Last week I was tired and felt a little like Heidi…
(she missed the mountains and the great outdoors!)

My husband & I drove to the nearest beach
and took a walk…



It might seem like it’s night time in this photo,
but actually, it’s early morning on the beach.

The skies were cloudy,
so even though the sun had technically risen,
it wasn’t as sunny as a “normal” sunrise.



All I had was my cell phone,
but I wanted to take some pictures.




The little birds were just waking up, it seemed.




If you click on this photo above, and zoom in,
you can see a line of birds flying just above the water.






The sound of the waves, the water between our toes,
the breeze…


This is what I needed.




Ever so slowly, it began to get a little brighter…




“You rule the swelling of the sea.”  Psalms 89:9



We walked for a mile and a half.




In some places, close to hotels,
the workers had begun to set up
umbrellas & chairs for rentals.

In a few hours, this place would be
crowded with  lots & lots of people.

But for now, it was just a few, here & there,
walking, some jogging, some riding their bicycles.



By the time we had turned around and returned to where we had started,
it was much brighter.

And so it was for me.


Take time to go outside and enjoy it.

Have a terrific weekend,



Lemonade Slushy

Its been SO hot lately…

We needed something COOL to drink!



Lemons were on sale!



Don’t you just love the beautiful color of lemons??



They just say SUMMER to me.




Lemons, water, sugar, and ice.

That’s all you need for this refreshing lemonade slushy.




I used 3 lemons
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice
1-2 cup(s) of cold water

Put in blender
then pour into chilled glasses.




It is so good!!




You can add more lemons/sugar/water according to your taste.






So refreshing!
So easy!
So quick!





My family loves when I make this.

It lasts about 1 minute.





One good thing about summer,


A Visit

It was so good to visit my Dad recently.

I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like.



Visits to see Dad usually include a walk in the backyard.
It was the end of the mango season for his trees…



He counted seven on this tree…




They would be the last ones of the summer…




I did get to eat one or two that he’d pick earlier.  They were delicious!!
They smell so good!
I wasn’t the only one enjoying these delicacies…



There he is in his workshop, enjoying the fruits of his labor,
taking a break from work.  That’s his lovely wife.
They’ve been married for over 15 years (my Mom passed away many years ago).



I did get to bring one or two of these home with me.  :)


Later that night he decided to cook some ribs on the grill.



I made a rub for them, and he put them on the bbq.




He kept a close eye on them until they were done.




We had a great time that night.
My brother & his wife & kids came over and we laughed a lot
as we always do when we get together.


It was a short visit but oh, so sweet.

Enjoy your summer.  :)



Sofrito Meatloaf

There are so many recipes for meatloaf out there!

I don’t think I’ve made it the same way twice…
It usually depends what I have on hand.

It’s never turned out tasteless, but I have to admit
sometimes it’s been better than others.

Here’s one way I like to make it…


I start  by making sofrito, and giving it a quick cook with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
Sofrito is a mixture of green pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, olive oil, and vinegar.
For more on sofrito, click here.


Cook the sofrito in the pan for about 5 minutes and set it aside.


I add the sofrito to the meat mixture.
Sometimes I just use ground turkey,
Other times I use ground beef & turkey sausage — that’s my favorite mixture

To the mixture, I also add:
one egg
1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs
1 Tb mustard
2 Tb sour cream or yogurt
2 Tb worcestershire sauce
NOTE:  I mix these in a separate bowl before I add it to the meat mixture.




Then, I spread it in a cake pan.
A cake pan??
I love the topping most of all– So, instead of using a loaf pan
and just getting a little area of topping,
I spread it out in a cake pan and get a lot of it!  :)



The topping:  I mix brown sugar, mustard and ketchup in a small bowl.
You can mix it to your taste…
If you want it sweeter, add more brown sugar,
if you want it with more of a tangy flavor, add more mustard.

Then, I spread it all over the top of the meatloaf and bake it for one hour at 350.




It’s a classic family meal.




My favorite sides with the meatloaf is, of course, mashed potatoes.
Corn is also good on any day, but especially when it’s fresh.

Are you hungry yet?

Have fun in the kitchen!
I’m linking up today on Tasty Tuesday at Creatively Homespun.


Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers are perfect for a summer lunch!

This whole meal is an easy, tasty variety of healthy foods…
Turkey burgers, roasted sweet peppers, and sweet potato oven fries.

This is my husband’s plate
(He didn’t have any bread/buns with it).
You can tell he likes mustard with it.

I buy a bag of these small sweet peppers for $2 and they add so much flavor
to so many dishes.  I use them to season black beans, different soups,
and even salads.


I drizzled some olive oil and some balsamic vinegar over the peppers,
then sprinkled Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt over them.
I’ve been using this salt since I was in college when
a sweet lady from church was teaching me how to make potato salad
and she told me, “I never make it without Jane’s salt!”

I buy it at the local Supermarket for $1.79.


I roasted the peppers at 425 in the oven for about 20 min.
I flipped them over once, half-way through cooking.


I also made some sweet potato oven fries to go with the burgers.




This is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to eat sweet potato.
All I do is peel and slice the sweet potatoes,
then I season them with brown sugar, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar,
and I sprinkle just a tiny bit of salt over them.

They’re done in about 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven.
For crispier fries, leave them in a few minutes longer.





They come out crispy, sweet, delicious!

My favorites are the ones that look a little burnt – the brown sugar caramelizes on them
and they are crunchy goodness!





While the peppers and the “fries” cooked in the oven, I made the burgers on the skillet.




This is how I seasoned the burgers:

In a small bowl, I mixed together:
1 egg
2 Tb sour cream
3-4 dashes of hot sauce
1 1/2 tsp of: garlic powder and onion powder
1 tsp Jane’s salt
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce

I added the mixture to 1 lb of ground turkey.
I shaped 4 patties out of the mixture, and placed on a hot skillet
with 2 tb olive oil, 1 Tb butter, and one half of a large onion, sliced.

I cooked the burgers for 7-10 minutes on med-high heat,
flipped each one and cooked for another 7-10 minutes.
Then I covered the skillet, lowered the heat to the lowest setting
and cooked for another 5-7 minutes.

I turned off the heat and removed the pan from the hot burner,
leaving the burgers covered for an extra 5 minutes.


I toasted the bread for my burger

Then I added the peppers right on top of the patty.


It was a healthy and  delicious meal!




Trying to eat healthier,


Once upon a time,
long ago and far away
while on vacation,
I started this quilt…



I diligently sewed these little squares together by hand
(I didn’t have my sewing machine with me).
You can tell I was a beginner because some of the squares don’t line up!

For years these nine-patch blocks sat forgotten…



The nice lady who owned the cabin we stayed in gave me a bag of scraps
from her collection.  She was an avid quilter and had lots & lots of fabric.
I was a beginner and just wanted something to do at night while on our
restful vacation.  (There was no TV, radio, internet, or signal).
We liked it so much there that we went back several years later, Btw.

They were random scraps I probably never would’ve chosen,
but I was just happy to have some fabric to sew together.




Then one day

I “found” them and said, “Oh!  Alas!  The forgotten blocks
from that vacation long ago and far away!”




I decided to bring those blocks together
and begin the process of finishing this neglected quilt.




I didn’t over-think it, I just sat and sewed the blocks together.

I had been thinking about putting a black border around the sides
to make it big enough for a lap quilt, but…


What do you think I should do?
What color border do you think would look better?
I thought maybe two borders of different widths & colors might be better?




Or maybe I should just make it a table cloth with a nice border around it??
I could take it on picnics…

Any suggestions?

And so… the Forgotten Quilt will soon be finished and
forgotten no longer.
The End
(for now)

I’ll post soon with the finished look.

I’m linking with Freshly Pieced and with Sew Fresh Quilts.
Go on over and see what pretty things they’re working on!


I’ve been sewing lately…

Tiny little garments for my two granddaughters…  so much fun!!

Today I wanted to post about one of the easiest projects I’ve done so far–
Burp Cloths


It was fast, easy, and I think they turned out cute.

I bought some flour sacks at Walmart,
I think I paid $5 for this set of 5:


They were large enough to cut in half and it still turned out to be a generous size for a burp cloth.

That means I got 2 burp cloths out of each flour sack towel —
so you can make 10 out of that set of 5!


I cut a piece of quilt batting the size of the center of the burp cloth.
After I measured it and cut it, then I placed it on the center of the flour sack towel.


Cutting the flour sack towel was easy because the fold lines were exactly on the center–
I didn’t even have to measure it!


Here’s a picture of the flour sack towel cut in half – the one on the left is done,
and the one on the right is just ready for the batting & fabric piece.


As soon as I cut the flour sack in half, I serged the long edges.
The shorter edges were already hemmed, so I didn’t have to do anything there.
I serged the edges of the print cotton fabric I was going to sew
in the center of the burp cloth,
Then I centered it on the flour sack, right over the batting,
I pinned it down,
and sewed it down each long edge:


Then I sewed 2 lines down the long edges,
just like the store-bought burp clothes have.

I wasn’t too picky about it.
I did pin the edges down before I sewed
and that kept the fabric & batting down nicely.



I tuned down the short edges and sewed a hem very close to the edge.
I ironed it once everything was sewn.






My daughter chose the rose fabric from a stash of fat quarters,
but it wasn’t long enough so I added a coordinating fabric at each end.

I thought it looked even nicer than the other burp cloth because the two fabrics
looked so nice together.




Because of the large size of the flour sacks, these burp cloths turn out
larger than the store-bought ones.
That was something I really liked.
We’ve used them already and it worked well because of their larger size.
It was a quick project and I look forward to making more like these.
I’ve made some bibs, tiny dresses, bonnets, blankets…
can’t wait to share those with you in the coming days.  :)

Happy sewing!



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