A Quiet Fall Day – Lots to Share!


Today started out a bit gloomy, but dry – that changed (Of course! It’s MICHIGAN! The weather is ALWAYS changing!) Drove youngest to work then proceeded to get some grocery shopping done – it began sprinkling right away and is still WET out there – sigh. I noticed, while at Krogers, that it seemed a bit more busy than usual for that time of day – mentioned it to the cashier and she agreed. I’m wondering if, now that the government is “Open” again, people are feeling it’s safe to spend money; just a thought.

Our gas prices are going down a little – they were up to $3.59/9, now at $3.49/9 – that’s a ‘start’.

Last night was my special needs group – our ‘every third Wednesday person, a very lovely lady who’s been teaching children for probably over 20 years, comes to do the lesson for the group while my partner/other leader & I have a business meeting (required by our paperwork). Yesterday afternoon, around 4 p.m. I got a very sad call from my partner/leader: she had just returned from another eye doctor appointment. Apparently her cataract surgery did NOT go as planned. She’s been having trouble ever since a week ago: eye leaking fluids, she can’t focus/blurred & double vision, upset stomach, etc. Turns out her implant came un-attached as is floating around in her eye! She has to have another surgery TODAY to locate it and re-attach it. What a mess!Our ‘usual’ teacher (mentioned above) was late getting there which caused me a bit of panic – I was NOT prepared with a lesson! My last thought was: If all else fails, we’ll SING! They love singing and I love playing for them. My teaching friend arrived – BIG SIGH of relief! The night went by well – 32 kids.

I’ve finally managed to obtain the rest of the books in the “I Am Four” set from the library. It took me 3 MONTHS to get the second book in the set! (Apparently there was only ONE copy within the ENTIRE connected library grouping! That’s amazing!) Sped through reading # 3 last night and plan to finish up # 4 today/tonight. To say these books are a fast-read is putting it mildly – they really KEEP your attention! I’ve never been one for Science Fiction, but these are the exception! IF you might be interested, they start with “I Am Number Four” by Pitacus Lore. (the ‘author’ is somewhat of an enigma – as that name is also the name of the BIG HERO in the stories. Back of book jacket don’t give you any more help, either. (there IS a website, but I haven’t explored that yet). It’s considered ‘Teen” reading, but I’m really enjoying it.


Beef Pot Pie

2 lb. stew beef, cut into 1/2″ cubes
2 T. flour
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1 medium chopped & peeled onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 C. water
4 beef bullion cubes
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 C. diced potato
1 C. diced carrot
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded &
1 (8 oz) pkg. frozen peas, thawed/drained
2 (9 inch) ready-made pie crusts

Lightly coat stew beef with flour. Heat oil in
large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat
until a drop of water sizzles when dropped in
oil. Add beef & brown, stirring frequently,
about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to
rain, then return to skillet to heat.  Add onion &
garlic; saute until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
Carefully stir in water, bullion cubes, salt,
Worcestershire sauce & pepper. Return meat to
skillet, reduce heat & simmer 1 1/2 hours. Add
potatoes, carrots & green pepper; simmer another
20 minutes, stir in peas.

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Line a 9 ” pie pan with one of the crusts, letting the
edge drape over side; using slotted spoon, fill pie with beef filling. Add a little cooking broth to filling, if
desired. Top with remaining crust, fold bottom edge
up over top edge, crimp edge with fork & cut a few
small slits in top crust to allow steam to escape while cooking. Bake 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees F.; bake 30 more minutes.  Makes 8 servings.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Peach Cake

1 large can sliced peaches, drained & mashed
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Drain peaches and empty into a large bowl; mash
lightly. Add flour, sugar and soda; mix well. Spray
9 x 13 pan; pour in batter. Bake 35 minutes.

3/4 C. sugar
3/4 regular sized can of evaporated milk
1 stick butter or margarine
1 C. coconut (I used a little more than a cup of coconut)
1 C. nuts, chopped

Boil everything but  nuts on top of  stove until thickens, remove from heat, stir in nuts and spread on cooled cake.

(recipe: Facebook)

Chicken Taco Bake
(only 6 ingredients!)

3 C. chopped, cooked chicken
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 C. mild salsa
2 C. whole corn kernels
1 pkg. taco seasoning
15 (6″) corn tortillas

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine chicken & taco seasoning;
toss to coat. Mix chicken, salsa, corn &
2 C. cheese together until well blended.
Cut 3 of the tortillas in half & layer
4 whole tortillas & 2 halves into bottom
of a greased 9 X 13 baking dish, making
5 tortillas total per layer. Spread half
chicken mixture over tortillas & top with
5 more tortillas; 4 whole & 2 halves.
Layer with remaining chicken mixture &
corn tortillas on top. Sprinkle with last
half cup of cheese; cover tightly with foil.
Bake 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes
before cutting.

(recipe: Facebook)

Baked Potato Casserole

5 large potatoes, cooked & diced
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 lb. ground beef, cooked & crumbled
1 lb. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 pint sour cream (2 C.)
2 chopped green onions
salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients in greased casserole
dish. Bake 30 minutes.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe

Crockpot Corned Beef

2 1/2 – 3 1/2 lb. corned beef brisket
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled & shredded
1 clove garlic, minced

Place corned beef in crockpot. Top with
pickling spices (comes in bag with
corned beef), onions, carrot & garlic.
Add enough water to cover meet. Cover
& cook on Low 8-9 hours until meat is
tender. Remove meat from crockpot
& slice.

(recipe: Francine-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Applesauce Bread

1/2 cup of softened butter
1 large egg
1 1/2 t baking soda
3/4 t nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t kosher salt
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 t of pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, first blend together butter,
egg, & sugar. Add flour, baking soda,
spices, & salt. After it starts to form a crumbly
dough, pour in applesauce; mix together.
I used two small loaf pans, pouring mixture evenly
into both. I sprayed my pans with cooking spray
first or you could use parchment paper, depending
on the dish you choose to bake them in. Bake about 40 minutes.

(recipe; Facebook)

Pan-Fried Asparagus

1/4 C. butter
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. coarse salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed

Melt butter in skillet over medium-high
heat. Stir in olive oil, salt & pepper; cook
garlic in butter 1 minute but do not brown.
Add asparagus; cook 10 minutes, turning
asparagus to ensure even cooking. Serves 4

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Bean-Cheese Taco Dip

1 (10 oz) can bean & bacon soup
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream
1/2 (8 oz) pkg. cubed Velveeta cheese
1 (1 oz) pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 tsp. minced garlic

In large saucepan combine soup, sour
cream, Velveeta, taco mix & garlic; cook,
on Low heat, stirring constantly, until
cheese melts. Serve warm with chips.
Makes 1 pint.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Caramel Corn Crunch

15 C. popped corn, unpopped kernels removed
2 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 C. butter
1/2 C. light corn syrup
1 tsp. kosher or sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven 200 degrees F.
Place popped corn in large, ungreased roasting
pan or divide popcorn between two 9 X 13 baking
pans. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup &
salt in 2 Qt. saucepan; bring to boil over medium
heat, stirring occasionally. Cook 5 minutes, without
stirring. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda &
mix well – mixture will become foamy.
Immediately pour caramel mixture over popped
corn & quickly toss to coat (OR divide evenly
between the two pans). Don’t expect all corn to
be coated, that will happen in the coarse of baking.

Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from
oven, immediately turn out of pan(s) onto a foil-lined
counter top & break up slightly. Cool & store in
tightly sealed container. Makes 16 (1 C.) servings

NOTE: If you don’t have a large roasting pan, you can
use those extra-large disposable aluminum roasting
pans. These can be used more than once

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Saw a very interesting article on Facebook today; a lady was asked to knit a VERY large piece of paneling for a project (I don’t believe she actually stated the finished size). She began by having her husband turn a very LARGE dowel into 2 needles, having another friend sand and smooth the wood. Here is the link to her blog:


She did not mention the size of the ‘yarn’ either – but hopefully you will get some idea of it’s immensity if you view the blog. (I was unable to ‘copy & paste’ the photos I’d copied from her blog. The needles were AT LEAST 4 feet LONG! Amazing!


On another note, just saw a post on Facebook for a friend of mine: Dan Smither, who is a missionary in Durban, South Africa. (If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you will remember I made quite a few afghans for his ‘kids’ there). Dan & his wife, Rachel and their four daughters have been there for a good 6-7 years now. Rachel has put together a children’s choir and they will be coming to Michigan in December to perform! I’m SO excited for all of them. These children live in extreme poverty – AIDS is rampant, many of the children are parent-less. Dan & his family and other helpers work to get these children food/clothing/shelter and also help them acquire the much-needed documents required by the state for them to go to school. Dan is first and foremost a missionary and he preaches the Word not only through his lessons but also through his daily work with the children and those in the villages. I’m SO excited they are able to have this opportunity to minister to people here! If you might be interested in attending their concerts, their schedule is found here:


I have known Dan and his family ever since he was a young boy attending the same Christan school as my boys. He is a fine, upstanding adult who knows his purpose in life and is living it – in Durban, South Africa.

Well, that’s about all I’m ‘sharing’ today (it was a LOT!). Hope you are having a good day.

Enjoy your day and remember to SMILE a little, too!




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  1. Oops! I should have mentioned the size of the panel! It was 1.5 meters wide, 4 meters long! I knitted the first 3 and had to pass it off to a friend for the last meter (my arms were killing me!). The yarn was purchased by the client straight from a mill, so I wouldn’t know what thickness it measures to, but safe to say it was double-bulky at the least! Thanks for sharing the story 🙂

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