Monday, September 29, 2014

Blue September

Showing you a another pair of dogs from my collection.
The Captain brought this one home to me from the grocery store years ago, of all places!

This is another we got at a Harrah's Hotel gift shop in Lake Tahoe, Nevada before we were married.

The last two photos made the blue look washed out. The first four pictures are the true color. Fun, quick doily to crochet. I was worried because it was so wavy and very bunched up when I was crocheting it and didn't look like the pattern at all. But after a good blocking (actually two -- I wasn't happy with the first one), it turned out fine. I've wanted to crochet this doily for a long time because I've always loved the look of it, and I'm very happy I finally made it.

Pattern:  Sirius (From the LA pattern booklet Stellar Beauties)
Finished Size:  15 inches
Thread:  Aunt Lydia's #10 in Blue Hawaii
Hook:  Size 1.75 mm

Pammy Sue

Friday, September 26, 2014


Our "easy-peasy" dinner tonight is Crockpot Ravioli
(And I'm sure a couple of nights of leftovers)

One 25-oz bag frozen cheese Ravioli
1 lb Italian Sausage, browned well in a skillet
2 jars Marinara sauce

Spray the crock with non-stick spray, add the frozen ravioli, brown the sausage, drain, and add it to the pot along with the two jars of marinara sauce; stir. Set your crockpot on low and heat for four hours, stirring occasionally. Or set on high and heat for two hours. Recipe calls for mozzarella cheese, but we'll just use Parmesan.  Recipe link here:  Crockpot Ravioli

I love the foaming hand soap, but it seems to go quickly.
Here's how to refill the dispenser...

Gently mix one cup of water with 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid. Don't make it foamy and bubbly; be gentle.

Slowly pour the mixture into your dispenser and remove any foam from top.
Supposedly any foam will make the dispenser clog.

And you've got foaming hand soap again!
Yay! It takes so little to make me happy.
Credit here:  Refill foam hand soap

That's my easy-peasy day.
Well, I did have a little nap too.
Lovin' it.
How's your day?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Pineapples

I ran out of yarn and had to just quit with only 2 rounds left to do. I had no idea I didn't have enough thread.
And, of course, it was some old stuff I bought at an antique store so there was no getting more. No edging makes me crazy!

I thought about making the last two rounds in gold or something, but I just thought that would detract from the whole thing, so I just left it plain. A little disappointing after spending all those hours, but that's okay. I still like it very much. My favorite part is the center stems that, altogether, look like a snowflake. Do you see it?

Pattern Graph:  (February 22, 2009)
Thread:  100% Mercerized cotton, Off-white, unknown brand, but I think it was Coats? I got it for $1 at an antique store.
Hook:  Size 2mm
Finished Size:  23" (without last two rounds)


Ollie-Wally on alert.

 Sweet Janie.
She enjoys it outside even though she can't see much anymore.

Fletch & Ollie, the boys roughhousing.

Eli looking a little scraggly. His haircut is growing out. 
He's still a pretty boy, though, and so full of personality.

And finally...

The October issue of Food Network Magazine has this little recipe booklet inside it for free this month. Totally worth the price of the magazine ($4.99) just to have this booklet. It has some great-looking recipes I can't wait to try.

See ya!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Want Some Sugar?

Cinnamon-Sugar Cake, That Is!

Cake Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Fletch always stands right under my feet and ends up with powdered sugar and flour on his back. He wonders why he's suddenly so popular with the other dogs.

Oh My!

Sprinkle a little cinnamon-sugar on top...

And it's done!
Who's coming over for 3:00 coffee & cake?

Recipe Here:  Cinnamon-Sugar Cake

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Feel Good"

She's Done!

"Feel Good"

On the Queen-Size Bed


Pattern:  None, but it started as nine 8-round granny squares crocheted together, granny stitches, smaller, 2-round squares, and more granny stitches. Inspiration taken from Dawn's Blanket.
Edging:  This edging pattern is the edging from the Nordic Shawl and was purchased with the shawl pattern. You can get your own pattern HERE.
Size: 73" x 73"
Yarns:  Mostly Vanna's Choice and Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.  The blue is Vanna's Choice in Colonial, the green is Vanna's Baby in Sweet Pea, and the rust color on the edge is ILTY in Terra Cotta. It's a mixture of variegated and solid yarns. I don't know exactly how much yarn I used, but it was LOTS. It's a huge blanket and it's heavy!

Now what?

I'm finishing a doily I've been working on for a few weeks at night, usually only doing one or two rounds per night. Now it's so big, I've only gotten partial rounds done the past two nights. I think I'm going to love it.

Last night the Captain came in and saw me working on the doily and said, "You're STILL working on that same doily? Why don't you make a smaller one so you can finish them sooner?" My response was, "Because anybody can make a little doily. I like making things most people won't take the time or be patient enough to do. It makes me feel good."

I guess that's what this whole crochet thing comes down to, isn't it? It makes us feel good to do it. Hence, the name of this latest blanket, "Feel Good."

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Japanese, Italian, German, French, English...

Okay, I'm really just posting to move that post with my pictures down the page and get rid of it. I want to delete it so bad, but I'm not going to. You are all very sweet. Normally I am pretty good at just deleting mean comments and ignoring them.

ANYWHO...I've been working on my doily, but it's still not done. It's a booger. I haven't done anything on the blanket because I've been busy with work this week, but I have done a little cooking.

First was a chicken and onion Japanese dish that I just made up using another recipe for Bulgogi Beef that I make.

Here is a sliced up onion ready to stir-fry after the chicken is done.

Here is the chicken in the marinade. I used a pound of chicken tenders, placed them in a gallon-size bag and beat them with a mallet until flat.  Then I added the marinade:

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup canola or veg oil
2 Tbsp sesame oil (this makes it SO GOOD)
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp garlic powder
red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 tsp each salt & black pepper

Marinate meat at least two hours or overnight. Heat up a large skillet (I use my electric skillet) and spray with cooking spray.  Remove meat shaking off marinade and add to the hot skillet. Save the marinade that's left in the bag. You'll add it later to the onions. Brown chicken meat well and then remove from the skillet. To the same skillet, add the onions and leftover marinade and stir-fry five minutes or so until soft. Add the chicken back to the skillet and keep warm. Serve over rice (I use brown rice).

You could add any other veggies you want with the onions, like red or green bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, etc., but we like it just like this.

The cooked meat.

The browned onions.

I must have lost interest or gotten really hungry because I didn't take a picture of the final dish all put together. DUH.

Then yesterday I made this:

Lasagna! Yum!

I usually use some variation of THIS RECIPE when I make lasagna. Sometimes I use cottage cheese and sometimes I use ricotta cheese mixed with sour cream. Yesterday I used the ricotta and sour cream. I like it equally both ways...just depends on what I have on-hand.

1.  I'm watching Dancing With the Stars which started on Monday, are you? I thought it would be boring because I really don't know a lot of the people, but it was good! Tommy Chong cracked me up. When he speaks, he sounds just like he does on the Cheech & Chong records from way back when and it makes me laugh. He didn't do a bad job of dancing either for an old guy. My complaint about the show is that it's too long. And Julianne Hough doesn't add one thing to the show (they added her as a fourth judge). She's a bore.

2.  I was really sad when Joan Rivers died. I was always a big fan of hers since forever. I loved her!

3.  Wendy Williams is back on with new shows, and I'm happy about that. Maybe it's kind of weird, but I really like her!

4.  Pepperidge Farm Dark German Wheat bread is SO GOOD!

You know what makes all the really "dark" breads dark, don't you? Like the pumpernickel and this one? Cocoa powder! That's right...chocolate. Read the ingredients. No wonder it's so good. I never knew that until I started making bread from scratch.

5.  I want to get the iPhone 6 Plus, but I haven't ordered it and I'm not waiting in line for it. I'll wait a few weeks and then get myself one. It's my birthday and anniversary soon so I can get it without guilt. ;)

6.  If anyone has either of the two below books and want to get rid of them, I want them. I'll pay for it and for shipping if it's reasonable. Let me know in the comments and I'll contact you!

A French book...

And an English magazine...

This particular issue is the only one I want.

I think that's it for today. See ya!