Jam Packed Post ~ Please Read!

I am going to cover a lot of subjects this morning so hang on to your hats! I have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment and I would like to drag you all down with me!!

Shout Out #1: Rachel over at Neat Things.  You have to take a look at the cake she made for a going away party.  WOWZERS! That’s my girl! Her paternal grandmother (the best cake decorator in the world) would be so proud of her.  I have often wished she could have lived to see how her granddaughters followed in her footsteps. Hint:


International Overall Day: is coming together.  I doubt very seriously (VERY seriously) if we can get any sort of proclamation but who cares?  I am however working on contacting companies that sell overalls to donate gift certificates so that we might have a GRAND giveaway sometime in the future.  In the meantime if you wear overalls, love overalls, love someone who wears overalls, join the fun. Leave a comment or email me and we will start a flickr group soon.  Sound like fun? And here is your picture of the day:

onthephoneThis is Rachel on the phone with my mom about a month before Ben was born.  She had been folding baby clothes and getting things ready for Ben’s birth.  I wish you could see the stacks of baby shirts and diapers on the bed with her.  She has always been quite the little organizer.

Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver: Will begin again this coming Friday June 5th.  I told you it wouldn’t be long!  If you plan on participating please let me know.  I will make a post specifically pertaining to this event tomorrow (Thursday) with all the new and improved rules and regulations and then on Friday you will find the recipe for the week’s challenge.  Hint: if you don’t have berries of some sort, plan on getting some 🙂 And YES, there will be prizes involved!


Next Holiday: Fourth of July and all the great food that brings!  The last week of this month (June) I will devote to recipes, menus and decorating ideas for the 4th.  For all my friends who live outside the US, bear with us…this is a big deal around these parts!


Cookbook Update: Well, the first agent I approached with my idea(s) passed so that’s not great news.  However, I believe all things in their own time.  In the meantime while I am waiting on a real deal, I am going forward with self publishing my little series of cookbooklets.  Pies will be first and hopefully within 6-8 weeks I will have them in my etsy shop for sale. But don’t hold me to that date  ’cause I tend to over estimate what can be done in a 24 hour period.  But I am finishing it.  It is to the proofing stage…so that is progress.


Crafty: One of our all time favorite librarians is leaving our local library for bigger and better things.  We will miss her.  Today is her going away party (the cake Rachel made is for that party).  I made her a Housewarming Basket for her new home.


(Isn’t that the cutest broom handle you ever saw???)

This is a little part of the note (the pink paper tied with rickrack) I wrote her explaining the components of the basket…thought you might like the info in case you ever had occasion for such a gift.

First of all the broom.  And what a pretty broom it is!  My granny taught me that you NEVER take an old broom in to a new home.  You are supposed to start your new life with a clean sweep!  So now you can!  In  the basket you will find two cloth bags that will do just fine to take to the grocery when you need just a couple of things or to keep your potatoes and onions fresh.  They are sturdy and should last a long time.  Inside those bags are flour, hoping you will always have food and friends to share it with.  Salt so you will always have spice in your life!  Honey to remind you of the sweetness of life and friends, both new and old.  Olive oil for good health all the days of your life.  A wooden cutting board representing stability, peace and harmony in your new home and candles so you will always have light.  The apron is just because.  Just because I wasn’t sure you had one, and if you do…well now you have two! The lavender plant is on of my favorite plants.  I thought you might like it too.  She will need lots of sunshine so you will want to put her outdoors at your new home.  The soap and rag are for your new kitchen sink.  Enjoy the gifts.  You will be missed!

What could I have possibly left out of this post?  If you have gotten this far…THANK YOU!  Oh I suppose I could give you a recipe, that should be about enough.  This is from the Pie booklet…

Yogurt Pie with Granola Crust

1 1/2 c. granola (reserve 1/4 c.)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. margarine
1/4 c. honey
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. lo-fat yogurt
2 tsp. vanilla
fresh fruit (optional)

If granola is very coarse, grind to medium-fine in blender, doing 1/2 cup at a time. Blend granola, brown sugar and margarine. Press onto sides and bottom of 9-inch pie plates. Chill well before using. Soften cream cheese to room
temperature. Beat until fluffy with electric mixer or wooden spoon. Blend in yogurt. Beat in honey and vanilla. Turn into pie shell, spreading evenly. Chill overnight. Before serving, top with fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas or your favorite). Sprinkle reserved granola crumbs on top. Cut and serve.



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Wow Susan you are one busy woman. Let me just say first that Rachael’s cake is fabulous! She nailed it. She is obviously super talented. I love your gift for the departing librarian, I am sure she will too, so thoughtful. I’m sorry the agent passed, something I am sure he/she will regret in the future when your cookbooks are bestsellers.

Honestly Victoria, busy is best for me. When my husband is gone and I dont have TOO much to do, I am pretty miserable. Unless you spend a lot of time away from your love, then maybe that sounds silly. But I miss him so much…busy is better.


just sent you an email, excited about what next !:)

What a great going away gift! Wonderful idea. And I’m looking forward to see what the baking challenge is!

I’m tired now. I gotta take a nap. Woman you are too much!

Looking forward to the revamped Friday Baking fun!

I figured that you must have something very important to say , from your title, and you did. Lovely gift basket and thoughtful items. Yes, I have mentioned to you that we wear overalls at our place. So tomorrow you are unveiling the Friday baking with…. You mentioned to let you know if we were planning on participating. I will wait and see what your “new rules” are before I commit again. People out here are hesitant to participate after you just dropped those of us who participated, posted and followed your rules of participation.

Sorry if I put you or anyone else off with my change of plans. Life happens sometimes and it had nothing to do with anything other than illness in my family and too many things going. I hope you will choose to play again. Not many rule changes … just trying to make them easier to understand if that is possible. You really can just play along, and dont have to let me know either way. Maybe you will just find some new recipes to try. I assure you I followed thru with a winner for that last week if you will look back at my posts and thought I was pretty upfront about why I was temporarily postponing the next recipe. May I wasnt clear. But anyway, the post will be up in the morning, for those who are going to give it another try. Happy Baking Everyone!

Love the going-away basket … reminds me of the scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when the Baileys were welcoming the Martinis (I think that was their name) into their new home. So fun!

I have one pair of overalls, pale green … got them at the thrift store for less than $2. Not the most attractive piece in my wardrobe, but certainly one of the most comfortable LOL! I wear them when I have a lot of work to do in the garden.

Looking forward to the Friday baking … I haven’t participated because I need to stay away from sugar, but I do enjoy living vicariously! Maybe if any of the recipes don’t call for a lot of sugar, I can try substituting agave nectar or xylitol … just have to be careful because they tend to burn.

Oh Jennifer…not everything will be sweets I promise!!! Hope you are able to join us! Be sure and check tomorrow’s post for all the details!

Hey I love the granola pie idea! Thanks so much. I know I am not as fancy as this blog and others, but I sure would be flattered if you would add me to your blog list. Thank you so much!

You got it! And your blog is lovely!

Good night, you busy little bee!! Rachel’s cake is amazing! Your housewarming basket is spot on perfect and I, for one, cannot wait for your Pie cookbooklet.
You never cease to amaze me with all that you accomplish!

Wow !! You did cover a lot but I loved every word of it.

Thank for the pie recipe, I believe I have everything on hand to try it today or tomorrow.

That was a very cute gift you made up. I even learned a few things that I will keep in my notebook for when I get a chance to gift someone like this.

Sign me up for the Friday Baking !! I for one am glad that you are starting over. I somehow got behind here on your blog and then never really understood about the Friday Baking thing that you were doing. It never came to me to look back at your post to see how it all started lol……

For the berries, can they be frozen or do I need to get fresh ones. My frozen ones are left over from last harvest of berries. They aren’t too old, do you think?


Hey Pat! I think your berries will be fine. I am going to post the “new rules” in just a few. Happy to have you on board!

Great post with a lot to take in! Count me in for the baking event! Love Rachel’s cake! What a talented girl she is, but then again that’s no surprise. Look at her mom!

love the gift idea. so glad to see the cookbook coming along. can’t wait to get a copy:) yes you stay busy:)
have a great weekend.