Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Old Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad

I wanted to use up what was left of some sauerkraut so I scaled this down and served it with our bar-b-que on Sunday. Good stuff folks:@) This Old Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad whips up in no time, and is actually better if you can let it mingle for a few hours. I'd consider this an alternative to mayonnaise based cole slaw, and had some with a hotdog. Simply drain the kraut, don't press it dry, and be sure to adjust the salt to taste. My best tip: I suggest using a mild olive oil or vegetable oil, my extra virgin olive oil was pretty assertive, but did mellow with time. Have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with this side dish folks, don't hesitate to give it a try if you're up for something different. Be sure to stay tuned, I'll have a little mini series of sauerkraut ideas coming up...
Easily cut in half, 
or estimated for lesser amounts.

Old Fashioned Sauerkraut Salad -from here
32 oz sauerkraut, drained
3 Tblsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
half apple, chopped-peel if desired
1 tsp sugar
S&P to taste
fresh parsley or dill for garnish
~Mix everything together, chill at least one hour and serve.

Eat well and Have a Happy Day:@)

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Barbie Diamond Mesh Top & More Diamond Mesh Bling...

Here's another fun no-sew Barbie top made from shiny diamond mesh ribbon. All that's required is some ribbon, a little string, velcro, and hot glue. It took all of about 15 minutes to make, and I think it turned out cute, love the straps:@) This can be a Summer Top or a Bathing Suit Top... The blingy ribbon is a blast, and I still find it at Dollar Tree today.

  • Cut a length of diamond mesh ribbon approximately 5" long, or about 24 rows.
  • Hot glue velcro to each end.
  • Tie string (I used clear fishing line) around center.

  • Cut a length of diamond mesh ribbon approximately 6 1/4" long, or about 30 rows.
  • Cut a single row off.
  • Lay center of single row on center of top. Wrap string around the center rhinestone on both sides to secure it to top. Tie good knot and cut ends of string off.

  • Put top on doll, wrap it snugly around her back, secure the velcro closed.
  • Lay straps over doll's shoulders to get idea of where they fall on the back.

  • I hot glued the straps right next to the velcro closure on each end. I also glued them 2 rhinestones deep. This meant I trimmed one rhinestone off of each side of the strap.
  • The top is now complete.

Other no-sew diamond mesh top tutorials:

Barbie says a girl can never have too much bling!

Make something just for fun and 
Have a Happy Day:@)

Monday, May 27, 2024

Simple Sloppy Chili -Three Ingredients with Options...

Once again I'm using Dollar Tree for inspiration, and it led to this Sloppy Chili... They had cans of Sloppy Joe Sauce, as well as pinto beans. So I cooked up some ground beef, drained the beans, tossed in the sauce and wa-la, lunch was served:@) I purposely kept this super simple, but there are tons of options... G-Mom-B would never serve Sloppy Joes without adding onion and green pepper while the beef cooked. One can of sauce is more than enough for one pound of beef and one 15 oz can of beans. Or if you want to cut back on the meat, maybe 1/2 lb beef and 28 oz beans. Feeding a crowd (or hungry teenage boys...) stretch it to 1 lb meat and 28 oz beans. Have an extra hotdog or two from the grill out? Yep, slice and toss it in too. How about all vegetarian, use all beans. And as soon as the gardens start producing... Maybe add in some diced zucchini as well. Lots-of-options...
Cooking for One Tip: Since I live alone I like to keep Walmart's Sam's Club Black Angus Burgers in the freezer. I use them as ground beef for anything, it's easy to cook and crumble a burger, but we can't turn a frozen pound of ground beef into burgers:@)

Simple Sloppy Chili
Up to 1 lb ground beef
Up to 28 oz canned pinto beans, drained & rinsed
14.5-15 oz can Sloppy Joe Sauce
~Cook beef, drain fat, add beans and sauce, heat through.

Eat well and Have a Happy Day:@)

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Grilling Season! Pineapple Marinade, BBQ Sauce Pineapple Slices & Pina Colada Carrot Salad

I thought we'd kick of grilling season with a little round-up of pineapple recipes, sound good? Good:@) Let's pick up a can of sliced pineapple and use the juice in this three ingredient Pineapple Marinade for Chicken or Pork. It's a quick marinade that's a little sweet, a little savory. It's good for kabobs or bigger pieces of meat.

As for the slices, let's grill them too... This Savory Grilled Pineapple with BBQ Sauce makes a great side dish that's a little unexpected. Simply use your favorite bar-b-que sauce. Even if you opt out of the sauce, toss some slices on the grill to get a nice char. Good stuff folks!

If you happen to reserve a slice or two, dice it and add it to this Pina Colada Carrot Salad for a refreshing side dish:@) This salad would be perfect with any grilled meal, and is extra easy if you start with store bought shredded carrot. 

And I'm still lovin' this Pineapple Coconut Water at Walmart
splash of rum optional:@)

🍍Let's Fire Up the Grill and,
Have a Great Weekend:@)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Inspirational Friday

Have a Nice Memorial Day Weekend:@)

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Hellmann's Macaroni Salad

I'm thinking about trying some of the tried and true classic recipes for summer salads instead of just winging it like I usually do:@) Years ago I made Creamettes Macaroni Salad here, it had eggs and cheese and was very good. On today's menu, Hellmann's Macaroni Salad. This is the first time I've added white vinegar to a macaroni salad, it brings a nice little zing. I also loved the good amount of fresh vegetables, they add a cool crunch that will be welcome in the warmer weather. This is a refreshing side salad that will appeal to anyone that likes a little zippy bite, please note there is very little sugar in this recipe.

Hellmann's Macaroni Salad
8 oz elbow macaroni, cooked and run under cold water, drained
1 C Hellmann's Mayonnaise
2 Tblsp white vinegar
1 Tblsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar
1 C celery, thinly sliced
1 C green or red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 C white or yellow onion, chopped
*1 tsp salt
*1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar in bowl. 
  2. Mix in everything else.
  3. *Add S&P to taste.
  4. Served chilled.
Eat well and Have a Happy Day:@)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Barbie Summer Hat or Beach Hat -Free Sewing Pattern

Barbie says it's getting warm out and every girl needs a few hats to help protect her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But more importantly (in Barbie's world) she says hats can be super cute too:@) Use any cotton fabric, in any design or color, maybe make a few to match different outfits. Now, life is funny folks, and things don't always turn out to match our vision... I started with a great bucket hat pattern for humans from Hello Sewing, and thanks to my marginal sewing skills it turned into a beach hat for a Barbie doll. ~But~ in the end, I did end up with a hat, and I do like the look of it. I'm also pleased with myself that I didn't give up on the project and actually completed this itty-bitty hat! 

While I'll share the actual pattern I used for this hat, what I really suggest is that you stop by Hello Sewing, Helen shares very detailed instructions and even has a video. Very helpful indeed! And if you're feeling extra creative... Maybe make matching hats for your girl and her doll, you'll be a rock star😎

✂The pattern:
I signed up for the free download pattern, and reduced it to 28%.

What I did differently: My hat is not reversible,  and I chose to cut the outer brim with pinking shears so it didn't need a hem. I did use a sewing machine, hand stitching is certainly an option for this small hat.

Make something just for fun -if you're up to the challengeπŸ˜‰
And have a happy day!

Monday, May 20, 2024

Pierogi Quesadillas

These Pierogi Quesadillas are great for everything from breakfast to dinner, to a fun game day snack:@) It's also a good way to use up some leftover ham and mashed potatoes. I found the recipe on Taste of Home, but honestly, just wing it and simply layer what you have on-hand. To make it extra special, add sour cream, applesauce or sauerkraut on the side. Best tip: Heat mashed potatoes in microwave to be able to easily spread on tortillas. Or whip up some instant potatoes, anything goes... Super easy and very filling, don't hesitate to give it a try folks.

Good stuff:@)

Pierogi Quesadillas
Can be made with all leftovers:
Mashed potatoes
Ham, diced
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream, applesauce, sauerkraut, etc, for serving
  1. Place pat of butter in pan, use low heat to melt and spread around.
  2. Place tortilla in pan and top with mashed potatoes, ham and cheese.
  3. Place second tortilla on top. Press down as cheese melts.
  4. Carefully flip quesadilla to lightly brown and crisp the other side.
  5. Remove to board or platter, cut into serving size with a pizza cutter or knife.
  6. Serve with dippers or sides as desired.
Eat well and Have a Happy Day:@)

Saturday, May 18, 2024

New Garden Toy-Cardinals! And a Bird Feeder Kids Craft

I'd been kicking around the idea of adding a bird bath to the raised bed garden area and found this little beauty on Amazon. I love the two tiers, I added bird food to the top and water to the bottom. While it's fun to watch all birds, I knew there were cardinals in the yard and did a little research to find out what they liked... A sturdy non-wobbly feeder, a solid place to perch to eat, black oil sunflower seeds, and trees, bushes or greenery near by. It only took a couple hours for the birds to find it:@) My pics are x10 on my cell phone through the kitchen window... But hopefully one day I'll get a nice clear shot from outside. 

The dishes are sturdy and easy to lift out for cleaning. As time goes on I will probably add a couple small holes to the food dish for rain drainage. Right now I bring it in at night or if I know it will rain. 

I'm very happy with this purchase and love watching the activity! And yes, I’ve had to shoo a few squirrels away…

Neighbors playing nice... The story line: My little bird diner would be a true greasy spoon... Which the locals affectionately refer to as The Chirp and Burp Cafe:@) Alternate names (all start with The and end with Cafe): Peck and Perk, Fly and Try, Perch and Search, Seed and Feed. And finally, and maybe I’ll make a sign, Feathers Together Cafe.

Word is out and the waiting line is a long one:@)

Looking for a fun project to make with kids? Here is a Recycled K-Cup and Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder. There are lots of options, you can make it more stable by nestling it in the branches, or use this as a starting point and make improvements... 

Have a great weekend:@)