Saturday, April 18, 2015

My Paper Flag Bunting for Spring

I think it's safe to say now that
Spring has "finally" Sprung!!

Outside temperatures have been rising 
and I love hearing the birds chirping and singing
when I go out in the morning
in contrast to the dark sleepy silent winter mornings
of the last several months.

...and we've had a few of those 
"April Showers"  recently.

I was inspired to try my hand at
making a flag bunting.  I see them everywhere now.
There are so many online for any number of

So here goes....

 First I cut flags from art paper.
I chose the square shape rather than triangles.

Packets like this make choosing
coordinating or complementary patterns easy.

I wanted to put words on my flags
and  wanted something 
to make the words stand out.

I thought of plain white square labels.
But then thought paper doilies would be reeaally cute.

Thinking 4 inch doilies may be too big
for my little flags. I began searching online
to see where I could purchase doilies smaller
than 4 inches in diameter.
Then I thought why not just use an image
of a doily.
So I found an image online and added my text.

I edited out the black background to save on ink.

After printing I cut out each doilie with a 
decorative (pinking type) scissor
then just glued the doilies onto my flags.

I had some dollarstore clothesline 
on hand from a previous project.

Folded the flag over the clothesline
and taped into place.


Happy Spring to you all.

Warm Hugs,

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter

Wishing all my 
lovely Followers and their families
a Blessed Easter holiday weekend.

Warmest Easter Hugs,


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I Catered a Desserts Bar

With the help of 
my daughter and my husband
(and a couple of recipes found on Pinterest)
my first catering event 
was a huge success!

Here's what was on the menu...

(click on the photo for a larger view)


Monday, February 23, 2015

Salmon Patties 2 Ways

To make my Salmon patties...

From a sleeve of saltine soup crackers,
crunch 10 individual cracker squares into a mixing bowl.

Add 1 egg

Add a little finely chopped onion--approx 1 - 2 teaspoonsful
depending on how much you like onion
I feel it really does need at least a little onion so as not to 
taste too bland.

Fork beat the above 'til blended.

Then, again with your fork, 
stir in 1 can ready-to-eat Salmon
which you've drained and flaked with a fork 
and have removed or mashed
 any of the soft precooked bones.

If too dry to stick together 
you could add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of milk.

Shape into patties
I always shape by hand,
but my husband likes to use the press
so they're all uniform.

Press just enough that the pattie sticks together.

Smashing and squeezing it too much
will make a hard compact pattie.
Likewise you don't want to smash the patties down
with your spatula while cooking.

You want the patties to be as light as possible,
they might actually rise slightly as they cook in the pan.

Pour a circle of olive oil into the pan 
as it is heating and spread it out,
use just enough oil to keep the patties from sticking.
Oops, I may have a little too much here
as I was trying to snap the photo as I
was pouring.  
You really don't want to "deep fry" the patties, LOL. 

Cook covered on medium - med high heat.
I don't actually time them but since the
salmon is already cooked and ready to serve,
all  you really need to do is heat through enough
to cook the egg. So it seems like they
are done in a jiffy.

Turn once when the undersides are golden brown.

Hint: I find if they are not browned enough

they will stick and break apart
making it very difficult to turn.

When they are ready to turn they will 

slide very easily onto the spatula
unless of course your pan is too hot 
causing them to burn.

We love these served on hamburger buns
(I actually prefer Flat Rounds)
with lettuce and tomato;
and the "gotta have" for this is a
dollop of Dill Weed Veggie Dip spread on the bun.  
Salmon and dill is a great combination!!

Of course the classic way to serve is 
with creamed peas.

If you prefer, this recipe works well 
to bake in a loaf pan.

When you're short on time,
the patties work perfectly.


Click here for another recipe......Fish Wrap

Warm Hug,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fish Wrap Recipe

With the Lenten Season upon us
I thought it an appropriate time to
share a family favorite recipe 
 for my

Fish Wrap

Use your favorite fish.

My family loves these breaded cod fillets
found at our local super center Wal-Mart.

So first arrange these on a baking sheet
and pop into the oven.  
Bake according to package directions.

During the last minute of baking time for the fish,
heat both sides of a flour tortilla on your pancake griddle.

When fish fillets have finished baking,
arrange on the tortilla... 
I like to use 1 and 1/2 fillets for each tortilla.

Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese

Next a generous handful of 
shredded lettuce,

Thinly sliced tomato and cucumber

Drizzle with Ranch Dressing

Another sprinkle of shredded cheddar


Fold it over and Enjoy!

A easy and tasty lunch 
or goes well with soup for a light Friday night dinner.

Click here for another recipe...Salmon Patties 2 Ways

Warmest Hugs,


Sunday, February 1, 2015

It's a Winter Wonderland in the Midwest

This is the scene looking down the street
from my living room window.
It's still snowing and isn't expected to stop
for another several hours.

Looking out the front door.
My little wrought iron set is under cover of the
front porch entryway.

The front walk is not visible.

My back deck.

My kitchen door to the deck.

These lower tree branches are bending to the ground 
with the weight of the snow cover.

Birds and squirrels are gathering 
for a bite of breakfast in the 
trees out kitchen window.

Just one little squirrel so far this morning.

I toss some peanuts out the window.

He grabs a peanut and enjoys eating it
on a branch higher up out of the snow.

Do you see the Flicker on the tree trunk?
It's hard to see from here but they are
identifiable by the red spot on the back of their head.
Just click on any picture to enlarge.

We have bird feeders hanging from the overhang
over the kitchen windows.

A Nuthatch enjoys some suet.

Time to clear some snow;
our son clears our driveway.

Oh good, I see a plow truck in the distance
hopefully it will be coming up our hill.

The neighbors across the street
are digging out their cars.

Hope you are warm and well where you are.

Warm Hugs,