Busy Day – Busy Day!!!


I MUST be feeling better because I have a TON of energy today! That’s a GOOD thing; got up, emptied the dishwasher, filled it up some, washed the remaining (non-dishwasher) items. Started a load of washing, put one in the dryer and began working on Friends Group (special needs) business/paperwork. Got the business meeting notes typed & ready to go, organized more group paperwork, sewed a button on husband’s shorts. (I know there were more things in between here, just don’t remember exactly ‘what’). Then, energy took me outside to photo the two (below) baby afghans. That got me noticing the weird, wild vines that keep growing all over our yard. They’re really tough, grow quickly and I tripped on one – that led me to get the outdoor gloves out and attack the vines, cutting & throwing. THAT led me to noticing the vines had grown into our grill – you guessed it: opened the grill (also noticed it need cleaning out – lots of leaves from some squirrel who thought he/she would make a nest there – can you tell we don’t use our grill much?). After all the vine-ripping, leaf throwing, ashes cleaning I came inside with 3 requests: something cold to drink, a back pill (for pain) and a SIT DOWN! Having attained all three, I’m now here with you. Whew! Don’t know what got into me – but I’m glad I got lots of things done! Oh, also brought inside my Wandering Jew plant; our evening temperatures are getting too cold for it to survive in it’s hanging basket. (Of course, THAT led to me re-arranging the other plants that also reside on that table, dusting – which led to dusting the living room & dining room . . . YOU GET THE IDEA. I think, for now, I’m pretty well done with ‘extra activities’!

Here are the two baby blankets I knit/crocheted for the Detroit Vet’s (if you remember, they are the ones I didn’t need to make in a hurry, so I’m saving them for next year’s Baby Shower).  000_0003

This is the first one I knit with yarn from my ‘stash’


This one is crocheted (using the X pattern granny square); it’s also from my ‘stash’ yarns

The colors for #2 are a little brighter than are showing up in the photo.

Weather-wise, we have a gorgeous day out there! It’s 73 degrees F., sunny and clear! I’ve read that it’s supposed to rain later, but for now – I’M JUST ENJOYING IT!!!

Gas-prices: Our gas prices have DROPPED quite a bit in the past 2-3 days – not sure why, but who cares!? It went from $3.59/9 down to $3.49/9 – pretty cool, eh?


Lot’s of Fall recipes comin’ in – here ya go!


Updated Shepherd’s Pie

1 1/4 lb. red potatoes (about 4) cut into
3 large cloves garlic
1 lb. ground beef
2 T. flour
4 C. frozen mixed vegetables (carrots,
corn, green beans, peas) thawed
3/4 C. beef broth
2 T. ketchup
3/4 C. sour cream
1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook potatoes & garlic in boiling water in
large saucepan 20 minutes or until potatoes
are tender. Brown meat in large nonstick
skillet. Stir in flour; cook 1 min. Add mixed
vegetables, broth & ketchup; cook 5 minuts,
stirring frequently. Drain potatoes; return to
pan. Add sour cream; mash until potatoes are
smooth & mixture is well blended. Stir in
1/4 C. cheese. Spoon meat mixture into 8 in.
square baking dish; cover with potatoes. Bake
18 minutes; top with remaining cheese. Bake
2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 6,
1 1/2 C. each.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce

2 lb. pork loin roast, boneless, trimmed &
cut into 4 pieces
1/2 C. Asian sweet chili sauce
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. rice vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
2-3 C. brown rice or long grain white rice,

1/2 C. green onions, chopped (with some
1/2 C. honey roasted peanuts, diced

Spray inside of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place pork, chili sauce, soy sauce,
rice vinegar & garlic in crockpot. Cover &
cook on Low 8 hours or until pork is fork-
tender. Remove meat; coarsely dice. Add
peanut butter to sauce in crockpot; stir
well to dissolve. Return meat to sauce &
toss to coat evenly. Serve over rice with
garnishes. Serves 4

(recipe: National Pork Board)

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. confectioners sugar
1 C. peanut butter
1 C. milk
1 (16 oz) pkg Cool Whip, thawed
2 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker
pie crusts

Beat together cream cheese & confectioners
sugar; mix in peanut butter & milk. Beat until
smooth. Fold in Cool Whip. Spoon into pie
crusts, cover & freeze until firm.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Baked Angel Hair Pasta

1 lb dry angel hair pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 lb lean ground beef
2 (26 oz) jars spaghetti sauce
6-8 oz provolone cheese, sliced
2 C. sour cream
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water
to a boil. Add pasta, and cook according to
package directions. In a large skillet, brown
onion and ground beef over medium heat.
Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
Mix pasta and meat sauce together. Butter a
9×13 inch baking dish and another small baking
dish. Layer in the 2 dishes as follows: 1/2 of the
pasta mixture, Provolone cheese, sour cream,
remaining pasta mixture and mozzarella cheese.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted.

(recipe: Facebook)

Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 large bell pepper, diced
1 can (29 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can tomato soup (or tomato sauce)
1 (14 0z) can chicken broth (or beef broth)
2 cups cooked rice
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt & pepper, to taste
shredded cheddar cheese, for topping

In a large pot, brown and crumble ground
beef along with diced green peppers and
onion over medium-high heat.When cooked,
drain excess grease from beef mixture.
Put beef back into pot; add in diced tomatoes.
Add in chicken broth (or beef broth, if using).
Then add in can of tomato soup or tomato sauce
(whichever you are using). Stir well, then add rice;
stir again. Add seasonings; sugar, garlic powder,
salt & pepper (to taste). Cover and let soup
simmer on low-medium heat for about 30
minutes to let all the flavors blend.

(recipe: Facebook)

Apple Pan Dowdy

1 stick butter
1 C. sugar
1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
2 apples, grated

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in 9 in. square baking pan.
In separate bowl, combine remaining
ingredients; stir in melted butter. Pour
mixture into baking pan & bake 25-30

(good topped with whipping cream or
Cool Whip)

(recipe: way2go4health-Marys Recipe

We’ll that’s it for now – have to go get another load of clean clothes out of the dryer, then get ready to drive youngest son to ‘the mall’ (about 15 minute drive, one way – oh, joy!) The one GOOD thing about that trip? JoAnn Fabrics is right around the corner – source of TONS of YARN!!! OH, BOY!!! (Not that I NEED any, you understand . . . hehehe)

Have a GREAT day!



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  1. As usual the blankets are beautiful. My gas price yesterday was $3.35.9 so of course I gassed up! .

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