Of Cabooses & Crochet –


Yep, another new one!

This is the color combinations I chose for the next baby afghan; the good thing is they are all (except the yellow, which is leftovers from last afghan) donated yarn! Started working on them last night and now have about 8 done – not exactly sure how many this ‘batch’ of yarn will make, but I’m planning on crocheting it all up and then seeing if I might need a few more squares. If I do, I might just go with all white ones, just to contrast. The lavender and white inside squares are really soft, almost terrycloth-like. I went on line last night trying to see if I could find any more of the fuzzy white & lavender – maybe if I went on Ebay, but I’m going to hold off and see how far this goes before ordering more (IF I can find any!). The fuzzy white is Herrschner’s Ultra Fleece  – they have BABY Ultra Fleece on line but I’m not exactly sure it’s the same thing, so I’m going to hold off, for now.

Grandson is here for the day; I love him dearly but, at a very ‘busy – almost nine’, he’s hard to keep amused. We played for awhile, he played on his phone games & my computer then I decided to take him somewhere I HOPED he’d never been – the location for my Log Cabin Days: the site of the Waterford Historical Society (aka: Fish Hatchery Park). All of the old buildings were locked up (I thought they would be) but we had a pleasant time walking around. There was a family of geese with about 8 cygnets all fluffy & downy; the river running through the property to look at, big ‘walking sticks’ to pick up and drag with us. My idea was: burn off some of the SUPER ENERGY. We stopped at a garage sale and he tried his best to convince me to buy a old bubble gum machine for him. One look and I told him it would run at least $30 – it was $55; answer to him: “NOPE!” Then he spotted a small table-top model for $5.oo – the pleading began but this grandma is no softy – still NO. Stopped at Walgreen’s for their cans of tuna on sale & milk (also on sale); he convinced me that getting a small container of sour mints was a good idea (much better than $55.00 or $5.oo, for sure!). Came home & he decided he wanted to read to me OUT LOUD (sigh). He’s a very good reader and went through almost one chapter of one of his DAD’S old “Box Car Children” books before he asked to take a ‘short break’ – within 5 minutes he was asleep! YAY! FRESH AIR TO THE RESCUE! (His other grandma is supposed to be picking him up in about an hour – we made it through the day!). Forgot to add: the title of this post was Cabooses & Crochet – at the park they have a large wooden train for kids to climb on/in – I took a photo of him sitting on top of the caboose using my CELL PHONE – I don’t know how to download that photo to my computer – UGH! Just imagine a really cute kid sitting on top of a wooden train and you’ll have the image I wanted to share!


Toffee Poke Cake

1 box chocolate cake (regular size)
1 (17 oz) jar butterscotch – caramel
ice cream topping
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 Heath candy bars (1.4 oz ea),

In a greased 9 X 13 pan prepare
cake mix accordg to pkg directions;
cool on wire rack. Using the handle
of a wooden spoon, poke holes in
cake. Pour 3/4 C. caramel topping
into holes. Spoon remaining caramel
over cake. Top with Cool Whip & sprinkle
with chopped candy bars. Refrigerate
at least 2 hours before serving.
Serves 15

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Picnic Corn & Tomato Salad

1 (14.5 oz) can (Hunt’s) Fire-
roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn,
1/4 C. finely chopped red onion
3 T. real bacon bits
2 T. ketchup
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper

Combine all ingredients in medium
bowl; stir to combine. Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat.com)

Dilled Cucumber Salad

1/2 C. plain yogurt
1/4 C. light Italian salad dressing
2 tsp. dried dill weed
2 large cucumbers, halved length-
wise & sliced
1 (14.5 oz) can Hunt’s Petite Diced
tomatoes, drained
1/4 c. thinly sliced red onion
1/8 tsp. salt

Stir together yogurt, salad dressing &
dill in large bowl. Add all remaining
ingredients & stir gently to combine.
Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat.com)

Beer Can BBQ Chicken

1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 (4 lb) whole chicken
1 (12 oz) can beer
12/ C. (Kraft) sweet honey
BBQ sauce

Heat grill for indirect grilling (light
one side of grill, leaving other side
unlit. Close lid; heat to 375 degrees F.)
Mix first 5 ingredients; rub on chicken.
Open beer can; discard (or drink) half
the can. Place can on work surface;
lower chicken over can, inserting can
into tail end of chicken. Stand chicken
on grate over unlit area, using legs to
help chicken stand upright. Cover (can
should remain in chicken on grill). Grill
1 hour; brush with 1/4 C. sauce. Grill,
uncovered, 15 minutes or until chicken
is done, checking for consistent grill
temperatures & brushing chicken
frequently with remaining sauce. Remove
from grill; cover chicken loosely with
foil. Let stand 10 minutes before
removing chicken from can & carving.
Discard any beer that remains in can.
Serves 4

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Strips

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 egg, beaten
1 C. buttermilk*
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
pinch cayenne powder
1 C. flour
1 C. Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. baking powder
3 C. oil

Mix egg, buttermilk, garlic powder
& cayenne; set aside. Place chicken in large
bowl or large ziplock bag. Pour buttermilk
mixture over chicken & seal tightly. Keep in
refrigerator 2-4 hours.

In shallow dish (for dredging) mix flour, bread
crumbs, Parm. cheese, salt, pepper & baking
powder. Remove chicken from fridge & shake
off excess buttermilk mixture. Dredge chicken
in flour & prepare to fry.

Heat oil in large, deep & heavy skillet. When oil
is hot & shimmering, carefully place coated
chicken in hot oil & fry until golden brown &
juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.

*IF you do not have buttermilk:
In a 1 cup glass measuring cup, pour
1 T. white vinegar or lemon juice.
Pour milk into cup to bring milk level
to 1 C. Stir & let stand 5 minutes then
use as much as your recipe calls for

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Grilled Potato Rounds

1 T. oil
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. minced thyme
4 potatoes, sliced into rounds

Heat grill. In bowl, mash together
first 4 ingredients to create a paste.
Add potatoes to oil mixture & toss.
Grill until potatoes are tender; serve.
Makes 3 servings

(recipe: Russie-Marys’ Recipe Exchange)

Bean Salad

1 can kidney beans, rinsed/drained
1 C. diced celery
1 can yellow (wax) beans, drained
1 large onion, diced
1 can green beans, drained
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 can whole kernel corn, drained

2 C. cider vinegar
2 T. salad oil
2 C. sugar

Place all vegetables in large bowl.
Mix together dressing ingredients &
pour over – toss well. Refrigerate
overnight before serving.

(recipe: Mary Free- Mary’s Recipe

Lemonade Ice Box Pie

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 C. thawed lemonade concentrate
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
yellow food coloring (optional)
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust

In large bowl beat cream cheese & cond.
milk until smooth. Beat in lemonade
concentrate; fold in Cool Whip & food
coloring (if desired) – pour into crust.
Cover & refrigerate until set. Makes 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Don’t know about your area, but here GAS
PRICES are really jumping UP! A few days
ago they were at $2.64/9 – today that same
place was $2.79/9 – YIKES! My husband keeps
saying: “You worry about nothing – they’re
not at $4.00” … sigh.

Not much else going on – got an email from
a lady who was in the knit group almost
when it began, then she moved to Florida
(or so I thought). Apparently she’s back
her but selling her house and has a
garbage bag of yarn for me – SUPER!
Yes, I know – I already have a ton of yarn,
but like women who collect shoes or
purses – you can never have too much!
The good thing, for me, is that I get first
pick and then can hand the rest down to
the group (and even THEN, if there’s
leftovers, I can take them to the Senior
Center for the kids at Children’s Village,
so it’s a Win/Win!).

Hope your holiday weekend plans are going
well (if you’re traveling); we’re doing the
‘usual’ – staying here. Not sure if I might come
up with a special dinner or not – we’ll see.

Stay healthy, enjoy the beauty of this Summer





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  1. The square is very pretty and promises to make a lovely blanket.

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