Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fall is coming!

I'm sure of it- I am craving Fall foods and ready for the chilly air. I am not ready for snow-so if we can just have some Fall colors, a nip in the air, and an apple cider slush I would be a happy girl!
Scott and I are still in curtain buying mode (one set at a time because they are so expensive) last weekend we bought one more set. Actually, the curtains we picked for the dining room were on clearance so we bought all the panels we needed but we still have to buy one window sheers and hardware. My friend Heather sent me 20 Bed Bath and Beyond coupons! She has been saving them for years! Yes, they take expired coupons and you can use one per item and don't have to check out separately for each one!

Dining room needs one more set

This is what they look like

In the study - need one set for this room still
We got a great deal on this tool box a few weekends ago. Scott just finished repainting it.

 I am going to use it for napkins and silverware when we get a buffet for the dining room!
Scott put beans in my bowl-clever monkey!

We got two of these little cabinets at Michaels for 80% off

Except the aspen and cinnamon this is stuff collected from the ground in Ohio and here!

That is all the home improvement pictures for today.
You know I love love love I made three new recipes from her site in the last two weeks that I really loved. I was going to post links to each of them like I normally do but her site is so full of advertisements that it freezes my Kindle every time I use it. Grrrr! The link is on the left side of my blog but you will have to look the recipes up! I also failed to take ONE picture of any of the dishes! I'm losing my touch! I made "baked penne with Pecorino pumpkin sauce" I really liked it -may be because I have been craving Fall foods but it was really good! I made "naked salmon burgers with Siracha mayo" my avocado was moldy so I didn't use it. They didn't keep their burger shape so it was salmon crumbles - still very good! I made "crockpot minestrone" but I did the stove top version and I made meatballs. I will be making all three recipes again -very soon! I love my meatloaf recipe- I think we all have one we use and we don't like to try new ones but I will share mine anyway...
My meatloaf-
2t olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
2 cloves garlic minced
Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until browned. Set aside
Mix together
1lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground turkey
2/3c quick cook (not instant)oats
2 large eggs
1Tblsp Dijon mustard
2t Worcestershire sauce
1t oregano
1t salt
Add the onions and mix well. Divide in half. If you are making loaves then make two uniform loaves. Mix 1t Worcestershire sauce and 1/4c ketchup and spread on top. Bake 350° for 35 minutes. Makes 8 servings. If making meatballs it makes 56 small meatballs. Bake 350° for 20 minutes. I used 3 1/2 per bowl of soup and froze 28 for the next soup batch!
Old points 1/4 of one loaf is 4
3 1/2 meatballs is 2
I usually serve meatloaf for dinner and cut the second loaf into 4 pieces and freeze them individually for a low-fat lunch if we don't have any good leftovers or a quick dinner - meatloaf sandwichs are good.
I am still working on Renato Parolin's Noel and Little House Needlework's Orchard Valley Quilting Bee, handquilting a quilt and the Charming House of Lindy Mouse. I will have pictures next week. I did have 2 small finishes this week
Bracelet- free download from Cross Stitch and Needlework
Charmed tree by Mill Hill
Last but not least my daughter has an etsy store - kitzy knits she makes fantastic dishrags you even get to pick your own colors! I made her make a bunch at Christmas when she was here because I love them.If you need good dishrags check her store out!
I'm off to stitch and drink some tea. Hope you all have a lovely day!


  1. Lovely home snaps! There is already a nip in the air up here....hope this means a long fall. :)

  2. The house is really looking great. It is always expensive when you move, the old stuff never fits!! Love your little stitches! We had meatloaf for dinner. The DH loves cold meatloaf sandwiches!!! I will give your recipe a try. Nasty, very hot, summer has really made me anxious for fall!

  3. Yes window dressings are expensive you found some great items at Michaels