One More Done!


This is the ‘sister’ to the first afghan I posted using this design. This time I chose to make the body of the afghan in a solid color, and the bumpy parts in variegated – I like the pattern, it’s easy to remember (AND I can spot the mistakes when I come up short at the end of a pattern row – VERY IMPORTANT!) After photographing said afghan (outside – temp at 78 lovely degrees, but a bit overcast – they’re saying rain sometime today), I got to thinking: “What’s the NEXT afghan pattern going to be?” I visited JoAnn Fabrics a few days ago, only because I had a 60% off coupon (and those are VERY rare!) – purchased a light weight yarn in blues, white and greens – great for a baby boy. Just spent about a half hour perusing various yarn/knitting sites attempting to find a relatively easy (for me) knit pattern – something I haven’t already knit in the past. Located about 6, so now it’s plow through them and see if one will be the ‘next’ baby afghan pattern. I like doing this – AND I like a challenge, so should be fun. Am writing up the email to my knit group to start getting them involved in crocheting or knitting dishcloths for the Waterford Historical Society’s “Log Cabin Days” coming up the end of June. (I’ve already knit about 7, so I’m holding off on those, myself). Also in said email will be a gentle reminder that September is coming and the Detroit Veteran’s Hospital Baby Shower is looming ahead of us. For those of us who knit or crochet, we need ‘planning’ time before decided whether to participate or not, whether we have ample yarn/time, etc. I like to start early for them – it brings in better results later! (Yes, as you know, I’m an OVER achiever, so this will be baby blanket #4 coming up – not trying to ‘show off’, I just want to make sure we have a good showing of baby blankets for the Vets. Some of our ladies will make one, a few will make 2, so I just want to make sure that we can deliver a nice amount for their event.)

Lots more great-sounding summer recipes for you (and a few that might not exactly be ‘summer’ but sounded really tasty!)


Bacon Ranch Foil Packet Potatoes
(on grill)

3 sheets  heavy-duty foil
10-12 baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
6 slices cooked & crumbled bacon
1 packet ranch dressing mix
salt & pepper, to taste
3 T. butter
Sour cream for serving, if desired
Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray.
Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes,
bacon, and ranch dressing mix. Add salt and pepper
to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each serving.
Wrap securely. Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand
10 minutes before serving. Serve in foil, topped
with sour cream if desired.

(recipe: Facebook)


2 stalk(s) uncooked broccoli, chopped
1 head(s) (medium) uncooked cauliflower, chopped
1/2 C. sweet red pepper(s), chopped
1/2 C. green pepper(s), chopped
1 large fresh tomato, chopped
1/2 large uncooked red onion, chopped
1(large) can large ripe black olives, chopped
1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C. Ranch dressing

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
Chill before serving.

(recipe: Facebook – comment:
from  Weight Watchers page of healthier recipes.)

Chocolate Lasagna Dessert

1 pkg regular Oreo cookies
(Not Double Stuff) – about 36 cookies
6 T.  butter, melted
1  (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. granulated sugar
2 T cold milk
1  (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
2  (3.9 oz, ea) pkgs. instant chocolate pudding mix
3 1/4 C. cold milk
1  1/2 C. mini chocolate chips

Crush 36 Oreo cookies into FINE crumbs (food processor
works, but you could also place them in a large ziplock
bag & crush them with a rolling pin. Transfer  crumbs
to a large bowl. Stir in 6 T. melted butter; use a fork to
incorporate  butter into cookie crumbs. Transfer
mixture to a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Press crumbs
onto the bottom of pan. Refrigerate pan. Mix cream
cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add 2 T. milk
and sugar; mix well. Stir in 1  1/4 C. Cool Whip. Remove
crust pan from fridge & spread  mixture over the crust.
In a bowl, combine chocolate instant pudding with
3 1/4 C. cold milk. Whisk several minutes until pudding
starts to thicken. Use a spatula to spread mixture over
previous cream cheese layer. Allow dessert to rest for
about 5 minutes so that  pudding can firm up further.
Spread  remaining Cool Whip over  top. Sprinkle
mini chocolate chips evenly over top & place in
freezer for 1 hour, or the refrigerator for 4 hours
before serving.

(recipe: Facebook)

Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast Casserole

1 lb pork sausage
2 T butter
2 packages Sausage Gravy Mix (makes 2 cups per package)
12 eggs
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 tubes refrigerated biscuits

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook sausage in 10″ skillet – breaking up chunks; set aside.
In large saucepan, make gravy according to directions; add
sausage to gravy, set aside. In large bowl, whisk eggs, evaporated
milk and salt. Soft scramble eggs with the butter. Layer gravy, eggs,
gravy, eggs, gravy in 9 X 13 pan then top with biscuits.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes  until biscuits are golden brown.


Grilled Fresh Salsa Chicken

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves

1/3 C. zesty Italian salad dressing, divided

1 tomato, chopped

3 green onions, sliced

1 tsp. zest plus 2 tsp. juice from 1 lime

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken

5-7 minutes on each side or until done (165 degrees F.),

brushing occasionally with 1/4 C. dressing. Combine

remaining dressing with remaining ingredients. Serve

chicken topped with salsa. Serves 4

NOTE: can also add 2 tsp. chopped cilantro and/or 1 tsp.

chopped jalapeno peppers

(recipe: Kraft foods)


Feta & Vegetable Rotini Salad


3 C. rotini pasta, cooked & cooled

1 c. crumbled Feta cheese

1 C. halved cherry tomatoes

1 C. chopped cucumbers

1/2 C. sliced black olives

1/2 C. zesty Italian salad dressing

1/4 C. finely chopped red onions

Combine all ingredients & refrigerate

1 hour before serving. Serves 8, about

1 C. each.

Note; can substitute plum tomatoes for

cherry tomatoes and/or substitute chopped

red or green peppers for cucumbers

(recipe: Kraft foods)


Orange Cream Cheese Bread


1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 C. shortening

1 2/3 C. granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 1/4 C. flour

1 tsp. salt

1 T. baking powder

1 C. milk

1/2 C. chopped walnuts

2 T. grated orange peel

1/4 C. orange juice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Combine cream cheese & shortening, cream well.

Gradually add sugar, beating until light & fluffy. Add

eggs, beating well after each addition. Combine flour,

baking powder & salt; add to creamed mixture

alternately with milk, beginning & ending with flour

mixture; mix well after each addition. Stir in walnuts &

orange peel. Pour batter into 2 greased & floured

8 1/2 X 4 1/2 X 3 inch loaf pans. Bake 55 minutes

or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center comes

out clean. Let bread cool in pans 10 minutes. Sprinkle

tops with orange juice. Remove to wire rack to finish

cooling. Makes 2 loafs

(recipe: Jen –


Shells with Peas, Bacon & Parmesan


3 C. pasta shells

8 strips bacon, cooked crisp

1 clove minced garlic

1 1/4 C. milk

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 stick softened butter

1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 C. fresh peas

Cook pasta shells in boiling, salted water until

al dente; drain. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp;

transfer to paper towels & crumble. Reserve

2 T. fat from bacon. Add garlic to bacon fat &

cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to Low, then whisk

in milk, cubed cream cheese & softened butter.

When smooth, add Parmesan, peas & most of

bacon. Cook until hot; stir in shells. Lightly

season with salt. Top with reserved bacon.

(recipe: DASH magazine,


Honey Dijon Deviled Eggs

6 hard boiled eggs

3 T. honey Dijon salad dressing

2 T. minced green onions

1/8 tsp. pepper (if desired)

Remove shells from eggs; halve lengthwise or crosswise.

Carefully remove yolks & place in small bowl. Mash yolks

with a fork. Add salad dressing & green onions; mix well.

Lightly spoon or pipe mixture back into egg white halves.

Sprinkle tops with pepper (if desired). Refrigerate until

ready to serve. Makes 12 servings.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)


It’s another gorgeous day outside – hope you get to enjoy a WONDERFUL day today!




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  1. What a beautiful blanket! I have started taking crochet classes and, although a bit frustrated, I think I have finally understood what I have to do. She started me on a scarf that twirls on its own as I crochet. I think she called it rigatoni (like the pasta) Just finished the first skein last night and hope to start the 2nd one today. I go back wednesday for my 3rd lesson. It’s a lot of fun, just can’t wait to “get over the hump” and feel more comfortable in what I am doing. ~maria

    • Thanks! Yay for you, starting crochet classes! I have a free pattern for a scarf that looks like what you’re describing (I’m a ‘basic’ crocheter – nothing fancy, but I can follow that pattern!). It’s so much fun to actually see what you’re doing turn into something really neat! Keep on plugging at crochet; there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! (When you get the hang of the basics, there are lots of free patterns on the ‘net – you can sign up (free) for a great site called Ravelry ( – it’s for knitting & crochet and there’s lots of free patterns there, plus check out the various yarn companies – they have free patterns, too. Some even allow you to type in ‘easy’, ‘beginner’, intermediate, etc. on your skill level. I know Lion Brand ( has free patterns, ( check it out – there’s LOTS out there waiting for you!
      Good luck and let me know how you’re doing!!!

      • Thanks Pammie! I will certainly check it out – you are the second personal to suggest ravelry. Forgot to share my virtual crochet tutor – his name is Mikey and he’s awesome! Lots of video tutorials too:
        The website is
        And you can find Mikey’s videos here:

        I will try to post a picture of my rigatoni soon 🙂 thanks for the encouragement!!!! ~maria

      • Glad to hear from you! ALSO – you can go on YouTube and type in crochet instructions – I’m SURE there are tons of videos on there, too (that helped me at Christmas time to finally figure out the ruffly lace ‘yarn’ scarf that everyone was knitting – drove me nuts; no matter HOW many times I tried, the stitches kept falling off my needles! Finally went to YouTube and they suggested wooden needles – I went one better and used circular – no WAY those could fall off!) Sometimes you have to ‘pick & choose’ on those videos; some are really good & clear, others are filmed waaaay too far away from the persons hands for you to actually SEE what they’re doing! OR, they have such a heavy accent you can’t understand them!) Oh well – they tried.
        Keep on keeping on; you’re on your way to your first scarf!!! YAY!

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