Wednesday, July 19, 2017

america the beautiful - senior pass

America the Beautiful - National Parks
Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass

Currently $10 but increasing to $80 on August 27, 2017
Do you have yours?


Monday, July 10, 2017

airbnb

I have a friend Airbnb-ing his way through Spain and France.
This is the latest photo he posted.
I want to be there . . .


I think I need to step up
my hosting skills at our Airbnb.


Adams House {near SUNY Brockport}



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

wine corks

Who needs toys when Grandma Mary has wine corks.
{Opal Josephine}


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

crisscross credit card wallet

I have had fun making
CrissCross Credit Card Wallets
by Gena Cunha at Craftsy


You can download the free pattern from the link listed below.


I did make two changes.
I only put the fusible interfacing on the 
cover and the four squares
not on the other inner pieces.


I added the first snap (female) to the cover before sewing any pieces together.
{I also put the snap in backwards one time so be careful}


I was able to make four wallets from two fat quarter pieces.




Hint: The cover and inside pieces are about 1/8" larger than 4 1/2 ".
That makes a difference when fitting in the credit cards.
I made one at just 4 1/2 and it was a too tight.

The free pdf pattern can be downloaded here:

Monday, June 5, 2017

summer bowling

We just purchased a Summer Bowling Pass 
to our local AMF  bowling alley


$15.95 gets us three free games every day 
through September 4th.
{$9.95 for children 15 years and younger}
A pretty good deal I's say.

Find a location near you . . .

For our Venice friends, you may want to consider
joining our league in November.
{details here: ccebowlingleague.weebly.com}




Saturday, May 27, 2017

penne with sausage, spinach, chilies, lemon

Penne with Sausage, Spinach, Chiles & Lemon
{my favorite new recipe this spring}
Serves 4-6


Ingredients

1 lb. penne rigate pasta
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 oz can diced green chilies
2 cloves garlic, chopped
12 grape tomatoes cut in quarters
Lemon zest from 1 lemon
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 bunch spinach
Juice from 1 lemon
1 cup crumbled feta or ricotta salata

Preparation

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook until al dente (about 11 minutes). Drain, reserving about 3/4 cup starchy cooking water.

2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onion, chilies, garlic, tomatoes, lemon zest and oregano. Cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the starchy water and spinach to the sausage mixture; stir; remove from the heat. Toss in the pasta, cheese, and lemon juice.





Saturday, May 20, 2017

florida 2017

Recently we were blessed to spend a week
with our four children and five grandchildren



When you are just learning to sit up a basket can help {Silas}


This little one loved our morning porch sits {Selah}


Here is one cute bathing beauty {Opal}


Just hanging out by the palm tree waiting to go to the beach {Ezra}


An evening at one of our favorite waterfront restaurants - Pops {Cedar}


A family that plays together . . .

Friday, March 17, 2017

Grandma Mary's quilts

The baby quilts are finished and delivered.

Opal's Critter Pathways


Selah's Crazy Quilt



Silas's Catnap Quilt





They really were so much fun that now I am making one for napping on the couch.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesdays

Always in search of the deal - 
Tightwad Tuesdays at Frank's Movie Galleria ($6) and 
Hooked on Tuesdays at Bonefish Grill ($15-$18). 
{Includes salad and dessert}
Two weeks in a row. This may be a new trend . . . 








Thursday, February 9, 2017

friendly cats quilt

Three new grand babies in 2016 means three new baby quilts. 
Two down one to go.
I am trying out cute cats for the third one. 
Jewel tones on gray for the baby with pet cats.