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.

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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.



Cabbage Rolls for Dinner

One of my husband’s favorite comfort foods is stuffed cabbage. Since it is a rather easy meal to make we generally have it a few times a year. And since this recipe makes 8 rolls I split it between 2 pans lining one with foil so I can freeze it.

Easy cabbage rolls
They don’t look the greatest but they taste good.

Along with this meal we had whole kernel corn

Just open the can. I’m lazy.

My raised rolls are made with my bread recipe I posted earlier.

Still learning how the convection oven works.

For dessert I made Banana Bread without the nuts (until the man gets finished with the dentist).

Banana bread recipe.
I always make half of this recipe as mini loaves so we can take them when we go up in the mountains.

Left over baked chicken?

When I bake or rotisserie a chicken (or a turkey) for my husband and myself there is usually at least 2 more meals. This time we got 3.

The first meal is, of course, baked chicken (3 daysago). Next I made chicken noodle soup (the man had a tooth pulled and couldn’t chew), but before I added in the noodles I took out, and canned half of the soup.

Started with baked chicken but didn’t stuff it. (Meal #1.)

My Chicken Soup recipe is another KISS recipe. I keep it in my head, although I have it written in my “grandkids use this one” cookbook.

Part 1
Part 2

So, this time I made too much Chicken noodle soup and only got 3 quarts to can. This is my preferred method of storing extra because I lived so long without a freezer. We did, finally, get a good freezer.

It took 6 months for the Covid panic to settle down enough that the stores could actually get some freezers back in stock. But I still think a freezer is a luxury and a pantry is a necessity. Anywho, I canned the leftover chicken soup to be used this winter for Chicken and dumplings or more Chicken noodle soup.

Only got 3 quarts this time.

Every time I bake a chicken or a turkey I make sure to can up some basic soup with the leftovers. A full pantry keeps food fear at bay.


Keeping Busy

For the last few weeks, since Covid-19 and lockdown, I have been making some PDFs of my decades worth of small cookbooks. Some of the recipes in these books are pretty good, some are just so-so, and some are awful! But I will leave it to you to decide what you think.

This is the Swans Down Cake Flour cookbook from 1947. As you can see I have used it well. In fact I used it so well that I ended up taping it back together quite often. I have since thrown this one away because it was falling apart. Thank heavens for a printer that will make PDFs for me.

You will probably be able to tell which recipes I have used over and over.


Finally warm!

We actually had great weather this weekend. So, of course we grilled a steak, baked a spud, and whipped up a fruit salad.

Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is really simple because summer is the time of KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid.

Simply make whipped cream (or get Cool Whip), chunk up pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, etc. Fold it all together. You can also add walnuts, pecans, coconut, whatever.


Smoked Pork Loin Roast

Smoked Pork Loin Roast

When you have a husband who owns a smoker you get to try lots of different tastes.
We had smoked pork loin with steamed carrots (sorry, no picture) and green salad.
The man wanted peach cobbler for desert and I wanted vanilla ice cream.

I won’t be able to give you the recipe for the pork rub because, “it’s my own concoction”, according to the outdoor cook. So you will have to take my word that it was great. And since there is only the two of us I have enough for two more meals in the freezer. As long as they are vacuum sealed and dated to be used within six weeks they should be all right
Peach Cobbler

I am not including the recipe for this peach cobbler because we really didn’t like it all that much. I will continue to try recipes until I find one I like. I won’t experiment on peach cobbler because the man wants one that tastes as good as his mom’s. Since she was an AWESOME cook I can agree and will keep looking for the one she used.
52 weeks Crochet

Finally moved!

Sorry it has been a few months since I have been able to post here. We have been remodeling two homes (one to sell) and slowly getting settled in Montana. The house in Nevada has been sold so that headache is gone.

Now we have to deal with this Corona virus & the pandemonium that is happening.

Anyway, I have done a crochet project since many of my dish rags have disappeared and I need to replace them.

So simple.

This dish rag is so easy.

It’s made with Sugar & Cream cotton (that has been in my stash for a couple of years) and an F/5 – 3.75 mm hook.

All you do is chain 27 stitches. Turn, half-double crochet in second chain from the hook, and continue to half-double crochet for 24 stitches, 25 total stitches including turn. Chain 2, turn half-double crochet 24 stitches. Twenty rows is fine for my use, any bigger and it gets really heavy for washing. The double-crochet stitch is good for scrubbing pots and pans if necessary.


52 Weeks of Tatting


This picture is my current project, a rather quick bookmark and fairly easy one, as well.


These two pictures are the pattern.


This project is from the book/magazine “Learn to Tat” by Janette Baker, which I got at Hobby Lobby in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  It has pictures of how to do the stitches for the patterns in the book. It also comes with a DVD. It contains directions and patterns for doilies, edgings, and other small projects. I will post the projects as I complete them.



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:

Click to access Thread%20Motif%20(Sachet%20or%20Coaster).pdf


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.