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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Meals, a sewing project, weather, etc

Hello everyone 
My last post was about concerns for my husband and that illness.  
Well, all my precautions worked and I didn’t catch it.  He is pretty much better but has been though a lot with so much coughing.  
So if there is sickness in you home,  my advice is 
- try to keep as much distance as possible between you and the sick person
-Wash your hands often and especially if you handle anything that the sick person has handled like their dishes
-Be careful with dishes-I sanitized hours by running the dishwasher on the sanitize cycle. But if I was doing them by hand, I think I would pour boiling water on any dishes used by the sick person
-If possible, sleep in a different room than the sick person
-I asked my husband not to go in the kitchen, but if he just had to, I put a box of latex gloves on the counter for him to put a pair on if he had to touch anything. And I think he only went in the kitchen one time and he did wear gloves
-Be careful with laundry and towels. If possible wash, wash the sick persons, laundry in hot water.
That’s pretty much what I did and it worked for us. But it’s just my advice. I am not a doctor.


My most recent sewing project is a cover for my KitchenAid mixer’s bowl.  
It was a simple, sewing project. I used a pizza pan to cut out my circles. 
Mine is reversible with chickens on one side and a print on the other.

Meals -We’ve eaten at home all meals, except once when we went to Oklahoma City a couple days ago
But apparently I took very few photos of those meals 
Breakfast for supper 2 nights 

Swiss steak from a recipe shared by 
Terri at Blue House Journal

I made it exactly as she posted.  I’ve made Swiss steak many times but never put bell pepper in it.  Terri’s recipe uses bell pepper and is delicous!  
It’s very easy too.  

I rarely bake anymore but we had a small family gathering and another family member was going to see other family on a road trip. 
So I bake a double batch of Pound cake and a single batch of cake mix cookes.  
The 2 containers were sent on the trip and the desserts on the white plate were shared with family that night.  

We had super cold temperatures and snow that kept bus home for almost week.
Then a few days after that mostly was over,  we had ice.  
Ice is the worst!  It makes every surface slippery with walking and driving both treacherous. 

Thankfully we in a stretch of pleasant weather for the foreseeable future.  

Hope you are all well 
❤️ Rhonda 

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Cooking ahead… Just in case

My husband spent a week in Arkansas, helping his elderly parents.
When he returned, he had a horrible respiratory illness. He did not go to the doctor, so we don’t know what it was, but he had the worst cough, and just felt terrible.

I was afraid I might catch his cold.
I washed my hands all the time and we stayed in different rooms
And I was just as careful as I could be.
But just in case I might get sick, I spent some time doing some cooking so we would have easy things to reheat

(But if or your family don’t like “leftovers” this blog post is not for you) 

I used this big package of extra lean ground beef that had been in the freezer for awhile 

I used these fresh ingredients plus some cherry tomatoes

Those are the dry ingredients

Results - 
Tossed salad, A box with sliced tomatoes and lettuce for sandwiches, and another container with toppings for tacos

I used about a fourth of the hamburger to make the goulash, the dish with tomatoes, bell peppers and macaroni
I  used about a fourth of the meat with brown gravy mix and it can be served over the cooked egg noodles
Then, about half of the meat was seasoned with taco seasoning, onions, and bell peppers
We don’t normally eat beef meal after meal but I was cooking with what I had and was doing it easy. 
 It’s also 96% lean beef 

I cleaned up as I went
From start to finish it took just a little over an hour
And I’m very happy to have the mess of cooking over with for several days.  
After I loaded the dishwasher, I sat down with a bowl of grapes and my bowl of water


To help my memory, and in case, my husband ends up doing meals, I wrote down the ready made foods and put the list on the refrigerator  door. 

My husband got back Wednesday and he is so much better now.  And so far on Saturday, I have no symptoms of what he has.
He had the worst cough, I really don’t know how he is doing so much better so fast.
Other times, when either one of us have had a bad cold or respiratory situation, it has taken at least 10 days to get over it

When he got back here to Oklahoma, he started taking this daytime and nighttime medicine
We don’t know if that’s why he got better so fast. It certainly seemed to help his symptoms.
I’m not a doctor and I’m not giving medical advice. I’m just telling you what worked for him.  

I was told by a visiting nurse who was caring for  my older relative that there is some sort of a mystery respiratory disease going around, it has symptoms like Covid and RSV but it is neither one of those.
And again, we don’t know what my husband had except what he had mostly had terrible respiratory symptoms

I hope you all are staying healthy and warm, if you’re living in this cold weather right now.  


Friday, January 12, 2024

Sewing in 2024

I have not sewn much in the last few years but my fabric and sewing supplies have multiplied several times because of getting so much stuff from 3 different people.  
So one of my plans for 2024 was to get my sewing room organized.
You’re going to see a lot of stuff and I even did a big declutter around November.  
The main thing that needed done was there so much fabric stacked in the closet and when I did want to sew, I couldn’t find what I wanted.  

I really should have taken before photos but here are the after photos.  

It’s nothing Pinterest-Worthy but now  I know where everything is and can find what I need in the future. 

The closet in this room is big but the sides are hidden by the wall so I don’t plan on using either end of the closet except for big things.  
There are several empty drawers.  So I may do even more organizing or I may just leave them empty.  

We are just 2 people living in a 4 bedroom house and that’s why I can have a whole bedroom dedicated to sewing.  
We’ve talking about moving someplace smaller but moving is so complicated…..so for now,  we are staying here.  

Here are my first sewing projects for 2024- extra large heat protective mats 
We tend to serve most of meals buffet style and so does our daughter
In their home, they have a huge kitchen island covered with a man made stone
I made the mats for their house very thick- denim on the bottom, 2 layers of Insulbrite and a thick twill on the top.  
I gave them to her Monday and she took them home and served their supper on them that same night
They had Thanksgiving leftovers that had been frozen.  

I made ours with just one layer of Insulbrite and quilting cotton fabric on both sides.  
All the mats are about 18 inches wide and 43 inches long.  

Now when I serve meals,  I won’t need to use wobbly trivets or all my potholders under the hot foods.  

If you don’t know sewing products- Insulbrite a heat protective fabric used mostly to fill potholders.  

Around Christmas we were at our daughter’s home and they cooked  4 sour dough pizzas for a group.  We were spreading our every potholder they owned to protect their 
island from the hot pizza stones.  
These runners will look better and be much safer than potholders.  I know they will use theirs often.  


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Easy supper

Some of the grands are here so I cooked a kid-pleasing, easy meal- burgers with lots of fresh toppings and brownies.  

Much of it is compliments of Kroger. 
Oklahoma has no brick and mortar Kroger stores but we can get Kroger delivery from a distribution center about an hour away. 
Before Christmas,  I placed a large order, maybe 15 bags full.  When it arrived,  there were packages of frozen burger patties that I did not order in 2 different bags.
When stores mistakenly deliver things,  they never want them back and tell the customer to enjoy or pass the product on to a friend.  
Kroger Delivery offers 2 Free-bees every week.  A few weeks ago,  one was brownie mix.  The past Free-Bees have been products like peanut butter, barbecue sauce, canned vegetables, food storage bags, etc. 
The buns were also from Kroger, from their flash sales available just before you check out.  

I rarely find sales I want in local grocery stores so I’m very thankful for Kroger delivery.

The grandsons and my husband were especially happy with their supper tonight ๐Ÿ˜‹

❤️ Rhonda

Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy 2024 ๐ŸŽ‰

I certainly hope it’s going to be a happy 2024- who knows though…..the last few years have been pretty rough.  
But I’m an optimist so I’ll be looking for happy days ahead.  

I made a new to do list for this week.  

To celebrate the new year coming in,  we watched a livestream from Branson last night.  It was by the Haygoods and Clay Cooper and team.  
It was really good and certainly cheaper and easier than an actual trip.  
At midnight,  they had a big ballon drop that looked really impressive on screen. 

Today,  our daughter and family came for our traditional new years lunch, based on old Southern traditions 
Black eyed peas, cabbage, rice, cornbread muffins and sausage.  

JJ is growing but I still think he and the New Year elf, bought years ago at a thrift store, resemble each other.  

Goals for 2024 

My list is short and realistic for what I could accomplish 

Daily I plan to 

Read Bible
Sew anything 

I want to do  Casual couponing 1 or 2 deals a week 
Last week I went to CVS and got a giant jug of Tide for about $9

I plan to do small deals on products we use.  But it will be very casual.  I thought about going to Dollar General Saturday when they have the $5/25 coupon but I didn’t feel like leaving home.  

Continue decluttering and downsizing home possessions - I’ve done a lot over the last 2 years but would still like to do more. 

Pay off Avalon My husband couldn’t drive his pickup anymore (back issues) so he traded it for a comfy sedan the end of the summer.  There is a small loan with a low interest rate for the difference.  We’ve been paying extra and hope to pay it off in the spring.  

Double savings account at the credit union 

As weather permits- get back yard straightened up 

❤️ Rhonda