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Random Tuesday

The cat pic should be a dead give away- I got nothing.

Well, actually I have a lot- problem is an overall lack of energy.

So here’s a *really* quick update.

We had the 1st meeting of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild!  We had some wonderful energetic women volunteer to be a part of the Executive Board- I’m so excited to see what’s going to happen with this group!

I sold my quilting machine & am in the process of purchasing a new one!!!

I’m doing a major organization/clear-out/decluttering in my studio before the new quilting machine arrives.

I’m now the Communications Chairperson at our church & we’re working on some great social media plans!

Despite the record heat & drought conditions, our little garden is producing tomatoes faster than we can eat them- looks like we’ll try to can tomato sauce again- hopefully it goes better than last time!

I started taking a Cyclates class at my local YMCA.  It’s 30 minutes spinning & 30 minutes Pilates.  Super fun & it’s my new favorite class!

I finished the book “Quiet“.  This is a must read for everyone!  Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, this book has great insight into who introverts are & why they’re that way.  Go to your library NOW & check it out!

& that’s gonna be it for today- I’m taking 2 days to rest & recover from life recently, so I’m gonna go get back to that!

See you in a bit!

Another Kid Approved Dinner From Yellowstone

Sloppy Joe’s

Back when we lived in Alaska, I worked at Boys & Girls Club where we had a lot of potlucks.  A LOT of potlucks.  I loved the dishes one of my finance friends brought- she always made them from scratch & they just tasted yummy, like I was eating something my mom would have made.  This is my favorite dish of hers & before we left, I asked her for the recipe.  It came from one of those great church cookbooks where they note the person who submitted the recipe.  So, Marion Perison of upstate New York, I thank you for taking the time to add this to the cookbook.  You probably never figured your recipe would travel from Alaska to Nebraska to Yellowstone- but I bet it would put a smile on your face!

I hope you enjoy as much as my nephews & I did!

Homemade Sloppy Joes
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 c. water

– Cook beef, onion & celery salt until meat is browned
– Add pepper & flour, blend well
– Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce & water
– Stir until thick, then simmer ~5 minutes

Back from Camping

Just returned from the family vacation to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons & Custer State Park. The above pic is of Economic Geyser in Yellowstone. (Yeah, yeah, I know it’s cheesy, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have a picture.)

Needless to say, I’m kinda tired.

But it was awesome & I loved every minute of the camping, hiking, animals, nature, mini-van riding trip.

Did quite a bit of cooking on this trip & wanted to share with you this super easy, kid approved recipe:

Pizza Stew:
6-ounce package sliced pepperoni, cut into fourths
1, Large onion, diced
1, Large green bell pepper, diced
1 tbsp oil
2, 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes with roasted garlic, with juice
1 cup water
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt, pepper to taste
Shredded mozzarella cheese

– Cook onion in oil
– Add tomatoes, water & Italian seasoning & bell pepper
– Cover, reduce heat, simmer until thick
– Put pepperoni in bowl w/ a layer of paper towels, microwave 30 seconds or so- to soak up excess grease
– Toss pepperoni in soup
– Serve with mozzarella chees

Next time I make this, I want to add some black olives….or maybe some other pizza toppings…..

Hope you like it as much as we did!

Back home

Hey y’all. Back home now from a whirlwind trip to Texas! Let’s see- I learned how to use a power washer, rebuild a fan & where are the Dairy Queen’s in Mesquite are located. And most importantly, I ate Chick-Fil-A. A lot of Chick-Fil-A. And it was all yummy.

I was so busy however I didn’t take many pictures except for this. Here’s a cactus for ya:

Yes. It is a dead cactus. It’s one of those strange things you see in life that you just have to capture.

As always happens when I come back from Texas, I have lots of goodies & projects to work on. You know- exactly what I need more of!

But that will all have to wait. Because I’m going to be doing a little hibernating with the cats.

I think Rizzo puts it very nicely:

See ya shortly!
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