Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Absolutely De-licious!

It's the end of the week and at my house that tends to mean the cupboards are pretty freaking bare! While I hate it when we don't have much variety available, it does tend to motivate one to become pretty creative with what you do have. With that said, here is what I threw together with what I had on hand.

Ingredients used:
2 regular-sized cans green beans
1/4 of large onion, cut into chunks
large beef bouillon cube
2 Tbsp. bacon grease
--these were put in a pan together and cooked on medium heat.

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 of large onion, chopped
--cook these together until ground beef is browned and onions are soft

3 c. water
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 c. instant mashed potato flakes (I absolutely HATE instant mashed potatoes, but I think my mom gave us these and they worked out just peachy for this recipe....oh, and I was out of milk which the box called for but as part of this recipe, you can't even tell)
--boil water, salt and 4 Tbsp. butter. Remove from heat, add potato flakes and stir well. Add other 2 Tbsp. butter and mix well.

1 small can of tomato paste
broth from green beans
--mix paste with enough of the broth to form the consistency of tomato sauce.

Drain fat from ground beef and onions. Stir in tomato paste/broth mix. Drain remaining broth from green beans/onions. Spread out over ground beef/onions in skillet. Top with mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

All three of the men folk here at Chez KnittingJunkie's absolutely LOVED this and unanimously agreed that I needed to write this down and make it again. Unanimously people! A mommy can't get much higher praise than that!!

Please, try this and let me know what you think.


Yup, I did it; I took pics! So without further ado, I present to you.....

Best Friends Socks

The close up.


So, think she'll like 'em?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Little Quickie....

I am thrilled! I finally got a new digital camera!!! It is just a point and shoot, not near as nice as the DSLR that we had to sell in order to go to West Virginia when my Granny died, but it will definitely do for now. I have been so frustrated that I couldn't post any pics of my knitting. I had some gift knitting that I needed to get done, so I ended up not getting too far into the two socks on two circulars, but I did get started and it actually clicked! I did get a pair of house socks made for Damon, another pair for my best girlfriend, and since Jeremy has resorted to wearing the first sock from girlfriends pair while I was knitting the second one, as soon as I finished that pair I started on a pair for him too. I will do my best to get some pictures up tomorrow.

Many Blessings!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I have to admit that I have come across few blogs that I really enjoy following and/or find inspiring to me. I also don't link to blogs "just because". I really have to enjoy them to recommend them to others. With that said, I just read one of the most inspiring posts I have ever read on a blog before!
Amy Bayliss is a wonderful lady and a great writer. She is so "down home" and "girl next door" that her posts always seem to touch me; I feel like she is relating and learning right along beside me, not preaching down to me...and she doesn't even know me! I really encourage you to not only check out her blog, but to particularly check out this post of hers from today.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Just a little ramblin'...well, maybe ranting

Ever have one of those days where you just seem to be on a roller coaster? You know the kind, you can't classify it as a bad day, but you sure couldn't classify it as a good one either. Well, that has been my day.

Here's been my roller coaster ride:
(going up) I woke up in a great mood!

(down we go) Then, first thing this morning I weighed myself and to my horror the number on the scale was one that I swore to myself I would never hit! I don't know why this was such a surprise to me since it hasn't been too much lower than said number for quite some time now, but it sure slapped me right across the face! That's it. I can't do this anymore. I have to buck up and slim down. It is a necessity. So, starting today, I am following the Weight Watchers Flex plan. I am writing everything down and counting points. This is going to be hard, I have a looooong way to go with this, so if ya'll would pray for me it would be much appreciated.

(YaY! I'm going back up!) Once I decided which path I was going to take on my weightloss journey, I felt very good and very determined. I felt like I could take on anything! I cleaned house, cooked, ran errands and even parked at the far end of the parking lot at the store in order to walk more.

(and back down) Later, a guy that I dated once upon a time looked me up on MySpace and got a hold of me. I really loved this guy (and still do to some extent), but things didn't work out. Well, when this guy got in touch with me, at first I was ecstatic! I loved hearing from him...that is until I learned that he was wanting to rekindle a relationship. I am married to a wonderful man and together we have two awesome boys; I am not in the market for another man! So, today I had to let my friend know that I could not in good conscious continue talking to him knowing that he wants more. I wished him well and told him not to lose sight of God then told him goodbye.

(up again!) Had a very productive day. Hubby came home to a clean house, a wonderful homecooked dinner and lots of smiles and love from his bride. After dinner I settled in to get some knitting done. I am making a pair of 'house socks' for my best friend and I can't wait to get them done. I finished the first sock just a bit ago...wooo-hooo!

(and down one more time) My oldest son Jeremy, who is almost 14, got upset out of the blue for who knows why. One minute he's happy, cuttin' up, having a great evening and then !bam! major mood swing! I asked him what was wrong and I get, "I. Really. Don't. Want. To. Talk. About. It." Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuse me! Normally I would have nipped the attitude right in the bud, but tonight I just didn't feel up to laying into him. I guess it just kind of stung because we have such an awesome relationship, that for him to bottle up really kinda hurts my feelings, ya know?

(up, up, up) I walked away and worked on the dinner dishes. I looked over the food journaling that I did and I did great today! So now, I am going to go to bed before anything else happens to bring me down! lol

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Great Site & Some Knitting News

I just found this site and have read through quite a bit of it. I am definitely inspired and impressed! Click on the link below or on the button added to the sidebar.

As for the knitting side of life, I started the second right-hand mitten, but I am so totally burned out on them that I just wasn't enjoying it and I kept making mistakes...aaarrrgggg! Sooooo...I frogged it. Yup. I put the yarn needed, along with the pattern as well as my personal notes in a big zip lock bag and put it away! I have done the swatch for my next pair of socks and I am ready to try knitting two socks on two circular needles. I am so excited!

How precious is this...????

Yup, it's another video. I just couldn't resist myself!

Now tell me, just how precious is this???
I hope it brings a smile to your face, it sure did mine!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I love it!!!

OMGoodness, this is the funniest, cutest thing by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne of Mason-Dixon Knitting.

I so enjoyed this one!

I also found the most wonderful site the other day & I couldn't wait to share it....

simple mom

There are just too many great things to list about this woman and this website. I highly recommend that you go and check it out for yourself!

Also, I finished the first of my two right-handed mittens that I needed....wooo-hooo! Only one more to go, and then I am finished with mittens for a while! I think. lol.

Other than that, there is nothing new going on here. I slept on my shoulder/neck wrong and appearantly really hard the other night, so I have been in pain since my last post. Whew! Please pray for me!

Ok, off to get some things done.
Many Blessings!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I am such a dingleberry!

I got this pattern for these cute striped mittens last year in a mailing from Knit Simple magazine and I kept it, but didn't get around to making them until this year...just within the last couple of weeks. It is a very simple, quick knit and I wanted to make myself a pair. Well, my favorite color is red and I had some Caron Simply Soft yarn in Autumn Red & also some in Black so I set to making them. I got a pretty good little bit into it and decided that the red and black really looked more masculine so my darling hubby said, "Hey! You can make this pair for me!" so that is exactly what I decided to do. Things went very well...one mitten done and I was so proud! I couldn't get started on the second one fast enough, and finished it rather quickly....again very proud...that is, until I tried it on....I didn't make the adjustment to the pattern for the thumb to make it a right-handed mitten! I am such a dingleberry! I made two left-handed mittens. I have to laugh at myself a lot...can u tell? All is well though, I have finished all but the thumb on one right-handed mitten, so one thumb and one more righty is all that's left to do. Leave it to me!