Sunday, January 15, 2023

Food, Fabric Fun and Football

 It's been a busy few weeks around here. Lots of food fixing & freezing, plus a renewed interest in creating a few trivets. When we are watching football I like to keep my hands busy, and making trivets is akin to knitting in that way.

Football is ramping up with post-season games and miraculously the Jags not only won their division but won the Wild Card game against the Chargers! Go Jags!! 

Photo coutesy o Club Continental in Orange Park, FL

In the food department I've been having fun with Boston butt roasts, on sale, and very freezable. I usually take the pan drippings, stir in a 1/3 C or so of water, then freeze that in an ice cube tray. When reheating, drop a couple of the cubes in the covered pot with the pork and warm it up slowly. Keeps the meat very moist, gives you the prospect of gravy should you want it, and is super flavorful.

5.5 lbs and has a nice bit of "bark". I roast @ 450°
for 15 minutes, then drop the temp to 275° for the
remainder of the cooktime.

Another cooking project was a different kind of stuffed pepper. Walmart had these large, beautiful, 4-lobed bell peppers on sale, perfect for stuffing. I couldn't resist. Normally, I use ground beef, black beans, rice, cilantro and tex/mex spices. This time I had some ground turkey I had stocked up on (on sale @ Aldi), and I decided to make more of a turkey alfredo style pepper using sautéed mushrooms, cubed zucchini and onions, plus brown rice and alfredo sauce as the binder. Topped them with shredded parm and buttered panko bread crumbs. Wow, they turned out really good (I was kind of surprised since I was just winging it).

Baked @325° for 30 minutes, then under the broiler briefly
to brown the bread crumbs. Tasty, and 2 pairs to freeze.

One of the projects that I had really been putting off was re-organizing the upstairs linen closet/medicine cabinet. When you have a health plan that gives you a quarterly stipend for OTC drugs and supplies, you use it. Hence extras of bandaids, pain relievers, first aid creams and the like. It had been piling up and needed to be organized in the worst kind of way. Took me most of one morning. Here's the after shot, forgot to take a before (kind of glad about that, lol).

So much better now, but can we keep it that way

I went thrifting the other day and scored a nice, adjustable rolling tray table. It's perfect for my various craft projects and I can roll it aside when not working on it. That leaves my larger work table in the craft room open for bigger projects.

Rolling tray table has my newest trivet on it.

And speaking of trivets, here's a collage that shows the 3 trivets I sent over to our daughter's house, and the 2 newest ones. It's fun again, for which I'm grateful.

And last but not least, we had our 48th anniversary last week and celebrated with a wonderful steak dinner and some decadent desserts. FYI - If you have an Aldi near you, check to see if they have these there. Kind of spendy but worth it for a special occasion Absolutely fantastic!! 😊

The Lava cakes are imported from France and
the chocolate mouse cups from Belgium.

I think that about wraps it up for this post, thanks for stopping by.


  1. Lots going on here, love the title. Except for the Football, which I'm not into at all, the food and fabric look great! Love the table. The roast and stuffed peppers made my mouth water BUT those desserts! Yummy. Happy belated 48th anniversary!

    1. Thanks Patsy. Yep, the desserts were really an easy way to cap off our special day.

  2. Happy anniversary! Those Aldi treats look delicious!

  3. Love your new foldable craft table. You could roll it under sofas or for having breakfast in bed! That's a lot of OTC products :-) Can you get beauty products too? Not surprising you came up with some yummy food again!

    1. Well, the table doesn't fold like the one I have out west, but it is super handy anyway and much more robust. Wish I could get more personal care products, lol, but nope, what they offer is all generic. The trivet factory is really starting to take off!!