It’s Monday Again!

Here we are at the beginning of another week; finally finished baby afghan #1 (still have one more to assemble – need to crochet 6 more white squares, then I can sew it all together/crochet the border & I’m done). When I first thought of creating this blanket I was planning on all ‘colored’ squares, but when I put laid out some in a row they just looked too ‘busy/cluttered’, so I reverted to using the white squares as offsets to the design. I also decided on using 35 squares for a complete blanket instead of the original 40 squares – this left me with 4 squares leftover. What to do with them? I didn’t want to waste them or throw them away, so I came up with an alternative – make them into two chilcdrens scarves for the homeless shelter project (see below)


First blanket done – I might vary the color of yarn for the border on the second one – we’ll see


As you can see, they are folded up – each are long enough for a child’s scarf


If you know me, you know I need stimulation/variety in my crafting – with one blanket done and the next one not due until September, I’m tempted to start another/different baby blanket. There are SO MANY patterns that call to me, but there is one in particular that I’ve been wanting to try. It’s for a Advanced knitter and uses what is called: “Short Rows”; I’ve never done that before so it’s always been a daunting project – I usually end up, in frustration, putting the pattern back in my folder. I belong to several knitting groups on Facebook and today a lady posted her recent knitting project: “The Ten Stitch Blanket” (the pattern I’d like to ‘try’). The one thing I didn’t think of before was to check YouTube for a video which might teach me how to do this! There IS a video – in fact there are about five! Not exactly sure if I’m going to ‘try/attempt’ this, but we’ll see. Here’s the photo of (one of) the afghan pattern:


This is not the best photo of the pattern – basically it’s a sort of square-sided Roman Spiral. I’ve seen it done in different yarns – this photo has some varied yarns, but mostly looks like it was done with variegated yarn. We’ll see where this goes – you KNOW I’m sort of fickle when it comes to deciding my next project – soooo many patterns, so little time!


 Mediterranean Pasta Toss

1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated cheese
1 C. frozen cut green beans, thawed
1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/3 C. creamy Caesar salad dressing
3 T. shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook ravioli accordg. to pkg. directions,
adding green beans during last 3 minutes
of cooking; drain. In a large serving bowl
combine ravioli mixture, tomatoes &
pepper. Add dressing; toss to coat then
sprinkle with cheese. Makes 4 servings.


S’Mores Muddy Buddies

6 C. Golden Graham cereal, divided
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips,
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. marshmallow bits

Pour 5 C. cereal into a large ziploc bag.
Place 3/4 C. chocolate chips & peanut
butter int
o a microwaveable bowl; micro-
wave in 30 second intervals until completely
melted & stir to combine. Pour mixture
over cereal in bag, seal & shake until
cereal is evenly coated with mixture. Add
powdered sugar, seal & shake until cereal
is coated with sugar. Pour mixture into a
large mixing bowl. Add remaining 1 C.
cereal, 1/4 C. chocolate chips & marsh-
mallow bits; stir & serve.


Crispy Crab Nuggets

Oil, for frying
1 lb. fresh crab meat
3 slices white bread, crust removed
(or packaged bread crumbs)
1 egg, beaten
1 T. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Old Bay seasoning
1 T. parsley, chopped

Place breadcrumbs in food
processor; pulse until they are
‘fine’. In large bowl mix egg,
mayonnaise, mustard, Worc. sauce,
parsley & Old Bay. Add bread
crumbs & crab meat; mix by hand
to avoid breaking up too many
lumps. (You may need to bread
up the very large lumps however,
so the crab balls will stay together).
Shape into 24 balls; fry in batches
in hot oil until golden brown, turning
once. Drain on paper towels & serve
with your favorite sauce.


2-ingredient Pancakes

1 banana, cut up
2 eggs

Place ingredients in bowl; mash well
until a frothy texture. Place a little oil
on hot skillet; pour onto skillet in
pancake form; flip once. Makes

enough for 1 -2 people.


Baked Chicken Chimichangas

1 1/2 C. cubed, cooked chicken breast
1 1/2 C. picante sauce, divided
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2/3 C. chopped green onion, divided
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
1 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In small bowl combine chicken, 3/4
C. picante sauce, cheese, 1/4 C. onions,
cumin & oregano. Spoon 1/2 C. mixture
down center of each tortilla. Fold sides &
ends over filling & roll up. Place, seam-
side down, in 15 X 10 X 1 inch baking
dish sprayed with nonstick spray; brush
tops with butter. Bake, uncovered, 20-25
or until heated through. Top with
remaining picante sauce & onions.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteof

Taco Corn Bread Squares

1 (8.5 oz) pkg. corn bread/muffin
mix (like Jiffy mix)
1 egg
1/3 C. milk
2 1/2 C. cooked Taco-seasoned meat*
1 pkg. dry taco seasoning mix
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (8 oz) C. sour cream
1 1/2 C. shredded Mexican cheese
blend, divided
1/4 C. chopped onion
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 C. shredded lettuce
1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced black
olives, drained

* 1 pkg. dry taco seasoning mix
Cook hamburger; drain grease.
Mix dry taco seasoning mix with
3/4 C. water & pour onto meat-
mix & cook until liquid is absorbed.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine corn bread
mix, egg & milk until blended; spread
into a greased 9″ square baking dish.
Bake 15 minutes. Combine taco meat &
beans; spread over corn bread. Combine
sour cream, 1 C. cheese & onion; spread
over meat mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes
until heated through & cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with tomato, lettuce, olives &
remaining cheese. Serves 4-6


Crockpot Fajitas

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
1 (15 oz) can black beans,
1 medium green pepper, cut into
1 large onion, sliced
1 1/2 C. picante sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
12 (6 inch) flour tortillas, warmed
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:
thinly sliced green onions
chopped tomatoes
sour cream

Place chicken in 4 qt crockpot; add
black beans, peppers & onion. In small
bowl mix picante sauce, garlic powder
& cumin; pour over top. Cover & cook
on Low 4-5 hours until chicken is tender.
Remove chicken & cool slightly. Shred
meat using 2 forks; return meat to
crockpot & heat through. Serve with
warm tortillas, cheese & your choice
of toppings. Makes 6 servings.


Lemon Red Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. medium red potatoes
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. butter, melted
3 T. minced fresh parsley
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. minced chives
salt/pepper, to taste

Cut a strip of peel from around the
middle of each potato. Place
potatoes & water in 3 qt. crockpot;
cover & cook on High 2 1/2 – 3 hours
until tender (do not overcook); drain.
In small bowl combine butter, parsley,
lemon juice & chives; pour over potatoes
& toss to coat. Season with salt & pepper.
Makes 6 servings.


Easy Apple Cake

5-7 apples, peeled/cored/sliced thin
1 (9 oz) box yellow cake mix
2 T. sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 stick butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick spray.
Place apples in pan & sprinkle with
dry cake mix. Combine sugar & cinnamon;
sprinkle over cake mix. Melt butter &
drizzle over top. Bake 30 minutes or until
golden brown.
Can be served with ice cream, if desired

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)

Gas prices around here have jumped again –
yesterday my ‘cheap’ station (Clark) had
regular gas at $2.96/9 – that’s a 20 cents-per-
gallon jump in a few days! Crazy stuff (I still
have about a quarter tank – sure am hoping
it will drop before I HAVE to get more.

Still working at losing that 7 pounds – just
trying less food/some exercise (walking). So
far, since last Wed. I’ve dropped 4.2 lb. I’m
WELL aware that, if I don’t keep at it, I can
gain those back QUICKLY! Just trying to see
how far I can go with this. At one time, about
8 years ago, I lost 50 lbs (but that was under
fear after being diagnosed Type 2 diabetic.)
I’m still diabetic, but still “No meds, just diet &
exercise”. Over the years I have let up on my
diet (read that: eating ice cream/chips/stuff
I shouldn’t eat) to where my A1C (the test
used to determine blood sugars) has slowly
crept up to the “start meds’ level. Let’s just
say “I’m a CHICKEN” when it comes to going
on diabetic meds; have done a lot of reading
and know that, usually, when you start those
you don’t come off them – ever. There could
be some that do, I just have not heard of it.
Because I’m pretty SURE that the next visit
with my GP will start ‘the conversation’ about
me going on meds, I’m attempting to do an
end-run on this. I do know that losing weight
CAN drop your A1C levels (did it before – when
I was MUCH younger) I’m hoping this will be
the case this time – we’ll see. Diabetic meds
are not bad – I just don’t want to get on the
‘slipper slope’ if I don’t HAVE to. Diabetes
is a scary disease – I have several good friends
that are going through some frightening
struggles right now: sores that don’t heal
being the main one (one is in the hospital
now -for the second time in a few months
because BOTH of his feet developed sores
that wouldn’t heal – really SCARY stuff!).
It’s a struggle – one part of me (the ‘little
kid’ side) says: “I’m an ADULT! I can eat
WHATEVER I want! Then there’s my
TRUE adult side who says: “Yes, but do YOU
want to be in the same boat as your
friends? In a hospital? For WEEKS?”
I’m a ‘foodie’ that LOVES food – I just have
to ‘put my big girl panties on’ and DEAL
with the fact that I CAN NOT eat whatever
I want – and adjust the AMOUNT of foods
I DO eat! Not a fun thing – but the alternative
is much worse, right?

Our weather has been WET/WET/WET! It’s
rained every day for a good 3-4 days now;
not all the time, sometimes in just a sprinkle
but it’s WET out there! I was going to take
the photo of the baby blanket on our
picnic table but it’s too darned wet! On the
other hand, my Mother’s Day planter is
going ‘great guns’ – the chives are really
tall! YAY! My bright red geraniums are really
flourishing – love that flower, makes me
happy just seeing the bright colors.

Well, friends, now that I’ve written an
Epic Novel instead of a post, I’ll close
for now.

Enjoy your day!



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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I have saved these under favs, thank you , sounds yummy!

  2. The squares make the children’s scarves extra special. As for your health yes try to stay off the meds. I know first hand the things that happen with this condition.

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