Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Zucchini and Carrot Coleslaw


2 cups shredded zucchini 
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup low-fat creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip Light)
1 teaspoon white sugar
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place zucchini in a colander and let drain thoroughly, about 30 minutes. Toss with carrot in a large salad bowl; stir in creamy salad dressing and sugar. Chill the coleslaw for 1 hour to blend flavors, stir again, and season with salt and black pepper.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Philly Cheese Steak

4 Dinner Rolls
8 oz. thin sliced roast beef
½ cup sautéed onions, green peppers, mushrooms
4 slices of American cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Split dinner rolls and place cut side up on ungreased baking sheet. Divide roast beef and vegetables evenly onto dinner rolls, and top with cheese. Place sandwiches into preheated oven and heat 5-7 minutes, until cheese melts.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Clutter Busting Challenge March 2018

I didn't really purge anything this month. I did collect the things that needed to be taken to someone or dropped off for donation. I visited my oldest daughter and dropped things off. I collected a few things that my younger daughter needed donated and I did it for her. My youngest son purged his bedroom and I dropped of 3 garbage bags for donation. I dropped off 2 sets of his old glasses and 1 set of lenses to the Lion's Club drop box at the eye doctors office. I dropped off a few computer things to my oldest son from my younger son. All things that needed removed from my home but belonged to my young adult children. I was happy to lighten the load. We are painting the living and family rooms along with refinishing the floors, so everything is being shifted around. Every room in the house is affected including the basement. Although we're rational minimalist we still have to have places to put 2 rooms and 2 closets worth of stuff. Thankfully, the house doesn't look to bad considering. We're using the exercise room as the living room for now.

I'm not counting any of the items because they didn't belong to me, although they did leave my home. I had previously counted the things going to my oldest daughters cause they did belong to me. I was suppose to drop them off in the fall and didn't get around to it.

My youngest sons donations. I forgot to take pictures of the other things. The back seat of my car and trunk were full.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Handmade Teddy Bear Books

I made Teddy Bear themed books for my grandchildren. I used an old Teddy Bear calendar from 15 yrs. ago. along with printed pages, scrap scrapbook paper, card stock, contact paper, yarn, tape, and stickers. I laid out manila file folders, taped them together, and accordion folded them.

This is the book folded up before adding anything.

This is the book laid out ready to work on. I used 3 file folders for each of their books.

I laid everything out on the table to get an idea of what I wanted for a layout. My granddaughter's book on one side and grandson's book on the other. I wanted each book to be similar in layout.

My granddaughter Arileise's finished 1st side, along with my grandson Richard's items collected on the opposite side of the table.

My granddaughter Arileise's finished 1st side, set up to show the accordion folding.

My grandson Richard's finished 1st side, set up to show the accordion folding.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

2 1/2 cups biscuit mix

1 cup milk
1/2 cup diced ham
1/2 cup shredded cheese

In a bowl, mix together the biscuit mix and milk. Fold in the ham and cheese. Drop large spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 2018 Reading List

I didn't start a new book this month, I finished up the one from February called Carolina by Yvonne Lehman. There are 4 whole books in the one book. I read 2 of the stories last month and the other 2 this month. I guess I haven't been in the mood to read as much lately. I've been crafting a lot the last 2 month though. I went ahead and created this post since I wanted to share my St. Patrick's' day tablescape.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Coloring Cards: Colorful Blessings

I bought these boxes of inspirational cards last July when my husband and I were on our Silver Anniversary trip in Pennsylvania. They were $3.99 for each box at Walmart. The box that I'm working on coloring is called, Colorful Blessings. I have Creative Expressions, Psalms in Color, and Proverbs in Color too. I've colored 21 cards so far and got 23 to go. I've been coloring them when the mood strikes. I've left 5 so far in public places for people to find. I left 2 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at restaurants. I've left 3 in Bellefontaine, Ohio 2 at the Mary Rutan Health Center and 1 at the Mary Rutan Hospital. I forgot to take pictures of all my finished cards before I released them.

 Colorful messages to bless a heart, soothe the soul and calm the mind.

Color these delightfully detailed cards and use them as bookmarks, reminders cards or note cards to share God's love, peace and joy.

They come packed in a sturdy, portable lidded box.

44 Biblically Inspired Coloring Cards
Box Size: 4 1/4" (w) x 3 1/4" (h) x 1 3/8" (d)
Card size: 4 1/4" (w) x 3 1/4" (h)
One-Side Printed Extra-Heavy Card Stock
Not Size Suitable as Postcard Mailing

I've been signing them after I finish coloring them.

These are the markers that I bought at Walmart for $4.50 to color the cards. They work really well except the brown is a bit too dark and covers the print line a bit too much to me on the patterned sections of the card.

18 double-ended markers
Smooth coverage
Each marker has super tip and fine line tip

These are the cards that I have finished and still have.

This is me in July 2017, releasing a card at Around the Clock Diner, in PA.

I have one card displayed on my bird cage memo board in my little office.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Living Room Renovation: Part 3

The progress on the living room renovation so far. We've got the walls puttied and have started to sand. We've sanded the floors but they need one pass with a finer grit of sandpaper. We did end up having to replace the belt sander and hand sander. The ones we had were very old and stopped working soon after starting.

It's gone a bit slower than we wanted. We had planned for both the living room and family room to be finished by Easter. It looks like the living room will be done but the family room will have to wait until after Easter.

Our Living Room.

The current state of our Family Room. This stuff will be moved out soon.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

KonMari: Cleaning, Utilities, and Supplies

I straightened up the clean supplies on the shelves leading into the basement. I took paper grocery bags to our wood pile in the barn. I took an electronic cleaner and paper towels to the cabinet in the shed.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Maine Corn Chowder

5 slices bacon, chopped
2 teaspoons bacon fat or olive oil
1 small onion (1/2 cup) diced
2 stalks celery (1/2 cup) diced
2 cups diced raw potatoes
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup water
2- 15oz. cans cream style corn
3 cups 2% milk

In a large saucepan, melt the bacon grease over low heat. Add the onion and celery and cook slowly until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add water, diced raw potato, salt and pepper. Cover and bring just to a boil and then lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Add the creamed corn and milk and bacon bits if using. Taste and adjust seasoning. Allow chowder to sit for an hour to develop flavor. Gently reheat when ready to serve.

Per serving (1 cup): 201 calories

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mini Coloring Canvas

I bought this set of mini coloring canvas magnets at Big lots for $3.00. The image is printed on a stretched mini artist canvas with a heavy magnet on the back. I used paints that I already had to paint them over a couple days. I did a bit of paint mixing for a few of the colors on the floral design since I was limited on paints. I used colors that would look good in my little office and put them on the file drawer once completed.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 2018 Reading List

Carolina by Yvonne Lehman
Mountain Man
Smoky Mountain Sunrise
Call of the Mountain
Whiter than Snow

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Easy and Healthy Lentil Soup


¼ cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1½ cups chopped carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups dry lentils
8 cups chicken broth
1 cup spinach, rinsed and thinly sliced
½ tsp. salt
1/8  tsp. ground black pepper

In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté until onion is tender (about 3-4 minutes). Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano, and basil; cook for 1 more minute. Add lentils, broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. When ready to serve stir in spinach, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mini Notebook Crafting

I decorated a mini notebook to carry in my purse. I have a couple of these style mini notebooks. This one is a Five Star brand but I have bought other brands of this style notebooks at the Dollar General. I'll use this notebook in my purse to write down any notes that I need while I'm out of the house.

I used a elastic head band to keep it closed and added a pen.

I decorated the little folders with Mary Engelbreit pages that I cut out from an old page a day calendar and washi tape.

My list of appointment and errands for the day. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine Treats

This is what I made to give to my grandkids for Valentines day. My husband bought 2 of the larger Pringles chips cans and I saved them for this project. I washed the cans with a damp soapy rag after the chips were eaten. I decoupaged old wallpaper border onto the cans and folded the bit of extra on the bottoms.  I used treats from the pantry and treat baggies that I already. This was a no cost project and my grandkids will love them.


The treats before they went into the cans.


 All packed and ready to go. I added the treats with the strawberry applesauce on the top and put the lids back on the cans.The foil makes the can look like it hadn't been opened.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Living Room Renovation: Part 2

I worked on the living room all afternoon yesterday. Shawn and I worked on it all evening until midnight. We found some surprises under the wallpaper. As the previous residents in the 1940's-1961 hung the wallpaper they wrote their names and dates on the walls. Amazing and very interesting. It's most likely that the wallpaper we're removing is from the 1961 papering. LOL Its almost makes us sad to paint over the names but they take up a good portions of walls. Shawn loves this type of thing. 

My husband repairing the old vent for chimney for a wood burning stove.

The old wallpaper getting strapped off the walls. 

We fixed a few spots were the plaster was pulled away from the back slats.