Friday, October 13, 2017

8/21/17 Eclipse

I took off from work early to join in the watching of the 2017 Great Solar Eclipse. 
We had 80%+ percent coverage in Cleveland. I got to be on the phone with a friend when he saw the full total eclipse! It was really cool to hear the excitement and description of not only the eclipse but the atmosphere around him in Kansas City. 

Cleveland will get to see a full total eclipse 5/8/24.












Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FO: Happy Birthday Washcloths

I made these as part of a birthday gift for 2 friends. They have September birthdays, and though I am blogging about this in September (9/4) I am not sure when I will see them...so I of course can't post this until they have received it! They both read my blog! 




Started and Finished 9/2/17
Yarn: Lily Sugar n Cream cotton scraps in Over the Rainbow and Vineyard Twists
Hook: H
Pattern: Elmer Squares

Friday, September 29, 2017

FO: Crystal Falls Cowl


I made this back in February- I am still unsure if I am going to keep it as is or try to make it smaller. It's a tad bulky for my 5 foot self. That's why I haven't posted this yet. I love the yarn, it was a gift from C.  ;)




Started: 2/10/17
Finished: 2/25/17
Yarn: Caron Cakes in Funfetti
Hook: K 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FO: Kitchen Sedge Cloth #5

#5- last one from the Dishie Multi KP yarn.



Started: 6/18/17
Finished: 8/4/17
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Multi- Twilight
Hook: H
Pattern: Has vanished in thin internet air

Monday, September 25, 2017

FO: Sedge Kitchen cloth #4

4th cloth made from the KP yarn


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Started: 6/1/17
Finished: 6/4/17
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Multi- Beach Front
Hook: H
Pattern: Has vanished in thin internet air

Saturday, September 23, 2017

FO: Kitchen Sedge cloth #3

Here is the 3rd colorway: Jelly Bean

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                                                                      Started: 5/14/17
Finished: 5/28/17
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Multi- Jelly Bean
Hook: H
Pattern: Has suddenly disappeared from the interwebs but it is from Lulu Belle Designs


Thursday, September 21, 2017

FO: Kitchen Sedge Cloth #2


I posted #1 back in April HERE- I bought a few skeins of the cotton yarn in different colorways from Knit Picks and finally worked up the some more. I do find this brand to be more absorbent than the Lily Sugar n Cream has been lately.

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Started: 5/14/17
Finished: 5/14/17
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Multi- Sunset
Hook: H
Pattern: Has suddenly disappeared from the interwebs but it is from Lulu Belle Designs

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FO: Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket

I had been wanting to try this pattern for a while- it similar to the Christmas Tree skirt I made in 2014. 





Started: 2/26/17
Finished: 5/14/17
Yarn: Caron One Pound in White and Baby Rainbow
Hook: K
Pattern: Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket, by Celeste Young

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Salisbury steak meatballs, #12

I had excessive ground beef so I thought I would try a new recipe. This is a recipe from the Pioneer Woman- I just googled Salisbury steak and "meatballs" came up in the google search so I thought why not? 
It was good for something different and I would make it again. 


Mix up the meatballs. (I had an onion growing in the bag apparently)

Brown the meatballs

Take out the meat and drain the grease.


I poured the grease in a glass.... I turned around and heard a weird pop noise...sliced the cup right at the line where the grease stopped!

Fry up onion

Add the broth

Add the meatballs back into the pan

Serve. 
Hubby had his over Mashed Potatoes- I had mine over noodles.








  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 3/4 cups Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Brown Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Powdered Beef Base Or Crumbled Beef Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Half Stick (1/4 Cup)  Salted Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Halved And Sliced
  • 2-1/2 cups Beef Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (addition)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup (additional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch Mixed With A Little Beef Broth To Make A Thin Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet (optional)
  • 1 pound Egg Noodles, Cooked To Al Dente And Drained
  • Minced Fresh Parsley
To make the meatballs, combine the first 8 ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead until completely combined. Form into medium-sized meatballs and place on a plate.

Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, and then add 2 tablespoons of Butter. When melted, add half the meatballs and gently move around the pan to brown. When brown, remove them to a clean plate and repeat with the rest of the meatballs.

In the same skillet, add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown and starting to soften. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup of beef broth with the cornstarch.

Next add to the skillet 2 cups of the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and mustard. Stir to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a gentle boil and add the cornstarch mixture. Return the meatballs to the pan, reduce the heat to low, and allow them to simmer in the sauce for 10 minutes or until meatballs are done and sauce is thick. (Splash in more beef broth if needed for thinning.) To give the sauce a deeper color, add a little Kitchen Bouquet.

Serve meatballs and sauce over a platter of egg noodles, tossed in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle with minced parsley.

Recipe note: Sauce should be thick and glossy!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie 9/3/17

Pie for Pops!
I have been blogging this pie for many years










I'm not sure how I didn't get a finished picture... 



* I cheat and use the refrigerated pie crust

For crust
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 10 tablespoons (about) ice water

For filling
  • 3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
  • 1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled, halved (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze)


Make crust:
Combine flour, sugar and salt in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in shortening and butter until coarse meal forms. Blend in enough ice water 2 tablespoons at a time to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; cut in half. Flatten each half into disk. Wrap separately in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly at room temperature before rolling.)
Make filling:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured work surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter flass pie dish. Trim excess dough, leaving 3/4-inch overhang.
Roll out second dough disk on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut into fourteen 1/2-inch-wide strips. Spoon filling into crust. Arrange 7 dough strips atop filling, spacing evenly. Form lattice by placing remaining dough strips in opposite direction atop filling. Trim ends of dough strips even with overhang of bottom crust. Fold strip ends and overhang under, pressing to seal. Crimp edges decoratively.
Brush glaze over crust. transfer pie to baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cauliflower Fried Rice, #11

This has been all over the internet lately so I thought I would try it for a quick pre-made work lunch. You can buy the cauliflower mix already chopped up in the produce section. The recipe was on the bag- it was a "Cauliflower Fried Rice Mix" But basically fry up the veg then add the rice and egg to it, add seasoning. I would buy it again.





Saturday, September 9, 2017

FO: Ruffles


Been working my way through my ruffle yarn stash. I am not aware of anything else you can use ruffle yarn for so I am just turning skeins into scarves. =)