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It’s All Over But the…Ugh…Dishes.


Good morning!

Hope this finds everyone still groaning from yesterday’s festivities!  Had a very nice dinner, used the old roaster oven for the bird, outside, and it came out FABULOUS.  Note…when you transfer your roasted turkey from the rack to the platter, and it falls apart…the turkey is done.

Oh!  That was some good stuff!  The roaster sat out there and did the job, also freed up my regular oven for stuffing, my baked squash, and the squash pie.  They were awesome, and especially so, as I grew all the squash this season.  Oh, yeah, I went all out this season, didn’t just grow peppers!  Squash (summer and winter), hot peppers, tomatoes…way too many tomatoes…spinach, cauliflower, three varieties of eggplant, little sugar baby watermelons, and these really cool hybrids called, “Gold Bar” melons…a hybrid of melon and cucumber, and absolutely delicious.  Topped it off with my Dahlias, for even more color…and I did it all in containers.  My brother called it my “bucket jungle.”  The only thing I didn’t have in containers were some marigolds and little salvia plants that my neighbor sent over.

This is just a tiny peek at what my very limited space looked like…and this doesn’t even take in half of it. What a season!

Anyway, back to the day….Now it’s all over, have to strip the leftovers from the bird, and set myself  to washing these dishes, and that roaster pan.  I might just boil that one out with vinegar and baking soda.

There was no way I was going into that last night! I kept that sink cleared all darn day.  At the end of it all, I figured…yeah, they’ll be there tomorrow.  Wish as I would that they would wash themselves, or just get up and crawl out of the house…they would be there in the morning.

And they are.  No, of course I don’t have a dishwasher!  Are you kidding?  THIS is my washing machine!

Can’t put the roaster away, either…have to do tomato sauce from the um-teen plants I had growing (I think I topped out at 70-75 tomato plants) and I’m probably looking at canning around five gallons, or more, of sauce.  At least, that’s what the bags of frozen pureed tomatoes are telling me.  Good thing I bought all those cool vintage canning jars!

Today, going to make a really big batch of home-made instant hot cocoa.  We love Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation.  But, it’s not always on the shelves, and it gets pricey when it isn’t on sale.  So, I’m whipping up a batch, and I’ll keep you posted.  I’m using a big box of instant non-fat dry milk, a jar of French Vanilla Coffee Mate, a can of Hershey’s Special Dark baking cocoa, a bag of Special Dark chips (ground in the food processor with the cocoa) and a “giant” bar of  Special Dark (also ground in the processor.)  I’ll toss in a half cup, maybe a cup, of sugar.  Guess I’ll be doing some taste testing…poor, poor me.

Finally got the hot sauces into jars.  Got a few labeled, too!

And I was poking around in a fractal forum this morning, found one of my oldest fractals.

Cool way to start the day, when you’re avoiding the sink….might just avoid it further, and whip up some cream, have me a slice of squash pie for breakfast.  Mmmmmm…healthy!  Squash is a veggie.  It counts…right?

Have some FUN today!


I Found It!


I am so excited!  I founditIfounditIfoundIT!!!!!


OK, I’ll back up a bit…I have been searching my digital database diligently, looking for one particular crochet pattern, a stuffed St. Bernard toy.  Could not find it anywhere in my digi pattern collection.  Searched the internet, came up with nothing more than a picture of what the pattern should look like when finished…and that wasn’t even “my” pattern.

Went down to the garage…it has been said that one should altogether skip the garage when storing things, because it really is just a final stop on the way to the garbage…in most cases, I do just that.  But this time…I have boxes of crochet books, needlework books, knitting books, general craft books, in the garage (as well as in the house) and this time….I found it!

Of course, this is a vintage pattern!  I modernized (aka digitalized) it so I won’t have to drag the old paper pattern around and ruin it.  I would dearly love to claim that I ran it through a high-end scanner and came up with a perfect digital copy, but I can’t.  I stood over it with my cell phone and took a few CCCP’s (Crappy Cell Phone Pics) of it, cleaned it up as best I could in Paint Shop Pro, and…here it is, fellow Hookers!

Left turn…the term, “crochet hook” is redundant.  “Crochet” is French for “hook.”  “Crochet hook” translates to “hook hook.”  Works for me!!!!

OK, back to the path…this guy, if you follow the instructions, and the guage, will stand about 10 inches high when you’re done.  Um…not in my world.  This is a Saint Bernard!  I plan to use double or triple strands of yarn, a K or L hook, and make it…well, a Saint Bernard!  This piece is slated for my little grand niece, just over a year old.  I’m planning on making this guy big enough for her to ride!  I have to look at my yarn stash…it’s almost as obnoxious as my book stash…and see if I have enough “rust” or brown yarn.  If I don’t, I’ll have to go find some, somewhere.  I swear, if I have to shop, I’ll go get something super bulky, like Lion Brand’s Hometown USA.  Superbly thick, smooth yarn, great for everything, especially short atention spans, as it works up quickly.

Toys are my favorite crochet thing.  They develope personalities so fast!  They make people smile.  They satisfy the short attention span.

I plan to change the eyes here.  Will crochet the eyes, sew them on, rather than glue felt pieces.  It will be safer that way, and, I think, more interesting.

Okay, I’ve blabbed your ears (eyes?) off enough…here’s that pattern I promised.  Click on it, save it, use it to your heart’s content.  I have no clue of where it came from, as none of the pages are marked by the publisher.  Might have been a Woman’s Day special issue?

If you have problems downloading these pics, or trouble reading them, or want to talk about crocheting the eyes, feel free to leave a comment so we can blab.

Enjoy the pattern!

This is what your little (or huge) darling will look like…I know, it’s black and white.  Most of us know that Saint Bernards are anywhere from a red brown to a chocolate brown and white…Google images can give you some color schemes, or just follow the pattern suggestions.  I’m already thinking about going silly with it.  Pink, green, purple…it’s all possible. RUN with it.

Have some FUN today!

Anyone For Hot Sauce?


Well.  I finally got my mixed peppers made into sauce.  I even tried it, just a drop on the tip of my finger.  It didn’t kill me!  Now I know my pepper freaks will tell me, “It’s good, good flavor, not too hot.”  My tongue tingled for hours…so I know it would be classified as “medium heat.”

Yeesh.  I am such a wuss.

Started with these guys…

Got them all stewed up,

and into temporary homes.  I’m waiting for my canning supplies (tongs!) to come in from Amazon.  I hit pay dirt with the jars!  I followed an ad in the paper, and met this really cool elderly lady…with a basement full of vintage canning jars.  I have a thing about vintage…anyway, the sauce is sitting out there in anything that would hold it.  I only had one gallon jar left, so I grabbed a couple of  old tomato sauce jars, and a few refirgerator jars (vintage, of course) and left them there until my canning tongs come in the mail.  I wound up with about two gallons of this medium heat sauce, and I know I’ll have no trouble finding homes for every drop.

So, now, I’m thinking…I can take some of the really HOT sauce I made the other day, and some of this medium heat stuff, and mix it, to make a hotter sauce.  Three grades?  Warm, hot, and really sick and twisted, rip your guts out and make you cry sauce.

It can happen!  I have jars….

Cooking Hot Pepper Sauce In The Elder Statesman


Cool beans!  OK, cool peppers…got my pure habanero sauce started…mixed up all those little hotties with garlic, onion, a little salt, a couple of green-ish garden tomatoes…the last of the fresh ones (the rest are in the deep freeze awaiting my attention…) and tossed them into my stately senior citizen, that 1941 Westinghouse roaster oven.   Sizzled and popped them all around for a while, then added the water and let them stew for a couple of hours.  Now I have a big bowl of stewed hot peppers, which I will puree in the morning with some vinegar and get into some jars.

Here’s my beloved roaster, getting ready to go to work.  This is a serious machine!

Tossed them all in with garlic, fresh tomato, onion…heck, yeah, seeds and all!  That’s where the heat is!

Aren’t they pretty?  This almost looks like a crisp summer salad, ready to just chomp into.  Too bad it would KILL me!

About halfway through the cooking process, just about to add the water…I opened the lid and got knocked back a foot by the fumes.  This is going to be some seriously HOT sauce.

Now, tomorrow, I’ll go back outside, (I can’t make this stuff in the house.  It chokes my family.)  and bring the blender with me.  I figure I can puree this batch while I fumigate the neighborhood with the next one.

Aaaand, now it’s tomorrow already? Wow.  Well, I finally got my evil habs all stewed up and ready to get mixed up with the vinegar, pureed…liquifies…whipped…essentially destroyed.

Did some voodoo with the blender and food processor, and came up with a whopping gallon if…get this…”Wendy’s Rippin’ Deadly Lunatic Demon Goo.”  I was bouncing names off of everyone who would listen (and probably a few that didn’t care to) and came up with this.  My cousin, Wendy (poor kid was named after me) immedialtely second(ed?) that motion, so…a new hot sauce is born.  Now to get it all into jars!

Now, who in Heaven’s name is going to eat a whole gallon of this stuff????  Not me.  I don’t eat hot peppers.  I do have friends and family (brave souls…or silly) asking for it, so they can go for it.  I just grow the things, pack up the sauce and give it away for kicks.

Next up:  A milder mixed pepper sauce…still blazing, but a whole lot more civilized.

See you then!