Family Cooking

I’m making a family cookbook!  I’m retired now folks.  I have tons of time on my hands and honestly, I can’t stay in my chair knitting ALL the time.  My daughter, Lindy, has often told me to write my recipes down for her.   My new daughters have also mentioned a recipe or two that they would like to learn to make.   So, I thought I’d make a cookbook.

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I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite recipes and hopefully get some constructive criticism.

I was a fortunate kid in the fact that my mother made a home cooked meal every night.  Almost every night, we did eat out occasionally.   I usually helped my mom cook.  I was responsible for the salad.  Yes. We had a salad with every meal.  A meat, a veggie, a carb, and a salad/fruit.

I remember when I moved out and had my first box of Hamburger Helper.  I thought it was terrible!  It tasted like cardboard to me.  I was not used to processed food.  I learned to like it.  Hamburger Helper is great on some nights.

I enjoy cooking for my family.  My daughter didn’t seem interested in learning much and I enjoyed cooking, so my daughter doesn’t know how to cook much.  She’s watched me and helped me cut up ingredients and did a bit of stirring for me, but other than that, she doesn’t know much else.   So my cookbook is directed at her and teaching her how to cook.

My mother follows directions rigidly.  (Other than when a recipe calls for soy sauce.  My mom is like an alcoholic with the soy sauce and requires direct observation.)  I follow directions more as a guideline and/or suggestions.  I eyeball almost everything.  Rarely do I measure anything out.  While creating my cookbook, I’ve been trying my best to pay attention to ingredient portions.


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Let me know what you think about the recipe.  If you make this (which I highly recommend), please tell me what you think.  I love honesty.     Let me know if my “Notes” helped.   I’m working on cooking up all the meals and taking pictures for the girls.    My daughters are helping some too!  Lauren made the Chicken Salad the other night and took pictures for me for the cookbook.

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I’m collecting recipes from all my family to add to the cookbook.  We all get to participate.  It will be a fun project and will make lots of memories.  I think it’s a great idea.

Any tips to add to my cookbook?  Has your family done anything like this?    I think I’ll add some pictures of all of us, old and new, with the recipes.  That will be fun too.

Lady Eleanor

I have finally finished The Lady Eleanor stole.  I started this about 6 years ago and I’ve finished it today!  It wasn’t that it was hard, it’s just, after awhile, I get bored with a pattern and will set it aside.  I get distracted with other projects, and sometimes, it takes a while to get back to a project.  Interestingly, this is one of my favorite things I’ve knit.  I’m not sure why it took me 6 years to finally finish it.


Not sure what happens to my shawl pins either!   I seem to loose the stick that goes thru the pin.  Hence, my knitting needle as a temporary shawl pin.   I just love this! I love the rustic feel of it.  I love that you can wear it with jeans, it’s stunning.  The Entrelac pattern looks difficult, but it’s not.  You pick up stitches and it’s comprised of short rows.   You can find this pattern in “Scarf Style” by Pam Allen.  It’s a book and you can find it on Amazon.  The yarn is “Silk Garden” by Noro.



I’ve also made my grandson, Luke, a couple hats.  This is called “The Hudson Hat” by Lindsay Baker.  I found it on Ravelry.   I did not include the side ties.  I just made the hat part.


We were playing outside this weekend with the grandkids.  Can you believe our grass is still green in December?  Talk about global warming.  We’ve just lost the leaves off the trees.  You can see some still have their leaves.  Unusual weather.  We always have a good time with the grandkids.   I think I still have a small child that lives within me.  I’m great when the kids are younger.  It’s those teenage years that I’m not very good at.


My husband, Len, loves Tom Selleck.   My cousin, Jennifer, got to meet him at The Cowboy Hall of Fame for some special event.  She just became the president of the Oklahoma National Realtor’s Association.   That’s a big deal.   She’s amazing.  Beautiful personality.  I am more of an “Auntie” to them more than a cousin.  She is one of three female sister cousins.  Crazy how life and distance change things.  I don’t see any of my cousins very often.  When I do, it’s like time hasn’t passed and the love and affection remains.


Here is an updated picture of Max.  He’s about 6 months old now.  Handsome!


Last, but definitely not the least, is a picture of my son John with his son Luke.  BEAUTIFUL.  My heart is filled with love!   I don’t remember the verse, but somewhere in the Bible, it says that a woman’s children are her crown.  Watching Lauren fall in love with her baby is just so much more than words can say.  Lauren is mine.  I’ve adopted her.  I love her.  She’s my daughter and she’s my friend.  Life sure has times of despair and sadness, but right now, mine is filled with love, beauty, and happiness.


Huge piece of my heart is right here!!!!

Where it all Began

Hello All!

I had a mother-in-law, Ada, that used to knit my children beautiful matching cardigans and hats.  I cherished them!  She is an amazing knitter and I had the most beautiful little outfits.  I asked her to teach me to knit one day, and she politely declined stating that it would take her too long to teach me.   She did live across the big pond, in the United Kingdom.   Those short few weeks of vacations just wouldn’t do.


Bill and Ada, my mother-in-law that started my knitting journey.


John and Jake in matching cardigans that Ada made.

Then the day came when I was going to be a grandmother.  I had to learn to knit!  It was now my place to give a little love like Ada gave to me and my children.   I enrolled in a months worth of weekly classes at my local Hobby Lobby.  (I had no idea yarn stores existed.).  Let me tell you, it is not easy at first!  The knitting needles feel foreign in your hands, and managing the yarn at the same time, was a mess.   I remember my first class,  I was using my belly to knit.  Don’t ask me how!  My shoulders were tense and tight.  My neck hurt.  I remember saying, “I can run a Code Blue with less stress!”.  For those of you that don’t know what a Code Blue is in the hospital setting, it’s when a person is dying and you are rushing to save their lives.  It’s a bit stressful to say the least.   Please understand, I’ve been a cardiac nurse for 20 years.  Knitting is not as hard as saving a person’s life.  Not to be insensitive, but I was sharing something stressful I do in everyday life compared to the tension I was having with learning to knit.

I was determined!  I took my project home each week and practiced and practiced and practiced.  Remember, knitting is addictive.  I was the only one in class that had each homework project finished and ready to move on to the next one.  My teacher identified me as a knitter that first week!  She said, “You are either a Knitter or not a Knitter. ”  I was definitely a KNITTER!

I have to share about my first hat.  Yes, I messed up.  Thankfully, my teacher did not make me rip it out and start over.  My husband, Leonard, still wears the hat I made.  It’s one of his favorites, mistake and all.  I had been working on the hat and put it down for the day.  When I picked it up the next time, I knit in the wrong direction.  I went from Stockinette to a Garter top portion.  I was going to throw it away because it wasn’t perfect, but, my husband dug it out of the trash and still has it somewhere.

Thats how I was introduced into the wonderful world of the fiber arts.  I only wish I had learned when I was younger.

If you are interested in learning to knit, inquire at your local hobby stores such as Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s for classes.  You also have your Local Yarn Stores (LYS) that offer classes on how to knt or crochet, along with learning more progressive skills.  There are also web sites like Craftsy that have online classes that teach you everything from casting on to intricate lace shawls.   I taught myself how to crochet from various YouTube videos.