Saturday, March 17, 2018

Recipes Absolutely Worth Making

This past week my son had a friend visiting him from Denmark. They were going on a "painting excursion" out of San Diego. When Rob picked Henrik up from the airport, he was ill so they stayed in San Diego for a few days and then headed out. Henrik was still not feeling well so Rob said, "Let's go on to Havasu and stay with the folks. My mom will get you all better." They called on Monday and said, "Can we come?" I said, "Of Course!" and they were here a few hours later. Boy, did I have to scramble. I made Cheesy Corn Chowder and Bacon and Cheddar bread for dinner. My son says its guaranteed to make you feel better. I fed them. I put them all to bed and ran to the store for eggs!!!!

Want a delicious homemade wheat bread that even kids will love? I have made this bread a lot of times and every time I do I hear the same comments, "OMG, this is the best bread I've ever eaten."


1-1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 (.25 oz. packages of yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk, room temperature (important!)

Measure the water into a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer and stir in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and set aside for about 10 minutes (until foamy).
Add 1 cup of the all-purpose flour and 3 cups of whole wheat flour to the bowl, along with the brown sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and milk. Mix on low speed to blend ingredients. Continue to mix on medium speed, adding the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough clings to the sides of the bowl. You may not need to add all of the flour. Mix on medium speed for about 5 minutes. Oil the bowl and turn the dough to coat. Cover loosely and set aside to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough and place on a floured surface. Divide into two equal portions and use a rolling pin to roll each one into a rectangle that is about 16x8 inches. Be sure to press out all of the air bubbles. Roll the rectangles into loaves and pinch the seam together.
Place loaves seam side down into greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Set aside to rise until your finger leaves a dimple when you press into the loaf, 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat the over to 400 degrees F.
Bake the loaves for 15 minutes in the 400-degree oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until the loaves are a deep brown. Remove from pans to cool on a wire rack.
It's a soft and lovely bread. Really good with toasted cheese. Oh man, must be time for lunch!!!
(Crochet report TBA.)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Baby Sleep Sack, etc., etc. and so forth . . .

I've been gone for a long time and I apologize to you for my absence. No real excuse other than lazy and it's very painful to sit here in the office chair for very long. I could use my Kindle or phone to post but that's a real torture for me. I type so much faster than I henpeck on those stupid little keyboards. In any event, I do have a few things to report:

My niece, Sasha, just had a baby boy. It is her first. She and her husband are what I call "environmentalists" and work for the forest service, etc. I really admire them for their commitment. Their little boy, Oliver, was born not too long ago and so I worked up a little sleep back (and hat) for him. I forgot to take a final photo of it but you get the idea:

It really did turn out cute. I got the pattern off Ravelry. It's called Suzie's Ripple Sleep Sack and Cap

I also made a LOT of hats for the homeless this year. Our local Goodwill was collecting them. This is just a few. I think I made 30 at last count, plus at least 15 scarves. When I turned them in they were overjoyed and said they needed them here but even more so in Phoenix and Flagstaff. It's really sad to think of others being cold and hungry.

We drove to Kingman, Arizona on Saturday to view a different property. I don't think we will move but haven't really felt like this was "home" to us. I really miss my kids but Kingman doesn't put me any closer to them it just means a larger house for the money and I can't keep this one clean. Right? LOL. Anyway -- coming back from Kingman we stopped at Popeye's Chicken and sitting outside was a man who really looked down on his luck. As I came out he asked if I'd share my meal with him as he was really hungry. I gave him our entire lunch sack and went in and got another one. Then, as we were pulling off the freeway on the last leg home there was a man with a sign saying "Old Fart down on his luck." Out came The Hubster's wallet and handed him the little bit of money he had with him. Only a few dollars but hopefully it will help them. We've actually seen this guy there before and his wife (I assume) was on the other side holding up a sign as well. You never know what is really the story but it makes you feel good to help out a bit -- regardless of what they ultimately use the money for -- I know my intent was good.

I got a new gadget. Yes, I am the "queen of gadgets" or so The Hubster says. I bought an air-fryer (which I'm always inadvertently calling a "hair dryer"). The words "air-fryer" just do not roll off the tongue very easily. The beauty is that it cooks with hot air and no oil!!! (It's kinda like a hair dryer, right? Hot air blowing. Cooks your hair. :-)

The first thing I made with it was stir-fry. It was awesome! The second thing was fried dill picks served with chicken salad. We LOVE fried pickles so to make them without oil is so much easier and healthier. 

I'll really try to be better at blogging. Not necessarily for anyone else but for me. I've missed having a diary of my life and projects. I like to be able to look back and see what I've accomplished or done.

We are going to have visitors the end of the month. My son and his wife are coming down for a few days. It will be good for them to get away and good for us to have company.

Have a fantastic week -- stay healthy and crochet on!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pecan Pie ! ! !

Okay, so I used to make pies all the time but since the kids have all moved away I don't even remember the last time I baked a pie. SO, since we will have 20 people here for Thanksgiving I decided I'd better practice. The first one I made wouldn't set up. I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it nearly 20 minutes longer than it said and it still didn't set up. Into the trash (but I saved the pecans cuz they are DANG expensive). Just about decided not to make another one but was determined to overcome FAILURE. ;-)

I didn't make a homemade crust this time because if the filling doesn't work out then I have wasted my time so I used a Marie Callendar deep dish pie crust from the local market's frozen foods section. The crust I use that always works for me is:


4 c flour
1 3/4 c shortening
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 egg
1/2 c water
1. Mix first four ingredients.
2. In separate dish, beat remaining ingredients.
3. Combine the mixtures, stirring with a fork.
4. Chill 15 minutes before rolling out. Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to 3 days or it can be frozen until ready to use.
It comes out perfectly every time. This crust needs to be baked before you put the filling in; otherwise, it cooks up into the filling and you end up without a bottom crust. Bake it at 350 degrees with a sheet of tin foil over the top (so it won't brown too much) for 11-12 minutes. Take it out and set it aside.


1 c sugar
1 1/2 c corn syrup( i use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light)
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c pecans coarsely broken and whole ones
1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
1/4 c butter softened
1. In a sauce pan boil sugar and corn syrups together for 2-3 minutes, set aside to cool slightly...
2. In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly, and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly!
3. Make sure its smooth..
4. Stir in the room temp. butter( if you need nuke it not to the melted point just so its soft.) and the Vanilla stir it in as well.
5. Pour into the pie crust
6. Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until set!!

I think the success really was in the boiling the sugar and corn syrups together. This pie was easy and set up perfectly. Using regular sugar and half dark and half light corn syrup made it not so sweet. Much better Pecan Pie recipe in my opinion.

Things have been kind of slow in the crochet world. I've made a lot of dishcloths for friends and for myself and a couple of shawls for the local nursing home. Our crochet/knitting group is doing a special project for a program called Forgotten Seniors. Getting old is the pits all on its own without having to do it all alone.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Baby Girl Dress Finished

I've been working on shawls and scarves for our Forgotten Seniors project (our crochet/knit group). I've got a TON of yarn used up on it and hope that they will be used. I didn't take photos of them all but do have some I can post later. I'm getting ready to send this cute little thing to England. My cousin's son gifted her a new granddaughter (her first!) about a month ago and I wanted to do a little something for her so I decided on this little dress. There is no pattern. I just "winged" it so hope it will fit at some point. I do hope I get a return photo of her in it. Want to get it mailed off tomorrow.

I chose white and red because I'm thinking the baby will be able to wear this around Christmas. What do you think? I used some of my mom's vintage buttons. I'm really happy with it. I used Red Heart Luster Sheen yarn. It's been discontinued but I found some on Etsy. I love it for baby clothes and even for shawls. I'm so disappointed in yarn companies when they make a really nice yarn that is good for so many things, launders well and it easy to work with and then they go and discontinue it. I hate that! 

As per usual, I want to add a recipe we tried the other day. It's a pizza crust made with eggs and Parmesan cheese. Seriously!


Beat 4 eggs until well blended and add 6 oz. of shredded cheese (I like the Italian blend you can buy at the market but any kind will work). Stir that into the eggs until mixed really well. Pour onto a parchment sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Take it out of the oven and top with 3 tablespoons tomato sauce (I used catsup cuz I didn't want to open a can and only use 3 tbsp.), 1 tsp. dried oregano, another 4 oz. cheese and pepperoni (which I don't like but The Hubster does so I only put it on half). Put it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the pizza has turned a golden brown color and the cheese is melted. 

Serve with a salad. It makes two servings and they are nice sized. You can pour the batter so it's like two big circles or just one large crust. I think it's even better the next day. (Half is usually all I can eat when served with salad.) Low carb. Only 8 g.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blogger Hiccups and Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

For three weeks I have been unable to post via my Kindle. My PC decided to start having LOTS of problems so while waiting for the new PC I tried everything to publish but Blogger wouldn't let me. This morning when I was finally able to log in on my new PC, it took me to an OLD OLD blog. The first one I had started about 8 years ago or so. The reason I had stopped using that blog was because Blogger inadvertently "deleted" several and mine was one of them so I had to start a  new one. Isn't that the weirdest thing? Anyway I am back and trying to learn Windows 10. UGH!

Not much going on in the crochet front. I hurt my wrist about 5 weeks ago and have only recently been able to crochet at all. I made a few dishcloths for a friend because she asked but other than that very little progress has happened with any of WIPS.

I do have a recipe I want to share with you though. It's called Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie:


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls    

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey  


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

OMG! SO DANG GOOD! It's the perfect dessert and easy as PIE.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Baby Blanket Finished!!!!

Hooray!  Hurrah! The pink baby blanket for my friend's new grand baby is finished. It was a fun pattern called It All Started With A Square.  I didn't make it as large as the pattern called for. I'm a very loose crocheter so by the time I got about 2/3rds done it was large enough for a baby. My friend wanted pink and as you know, new moms "now-a-days" aren't keen on the pastels so I threw in a little of the variegated to give it a bit of pop.

I just added the little beanie cuz there was plenty of yarn left over.

I am having one of those weeks where I'm just dragging. I don't know what's up with me. I feel like I'm on auto-pilot.  Don't wanna do anything anywhere anytime. Maybe I'd better up my vitamins? LOL!

(The new floors are nearly finished. You can see them under the blanket. I'm very happy with how they are turning out but cannot wait to get them finished. Hopefully within the next couple of week. It taking three months to get them done might be part of my blah attitude.)