Have you ever had one of those kind of ‘goofy’ days where things don’t quite go the way you hoped? Yep, that was today, for me. I didn’t start out with any particular plans but slowly projects began to show themselves ‘needy’ of being accomplished. I went outside to pick up the newspaper and thought: “OK – I GIVE UP! YES, I know I need to sew some new porch curtains!” That got me started on locating just where I’d put the rods (we needed new ones) that I bought many months ago and just where was that remnant of fabric I bought years ago specifically for that purpose? Found them! Measured the windows (2), measured the fabric, cut it to size, got out my good old circa 1940’s (or there abouts – see photo) machine and hooked it up (it’s one of the first portable electric machines by Singer). Got everything lined up to begin sewing – it sewed maybe 3 stitches forward & froze/locked up. OK, I thought – maybe I need to back it up & try again – NOPE, locked up completely! After fiddling with it for awhile I asked for my dear husband’s help (he’s great with all sorts of machinery). To sum this up: After over 2 hours working on it for him, about 1 with me assisting we STILL couldn’t get anywhere! Called JoAnn’s and asked just when their sewing machine repair guy would be in the store next – have to wait a week – sigh. The curtains are NOT a big deal, it’s just frustrating to think of all that time & effort only to get nowhere. Husband has been on the ‘net’ for about half hour now and found a site/video that shows how to repair the area we had trouble with – now husband wants a second try at fixing it (hopefully tomorrow or some other time, I’m DONE for today!). Crazy stuff.
Managed to finish the pink baby blanket & crochet a shell-like border around it twice (I’m not a great crocheter, this border was done with me sort of ‘making it up as I went’ – looks good, so I guess we’re ‘good to go’, so to speak.
German Chocolate Dump Cake
1 C. sweetened flake coconut
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans/divided
1 box Devil’s food cake mix plus
ingredients to make cake
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Sprinkle coconut &
1 C. chopped pecans in bottom of pan.
Prepare cake mix accordg. to pkg.
directions; pour over coconut & nuts.
In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
cream cheese, butter, vanilla & salt
until smooth. Beat in powdered
sugar & stir in chocolate chips and
remaining pecans. Using a spoon,
dollop cream cheese mixture over
cake batter; gently swirl mixture into
batter using a knife. Bake 35-40
minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center of cake comes out clean.
Best Ever Salisbury Steak
1 lb. ground beef (80/20 mixture)
1/3 C. seasoned bread crumbs
2 T. ketchup
2 T. mustard
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
pinch cayenne pepper
2 large egg yolks
4 T. butter or oil
2 C. beef broth
1 1/2 T. corn starch
1 onion, chopped
1 C. (or more) fresh mushrooms,
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. ketchup
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
Mix all meat ingredient together &
form into oval patties. Brown each
patty on both sides in butter or oil
in a skillet; remove from pan. Add
mushrooms & onions to pan – saute.
Add 1 1/2 C. beef broth to pan,
reserving 1/2 C. broth. Add Worc.
sauce, ketchup & parsley, mix well.
Combine reserved broth to cornstarch
to make a slurry – add it slowly to
mixture in pan & cook 3-4 minutes
then add in meat patties. Simmer
15-20 minutes until done. (time
will depend on size of your patties).
Note; be careful when browning
patties – they will break apart if not
Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1 C. Panko breadcrumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 zucchini, sliced thin 1/4 ” rounds
/2 C. flour
2 large eggs, beaten
Heat oil in large skillet over
medium-high heat. In large
bowl combine Panko & Parmesan.
Working in batches, dredge zucchini
rounds in flour, dip in eggs, then dredge
in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
Add zucchini rounds to skillet,
5-6 at a time, cook until evenly
golden & crispy, about 1 minute
per side. Transfer to a paper
towel-lined plate. Serve
immediately. Serves 4
Garlic Butter Chicken & Pasta
1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
1 T. minced garlic
3 C. sliced carrots
1/2 C. diced white onions
1/2 C. sliced butter
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 C. frozen peas (add at end)
1 lb. rotini pasta, cooked al dente,
(add at end)
Parmesan cheese – for serving
Place chicken, garlic, onions, carrots,
butter, thyme, basil, salt/pepper in
crockpot. Cover & cook on Low 6-8
hours. When cooking time is done,
cook pasta according to pkg. directions;
add peas & drained cooked pasta to
crockpot; stir well. Sprinkle Parm.
cheese on top when serving. Serves 8
Easy Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry
2 T. vegetable oil
1 lb. beef sirloin, cut into 2 inch strips
1 1/2 C. broccoli florets (fresh)
1 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
2 carrots thinly sliced
1 green onion, chopped
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. sesame seeds, toasted
Heat vegetable oil in a large wok or
skillet over medium-high heat. Cook &
stir beef until browned, 3-4 minutes.
Move meat to side; add broccoli, bell
pepper, carrots, green onion & garlic to
center of wok/skillet. Cook & stir vegs.
2 minutes. Stir beef into vegetables &
season with soy sauce & sesame seeds.
Cook & stir until veggies are tender, about
2 more minutes. Serves 4
Crockpot Cheesy Hamburger Hash
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 C. potatoes, peeled/diced
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
1/4 c. diced green bell pepper
1/4 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. beef broth/stock
3/4 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Brown ground beef in skillet; drain.
In large bowl mix browned ground beef,
potatoes, tomato sauce, soup, peppers,
onion & beef stock – pour into crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
3-5 hours. Stir in cheese until melted &
serve immediately. Serves 4-6
Lemon Meringue Cupcakes
3 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
3/4 C. granulated sugar
3 T. flour
3 T. lemon juice
2 T. lemon zest, loosely packed
1/2 C. water
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1 C. granulated sugar
3 T. lemon juice
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. flour
3 egg whites
1/4 C. granulated sugar
In small saucepan over Low heat,
whisk egg yolks, sugar, flour & salt;
whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest,
water & melted butter. Increase
heat to Medium. Whisking
constantly, cook until filling is
smooth & thick, about 7 minutes;
remove from heat.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In medium bowl beat butter & sugar
until light & fluffy; beat in eggs, lemon
juice, baking powder & salt; beat in
flour until just combined. Divide
batter between 12 cupcake liners in a
muffin pan. Bake 15-16 minutes until
center of cupcakes firms up; remove
cupcakes from oven & cook 5-8
minutes (do not turn off oven)
Beat egg whites with salt until mixture
begins to stiffen; add sugar & beat until
meringue is stiff & forms stiff peaks
(do not overdo it). Using a sharp knife,
remove center of each cooled cupcake
(about 1″ in diameter) leaving a layer
of cupcake beneath cut out part (discard
cupcake core, or eat it). Fill cupcake centers
with lemon filling. Divide dollops of
meringue between cupcakes, spreading
out to edges & gently tapping with back
of a spoon to form peaks. Return cupcakes
to oven & bake an additional 5-6 minutes
until meringue peaks are golden brown.
Remove from oven & let cool 10 minutes.
Refrigerate an hour or more before
serving. Makes 12 cupcakes.
(recipe: Mike Suddaby – Facebook)
the mid 50’s; it was a little sunny which
made me have the gumption to want to
DO stuff – like making the curtains. Oh well-
after all that ‘adventure’ I sat & read a book.
I have a friend at church who is a writer/
author and he donated one of his 3 books
to our church library – I checked it out last
night & began reading it. Our local library
now has one copy of his third book & I
just finished that one last week – since I
chatted with my husband about it, he also
read book #2, so you can see it’s a pretty
good read. His father was in World War II
and his brother is a pilot so his books
deal with WWII and flying (usually that
would not interest me but he writes well
enough that they keep my interest!).
His name is Rick Barry Two of his books are
“The Methuselah Project” (just read) and
“Gunner’s Run” (reading now). He also wrote
a short story called: “Kiriath’s Quest” which
I understand is a bit hard to find in print. He’s
a very interesting person – speaks fluent
Russian, spent 2 years living there-all (as he
would say) ‘fuel for his writing’.
Hope you’re having a great day;