Rain – YAY!

Love the “Frog Smile”! Just shows we can be HAPPY

EVEN if it’s raining!

Well, my wish (and many others) has been granted – we had a pretty good rain/thunderstorm Tuesday during the night. Yesterday was gray & cloudy but no ‘wet stuff’; today it’s raining – not heavy but pretty constant. Our plants/grass, etc. SO needs the moisture! Today was my running errands day and, amidst the many stops, I noticed our local fruit/veg market is FINALLY open, so I stopped there. They usually open mid-July or earlier and are well-known for their corn-on-the-cob – really REALLY good stuff!  I bought some really big tomatoes (for BLT’s) and chatted with the owner. He told me that they just officially opened yesterday; they’ve been waiting until just the right moment for the CORN to come to fruition. I’ve seen articles about how this year’s corn crops were effected by the lack of rain. They still had a large mound of corn at the stand; I told the owner that I’d post a notice on the Waterford Community site about them being open now – he said they really haven’t had many customers – hope that changes for them soon. It’s a family-run farm in Armada, MI. and they come down every year just to have the stand (he told me they’ve been doing this for 20 YEARS now!).

Lotsa traipsing around today – bank, library, Gordon Foods, Tim Horton’s (for coffee), local grocery store, dollar store, fruit market, and Pearle Vision Center!  I’ve never been to Pearle before but, due to our now ‘retired’ status with AT&T benefits and their coverages, they are one of the companies covering us. Had to do a bit of convincing the lady there that I did NOT need a new frame (even though she said I’m covered for one – even if I’m covered, we’re talking something like $125 just for the frames – nope, don’t need it this time). I have very bad vision, more so in my left eye, so my glasses, when viewed from the side look very THICK! Since I had the diabetic eye dialation & exam Monday, I just needed lens and had the correct perscription for them with me. After much on-line checking with our new (Eye Med) insurance, lens ALONE will run me $130 – not bad. She said they should be in either tomorrow or Monday so that’s pretty fast. I told her that, so far, I’m impressed with Pearle. (her closing comment was: “It’s always a Party at Pearle!”) . . . sigh…

My co-leader in the special needs group is FINALLY feeling well enough to come back to our group (she’d been in & out of the hospital twice for pneumonia and then fluid around her heart so we were all VERY happy she’s finally feeling a little better.) Her birthday is the 28th and several of us were trying to decide the best gift for her. (I should add here, she always gets me very thoughtful gifts). After much consideration, I’ve decided to go the “Spa” idea – got her some really nice bar soaps, a net circular scrubbie thing, a pumice stone, a terrycloth eye cover (for naps), a cucumber face ‘mask’ – liquid stuff you put on your face to make you feel better, some fluffy slipper socks that are infused with Aloe, a bottle of lavender foot-soak beads, some Hershey’s dark chocolate with choclate centers candies and am going to knit her several face cloths. (there might be a few more things in that selection above, just didn’t feel like getting up from my comfy computer chair to check – sorry). One of my special needs guys brought her a Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue) with a big yellow Smiley Face balloon – he said the balloon would make her feel better; thought that was really sweet.  I’m SO glad she’s out of the hospital; to give you an idea of her condition – they’re not even going to do an MRI on her (which they said she needs) for 5-6 WEEKS, just so that they don’t put any pressure on the heart area.  She’s on a high blood pressure med now and it’s making her feel really tired all the time. I tried to convince her she could take another week off our group – we’d cover it, but she was anxious to get back to our kids (and they really love her, too).

Food-wise this week I’m sort of stymied: got out some really nice pork chops to defrost and a pork roast to cook in the crockpot but then . . . I went to the veg stand today and bought those tomatoes for BLT’s, so now it’s WHAT TO MAKE!? Am kinda going for the pork chops tonight and BLT’s tomorrow, since the chops have been defrosted and the bacon can wait a few days in the fridge. Was sorely tested when I went to Gordon Foods – they have a really tasty big tub of red potato salad that we love BUT the only ones eating it would be my husband & I and neither of us really need the CARBS! (Love the flavor, though . . . but I stuck to my guns and passed it up . . . good Pammie!).

ALMOST FORGOT! I wanted to mention here that I received a lovely comment here from a lady in England. When you start a blog on WordPress (my server) they also give you a running report on how many people read your blog on any given day. Did you know that this blog averages almost 200 ‘hits’ per day? AMAZING! And, of those I would say that I only personally know about 4-5 of those people! On a regular basis, I have my dear friend Mary (Momma) who comments but for the rest of you – I would LOVE to hear from you! I’m curious – what things on this blog do you like? The recipes? Photos of craft projects? Weather? Knitting/Crochet?  If you have a few minutes, please drop me a comment!

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Mango Tango Smoothie


1 C. pineapple juice
1 C. orange juicechipotle
1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 C. pineapple sherbet
1 1/2/ C. frozen mango slices

Pour all liquids into blender; add all
frozen ingredients. Blend at ‘mix’
setting 30 seconds, then blend
until smooth. Serves 3-5

(recipe: Patsy- justapinch.com)
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Hot Cheesy Chicken Dip
(crockpot)

1 lb. Velveeta, cubed
1 C. chopped, cooked chicken
1 (10 oz) can Ro*tel diced tomatoes &
green chilies
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 C. chopped green onions

Spray crockpot with nonstick spray.
Place Velveeta, chicken, tomatoes &
green chilies & cumin in crockpot.
Cover, cook on Low 2 hours or until
cheese is melted. Remove lid, add
green onions, stir gently & serve
dip directly from crockpot.
Makes 36 servings.

Serve dip with cut vegetables,
tortilla chips or crackers

(recipe: slowcooker digest)
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Easy S’More Clusters


6 (1.55 oz ea) milk chocolate bars, broken
into pieces
2 C. miniature marshmallows
8 graham crackers ( about 1 3/4 C.),
coarsely chopped
—-
Place candy bar pieces in medium
microwave-safe bowl. Microwave
on Medium (50%) 1 1/2 – 2 minutes,
or until chocolate is melted when
mixture is stirred. Stir in marshmallows
& graham cracker pieces until well
coated. Drop by spoonfuls into
miniature paper muffin cups
(1 3/4 inch in diameter). Cover &
refrigerate until firm. Makes
about 2 1/2 dozen.

(I’m guessing you could also just
drop them onto parchment paper
or greased cookie sheets if you
didn’t have the muffin tin liners)

(recipe: Hershey website)
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Apple-Mustard Stuffed Pork Chops
(grill)
4 boneless pork chops (1 1/2 in. thick)
1/2 C. chopped apple
10 Ritz crackers, coarsely crushed (about
1/2 C. crumbs)
1/4 c. coarsely chopped pecans
3 T. dijon mustard, divided
2 T. raisins

Preheat grill to medium heat.
Make a pocket in each chop by
carefully making a horizontal cut
in 1 side of each chop, being
careful not to cut all the way
through chop to opposite side; set
aside. Mix apple, cracker crumbs,
pecans, 2 T. of mustard, & raisins
until well blended. Spoon evenly
in pockets in chops. Press cut
sides together to seal, secure
with toothpicks. Grill chops 30-35
minutes or until chops are cooked
through, turning over after 15
minutes & brushing with remaining
1 T. mustard. Makes 4 servings.

(recipe: Rhonda G – Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Brown Rice in Crockpot


5 C. water
2 C. brown rice
2 tsp. salt, or to taste

Place above ingredients in crockpot.
Stir, cover & cook on High 3 hours
without removing lid. Serves 6

(recipe: Penny-slowcooker digest)
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Yummy Green Beans


4 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 C. onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes
4 (15 oz) cans green beans

Fry bacon in large skillet over medium
heat until browned & crisp. Drain off
all but a thin coating of grease. Add
onions, cook & stir until browned,
about 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes,
stirring to remove any stuck on
bits of bacon from bottom of
skillet. Drain 2 cans of beans, leave
the liquid in the other 2; pour into
skillet. Cook & stir until heated
through.
(recipe: Rhonda G-MarysRecipe Exchange)
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Summer Quinoa Salad


3/4 C. quick cooking quinoa
1 1/2 C. water

a good olive oil
chopped fresh tomatoes
sliced cucumber
chopped fresh cilantro or mint
salt & pepper, to taste
——-
Place water & quinoa in saucepan;
bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover &
cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat;
let stand 5 minutes. Fluff grains with
a fork. Add remaining ingredients to
quinoa and mix. Can be eaten hot,
chilled or room temperature.

(recipe: RDJ-07/13/12)
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Zucchini ‘Tots’


1 C. grated zucchini
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 C. diced yellow onion
1/4 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
salt & pepper, to taste
—-
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Either prepare a mini muffin tin

or regular muffin tin by spraying
with nonstick cooking spray.
Place grated zucchini on a paper
towel or kitchen towel; drain off
excess water. In a bowl, combine
zucchini, egg, bread crumbs, onion,
cheese, salt & pepper. Place into
prepared tins. Bake 15-20 minutes
until golden & crispy.
Makes 12 mini-‘tots’ or
6 large ‘tots’

(recipe: Kelli-justapinch.com)
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Orange Cream Dessert Squares

1 (16.5 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookies
2 T. grated orange peel (from 2 lg. oranges)
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. (Smuckers) sweet orange marmalade
1/4 tsp. orange extract
2 eggs
3 T. heavy whipping cream
2 drops orange food coloring (or 2 drops
yellow/1 drop red)
1 1/2 tsp. butter
1/2 C. white vanilla baking chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Press cookie dough evenly on bottom and
1 inch up sides of ungreased 9 x 13 pan. (if
dough is sticky, use flour on hands). Sprinkle
dough evenly with grated orange peel. In
medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar,
marmalade & extract using elec. mixer on
medium-high speed about 1 minute or
until well blended. Add eggs; beat 2 minutes
or until well blended & mixture is creamy.
Spread evenly on crust. Bake 29-36 minutes
or until crust is golden brown & center is
set; cool 1 hour.
Frosting:
In small microwavable bowl, microwave
whipping cream & food coloring uncovered
on High about 30 seconds or just until
boiling. Add butter & baking chips, stir
until chips are melted. Spread mixture
evenly over bars. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours
or until chilled and firm. Cover &
refrigerate any remaining squares.

(recipe: Pillsbury)
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Looking for a photo to post with this blog, I came across

the ‘frog umbrella’ photo – just love that smile! It reflects

how I’m feeling right now – yes, it’s ‘wet’ out, but we can

be happy for ALL the little things in our lives. Hoping

you have a GREAT day – remember to SMILE! It lifts

your spirits AND makes those around you feel better,

too!

Hugs;

Pammie

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I first found you via the “All Free Crochet” newsletter with your Trellis Ribbon necklace. I stayed for your wonderful recipes and crochet/knitting patterns. I enjoy reading your posts.

  2. See we don’t know it but they are out there.

  3. Good morning Pam, well it is morning here in England. Glad you are getting your glasses sorted, and well done for refusing the frames!

    Am I the one you mentioned in your blog, the one from England? Have never been mentioned in a blog before.

    I am also a Christian mum and grandma, to 7 gorgeous grandaughters and 1 gorgeous grandson. Aged between 18 and 6. My two youngest granddaughters have Cystic Fibrosis.

    My husband passed away in March this year after having cancer for 5 years.

    Please carry on blogging, I love most forms of crafting and love reading about your life.

    Lots of love to you and the family.

    Hugs,

    Chrissie xx


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