My Kitchen, Quilting & My Hook And I

My Kitchen, Quilting & My Hook And I

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


   I know, I know, I haven't been for awhile. Why? Too many other things have taken my mind off of it.  I have been minding other blogs. Other PEOPLES blog. I have found so many patterns, recipes etc. that they share. I love it.

   We had our 35th anniversary on June 10th!  I fixed a steak dinner for the two of us. We enjoyed it. :-)      

   Right now I'm working on my blanket ( crochet ) which I have been working on each night for about 1 year now. I just crochet a row or 2 each  evening as we watch T.V.  The yarn is called GLACIER BLUE and is 100 % Bamboo.  I love it!  It's PURE JOY to work on. It reminds me of the beautiful glaciers we saw on our cruise in Alaska 2 years ago.

   On the radio they say we are in for some Severe weather tonight.  I hope not. Thunderstorms are fine. But I don't like the severe stuff.

   I better get going. I have some errands to run before I start sewing. :-)

~ Susan

Sunday, April 28, 2013

We went to our nephews First Communion today!

The picture us Paul and Myself and Jacob in front.

The mass was held at St. Martins.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Funerals & Family :-)


The picture is of our son and Aunt Marcella a few years ago!

    We went to our Aunt Sister Marcella’s funeral today.  She was buried at Oldenburg, Ind. Lovely!  We had a beautiful for for this.


     So many people came. we saw so many cousins. We now have a family reunion planned.

Aunt Marcella will be missed!!!

~ Susan

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Good Evening !

      It's been at least a month since I was last posting on my blog. So I better try and get started again.

   Today I was out with my parents and sister eating at Hofbrauhaus meeting a cousin of ours. It was good to see him!

My beer cheese and pretzels. They had just taken those pretzels out of the oven.  Sorry the picture is upside down. :-(

   ~ Susan

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Chocolate Eclair Cake

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 by Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

This measly corner piece was all that was left after us, the Clarks, and the missionaries (who made a surprise stop) devoured it. This was a Father’s Day request from John who loves eclairs. My sister-in-law Kristy made this for us when she came out to visit. It is very light which makes it easy to eat a TON of it! You can make it simple with Cool Whip and Hershey’s syrup (it’s still great this way) or go the extra step and make homemade whipped cream and chocolate sauce to make it unbelievable!

Chocolate Eclair Cake
by Debbie Mortensen

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 large box (5.1 ounces) vanilla instant pudding
3 cups milk
1 8 oz. container cool whip (just enough for a thin layer. I don’t use the whole container) or one batch of homemade whipped cream
chocolate syrup or homemade chocolate sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Lightly grease a 9″X13″ glass baking pan.

Eclair Crust: In a medium saucepan, melt butter in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in flour. Mix in one egg at a time, mixing completely before adding another egg. Spread mixture into pan, covering the bottom and sides evenly. *If the sides of your pan are too greased you won’t be able to get the mixture to stay up the sides so make sure to just lightly grease.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (Mine only took 25 minutes.) You may want to check it occasionally-you don’t want to overcook the crust, it will ruin the cake! Remove from oven and let cool (don’t touch or push bubbles down).

Filling: Whip cream cheese in a medium bowl. In separate bowl make vanilla pudding. Make sure pudding is thick before mixing in with cream cheese. Slowly add pudding to cream cheese, mixing until there are no lumps. Let cool in fridge.When the crust is completely cooled, pour filling in. Top with layer of cool whip however thick you want it and serve with chocolate syrup. *If you want to make this even better use homemade whipped cream.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Not FedEx… Beware…

I wanted to let you know about an e-mail I got, SUPPOSEDLY from FedEx saying they had a package for me. It said they were not able to deliver it to me. So they gave a me link that would tell me where to pick it up. I went there after looking at the link seeing that it was safe. I didn’t read close enough. As soon as I clicked on it, Norton said they blocked the Trojan Horse.

    So be care of anything that says FedEx. Some is using the FedEx Emblem on E-Mail and infecting computers.

~ Susan

Who Was Patrick .. :-)

March 17 is widely accepted as the date of St. Patrick’s death in A.D. 461.
Was there really a St. Patrick? Definitely. Did he really drive the snakes out of Ireland? Probably not.
At age 16 (around A.D. 400), Patrick was kidnapped from his home on the west coast of England and carried off to Ireland. After 6 years, he escaped; upon returning home, he received his call (in a dream) to preach the Gospel. Although some Christians lived in Ireland at the time, it was Patrick who spread Christianity throughout the land and brought an organized church into existence.
We wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day because Patrick used its three leaves to explain the Trinity. But, as far as we know, he never drank green beer!

~ Susan

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Pattern

I got this free tutorial and pattern in my e-mail today. I thought I would share it with you.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Started Another Tote

   These totes are so fun & fast to make.  I'm using the Bengal's material I have left from maing my son a quilt. No pictures yet to share.

   But I do have a picture that "I" think is cute. Sissy, our Maltese is a little 7 pound ball of love. I took this picture tonight. She took up the whole couch in the family room by sleeping right in the middle of it.

~ Susan

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Thread On My Mind…

   Today I have had thread on mind. So many !!!  A friend referred me to … It’s great. A wonderful selection. It turns out that what you despise in fabric is wonderful in thread. Polyester.  Everything you ever wanted to know about thread is on their site.

   I have been working on more totes. The first one I made I gave to my Mom. She liked the material.  I’ll be making another one. I have enough of that material to make another one. Winking smile


   I wish I could find more material that has that metallic thread running through it. It looks good!

   That’s all for now.

~ Susan

485229_10200250510617085_1887444575_n I saw this and had to nab it. Did you ever say something and stop yourself and think, “ I sound like My Mother.” Winking smile

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Good Afternoon!

  Last night I started quilting a book bag. A Tote. And today I finished it! After you see the material I used, you’ll know why I call it my Literary Bay. Smile

   I followed Jenny Doan’s video on how to make a tote bag.

~ Susanbookbag13      booktotematerial13

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

O.K., O.K.... I Know...

Yes, I know I have been absent from my blog lately.  I need to pick it up a bit.  I'm a bit down.  I always seem to get this way in the winter.  But I'll be up again later.

   Right now I'm trying to figure out what I want to make next.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mandy's Favorite 5-Petal Flower Pattern

This is from

Mandy's Favorite 5-Petal Flower Pattern
Any size hook (depending on what size flower you want)
Any weight yarn
Rnd 1: Ch 5, join into a ring w/sl st in 1st ch.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 9dc in ring, join to top of ch w/sl st -- 10 sts.
Rnd 3: **Ch 2, work 3dc in next st, ch 2, sl st in next st** five times. Fasten off.
For a different color center, try changing yarn colors after round 2. Experiment with different weight yarns and hook sizes. To layer a slightly smaller flower on top, go down one hook size from larger flower.

~ Susan

Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Bowl Goodies?

What is everyone fixing for The Super Bowl ?

~ Susan

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pork Chops & Potatoes Casserole

Tonight’s dinner. So easy to fix And good!

Layer sliced potatoes in bottom on glass pan.  I used red Potatoes.

Then put Pork Chops on top of potatoes.

Mix 1 can of Cream Of Mushroom Soup with Sour Cream & put on top of Pork Chops.  Salt & Pepper to taste.

Bake in 350 Oven for 1 Hr. & 25 Min.

~ Susanporkchops13

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Let’s Talk About Buns ;-)

    I wanted to have Barbecue tonight. So while at Kroger, I went down the bread isle to get buns. And to my surprise, I found a pack of 4 buns!  Someone used their head and packed 4 buns a bag. I guess they heard that 2 people don’t need 8. ( which is how many you get in most bags)

Here is my find for the day!


~ Susan

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe

I just had share this!!!

Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe

~ Susan

Friday, January 18, 2013

It’s Finished !


        I just finished Michael’s quilt!  I hope he likes it!

~ Susan Michaelsquilt2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Michael's Quilt...

I now have the binding pinned.  ( The edges are pinned.)  I have a small Singer.  So how would put stitches in it to hold all of the material tight instead of hand tying it ??? I hope someone knows.
Thank You!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

To Pattas

Here is the picture of the TOP of the quilt I'm making for our son.  As I wait for the backing material to come, I keep adding more rows. LOL He's going to end up with a quilt too big for his bed . ;-)

~ Susanbengalquilt13

Saturday, January 12, 2013

No Matter Which Craft…

     No matter which craft you favor, what is the first thing your going to make this year ? Or have you already started on something?

      As for me, I have started a quilt for our son.

~ Susan

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Sun Was Out...

... The Sun Was Out today....  But I stayed in the house most of the day. When I see the sun shining, I think " Oh it's nice & warm out "... you step out side and freeze!

    I did some extra cleaning of the rooms upstairs. It's garbage night, so I thought we may as well get rid of some junk laying around. But some of that junk will be going to GoodWill also. It's not all junk per se. Some of it's still good.  Next I have yarn to go through that I don't think I'll be using. I like to take my yarn to the Sr. Center.

   I finished another Playaway. * Book On Audio* ... Absolute Power... Very Good!

Good Night for now !!!

~ Susan

Saturday, January 5, 2013


   ...I just finished listening to a book I got from the library. It was on one of those little Playaway's. Very Nice. I got my work done while I listened to the book.

   The title of this book is " Legacy" by Daniele Steel. A very good story!  I highly recommend it!

~ Susan

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bengal Quilt

Good Afternoon!

     I have started making a “ Bengal Quilt” for our son!  This is how far I am as of now.  I think I’ll add 3 more rows ending in Bengal Print and Black square.

~ SusanMichaelBengalBlanket2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Not About Crafts Of Any Kind

Good Afternoon!


   Todays topic is about Pre Paying for gas.  Today I had to buy gas… When  I asked the girl at the gas station to turn on the GAS TANK, she informed me that they ONLY ACCEPT PRE PAYMENTS in form of a credit card. Or else pay cash.

   This was at Speedway. So I paid 40.00 on a card. They said if I don’t use the entire 40.00, it will go back onto my card. So, when I get home, I checked with our bank. It shows that they took ou

r 40.00 and did not credit the rest back to us…. Has this happened to you?

~ Susan

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