Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Desserts, etcetera, etcetera and So Forth

Things around here have been crazy. We are in the remodel mode again and The Hubster is painting walls, removing baseboards, measuring, measuring and measuring some more. We are in a mess! We were supposed to go to a wedding in Vegas last Saturday and then Sunday morning go on to Idaho for my grandson's and step-granddaughter's high school graduations. Since my last back surgery things have not gone well. I think something must have been "done wrong" cuz I've been in so much more pain every since he worked on me. We decided there was no way I could travel 10 hours to Idaho, sleep in a motel bed (which I wouldn't be able to sleep in) and then stay 10 days with my son up there in this kind of pain. SO the trip was off. We went to Vegas for my nephew's wedding (which was absolutely adorable and I got to see my sister) and by the time we got back (six hours on the road), The Hubster had to help me get out of the car. I'm a mess! It's so discouraging. I don't mean to vent here on my blog but writing it down seems to help with the frustration. I'm crushed I don't get to see my grandson and granddaughter graduate. It just breaks my heart. Literally.

My sister. She's doing well. She had on a beautiful wig that looks just like her own hair and while you could tell she was wearing a LOT of makeup to cover her pale skin, she looked better than I had hoped. That damn chemo sucks! We had a good laugh and a good cry together. Just exactly what we both needed.

So as to not make this posting REALLY really long, I'm not going to post about crochet. I'm going to share the MOST delicious recipe with you. I made this last night to take to a friend's house (she had just had surgery) and it's delicious!!!!!

STRAWBERRY FREEZE

3/4 c. white sugar
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 (10 oz.) package frozen strawberries (thawed)
2 bananas (sliced or diced)
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping (thawed)

In a medium bowl cream together the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add the whipped topping and blend well. Add all fruit and stir well to incorporate.

Place it in a 9x13" pan (or I used two loaf pans) and freeze at least 8 hours. Take it out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you want to serve it. Scoop if you put it in the long pan and slice if you put it in the loaf pan. It's very rich so I prefer to slice it. It's yummy with a small slice on a piece of angel food cake. If you freeze it in the loaf pans you can take it out after frozen and pop it out of the pans and then just wrap in plastic wrap and put it back in the freezer. Easy peasy. Oh, and I used Greek cream cheese. I think it added a whole 'nother dimension to it. Not tart at all -- just added flavor.

Enjoy!





Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's been far too long . . .

so long, in fact, that I thought about just forgetting it. Too embarrassing to come back and admit how lazy I am. Yes, life has gotten in the way of blogging -- yet again -- and believe me, I should have been blogging instead of hounding The Hubster to get with the remodeling. On the other hand, I'm sick of remodeling. I think I'm going to take an extended vacation and just plain go away until it's all over. Hmmmm, not such a bad idea.

In the meantime I've done a bit of crocheting. I made a few hats for my sister who is battling breast cancer. This is only one that I sent her. It looks really cute on.


The same sister asked me to make a blanket for her son and his fiance. "Something with a dog." What?! A dog?! Anyway, this is what I came up with. It's much larger than this now it's finished but nothing really changed. I just kept going around and around and around and around until I thought I was going to go nuts. At that point it was "Done already!" I couldn't stand to go on any further. It's about full-size bed size so that's plenty big I think. Especially to throw over you while watching television or something. It's baby blue, navy blue and yellow. Colors don't show up that well in this photo for some reason.


I've also made a couple of shawls but I can't get them to load for some reason. I'll have to retake the photos and see if I can get them to work. Bummer!

Other than that, not much going on here. We have already reached into the 100s. I can't believe it's getting that warm so fast. We are headed to Nevada for a wedding the end of May and then on to Idaho for two high school graduations. I'm so proud of them and excited to be there.

Have a great weekend and don't get sunburned!!!!!