Sunday, August 25, 2013

Granny is Out of the Closet

I'm working on my pink and linen granny-type blanket again. I need to think of a better name than that for it. I still really like it and have been enjoying working on it since Friday. The Cap is working 12-hour days since Friday and I've been bored out of my mind and eating sugar galore. GAH. I'm trying really hard not to do that today. Today will be a healthy eating day.
 


I saw both of these colors of Vanna's yarn in a clearance bin at two different H.L. stores. I wonder if they are discontinuing them? I'm pretty sure I have plenty of both of them to finish though.


My cantaloupe are growing strong and healthy.
I'm shocked.
Too bad I can't grow Cheez Its.

Sayonara.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I Don't Know What


Mocha Nut Balls 

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
Confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa and coffee granules; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pecans. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until firm. Cool in pans for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

These mocha nut balls are so delicious! Not very sweet and VERY coffee flavored. They melt in your mouth. My friend, Alicia, gave me this recipe. Thanks Alicia, doll!

I hope you are all proud of me for not making my usual ball joke just because I said balls. Balls, balls, balls! I can't help it! It's so dumb but makes me laugh.

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Invasion of the ants!
Not really...those are caraway seeds.

It still looks like ants or fleas or something nasty.

SIGH.

It took me all freakin' day to make these rolls! I mean ALL DAY. They are huge and I got 28 rolls the size of hamburgers. They would have to be really, really, really, damn good for me to ever make them again, and they weren't. They're not bad, but they're not worth all the time and trouble. I was so over them by the time I finished, I didn't even eat one! I made some with dried onion flakes on top too. Those look more appetizing than these flea balls in the picture.

The whole point of these is that the recipe makes a bunch and you freeze them and pull out what you need for a quick meal in the days and weeks ahead. That will be nice, but still not nice enough to spend all day in the kitchen again.

Hmpf!
I was so disappointed.

The brats and onions were good though.
The sauerkraut was a waste of time. It had absolutely no flavor after it cooked.

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I've got nothing else except work coming out my ears last week and this one. That's what I've spent my time on...not anything fun like crochet.  (I could not get this paragraph to left justify no matter what I did! Stupid Blogger! Just this one stupid paragraph! Hate.)

And while I'm hatin'...

Note to Mother Nature:  Ugh. Could you please STOP?! We're ready for fall weather now. Like NOW. How about NOW? Or NOW?

Nonsensical rambling ahead...

I love Cheez Its. They are so good! Especially with a Coke or a Dr. Pepper with real sugar in it. Mmm. I have the Cheez Its but not the REAL Coke or Dr. Pepper. Crap! Why does everybody have to be so healthy and live so long? Why am I so grouchy right now? Why do I stub my big toe and break the nail ALL THE TIME? I swear it's a curse! I've only been walking 50 years!

I'm smelling a Toasted Marshmallow candle by Glade right now. It's on my desk and makes the whole room smell good when you light it.

I wonder if I could "borrow" a Coke from a neighbor? Nah. That would be weird since I rarely talk to them or even see them. Dang.

Do y'all want to see my messy desk drawer? You know you do...


Look how messy I am. Do you think I have enough pens? Or egg-shaped lip balm? How much can one person use? They are all over the house.

I'm going to go dig through the garage refrigerator and see if I can find a Coke hiding in there from a long-ago poker party or something.  See ya later.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mad Woman in the Kitchen

I've been cooking and preparing food all morning, and I'm not done yet. Here's the first thing I got in the crockpot so we can have it during the race today.


September/October Issue of Taste of Home magazine.
Mmm...brats with onions and sauerkraut.


Lightly brown the brats on the grill or in a pan...


Rinse and drain a can of sauerkrat.
Place it in the bottom of your crockpot.


Slice an onion or two and throw them in...


Add two bottles of dark beer.


Sprinkle in some caraway seeds (love them!).



Place the brats on top, cover, and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low 7-8 hours.

I'm not finished with the other dishes yet, Easy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese and some kinda-sorta complicated Hearty Beef & Cabbage Pockets. Makes a bunch so you can freeze and have some easy dinners to pop in the oven later. Will post those later in the week.

What are y'all cookin' this weekend?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Baby Girl Crochet Blanket





Shitty picture alert!

Details:
Pattern:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/unique-stitch-baby-blanket and tutorial video free on YouTube HERE. (YouTube video does not have complete instructions, but you can figure it out.
Yarn:  Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Antique White and Red Heart SS in Light Raspberry
Measurement:  33" x 38"
Hook:  Size H

Note(s):  I chained 96 to begin. Thanks to Neicee for the inspiration and link to the pattern. I wanted to do something more fancy for the border, but I changed my mind. I didn't do the picots on the last round. I just did (ch 3, sc between 3-dc groups) around.

Hope y'all are having a nice weekend.
Get your hooks out and make something!
We all need inspiration from somewhere.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Bean Goes Home

I need to be working hard today instead of fiddle-farting around online and my blog, but I just wanted to give a big thanks to all that offered to check their Hobby Lobby for that yarn. My intent was to find someone who had that already in their stash, not for y'all to go running around shopping for me! I could order it online, but it takes a week or more to get orders from H.L., at least at my house. It comes from Oklahoma City so I don't know why it takes that long. They are just pokey. And I am just being impatient, but THANK YOU!

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Some pretties for your eyes...
(Not mine)


OMG...so pretty!

I think I may have this pattern or one similar in a Japanese Crochet book, but I'm not sure. I hope I do. This photo came from a Hungarian blog (I think it was Hungarian, but now I can't remember, Jeez.) The blog address is in the picture at the bottom, but damned if I can read it. 

*Update*  The above picture was found HERE. No pattern given.


Mitered Summer Daisy Baby Afghan

And this one caught my eye on Ravelry. So cute for a baby blanket. I just don't usually have the patience for making square after square after square. HERE is the link if you want to purchase the pattern. I think I'll just admire this one.


A Dog Named Bean

We found her on one of our morning walks a while back. She was so filthy, but a real sweetheart. She came right to me. Luckily her owner had her name and phone number on her tags so I called her and she came and got her. My heart was secretly disappointed that I couldn't keep her, but my brain was relieved that I found her owner. I don't think I'd have it in me to call the pound and have her picked up. NO WAY! Someone would have to chain me to the bed in my room before that would happen.

Anyway, Miss Bean went home, thank goodness!
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You are all amazing for reading and commenting and offering to do me favors! Thanks for coming back again and again. I feel the love. I hope you feel it coming right back to you.


Pammy Sue

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Calling All U.S. Yarnies


**Update** Dawn has offered to send me some.  Thank you ALL for your offers!!  You can disregard the below request.

I'm in the middle of a project using ILTY from Hobby Lobby in Antique White and I am one skein short. I went to my Hobby Lobby today and they didn't have any and won't be restocking it anytime soon. Does anybody out there have a spare skein they'd be willing to send me Priority Mail? I need an entire skein. I'll pay your costs and send you a little fun package in return. What do you say? Leave me a comment with your email if you are able to do this for me and I'll email you back with my address. I won't publish your email address in the comments.

I'll update at the top of this blog post when I have a volunteer.  FYI...I tried Red Heart SS in Soft White, but the color was off. It wouldn't work.


I roasted corn on the cob in the oven last night for supper, and it was SO FREAKIN' GOOD! You don't have to pre-soak it or wash it or take the husks off before roasting. Just preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, lay your ears of corn out on a cookie sheet (I also used parchment paper underneath, but you don't have to do that), pop them in the oven for 30 minutes, and that's it! Cut the "hairy" ends off with scissors and peel down the husks. Leave it attached at the bottom to hold onto your corn with if you want, or just throw the husks and silk in the garbage. Or you can leave them in the husks for up to 30 minutes and they'll still be good and hot when you're ready to eat.  It was really easy and super-duper good! That's all we had for supper. 


For lunch yesterday, we had something a little different. It's a cold tuna salad that you eat by dipping french bread slices into it. YUM. It was cold and refreshing and good. I made mine the day before so it had time to get really cold. You can find the recipe on Amanda's blog HERE. I'll give you the recipe here too so you can see how I made mine. She's overseas so the ingredients are a little different (or at least they come in different packages.)

Cold Mediterranean Tuna Salad w/French Bread
From Amanda at: www.craftyinthemed.blogspot.com

2-12oz cans tuna, drained (I used the kind in water)
1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
4 boiled eggs, chopped
Olives, green or black, sliced
Balsamic Vinegar (I used 2-3 Tbsp)
Olive Oil (I used about 2 Tbsps)
Black Pepper
Salt, optional (I did not use)
Water, optional (I did not use)

French bread for dipping and sopping up the juice.

Mix tuna, onion, eggs, and olives together, add olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and water if using.  Chill well before serving.  Serve with French bread slices.


Ollie-Wally says hello.

I say goodbye for now.
Let me know about that yarn!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

How YOU Doin?

Featuring Fletch, as Joey Tribiani


How YOU doin??


No really...how YOU doin?


You got a sandwich?

THE END

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Saturday night at Scotty's Place...



The Captain insisted I pour ALL of the leftover glaze in the middle hole.
LOL
He's a chocolate-lover like no other.

Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe HERE.

We watched the movie MUD and ate cake last night.
(click on "Trailer" when you get there to see a clip)

See ya.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Pineapple Table Runner

Thar She Blows!!





I say that because this was a whale of a crochet project, at least for me! I know that's really corny to say, but it's the first thing that occurred to me when I pulled up the pictures on my computer. And everyone knows I say whatever is in my head (most of the time) without censoring, so corny is what you get today.

I must thank my friend, Vikki, at ByHooks4U for her help with this one. Her blog is where I saw this table runner to begin with, and she helped me work out some problems with the pattern when I first got started. I referred back to a picture of one she made many times while making this. She's a very talented thread crocheter. Go check out her amazing things!

Pattern Source:  Pineapple Perfection Doilies, Annie's Attic
I used #10 white thread and a size 1.75 mm hook (both bigger than the pattern calls for)
Mine blocked to 31.5 inches by 11 inches.

Now what am I gonna make?
I think I'm ready for some yarn!
Happy Weekend!

Pammy Sue

Friday, August 09, 2013

Sex & Food

Good Lord, I'm going to draw all kinds of perverts to this post with that title!
Go away, PERVS!
I'm just a girl who crochets.
Nothing to see here!


I heard about this book on TV (there are supposed to be three in a series that are out) so I bought it yesterday at Target. If you're horrified about reading nasty sexy stuff, I mean really nasty sexy, don't read it! Not really my cup of tea, but we'll see. They talked about it like it was the best thing EVER. And just FYI...I did not read Fifty Shades of Nasty Gray just because I wasn't interested and I'm still not. So I hope there's more to this book and the salacious stuff is just on the fringes. I'll let you know.


Taco Pasta Salad

This stuff is GOOD, y'all! Thanks to my Aunt Judy for posting the recipe on Facebook. I made it early yesterday and we had it for dinner last night. Two thumbs up! And it makes a bunch. Yea for leftovers! I thought that cold hamburger would be kinda weird, but it wasn't.

Here's the recipe so you can copy, paste, and print from here, or just get your crayolas out and write it down if you're not so tech-savvy.

Taco Pasta Salad

1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup water
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 bottle (16 ounces) Catalina salad dressing

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasoning; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
Rinse pasta in cold water and drain; place in a large bowl. Add beef mixture, cheese, green pepper, onion, tomato and olives; mix well. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

Monday, August 05, 2013

What's For Dinner?

Stuffed Peppers!
Here's how I make mine...


Cut the bottoms off of 4 large or 6 medium green peppers so that they sit level in your baking pan. Cut out the stem and top portion of the pepper and clean out the seeds. Rinse well with water and set aside to dry.

Make a pan of instant rice. To make mine, I brought 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil, added 1 1/2 cups of instant rice and some salt, placed a lid on the pan and removed it from the heat to sit 5 minutes or so. I added 1 1/2 Tbsps butter when the rice had soaked up all the water, stirred and set it aside.  

Put a large skillet on the stove to heat up. Add some olive oil.  Dice an onion and add it to the hot pan. Place 1 lb of hamburger meat into the pan and add the spices you like; stir well.  (I used dried oregano, garlic powder salt, and black pepper. When the hamburger meat has browned, removed from heat and add the cooked rice and stir to combine...


Add about 1/2 a can or jar of spaghetti sauce to your beef and rice mixture; stir. Reserve the rest for later.



Fill your peppers with the beef and rice mixture and place then into a baking dish you have sprayed with cooking spray...


Add some of the reserved spaghetti sauce to the top of each pepper and pour the rest around them in the bottom of the pan. Cover with two layers of foil, and bake for 45 at 350 degrees F or until peppers are sufficiently soft.

Sorry no pics of the finished dish. It's in the oven right now baking for dinner! (And sorry if my pictures are blurry. I have no idea why they all came out that way today. Or maybe it's just my eyes. I've been squinting at thread and a small crochet hook the past couple of hours.

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Look what I found at the antique store...


It's a pillow cover made with a very sturdy linen-type of material and then embroidered. I thought it was so pretty, and I have a pillow form to fit it already in my stash of crafty stuff.




It was in a bin for 25% off of $5.95. Of course I'll iron it, and then I'm going to add a crocheted border of some kind. It's on my to-do list. Who knows when the mood will strike me to do it, but I wanted to share it with you today.

Have a great evening!