Friday, November 21, 2014

Biscuits and Birds

We were both pleasantly surprised at how good this was!
I had some late work I had to get out so The Captain made this all by himself.
Two Thumbs Up!

Biscuits & Gravy Casserole

1 (8-oz) can Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
1 lb breakfast sausage roll
1.5 oz packet of white gravy mix (I use Pioneer brand)
1 cup shredded Cheddar
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 13" pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Pinch each biscuit into four pieces and lay them evenly in the bottom of the pan. Just lay them in there. Don't pat them down. Set aside.

Brown the sausage in a skillet and drain. Scatter the browned sausage over the biscuits. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese.

Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together and pour it over everything.  Make the Gravy according to package directions and pour over all.

Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes.

Bird-watching in the back yard yesterday...

The neighbors need to paint!

He's got a big acorn in his mouth.

Southwest has a flight path right over our house.
We see these birds daily.

Gotta run.
See ya.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dogs to Donuts

He had his ears back because he was skeered.
I had the can of compressed air out blowing some dust from the insides of my camera.
He wanted nothing to do with it.

Janie chewing a stick.


Queen of the Porch
Her ears are funny.

Baked Cinnamon Donuts Recipe:  HERE
I've never been much for homemade donuts, but these were pretty good.
Mmm...they even kept well.

A repeat picture, but I like looking at this doily.
You can't really use it as a doily without smooshing and hiding the fun parts.
Might as well look at it.

Flowers from the hubby ♥

We've been eating Stuffed Pepper Soup the last three days. I guess I'd better make something different tonight for supper. I have a new recipe to try that The Captain brought home from a buddy at work called Biscuits & Gravy Casserole. It's got eggs and sausage in it too. Guess I'll give it a try. His buddy thinks it's the best thing ever. I'll let you know what we think and give you the recipe if it's any good.

I was a BAD GIRL and ordered some yarn yesterday with absolutely nothing in mind to make with it. I just couldn't help it. You know what I mean. And I bought a good amount too. Sigh. I'm going to have to throw some out in order to fit this into my stash. It's stuffed to the gills already. Or maybe I'll give some of my stash away! Now there's an idea.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holy Crap!

Turkey Vulture
(These are not my pictures)

The good news is it's a vulture not a hawk and does not eat live food. They only eat dead things. But we were out on the porch five minutes ago discussing it, and here he came again right over the house! He soared slowly directly over us in the back yard and circled once then flew west away from our house and disappeared. And I was not mistaken in my description of his wingspan. He was huge!

So I'm very much relieved that we don't have to worry about Ollie getting scooped up by this fella that has been hanging around the last few days.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I Don't Know What

Thinking of titles is hard sometimes.

Eli is sitting in my stool in front of the oven waiting on the cookies to come out of the oven.
He loves sitting/laying in this stool so he can see up on the counters.

I've had more than a few things stolen off the counters by leaving my stool out and too close to the counters. I've told you before what a thief he is. No matter how many times he's been yelled at and shamed and pretend-spanked (hee-hee), he still steals things from everywhere. He especially loves those subscription cards from magazines that I throw in the trash, my Eos lip balm eggs, and of course any food items or wrappers. Anything that's really noisy and crackly is super-fun for him to steal and run through the house with too. For some reason, though, he has never bothered our shoes.

Did someone mention cookies?

I do believe these are the best cookies I've ever made.
It's just the Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but...
I added raisins, coconut, chopped pecans, and an extra tsp of vanilla.

I didn't show you this project yesterday.
I started it about a week ago.
Curtains for the back door. They are maybe 1/3 done.
I'll keep you posted.

And here's another one in-progress that I didn't show you.
I particularly love the yarn color on this one.

I have a few more rows done on it, but it's slow-going.  I usually one do one row, or maybe 1.5 rows at night before I turn out the lights. It' looks ruffly, but it will be flat when it's finished and blocked. The pattern is gorgeous -- it's a graph from a foreign magazine.

We are worried about Ollie. We have seen a hawk flying around the house recently that is HUGE, at least we think it's a hawk. I saw it yesterday when I decided to step outside into the sunshine when I let the dogs out. It caught my eye as it swooped down from our chimney over the backyard and alley and then up and over the house adjacent to ours. I swear it's wingspan was at least 3.5 feet! It made my heart pound. He was much bigger than Ollie and could easily scoop him up and carry him away. Wouldn't that be awful? I'd DIE!

Now Mr. Ollie really loves being outside and will stay out there alone all day if we'd let him. He loves it so much, he doesn't care if another dog is with him or not. Janie is like that too. All of the others won't stay outside for one minute without another dog or one of us with them. I just can't let him stay out there without one of us humans anymore in good conscience until we figure out something to keep the hawks away.  I looked online yesterday, but I didn't find a really good solution, like a fake owl or scarecrow or something like that.  I don't think anything like that works with hawks.  I really need to identify exactly what type of bird it is to determine a deterrent.  Wish I could get a good picture.  I'll keep trying.

I have to get to work. We have piles of it this week. I complain about it, but I really should be VERY grateful and stop whining. I know it's a luxury to be able to stay home and work. I can wear my PJs or whatever I want (never a bra! ha-ha). I can be with my dogs and let them in and out of the house. I can do chores and run errands when I need to. I can choose my hours. I almost always take off on Fridays. Some days I have no work at all and can do whatever I want. And on and on the list goes. I have to give myself a talking-to every now and then and realize how good I have it. That's really what I'm doing writing it down here. So shut the hell up, Pammy Sue, and stop whining you big baby! What do you win the lottery??

Well, yes. I do.
But until then, I'll keep working and smile while I do it.

See ya.

Monday, November 17, 2014


The back gate.

I took a walk down our alley with my camera when I saw the neighbor's fence looking all autumn-like and wildly beautiful.

Oh my. Yes, the "bottom" fell in, but it was still just fine.

Holy Mary, was it still just fine!
Mexican Mocha Chocolate Cake
Recipe HERE.
Read through some of the reviews and they will help you.

I've made some "good-for-you" food too.

And I crocheted some.
Say it isn't so!
Heartland Yarn in Sequoia.
Pattern Link:  The Harlowe Slouch Hat

Something new to try...

Love it.
I used Elmer's Gel glue and it worked out great.
I read that regular old Elmer's white stuff works well too, but I already had the gel.
I let it dry for about 2 hours in front of a fan.
I didn't have the patience to thread a ribbon through the top stitches and make a pretty red bow, but it would have looked so cute. Just use your imagination. Or go over to Tukta's and see her girlie pink one with a pretty ribbon HERE. She also has the doily graph I used posted there.

We got a skiff of November snow overnight.

Even this little bit made the dogs run like crazy through it making it fly through the air and get all over them. They were all happy-skippy over it. It made me smile. They are so much like children.

It gets dark in my head sometimes, though I try very hard not to show it here often.

And so it goes.

See ya.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Aqua Alysia

Pattern:  Alysia from LA Simple Elegance pattern book, by Patricia Kristoffersen
Thread:  Aunt Lydia's #10 in Aqua (Love this color!)
Hook:  2.00 mm
Size:  12 inches
Notes:  I left off the last three rows.