Saturday, August 16, 2014

Getting dressed for All Hallows Eve!

Well, it's that time of year again! I am gearing up to decorate for Halloween, and will be creating lots of goodies for the etsy shop as well.

I'll be sharing tutorials, recipes and vintage finds leading up to the Halloween week.

Just a few of my past creations:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Upcycled dinner?

If you have been a reader for any length of time you know I am fond of repurposing and saving money...and yes, that principal can even be applied to your food!!

This past Easter I stocked our freezer with a number of hams while they were on markdown.

Yesterday I put one of the smaller picnic hams in the crockpot* and had it with mashed potatoes and gravy.


Today I am using the left overs along with some other pantry staples for a casserole.

I'm just kind of winging it, sometimes it works and becomes a recipe I repeat, sometimes it doesn't.

So, Ingredients:
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
1.5 cans full of milk
1 bag frozen hash-browns
1 bag frozen peas
4-6 cups chopped ham
2 cps shredded cheese

Basically I preheated the over to 350, and browned up the hash-browns
a little..not cooked through, just enough for some color.
In the same skillet I mixed in the ham, peas, milk and soup. I then transferred the mixture to a lightly sprayed baking dish, topped with the cheese and slid it into the oven.

Bake for 15 mins or until cheese is melted. serve.

This made 1 large pan full for dinner and tomorrow's lunch, PLUS a smaller foil pan full I put in the freezer for lunch another day.

Now to go test it out!

***SIDE NOTE*** While the ham did fall off the bone cooking it in the crock pot, we much prefer the flavor from baking and will not fix it that way again)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A walk down memory lane..

Yesterday I reconnected with some family on my father's side. It was a good visit, and I probably stayed far too late into the evening,  but it was long overdue.

Whilst there, my Aunt Terri gave me this afghan Mom had crocheted for her mom over 40 years ago. This would have been when she first began crocheting, she'd started learning while pregnant with me.

I'm told it was always on the back of my Grandma's couch..even after Mom and Dad's divorce and subsequent family rift, and the knowledge that Grandma liked it that much, would have tickled Mom pink.

I wish I were able to tell her about it.

I am so very grateful to have this piece of family history, and the fact that Mom never kept any of the afghans she made makes this even more special. Mom loved to crochet, I can't ever remember a time when she wasn't a crocheter, and she always had several projects on the go.

Thank you Grandma for preserving this piece of art from my mom, and thank you Aunt Terri who saved it for me from Grandma's estate.