Monday, November 3, 2014

Goodbye October

 My first attempt at making a garden flag.  I appliqued the curly "J" on the fabric with the sewing machine and put rocks in the bottom to help keep the flag straight in windy weather.  Everything worked well, except the black fabric "J" was faded in just a few days by the sun.  I fixed that by painting the "J" with some acrylic paint that I had on hand.  Worked like a charm! 


Baby Jake's pumpkin was put to good use in his family's Fall display.

These lilies bloomed really late this year.

I finished the Papa Jack Quilt.

Loads of pumpkins.

A pumpkin topiary designed by my hubby.

Baby Eli playing the piano.

My hubby brought me these beautiful mums and pumpkins.

I did a lot of Fall cleaning.  You can get a good amount of work done in only 20 minutes a day.  I loosely followed Flylady's zones.  Each week before work I worked in a different room of the house doing some detail cleaning.  The biggest problem in our house is dust.  Its everywhere.  I have to vacuum, dust and dustmop constantly to stay on top of it.  Thinking ahead to the holidays is much less stressful for me when I have the housework under control.

I love this time of year and look forward to November, and the winter. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Look what I made!

Sometimes I get in the mood to do a little crocheting, especially this time of the year.  Here's my most recent project.  Its a Minion hat!  I made this for grandson #4, who is now 2 1/2 months old.  The size of the hat is 3 to 6 months, so should be perfect for the Fall and Winter.   He looked soooo cute in it!

I'm still learning how to crochet.  Believe me, after not picking up a crochet hook since before Christmas last year, I had to relearn what little I knew! 

If you aren't sure what a Minion is, HERE they are.  I chose the Minion with one eye, since the hat was kind of small. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

End of Summer Garden

This summer, we only had a small raised bed garden, but boy has it produced for us.   We have had lots of grape tomatoes. In fact they have needed to be picked constantly and I should be out there this morning picking them again.  I have found that they are good in vegetable soup.  Saturday I used some of them in a pot of soup and froze two quart bags for future soups.

The other day I picked 25 bell peppers from just two plants.  The plants were about to break from the weight!

Its kind of hard to use that many bell peppers, but I'm trying.  Here's a pan of stuffed peppers ready to go into the oven.

Since its the first day of fall, I just had to show some pumpkins!  We didn't grown these.  My hubby brought these home for me.

Happy Fall!

Monday, September 15, 2014

In The Kitchen With Debbie - An easy and delicious one dish meal.

Good Monday morning to you!

I've been seeing an easy chicken, green bean and potato recipe on the internet, on Facebook, blogs and Pinterest, called One Dish Italian Chicken.  I'm always interested in easy, yet delicious and healthy meals, so I decided to give it a try.

As usual I changed it up a little bit to make use of what I already had on hand in my pantry.

The original recipe calls for green beans, boneless chicken breasts and new red potatoes.  You sprinkle Italian dressing mix on top and cut up butter on the chicken.  There is a page full of these recipes on Pinterest HERE.

Before adding the fried onions.

I substituted Ranch dressing mix and I only used about half of the package.  I then sprinkled some French's French Fried Onions all over the top.  The potatoes I had on hand were regular potatoes, not the new red ones, so I peeled some of those and cut them up into chunks.

Ready to go in the oven.
We are trying limit our salt intake so I didn't add any salt.  There is enough salt and flavor in the ranch dressing mix and the fried onions to make this dish delicious. 

The finished product.

This recipe is a keeper!  You can't beat it for being an easy to put together meal all in one dish.