers


1 lb. ground turkey

2 T. dry bread crumbs

2 T. finely chopped onion

1-2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage or 1/2 -1 tsp. sage leaves, crushed

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. thyme leaves

2 T. milk

1 egg


2 tsp. butter

1/4 C. finely chopped fresh mushrooms

2 T. finely chopped zucchini

1 T. finely chopped pimiento, drained

1/4 C. dry bread crumbs



In medium bowl combine all burger

ingredients; mix well. Form into four 3/4-inch thick patties; arrange patties on microwave-safe roasting rack. Press center of each patty to make slight indentation. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, mushrooms and zucchini. Microwave on HIGH for 1 – 1  1/2 minutes or until tender, stirring once during cooking. Stir in pimiento and bread crumbs. Fill turkey patties with stuffing mixture, pressing down lightly. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave on HIGH for 6 – 7 minutes or until patties are no longer pink and are firm to the touch, rotating rack 1/2 turn halfway through cooking. Makes 4 servings.


Cucumber Dill Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

18-24 cherry tomatoes


3 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 T. mayonnaise or salad dressing

1/4 C. finely chopped, seeded cucumber

1 T. finely chopped green onions

2 tsp. chopped fresh dill or 1/4 tsp. dried dill weed


Remove stems from tomatoes. Cut thin slice off bottom of each tomato. With small spoon or melon baller, carefully hollow out tomato, leaving 1/8 inch shell. Invert tomatoes on paper towels to drain.*

In small bowl, combine cream cheese and may9onnaise; mix well. Stir in cucumber, onions and dill; mix well. Fill tomatoes with cream cheese mixture.** Refrigerate several hours to blend flavors. Makes 18-24 appetizers.

TIPS: * At this point, tomatoes can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours.

** For easy filling, place cream cheese mixture in plastic squeeze bottle. Cut off 3/4 of bottle tip with scissors; squeeze cream cheese mixture into tomatoes.

(recipes from Pillsbury “Simple Summer Recipes”, 8/90)


(Of course, we CAN’T go without dessert!)

(this one requires baking)

Chocolate-Raspberry Squares
Taste Of Home – Marilyn Swisher

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking or
old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter
3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
1 pkg. (11 1/2 oz.) semisweet chocolate chunks
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, both of the sugars, and the salt.  Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Set aside 1 cup for the topping.  Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 9-inch square baking pan.  Spread with the jam.  Sprinkle with the chocolate chunks.  Combine the walnuts and the reserved crumb mixture.  Sprinkle over the top.  Bake at 375 F.  for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.  Cool on a wire rack and cut into squares.  Makes 16 servings


That’s about it for this Thursday Musing – hope you’re: (a) staying cool, (b) resting when you can and (c) remembering to smile!



Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Almost Mid-Week

Just a quick post at almost mid-week; it’s been slow here (so far). Am putting the border on afghan #253 – it’s been so hot here lately that just having a few squares lying on my lap while sewing them together is almost too much (ah, for the days of air conditioning!). We’re still waiting on my husband’s cousin and his air conditioning company; the ‘deal’ between husband and cousin was: “We’ll fit you in when we can” (that means between their commercial customers and us . . . sigh; could be a long time coming.) Today it’s at around 92 degrees but not as hot feeling as weeks before; I’m actually able to feel comfortable without sweating while just sitting in a chair and knitting – that’s a good thing. Started another scarf (same yarn & pattern) for my co-leader in my special needs group. She always gifts me with really nice Christmas presents and this time I wanted to make something special for her. (only have about a foot done so far, but it’s coming). Finished up the last of the socks (the smaller size – for me, and the larger set for my son); now I feel like I’ve accomplished ‘SOCKS’ which is what I set out to do. Can’t say as I’ll feel inclined to go purchase the tiny yarn and tiny needles any time soon.

In cleaning out some of my ‘saved treasures’, ran into an older newspaper I’d saved with recipes using Rhubarb (YUMMM!!!). I realize the ‘season’ for rhubarb is mostly past, but you might just have some stored in your freezer or another batch growing in your garden. See what you think of these recipes:


Very Moist Rhubarb Coffee Cake

2 C. sifted cake flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 egg

1 C. firmly packed brown sugar plus 2 T.

scant Cup plain low fat yogurt

1/2 C. applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla

3 C. uncooked rhubarb, coarsely chopped

chopped nuts (optional)


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In separate bowl mix egg and sugar, then add yogurt, applesauce and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture until blended, then add chopped rhubarb and mix well.

Pour into a 9 inch square baking pan greased or sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle top with a little sugar and nuts (optional). Bake 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done in the center.

(recipe submitted by Robin Danto, Extension Educator, Food Safety and Nutrition – Michigan State Univ. Extension as posted in the Oakland Press, 5/30/2010


Baked Rhubarb and Raspberries Over Frozen Yogurt

1  1/3 C. raspberries

3/4 C. firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 C. boiling water

2 T. butter cut into small bits

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 lb. rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

8 scoops low fat frozen yogurt


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

In a blender, puree the raspberries with brown sugar and water. Strain puree, pressing hard on the solids. Stir in butter, vanilla extract, and rhubarb. Transfer to an 11 X 7 inch baking dish and bake 15 minutes, stir gently and bake another 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and serve over frozen yogurt.


Orange Rhubarb Muffins

2 C. flour

3/4 C. sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. grated orange peel

3/4 C. chopped pecans

1 large egg

1/4 C. vegetable oil

3/4 C. orange juice

1  1/4 C. finely chopped rhubarb


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat egg and oil. Add orange juice. Combine with flour mixture; add rhubarb and mix well. Pour into muffin cups. Bake 25-30 minutes.


That’s it for today; hope you’re enjoying this summer (even WITH the heat!)

Saw a sign in the vet’s office yesterday:

“Women and cats do what they please, Men and dogs just have to live with it!”



Here’s the Scarf!

I have about 10 more rows to complete and it will be done. (Was going to photo it outside so you could see the subtle sheen of the tiny clear fibers, but didn’t get around to it.) It’s old yarn: 80% acrylic and 20 % nylon from a company I’ve never heard of “Alaska”, but old or not, it makes lovely scarves!

Today it’s sunny (again – I’m not complaining) and hot; the house fans are going to keep us cool. We finally received contact about getting our air conditioning replaced along with a new furnace (our old ones are 30 years +). It will be a slow process, as husband’s cousin is ‘working us in’ between his commercial customers, but the price was very good, so we’re happily anticipating the changes, knowing it won’t be right away.

Had a good night at Knit Night; 15 people and one new lady who’s never knit or crocheted before but is very eager to learn. (This will be our actual “FIRST” person who had never knit or crocheted and wanted us to teach them so I was a little leery as to how to handle it. We normally don’t teach, just try to help someone who’s needing a little incentive). My ladies came through with flying colors, suggesting she visit our local craft store and purchase the “I Taught Myself to Knit” kit; they tell me it has all you need to start and several mentioned that’s how they got started. After giving our new person coupons for 40% off her purchase, she was happily well on her way to beginning knitting!

Since the weather’s been so hot (and humid, at times) meals are not your usual hot dinners. With that in mind, I offer several recipes which might help you get through this hot spell:


Crock 'O Pizza (crockpot)

8 oz extra lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 3/4 cup (one 15oz can) Hunt's tomato sauce
(can omit next 2 ingredients and use pizza sauce)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp Splenda (could use sugar, same amount)
3 cups cooked noodles, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

Brown meat, onions, and green pepper in skillet sprayed
with cooking spray. Drain. Stir in mushrooms, tomato
sauce and seasonings.Pour into crockpot sprayed with
cooking spray. Spread noodles over meat mixture;
sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Layer cheddar and
mozzarella cheeses evenly over top. Cover and
cook on low for 6-8 hours. Mix well before serving.
Serves 6 (1 cup servings)
Mr. Goodbar Pie 

 6 Mr. Goodbar Candy bars*
 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
 1 prepared Graham Cracker Crust

 In a microwave-safe bowl soften candy bars until
you can stir smooth. Then mix with cool whip and
pour into crust. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
 *Can also use Hershey Bars, Snickers, etc.
I give up - my blog program doesn't seem to want me to make
it look nice by having the recipes centered in the middle
of the post - oh well...sigh.
Hope you have a great day and remember to STAY COOL!
Published in: on July 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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Going ‘Round & Round’!

Have been attempting to get a CLEAR ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ from a local crafting store as to whether my Knit Group qualifies for their VIP membership card (good for 10% off each purchase, above and beyond their normal discount coupons.)  This special ‘deal’ was brought to my attention by one of my members after she’d tried calling their 800# and getting no where. I tried calling TWICE and getting two different answers from the lovely ladies on their phones. Finally one of them referred me to an on-site address to refer my questions to. I wrote them a very clear email and received their answer back today. In short – the email was a ‘mass mailing  answer’ (not sure what else to call it) which left me back at square one! SIGH. I copied their answer and referred it to one of my members who also has a Bookkeeping degree and asked her opinion of whether we qualify or not . . . will await her answer. (She helped me previously on deciding how/whether we qualified as an ‘association’ according to our state/county laws).

Yes, I realize, most people would just say: “What the hey – I’ll go for it”, but after my husband said: “You’d better get a clear answer before going ahead with this – I’d hate to have to bail your butt out of jail just because you didn’t know what you were doing!”  – it made me think twice before acting. It would be a nice ‘perk’ for our regular members, but so far it’s been nothing but a hassle!

Hope your week is going well so far – we had a light rain last night which made today a little cooler (high 70’s) but it’s not humid so that’s a BIG plus!  Still working on the fuzzy lace scarf, almost done with it then on to the last knit sock! I’m going to take both projects to Knit night tonight just in case I finish the scarf, I’ll be wanting something else to work on.

Enjoy your day;



Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kinda Slow Week

(Again – not complaining!) It’s still hot here (in the 90’s every day); we did have a big thunderstorm Thurs. evening which sort of cooled things off that night but made the next day much more humid. (Still no repairs on the air conditioning…sigh).

Been working on the scarf I mentioned in the last post; I’m amazed at the length I’m getting from one small ball of that yarn! Have about 1 1/2 feet knit so far and it’s coming out just like I wanted. The pattern is called Horseshoe (not a very attractive name for a pretty pattern); it’s making an almost lace-like design which is what I’d intended. My only problem is: it’s 8 rows for one set of the pattern, each row being different which means I MUST pay strict attention while knitting! (Once, while the boys were arguing, my attention wandered and I had to rip out several rows…sigh. That wouldn’t be too difficult EXCEPT this is very fine VERY FUZZY yarn and it tends to get the fuzzies tangled!) Haven’t attempted the last sock for my son so that he will have a pair, also – that will come later.

Middle son just left for work – work: today that means he will be helping set up and then sell items from his store ON THE BEACH during the “Quake on the Lake” festivities, an annual event. “Quake” is a two-day hydroplane boat race on a local lake.  Son’s work is a wholesale/retail grocery and they will be selling various items from a little stand, outside, under an umbrella, nice breeze (from all the boats), lots of the ‘ladies’ – I’m sure he’ll be ‘suffering for his job’ . . . hehehe!

On the recipe end of it, haven’t seen much I’d like to share except this one, which looks relatively easy and might make a good Sunday School snack for my group:


Cream Cheese Brunch Bars

2 tubes crescent rolls
2 (8 oz.) pkgs.  cream cheese, softened
1  1/2  C. sugar, divided
1 egg, separated
1-2 tsp.  cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350º
Spread one tube of the crescent rolls in a 9 X1 13 baking pan, patting edges together to make a solid crust.  Whip cream cheese, one cup of the sugar and the egg YOLK (save the white for later), spread on the crust.  Top with the other tube of rolls.  (You can leave these separate if you want or squeeze together to form a solid top. ) Glaze with the beaten egg white.  Mix together  remaining 1/2 cup sugar and  cinnamon.  Sprinkle over the egg white and
bake about 20 minutes. Cut into bars.


It’s looking like another bright, sunny HOT day here; hope you have a nice, cool day filled with fun things to do!



Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 8:51 am  Comments (2)  
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Getting Braver!

Well, this week finds me exploring projects I’ve never actually done before. For starters, I read a post on Lion Brand yarn site about “The Pink Slipper Project” and decided to see if I could to that!

Basically, their project is devoted to knitting or crocheting slippers for homeless people in shelters.  Going through my many copied patterns (from the net) I chose what looked fairly simple; it was, but the end result (to me) looks like Elf Shoes (on me – they’re a bit too long).  I struggled my way through making two and decided that, although this is a great idea, one pairs my limit.

On the other hand, I DID finally manage to struggle through another pattern for knitting Tube Socks! I had the first one almost finished when I realized that I had read  part of the pattern wrong – you were supposed to decrease on BOTH sides of the stitch marker and I hadn’t. Put it down for about three days and took it up again this morning, after ripping back about 12 rows to where I understood the pattern. Success!!!

Sock #1 done and on youngest son's foot!

One done, one about one-fourths done – YAY!  The motivation for giving this another go was that while ‘working’ at the Log Cabin Days, the lady who brings her own spinning wheel and roving (unspun sheep’s wool) gave me about 12 skeins of older wool yarn.  I decided that IF I were to try to knit socks again, it would probably be in a cream yarn. After completing sock #1 youngest son immediately asked if he could try it on; I said: “It was made for ME! Your foot is much bigger!” He tried it on and declared it fit him perfectly and wanted to claim the set when done. I told him: “Dream on – this pair is MINE!” These are knit flat then seamed up; I was truly surprised that they LOOKED like socks when done! (I know – that sounded weird, but I was fearing they’d look goofy – they don’t!).  Haven’t decided whether I’ll try knitting any more of these or not, but it has been fun finally breaking through the “I don’t think I can do this” roadblock. I just read a comment in today’s paper about an Olympic ice skating teacher; her simple comment reminded me of my mind set before: “If you don’t think you can do it – you won’t, but if you think you can – YOU CAN!”  Simple, but true.

About yarn – it’s truly been amazing these past few weeks the amount of FREE yarn that’s been gifted to my project. Out of the blue the other day a gentleman called asking if I wanted the rest of the yarn from his house. About a month ago a lady who is a professional organizer contacted me about taking yarn from his house.  He said that while they were still going through their house organizing they located  2 more boxes of their mother-in-law’s yarn stash and did I want it? Well, you know my answer except THIS time it required I go pick it up – in Holly! (actually a little past Holly, which is a good 1/2 hour PLUS from where I live). I ‘Googled’ the location and braving my fears of getting lost, made it to his house in record time! Yes, now I have a TON of yarn (my kids think I’m nuts!); some will be given to some of the ladies in my knit group who don’t have a lot of extra cash to purchase yarns, some I saved out for my projects and the rest? Haven’t decided quite yet. There was a bag of several skeins of gorgeous baby-fine off-white yarn with a tiny clear thread running through it; all I could think was: “This would make a gorgeous scarf for someone!” I’m going to go through my knit patterns and choose a delicate, open-weave knit then make one for my friend who’s going through the end of cancer treatments. She’s an amazing woman who has gone through all the treatments with a huge smile on her face , currently looking at a hysterectomy surgery towards the end of this month and she’s STILL smiling! She is also a very strong Christian and I’m honored to have her as my friend. (will take a photo when I get it done).

Saturday found my husband & I attending our Sunday School class picnic at a friend’s house – it was great! Lots of food, great conversation – just an all-out fun afternoon!

On the air conditioning note – still no help. Husband’s cousin called to tell us their company is swamped and they’ll try really hard to get to us soon. (Actually, cousin said he’d come out after church Sunday to get an idea of what’s what, then get on it . . . he never showed. Sigh – the breaks of dealing with ‘family’, I guess.) Lately it hasn’t been as sweltering in the house as last week; we have several large fans strategically placed in windows to bring a cool breeze and, of course, lots of cool beverages to drink. Wonder if I lost any weight from all this ‘dripping’? (I remember hearing years ago: Men sweat – women “glow”!) You can guess that I’m almost luminescent by now!!!

Hope you are all doing well and trying to enjoy this summer season.

Will close for now;



Tryin’ to stay Cool!

Don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here in Michigan we’ve been under 5 days of 90’s+ weather and we’re sweltering! Our air conditioner sort of ‘died’ middle of last summer and husband didn’t want to call his cousin (who originally installed it) because cousin does a great job but tends to NOT CHARGE us for any work! Now I know – you’re staying to yourself “And this is a BAD thing?” but husband really doesn’t want his cousin to feel like we’re taking advantage of him, so his solution is – don’t call or get it fixed. That might work in a fantasy world, but here in good old SWEATINGVILLE, it ain’t cuttin’ it! I finally managed to approach husband on the Fourth (when he was sitting at his computer – shirtless and sweating up a storm) and once more try to cajole him into letting me call the cousin – this time he relented!!! YAY! Called cousins business two days ago and they called back to say they were knee-deep in commercial accounts and would get to us as soon as they could. I mentioned this to husband last night when he got home from work (after again dripping all day long) and he said: “Well, I didn’t really THINK he’d come immediately – did you?” (what do YOU think!) I’ve learned a few things during this time of ‘roasting’: (1) I’d totally forgotten what my hair was like when I was a kid – humidity brings out the really FRIZZIES in it! (I have a photo of me in about first grade with my hair pulled back in a ponytail. In the photo you see a smiling little girl with a big, dark ball-shaped shadow behind her…my ponytail! The height of FRIZZIES!) (2) You never realize how many ice cubes you can make in a day until you’re totally dependent on them cooling anything you imbibe. (3) floor fans will only move so much air around – if that air is hot already – you’re in trouble (4) You begin searching for the absolutely lightest clothing you own-forget fashion-it’s all about ‘cool the legs off/make sure the neckline is not touching your neck, etc. (5) keeping cold wet baby washcloths around in small bowls helps to wipe off your face & arms. (feel free to use any of these ‘tips’ – they’re helping me currently.) YOUR CROCKPOT IS YOUR FRIEND! Actually cooked a real dinner ONCE this week – was blown over by the heat it produced! Well, enough of this heat-related ranting – time to get to the ‘good stuff’ – recipes!

While going through some old files from years ago, ran into several yummy-sounding recipes and thought you might like to peruse them:

Super Easy Spinach Feta Pie Appetizers

1 pkg. frozen phllyo mini Shells( in the freezer section
by pie crusts)
1 10 oz. pkg frozen spinach, thawed and VERY well drained
small brick or package of Feta cheese(or crumbles)
garlic salt
fresh black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the frozen phyllo shells on a foil lined cookie sheet;
season spinach with black pepper and garlic salt to taste.
Place each shell about half full of spinach, then
fill the rest with the feta cheese

Bake until feta is nicely browned; around 20 minutes.
Don't try to over stuff the shells though, as they
won't melt properly!

Crock 'O Pizza (crockpot)

8 oz extra lean ground beef or turkey 

1/2 cup chopped onion 

1/2 cup chopped green pepper 

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 

1 3/4 cup (one 15oz can) Hunt's tomato sauce (can omit
 next 2 ingredients and use pizza sauce) 

1 tsp Italian seasoning 

1 tsp sugar

3 cups cooked noodles, rinsed and drained 

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brown meat, onions, and green pepper in skillet sprayed
with cooking spray. Drain. Stir in mushrooms, tomato sauce
 and seasonings. Pour into crockpot
 sprayed with cooking spray. Spread noodles over meat
mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Layer
cheddar and mozzarella cheeses evenly over the top.
 Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Mix well
before serving. Serves 6 (1 cup servings)

Fried Ice Cream

1 quart vanilla ice cream

1 cup cornflake crumbs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Honey or chocolate syrup

Whipped cream

Maraschino cherries


5 hours in advance:  Combine crumbs, sugar, and
cinnamon in a shallow pan. Let ice cream
soften slightly for 5 minutes. Make 6 balls of
ice cream, roll in crumb mixture
until well coated, pressing coating into ice cream.
 Wrap in foil and freeze for 5 hours. Heat oil to
450 degrees.  Unwrap each ball and fry
in hot oil VERY BRIEFLY, about 2 seconds.
 Place in dessert dish, decorate with toppings, whipped
cream and a cherry.  Serve immediately.

On the knitting/crochet scene, next afghan will be #253; been crocheting granny squares just to use up some small bits of yarn. Attempted to knit a pair of tube socks, using cream colored wool. Was doing OK (I thought) until I realized that I’d made a mistake reading the pattern and somehow did not ‘repeat’ the same pattern on both sides of the stitch markers. I GAVE UP! (If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that knitting socks has been a sort of ‘monkey on my back’ thing – I’m intrigued and ‘sort of’ want to learn how to do it since all the ladies in my knit group think knitting socks is the best thing ever – BUT – I just don’t seem to have the ‘knack’ for it that they do. Will this be my LAST attempt at it? Who knows? I do know that if I try this again, it won’t be for quite awhile. (I seem to be averaging about once a year at sock knitting tries.)

Hope you’re having a good day (staying cool) and enjoying your summer. It’s a bright & sun-shiny 96 degrees F. out and I’m off to get some more ice water to drink, a quick cool-water face rinse and then I’m good to go for another hour or so.



ps: You KNOW the heat is affecting people when this past Knit Night weonly had 7 people come (usually it’s around 14-20); my special needs group last night was only 14 (usually 27).


I’m not complaining – honest!

Since starting “The Ghana Project” over three years ago, I have been blessed numerous times with donated yarn.  Within the past three weeks I have been BLESSED! Four friends from various places have approached me, all with the same question: “Do you need any more yarn?” Since this project is ‘on-going’, that question is sort of a ‘given’ answer: Yes! (Said enthusiastically!!!) There are women in various walks of life who collect shoes, purses, dresses, jewelry . . . I collect YARN! It’s sort of like the old cliche – ‘You can never have too many (fill in the blank).  Today I made use of the various yarns and got organized (again). Sorting through bags, organizing by color groupings (blues, pinks, greens, etc.) helps me to keep it all ‘together’. The one thing I really like about all this is:  I can save some for ‘the project’, donate some to my two prolific knitters, and also donate some to the knit/crochet group.  Along with these various yarn donations sometimes comes old knitting/crochet books, knitting needles, pom-pon makers, etc. It’s like Christmas, to me – (or Forrest Gump) you never know what you’re going to get!  I told my family that I’m going to have to get a sign made to wear around my neck that says: “Yarn Magnet”!  (remember the title of this blog? I’m not complaining!!!)  Seeing the new donations just inspires me to more knitting and crochet. You start out with whole skeins, knit or crochet several projects, then have a small ball left. With that you crochet granny squares until you’re left with a piece maybe 8-10 inches long – you put that in your ‘ends’ bag and use it to sew other squares together. Nothing is wasted!!! My kids have asked me – “What DID you do to keep yourself busy BEFORE this project?” (good question!)

The weather is almost perfect these past few days – in the 70’s during the day, sunny with light breezes and down in the 50’s at night (great sleeping weather). Yesterday was supposed to be babysitting my grandson day, but I got the day off (they didn’t need his Mom at her work, so she stayed home). It sort of became my straightening/cleaning the house day, which is a good thing (sometimes – I’d rather be playing with yarn, personally).  Made homemade pizza for dinner and brownies (we didn’t have any sweets around).

What are YOU doing for the Fourth of July holiday? We’re not much for cookouts/picnics, so will probably just go to church then relax the rest of the day and, of course, remember to put the flag out! It’s hard to believe it’s already JULY! I remember thinking a short while ago: “Wow! It’s JUNE already!” (now look at it!)

Since I usually include a recipe or two, this one sounded really good for a picnic, or just to have at home:


Red Potato Salad With Bacon
Recipe courtesy Paula Dean for Food Network Magazine

* 6 cups cubed red-skinned potatoes, unpeeled (about 1 1/4 pounds)
* Salt
* 2 ounces bacon (2 or 3 strips)
* 1 cup chopped bell pepper (any color or a combination)
* 1/4 cup minced red onion
* 1/4 cup sliced scallions (about 2 scallions)
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
* 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
* Freshly ground pepper

Put the potatoes in a large pot; add water just to cover and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels and finely chop. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, chopped bacon, bell pepper, onion and scallions. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour over the potato mixture, tossing gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate or serve at room temperature. 4 to 6 servings


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