Autumn, Crafts

Trick or Treat!

I carved a couple of pumpkins last night. One was Rapunzel and the other was Linus in the pumpkin patch.


I realize you see Linus and a hole with a skull in the middle. That’s what happens when you make one wrong cut on Rapunzel. Half her face falls off and you wind up with a big hole with a skull shoved inside. You can’t see it but there is a light in the skull so it’s eyes are glowing. I’ve had a lot of compliments on the pumpkins, especially Linus. A couple of guys thought it was a rug rat, which made me feel a little old. The candle in Linus is a cinnamon scented votive so my porch is not only sporting a cute pumpkin, it’s also adding a little aromatherapy!

As usual, not the best pictures. I need to take a class or something.



I’ve never been fond of casseroles but my mother-in-law makes them all the time and I’ve come to realize what a great time saver they are! I haven’t cooked since I can’t remember when so I decided I would make a casserole using a recipe I got from a woman at church. It’s called Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole and it’s a recipe from Kroger®. Since I was making it for just my mother-in-law and me, I cut the recipe in half. It was pretty good and I am going to have to remember to make it again.


I need to practice my photography skills but you get the idea. Recipe below:

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Instant Rice, uncooked
  • 20 oz. pkg. fully cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 4 1/2 oz. deli ham, cut in cubes
  • 6 oz. sliced swiss cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup corn flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Stir sour cream, chicken broth, Dijon mustard and black pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add rice, chicken, ham, and swiss cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Spread evenly  into a 13 x 9 casserole dish.
  5. Mix corn flakes, parmesan cheese and melted butter. Sprinkle over casserole.
  6. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, until heated through and topping is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy!
Family, sewing


I made 2 dresses for E this week. I had some fabric I bought from ( love the site!) last fall and used McCalls pattern M6017, with a few changes.

Cats & Dogs

For the first:   I basically made the bodice the same but changed the skirt a bit. I had 1 yard of the fabric for the skirt, cut it in half and sewed the pieces together to match up the pattern. I then gathered it a bit and sewed it to the bodice. Notice the straps are gathered as well. I thought they turned out cute.

For the second dress, I pretty much followed the pattern but made the straight straps instead of the gathered straps. .This dress was a lot easier since I didn’t have to match patterns but I like the first one better. It’s really hard to see the dress in the picture. She was very excited and I couldn’t get her to stand still. Her hair also wasn’t brushed yet so it’s all over the place.  The first picture was taken at VBS. I think she’s dancing!

I have enough fabric from the bodice of the first dress left over to make her a skirt. Her parents really don’t need to buy her clothes. Grandma & grandpa keep her fully clothed! Next project up is a craft apron for her. It’ll be a lot easier:  ready-made apron with iron ons!


Spring Break

It’s Friday and the end of Spring Break. 😦 It was a good one though. My daughter, granddaughter, and I went to my dad’s for a few days earlier this week. He lives in Oklahoma, just north of Tulsa, which is where I’m from. We left Sunday after lunch hoping that Bunny would take a nap but of course she didn’t. I think she was excited about taking a road trip. We stopped to eat at Braum’s in Blackwell. If you want some of the best ice cream, this is the place. We don’t have one in our town so we always stop at a Braum’s for dinner and ice cream.

Drove through Pawhuska, as we usually do, and discovered they now have a McDonald’s! For such a little town, they have quite a few stores. One of these days, I’ll stop off and visit their


Went to the zoo on Monday. The weather was perfect. It was overcast but warm and just a bit windy. I love the zoo and I think Bunny does too. She loves looking at the animals and really seemed interested in the snakes.

I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t mind being a kid again. After all you get to sit and ride through the zoo!

Bunny also loved my dad’s house. He lives at the top of a hill on 5 acres. There was a lot of room to run around. We spent most of our time outside since the weather was so nice. She got to explore,

play with the cat,

and ride around in a wagon hunting dandelions with great-grandpa.

We also did a little shopping in Tulsa because, hey, they have stores and malls! Bunny made out like a bandit. We ate at Olive Garden, where she had spaghetti. A 2 yr. old + spaghetti = a big mess! So I found a cute little dress on sale for $10 for her to wear. We also got her Easter dress, a Minnie Mouse cup, and who knows what else while we were shopping. We did take a little break at the play area in the mall. 

Note the cute spaghetti free dress!

And she went on her first carousel ride!

But alas, it was time to return home to Kansas. We picked a great time to go there and come back as it got chilly there for the rest of the week. It was more than chilly here at home but I didn’t mind too much.

So just the weekend to go and then back to work. It was a fun and relaxing week.



I’m participating in a Lion Brand KAL, the Saturday Morning Hoodie. You can find information about it here on Ravelry or here. It looks like it would be a nice comfy cardigan to be lazy in – something I good at. I’m knitting it with Lion Brand Tweed in Woodlands colorway. To be honest, I’m not a huge acrylic fan but I do like this yarn. It’s soft and I just want to curl up in it. Great for a sweater!

I’m not too far on the sweater yet but hope to knit a little each night. I’m a very slow knitter and haven’t tried an adult knitting project but I don’t plan to use this until next fall so I have a lot of time to finish.

I’m working on the back and this is what I have finished so far.

I also have a dishcloth/washcloth I’m working on. It’s for a Cloth and Soap swap, another group on Ravelry. I’m almost done but stopped working on it last week when I got sick. It’s currently sitting at work so I need to get it and finish it. This one has to be mailed by March 5 so I still have time.

Family, Personal

Wadda week it was!

The weather was great here last week…at least that’s what I heard. I was sick and missed most of it. It started the weekend before when we kept Bunny overnight while my daughter and Frog moved. Bunny’s nose was running like a fresh water stream and me, being me, caught it quicker than a trout after a fly. So I spent the week coughing, blowing, and feeling all over miserable. Until Thursday night – when I was overcome by only the Lord knows what. I think it was a touch of intestinal flu. Whatever it was, it kicked my bohinkus big time! I didn’t start feeling human again until Sunday. Hubby has been sleeping in the guest room. He said he tried to sleep in our room last night but I was coughing so much he couldn’t get to sleep. I thought I slept better than I had been, didn’t know I was trying to cough up a lung in my sleep. Bunny and I are headed to OK this weekend to visit my mom and sister. Hopefully we are both up to par by then.

I did get crafty over the weekend. I spent Sunday browsing the blogs I read and came across these. I haven’t had a chance to take a pic so have nothing to show but will post them soon. I decided to make the cards into magnets and thought I’d put them on the cabinet in my classroom at the door. That way I can see it and my students can as well. Unfortunately I ran out of the magnet laminating adhesive for my Xyron. I’ve sent an order off for more and will finish once it comes in.

So until then, I’m off to bed to cough my way through the night! See ya!


Machete: a movie review

I was going to tell you that if your husband ever come home with the movie “Machete” to run and never look back. After all the first five minutes include the main character blowing a dozen or more people away with a six-shooter without reloading. Then he comes upon a naked woman laying on a bed and tells her to get dressed to which she replies, “It’s too hot for clothes.” So he does what any man would do and picks her up, slings her over his shoulder and leaves. When he puts her down, she pulls out a cell phone to call the bad guy. However when you see him jumping out of a window using a man’s intestines as a rope, I couldn’t figure out why this movie didn’t win an Oscar!

This movie has some well-known actors including Robert Deniro, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Cheech, Steven Segal, and Lindsey Lohan. Most of whom, with the exception of Steven and Lindsey, must have lost some sort of bet to agree to be in this movie.

I’ll admit, I watched the entire movie. If you can get past the language and ridiculous amount of blood, it’s stupid enough that it gets a sick chuckle or two. I can’t believe I watched the whole movie and I would not recommend it to anyone, unless you’re a sick puppy like me!


Thing-a-day 3: Keep Me Clean Spring



 My 3rd installment in the Thing-a-day project. I made this for Bunny so we can get messy when she comes over. That is as long as grandpa doesn’t freak!

I took a napkin I received as a wedding gift. It included 4 napkins and 4 placemats which we haven’t used at all that much. I just folded back two of the corners and sewed them on a diagonal then attached some ribbon for the ties. It was super easy and a great way to use up things I have. Just another reason not to throw anything away…you never know when or how you might use it!