A family favorite, an easy way to feed the family on busy days, or when it is just to hot to cook!

It can be so hard to feed the family in the hot summer months. Sometimes it’s just too hot to cook, sometimes one person goes off with a friend and you have no idea if they will be home for dinner or not, sometimes an extra friend is at the table, and sometimes it’s just to fun outside to come in and cook! There are so many situations that occur in the summer that can make it tricky to eat, especially together. We are adamant family dinner people. We eat dinner together about 355 days a year, those 10 that we don’t usually are in theRead More →

A wonderful tea cozy made by a reader! -- My Workbasket

Recently my friend Heather, who reads this site and is learning to crochet, completed this tea cozy! She used the basic design of the Hygge Hat, and the ribbed stitch from the CAL (which she participated in and finished) and she completed this great tea cozy! She said she did two panels, 35 stitches each, and then just seamed them up. Way to go Heather!!! What She Used: The Hygge Hat The Rib Stitch Tutorial The CAL (We’re done, but it’s not too late!) Recently reader Leslie bought some amazing finds in a mystery bag, and I’ll be sharing those soon too! If you have aRead More →

Only 10 minutes and five ingredients make this amazing dip! Tastes great with chips or fruit and veggies!

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that my family (especially my son and I) eat a LOT of dips. We frequently will have some variety of dip for lunch with chips and veggies or fruit. I always just pull something together and have a pretty good system for always making something pretty good. Recently we had dip again, of course, and my son says “How about something with pineapple?” I said, “Well, Pineapple needs bacon!” And the following dip was the result. It is SO good. It tastes great with tortilla chips but just as good with something like apple slices or celery sticks.   Read More →

Some items that I talk about in my Weekly Workbasket this week at My Workbasket

  I can’t believe it is almost August! I’ve turned 34, my sweet niece is about to turn 10, and school supplies are in the stores. Craziness! I also have so many projects that I never got to talk about in July! So many! Most of them were for Christmas in July, so now I’ll probably save them for actual Christmas and talk about them then. Let’s talk about my Weekly Workbasket though. Read More →

The “Making Cents” column in the July 1983 issue featured one tiny little craft idea that I thought was super cute! A walnut shell strawberry magnet. I knew right away that I wanted to make it, but did wonder where I’d find a walnut shell in the middle of summer. I always put out mixed nuts at the holidays, in a vintage nut bowl I have, and if it was anywhere from November to January I’d just walk over and get one. BUT this is July, the only thing I have is pistachios, and some abandoned hazelnuts that I throw outside for the chipmunks sometimes.Read More →

When we go to visit with my parents it’s nice to see them and be part of their lives for awhile. It’s also nice to spend some time away from home, in the country, just mostly relaxing. I usually come home in a good mental place, and usually with something I have been struggling with all figured out. All of that is great, BUT the real reason I go, is for thrift shops! Here at home we have two Goodwill’s that are easy to get to and close, but I don’t like shopping there (expensive!!) There is a small independently run shop that we love,Read More →

The June 1952 issue features this “Spoke Pan Holder” and I knew right way I wanted to make it. I love the Spoke Motif, and it becomes a fairly mindless pattern once it’s set up. The pattern is quite easy, and would also be a nice afghan, or tablecloth, or even scarf, depending on what yarn or thread you use. I did this red one following the original pattern, but didn’t sew on a ring, just because I doubt I’d ever hang it up anyway. Will be super easy to add later if I want to. The Pattern Use any yarn, with a hook sizeRead More →

If you picked up this issue on the News Stand (I assume it was sold there) you may also have just bought hamburger meat at 53 cents a pound, and dropped off your $80 rent check. There is a pretty good chance your family owned a car (3 out of 5 did,) as well as a telephone (2 out of 3) or even a television! (1 out of 3) It is sad to say though that on that TV you may have watched news of the Korean War, or Nelson Mandella’s arrest, or about the polio epidemic. There was some good news this year though.Read More →

In the April 1949 issue there was an adorable little egg cozy, just basic crochet with instructions to make a rooster or a bunny. I was very excited because we eat insane amounts of eggs. My son and I will often has 2-3 soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Having cute bunnies and roosters would be a nice pick me up at the breakfast table. I got right to work and made one. First you build the basic base: Then you add the details like bunny ears or rooster parts. So I did. Went for the bunny first. And Now For the Fail: And then IRead More →

I mentioned recently that I’d be taking a trip, and I’m back. Originally I had intended to crank out some crafts, post a new thing or two, and be productive. Instead I spent some time sitting in a wheelbarrow by a fire, being driven around in a lawnmower trailer, enjoying family, and planning my garden. My son played at a playground where I went a few times as a kid, even playing on the same old firetruck. He drove the lawnmower, spent time with his cousins and grandparents, and drank way more southern sweet tea than a Maryland boy usually would. I did get aRead More →

Another potholder! Or as the magazine calls it a dish mat. And I’m super in love with it. It’s beautiful, fun, colorful, and quick! This complete project took just a few hours. I didn’t time myself, but maybe 3ish hours, total. It had some neat techniques, like that alternating edge. This potholder is from this pattern in the January 1967 issue. The original used red and white, but I opted for green. It has less contrast but is still pretty. Now to figure out where to put it. For now it’s on the table, but I already need to reorganize my pot holder stash, andRead More →