Gettin’ ‘er Done!

The past two days have been a jumble of organizing yarn, squares and distribution.  Today my husband & I drove the remaining completed afghan squares and 2 garbage bags full of yarn to the cancer treatment center (if you’d read earlier posts, they’re are going to be used to make lap robes for the cancer patients). When I had dragged all the boxes and bags of squares out of the boys bedroom and stacked them in the kitchen my husband came out and said: “What is all THIS?” (although I’d told him about the whole ‘getting rid of the squares’ thing – since he was doing the driving- I thought he’d seen and understood the ‘project’). Seems he didn’t fully understand what ‘over 300 squares’ looked like! To say he was shocked would be putting it mildly! Repeat this process when the lady who’s agreed to take up the project first spotted the many boxes & bags in our car – shocked would be an adequate word to describe the look on her face!  (I also remembered to ask her if she would be the ‘go-between’ person if I made more chemo caps and she said that was a good idea, too.) The squares are now gone and I’ve finally dug through all my yarn ‘stash’ – now I guess I was the one to be a bit surprised at just how much yarn I had accumulated!  Over the years various people and groups gave me yarn to use on “The Ghana Project” and I had it all stored in 4 large bins and several bags.  Yesterday found me digging through each one of the bins and dividing up the ‘who gets what’ (a) 2 bags to a friend who can use the yarn, she makes all kinds of things for other people (b) 2 bags to a lady at church who has been great at knitting squares for me (even buying yarn at yard sales with her own  money and knitting it up) and when she knew I was swamped sewing squares together, she then not only knit squares but then sewed them into afghans for me! (c) a bag of yarn for a friend who’s just learning how to loom hats (d) 3 garbage bags to various people on FreeCycle (e) a box of yarn for my knit group ladies to go through, and lastly – today I put what remained that I’d saved for my own knitting projects (premie hats & chemo caps) into the bins. To say I was surprised would be putting it mildly – I had NO idea I still had 3 full bins of yarns! That’s one HUGE stash of yarn when you consider all I kept and all I gave away! (Oh, and 2 bags of yarn to the lady receiving the squares, for them to use sewing the squares together!). Whew! Just glad that all that yarn and squares was given to help others and it will still continue to bless others in the future – YAY!

A little ‘amusement’ for you: check out this site “World’s Biggest Yarn Stash?”

It’s raining today and chilly – first day it actually ‘feels’ like Fall (57 degrees, grey and gloomy). I dug out my winter shoes (but didn’t put away the sandals, yet), put on socks, long pants, a blouse with long sleeves AND a cardigan – I’m chilly! Yesterday also found me taking my youngest son to the doctor for tonsillitis; he’s now on an antibiotic, so hope he’s feeling better – his tonsils were HUGE!

Tomorrow is my surgery and it’s looking like it’s going to be an ‘action-packed’ day: get there 7 a.m., go through 2 dye injections in Radiation, then a wire location (to guide the surgeon) then surgery at 10; I’m supposed to be home by ‘dinner time’ they tell me, if all goes as planned. I’m ‘good to go’ as far as if you’re wondering how I’m doing; I just want to get this over with and on with the radiation part – I’m sort of looking at this like a Speed Bump in my life – they slow you down and get in your way, but you make your way PAST THEM!  A while ago I ran into this saying:

Thought for the Day: “That bump in the road you hit used to be a mountain but God got to it first and knocked it down for you.”

Have some really good sounding recipes for you!


Banana Upside-Down Cake

4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 bananas, sliced
1 (18.25 ounce) pkg. banana cake mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour 2 (8 inch) pans. Combine butter
and brown sugar, divide and spread evenly between
the 2 pans. Sprinkle pecans evenly over both
brown sugar mixtures, arrange banana slices
evenly over each. Prepare cake mix according to
pkg. directions.  Divide batter into the 2 pans.
Bake 40 -45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted
into center of  cake comes out clean. Turn cakes
upside down on a platter or plate, gently tap bottom
and carefully remove pans, replacing caramel
mixture that sticks to pan.
(recipe: Mary Free-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Yellow Squash Casserole

4 cups sliced yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
35 buttery round crackers,crushed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place squash and onion in a large skillet
over medium heat. Pour in a small amount of
water.Cover, and cook until squash is tender,
about 5 minutes. Drain well, and place in a
large bowl. In a medium bowl, mix together
cracker crumbs and cheese. Stir half of the cracker
mixture into the cooked squash and onions. In a
small bowl,mix together eggs and milk, then add
to squash mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup melted butter,
and season with salt and pepper. Spread into a
9×13 inch baking dish.Sprinkle with remaining
cracker mixture, and dot with 2 tablespoons butter.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until
lightly browned.
(recipe: Mary Free-Mary’s Recipe Exchange)
Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen hash brown potatoes
8 oz. cooked, diced ham
2 (10.75 oz) cans cream of potato soup
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a
large bowl, mix hash browns, ham, cream of
potato soup, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese.
Spread evenly into prepared dish. Sprinkle with
Parmesan cheese. Bake 1 hour, or until
bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.
(recipe: Mary Free-Mary’s Recipe Exchange)

Aunt Rose’s Famous Green Tomato Casserole

3 large green tomatoes, skin on
1 large yellow onion
Bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thinly slice tomatoes
and onion. Grease a 1- or 2-quart casserole. Layer
tomatoes and onions. Salt and pepper each layer.
Cover with a thin layer of crumbs. Drizzle with olive oil.
Bake 30-45 minutes. Serves 4.
(recipe: Mississippi Cooks: Featured Cookbook

March 2003 issue of Today in Mississippi


Zucchini Spice Coffee Cake

1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/4 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/4 milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup marg. or butter, softened

Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 13 x 9
pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup;
level off. In large bowl, combine all coffee
cake ingredients at low speed until moistened;
beat 2 min at med. speed. Pour into prepared pan.
In small bowl, combine all topping until
crumbly; sprinkle over batter.
Bake 35-40 min. in oven until top springs back.
(recipe: Peg – Marys Recipe Exchange)


Watermelon Pineapple Salsa 

2 C. finely chopped seeded watermelon 
1 C. crushed pineapple, drained well 
1 C. sweet onion, minced 
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro 
Zest of orange and lime
1/2 C. orange Juice
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp. hot sauce, or to taste 
A good serving of freshly ground black pepper.
Stir watermelon, pineapple, and onion together 
with cilantro, orange juice, and hot sauce in a 
bowl.  Cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes 
before serving.  Longer is better.
NOTE from poster:
The recipe didn't call for the lime juice, 
but I loved the flavor.  I also zested the 
orange  and lime before I juiced them.
(recipe: RDJ-8/19/11)
Hope you're having a great day - stay
warm & dry!

PS: A friend sent me a card today and I wanted to 
share the verse she quoted:
Psalm 57:1 
"Be merciful to me, oh God, be merciful to me
for my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of
Your wings I will make my refuge until these
calamities have passed by."

I am trusting in my Great and Wonderful 
Lord to get me through this and safe
on the other side; until I write to
you again!





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