Thursday, May 31, 2018

This 'n' that

How can someone who is so busy find so little to blog about?  At the very least, I guess I can share some of what I've been up to.  Many readers enjoy random posts ... in fact, I enjoy them myself on other people's blogs.  Let's begin with some kitchen news.

Last week our local supermarket had split chicken breasts (the bone-in type) on a great sale, so on Thursday I bought a package and marinated them as soon as I got home from the store, to make Garlic Lime Chicken, an old favorite.  It sort of kicked off summer, with some purchased potato salad and steamed snow peas.

We had a busy weekend with lots of cooking and eating going on.  I took my favorite Bacon Chive Potato Salad to a cookout with friends on Friday night.  Not much was left to bring home!
My chives are looking really skimpy these days.  I spotted a bunch at my dad's place and am thinking I will transplant them into a large container and bring it home.  I like to use chives in many recipes in place of raw onions or green onions.

I had offered to bake cookies for a graduation party last Saturday.  So I spent a few hours over several days,  baking different kinds.  I like the idea of a varied cookie tray or plate and also the idea of  having tins of different varieties of cookies stashed in the freezer.  This accomplished both.  Here are some of the kinds I made:

Moose Tracks Cookies

Photo from Inside BruCrew Life
Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Crunchy Toffee Crackle Cookies

Cookie Dough Brownies (I usually omit the nuts on top)

On Monday we had a cookout with our local daughter and family.  Burgers with chips, deviled eggs,  and salads on the side.  I made a roasted sweet potato salad, and my daughter made Greek Pasta Salad, minus the chicken, which is a huge favorite with her kids.  I made a strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert but the filling didn't thicken enough.  It did taste good, thankfully!

I've made Tuna Pasta Salad several times in recent weeks, as I mentioned, I think, in a Hodgepodge post.  It's a favorite warm-weather meal and my hubby loves it.  To lighten things up, rather than serving this with corn muffins as I might usually do, I've been serving it with a tossed salad on the side instead.
Not much happening on the crafting front, though I do have a little sewing project cut out for when I find some time.  I'm crocheting and embroidering in bits and snippets of time here and there.  The Scalloped Potholder pattern is easily memorized and continues to be a favorite of mine.  I'm really itching to get back to sewing and embroidery, but we will see!

I've been trying to walk with a friend nearly every morning, and it's been great.  Tomorrow I plan to take the camera (if I remember) and take some pictures of spring blooms we've been noticing.

Of course, many other things have been going on -- trust responsibilities of all sorts, Sunday School preparation, supporting my hubby in his pastoral search responsibilities,  and also the finding and purchasing of tickets for a fall trip to Nevada.

That's a general wrap-up of what's been going on here.  How has your May been?


  1. I love that potholder Mrs T!! Those Moose Tracks cookies look like some that my grands would love.

    1. Thanks, Arlene! Those vintage style potholders are so much fun to make. We use them as trivets to hold hot dishes on the table.

      The Moose Tracks cookies are good! Don't worry (if you make them) about the small amount of flour they contain; it all works out fine.

  2. The recipes sound delicious; I also enjoyed reading how your dad often was a guest in your home on Saturday evenings when homebaked beans were served. Sweet memories I am sure.

    My favorite blogs are those where the blogger shares the everyday and isn’t always looking for the extraordinary. Therefore, this one fits the bill so well.

    Hope that you remember your camera tomorrow!

    1. Yes, my dad always loved homemade baked beans. For quite a few years I made them every Saturday night ... my granddaughters were often with us and they loved them too. Right after my mother died we took to having my dad over every Saturday night. It was good for him and got him out of the house for a good meal.

      I pretty much always share the everyday as opposed to the extraordinary! Always a delight to have you here, Vee!

      I forgot my camera (remembered it on the way out the door, but it was so hot and humid I didn't want to be carrying anything extra anyway). I'll see if I or my hubby can get a photo or two tomorrow.


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