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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hello Stranger

Hello there! Did you miss me? Did you even notice that I was gone? Well, I'm back. I didn't leave the country, or the state, or even the county. I didn't go on a wild safari, or to the beach, or anywhere fun and exciting. Just been at home, crocheting, and enjoying the summer.

Our boy graduated high school in May. Why and how did this happen?!? I had been dreading this day since he started kindergarten. Time has passed way too fast for my liking, and now he will start college in four weeks. Four weeks! I'm excited and nervous for him. Thankfully, he chose the University of Toledo and will live at home and commute. That makes me happy. I'm not quite ready for him to leave home. Will I ever be ready for that? I think not.

We had a small graduation party for him last month. He didn't want a huge blow-out, so we had mainly our close family and a few friends. It turned out to be a great time and was just what he wanted.

A few weeks after that was July 4th. We had our annual backyard party. We live within walking distance to view the fireworks and have a party every year, and whoever wants to come over for some food, drinks, and fireworks is welcome. It's always a "blast!" Get it? Okay, I'm moving on now.

 I added some new items to my Etsy Shop since my last post. These ruffled scarves are so fun and versatile. I have a couple of my own, and I love them.

I also added a couple new baby beanies. An Ohio State (Go Bucks!) and a Detroit Tigers. I'm planning on doing some other teams with the little baseball applique. I also have a really cute little football applique, and am going to do some football teams. I tend to stick to my family's favorite teams, and the teams that are in our local area. Got any suggestions for me? Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite team(s).

 This is what I have been working on lately. A baby boy ripple afghan in light blue, chocolate brown, light brown, and white. I love, love, love ripple afghans. My Grandma (who taught me to crochet) made them, and I remember one in particular that was always draped across the back of their couch. I think the reason that I am drawn to them is because they remind me of her. This will be added to my Etsy Shop when it's finished. I have a couple afghans listed there already, but they are both for girls. This one is all about the boys.

Well, you are now pretty well caught up. I've just been hanging out at home, enjoying the summer with our son before school starts, and, as always, crocheting. Nothing too exciting, but it's all good.

Until next time . . .

Monday, March 11, 2013

You Can't Eat Hot Banana Bread

I made this bread Friday afternoon, and by Saturday afternoon, it was nothing but a delicious memory. My son scarfed down three-quarters of it by himself, after I convinced him that he couldn't eat it hot out of the pan. I'm still not sure he believes me.

This is two banana bread recipes from an Amish cookbook, that I combined into one. They were similar, but different. So I mixed parts of one of the recipes with parts of the other one, and ended up with a very good bread. I had used this recipe combination several times, until one day I had a stroke of genius and added chocolate chips to the batter. I then made a vow to never make banana bread without chocolate chips again. Ever.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 or 3 large bananas, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add eggs, bananas, and vanilla. Mix well. Blend in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased bread pan. Bake for one hour. Insert a toothpick in the center. If it doesn't come out clean, bake for another five minutes, and check it again.

Oh, my goodness!

Until next time . . .

Friday, March 8, 2013

Five on Friday

I'm going to get right to it. Here's this week's 'Five on Friday.'

1.  It was a busy week here at Cottage Headquarters. I sold one of the Watermelon Afghans I have listed in my Etsy Shop. I'll be granny squarin' for the next few weeks. This was originally a custom item I designed at the request of a friend for her granddaughter. It's my own original design, and I'm pretty proud of it, as I don't really think of myself as a designer. So I was very excited when I received the order.

2.  The sun is shining today, and the temperature is above freezing for the first time in quite a while. That snow you see between the bricks will soon be melted, and hopefully won't be back until next winter. They are forecasting temps in the 50's tomorrow and Sunday. Maybe I'll do some granny squarin' outside on the back porch this weekend.

3.  I'm going to make some chocolate chip banana bread later today. I'm so excited, I can hardly wait. Bananas usually don't last this long in our house, and I have a confession to make. I hid these three in the back of a cabinet. I figured it was the only way I was going to have bananas long enough to make some bread. I have to say, I was pretty happy with myself for being so resourceful.

4.  I found the Stompeez! that my niece wants. She told her mom and dad that she wanted them, and they told her no, they were too expensive, or gave her some other lame excuse. So she did what any smart girl would do, she called her aunt, who she knows would never tell her no.

5.  Somebody must have told her I got the Stompeez!

Until next time . . .






Friday, March 1, 2013

Five on Friday

It's Friday, and you know what that means. Time for this week's 'Five on Friday.' I know you've been waiting all week for this. So, here it is.

1. We had a very wintry week here. It rained/sleeted/snowed for three days, and now it's just cold. I was happy to turn the calendar over to March this morning because that means Spring is just that much closer.

 2. I came up with a new crochet design this week. I started out making a round dishcloth, but now that it's done, I think it looks more like a doily/candle mat type thing. It will probably end up in my Etsy Shop eventually, but I have to figure out what it is first.

3. One of my favorite things. Ever.

4. I made this hand sanitizer cozy last night. I found the big blue button while looking for something to put on it to give it some pizzazz. It was a total accident, but I now have a hand sanitizer cozy in Detroit Tigers colors. These will probably go into my Etsy Shop too, eventually. I just need to find the right clip to put on them so they can be attached to backpacks, diaper bags, etc.

 5.  I made it to the half-way point on my infinity scarf.

Looks like Sydney has Spring Fever!

Until next time . . .

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Just Like Grandma Used to Make

I'm sharing another recipe today. My Grandma's sloppy joes. I make them on a pretty regular basis because my son loves them. They are so easy to make, you can hardly call it a recipe. All you need is five ingredients, which you probably already have on hand. That's right. Five ingredients. Well, six if you count the water.

So, the next time you have a hankerin' for sloppy joes, I hope you give Grandma's a try.

Grandma's Sloppy Joes

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. yellow mustard 
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup water

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion and some salt and pepper. Drain off any fat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat until it really starts to bubble. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until it's the thickness you want.

If you like diced green pepper in your sloppy joes, go ahead and add some to the ground beef while it's browning. I don't think Grandma would object. She would want you to be happy. That's just the kind of girl she was.

Until next time . . .

Sunday, February 24, 2013

B Street Boutique 2000 Fan Giveaway

**GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED** 
I'm very excited and honored to be one of the sponsors of the 'B Street Boutique 2000 Fan Giveaway.' There are several great prizes to choose from. Here's what you could win from Sadie's Cottage.

A set of my flower-shaped dishcloths in perfect colors for the Spring and Easter Season. These could also be used as doilies or candle mats to accent your Spring and Easter decor.

To enter the giveaway, click here, follow the simple rules, and choose the items you would like to win. It couldn't be easier. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and join in the fun!

Until next time . . . 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Five on Friday

It's time for the second installment of 'Five on Friday.' It was a pretty rough and uneventful week here at Cottage Headquarters. My son and I were both taken down by a pretty mean virus, but even when you feel like you might not live through the day, there's always something to be happy about.

Here's this week's list, in no particular order.

1. After much shamrock trial and error, and way too much debate with myself over the colors of the stripes, I finally completed a shamrock beanie and put it in my Etsy Shop. Yay me!

2. My bamboo handle crochet hooks. I love them. They make me happy. Amen.

3. School was cancelled today because of the weather. This really made my son happy. It's the first "snow" day he's had in two years. I know there's hardly any snow to speak of, but what you can't see is the layer of ice on top of the snow. Driving on ice covered snow does not make me happy. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank the powers that be at Central Catholic High School for cancelling school today and keeping me off the roads.

4. We received this picture of my niece this week. Check out that smile, and those bright pink cowgirl boots. There's not much more I can say about this.

5. I want an infinity scarf, so I decided to make one. I never make anything and keep it for myself. I played around with a few different designs and came up with this one. I think it's going to be just what I want. Something I can wrap around a few times, and not be too thick and bulky. I really love this self-striping yarn. It's very soft, and I like the way the colors blend into each other. I'm also thinking possible Christmas gifts. I just know when my sister sees it I'm going to hear "I want one."

Have a great weekend! Until next time . . .