Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sunday Supper - Grilled S'mores

 photo and recipe courtesy of

Grilled s'mores that you cook on the grill or in the oven.  Need I say more?

No, I don't think I do need to say more... but if you know me, you know I will. 

This recipe is basically s'mores nachos.  Nachos are for lunch and/or dinner.... and that means that now s'mores are for lunch and dinner.  My life is complete!

Friday, August 26, 2022

I swear!

I swear, the more I knit, the more my yarn stash pile grows.  For every yard of yarn I knit up, two more yards appear in my yarn crates.  Does that ever happen to you?  My goal used to be to use up all my yarn but at this rate, I will never, ever be able to reach my much smaller goal of just making a visible dent in the pile.

Maybe I should give up my goals, become a full-on hoarder and just go yarn shopping.

As usual, that photo has bad lighting and does not do justice to the yarn.  That middle hat and coordinating fingerless gloves just may be my all time favorite knitted item.  Okay, favorite set.

So, since the last post, I'm up to 18 slip stitch hats completed, 3 pairs of fingerless gloves have been knit and one way-too-stiff hair scrunchy has been crocheted.  The hair scrunchy was super simple to make but I definitely need either thinner yarn or a much larger crochet hook.

I love how different these two hats look despite being knit with the same two yarns.

Something super exciting has happened here in our household.  Sarah, my daughter, has become a crafter.  She's chosen crochet over knitting which I'm dealing with.  I keep reminding myself that at least this way, she won't be stealing my knitting needles.  Sarah already has a yarn storage box and a project bag!  She started off making pumpkin coasters, graduated to cup cozies and is now crocheting herself a granny square sweater.  I'm just so excited that we can mother/daughter craft together,... Although, it is going to make the Montpelier Fiber Festival a lot more expensive this fall.

This cozy looks Much better on my travel cup/bottle that it was designed for but said cup is in the dishwasher so a plain water bottle is modeling it.

Another exciting thing is this pegboard room divider.  I bought it to use at craft shows and the hinges fold in either direction so it can be bent in all kinds of ways.  I'm super excited about it and plan to buy all kinds of pegboard accessories to put on it.  Meanwhile, it's taking up space in my very, very messy closet.

Oh, and one more exciting event - Hayden became an auto mechanic.  I love her choice of attire.  What else would a well dressed female mechanic wear to work besides a pink tutu and cowboy boots?

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Sunday Supper - Loaded BBQ Ranch Chicken Bites

Okay, so maybe my Sunday Supper series needs to be retitled Food from Food Lion.  I just can't help myself.  Since discovering such quick, easy and delicious recipes on Food Lion's website, I can't help but pass them along to you.

Loaded Barbeque Ranch Chicken Bites, courtesy of Food

Today I bring you Loaded Barbeque Ranch Chicken Bites.  

The most difficult part of preparing this recipe is mixing the BBQ sauce and the Ranch dressing together.  It's literally that simple!  

I sure hope these bites are healthy and calorie free because I see quite a few of them in my future.  Yum!

Friday, August 19, 2022

Busy, busy, busy

 I've been a busy little beaver lately.

Remember the slip stitch hat pattern I mentioned designing a while back?  I'm totally obsessed with it.  TOTALLY!  And yes, I realize I sound like an '80's Brat Pack movie and I don't even care.

I was going to wait until I'd launched the hats into my Etsy shop but who am I kidding.  I can't stop knitting the hats long enough to photograph them for the shop, much less to 'launch' them.  After knitting five or six, I decided I needed to order more yarn.

I beaded socks while I waited for the new yarn delivery.  By the way, if you are ever beading socks and eating peanuts at the same time, be very, very careful.  You're likely to get confused and break a tooth.

Sadly, the new yarn went on quite an adventure in New Jersey.

According to the tracking updates, it arrived in New Jersey three different times.  When it finally arrived on my doorstep, it wasn't even in a Knit Picks box anymore.  The only label on the box was from the local postal distribution center not 20 minutes from my house.  And it was torn open on the bottom and the tape on the top of the box was only on one side so that the box wasn't sealed and yarn was poking out and stuck in the tape.   No worries though.  Knit Picks has excellent customer service and new, fresh, clean yarn was on it's way to me after just one quick phone call.

While I waited for the replacement yarn, I grew a tomato.  Yeah, don't laugh.  That one tiny "Big Boy" tomato cost about $45 and hours and hours of time and attention.  It's pretty obvious I need to stick to knitting and not farming.

The replacement yarn arrived and I started hat knitting again.

And again.  And again and again and again.  I have now made 16 of these hats and I'm not even the slightest bit bored with the pattern.  There are just so many possible color combinations!  

It's probably a good thing I've signed up to be a vendor at several Christmas bazaars craft shows.

And while I knit, I watched Hayden play in the pool.  She absolutely loves the water and while you wouldn't know it from this photo, she happily floats around all by herself.  She doesn't jump in from the side of the pool but she does like to take a step or two down the stairs and jump in from there.  Needless to say, the deck security has become like Fort Knox.  Not to wish her life away, but I sure will be glad when she's three feet taller and can stand with her head out of the water.

Until next time, happy knitting!

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sunday Supper - Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

Yep, another Food Lion recipe because once again, every third customer started buying pineapples and I got curious.  I went to Food Lion's website and sure enough, they had a new recipe that called for fresh pineapple.

bacon wrapped pineapple, courtesy of

Bacon wrapped pineapple

Bacon and fresh pineapple in one bite.  Is there any need to say more?  I think not.

After discovering the recipe, I started asking the customers who were buying both pineapple and bacon if they were going to follow this recipe and I was quite surprised how many people didn't know about it.  They sure know now!

And let me just wind this up with a tip for the next time you are shopping.  Please thank your cashier for bagging your fresh pineapple.  Those suckers are prickly and don't like to be placed in plastic bags.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

A Peach Milkshake and the Return of Sunday Suppers

I've been wanting to get back to posting Sunday Supper recipes for a while but hadn't been able to find the motivation to actually post.

That is, until I found this recipe for Souther Georgia Peach Milkshakes.  Oh! My! Goodness!

As many of you know I work for Food Lion, a local grocery store chain. It's a fairly large chain and if you if you shop there, you probably know it as The Food Kitty.  Or simply, The Kitty.  Anyway, they have a website with recipes.  A website I hadn't ever bothered to look at to be perfectly honest.

A few weeks ago that changed.  I noticed every third customer was buying butter pecan ice cream.  And butter pecan ice cream was not on sale.  What was the deal?  Why are so many people suddenly buying this particular flavor?

Southern George Peach Milkshakes from

Come to find out, it's an ingredient in the peach milkshake recipe,  So I bought some too.  

I really hope your local grocery store has butter pecan ice cream and fresh peaches in stock.  And I really, really hope you'll give this recipe a try.  Yum!