Saturday, December 03, 2016

Really Pretty or Really Fugly?

A smidgen of snow. Hmpf!
Where is it this year?
It's very late!

My succulents have been in the front mudroom in the windows since I brought them in around the first of October. I had been neglecting them and decided it was time to give them some love and WATER. That's the good thing about succulents. You can ignore them and they still don't die. So they're all happy and loved and their thirst has been quenched.

My Amaryllis are huge. Both are 20 inches, and one even has two bulbs.

I've had this skein of yarn sitting around for about a month waiting to be made into something.

Love or Hate?
Or maybe just meh?

I made these last night. I'm not sure if I really love them or really hate them. I made the wrist part longer to go further up your arm, and this is the first time I've made these gloves using two different colors. I'm just not sure about them. I was going to give them to our mail lady as a Christmas gift, but I'm not sure I want to give away something I don't like myself. The best gifts to give are those you want to keep for yourself, right? Maybe she's a big Steeler's fan. Ha. I doubt it here in Seahawks country. I'm going to make another pair or two in different colors and ruminate on this pair a while.

This is another project I'm about to begin. I would have already started it, but I need to wind the hanks into balls with my handy-dandy winder. I rolled one by hand, but it took a good 30 minutes. I can do it much faster with the winder with Ken holding my hanks on his arms. That sounds nasty. LOL. You know what I mean.

Make your man happy with this one...

All you need is 1 lb of hamburger seasoned and browned.
Season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Drain and remove hamburger from skillet.

Then add about 1/4 cup of canola or veg oil and get it hot.
Add a whole package of these frozen potatoes...

Season with the same seasonings.
Let it get super-brown. This will take about 20 minutes.
Resist the urge to stir and press it down with a spatula to help it brown.

Add your browned meat back to the pan when the potatoes are browned.
Stir and let it get good and hot again.

Add cheese to the top if you want.
Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.
And there you have it. It's a man-pleaser.
I like mine with plenty of ketchup.
Leftovers are good the next day with some eggs scrambled into it.

I'm gonna go crochet.
See ya.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ahhh, Minty Fresh!

Pattern Book:  Heirloom Afghans (See picture of book below)
Pattern:  Lacy Squares with Scalloped Edging by Anne Halliday
Square Count:  70 total, 10 squares long by 7 squares wide
Measurement:  58" x 40"
Yarn:  Red Heart Super Saver in Minty (4 skeins with some left over; I got 27 squares per skein)
Hook Size:  H

Here's what the book looks like:

The pattern was also in Crochet World Magazine, Spring 2013: Glorious Granny Squares

So girly!
I love it!

See ya.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Afghan Excitement (Crochet Nerd)

I'm thrilled to show you a little peek of my Pretty Minty Afghan!
Here she is folded up. I just wanted you to get a peek with it sewn together.
I spent all freakin' day yesterday sewing the squares together and weaving in ends.
Have I mentioned I HATE SEWING?! All day I sewed, people.
Making a crocheted blanket is NOT easy. It's hard work.
But so worth it when you're done!!
I'm starting the elaborate border today.
Can't wait!

I made that pumpkin pie I said I was going to.
It's yummy!

Last night I was watching an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent
When this dog showed up on the screen, I had to pause it.
It's Eli's twin!
Eli wasn't very happy to pose for this picture, but we made him.

This gross-looking stuff will magically turn into several delicious dinners.

It's a package of 15-beans that I soaked in water overnight, drained, added a package of pork neckbones with meat, an onion, and 8 cups of fresh water. After it has cooked about 4-5 hours on high in the crock pot, I'll add two cans of diced tomatoes, chili powder, garlic, and some fresh-squeezed lemon juice (ancient Chinese secret). The meat should slip right off the bones and I'll remove them too. We'll have it for supper with some cornbread a couple of nights and I'll freeze the rest for a no-cooking night this winter.

Ollie:  Momma, I wuv you.
Me:  Aww, come here. Who's a good boy? I'll clean your eyes, Ollie-Wally. Want to sit with me while I crochet today?
Ollie:  Will you make some of that hot tea with milk and share it with me?
Me:  Yes, darlin'.

Does your dog talk to you, plain as day, like mine do?

I'm off to crochet that border and watch Sunday football.
Y'all enjoy the last day of your holiday weekend.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Delicious and Different Pinwheel Recipe

Some how my Thanksgiving post got deleted.
Hmpf! It wasn't much anyway. You didn't miss a thing.

But...I have a GREAT recipe to share today.

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels
These are SO good!
And aren't they pretty? Perfect for the Holidays.

Cranberry-Feta Pinwheels

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 large Spinach tortillas

Mix first four ingredients in a bowl. (I put mine in the microwave for 30 seconds on high and it made it much easier to mix. Spread 1/2 of mixture onto each tortilla all the way out to the edges. Roll tortillas up and cut off the uneven ends. (These are the cook's privilege to eat these morsels of yumminess! They're not pretty, but they taste good!) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours until well-chilled. Slice and serve.

Recipe Credit:  I saw this recipe on Pinterest and followed the link HERE for the recipe.

Wednesday I watched cheesy Hallmark movies.
I looked through a new pattern book and Miss Sammi kept me company.
And I crocheted a bunch more squares...

Square count is 70 now. I'm going to have to lay them all out and see how many more I want to make. The pattern calls for making 117, but I think that's too many. I'm not going for a huge blanket this time and my squares are about 1/2 an inch larger than the gauge. The border on this blanket is gorgeous. I can't wait to get to that part. But first I must get the squares done and sew them together.

This Red Heart yarn is killing me. My whole face itches when I'm crocheting with nose, under my nose, the rims of my eyes, my forehead...GAH. What is it in Red Heart yarn that does that to me? And not all colors either, just certain ones. Very weird.

Trying to look as cute as possible.
He wants a lick of Daddy's sucker.
We've ruined him forever.

Look at my precious old Sammi Girl.
She'll be 10 at the end of this month.
She's not going to have much black left on her if she keeps graying.
Even her back has gray hairs all through it.

I'm thinking about dragging out the Christmas decorations today.
I'm going to make a Pumpkin Pie first.

Enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!
See ya.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Crochet Update, Bread, Dogs

I've been a bit Schitzo with crochet lately. I'm crocheting 20 things at once. Help me...

No, don't. I'm enjoying it immensely! Wanna see?

I had to force myself to stop and sew in these ends.

I'll be sorry later if I don't.

And to show you how much I DON'T pay attention, this is one of the squares I was making. Hahahah! How could I get that far before realizing I was not doing it right?? I'm a ditz, that's how.

So I took a wee break. And before you know it...

I was making these!
And I've made about 30 of them since this picture!
I can't stop.

And my skulls are staring at me from across the room.
Three more rounds, Pammy Sue!
Can't you finish us?
No, skulls! Go have a cheeseburger. You're looking a bit thin.


And then Saturday on a cold and rainy day,
I made some Butternut Squash Yeast Bread...

It turned out perfect! I love when that happens!
The recipe says it makes three loaves, but I made two out of it.
I like my loaves big and tall. Here's the recipe for you.
It came from Taste of Home Magazine.

Butternut Squash Bread

2 pkgs ( 1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110 to 155 degrees F)
1-1/4 cups mashed, cooked butternut squash
1 cup warm milk
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add mashed squash, milk, eggs, butter, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Gradually add 3-1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down, shape into two or three loaves, and place in greased 8-in x 4-in loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks. (Start checking at around 20 minutes. Mine were done then. You can see in the picture how brown they were. They're perfect inside!)


Doggie Pictures!
Ollie staying warm by the fire.



Fun pictures of Sammie having a Tootsie Pop treat.

It's hard to tell what it is, but at the bottom is Ollie's nose and mouth trying to get a lick too. Ha-ha. Can you make it out? It's blurry.

Eli's ears in the background and Ollie's nose at the bottom again.

No cheating! You have to wait for the chewy chocolate center!

Okay, that's enough. They were all funny pictures and I couldn't choose just one or two. They all make me laugh.

I made the Sea Foam Salad from my last post, but I used Lemon Jello instead.
We liked it just as much as the lime.

Kind of a dark picture, but look how much my Amaryllis have grown already!
So fun to watch.

Ken's poker party last night went off without a hitch. Ken's chili turned out really good, and I made them a pan of 7-layer bars for dessert. He said they had fun and it was a success. I had fun hole-up in the bedroom with all the doggies. I crocheted a little, did a crossword or two, and watched some TV I had recorded.

We're still waiting for the first snow. We'd already had some this time last year. I see it's in the forecast for Wednesday so maybe I'll have some snow pictures next time. I'm ready!

Thank you for visiting!
See ya.