Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday Treatz


Tennessee is getting an early and rare snow day.
Good day to watch it snow and drink a cup of Hot Chocolate,
or  Hot Cocoa as we called it growing up.
Here is an easy one cup at a time recipe from the
Hershey Cocoa website.
It reminds me of the treat mom would make for us
after a day of sledding on the nearby hills.
Snow days didn't happen often in Tennessee,
so we enjoyed each one that we did get.
I have vivid memories of the cocoa in the mid-sized
saucepan simmering on the stove.
This was the time before instant packets of hot chocolate.
Marshmallows would make it an even more special treat.


  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Dash salt
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  • Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in large mug.
  • Heat milk in microwave at HIGH (100%) 1-1/2 minutes or until hot.
  • Gradually add hot milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended.
  • Stir in vanilla. 1 serving.
  • Rich and Adult: Increase cocoa to 2 tablespoons; follow recipe above.
  • Lower Fat: Use nonfat milk; follow recipe above.
  • Sugar Free: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa and salt. Proceed as above, using nonfat milk. Stir in vanilla and sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 2 tablespoons sugar.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


I am new to podcasts, but I realized it is 
just like old time talk radio through a computer. 
Just go to the website, click on an episode,
press the start button and listen to the podcast!

Deck The Hallmark Podcast is one that
gives me a chuckle each time I listen. 
It reminds me of Mystery Science Theater
where the person and robot made fun of science fiction movies. 

Three gentlemen watch and give their impressions 
about Hallmark Holiday Movies--one loves them,
one likes them, and one despises them. 
Sometimes they have guests on the show. 
It is fun to hear their 'take' on each movie.
Click below to go to Deck The Hallmark. 

click here

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Make Itz

The count is pushing 90!

(ok, I may have an addiction here! hahahaha)

Lots of Hats!

This is one of my favorites--it is a very soft yarn. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Image result for memes for veterans day

Since Veterans Day is on a Sunday this year, 
many businesses/restaurants are starting
the specials today-through Monday. 
Check out websites that list these specials and freebeez.
Many restaurants are offering free meals with a valid ID. 
Also call ahead to make sure the business in
your area is participating. 

Also check local ceremonies as some 
have been moved from the actual date. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Free Christmas Coloring Downloads

Color It is once again offering 12 free holiday downloads. 
If you missed last year or lost the downloads, 
here is another chance.

12 Free Christmas Printable Pages

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


The count is up to 80 beanies! 
I am taking a break from the Military Colors. 
It is fun to make new color combinations, 
or to just use the variegated yarn.  

Tipz--Comfort Gloves

To help with the hand stiffness after crocheting 
for a while, I purchased a pair of support gloves made
for crafting and quilting. I found these in the quilting
section at Joann's. (Even had a 60%off coupon!)
The gloves take some getting used to, 
but they do help with the soreness. 

These gloves add support for sore fingers. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Let's make a walking path...and we are walking...

Since we moved to the "Acres"  seven years ago
I have wished for a walking path.
Life got in the way of this wish for many years, 
but resident agronomist was finally able to 'get 'er done.'
There is now a mowed walking path around the property
that includes a million dollar view. 
Three times around the new path, including the area around 
the pine trees in the front yard, measures a mile. 
Sadly, we lost another Bradford Pear tree in the latest wind storm. 
However, the pine trees are growing to fill in the gaps. 

Start here!

Enjoy the view!

So sad to lose a tree. 

The Pine Trees are growing! 

Even our special visitors are enjoying the new path. We laugh at their quick visits. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday Treatz

An Apple Dip from Food Lion Grocery Stores

Caramel Apple Dip

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 By: 4 
5 minutes
5 minutes
80 apple slices
Dip fresh apple slices into this homemade, creamy caramel dip made in just a few simple steps.


Select ingredients:


  1. In an electric mixer, blend cream cheese, Cool Whip, and caramel sauce until well combined.
  2. Mix in white chocolate chips
  3. You can eat immediately, or refrigerate for about an hour to allow to firm up a bit. Serve with apple slices.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween

Happy All Hallow's Eve

Smokey and Pokey wish you a Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Tuesday Tipz!

ANSWER to Monday's Riddle

These beads are made from dried chunks of potatoes.
A toothpick is used to make the hole.
It's a rather long process taking a few weeks for the 'bead'
to dry,along with having to turn the 'tater' chunk a few times a day
so it won't stick to the toothpick.
When dry, the bead is painted and sprayed with a sealant.
Metallic nail polish could be used to add some sparkle.
The beads are then strung with other beads to make a bracelet!
Be sure to add some bling!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Dorcas Reilly
"The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company.Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department." from Wikipedia
Dorcas recently died at the age of 92. Her original recipe card is in a museum. 

 from Community Table:When was your favorite treat introduced?
Treats by the Decade:
1930s--3 Muskeeters, Snickers, Tootsie Pops
1940s --M&Ms, Junior Mints, Fun Dip
1950s--Hot Tamales, Pixy Stix, Pez
1960s--Starburst, Swedish Fish, 100 Grand
1970s--Reese's Pieces, Pop Rock, Twix
1980s--Airheads, Sour Patch Kids, Skor
1990s--Starburst Jelly Beans, Dove Chocolates, Baby Bottle Pops

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


click here

This is a great website for all who need to be organized for the Holidays.
This was my go-to site for lists and printables.
I especially liked the gift list and Christmas card list.
I used to go all out for the Holidays from Halloween to New Years when my children
were young and my family was still intact.
Gift giving and decorating are very simple now
that they are scattered throughout the USA
and have their own families.
Each family receives a Sam's Club membership,
and the grands receive something to save for their future.
Sometimes I find fun activity books to send as well.
Many years ago, resident agronomist made a simple tree out of
wood which has now become our main decoration.
I also display at least one Nativity set on the mantel.
Even the Christmas card list has gotten shorter due to
losing special people in my life.
I have wonderful memories of Holidays Past,
but the older I get, the simpler the better.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

(Great guesses though!)

CROCK POT LID HOLDER(or any other lid)
I made these 40 years ago, and could not find the pattern,
so I just made one up as I went along!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Monday Make Itz


(check back on Tuesday for the answer!)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Martha Jean's Spaghetti
aka A Farmer's Wife Skillet Meal 

Martha Jean was the wife 
of a farmer we knew in Indiana. 
This was her 'go to' easy, one skillet 
meal. I have tweaked the recipe a bit
to use products that were not available 
years ago when she gave me this recipe.

1 pound ground meat (your choice of type of meat)
1 small onion
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of oregano, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic salt
(or season to taste)
Small cut spaghetti pasta-1 to 2 cups--(Barilla is the only brand I have found that makes this pasta--it is cut into about 1 inch pieces. And yes, it really does taste different than longer pasta broken into pieces. However, if you can't find this product, just use broken spaghetti)
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Quart Tomato juice, or home canned 'maters

1. Brown meat with onion. Drain.
2. Add seasonings.
3. Add ketchup and tomatoes.
4. Sprinkle pasta on top.
5. Mix all together making sure pasta is covered.
6. Cover, simmer for 30-45 minutes or until pasta is soft.
7. Check throughout cooking to prevent sticking.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Unbelievably, it is half way through October.
That means Halloween will soon be here. 
Here are some fun free down-loadable coloring pages 

click here

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Fall Driving Tipz

It finally feels like Autumn here in the south.
There are even rumors of frost on the pumpkins.
Cooler weather brings different driving challenges,
so it is always a good idea to review safe driving tips.
These are from the Tennessee Farm Bureau.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Make Itz


We delivered the beanies to the Veteran's facility. 
The directors and residents seemed 
very happy with our donations. 
We learned that there were women staying at the facility,
so we decided to make some colorful hats!
It has been fun to find bright color combinations of yarn. 
I attended another Veteran's picnic at the nearby AF base,
and I was pleased to see a few of our hats being worn!
My hat count is now up to 60!

Colorful Beanies

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday Treatz


With the Holidays not far away,
Jeannie from club shared this tasty drink recipe. 
This can be kept warm in the crock pot. 

2 Lemons, juiced
2 oranges, juiced
3 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
2 gal. apple cider

Put sugar and spices in water, bring to a boil.
Pour all ingredients together and mix well.
Serve warm. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Color Along

Join Color It live tonight
and color along with a free download.

click here for more info

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


Just read that a Grated Parmesan Cheese lid
will fit on a small mouth mason jar !
I tried it and it works!
This opens up all kinds of crafting possibilities. 
(And to think of all of the lids I have disposed of through the years!)

It works!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thursday Treatz


Vicki at Club shared another fast and easy recipe.

1 Cup milk
1/2 cup NesQuick
3 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream, slightly softened

Put all ingredients into a blender.
With lid on, blend on high until smooth. 
Serve immediately. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

It's that time again in the big box stores---
    Hallo-Thanks-Mas has arrived.

Be sure to purchase enough candy corn and fall candy 
for all of the fall gatherings--once the stock is gone,
the winter holiday candy will take its place. 

Candy corn has a very long shelf life,
and it can also be frozen. 

To use frozen candy--
     first place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours,
     then let it come to room temperature before using. 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Make Itz

The County Fair

After living here for a number of years,
I finally decided to enter a few craft 
projects in the local county fair. 
It had been since my childhood that I had entered.
It had also been years since my children had entered, or I had worked a fair with a former job. 

Not really knowing what to expect,
and just entering for fun---
I was pleasantly surprised to
place with three of my projects.
I had also entered my sculpture project,
but there weren't the minimum entries for 
that to be judged. 

first for table decoration, second for crochet and third for mixed media art

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday Treatz

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
(easy and gluten free--via Better Homes and Gardens updated Cookbook)

1 Egg
1 Cup Peanut Butter--smooth or crunchy
1 Cup Sugar

Mix all together.
Either drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets,
or make into balls and roll in sugar.
(can also use parchment sheets)

Flatten with a fork.

Bake preheated oven 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes until set in center.
Cool on wire racks.

Extras---stir in any flavor baking chips.
         ---top with a candy kiss
         ---top with candy corn


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

(updatz on the M&M package delivery)

After four damaged package deliveries of various products,
it was time to let someone know how the packages
were being delivered.
After many phones calls to the store and to the delivery company,
we may have made some progress.
The replacement package of M&M's came 
wrapped in a Styrofoam container with a cold pack.
It was gently left on the front porch. All good for now. 

We all pay higher prices at stores if deliveries aren't 
right the first time. All consumers end up paying more 
to replace these products. The stores will just raise the 
prices, and delivery companies will just charge more. 

So take a minute to make that call, 
or even just to fill out the survey. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Monday Make Itz


My goal was 5 beanies for each branch, 
total of 25. 
Excessive late summer heat and some health issues
kept me inside enjoying Hallmark Movies,
so I used this down time to double my goal. 
I'm very proud to update that I made 50 beanies!!!!!!
We will soon deliver these to the Veterans Home 
to these most deserving heros. I look forward 
to sharing my handiwork with the Vets. 

We needed more Army than any branch, so the pile grew to 20 Army hats. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Sayinz


Smokey and Pokey wish y'all a very happy Autumn Season!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday Treatz


(from Jeannie at FCE Club, September Recipe Exchange was cookies)

1 Box Yellow-Butter Cake Mix
1/3 cup sugar
1 Stick butter--melted and cooled
1 egg beaten
2 cups chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients. 
Place on cookie sheets.
Bake 350 degrees  8-10 minutes

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Store it where you use it!

Try to store items that you use 
most often where you use them,
even if it seems counter-intuitive
to how you were taught to organize.
-For example--extra set of sheets 
where the beds are, not in a linen closet.
-If you have an extra drawer in the bathroom,
store clothes for showers. 
-If you enjoy crafting while watching
TV, dedicate a basket, drawer or 
cupboard close by for those supplies. 
-Keep cooking utensils close to the stove,
not across the room. 
-Have a dedicated area for card sending and bill paying 
 supplied with cards, pens, envelopes and stamps. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Resident agronomist was rather pleased with his first attempt at growing Pumpkins in Tennessee.  
We ended up with 4 ---one for each grand!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saturdayz Sayinz


This was one of my Dad's favorite sayings.
He grew up during the depression, so nothing was wasted.
While not being wasteful is always a good idea,
this saying also became a rather comical comment
to situations during my childhood.

Needing a large jar of M&Ms for a club project,
I ordered one from Sam's Club.
Below is how the jar arrived via FedEx.
Now this jar was not shipped in a flimsy package,
it was double wrapped with foam along with
a cold pack to keep the "Melt In Your Mouth,
Not in Your Hands" candy from melting.
Someone had to work hard for this product to arrive
in this condition. What a sad waste of good candy.
I actually found the humor in what happened
and am happy to report a replacement is on its way.
Stay tuned.....

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