Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Tomorrow, April 21, is fee free entrance day at 
National Parks. 

click below for more info

National Park Service

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Recipe Update!

I tried the Hot Dog Spaghetti! 
Surprisingly delicious! 
I used a Kroger brand of powdered tangy sketti sauce, 
so other brands would make the taste a bit different. 
Use your favorite. 

I also used the cut spaghetti, cooked it and 
added it in to simmer. 

Next time I plan to use the beef or angus hot dogs 
for a more gourmet taste!

This is a great kid friendly recipe, especially
if the sauce isn't too spicy! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Make Itz

SNOW? Seriously?

Mother Nature is making it difficult to make any
progress with the landscaping---
woke up to a snow shower this morning.
It isn't cold enough to stick or cause problems,
but seriously? It's April 16th!!!!!
It is too cold and blustery to be working outside.
Rumors of warmer weather making its way here.

I did pick up a pair of snazzy garden boots
for when the weather clears!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday Freebeez


Ms. Cheap,from the Nashville newspaper,
shared this link of deals for seniors.

click here

Since deals can change daily--be sure to call the 
vendor to confirm the deal is still valid. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Treatz


Celebrate by making your favorite recipe!

My favorite way to make grilled cheese:
     Two slices of potato bread slathered with mayo or butter.
      Spread pimento cheese all over the unmayed side of one piece of bread.
      Top with other slice--with mayo side out.
      Grill in a Foreman type grill--if none available, use a non stick pan.
      When toasty brown, remove and add dill pickles and sliced maters.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Fixer Upper!

The landscaping off of the patio has been neglected 
for the past few years--due to 'life happenings'. 
Weather, family members' health challenges, 
life changes all contributed to a mess of weeds and sadness. 

I decided it was time to 'clean' it up. I started moving rocks as well as 
throwing away the dead ragged plants and landscape fabric. 
As I was cleaning out one bed, it reminded me of the 
popular show on HGTV--Fixer Upper. 
I  guess I have been living under the rock of the cable
world, because I just found this show this winter--just in time for 
it to end! LOL But, that means that all of the episodes are new to me as I watch
the team transform a mess into something worth living in. 
It's all rather fascinating--even though I have to remind myself
that Chip and Jo have a whole crew behind their plans, 
while I'm a do-it-herselfer. 

One rock at a time will transform my eyesore into 
an area to soothe the troubled soul. 
Patience, patience.

For more info on the show Fixer Upper,
go to:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


This is a tip I have shared before,
but it is always good to review. 
Break large cleaning tasks down into small 
amounts--address one pile, drawer, 
area a day--if this is done each day--
365 items will be addressed in a year!
Small tasks add up without getting 
overwhelmed or burned out. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Let's Make a Garden!

After having a rare snow shower in the south,
the sun is finally out! Rumors of 80 degree
weather the end of this week makes one
eager to start the garden!

Old Farmer's Almanac has a great website
with information about when to plant in a
specific area. Plug in the zip code where the
garden will be--and a veggie chart will pop up
for that zip code.

click here

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Cream Cheese Glaze

(Versatile glaze for any baked goods.)

2/3 cup confection's sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1-2 teaspoon lemon juice 

Whisk together first 4 ingredients. 
Add enough lemon juice until desired consistency.
Drizzle or spread over baked good. 


Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Make Itz


This easy to make craft idea reminded me of 
Dandelion seed pods!

Cotton Swab Flowers
Idea from Dollar Tree VSC

click here

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Don't put all your eggs in one basket!
Color It Friday Free download.
Also---scroll down to read a special announcement from ColorIt. 

click here for download

Free downloadable eggs in a basket coloring page
There are changes happening for ColorIt . . .
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But wait... we have great news! Because we are increasing the price of our books, we will be lowering the prices of our colored pencils and markers! Our price changes for our pencil sets and marker sets are as follows:
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As we mentioned, price increases for our coloring books are effective April 1stPrice changes for our colored pencils and markers are effective April first as well.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday Treatz


This recipe is on the to-do list for today,
I plan to add chocolate and peanut butter chips,
along with Pastel M&M's.
I also read where other flavors of
cakes mixes have been used.
For example--chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips,
Fruit flavored cake mix with vanilla chips,etc.
Get Creative!
Share your ideas!

-1 box yellow or white cake mix (or any other flavor)
-2 eggs beaten
-5 Table. melted butter
-2 C mini chocolate chips (or any other flavor)
-Mix Together
-Batter will be thick, use spatula or hands to
  smooth out into pan

Put in greased 9 x 13 pan
Bake 350 for 20 minutes--ovens vary so watch after about 15 minutes
Let cook a bit, then cut into squares

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

All Things Easter!
(To download and print for free!)
There is even a Bingo Game for the family gathering!

Bowl of Eggs Easter Coloring Page

click here

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Make Itz


I remember making these baskets as a kid,
and also making them for/with my own children.
We always used the pack of construction paper we
got for Christmas, but any easily folded
paper will do--even newspaper or magazine
pages would make a fun basket.
Use some of the nice paper from your
craftstash to make a special basket.

Image titled Make a Paper Basket Step 7
credit for picture from

click here for directions

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Yay (not!), another rainy weekend predicted here in the south.
But ColorIt has it covered with another fun free download
from their book--The Greatest Adventure!
It is a story and coloring book all in one--
and meant to be shared with your favorite young people!
(Great for Grands and Grandparents!)

click here

The Greatest Adventure

Thursday Treatz


I have not tried this recipe yet, but looks like a keeper. 
Credit goes to Country Kitchen via facebook, I could not find
a website for this page.

Image may contain: food and indoor
credit goes to Country Kitchen

Southern Chess Bars
1 box yellow cake Mix
3 eggs
8 oz. cream cheese
1 stick melted butter
1 lb. (1 box) Powdered Sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease bottom of a 9 X 13 oven proof dish. With a hand mixer, mix together cake mix, melted butter and 1 egg. It will form a soft dough. Press into the bottom of the 9 X 13 pan. In a bowl, mix together sugar, 2 eggs and cream cheese until smooth. Pour mixture over the dough. Bake approximately one hour at 300 degrees until the top turns a light golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


click here

Tuesday Tipz

Happy First Day of Spring!!!!

The weather is more like winter, but the calendar says the first day of Spring!
We had storms last night and SNOW predicted overnight!
The daffodils will get cold! BRRRRRR
TIPZ--wait until all clear for frost in your area before planting.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Rice Krispies Treats Easter Eggs

This would be a fun and easy treat to make to 
fill Easter Baskets or use for an egg hunt!
Wrap each egg with clear or colored 
plastic wrap or place in a sandwich baggie. 

click here

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Fun Download!

If you don't have big St. Patty's day plans, or if the weather is going to 
keep you inside, here is a fun free download from Color It's new book: Colorful Seasons.
I realize this is a Fall Season picture, but Color It has given us a sample from each season, 
and this week's was Fall! Still fun to color and you could always add some 4 Leaf Clovers! 

Colorful Seasons - Autumn Cats
Meow! Meow!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thursday Treatz


8 small red potatoes
2 cups baby carrots, or regular carrots cut into small pieces
1 small onion, quartered
1 corned beef (4-5 pound, rinsed and trimmed)
2 tablespoons mixed pickling spices (some corned beef roasts come with seasoning packets)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
1 can chicken broth

1. Place potatoes, carrots and onion in  crock pot. (use a liner if you have one)
2. Place beef roast over vegetables. Sprinkle with spices and garlic.
3. Pour chicken broth over all, add enough water (7-8 cups) to just cover meat.
4. Cover and cook 7 hours on high.
5. Add cabbage.
6. Cover and cook 1-2 more hours on high or until cabbage is tender crisp.
7. Remove beef to serving platter, slice thinly across grain. Serve with veggies.

TIPS--do not remove cover while cooking until time to add cabbage.
           If cooker runs hot, turn down to low after a few hours.
           Pour broth over beef and veggies.
           Serve with Irish Soda bread or corn bread muffins!

Wednesday Websitz

St. Patrick's Day!(This Saturday.)

(Everyone is Irish on March 17th!)

Here are some fun coloring downloads for St. Patty's Day

Click here:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Another Easter Egg Idea --Marbleized Eggs
(Credit goes to link below picture)
Made with household materials. 

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs
Marbelized Eggs from Better Homes and Gardens

click here  for instructions and video

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Freebeez


Don't forget to set your clocks ahead--
   longer days will get us in the mood for Summer!

Here is a fun summer coloring download!

click here

Spring - Birdhouse

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Hot Dog Spaghetti

Credit goes to FCE member Vicki who said this recipe is a kid favorite---reminds them of
 Spaghettios! (I have not tried it yet, but plan to soon.)

1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 c. water
2 TBSP vinegar
1 envelope spaghetti sauce mix
1 TBSP sugar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1 lb. hot dogs (any kind) cut in bite size pieces
Spaghetti (I plan to use the bite size cut up sketti pasta from Barilla)

In 2 quart casserole, combine the first ingredients.
Stir in hot dogs until coated.
Microwave or cook on stove, covered, until heated through (7-8 minutes).
Stir at least twice.
Cook spaghetti.
Serve hot dogs over the spaghetti, (I may just mix the sketti in with the sauce,
and try it in the casserole crock pot.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Here is a tutorial for coloring animal fur and shading with colored pencils.

click here

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

I saw this picture and found it rather comical. (Remember to laugh each day.)
Since March came in like a lion--maybe it will go out like a lamb with purple slippers!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Country Living has instructions on what to use to naturally
dye Easter Eggs. Click link below the picture.

natural easter egg dye ingredients
Country Living Magazine

click here

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thursday Treatz


(My dad came up with this recipe--a very quick and hearty meal
 when served with a fruit salad and rolls or crackers.
I may have shared this before, but it is worth repeating!)

1 Can Chicken Noodle Soup--any brand or flavor (some have
 veggies included, which would also be delicious.)
1 Can Chicken and Dumplings (Any brand.)
Add a can of water if  too thick.

Simmer together until well blended and heated through.

This serves 2-4, so add cans of soup and dumplins as needed
for larger amounts.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Delivered to your door!!!!

I truly try to shop local--but being in a very remote
and rural area, it is sometimes difficult to get the supplies that I need.

Many brick and mortar stores now have a strong online presence.

The Sam'sClub PLUS membership now includes FREE shipping
with many of the items. Same price as in store along with the products
in the savings booklets. Even though this membership costs more,
it is worth the price of gas and time it takes to go to the nearest store,
which is quite a drive from here. 
Cold or frozen items cannot be shipped, but how awesome is it to
get mega rolls of tissue delivered right to the door!

(Tip--a membership makes an awesome year round gift!)

click here  for more info.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

"The most wasted day of all is that on which you have not laughed."
Nicholas Chamfort

Be sure to check out a great article about flamingos on The Whimsey Project Blog.
click here is offering a free yogurt--just download and print the coupon.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Even though it feels like spring here in Tennessee,
here is a free fun winter download from Color It!
The is from the newest book about seasons,
drawn by a new artist!
Lots of rain expected here so a good weekend to color!

Blissful Scenes - Winter
New picture from a new artist. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday Treatz has a section of recipes.
Credit goes to this website for this recipe.
Here is a quick and easy one to make for
breakfasts on the go.
Cocoa could probably
be substituted for the coffee.
Peanut butter could be substituted for the almond butter.
I have not tried this recipe yet.

No Bake Coffee Banana Energy Bites

These quick and easy treats are the perfect pick-me-up on the go.

No Bake Coffee Banana Energy Bites


1 banana, about ½ cup
2 ½ cups Millville Old Fashioned Oats
2 tablespoons SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey
½ cup SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter
4 tablespoons Specially SelectedPremium Roasted Regular Coffee, grounds
½ cup Baker’s Corner Semi-Sweet Mini Morsels
¼ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl, mash banana until no lumps remain and it resembles a liquid.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  3. Form into 24 portions, roll into uniform balls.  Refrigerate for an additional 20 minutes to set.
  4. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Recipe Courtesy of Chef Linsey, ALDI Test Kitchen

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Check out the Google Olympic 
Animation for a fun way to start your day. 

A fun animation has been posted 
each day of the Olympics. 
"Google" the ones you have missed. 

Fun memory--my elderly mom used
to ask me to use that little 'thing' of mine (I-pad) to
'Google' who was in a old movie she was 
watching! Turner Classic Movies was her fav!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Make Itz

More Help for Seniors!
(With items from dollar stores)

Here are a few more ideas to help seniors (or anyone with health issues)
live a more independent life.

One problem that people may have is
scrubbing in the shower without bending over.
This may require a long handled instrument.

These are rather expensive at the
medical supply store, but one can
be inexpensively made with items from the dollar store.

Back scratcher/ shoe horn
Extended length shoe horn
Long handled scrubby
Duck Tape

look for these in the shoe and shower sections of the stores

Duck tape handles together for a long reach scrubby
If long shoe horn isn't available, use the 'hand' end of the back scratcher. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Here are some great free books to download from
The Old Farmer's Almanac. 

Click below, a free how to start a garden is on the right.
Scroll through the site to find more free books.

click here

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday Treatz

FREE Cookbook download!

"Good and Cheap"

This cookbook uses simple, staple ingredients.

click here

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Treat yourself at Paper Wishes
with 20% off. Use the code VAL2018
at checkout.

click here to shop

Grab a Free Valentine's Day from  ColorIt!

click here

Blissful Scenes - Winter

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


Tomorrow begins Lent.
Instead of 'giving' up or 'doing' without,
consider giving or doing!

Some ideas include--

1. With high heating bills this winter, some families
     find it difficult to pay for school lunches--give a donation
     to be used to offset these costs.

2. Take personal care items to nursing homes, schools, a food pantry.
    Watch for sales/good coupons to purchase. Or visit the dollar store for good deals.

3. Donate gently used clothing to schools, most have a program
    to give to students in need--middle and high schools always need
    adult sized clothing.

4. Pick up new socks and underwear, donate to schools.

5. Buy a case of peanut butter, donate to the school weekend back pack

6. Take time to send a card or make a visit to the nursing home.

7. Take old blankets or towels to the local animal shelter.
     Purchase a bag of animal food/treats and donate.

 8. Find a local charity to support.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Fun download to color over the stormy weekend!

click here

Blissful Scenes Peacock Drawing
This one is dedicated to my daughter who loves peacocks!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday Treatz


The ingredients are just suggestions,
add or subtract to taste. 
This could also be changed to chix rice soup. 

Any kind of cut up cooked poultry--chicken, turkey etc.
(A roasted chicken from the grocery could even be used.
Sometimes I even use a mixture of different kinds if making a large batch.)

Dried or fresh onion, to taste.

Dried or cut up fresh carrot.

Cut up fresh celery.

Dried or cut up 'taters.

2 cans or large carton of chicken broth. 

Egg noodles to add later.

Peas to add later. 

Salt, pepper, parsley to taste

Add all ingredients to crock pot--add water if necessary. 

Cook on high for an hour or two, then turn down to low.

Simmer all day. 

About any hour before eating,  add noodles and peas, cook until tender. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Hang in there!

Even though the Groundhog saw it's shadow
predicting six more weeks of winter--
there are signs that spring can't be far behind.

The days stay lighter longer
and the robins are back!

So get your favorite  hot beverage,
a good book, or your craft project,
and enjoy the last few weeks of cozy inside time. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday Make Itz

   (made from a pre-made tote)

Project number 2 for Seniors!

Walker Carry All
   Pre-made Canvas totes (or free giveaway totes)
   (Some craft and big box stores carry these in the craft or fabric paint aisle. )
   Heavy Duty Velcro with sticky on back.

1. Cut off one of the handles close to the seam.
  A hefty pair of scissors will be needed if using canvas.
2. Cut the other handle in the middle of the loop--this will make the two loops to fold over
    and hold the tote to the walker.
Cut the remaining handle at the top of the loop.
3. Place the sticky velcro so it will make 2 strong loops to attach to walker.
    Some velcro glue will be strong enough to hold heavier objects,but go over velcro
    with a few rows of machine stitching to make sure. The sticky will help hold velcro in place.
    If no machine is available, just be sure to get the heavy duty sticky strips.

Pre glued velcro

4. These can be decorated with fabric pens.

5. Attach to walker.

Caution that this won't carry heavy objects such as heavy books or computers, but for everyday needs such as kleenex, personal needs, etc., it is great!  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thursday Treatz

 from Dollar General and Kraft

(I would probably add a little more sketti sauce and a few dried 'maters.)

Mac & Cheese Skillet Lasagna

click here for recipe

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

It's National Hot Chocolate Day!!!!!

Click below for some great trivia about chocolate!

Enjoy a mug or two on this cold January Day!

click here for more info

Tuesday Tipz Two


I had a nice little display of fancy soaps in
my 'powder room'--southern translation--the small guest bathroom.
A 'funny' odor was coming from the small room--it wasn't
really offensive, just strange. I finally removed some of the soaps
from the room, and that seemed to help.
I found out the hard way that some
goat milk soaps do not have a very long shelf life.
Perhaps it is the way the milk products are processed.

So the moral of this story is---
Use the Nice Soaps first! 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


No wonder things have been a little 'LUNATIC!'
The moon will be a BLOOD, BLUE, and in a  TOTAL ECLIPSE
tomorrow morning--January 31,2018.

click here for more info

Want to know the time in your area?
Sadly, the moon will be below the horizon in my area for totality, but
it will still be amazing to look at the first phases.

click here for more info

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday Make Itz

LIFE HACKS for the Aging Population

I am always searching for budget friendly 
service projects for the FCE Lady's Club. 
After I donated to the Christmas Giving Tree for
the elderly and home bound, 
I started to think about what the club could make
to make life a little easier for the seniors. 
I will be posting some of my ideas the next few weeks. 

Non slick  Socks 
I was looking for non slip socks, 
but most stores only have those around the holidays. 
I was asking the lady in the sock section of the big box store, 
and she gave me a great idea:
"Paint" Tulip Puffy or Slick Fabric paint on the bottom of socks. 
Let dry. 
I got the diabetic socks since they are easier to put on, 
and don't cut into the foot or leg. 
These would be a good idea anyone, not just seniors. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Craftin' with Suz, 
and to one of my favorite singers--Neil Diamond!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Make Itz


How To Make A Snowman Embroidery Hoop
Credit to JoAnn's Craft and Hobby Stores

Even though the arctic weather has moved on (at least for now,
and Tennessee is having unseasonably warm weather),
let's make a fun Snow Man Door Hanger!

This project is from JoAnn's craft stores.
"Shop" your stash for the materials.
 Instead of crocheting a hat, look through
 the pile of winter clothes for a simple hat.

click here

Friday, January 19, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Dollar Tree Ideas

Here are some more great ideas for wreaths for upcoming holidays
from the Dollar Tree Blog:

click here

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


Tennessee is getting a rare snow.

This will be a good day to stay indoors, watch it snow, and catch up on projects.

A hot beverage, warm fire, and sitting in a comfy chair coloring sounds like a perfect snow day. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Valentine's Day Heart Wreath
Dollar Tree Wreath

Valentine's Day is a month away, it's not too early to begin making
cards and decorations.

Here is a fun and inexpensive wreath from the Dollar Tree.

click here

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Each Christmas my daughter finds
a Nativity set to give to her dad. 
This year she crocheted a set!
It is sooooo cute, and would be 
a great gift for a small child since it 
is soft with no small pieces. 
She found the instructions online.

Crocheted Nativity Set

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Friday Freebeez


Color It has 10 new downloads with inspirational sayings and pictures. Be sure to print on a card stock type paper for best results. ColorIt sells the same paper their books are printed on. 

Scroll down the page to get sign up for the samples from their most excellent coloring books in addition or instead of the inspirational sayings. 30 PICTURES IN ALL!

Thursday Treatz


Here is an easy and tasty meal for a cold winter's night!
This is an updated version of the Short cut Pot Pie that was on the
Bisquick Box many moons ago.

click here

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


I hope all had a wonderful Holiday Season. 
Wishing all blessings in 2018. 

Check out My favorite Free Printables Website if you still need a 2018 Calendar--Kevin has all types--large print, all on one page, ones to fit planners and more! 
Attach completed coloring pictures to a calendar to brighten your days!

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