Thursday, April 26, 2012


This is what happens when strawberries are on sale at Hy-Vee.

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake.

Perfect for these warm spring days!

Check out the recipe here!
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Saturday, April 14, 2012


I consider myself a crafty person. I like to make things, create, (even though I don't think of myself as creative) and personalize the things around me. My mom was crafty, so I think that's where I picked it up. The hobby that I'm the most thankful for learning, is crocheting. It's a cheap, fun, relaxing hobby in which I can make adorable handmade gifts for friends and family. A friend from college taught me back when I was a junior, starting with a basic scarf. That scarf sat half-way finished for a long time. That same friend re-taught me just a couple of weeks after Anna was born. This time, she taught me how to make adorable baby beanie hats. Since I now had an adorable baby to wear these adorable hats, it was easy to stay motivated to finish! :)

(Oh my goodness. Check out that little face. It's hard to believe Anna was ever that small!)

I've branched out a bit, making scarves and cowls and different kinds of hats, and am in the process of making my first afghan. This afternoon, I'm heading to a baby shower, so it was a perfect reason to make one of those adorable hats.

The baby is a boy, and his daddy is a HUGE Kansas Jayhawk fan.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk! 
(I have no clue what that means, but it's their team's chant)

Anyway, I found those colors in my favorite, Vanna's Choice soft yarn.

Changing color in every row, here's what I ended up with.

I LOVE it. It might be one of my favorites that I've made. Hopefully it will fit the little guy this fall. He's due at the end of May. Hopefully, his Mom and especially his Dad will love it, too!
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

I don't like the looks of this.

I'm not sure what is going on back there, but I don't like it. All day, this truck has been tearing  down the trees and bushes along the side of the field behind our house. Now, you can very clearly see the busy road.

This is what that view used to look like. No road in sight. I sure hope they aren't planning to build houses back there. I really love this field behind our house, depsite the rodents and insects it brings. I would be okay with cows crazing, but I doubt that is the plan. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Grandma Frey's Spaghetti Sauce

A friend from our church just had a baby girl on Thursday. She has two very active little boys already, so I'm sure she was happy to hear, "It's a girl!" Some members of our church offer meals to help out that first week. Tonight is my night to take dinner to them, so I am bringing a favorite of ours, Grandma Frey's spaghetti sauce. This is super yummy, and even better, really easy to make.

Here's the recipe:

1 lb ground beef
Add one large onion chopped
-cook until meat is done, drain.

Add: Garlic powder to taste
1 large can of tomato paste
 1 large can of whole tomatoes--puree in blender
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1-2 tsp. oregano
1 can mushrooms

Let simmer.

Easy peasy and oh sooo yummy!
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