52 Weeks Beef Meals

London Broil Meal


London Broil

Rub steak with juice from crushed garlic clove and liberally season both sides of your London broil with salt and pepper. Let it sit at room temperature on a rack set inside a rimmed baking tray for at least one hour. The salt will dissolve and will be absorbed into the meat. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat (or heat a grill pan over medium-high). Grill the first side for four minutes, then rotate 45° from its original spot on the grill (but don’t turn it over) in order to get the crosshatch grill marks. Continue to grill for another three to four minutes, then flip and repeat the process, until it’s charred and medium-rare. An instant-read thermometer should register 125°F when it’s ready—about 10 to 12 minutes total. Let it rest about 10 minutes before cutting, and serve it with a pat of butter.


Simple Green Salad

Iceburg lettuce, chopped

Tomato, diced

Carrot, Sliced

Celery, Sliced

Cucumber, Sliced

Toss and serve with dressing.




Homemade Bread

3/4 c. Milk

1/2 c. shortening

1/2 c. Sugar

1 t. Salt

2 pkg. (or 4 1/2 t.) Yeast

1/2 c. lukewarm water (110 Deg.)

4 1/2 – 3/4 c. Sifted Flour

2 eggs, room temp.


Scald milk; add shortening, sugar & salt, mix well.  Cool to lukewarm.

Sprinkle yeast on water & stir to dissolve. Beat 1 1/2 c. flour into milk mixture (at least 1 minute). Beat in eggs and yeast mix. Gradually add in enough flour (1/4-1/2 cup at a time) to make a soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth, satiny & no longer sticky, 5-8 minutes.

Place in lightly greased (Buttered) bowl, turn dough to lightly cover with grease. Cover & let rise to double, 1-1/2 hours.

High Altitude – Second Rise – Punch down, turn in bowl to grease top again and let rise to double.

Punch down & turn onto surface, divide in half. Shape as desired.

Brush top with melted butter & let rise to double, 30-45 minutes.

Bake @ 375 degrees 12-15 minutes for rolls, 15-25  minutes for loaf.

This recipe will also make cinnamon rolls.

52 Weeks Pork Meals

Pork Loin Meal


6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

salt and pepper to taste
(Opt. Chunked Celery, Chunked Carrots)

1 (4 pound) boneless pork loin roast

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

salt and pepper to taste


Prep 20 m

Cook 1 h 50 m

Ready In 2 h 25 m

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a pot with enough water to cover, boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes. Drain, cool, and place in a bowl. Toss with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, chives, salt, and pepper.
Rub the pork loin roast with 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and onion powder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, and cook 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Arrange the potatoes around the roast, and continue cooking 50 minutes, to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Remove from heat, cover with foil, and let sit 15 minutes before slicing.



Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Serve with: Cucumber/Onion Vinegar Water, Vegie Sticks, Canned peaches, Depression Era Sugarless Cake or Tillamook Ice Cream.


Just Read

The Equalizer 100 Books to Read


The Equalizer (4K UHD)   Equalizer 2


I Started looking for the list of 100 books to read before you die that were mentioned in “The Equalizer” movie but all I could find were lists and the guesses of and by someone else.

In “The Equalizer 2” I finally got to see Robert McCall’s bookshelves.  The books that I could actually identify are as follows:

  1. Between the World & Me, Ta-Nahisi Coats
  2. In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust
  3. Siddhartha, Hermann Hess
  4. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  5. Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  6. Black Power, Stokely Carmichael
  7. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  8. Native Son, Richard Wright
  9. The Double Helix, James D. Watson
  10. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway (mentioned in 1st movie)
  11. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (Mentioned in 1st movie)

One thing some of these books have in common is that they were written and focus on black urban males. I am not saying that they should not be on anyone else’s list, but as a 65 year old white rural female I don’t really identify with them.  I am still going to read them (after all, I have read the King James Bible, The Quran, The Book of Mormon, etc. though I am not any of these religions) because a different point of view is always helpful in personal growth.

Actually, everyone should have a list of books that they believe they should read before they die.  I have even started my own list.  Care to see it?  Ok, here goes, in no particular order are my first 37:

  1. The Lord of the Rings: One Volume
  2. Earth Abides
  6. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2003-03-18)
  7. The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail
  8. Mama's Bank Account (Harvest/HBJ Book)
  9. The Little House (9 Volumes Set)
  10. A Beautiful Mind
  11. Watership Down A Novel
  12. Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History (Harvest Book)
  13. Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrows Success: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success (Maxwell, John C.)
  14. Meditations
  15. Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (An Hbj Modern Classic)
  16. Holy Bible: KJV Standard Size Thumb Index Edition: Burgundy (King James Version Bible)
  17. The Book of Mormon
  18. Quran in English: Clear, Pure, Easy to Read, in Modern English - 8.5" x 11"
  19. A Brief History of Time
  20. 50 Core American Documents: Required Reading for Students, Teachers, and Citizens
  21. Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
  22. Don Quixote (Dover Thrift Editions)
  23. Civil Disobedience (Annotated)
  24. The Critique of Practical Reason  


These are the ones I have read and hope to read soon

52 weeks Crochet

Thread Motif (Sachet or Coaster)


Thread Motif (Sachet or




Crochet cotton size 10

Steel crochet hook size 7

For sachet

15” of 1/4” ribbon

2 (6”) squares of tulle


Yarn needle

Gauge: after round 3 piece should measure about 2 1/4”


Finished size: coaster-4”; sachet-4 3/4”

To work joined trc: (yo twice, insert hook in next ch 5 loop

and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on the hook

twice) 2 times; yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook.


Make 2 for sachet or 1 for each coaster:

Beginning at the center of the motif ch 6, join with a sl st to

form ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 to count as the first dc; work 11 dc in the ring,

join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining; (ch 12, sl st in the

7th ch from hook, ch 4, skip next dc, sc in the next dc) 5 times;

ch 12, sl st in the 7th ch from hook, trc in the first sc to join

Round 3: (Ch 3, sl st in next ch 4 loop, 11 dc in the next ch 7

loop, sl st in next ch 4 loop) 6 times; join with a sl st to the top

of the trc

Round 4: Sl st into first ch 3, ch 1, sc in same ch 3; *ch 5, skip

next 4 dc, dc in the next dc, (ch 3, dc) twice in the next dc, ch 3

dc in the next dc, ch 5, skip next 4 dc, sc in next ch 3* Repeat

from * to * 4 times; ch 5, skip next 4 dc, dc in the next dc, (ch

3, dc) twice in the next dc, ch 3 dc in the next dc, ch 2, dc in

the first sc to join

Round 5: Ch 3, trc in the next ch 5 loop; *(ch 3, sc in the next

ch 3 loop) twice; ch 5, sc in the same ch 3 loop as last sc; ch 3,

sc in next ch 3 loop; ch 3, work joined trc over next two ch 5

loops* Repeat from * to * 4 times; (ch 3, sc in the next ch 3

loop) twice; ch 5, sc in the same ch 3 loop as last sc; ch 3, sc in

next ch 3 loop; ch 3, join with a sl st to the top of the first trc

Round 6: Sl st into first ch 3 space, ch 3 to count as the first

dc, work 2 more dc in the same ch 3 space. Work 3 dc in each

ch 3 space and 5 dc in each ch 5 space around; join with a sl st

to the top of the beginning ch 3. (102 dc)

Round 7: (Beading round for sachet) ch 5 to count as first dc

and ch 2; (skip next dc, dc in the next dc, ch 2) 50 times; join

with a sl st to the 3rd ch of beginning ch 5

Round 8: Sl st into first ch 2 space; ch 1, sc in the same

space; (ch 3, sc in the next ch 2 space) 50 times; ch 3, join

with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off for coaster.

Round 9: (Edging for sachet) sl st to the center of the first ch

3 loop; ch 6, dc in the 3rd ch from hook, (dc in next ch 3 loop,

ch 3, dc in the top of the last dc) 50 times; join with a sl st to

the 3rd ch of beginning ch 5. Fasten off.


Weave in ends. For coaster – lightly spray starch and iron. For

sachet – thread yarn needle with ribbon. Sandwich the two

pieces of tulle between the two crocheted pieces (wrong sides

together.) Weave the ribbon in and out of the beading round

of both pieces, sewing through the tulle. Leave a 2” opening at

the end; stuff potpourri between the layers of tulle; continue

weaving opening closed. Tie ribbon in a bow and trim ends.

Trim tulle close to the ribbon.



This pattern came from:



I did it as a coaster in a hideously stiff goldenrod thread that came from heaven only knows where.  It is a quick project that can be done in a day.