It’s SNOWING! . . . no, wait . . .

it’s snowing COTTONWOOD!

cottonwood ‘cotton tufts’ on a branch

 Don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here, every year at just about this time, the air (cars, lawns, etc.) get totally filled with little white fluffy ‘balls’ of cottonwood. I looked out the window earlier and it really did look like we were having a snow storm, it was flying around that thick! Strange stuff, this cottonwood – the fluffy little ‘balls’ contain a seed (God’s way of carrying on the plant & it’s growth, I guess) which floats on the wind, then lands and takes root. Not sure just why, but we’ve never had a cottonwood tree grow in our yard – Lord knows why, as the grass gets totally covered in the stuff!

Spent some time yesterday working on the (new project) baby afghan. It’s a very simple pattern, only 4 rows, but somehow while chatting with my sons and knitting, I managed to increase by 2 stitches! That was ‘fun’ . . . NOT! Took me about a half hour to rip out a few rows, re-knit, then finally decide to just knit 2 stitches together at the end of the row to end up with the required number of stitches. Sometimes EASY isn’t always that easy. It’s an interesting pattern, sort of a take on another pattern I have which is sort of a ‘mock’ cable stitch (meaning you don’t have to take stitches off onto a THIRD needle, then re-knit them into the row). (had this great idea to post a photo of the pattern, but alas – Ravelry won’t let me ‘copy & paste’, even if it’s in my ‘library’ of patterns.) Sorry . . .

The weekend is quickly coming – do you have any special plans for cook-outs, picnics, etc? We’re probably going to do the same thing we do every year – stay home. Haven’t planned any special menu for the holiday – need to go to the grocery store and just can’t seem to get motivated – sigh. Youngest might be marching in our local Waterford Township parade along with his school’s band; he hasn’t exactly decided yet (he’s done it the past two years).


Marinated Hamburgers


3 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. A-1 sauce
1 T. oil
1/2 C. beef broth
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. vinegar

Mix above ingredients together. Take 1 1/2 lb.

hamburger & shape
into patties. Place patties in
covered container & pour
marinade over hamburgers; cover
& refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.

Remove from marinade &
sear over high heat to seal in

(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe

Summer Zucchini Salad 
4 small zucchini, sliced 
1/2 C. sliced red onion 
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese 
1 T. cooking oil 
1 T. lemon juice 
1/4 tsp. dried oregano 
1/4 tsp. salt 
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 

Toss all ingredients together 
in medium bowl. 
Serves 6 (2/3 C. each) 

(recipe: readyseteat) 
African Chicken Stew  

1 tsp. cooking oil 
1/4 tsp. salt 
1 1/4 lb. boneless skinless 
chicken thighs, cut into  
1/4 C. creamy peanut butter 
1/4 C. water 
1/2 tsp. garlic powder 
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced 
tomatoes & green chilies, 
1 lb. (2 medium) sweet 
potatoes, peeled & cut into 
1 1/2 inch pieces 
2 C. frozen bell pepper &  
onion strips 

Spray inside of crockpot with 
nonstick spray. Heat oil in 10 
inch skillet over medium-high 
heat. Sprinkle salt over chicken 
& add to skillet. Cook until  
browned, stirring occasionally. 
Stir in peanut butter, water, 
garlic powder & undrained 
tomatoes; cook until mixture 
is blended & chicken is coated. 
Layer sweet potatoes & frozen 
vegetables in crockpot. Top  
with chicken mixture; cover & 
cook on Low 7-9 hours or 
until chicken & vegetables 
are very tender. Gently 
stir to mix. 
Serves 6 (1 C. each) 

(recipe: readyseteat)
Quick German Potato Salad 
1 pkg (20 oz) refrigerated 
diced potatoes with onion 
4 slices bacon, cooked to 
crisp-tender& crumbled 
3 T. light mayonnaise 
3 T. cider vinegar 
3 T. sliced green onion, 
tops & bottoms 
1 T. firmly packed brown 
1 tsp. spicy brown mustard 

Spray large skillet with non- 
stick spray; heat over medium- 
high heat. Add potatoes & 
cover; cook 15 minutes or until 
tender, turning occasionally.  
Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, 
onion, brown sugar & mustard 
in medium bowl. Add potatoes & 
bacon to mixture & mix lightly. 
Serves 6 (2/3 C. each) 

(recipe: readyseteat)
Frozen Lemonade Pie
(overnight recipe)

2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. sugar
7 T. unsalted butter,


2 C. heavy cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened-
condensed milk, chilled
1 (6 oz) can frozen
lemonade concentrate
(DO not thaw)


1 C. blueberries
1 C. raspberries
2 T. sugar
1 T. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl, combine 
graham cracker crumbs, sugar,
& melted butter. Press firmly
onto bottom & up sides of 
9 inch pie plate; bake 7
minutes, cool completely.

In a cold medium bowl, whip
cream until stiff peaks
form. In another bowl, stir
condensed milk & frozen 
lemonade together. Gently
fold mixture into whipped
cream; pour filling into
crust; freeze overnight.
About an hour before
serving, prepare topping.
Toss berries in medium
bowl with sugar & lemon
juice; set aside. Allow
pie to come to room 
temperature for 10
minutes before cutting.
Top each slice with berries.

(recipe: Food Network)
Onion-Apple Pork Chops
2 boneless pork loin chops (4 oz, ea)
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning
2 tsp. olive oil
1 medium apple, peeled &
thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/3 C. chicken broth
2 T. maple syrup

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Sprinkle chops with garlic salt
& lemon-pepper. In large oven-
proof skillet, brown chops in
oil. Remove & keep warm. Stir
in broth & syrup; bring to a
boil. Reduce heat, simmer, 
uncovered, 5-7 minutes or until
liquid is almost evaporated.
Return chops to pan; cover &
bake 15 -20 minutes or until
a thermometer reads 145º
Serves 2

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe
Exchange-via Taste of Home)
Pineapple Chicken Wings
2 1/2 lb. split chicken wings,
tips removed
2 (8 oz, ea) cans pineapple
tidbits in juice, undrained
1 C. barbecue sauce

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place wings in 9 x 13 pan
sprayed with nonstick spray.
Bake 30 minutes. Drain
pineapple, reserving 1/4 C. 
juice. Mix barbecue sauce,
pineapple & reserved juice;
add to chicken, stir to
evenly coat chicken. Bake
30 minutes or until chicken
is done & sauce is thickened.
(serves 15)

(recipe: Kraft foods)
Crockpot Blueberry Dump Cake
1 (21 oz) can blueberry pie
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. chopped walnuts

Place pie filling in crockpot.
Combine dry cake mix & butter;
sprinkle over pie filling then
top with chopped nuts. Cover &
cook on low 2-3 hours.

(recipe: carolsrecipes-Slow
Cooker digest)

That's about it for today - enjoy the
warmer weather (hopefully you ARE enjoying
warmer weather!); our temperatures have 
climbed and husband is now fiddling with
the air conditioning (of course, I'm 
FREEZING!) - ah well, the 'sounds' of
summer: "I'm FREEZING!" - (him: "It's
79 degrees out, how can you be freezing?")
"Maybe because it feels like 50 degrees in
this house!" Oh well - enjoy your day!



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  1. Lots of great stuff here but the marinated hamburgers is a terrific idea!

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