Sunday, July 6, 2014

I AM KNITTING!…..well, sort of…..

I decided to try my hand at knitting again.  It's been years and I have had such a time trying to go back. Instead of a large project, this time I decided to stick to something smaller.  So, a small square seemed the trick!  A dish cloth!!  

The first one is a Tunisian cloth, then the sec on is knit.  I didn't do the borders properly, so am keeping this one.  The third one isn't shown yet as it is a gift.  However, it is turning out quite nicely!

Now below is the graham cracker desert that my mom used to make.  You take graham crackers and spread fresh whipped cream on them and stack them, then "frost" them with the rest of the whipped, sweetened cream.  Put it in the freezer and serve up the next day.

SOOOOOO good!  She also made it with those chocolate round wafer type cookies. Yum!!

I would think by now most of you know that I am not much of a cook, but as I have LOTS of cooking 'things' and am getting tired of McDonalds (not to mention that I have put on lots of weight - and I know the graham cracker cake doesn't help!) I thought I'd better start actually cooking a full meal now and again.

Wa, la!  A roast with all the veggies! Yum…very good if I do say so myself.  So far it has lasted three days, so am finishing it up tonight, except for some extra meat I will freeze for another go at sandwiches later on.  

I did get the rice cooker out, too. Found it is a steamer and slow cooker, too, so am excited to use it.  I want to make my mom's "American Fried Rice" which I love.  I will love it IF I can find the recipe or at least replicate it properly! Rice, bacon cut into pieces and fried, green onions, fried egg,  and sometimes cooked carrots, with a dash of vinegar and some bacon grease.  Not good for the coronary patient!

Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stella's Booties

My Great Grandniece Stella

These booties are going to be too large for her, but that's okay.  I am still working on the afghan to match! Might toss in a hat, too….maybe.
The Baby Mary Jane Skimmers have already been sent and received.  

Monday, May 12, 2014

Good Morning to Sunshine! Yay!

Mother's Day was glorious! Sun and blue sky and it hit 70!  

Today it looks like it will even be warmer, and "mostly sunny" in our area.  I'm stoked.  I am able to sit out at one end of the back yard on the concrete garden seat and toss the ball to the other end of the new grassed in yard! :o)  

The doggie is thrilled again to have a place to run, AND no rain.  Me, too, as cleaning up the dirt and mud is never ending.  Now with grass the mud and dirt are at a minimum!

This is the original side yard.

First I had a fence built on top of a wall and brought up the level a bit…still mulch, though. Wasn't finished across the front part off in the distance.

Then I added grass and took out some plants that kept getting mildew from too much shade. Brought the level up about another foot at this end which was lower..

Across the back fence there were three planters.  That's where the ball kept landing when I would toss it for Maggie!

Now no planters, the blue berry bushes transplanted toward this end of the yard where the garden started….deck on the right which was at one time dirt and slate.

Added the concrete seat at this end of the yard so I can toss the ball to the side yard…and sit on my duff doing it!

And now Maggie doesn't have to leap tall buildings in a single bound when she chases after the ball! She is happy and I am ecstatic!

Now for crochet….I finished my slippers a few weeks back and forgot to post.  These are super comfy, super warm, and I can walk on the damp grass and not get my feet wet if it is a quick dash.  Made with double yarn, and then two layers of soles.  Make for a cushy step!

These are adult Mary Jane Skimmers by Sylvia Schuchardt at, and on Ravelry. I used Vanna's Choice in Cambridge so the dirt would not show so much.