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Feb 16, 2018

A Little Bit of Sunshine......

Look what happens when the sun comes out!
I've got a bit of my Mojo back....Yay! One of my girlfriends asked me to make her a throw from her old t-shirts a few months ago. At the time I was very busy with the play and now that the performance is over......I could "think" about starting but with the drab weather, I was having a large dose of the doldrums! Just yesterday the sun came out and my spirits rose to peak levels and off I went to my sewing room.  All I need to do now is get it quilted.
I think I'll get a head start on cutting the binding tomorrow.

Feb 12, 2018

Over & Happy

The play is over and I'm very happy to say that it was received well. All the participants were excited to perform and got rave reviews from the audience.
Afterward everyone moved to the cafeteria for dinner. The pulled pork was the highlight of the evening and I was asked repeatedly for the recipe.
I told all who were in earshot and will, again share with you all.
This recipe works with frozen or thawed pork butt. Mine were partially frozen. This is also for a large group but can easily be broken down to serve less. This would be a hit at family reunions or church socials.
  1. 3 pork butt roasts
  2. 2 three liter bottles coke (acts as a tenderizer and adds flavor)
  3. 2 coffee pots of strong coffee (acts as a tenderizer and adds flavor)
  4. 2 large onions - peeled but do not slice
  5. 4 cloves of garlic
  6. Your favorite seasonings - I use Accent, several of the Slap Yo Momma seasonings, pepper, Sea Salt, 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  7. Powdered Ranch Dressing (2 pkgs)
  • In a very large cooking pot place the butt roasts. Add the cokes and coffee to the pot.
  • Bring to a rolling boil and cover to cook for an hour.
  • Add all other ingredients and lower heat to simmer for approximately 4 to 5 hours more, checking with a fork to see when tender or falling apart.
  • Remove from heat and allow to rest for an hour before the process of pulling apart. I use two forks to shred the pork.  The aroma at this point is mouth watering!!! You may have to fight off your family and the whole neighborhood.
  • You can add your favorite BBQ sauce at this time.
  • This is great served on buns or wrapped in a flour tortilla or as a main dish with mashed potatoes/green beans/rolls.

Feb 10, 2018

A New Watercolor

Finally got this finish a bit ago. I was twitting my thumbs while waiting for the play tonight so I decided to work on #2. It feels good to at least finish something in this new year.

Feb 2, 2018

What's In Your Wallet/Purse

 That commercial comes on quite frequently these days. It seems there are more commercials than meaningful TV. However, when I asked Mr. Cowboy to hand me my purse the other day, it was obvious that he was very amazed of how heavy it was and the amount of stuff I carry around by the way his arm hung dramatically to the floor  He even said that I could appear on "Let's Make A Deal" where they sometimes ask a member of the audience to show something unusual to win a hundred bucks.
We had a big laugh about it but it did get me thinking of what I carry around......so I'm going to be brave and show you what's in the old purse.
Can you see all that junk, as Mr. Cowboy calls it. I know it looks like a lot of stuff but I need all of it.
Here's a closer look.  All those pens and high-liters are for my Sunday school class. It's the teacher in me that always has extras for the ladies who have forgotten or just don't have any.  Then there's the "Sting" stick I carry because one never knows when a wasp, bee, yellow-jacket, bumblebee, well you get the picture, could come from out of nowhere to sting....one......;-{
I also carry eyeglass cleaner because the lenses on my glasses always get finger prints smudges on them.......hmmmmmmmmm! A couple of lipsticks, klneex, a file, lotion, keys, a coin purse, nail clippers, peppermint candy cause Mr. Cowboy always wants those and just a couple of other items and that's it.....WHAT??
How are about you? Are you brave enough to tell what's in your purse??

Jan 27, 2018


Mr. Cowboy was somewhere with some buddies, one offered him a twenty pound bag of the fruit & of course he brought them home to me. I took one look at them & thought I'd use them as squeezed & possibly freeze some but I was only able to get a half gallon jar from the lot.
The juice is fairly sweet & needs no sugar. We'll have some for breakfast.

Jan 25, 2018

"V" is for Venison

One of Mr. Cowboy's buddies gave us some deer steaks last month & I decided to make a meal of it. The steaks were about an inch thick which is too thick for our taste, so I got the old mallet out & pounded to a nice very thin 1/2 inch or less. 
The following is what happened next:
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 2 to 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch
  • 1 cup of oil in a large skillet 
Lightly season the venison.
Also add seasoning to the flour/ Corn Starch mixture
Begin to heat oil on medium heat. As oil is heating, dip portions of venison in flour then in egg wash & back into flour. 
Carefully place in skillet. After a couple of minutes turn over to fry on other side.
Venison should be golden brown on both sides. Because the steaks are so thin, the frying process won't take long. So what am I saying? Frying time may vary.
Drain steaks on cookie rack to keep crispy. 
I serve these steaks with mash potatoes & gravy & a green salad or rice & seasoned green beans but any of your favorite veggies or salads will do the trick as well

Jan 24, 2018


I've been blogging for a few years now and only recently it's occurred to me why I need to label my posts. If I don't label I can't find something when I look back of my earlier posts. If you don't label properly, like I hadn't been doing, you have to go back over nearly each and every post. 
Can you hear my head banging into the wall?! Mr. Cowboy thought I'd lost my mind.
So hopefully from now on I'll be labeling heavily.

Jan 22, 2018

Yummy Gumbo for Slow Cookers

Still no photo because everyone gobbled everything down before I even thought to snap a pic.
Anyway, the following recipe comes from a recipe book my mom gifted me a couple of years ago.
Fix-It and Diabetic Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good with the American Diabetes Association.  As some of you may know my mom is a diabetic and struggles with healthy meals each day so this recipe book is great to help with a variety of dishes.
This recipe comes from Dianna Milhizer of Michigan.
Chicken and Seafood Gumbo
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cut chopped green peppers
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup, plus 1 Tbsp. flour
6 cups 100% fat free, 30-50% lower sodium chicken broth
2 lbs. chicken, cut up, skin and visible fat removed
3 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups sliced okra (I used the frozen okra for this but you can use fresh or leave it out all together)
12 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce (more if you like it hot)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 lb. ready to eat shrimp (at this point, I added another 1/2 lb. because I love shrimp)
1/2 cup snipped fresh parsley or cilantro

1. Saute celery, onions and peppers in oil.  Blend in flour and chicken broth until smooth. Cook 5 minutes then pour into a slow cooker.
2. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp and parsley or cilantro.
3..  Cover and cook on LOW for 10 to 12 hours. This is great cooked overnight!!!
4.  An hour or so before serving, add shrimp and parsley or cilantro.
5.  Remove bay leaves before serving.
6.  This is great when served with rice or noodles and a salad.
BTW if something is underlined, this was my addition to the recipe. I love adding to a recipe.

Jan 17, 2018

Words Nearly Fail Me

My temperature gauge reads 10 degrees!  My eyes are bulging out of there sockets. To top that little shocker off, the electricity cut out early this morning for two hours. Did I mention that my house is ALL electric!  The service men, I'm sure worked frantically to get it up & running but I was nearly frozen by then. Mr. Cowboy had already left to feed the cows so I suffered alone. 
I did think about getting in the Jeep, starting it to keep warm but I have never figured out how to open the garage doors.....sigh. Mr. Cowboy, I'm sure, will be giving me a lecture on the matter when he gets back.....sigh!!

Jan 16, 2018

60 to 25

No photo just a note!
Yesterday it was 60 degrees around my neighborhood. I was able to get in a good rehearsal for my play next month. After the rehearsal I served a great stew with cornbread. 
Last night I went to bed then awoke this morning to temps of 25 degrees but with the wind blowing so fiercely, the temp is down to 10 degrees.
I know I'm doing a lot of complaining but here in my neck of the woods, it rarely gets this cold. I'll need that coat.....sigh!
Anyone else feeling the cold?

Jan 10, 2018

What's Up?

Greetings everyone. Of course I've been MIA for quite some time.....at least it seems that way.
It seems I've not finished or started anything with thread in this new year....and why is that, you may ask???
Well, I've been busily writing a play for my local community center for our upcoming Black History program in February.
I know you are probably thinking..."What in the world!!!!!"
Well, when I caught school years ago, I wrote plays for my students all the time: a Christmas play; an Egyptian history play; how students see teachers play.....well you get the picture. So, I'm in the middle of writing, rewriting and rehearsals.
Hopefully I'll get back to sewing one of these days.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Dec 31, 2017

2017-The End

Wow, I can't believe that this year is just about over. I'm so glad that I have a way of looking back to see what I've been up to.  So I've decided to a monthly look-back on this year.
January 2017 - I participated in "A Fresh Blog Hop" so I decided to make a buffalo nickel mini; a Fire Department block; and a lemon sweet and sour experiment.
February 2017 - I was the speaker at a local guilt guild' next block Marine emblem; an Army emblem; an Air Force emblem and canned tomatoes.
March 2017 - I chopped a bushel of onions and froze them; made a strip quilt; and started making backing from my stash.
April 2017 - Went to Deer Camp with the wacky girlfriends.
May 2017 - Cousin Clark's first real experience with the wild hog epidemic; made another fractured diamond quilt.
June 2017 - Canned figs; straightened my stash; started to identify the feet of my sewing machines.
July 2017 - Mr. Cowboy finds a CLEVIS!!!; canned pickles.
August 2017 - Harvey devastation in Texas; had lost my Mojo but finally found it; ate at Bud Jones Bayou restaurant in Tyler, TX; and Mr. Cowboy caught and released an 8 pounder.
September 2017 - Making Veteran quilts to give away in November.
October 2017 - A get-away to Galveston with Mr. Cowboy; my fascination with elephants; and my celebration of 1600 posts.
November 2017 - Honoring Veterans with the quilts.
December 2017 - My water color venture; a commissioned quilt; and recipe using Chow Mein noodles.
And now some family stuff.
Daddy and the little people.  Can you identify the "wild child" in this photo......LOL!!
Mommy, Daddy and said wild child.
See this sweet little face. Who could possible resist her.  The other day when the family visited, this little one wore GoGo out. In fact I'm still recovering......WHEW!
Enjoy this last day of 2017, celebrate with discernment and then............................................  Happy New Year!!!

Dec 24, 2017


Sorry about the poor quality of the photo.
Many thanks to one of my favorite blogs Plain Chicken for this fantastic recipe. Of course I tweaked it somewhat to fit my family's taste, so if you want to original recipe, pop over to Plain Chicken to find it plus some other great recipes of all kinds!!!
Here's my version.
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup candied pecans
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup of your other favorite nuts
  • 1 candy bar finely crumbled
  • 3/4 cup semisweet white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 to 1 cup peanut butter
  1. Combine chow mein noodles, nuts and crumbled candy bar together and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and corn syrup in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. This takes about 5 minutes.  Add peanut butter to that and continue to stir another minute or so until peanut butter dissolves. Remove from heat. 
  3. Pour melted mixture onto dry mixture.  Gently stir together and pour onto a large greased pan spreading mixture evenly.
  4. Allow to cook at least 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Cut into bars and enjoy!!!
This was the second batch I've made in a week so they go fast!!
Now onto something awesome, if I do say so myself.
Two of my grandbabies are growing up so fast it blows my mind.
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Dec 20, 2017

A New Direction

So, I'm in a down spot when it comes to sewing anything these days. I think it's the winter doldrums. So I've decided to to try my hand at painting using watercolors. I use to do this when I was teaching but it's been at least 12 years since I've picked up a brush.

I chose a scene and started to pencil it out.

I'm using a #2 pencil lightly.

Now, the fun starts. Watercolors!!!

I know that this first scene is going to be rough but I'm loving the process.

I've used Rubber Cement on the woodpecker so that the watercolors won't bleed into it. Tomorrow or whenever, I'll rub off the cement and complete everything.  I'll also need to do a bit more work on the tree bark.

Dec 11, 2017

And The Winner Is

Hi everyone. Well, I complained about the 28 degree weather here in central-ish Texas the other day and wouldn't you know it....all I had to do was wait a few days. We're back up to 70 degrees (Shout-ie  voice here)!!! OMG! Now I'm sweating profusely but I think I'll still purchase that coat just in case.
Okay, so Mr. Cowboy pulled a name from the old cowboy hat finally. The winner is desertskyquilts.
Congratulations to you. You know the drill. Leave a comment and I'll talk with you via email soon.
Next, I'll be a bit sporadic blogging for the rest of December as I'm sure we all will. The holidays can get a bit hectic at best. So, if you don't hear from me for awhile, Merry Christmas.....Happy New Year!!!!!

Dec 7, 2017

Ah, December!

Sorry, no photos in this post. I'm here to talk about the last month of the year in Texas. It's been about 15 or so years since I've purchased a winter coat. In fact, I can't find and don't remember the color of the last one. I'm saying this because it has gotten cold around the farm all of a sudden.
I'm sure you've all heard, just wait a few minutes for the weather to change here in Texas!!! Well, it did, from 75 degrees the other day to 38 degrees with sleet all day today. Plus the wind is about 5 mph. I know that 5mph doesn't sound very much except when you add the cold and dampness. 

Burrrrrrrrr!  I'm a summer kind of girl. I can cool off much faster than I warm up.
Oh dear, I'll need to purchase coat and quick.  Mr. Cowboy went out to feed the critters all bundled up in his overalls, a skull cap under his cowboy hat, gloves, boots......the works.
I'm already praying for spring.....LOL.
What's your favorite season and why?
I'm thinking I'll do a FQ give away from the comments.  Mr. Cowboy will love pulling a name from the old cowboy hat so leave a comment to participate.


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