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Making a Beginner Quilt Runner

Making a Beginner Quilt Runner

| March 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The top of the dresser in my office is always plied high with projects, papers, and books. I’ve been protecting the top of the dresser with a simple piece of fabric. This works, but it’s not a very polished look. So, I decided to try my hand at quilting a little runner.  Not being a quilter, I thought I had better […]

Fried Cornmeal Mush

Fried Cornmeal Mush

| January 31, 2015 | 1 Comments

Richard’s been after me to make this for a special weekend breakfast. So, here it is. Yummy, yummy, yummy, old fashioned fried mush. Just like mom used to make! Imagine soft creamy polenta, sandwiched between two really crispy, crunchy crusts, and topped with a drizzle of sweet maple syrup. That’s fried mush. Far superior to any cornmeal pancake (in my humble […]

My Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

My Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

| January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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. […]

Lisa’s Spicy Ground Beef Chili

Lisa’s Spicy Ground Beef Chili

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Beginner Crochet: Circles

Beginner Crochet: Circles

| January 10, 2015 | 2 Comments

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 […]

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies ~ Santa’s Favorite

Glazed Pumpkin Cookies ~ Santa’s Favorite

| December 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pecans

Sugar ‘n’ Spice Pecans

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Holiday Toffee

Holiday Toffee

| December 11, 2014 | 1 Comments

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 […]

Dyeing Silk Scarves ~ What Fun!

Dyeing Silk Scarves ~ What Fun!

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

Merry Murder Mysteries

Merry Murder Mysteries

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]