Thats’s Not Trash!~Thats Crafts! #MFRWauthor #hobbies #crafts

Welcome to week 6 of the 52-week MFRW blog challenge.  Each week we have a topic.

This week’s prompt is…My hobby is … When I’m not writing.

I nearly shouted in joy when I saw this topic! Hobbies? Boy, do I have hobbies!* Looks int the nearly bursting craft room.*

I  am not a hoarder.. nope I’m  sticking to it… I am a recycler and crafter. I see beauty in all things trash… well not all things but most. I use to throw it all in trash bags in a closet in my hall until I had the perfect project or time to make something with it.  Of course, then I could never find what I was looking for.

When we remodeled, a craft room was on my wish list. My husband took the old back porch we never used, enlarged it and made me a combo craft/ exercise room.  He also made me the perfect work table as well.  The table is big enough for my sewing machine, serger and cameo to sit out all the time and still have room to work. It is also big enough to cut out fabric on.

I use the kitty litter in the big yellow buckets leaving me buckets I can’t seem to toss as well.  When I had to unpack that closet, we tore out for the remodel I came up with a way to reduce my hoarding and organize as well. It also uses up those buckets. ( I knew they would come in handy and save me money on tubs!) I marked each one with the items I collect such as plastic creamer bottles, Jars, you get the Idea. When each bucket is stuffed full, I can’t keep more of that item until I use some out of the bucket. The buckets stack neatly behind my exercise equipment.

I also have my craft supplies. I have those plastic drawers I keep those in.

Sewing and Crochet are my favorite hobbies. I collect dolls of all sorts and like to sew for them,  I am starting a craft page and website to sell my goodies on in the next couple of months.

I can’t throw away old clothes since I see projects. I have tubs of jeans, t-shirts, assorted sweaters. Same rules apply. These tubs get full I have to let go the others. I have plenty things planned. I have a set of placements cut out already.

I have tons of fabric as well and yarn.  I finally got that all sorted and organized as well.

So as you see I have lots of hobbies besides writing.  Do you have any hobbies?

Don’t forget this is a blog hop. Anyone can join at any point in the MFRW 52 week challenge…  Click here.

Let’s go check out the other authors and see what their hobbies are!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This-n-That Thursday~#throwbackthursday~~#springcleaning

Hi, Y’all. Spring is finally in full bloom. We are still having a touch of cool weather and some rain here. Schools are getting out, and it’s time to start spring cleaning if you haven’t already.  What is Spring cleaning? It is when we are tired of being cooped up in the house. Tired of the clutter and time to put away the warmer stuff like blankets and heaters and pull out our summer clothes, mend what needs mending, have yard sales to get rid of some old our old stuff and get new if needed.

I remember when I  was younger and mom would gear up for spring cleaning. She would gather cleaning supplies like Murphy’s oil soap and pine sol. She would tackle one room at a time taking everything out; she started with the floor. We had the old hardwood ones you had to polish. She would do the stripping and rewax the floors, wash walls and base boards, dust for cobwebs; our furniture was the wooden stuff with big cushions so she would polish it and put it all back.  She would take all the plastic off the windows we used for winter and washed all the windows remove nails so she could open them to let in cool air( we didn’t have an air conditioner back then. I am not sure how we survived.  The house smelled like fresh air, rain, and pine.

Next, she tackled each bedroom doing the same cleaning floors changing the bedding to cooler lighter ones putting away the quilts and flannel sheets. She even washed our stuffed animals, had us go through all our toys any we out-grew, didn’t want or was broken got tossed, given to a cousin or put in the yard sale, the same with our old clothes.

She would scrub the bathroom like the living room washing baseboards, opening the window washing all the curtains. Last was the kitchen. She took everything out of the cupboards washed it all down, walls included and the bug man would come in and spray before she put everything back away.  She would gather all the stuff she had boxed from each room and dad would have done the shed by now, and Mom and her friend would have the rummage sale.  She would give my sister and me a dollar each for our donations and let us go to the neighborhood store around the corner. We would get a big bag of candy each since back then; they had penny nickel and dime selections. We would get soda for a quarter and a bottle as well, maybe chips for a ten cents. We were in heaven. It wasn’t like now when the grand-kids call up and ask “can I get a few 20’s to take on my field trip Monday?” (true story). “Or I beat my game can I get a new one?” Grandson asks.”How much?” I answer.   “Oh about $60.” He responds like that’s a drop in a bucket. You give them a dollar they are like “What am I supposed to do with this?”

Back to the spring cleaning. These days we may do it a bit different. At the time above my mom didn’t work. Once my brother was born, she did begin working out of the home, and here spring cleaning was spread out on the weekends not done in one week.  Nowadays most of us do work, so we have to find the time to fit in this task.  That is why I thought I would do series over a few posts on Spring Cleaning.

Next week I have a guest post that is sharing some tips and tricks and even has a few printables.  Then Next month I  plan to share some of my before and after pictures, some will be in the house, some will be gardening since I am cleaning my yard as well.

Do you do spring cleaning? Have a yard sale?  Do you have any memories of your mom and spring cleaning?

Remember~~If you can dream it~~You can do it!

#foodiefriday~~#HappySt.Patrick’sDay~~a day late

Happy St. Patricks Day

Hi, Y’all. I hope you had a great St. Patricks day and didn’t wake up with a major hangover. We had a busy St. Patricks Day, moving my son and his two kids into our rental house.  Luckily I cooked a corned beef in the crock pot and some potatoes and cabbage in another.  This made dinner much easier while we worked on the other house dinner was cooking itself.. I added a pan of Irish soda bread to round out the meal.

I wanted to make Irish Pasties, Colcannon and the Irish soda bread, but since we were busy, I went simpler.

I Made a different take on shepherd’s pie. I will call it my Irish  Shepard’s Pie or Luck of the Irish Pie, even though it’s a casserole, not a pie.

As I said above, I cooked my potatoes, Cabbagee and corned beef in the crockpots.

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Here is how I made it.

Ingredients

1 3 pound corned beef brisket

About 6cups cubed potatoes ( I used red ones) Divide cook 4 cups for the fillings and two cups for the topping.

I cabbage chopped

Onion powder, garlic powder, about ½ tsp each

salt, pepper about one tsp each or to taste.

1 can beef broth

1 cup shredded Colby or cheddar cheese.

Cook the corned beef to directions.  Put the chopped potatoes, cabbage and seasonings in another crock pot ( you can use the same but to me it gets too greasy. Add one can of beef broth (  you can use water) once everything is tender turn off.

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Shred meat and place into a greased or sprayed baking dish. Put the potatoes and cabbage and spread on top of the beef. Mash the remaining two cups of potatoes with a little milk and butter, spoon into mounds.  Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.

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Remove, sprinkle with cheese bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let cool about 10 minutes and serve with a nice hot pan of Irish soda bread and some glazed carrots.

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Now you have your Corned beef and Calconnan in one dish.

I used an Irish Soda bread recipe I found online by googly easy Irish Soda Bread.

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I am happy to say my casserole got 5 Purrrs from all the kiddos!

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No, I’m not contributing to the delinquency of a minor.. its Cream soda! Sadly the Soda bread got a unanimous 0 purrs!

Did you wear green and have a traditional Irish meal? What did you make?

#foodiefriday~~Happy #birthday son!~~#brinnertime

 

Yesterday was my son’s birthday. I won’t say how old since that gives away my age  LOL.  Usually, we do his birthday tonight, but he has to work so we did it earlier in the week.

I always let the kids choose a meal for their birthday. They are usually pretty predictable. He likes what he dubs as brinner.  Simply, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and gravy.  This year I am adding a hashbrown casserole to the mix.  Instead of cake, I usually just make cupcakes since he isn’t a desert fan, but I surprise him this year with his favorite dessert my mom made. Homemade chocolate pie.

I was going to share some  pictures of the dishes and the family enjoying them but life happened and he wasn’t able to do the dinner this week. We are postponing it till next week since my granddaughter Kira is starting cheer camp this week and he had to take her yesterday for her physical and first meeting.

Some people have trouble making gravy getting it either too thick or too thin. I use to have that trouble myself then I finally broke down and used a recipe. Yes, I do use recipes from time to time. Especially now since I have very little memory from day to day.

Here is a simple guide to gravy. ( This is  milk gravy)

Sausage grease( a few tablespoons)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

3 cups milk

I find it’s best to use meat grease. Sausage, bacon, chicken, pork chops all make a delicious gravy. If you are vegetarian use canola or vegetable oil, though it isn’t as rich.

Sprinkle the flour in the grease. It should be a thin creamy paste. Cook a minute to get the floury taste out add, salt and pepper. Slowly stir in milk. Using a whisk cook until thick. You can crumble your sausage in the gravy, but I serve it separately and let everyone crumble how much they want.

I am making home-made biscuits as well. Here is the recipe I use.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/gold-medal-classic-biscuits/1e6f1425-0362-4782-893e-3b2930003193

Here is the recipe for the Hashbrown casserole that  I am making it’s a copy cat Crackerbarrel one.

http://www.copykat.com/2009/02/07/cracker-barrel-old-country-store-hash-brown-casserole/

 

Now for the pies. I am cheating using frozen crusts. Mom made those herself. Mine usually falls apart.

I will use this recipe.  Mom used this when she first started making them, of course, she made so many she didn’t need a recipe.

https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/en_US/recipes/4131/hersheys-cocoa-cream-pie.html

I will top with meringue but not a deep one.

Do you like breakfast for dinner? What’s one of your favorites?

If you can dream it…you can do it.

 #foodiefriday~~ #Popcorn

 

I love popcorn. There is nothing better than a good movie and popcorn. Nowadays going to the movies is very expensive. Especially if you have kids. I have three grandkids that live next door and two that are over frequently. No way I can take that many to the theater ( besides we don’t have a theater in town, and I don’t have a bus to take them to the nearest one that is 20 miles away.)

Renting movies is an excellent alternative. You can rent from the Redbox or if you have Netflix you have tons of movies with a click of a button.

 

I happen to have a movie house popcorn machine. My husband uses to have a video store, and he kept the popcorn machine. We use it a lot.  I keep a couple of those shake on seasonings for them to add to their bowls, but sometimes

I like flavored popcorn. Like caramel corn.  I found these recipes on Pinterest and absolutely love them.

My hubby buys me these bags of peanut butter, chocolate, and a caramel fudge popcorn at the tractor supply store. They are quite expensive, so I looked for some homemade versions that were less expensive and of course made more.

 

Carmel corn is simple.

Pop 8-10 cups of popcorn. ( air popping is a healthier option or you can always pop in a pan on the stove if you can’t afford the other equipment. Or use prepackaged bags and microwave.

You will need for the caramel topping

2 sticks butter

1/2c corn syrup

2 cup brown sugar

1 t baking soda

Bring the first three ingredients to a rolling boil. Add baking soda, pour immediately over popcorn ( I like my corn salted first.) let cool well before serving.

Optional: melt half a bag of chocolate chips. Spread caramel corn onto a couple of baking sheets in a thin layer( I cover with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray first.)  drizzle the melted chocolate over and bake at 350 for ten minutes. ( let cool before serving) Makes 8 – 10 1 cup servings.)

You can add some cashews or peanuts before baking  for another delicious option.

Peanut butter popcorn

Pop 8-10 cups of popcorn put into a large bowl ( I don’t salt this one)

1 stick of butter

1/12 cups brown sugar

1 bag large marshmallows

1 cup of peanut butter ( I usually use creamy, but you can use the crunchy)

In a large glass, microwavable bowl, melt butter and brown sugar. Add marshmallows cook in one-minute intervals, stirring after each until melted. Add peanut butter and mix well until creamy. Pour over popcorn and toss or stir with a large wooden spoon.

Prepare enough cookie sheets to spread corn in one layer with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.  Bake peanut butter corn in 325  ( I have to do 350 my oven doesn’t go lower)  for 10 minutes. Let cool.  Makes 8-10 1 cup servings. ( again you can melt some chocolate and drizzle over this before baking.Yummy)

Here is my Pinterest page with lots of delicious links to recipes some even healthier versions.

https://www.pinterest.com/199cathy/cooking-popcorn/

Now I think it’s time to pop in a movie and enjoy!

 

Do you like flavored popcorn? What is your favorite? Have you tried any exotic ones?

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