Saturday, August 29, 2009

End of August...

I can't believe it's the end of summer already.I wanted to share some photos of this past week.



Remember I had mentioned our birdfeeder and squirrels.Well,my husband glanced over and noticed what looked like someone's left over apple,but upon getting closer,noticed it was indeed sunflower heads and seeds.

Our neighbor has huge sunflower seed plants that stay till they fall over.We followed the seed trail to what you see in the pic of fallen sunflower plants pulled by the squirrel toward our yard.I really hope she doesn't think we are taking her sunflower seeds,since all evidence is pointed in our direction.LOL


And ofcourse the birdfeeder that is feeding squirrels and birds.

Then going into the backyard,he came across this adorable little grasshopper,Jiminy Cricket,who we thought was adorable,as you can see Jiminy is smiling for the camera. :) I think he was however,none too happy at the many times my husband had to stop him in mid hop to pose him back on the flowerpot for the next pic.But,in the end he merrily hopped off,happy to be rid of us for the day.


And lastly,a trip to Joannes,two weeks left till babygirl comes,still crocheting.The rust color and white fur trim will be the cutest little boots I found a pattern for,which I will show when done.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vintage Potholder...




I just finished this vintage pattern potholder and I tweeked it as I do alot in crocheting.Here is the pattern...
http://web.archive.org/web/20040413104415/http://www.cancrochet.tekmax.com.au/rosepotholder.html
I was working on the back part today and looked down,there was Molly looking up at me covered in my white thread.LOL
Here is also a good potholder link to patterns...
http://home.inreach.com/marthac/holder.html

Monday, August 17, 2009

More Yard Work Ahead...



Today looking at what we did yesterday,cutting back all the summer and spring flowers that are gone for the summer and weeding,I have to plant more in the next two weeks.We put that red container there for the birds to have water,we need rain.I have a feeling that birdfeeder right there might be feeding squirrels,but all animals have to eat. :) I'll just keep filling it up.
Our next project is replacing those logs with brick.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

SundayMorning...

I love Sunday Mornings,my husband cooks breakfast,today it was Daddy/Daughter pancake day.


Then we cleaned out the flowerbeds,planted the flowers and put up the birdfeeder.You see the flowers and birdfeeder didn't make it to the deck,need to get some more this next weekend.We put them in the front.The purple Mum will be on the deck,but the yellow and maroon ones had to go in the front.All that cleaning has made the flowerbeds look bare with all the spring flowers gone and summer ones fading.
We had to water the yard with a soaker hose,because tomorrow it will be almost 100 and no rain in sight.So,you see the little katydid,relative to the grasshopper found my flowers,he had to find another home. ;) I love katydids and grasshoppers,but they eat plants.So,this one had to be put in another safe place.




So,while we were doing all the planting,weeding and watering,guess what my daughter was doing?You got it,soaking in a little pool on the deck,just chilling.Geesh!LOL

DaddysBurger Night...

Okay,my husband is famous with my kids,family and thier friends for his burgers.So,I wanted to have him tell how he makes them and what all he uses.Just pay no nevermind to the black bananas,it's for my banana bread tomorrow...

1.He has to have his brown bowl,it's a given.And ofcourse his moose dishtowel over his shoulder,also a given.Anyway...
His spices are Red Robin Seasoning,which you can buy at Red Robin,and McCormick Steak Seasoning salt.

2.He mixes the seasonings and sprinkles some on bottom of our black iron frying pans and on a plate that he sits the patties on.You notice the aluminum foil everywhere,LOL,I always used to get on to him for his grease splatters,this is his remedy for that.



3.He uses,now this is his gig,so he said to say he uses 7 ritz crackers to a pound of beef,now it can't be 8 or it can't be 6,my words. ;)
He crumbles the crackers up finely in the bowl and sprinkles the seasoning on top.

4.He puts the beef in the bowl and starts mixing in the cracker/seasoning mix,(I am so glad he does).He shows in the pic about how much he uses to a patty.The interesting part,now he has this all down to a technique,he has actually tested all of this,(I'm smiling and just agreeing).He takes burgers quite seriously.



5.He doesn't just make the patties,he rolls and twists and pats while forming them,to mix the meat up good,because it keeps the burger from cracking and splitting while cooking.After preheating the pan about 5 minutes...

6.He cooks them between medium and medium high,as they are cooking the burger will start to swell up in the middle.What's happening is the raw meat is going up and to keep an even cooking burger when they start to do that,he'll pat them down with a fork,not flat,just even.One of the reasons he pats them down is,the swelling or rising of the burger will cause uncooked meat in the edges of the burger.

7.He will turn the burger around,not flipping it yet,so that the outside will be the inside.In other words,at about five minutes into cooking that side,switch from inside to outside edge.You know how things cook better in the middle of the pan, if you turn them around halfway through cooking on that one side,you won't have to cook them as long.So the outeredge is turned to the middle inside and what was the inside edge of the burger is now on the outside edge of pan.Whew!Hope I didn't overexplain it,and you got my point.

8.After about ten minutes the edges will start to look cooked,at this point,turn them over.You poke three holes in the middle of each burger,cook ten minutes and you will know they're done when you push down on the burger with a clean fork and juices will run clear.At this point he turns them over to ensure any raw meat from fork while turning didn't get on burger cooked side,so about one minute and it's done.

9.Please make sure you change forks out when touching raw meat onto the cooked meat at any time.And at this point...
You better have those buns,tomatoes,onions,cheese,ketchup,mustard,pickles,whatever.
I use either Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to the side or onion dip,instead of mayo.Oh,and these are American burgers,so you better have Pepsi.LOL


YardDay Tomorrow...



Tomorrow is clean flowerbeds and straighten deck day.I got a few little mums and another birdfeeder and seed.Yay,I love doing it,but it will be in the 90's,yuck!I feel so bad for the poor little birds,it's been so hot,hardly any rain and we need to take care of our little animals.Oh,and I am a Lowe's freak,pffffttt!

To the mountains...



























Oh,we had an awesome day,we drove to the mountains to the Apple Orchard and our favorite little country store down from there.It's so beautiful over there and we go a number of times in the summer and in September.