Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday Make Itz

UPDATZ

Beanies for Vets---21 are made, need 4 more Navy to have 5 for each branch.




Pumpkins---the pumpkins are completely orange now. 

Pokey the Sloth Puppet Has a new Friend:
      The maker of the sloth puppets was back at a local craft fair, so Pokey now has a new friend--
welcome to Smokey the Sloth who thinks he is a Smoky Mountain Tennessee Black Bear.

     
Howdy Y'all!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday Sayingz

This is exactly how I feel about this blog technology!
The challenge continues with a chuckle along the way....!


THIS TOO SHALL PASS

IT MIGHT PASS 
LIKE A
KIDNEY STONE

BUT IT WILL PASS!



Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday Treatz

A loyal reader shared this:


Here's a variation I found on your microwave cake recipe:

French toast: rub a pat of butter on the bottom of a mug; fill it to the top with chopped bread. In a separate cup, mix one egg, three tablespoons of milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pour the mixture into the mug & microwave for one minute.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Leave well enough alone!

I've been trying to make room on my blog for
the pictures I post. In doing so, I tried to move around
some info--which is now floating around somewhere in cyberspace.
Since I'm in the generation that still had a card catalog in college,
I know just enough about this technology to be 'dangerous.'
Technology is amazing, but  some days can be a pain.
So posts may be sporadic until I figure this all out!



Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Making a Jack-o-lantern

My one wish for the garden this year was for some fall
pumpkins and gourds!
Resident agronomist had a new area tilled and
planted gourds, 'sketti squash, butternut squash
and PUMPKINS!!!

It has been fun watching all of these new additions to the garden.
The pumpkins are already turning orange--so the challenge
will be to keep them from rotting before Halloween.
It will also be a challenge to keep the resident 'critters'
from enjoying these tasty treats. However...
I am happy with however these turn out--if the
deer want a treat, I am sure it will be enjoyed.
If they only last as fall decorations, that is fine too.
It has just been a joy watching them grow.





Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Freebeez

LOOK UP!!

There have been some amazing free
happenings in the skies this summer--
you just have to take some time and
Look up!

Mars has been clearly visible 
all summer. Look for the reddish-orange
bright spot in the sky each evening. 

The meteor shower was a show in itself-
I watched over two evenings and saw
at least 25. Some were just a flash,
and others streaked across the sky.
Surprisingly, these came down in 
different colors!

Dust from the Sahara Desert was picked up in the jet streams
and made for hazy skies over much of the United States. This made for brighter sunrises and sunsets.

Here is the latest sky show from the Old Farmers Almanac:

"Mars remains blazingly brilliant in the night sky. The real draw now is that it’s part of a rare display above our heads. In mid-August, 2018, four planets and two famous stars have formed a rainbow of gemstones. Look for Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in a line!"

August 2018 Planets


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

(I have posted this recipe before, but is always
  a good one to re-visit. Great for a quick treat
  on these last hot days of summer.)


1 stick margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
2-3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter (I like smooth, but any type will do)
1-2 teaspoons vanilla
quick oatmeal--not the kind that has to be cooked

1. Put butter, sugar, cocoa and milk in large saucepan.
2. Cook on top of stove until boiling, stir often to
     keep from burning or sticking. Let boil until mixture starts to thicken,
     may need to cook awhile longer on high humidity days.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in PB and vanilla till well blended.
5. Begin stirring in oats until mixture is thick enough to drop on paper.
6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper.
7. Let cool and enjoy!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Back To School Printables 
( some are great for crafters, too!)

For all those 'back to schoolers':
whether teachers, students, or parents!

Kevin at Free Printable has 'ya covered!

click here for teacher printables

click here for paper

click here for worksheets


Monday, August 13, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

KITCHEN TIPZ

A loyal reader shared the following list:

Chop strawberries (and other soft fruit) with an egg slicer.
Quick frozen meat defrost: place meat in a plastic bag, then put it on top of an upside-down aluminum pot. Fill another pot with room-temperature water and set it on the meat. In five to ten minutes your meat will be defrosted (because the metal conducts the heat).
Use an apple cutter to slice potatoes to bake as wedges.
Pie crust: grate a stick of frozen butter then toss the shreds with the flour instead of cutting the butter into the flour.
Clean your blender: fill it one-third with warm water & add a few drops of dishwashing liquid, run for 10 seconds. Rinse and dry.
If your baked cake falls apart: make a trifle. Layer cake pieces with fresh whipped cream and fruit in a pretty glass bowl.
Cut corn off the cob by setting it upright on the hole of a Bundt pan and slicing downward along the side. The corn and juices collect in the pan.
Fill a turkey baster with pancake batter and squeeze out custom shapes on the griddle. Color your shapes by applying layers, such as: draw the outline of an autumn leaf, let it brown before filling the rest of the leaf with batter.



Monday Make Itz

VET BEANIE UPDATE

I have now made a beanie to represent each Military organization. 
Eight beanies have been made so far, my goal is at least 20. 
Turn in date is before Oct. 5. 
I like all of the color combinations.
Which one is your favorite? 
(The LED lights make the gold and orange look yellow.)

Beanies for Vets






Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Tennessee is finally getting some much needed rain. 
Here is a 'happy' free download from ColorIt to 
print and create on a dreary day!

click here


Colorful Flowers

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday Treatz

GARDEN FRESH STUFFED PEPPERS


It's time again for the peppers and 'maters
in the garden.
That usually means at least one or two crock pots
full of Stuffed Peppers.
This recipe is from my Mom,
but I have tweaked it bit.
It smells like autumn when it is cooking!

Fresh green peppers
Fresh tomotoes
Fresh onion--if available, optional
Ground meat, any kind
Worcestershire sauce and Ketchup

1. Brown the meat with onion,
    chop and drain.
    Add Worcestershire sauce and ketchup to taste.
    (Mom used to make meat balls to fit into the peppers.
     Kind of like mini meatloafs.) To save time, I just
     chop up all the meat to fill the peppers.

2. Cut tops of peppers off, and scoop out seeds.
    This will make 'bowls' to fill with meat.

3. Skin the tomatoes, chop.
    (In the winter a quart of canned 'maters can be used.)

4. Place as many peppers that will fit in a lined crock pot.
    Fill with meat mixture.

5. Pour chopped tomatoes around and on top of peppers.
 
6. A small amount of water may need to be added to crock.

7. Cook on high for a few hours, then turn to low until peppers are tender.

8. Serve over rice or pasta.

9. Leftovers freezes well.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

KNITTING WITHOUT NEEDLES

Joann Stores has introduced a neat new
yarn with loops. This is way to knit without needles.
At some point, I will probably try this,
but for now the cost is prohibitive,even with good coupons.
One skein is around ten dollars, and a small pillow pattern
takes 4 skeins.

To watch a video on this new product,
go to the following link:

click here:
https://www.joann.com/loop-yarn


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

YARN HELP PLEASE!!!


Does anyone know how to find the end of the yarn in a skein, so when it is pulled out to begin a project it doesn't make a knotted up mess?

I have a skein of yarn that is being very stubborn. 
I can 't find the end, it is 'hiding'. 

Thank you. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday Make Itz

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AND PROJECT


An Air Force Base is not far from my home. 
The local paper had an article about an individual
crocheting beanies for Vets. 
She created a pattern and found the correct colors for
all branches of the military. 
She was asking for help with this project for 
a Veteran's Appreciation Picnic in October, and
to send hats to the nearest VA nursing home. 
Since the military is near and dear to my heart,
I felt this would be a great project!
(My dad was in the Navy, my father-in-law in the Army,
 my husband in the Air Force, my son in the Air Force,
 my son-in-law in the Army, another son designs buildings for military bases,
 and my brother was in the Army.)
It is a simple pattern, and a beanie can be made in an evening of Hallmark Movies.
My biggest challenge was finding the correct colors of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, 
but after checking in all the nearby Walmarts and Joanns, I am now stocked up. 

So far I have finished an Air Force, Army and Coast Guard. 
I'm working on a Marines and Navy.



Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday Sayingz

Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer.

I truly believe we connect with people for a reason. Today at Aldi, I was patiently waiting for the lady next to me to put her few groceries into her car. She saw me waiting and apologized for taking so long--then she began to cry and told me that she had just received a phone call that her son had died. As I conveyed my sincere sympathies for her loss, she came over and hugged me. I asked her if I could call someone, take her home, or at least follow her to make sure she arrived safely. She assured me she had family nearby. 
She then told me that her son was 26 and had heart problems since childhood. I waited with her until she felt composed enough to drive. As she was backing out, she asked me to pray for her son, whose name was Brian. So please say a prayer for Brian, and his brokenhearted mother.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Happy Coloring Book Day! 
Here is a quick and easy salad to make ahead to enjoy
as you color away the day!
Perfect timing with all of the fresh garden veggies.

(Thanks to fellow FCE member Jeannie for this recipe.)


HEAVENLY SEVEN LAYERED SALAD
(add or subtract veggies per taste)

1 1/2 qts shredded lettuce
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups mushroom slices
1 small package frozen peas, thawed and drained
4 oz shredded cheese, save some for the top
1 cup red onion rings
2 cups mayo or 'Miracle Whip' salad dressing
optional--chopped meats, peppers, celery, squash

In a 2 qt. serving bowl, layer ingredients.
Spread mayo on top, all the way to the edges.
Top with cheese and bacon if desired.
Cover and chill several hours, or overnight.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

NEWS FLASH

DOLLAR TREE STORES NOW CARRY 
A LINE OF HALLMARK GREETING CARDS!!! 

(They used to carry American Greeting. I guess Hallmark won the contract.
These are very nice cards printed on very nice cardstock.
 Some are 50cents, some are $1.00)
  Stock up!

Wednesday Websitz

Organized Home/Holiday Website

It's the time of the year that the Organized Home website begins 
to post some great ideas. 
Here is a link to the article about using Back to School supplies for the Holidays. 


click here


NATIONAL COLOR BOOK DAY

Don't forget that tomorrow is National Coloring Book Day.
Dover Publishing is having a sale to celebrate.
Here is the link:
click here


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