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My Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

My Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

There are scads of slow cooker pot roast recipes on the internet. Most of them consist of a combination of packaged seasoning mixes and condensed soup poured over a beef roast. I’ve tried several of these types of recipes. This one is my favorite. I found the recipe on Pinterest. It’s from the website You’re Too Crafty. This is certainly a popular recipe. It has been pinned over 9000 times. […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Lisa’s Spicy Ground Beef Chili

Lisa’s Spicy Ground Beef Chili

I’ve had a pot of chili on the stove for the last few hours and the aroma is driving me crazy. I’m making  my Spicy Ground Beef Chili. This is my hearty, winter, all-beef chili. It has lots of ground beef, two types of beans, and a bit of spicy heat. Believe me, it’s just as […]

By January 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner Crochet: Circles

Beginner Crochet: Circles

When I wanted information on how to crochet a flat circle, I turned to YouTube. The videos that I watched explained how a flat circle is made by crocheting concentric rows or rounds. Each round is increased by the number of stitches that are in the beginning round. This sounds confusing, but is really very simple once you get started. Single Crochet Circle.  I […]

By January 10, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Glazed Pumpkin Cookies ~ Santa’s Favorite

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies ~ Santa’s Favorite

I leave these pumpkin cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. ~ Every year, he leaves a clean plate, not even a crumb left. The recipe for these cookies was given to me way back in 1973 by my college, freshman roommate, Allison Chenoweth. I’ve made them every year since. It’s not Christmas without a batch of these […]

By December 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pecans

Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pecans

My lovely friend Cory makes these sugar ‘n’ spice pecans to give at Christmas time. It was Cory who shared her delicious Mexican Coleslaw recipe on my website. Well, her sugar ‘n’ spice pecans are also worthy of a post. They have a touch of cayenne pepper in the sugar coating. Not enough to make them hot, but just […]

By December 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Holiday Toffee

Holiday Toffee

It’s beginning to feel like Christmas at my house. Yesterday, I dug out the ornaments and decorated our tree. We have a very old-fashioned tree with colored lights, silver tinsel, strands of beads, and tons of glass ornaments. Richard and I have been collecting figural glass ornaments for the past 30 years. Each year we add a  few new ones to the tree. This Eiffel Tower […]

By December 11, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Dyeing Silk Scarves ~ What Fun!

Dyeing Silk Scarves ~ What Fun!

This past week my crafting friend Margie called to say she and her friend Mary were going to dye silk scarves. She asked, would I like to photograph it for a blog. I said, yes, I would love to! As it turned out, not only did I get material for a blog, I got to paint a scarf. When Mary […]

By December 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Merry Murder Mysteries

Merry Murder Mysteries

Yeah, the Holiday season is here. To get in the Holiday mood, I’ve been spending my evenings settled in front of our fireplace with some Christmas cookies, a bit of port, and a few light hearted Christmas mysteries. I’m an avid reader of mysteries. My favorites are classic English mysteries from the 1930’s and 40’s and vintage American detective stories by authors like Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Ellery Queen […]

By December 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Beginner, Crochet String Bag

Beginner, Crochet String Bag

I thought this Provence Summer String Bag designed by Kathy North would be good project for learning how to read a crochet pattern. Kathy has written complete, easy to follow row by row instructions as well as included a diagram pattern. The instructions and pattern are available on line. Kathy recommends using Classic Elite mercerized cotton yarn. I was not sure if […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Holiday Cranberry Jello Salad

Holiday Cranberry Jello Salad

Every family has a dish or two that is a traditional Thanksgiving “must have”.  I can’t remember a Thanksgiving when my mother did not have this cranberry salad on the table. Now, my sisters and I each serve this salad at our Thanksgiving meal. I’m making my sister Emily’s improved version which has added orange zest and a decorative piped cream cheese […]

By November 15, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Easy Pumpkin Cheescake Pie

Easy Pumpkin Cheescake Pie

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I want to share this no-fuss pumpkin cheesecake pie recipe.  This pumpkin cheesecake is a regular at my Holiday table. When I’m busy doing all the hundreds of things that it takes to put together a big Thanksgiving meal, I appreciate the fact that this pie is quick and easy to make and that it can […]

By November 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Baked Sweet Sauerkraut with Tomatoes and Bacon

Baked Sweet Sauerkraut with Tomatoes and Bacon

Aah, it’s October. The desert heat is subsiding. I can use my oven now without worrying about heating up the house. Here’s a recipe for an extra special, super tasty, baked sauerkraut. I’ve been thinking about this sauerkraut since my sister’s, Amy and Emily, came to visit me here in Arizona earlier this month. We made the scenic drive up Tucson’s Mt. Lemmon. At […]

By October 23, 2014 1 Comments Read More →