My Kitchen, Quilting & My Hook And I

My Kitchen, Quilting & My Hook And I

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Have Plans For New Years?

... We'll probably be watching the games. And as for New Years Eve... you can see what I'm doing. Typing on my blog.....;-)

I have been working a LAPGHAN. It was suppose to be an afghan. But not enough yarn. When I went back to order more, I found that they no longer have it. One of these days I'll learn to order enough of it...:-) After that is done, I have several things I want to make. I have the pattern for a SNUGGIE. I also need to make Slippers for myself. ( I gave mine away before wearing them. )

In case you missed the game last night, The Bearcats beat UCONN. I just don't remember the score.

I love this Bearcat emblem... Sharp...:-)

~ Susan

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Crocheting Cousin

We had relatives come for the Christmas Season...:-) They came from Huntington Beach, Ca.

When they got here, Britanny just had a little square crocheted... Now look at the blanket she has been working on.

And right now it's even bigger. They have already left for home on the beach... I'll have to e-mail her for a picture of it when she's finished.

Just wanted to share it with you!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Did You Survive Your Christmas Parties?

...We all did... And yes, Santa brought us what we wanted!!! take a look at some of the food we had.


...Then I made my Grandmas Fudge... but I added Cranberries to it.

...Here is the table at Mom's house with Cookies & Appetizers on it. I made Buckeyes, The Yuletide Cookies, The Hot Ham & Cheese Spread , Italian Christmas Cookies & Fudge....sorry, half the food is gone by the time I took a picture. There are only 2 shrimp left on the plate. :-(

I think we all had a great time! After we ate, we went out side.

Here's Michael on our horse Star. I just wish we had snow. We had relatives here from California! And the kids wanted to see & play in the snow.

...And the Christmas Presents I wanted... I wanted this Colander that expands over your sink. Love It!!!

And here it is with the knife I wanted...

If you look at the dates on the pictures of my colnadar & knife, you'll see I got them early. Santa is smart and let me have them early for food preparation. :-)

I hope every one had a great Christmas!!!

~ Susan

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cooking, Wrapping, & Crocheting Slippers

.....I thought I would get a post in before I had to launch the day with more cooking.

.....Then it's onto wrapping presents. The only part of Christmas I don't care for. But it won't take too long... ( I hope)

..... And in between I'm crocheting slippers for our California relatives that are visiting.

..... Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!!

~ Susan & Paul

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cats & Dogs & Last Minute Crochet

Good Morning!!!

I have been doing some last minute crocheting. All of the sudden I have to make BRIGHT YELLOW slippers for my little brother, finish a scarf for ME. And sew up the gloves I have been making. Just odds and ends The next thing I want to start on is a Market Bag. I don't know when it would get done though. Too many other things to FINISH.

.....Here are the slippers I made for myself,. Now I need to make a pair in the YELLOW. The yarn is Simply Soft by Caron.

.....And here is my half done scarf... I need more of the yarn to finish it. It's Simply Soft by Caron also.

.....It's SNOWING here!!! ( Hamilton County, Ohio ) It's so pretty! I'll have to take some pictures.

.....And speaking of pictures , I have the cutest picture to post for you. But I have to upload it first. You'll see it!!! ( A little later ) Now here is that CUTE PICTURE I promised you... It's my Dad in their back yard holding Sissy. And Sissy is actually touching her nose to a CAT that lives in their barn.

.....Not sure what I'll be fixing for dinner yet. I have been preparing food from a new cookbook I bought. ( It's one of those Community Cookbooks that have great tried & true recipes in it. ) Last night I made something called ROMAN DELIGHT. Paul & I both liked it. I'll have to post it later today...:-)
A little later: And here is that recipe: I would post a picture of it, but it's all gone. Sorry.
Roman Delight
1 1/2 lb. Ground Beef ( I used 1 lb.)
1 Med. Onion, diced
1 Can Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 Can Tomato Soup
1 soup can of milk
8 oz. Pepperoni, chopped
1/2 tsp Oregano
4 C. Cooked Noodles ( I use Inn Maid)
8 oz. Mozzarrella, shredded
Brown Ground Beef & Onion. Drain & set aside
Mix Soups , milk & Pepperoni in a saucepan..add organo to it. Boil about 20 Min.
Add noodles to soup mixture, then add ground beef and Pour into a casserole. TOP with CHEESE.
Bake at 350 for 30 Minutes
My Note: I'm making this without the pepperoni the next time. It's good with it, but Paul has a delicate system...:-)

~ Susan

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Today Is Sissy's Birthday!

... Today is Sissy's 10th birthday!!!

Sissy and I in the kitchen...:-)

~ Susan

Some News From Facebook

......I wanted everyone to know that there is a new link on Facebook for Crocheter's. It's called CROCHET CORNER started by a friend of mine, Sonia Malloni.

And also... This is so cute, I had to share it... Sissy, my Maltese was in my lap when I played this. Her little head popped up and listened..:-)

~ Susan

Friday, December 11, 2009

Had To Write...

...I know I've been absent from my computer for a while. We have been busy. And it's also my birthday!!! But we won't mention a number...;-)

I have been crocheting slippers of all things. Seems like a lot of people have cold footsies. Hopefully these will help. I'm using double strand.

... Sissy getting her morning Tummy Rub..:-)

~ Susan

Monday, December 7, 2009

Birthday Party At Tumbleweed ..:-)

...Tonight we had a Birthday Party at Tumbleweed Restaurant. For Paul & I, and for my sister Stacy and for a good friend of ours, Lisa Renee.

Here is Paul and I.

I think I have a picture of our cake.

Good Friends and Good Food..:-) A good time was had by all. :-)

~ Susan

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sissy's Top Step Perch..:-)

... I found Sissy on the top step upstairs. Luckily I could grab my camera to get the picture before she moved.

She is a bit on the shaggy side right now. She needs to be groomed.

... Yesterday I made a homemade Chicken Pot Pie. I made a Cream Cheese Crust for it. I don't think I like that crust. It was a little too heavy. I think we prefer the lighter crust.

Individual Chicken Pot Pies or Pie
Shell crust:

1-2/3 c. flour

1- 8 oz. cream cheese,cold

1/3 c. butter, cold

1/4 t. salt

Filling:1 whole chicken, pulled from bone and chunked

1/3 cup -

real butter

1/3 cup - flour

2 t. minced garlic

1/2 t. salt & dash of pepper

1-1/2 cup - warm water

2/3 cup- milk

3 chicken bouillon cubes

1 cup- frozen mixed veggies

3 - individual sized tin pie bowlsFor crust combine the flour, cream cheese, and butter in a bowl. Cut in the cold cream cheese and butter until you have a crumbly mixture. Then starting working it with your hands, kneading until you have a ball of dough: On a floured surface, roll out the dough in to a flat square. Take one of your tin bowls and trace and cut an overlapped piece of dough. Place it into the bowl and softly press it into the corners:

You will get 3 servings out of this recipe. roll out 6 squares for 3 bottom crust & 3 top crusts. Or you will get 1 large pot pie like mine.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour, garlic, & spices till blended.

Slowly stir in warm water, bouillon cubes, & milk. Slowly bring to soft boil & stir constantly for 2 MIN. or til thickened.

Remove from heat & add the frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, celery, & the chicken.

Fill the shells: Put the tops of the crusts over this & seal the edges.
You can use a fork to make a fluted edge. Make a criss cross slit in the center: Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. OR If making 1 large pot pie bake about 30-40 MIN. Watch it carefully so it doesn't get to brown on top.

I got the recipe on the blog called " Mommy's Kitchen."

~ Susan