Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Crochet Dishcoth Pattern #1

I have been crocheting dishcloths quite a bit here lately.  For some reason I have a hard time sticking to one pattern or one craft, or one recipe, or one style... 
 I like to try them all out to see if I like one better than another.  I also tend to be obsessive.  I can't make just one, I have to make 50! 

Here is one that I like pretty well.  It has a tight weave and feels a little more sturdy than some others I have crocheted before.

The quality of that picture is ridiculous. I was too lazy to set up a cute photo and just snapped it right on the arm of my chair.  Unfortunately, the rest of the pictures for my crochet dishcloth series will be just as bad as this one!

It measures about 10 inches and is a beginner pattern.
Anywhoo… is the pattern:

Chain 34

1 SC in 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc in each chain till end of row
Chain 1, 1 SC in each chain to end of row
Repeat last row until dishcloth is square, or rectangle 
(or size you prefer).
If you want to make a little ring on the corner for hanging it (or swinging it around your finger), chain 8 and join to last single crochet. 
Fasten off.

Easy Peasy! 

I would love to see yours if you make one!  It might get me back in the mood to make 50 more! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Homemade Crockpot Granola & Granola Bars

I was given this wonderful crock pot granola recipe from a homeschooling friend a few years ago.  My kids  like to eat the granola plain, on yogurt, or in bars.  I like to make it because it makes me feel all earth muffin-y and its a healthy snack that my kids love.  I love anything you can make in a crock pot!


5 cups old fashioned oatmeal (not quick oats)
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup coconut

Combine all of the ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for about 5 hours (or until browned), stirring occasionally.  Make sure you keep the lid cracked open.  The more you stir it, the finer it will be.  You can add raisins, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. after it has cooled.

If you wish to make bars from the granola, start by heating the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine 2 beaten eggs with 2 cups of granola.  Put into a lightly greased 8x8 pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, cut into bars and cool.  

Yum Yum!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Laura Plantation


I love all the rich and varied culture of Louisiana.  The plantations have always been a popular tourist attraction.  One of my favorite plantations is the Laura Plantation in Vacherie (pronounced: Vash er ree).  I like it so well because it isn't the "typical" plantation.  Thought y'all might enjoy some of the pictures I took on our last visit!

back of house

back side door

This was in a back room of the main house.
the garden

more of the garden

For their water

one of four pages of rules for slaves

slave home

slave homes

slave home

slave home

thought the garden on the side was interesting

Have I ever mentioned how thankful I am for indoor plumbing?  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chicken Ala King on Cornmeal Waffles

I have made (and enjoyed) Chicken Ala King without waffles, but I LOVE it on these waffles!

Chicken Ala King
  • 1/4 c. green pepper, minced
  • 3 tbsp. celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 (3 ounce.) cans mushrooms
  • 2 (5 1/2 ounce.) cans chicken (or possibly 2 c.chicken, diced)
  • 1/4 c.pimentos


  1.  Cook  green pepper, celery and onions in butter till tender. Blend in flour; gradually add in soup; add in mushrooms and liquid. Cook till thick, stirring constantly. Add in chicken, pimentos and seasonings; heat thoroughly.
  2. Serve over toast points or possibly rice or possibly biscuits. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Cornmeal Waffles


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil


  1. Sift together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in cheese. Combine eggs and next 3 ingredients; gently stir into dry ingredients just until blended.
  2. Spoon a heaping 1 cup batter evenly onto a preheated, lightly greased waffle iron. Cook 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp and done. Repeat with remaining batter.
  3. Transfer waffles to a baking sheet, and keep warm, uncovered, in the oven at 200° until ready to serve. Waffles can be frozen in zip-top freezer bags and reheated in oven or toaster oven.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dreaming of Spring

Yesterday the weather here in North Alabama was pretty nice.  I went to town in "Ole Blue" (my hubbys rattletrap truck).  My husband hit a deer on the way to work and totaled his work car, so now he has to drive my car till we get another one.

I am thankful to have a way to go...but this truck is seriously redneck!  The only thing that's missing is the gun rack in the back window.  I wear skirts all the time & it is IMPOSSIBLE to get in that truck in a ladylike manner.  I have to lift my leg up thigh high & PULL myself in by the steering wheel!  I also can't roll down the drivers window because it gets stuck.  I remembered that after I was in the drive-thru line at Chick Filet and had to leave.

I was glad to get home!  Alaina had a friend over to help her with her Algebra 2 (greek to me!) & when my hubby got home we sat on the porch and chatted about our day.  I told him that I am looking forward to spring.  This morning I was drooling over all my outdoor Pinterest pins & wanted to share a few of my favs with y'all.  Some are things I actually want to do & some are just wishful thinking!

I love these DIY torch lamps from bottles!  I want to make some for my porch bt I think I am going to use mason jars or old coke bottles...won't that be CUTE??

I must REALLY love this because I didn't realize until today that I have pinned it three times!  I think I would spend way too much time in this spot!

This walkway is to die for!  I love the rustic natural look of it.

I would LOVE to watch movies like this!

Porch Envy

I adore sleeping porches...


The blue ceiling makes a great impact on this porch!  I need that iron chaise.

Hurry up Spring!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Few of my Favorite Things...

I am cleaning today.  I actually enjoy it from time to time (but mostly NOT).  I have on the full cleaning garb including yesterdays hair pulled into a ponytail and bangs pinned back.  I'm sure your disappointed that I cant share a picture!

I am also doing the college student diet today.  Oh...You haven't heard of that one?  Well for breakfast I had chips & dip and for lunch I ate sliced dill pickles.  I'll probably finish it up with a bowl of Ramen noodle soup for supper.  

Anyhoo....I thought I would share a few of my favorite cleaning products with y'a'll.

First of all, I use the Pandora ap on my iphone because who can clean without music??  Its great because you can type in any song or artist that you like and it plays the same style music.  I also LOVE that when the phone rings, the radio stops & promptly resumes when you hang up!!  Yeah....its great!

I learned a great tip from Pinterest.  (Pinterest and I have a love/hate relationship - I love it because it is like a worlds fair for crafty women but hate it because it drags me to my computer chair and holds me captive for so long)  If you put your phone in a bowl (or down in a fat glass vase with acorns I am saving for a great project) it magnifies the sound like speakers!!  Cool, huh??   

I learned about Fabuloso from my great friend, Malaine (who, sadly lives in Missouri and way too far away).  I walked in her kitchen one day when she had just mopped and it smelled fabuloso!  I love to use it now.  They make other scents but I prefer the purple.  There is a spray version for countertops but I prefer my next favorite product for that.

I LOVE how this smells!  I could just spray it and not even wipe it up - I just love it!  I used this for the first time about 8 years ago and have been hooked ever since.

When I walk by somebody and smell this on their clothes, my immediate thought is, "Their Mama (or wife) loves them."  Its just that little extra step.  I use it religiously when I do laundry.  It is one of my favorite things...EVER.  It is on the list right under God, Family, and my camera (which is technically my 3rd child).  I am really a dork when it comes to fabric softener....or just laundry in general.  When I open the dryer and notice someone left hang up clothes in there, I go all

 Then I remember its just laundry and move on.

My newest favorite cleaning product is Evolve Bleach Tablets.  I am always paranoid about spilling bleach on my clothes (although in 20 years, I can't recall it ever happening).  I just open up the lid and pour a tablet into the wash.  It works great & smells clean, too!  I used to pour bleach in my toilet to clean it but now I just pour one of the tablets in, clean the bathroom, then swish the toilet.

This is so NOT fancy but is the best thing for cleaning windows.  If you use newspapers instead of paper towels too clean glass and mirrors, it leaves it streak free and no lint!  I usually buy window cleaner because ...well I don't really have a reason, I just do - BUT vinegar or rubbing alcohol works wonderful for cleaning glass & mirrors, too!

What are some of your favorite cleaning products or tips?

Linked @ Home Stories A to Z 
Women Living Well
Clean & Scentsible

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I'm Bbbaaaccckkkk.........

Have you missed me??  I missed blogging!  I have been busy since I was last here!

I photographed a wedding.  I LOVE weddings...planning, decorating, attending - but not photographing them!  It makes me too nervous!  Then the most awful thing happened.  I got a virus and not just on my also infected my external hard drive AND my camera cards!!!  I sat for hours at the computer shop in tears while they tried to salvage the wedding pictures (they were successful).  Yeah....I know!!!  I still cant plug anything up to my computer or it gets infected but I can use it...sigh...

My Mother-in-law & Father-in-law moved here from Louisiana.  My kids go everyday.  Over the river and through the woods to Grandmothers house they go.  Really its just through the tree line, but they do go everyday!  We have all been enjoying having them close.  I will be posting before/after pics of their house soon.  She has done a beautiful job of decorating it! 
Although I still miss Louisiana, I have been thoroughly enjoying the individual seasons here.  In Louisiana there is one & humid!  I actually get to wear coats here! 
I took this picture with my phone one day when I was coming home.  If you look closely, on the right hand side you can see my Manly Man working on the porch addition!  I will be sharing better pics of that soon, too!  He has done a wonderful job!
My daughter turned 17 on December 31st!  Yes...she is this cute in real life, too!  She is the most voracious reader I know.  She enjoys reading everything from classics to current novels.  She got a Kindle for Christmas last year and I thought it would help her not to have to carry 5 books in her purse everywhere she goes.  Now she carries her Kindle & just 2 books!  She is NEVER without a book.

I have worked on several projects from Pinterest:
Chan Luu Bracelet
Nativity Ornament
Big Dominos
Book Page Wreath (I know they have been around forever....but I just got around to it!)

I made t-shirt yarn so I could work on these projects, too:
T-Shirt Yarn Flower
T-Shirt Yarn Bracelet

I also finally got in a groove with my flea market booth.  I am finally making a little money!  I have big plans for redecorating it tomorrow.   Imagine....netting, white Christmas lights, and a SALE!  I will be working there one day a month now, too!

I got my substitute teaching license and am excited about getting started with that.

I am redoing my craft area and cant wait to get it done!  You are gonna love it!  I will post pics soon...well as soon as I can figure out a good way to get them from my camera to my computer without plugging it up!

In the meantime....I'll be getting my craft on & taking lots of pictures!

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