Ham, Potato and Green Bean Casserole – Crock Pot Dinner

As I mentioned in my last post, I cut the lawn on Wednesday and it is a long process so I wanted to get some ready to cook in the crock pot so that when dinner came along all I had to do was to dish it out.

This is a very easy recipe to make and is full of flavour. It is also a great alternative for using leftover ham!

Sandie

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Honey Brown Bread

Yesterday was grass cutting day… meaning 2 1/2 hours on the lawn tractor. My head is never happy with that but being spring, the grass grows like crazy. I put dinner in the crock pot so I wouldn’t have to worry after doing the grass what would be for dinner and I started this bread to have with it!

It looks kind of flat in the picture because I forgot that I usually do this bread in 2 loaves and it spread big time on the pan during the second rising!

Sandie

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Bacon Mushroom Cheese Burgers

No, we still don’t have our BBQ set up or replaced but I had one of my thankfully rare hankerings for a burger… even knowing the consequences lol! I wanted something a little different so I made these burgers that I ended up cooking in the frying pan and topped them with flavoured fried mushrooms, bacon and cheese and finished it off with a mayonnaise sauce and everyone cleaned their plates lol… the boys managed to eat 2 each plus their fries I made in the air fryer!

Sandie

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Recycled Formula Container & Homemade Reusable Dryer Sheets

Yes, this post is twofold. I remembered seeing how to make your own reusable dryer sheets ages ago and kept forgetting to pick up the cloths to make them. When I finally remembered I started to think about what I wanted to store them in. I remembered all of the formula containers Kim gave me to recycle into whatever I wanted. One of the smaller formula containers seemed like it would be perfect for this!

I know I could have left the container as it was but I decided to “pretty it up” a bit before making the actual dryer sheets.

I picked up some flowered napkins from the dollar store, gathered up my modge podge and I was ready to go!

I cut the napkins into squares… they don’t have to be even… and started to podge the container.

Once it was dry I started on the dryer sheets.

To make the dryer sheets, you start by cutting your cloths into squares. I had originally quartered the sheets but they were still too big for my container so I cut them all in half again. It just means I will use two sheets per load.

I placed them in the container, leaving a space in the centre, and then poured in about 1/2 cup fabric softener and 1 cup of water.

I closed the lid, shook the container so all the sheets had the mixture on them and then stuck a label on the front. Now I have some reusable dryer sheets and won’t have to keep buying the disposable ones! Recycling and cutting down on waste… a win win situation!

I Have a New Vegetable Garden!!!!

As you may have guessed, I have a new vegetable garden…. albeit not a big one but I have one nonetheless lol! (It’s still a little bit messy because of digging and the soil that got on the grass around it but I still wanted to share the picture)

AND my lilacs are starting to bloom! They are my absolute favourite! What an awesome smell!

Yesterday Dillon helped me dig out a new garden for the vegetables I want to grow. Last year we tried to grow in some sort of felt raised garden bags. While it wasn’t too bad, they caused problems in the winter, holding snow up against the wall of the garage/shop and when it started to melt… guess where it went? Yep… in the garage.

This year I decided I wanted an actual garden instead of trying to find different ways to do raised gardens. Chris and I went out into the yard and decided where we wanted to put it and I called in the big guns… aka Dillon and his youthful strength lol… and we dug up the grass where the garden was going to be.

Here are a couple of pictures of the process. It took quite a few wheel barrow trips to get rid of the grass we dug up lol!

Once Dillon did the heavy work I mixed in some better soil and triple mix and was able to start planting!!!

This year we are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, red onions and two kinds of lettuce! Hopefully I can keep them alive and thriving this summer so we can enjoy them. I think it will be so awesome to grow something my granddaughter can eat!!!

Sandie

Dollar Store Craft – Garden Gazing Ball

I thought this would be a fun project to try and to add a little bit of sparkle to one of my gardens! It is a quick and easy project that you can change up by using different coloured glass beads from the dollar store!

NOTE: I decided while I was making it that I’m going to take apart a solar garden light to go under the ball to make it pop even more!

I took the picture with just a battery operated votive candle to show it lit up.

All you need to make this project is a few bags of the glass beads from the dollar store, the kind that is flat on one side, a glass “fish bowl” also from the dollar store, your glue gun and then some type of sealer.

To make the gazing ball, I turned the fish bowl upside down and started to glue the glass beads to the exterior, making sure to cover all of it, leaving only tiny spaces.

I filled in all the spaces but the glass beads with glue from my glue gun as a sort of “grout” to hold it all together and then gave the whole thing a coat or two of sealer.

See I told you it was easy…. now you have a sparkly gazing ball for the garden that looks beautiful, even when the sun hits it during the day!

Sandie

Recycled Deck Decor

It was really windy here the other day. Enough so that the curtains were almost vertical at one point and knocked a cute dragonfly candle lamp I have/had right off of the desk and shattered the base of it. All I was left with was the “shade.” I really didn’t want to just throw the shade in the recycling with the many pieces of the base so I decided to recycle it!

I found a clear glass jar that the base of the shade fit into and seemed to be the right proportions so it wouldn’t look weird and thought I could finish it very quickly using a faux tinted glass method. I have done this before on other jars so I figured it should work for this as well. Not only will the light/candle show through the shade, it will also glow from the painted jar!

So, this is what I started with…. the shade, of course, a clean glass jar, some acrylic paint and some Modge Podge.

I poured a small amount of the paint and Modge Podge onto a plate and mixed it up with a brush.

And painted the jar with the mixture.


I let it fully dry and then gave it a coat of just the Modge Podge to seal it.

I added some cute butterfly stickers I bought a while back from the dollar store, put the shade on top and now I have a pretty candle lamp for the back deck made out of a jar and the recycled shade!

Sandie

Using an Overcast Stitch

When I saw my mother-in-law last weekend she was asking me about using the overcast stitch on our (she bought the same machine I did because she really liked all the features that made me buy it lol). She said she used it on something but it didn’t turn out anywhere near how she expected it to.

I thought it might make a good post because there may be other people out there making the same mistake we did, or just wanting to see how the overcast stitch works/looks.

I told her that I had a tablecloth I needed to shorten and hem and that I was planning on using the overcast stitch function to do it. Now keep in mind that until my new sewing machine I had been sewing on one that was probably about 30 years old. It didn’t have any of the bells and whistles this one does lol. That machine’s overcast stitching consisted of my zigzag stitch lol!

The new machine, my Brother HE300, has a few overcast stitch options. The first time I tried it I lined the fabric edge up with the space in the presser foot and started to sew. Definitely not the “finished” look I wanted for my tablecloth. I couldn’t figure out at first what I was doing wrong.

This is what my tablecloth edge looked like doing it this way.

It wasn’t completely awful but it still wasn’t how I wanted it to look. I stopped stitching at that point trying to think of what I was doing wrong. Apparently…. and all of you expert sewers, don’t laugh at me lol…. I needed to let a bit of the fabric go into the space in the presser foot. This gave the presser foot and the little appendage (for lack of being able to think of another word lol) fold over the edge of the fabric and not only overcast as it’s supposed to but fold under and sew over the raw edge of the fabric, catching all of the loosening threads where it was already starting to fray.

The outcome was way better and definitely more what I was looking for on my tablecloth.

This is the picture of the edge after I used the presser foot properly (or at least proper enough that I have a nice tidy edge now)…

You can definitely see a difference. I am happy with how the edging turned out when I did the second, and hopefully proper time!

I also took a video of the presser foot/machine in progress using the overcast foot/stitch to send to my mother-in-law to show her how I made it work. I will include the video after this paragraph.

That was the lesson I learned to today on my new sewing machine!

Sandie

Potato Skins at Home

I was making some kick ass pork chops the other night for dinner and was trying to decide what I wanted to make with them. We had already done air fryer fries, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, boiled potatoes and so on over the past few weeks so I wanted to change it up a bit.

I finally decided on Potato Skins because we hadn’t had them in ages and they are always a great choice. The fact they are so easy to make is just a bonus in my books!

Sandie

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Cranberry Bran Buds Muffins

A few weeks ago I received a coupon in the mail for a free box of All Bran Buds cereal. While I love anything bran, I didn’t feel like just eating it as cereal, so I made muffins. They were going to be raisin bran muffins but I either forgot I was out of raisins or Dillon ate them lol. Thankfully I knew I had a partial bag of frozen cranberries, so I added them instead.

These muffins are nice and moist, not dry like some bran muffins can be. And they freeze really well. I like to keep a few things in the freezer ready to pop in lunch boxes on the off chance I don’t feel like baking one week!

Sandie

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