The Solution is Achieved!


Although it wasn’t planned, last night saw our knit group having an informal discussion & vote concerning the issue of our dues. The ladies were open, vocal and ‘ready for bear’ – none of them wanted to give their money to a site. Totally by accident I noticed the day before that one of my members had joined our group on Facebook (I had put up a ‘group’ on Facebook years ago then never did anything with it – it showed we had 3 members – I didn’t even know who the other 2 were!) – that gave me an idea. I mentioned our group on Facebook and the room lit up with rapid conversations – by a show of hands (we had 17 present) it was unanimous that we drop and go to Facebook! Although the Facebook site doesn’t have all the fancy ‘bells & whistles’, we can still use it as FREE publicity for the group, you can have multiple conversations at the same time via their ‘chat’ feature, we can post photos, upcoming events – and I’m just beginning to learn all the advantages! It will take awhile to get all of our ladies over to Facebook, but I really think this was a huge step forward for us. I spent a good amount of time yesterday copying all the photos we have on MeetUp – guess I really didn’t realize just how many – we’re talking all the way from 2007! In those photos I found two that I copied and sent to two ladies in the group: during the years two of our members died; I found two photos of those ladies with their friend who originally brought them – that was a blessing. I was able to email those photos to the friends. When I mentioned it to those ladies, both of them came to tears and said Thank You – it’s always nice to have a photo of a friend, especially when they’ve passed. Our group has served SO MANY purposes over the years besides just knitting/crochet – all of us have made new friends, we’ve ‘been there’ when one of our members husbands went through needing a mechanical heart (and then a live/human heart), when someone has died in the family/group, when being in the group expanded their concepts of charity work – I’m very grateful to all the ladies over the years – they grew and so did I. 


3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Bars

4 medium bananas
2 C. oats
6 T. peanut butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
spray. Mix ingredients together until
mixture reaches consistency of wet
cookie dough (depending on how
big your bananas are, you might need
to add more oats.) Spread dough evenly
in baking dish & bake 18-20 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Cut into bars.


Tasty Mexican Salad

2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
(if serving 4 people, add more lettuce)
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, rinsed/drained
3/4 C. chopped cherry tomatoes
3/4 C. fresh whole kernel corn, uncooked
(can use frozen or canned)
half ripe avacado, diced
chopped cilantro
1/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. tortilla chips
salt/pepper, to taste

Honey-Lime Dressing
1/4 C. fresh lime juice
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. honey
2 T. finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. chopped jalapeno pepper
(can use canned for less heat)

Place lettuce in large bowl & add
salad ingredients one by one, finally
adding cheese & tortilla chips. In
separate bowl mix dressing ingredients;
pour dressing over salad, season with
salt & pepper, to taste.


Easy Freezer Meatballs

1 1/2 C. soft bread, crusts removed &
cut into small cubes*
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. tomato juice
1 lb. ground chicken
1 lb. ground pork (not ground
seasoned sausage meat)
1/2 C. onion, finely minced
1 T. jarred pesto
1 T. jarred sweet pepper relish
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 C. seasoned or plain bread crumbs
3/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs

In large bowl place soft bread crumbs & cover
with milk & tomato juice – let soak 10 minutes
then use your hands to make a mash out of the
bread or beat with a fork. Add all other
ingredients & gently combine. (try not to over-
work the mixture.) Line a sheet tray with
parchment paper; spray with nonstick spray &
set aside. Place a second tray or cutting board
next to a small bowl of water (this will be used
to scoop meatballs-once all are scooped, they
will be rolled & neatly placed on the sheets)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Using a medium scoop, scoop out 3 1/2 dozen
(42) meatballs, 1 1/2 oz each) onto the cutting
board or tray. Keep the scoop a little wet by
dipping into the water occasionally. Once all
balls have been scooped, wet your hands lightly
& rol each into a ball & place on prepared sheet.
Keep hands moist but not too wet otherwise
the meatballs will get too soft & not keep their
shape. Once the tray is full, place in oven 25
minutes. Remove, cool & place the meatballs
on a second tray lined with parchment paper.
As you remove each ball, wipe off sides so they
are nice & clean before freezing. Make sure you
pick a tray that will fit in your freezer.
Freeze overnight or until firm, then remove to a
gallon zip lock bag & freeze.
As needed, pull out as many as you need.
Makes 3 1/2 dozen meatballs

*Poster used a supermarket bakery Italian bread


Guacamole Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs, hard boiled
1 medium avocado
2-3 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. red onion, minced
1 T. minced jalapeno
1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
kosher salt/fresh ground black pepper,
to taste
1 T. diced tomato
pinch chile powder (for garnish)

Peel cooked/hard-boiled eggs; cut eggs
in half horizontally & set yolks aside.
In a bowl mash avocado & 2 whole egg
yolks – discard rest. Mix in lime juice, red
onion, jalapeno, cilantro, salt/pepper &
adjust to taste. Gently fold in tomato.
Scoop heaping spoonfuls of mixture into
the egg white halves; sprinkle tops with
a little chile powder for color – arrange
on a platter. Makes 12 deviled eggs


Chicken/Potatoes & Green Beans

1 1/2 – 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed (about
2 1/2 C.)
1.25 lb. diced red potatoes (about 4 C)
1/3 C. fresh lemon juice
1/4 C. olive oil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
2 garlic cloves, minced

Place chicken in center of crockpot; add
green beans on one side. Mound potatoes
on other side. In medium bowl whisk
together lemon juice, olive oil, oregano,
salt/pepper, onion powder & garlic cloves –
pour evenly over all in crockpot. Cover &
cook on High 4 hours – do not open lid
during cooking time. Serves 4

Chocolate Eclair Dream

1 C. water
1/2 C. butter
1 C. flour
4 eggs

1 (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla
pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.

2 C. whipping cream
2 tsp. sugar
– chocolate sauce, for drizzling

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.

In medium saucepan melt butter into
water & bring to boil; remove from
heat & stir in flour. Mix in eggs, one
at a time, making sure each egg is
completely incorporated before
adding next. Spread mixture into
prepared pan, bringing it up sides as
much as you can. Bake 25-30 minutes
until crust is golden brown & bubbly.
Remove & let cool – don’t push down

In medium bowl whisk together
pudding mix & milk – refrigerate
15-20 minutes until thickened. In
bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl)
whip cream cheese; add in thickened
pudding to cream cheese until no
lumps remain; refrigerate to cool
until crust is completely cool, about
1 hour.

Whipped Topping:

In bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl)
with whisk attachment, beat whipping
cream until soft peaks form. Slowly add
in sugar & continue beating until stiff
peaks form.

To Assemble:

Once crust is completely cooled, pour
pudding mixture over crust; top with
whipped cream & cut into squares to
serve. Drizzle chocolate sauce over each

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)
Loaded Potato Quiche

2 1/2 C. Bisquick mix
6 T. cold butter or margarine
1/4 C. boiling water

1 1/2 C. chopped cooked ham
1 1/2 C. frozen diced hash brown
potatoes, thawed
1 1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese (6 oz)
3 medium green onions, sliced
5 eggs
3/4 C. Half & Half
1/4 tsp. ground pepper

3 slices bacon, crisply cooked,

sour cream
additional sliced green onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 1/2 ” deep-dish pie plate with
nonstick spray. Place Bisquick in medium
bowl; cut in butter, using pastry blender
(or 2 knives) through mix until crumbly.
Add boiling water, stir vigorously until
soft dough forms. Using fingers dipped
in Bisquick mix, press dough on bottom &
up sides of pie plate, forming edge on rim
of plate. Sprinkle ham, potatoes, cheese &
3 T. onions into crust. In medium bowl
beat eggs, Half & Half & pepper until blended;
pour over ingredients in crust. Bake
1 hour 5 minutes or until knife inserted into
center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes
before serving. Top with crumbled bacon,
sour cream & onions, if desired.
Serves 8

Beef & Spinach Lo Mein

1/4 C. hoisin sauce
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. water
2 tsp. sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb. beef top round steak, thinly
6 oz. uncooked spaghetti
4 tsp. canola oil, divided
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts,
2 green onions, sliced
1 (10 oz) pkg. fresh spinach, coarsely
1 red chili pepper, seeded/thinly sliced

In small bowl mix first 6 ingredients
Remove 1/4 C. mixture to a large bowl;
add beef & toss to coat. Marinate at
room temp. 10 minutes. Cook spaghetti
accordg. to pkg. directions. In large
skillet heat 1 1/2 tsp. canola oil. Add half
of beef mixture; stir-fry 1-2 minutes until
no longer pink – remove from pan. Repeat
with an additional 1 1/2 tsp. oil & remaining
beef mixture. Stir-fry water chestnuts & green
onions in remaining oil 30 seconds. Stir in
spinach & remaining hoisin mixture; cook
until spinach is wilted. Return beef to pan;
heat throughly. Drain spaghetti; add to beef
mixture & toss to combine. Sprinkle with chili
pepper. Makes 5 servings.

NOTE: Wear disposable gloves when cutting
hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid
touching your face.


Our weather is finally back to being ‘SPRING’ –
we’re in the 60’s during the day; today it’s
bright & sunny which matches my mood –
I’m SO HAPPY the Knit/Crochet group reached
a solution that will work for (almost) everyone!
There are a few who aren’t on Facebook or
don’t have a computer, but I’m sure we can
work something out with them. For the ones
who don’t have a computer, I just print up the
schedule of meetings for the next two months
and any other important information which
would normally be passed by email, I just
create a flyer for, so they’re not left out.
I also let them know last night about some
upcoming events I’d planned: a Yarn Swap
and another Movie Night. The Yarn Swaps
are really fun: if you have anything you don’t
want: yarn, needles/crochet hooks, old patterns/
books, bags, anything pertaining to crochet or
knitting you bring it on that night and we pile
all the ‘stuff’ on a table. If you see something
you want – take it! It doesn’t matter if you
didn’t BRING something – it’s just a ‘take it
if you want it’ event. Sometimes ladies bring
in HUGE bags of yarn – I only remember once
when there was still yarn leftover at the end
of the evening and a lady who works with
a group that makes lap robes for veterans
took it – yarn NEVER goes to waste! The
‘neat’ thing, for me is: sometimes they bring
in small balls of yarn they don’t want – those
are perfect for my knitting baby hats! What
would be something people would normally
throw out is enough for either the brim or
an entire baby hat, for me! (Now, mind you,
it’s not like I don’t already have WAY TOO
MUCH baby yarn, but a gal can dream, right?)

Hope you are enjoying a lovely day – I saw
a small post on Facebook yesterday. It was
a photo of an old woman sitting on a cement
step outside with a big smile on her face. The
person who took the photo said she had just
stopped to say Hello to the old woman when
the woman said: “I always try to go outside
every day – there’s always something nice
happening every day.” Words to us all.





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  1. Alright Your ladies are smart cookies. i’m glad they decided against the site. So many times we just remain in that type of situation rather than finding a better solution.

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