Friday, February 26, 2010

Tired of Being Cold!

Every time I put on my stocking cap, it somehow starts to fall off the back or it rides up and my ears freeze. So today I decided to make ear flaps for them. It doesn't really matter if they look great as I put my hood over the top of them anyway. I put slides on the ties so I don't have to worry about tying them too tight or them coming untied. I just push the slide where I find it comfortable and I am ready for my walk. We've had single digit and teen temperatures with a pretty fair wind most days. So I solved my problem. I wore one of them to mail a letter today and for the first time, my ears were warm. At first, I thought it was a silly idea. But after wearing one, it was a pretty smart idea. Well, once in a while....I get a good idea. Oh, and I took off the pink pom-pom. It wasn't quite my style.
Till next time........

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Granola Bars

I decided to make granola bars as I like something sweet sometimes in the evening but I am not big on candy. So decided granola was a healthy choice and would satisfy my sweet tooth. It has oatmeal, raisins, cranberries, honey, almonds, and a bit of butter and brown sugar. I figured that had to be good. The honey flavor is a bit heavy for my taste but I will use corn syrup the next time. For a first attempt at granola, it's pretty good and a lot cheaper than buying it ready made and all packaged up in those pretty foil packages. I am learning many new things this year and trying lots of new recipes.
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I'm Still Keeping Busy!

As you can see, I finished another afghan and have started a new one. Believe me the afghan feels pretty good on my legs as it gets longer and longer. There is a method to this crocheting madness. I like to do stripes and I like to do them in no particular order. I just do one color till I get tired of it, do a few rows of something else and then switch back when I tire of that one. I have never been much for doing things in a set pattern. Guess I am a bit like the Burger King, I like doing it my way. Or maybe that was Frank Sinatra. But in any case, each afghan is different in color, pattern and size and I definitely do them "my way". I just thought I would share them with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Staying Busy.......

When the cold winds blow and snow is falling, a person does have to stay busy inside. So this is one of my projects. I crochet once in a while for Project Linus and make afghans of different colors and patterns. But I am definitely looking for Spring to arrive. It seems like most states have had a lot of snow this winter. So I am sure you all can understand my need to keep busy inside. The red, white and blue one is one I just started as you can see. It is much too icy and snowy to walk and enjoy the out of doors. But according to the weather people, spring is just around the corner. Yeah, right! It's at least a couple months away yet.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day

If your Valentine isn't into Roses and Chocolates , she might be interested in a Massage at the Hotel Hershey Spa or one of your local Spas. It is a delightful way to spend the day. Once you have changed into one of their luxurious robes, you go to a quiet room to read, enjoy some juices, water, fruit and the garden view until your appointed time for the most wonderful massage. After almost going to sleep during this relaxing massage, you can then shower and go to the hot tub for as long as you like and then on to the swimming pool. After all of that, you can read and enjoy your special time at the pool. Isn't life wonderful? The garden and fountain is the view from the quiet room. The garden, as you would expect, is perfection. Now who wouldn't like that for Valentine's Day? Only healthy calories even though you can smell the chocolate. They say in the town of Hershey you can smell the chocolate. It's not a myth folks. Hershey, Pennsylvania does smell like chocolate on certain days. Whatever you decide to do today; have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vacation Journal

I received this lovely handmade and hand bound journal for my "get-a-way" this spring. It was such a thoughtful gift and I will be able to record each day's activities and perhaps my thoughts on the day itself. I love writing poetry and Haiku so maybe one or two days will find me sitting on the porch watching the sunset, sipping some Asti and putting my thoughts into the written word.To say I am thrilled with this journal is putting it mildly. I LOVE IT!
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Friday, February 5, 2010

New Orleans - A Dialect of Their Own

If you are going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, make part of your experience the delicious Beignets from Cafe Du Monde. The Cafe is New Orleans original coffee stand. A Beignet (Ben-Yay) is fried dough spinkled with lots of powdered surgar and totally "out of this world" good.
You will also need to know a few of the words and how they are pronounced, that are used in that area. You don't want to appear a "foreigner". More importantly, you want to get the item you order. So here are just a few of them.
Beignet - Ben Yay - fried dough with lots of XX sugar.
Creole - Kree Yol - mix of spices similar to Cajun
Etoufee - A Two Fay - Seasoned veggies smothered with a dark roux tomato sauce
Mie-nez - Mayonnaise
Jambalaya - Jam Ba Lie Uh - Rice dish with just about everything thrown in, poultry, seafood, sausage, etc.
Muffaletta - Moof a Lot A - super large round sandwich filled with salami type meats, mozzarella cheese, pickles and olive salad
The famous "Who Dat" - as near as I can figure, means Good Job. But there are many different meanings for it and it dates back to the 1920's to a musical. Last but not least, you do not say "New Orleans", you say "N'awlins" or perhaps not. You see, there are so many different dialects in that area, it's hard to know the proper way to say it there. Even the locals have different ways of saying it. Have a Happy Mardi Gras and hope this is of help to you.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Fabulous Sour Cream Sauce

If you are looking for a new sauce for your fresh fruit cup, this is the one for you. If you aren't a sour cream fan, just thin down some marshmallow creme with orange juice and call it done.
However, if you are like me and love sour cream, give this sauce a try. Beat 1/3 cup softened butter with 1 cup powdered sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, beating until creamy. Cover and chill until ready to serve. (up to 8 hours) Makes 1 3/4 cups. It just sort of perks up all the flavors of the fresh fruit. Your guests will be asking you what's that special taste and more than likely, they'll also want your recipe. I used half the butter amount shown in the above recipe and it works fine. As you know, some of us have to watch our butter intake. It contains 79 calories per Tablespoon.
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