Super Fresh Salsa


Hello! A bonus post for you today as we head into the last days of summer…local gardens are overrun with tomatoes, peppers and zucchini…

I want to tell you my salsa story. I used to work as a cashier when we were paying off our credit card– second job and all that– and one of the things I noticed was that certain of my non-English-speaking customers always bought the same types of ingredients.

So one day I put them all together…and YUM! I’ll never make it any other way again.

Fresh Summer Salsa

6 roma tomatoes
1/2 red onion
1/4 c. fresh cilantro
1-3 jalepenos
Juice of one lime

Chop, toss and let marinate an hour or so before serving.
Makes about four cups. Keep refrigerated.

Salsa photo gallery 🙂

Tomatoes peeking in my needs-to-be-weeded garden

Ripening in the sun

Mixing it up

And ready to serve



Her Snazzy Shrug


Hello, Hello and Happy Wednesday!

I am late this week…I think I told you I would be? All my teacher friends have gone back to work, with their before-school-starts meetings and such…and I get ALL the kids!

We call it crazy week. 🙂 We love it. But I don’t get anything else done!

So today is the perfect time to feature a little something from earlier this summer…a cute sweater I made for two of my daughters. So easy!

Here’s how:

Using any crochet stitch pattern you like, make a rectangle. Sew the ends to make sleeves (diagram below), and then add lacey crochet edging around the cuffs and collar. I love how the edging creates a totally different look, depending on the width!

Here is my illustration… 🙂

And here are my fabulous models! 🙂 I use Caron Simply Soft because the girls and I love its silky shine and drape. These are so nice to wear to church with their pretty dresses, too, on chilly mornings.





Aren’t they funny? Both a bit of a ham, I know!

Happy hooking! Next week I will have progress to share on my rainbow granny blanket, I hope! I finally got to the store and bought more pink yarn. 😀



Have a lovely day!

Voracious V-Stitch Variation


Hello, hello and happy Tuesday!

Are the kids back in school where you are? I start back to work with my fall crowd soon. Enjoying every last minute with my brother’s children before they head back to school next week. My own start the following week…I will have one in high school, one in elementary, and homeschool the middle two. It will be nice to have that time together.

It is too hot today (and too busy over the weekend) to work on my latest project, but I did treat myself the end of last week and start something new!

You can find the free pattern here:

I don’t have Angie’s gift for color design…but I like mine well enough so far!


A simple v-stitch with a clever 2-dc cluster…I feel like I am working the blanket upside-down, but it comes out just right!

I made quite a bit of progress the end of last week.

I am a bit chagrined to discover the large amount of worsted weight yarn shades in my collection! I think I went twenty-five rows or more without repeating a color…

Midway through stitching, I began to wonder how it could be done in a square. What would the corners look like? Could I give it a nice sharp point?

It took three quite serious attempts to make something similar to the picture in my head… I imagined a giant granny square blanket, but of course I don’t have enough yarn… 🙂

There is never enough yarn in this house! 😉

Along about Friday afternoon I decided it needed to be set on point.

And here it is!

I am thinking of edging in white…or making a pillow?

First I must get my non-crochet tasks done this week… 😦

Happy hooking!
Would anyone like the square pattern? Or is there something similar already out there?

Enjoy your week!

Hello, Dolly –Summer Fun!


Hello, hello, we are back! I sooo missed posting last week. We were at a lovely, lovely cabin– with no internet! Lots of family time and cousins and just plain peace and quiet watching the pretty lake ripple.

Today’s post is all for 18-inch dollies! We have a manufacturer’s base not far from here and are blessed to know someone who works there! So each of my girls have a doll or two from the famous Pleasant Co. peeps.

I was in the mood for cotton, still, and lace…so I whipped up a little summer top.


Goodness, the varigated yarns were pretty! I’ve made several more since then!

Then came the request from my littlest one for a longer dress…a simple shell stitch did the trick and away we went!

I look forward to publishing the pattern!

And coming soon…just started working on an adorable v-stitch afghan today from le monde de sucrette! Here is hers if you’d like to peek:

First few rows! Here:

For the stripes I used this fun random generator from biscuits and jam to plan the colors:

Happy Tuesday! We pray for peace.