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

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