Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Lazy Day Macaroni Salad

I have had this recipe for years.  It actually comes from 2 sources.
1) Sublime Hodgepodge 
2) Tasty Kitchen

Sublime Hodgepodge actually indicates that the recipe was originally credited to Tasty Kitchen.  Initially, I found this The American Kitchen, which I believe the same blogger managed then one day * poof * it was gone because they decided to get rid of the blog (as you can see if you click on the link).  Luckily I was able to find it by searching archives.  Then Sublime Hodgepodge shut down the "new" blog in 2011 but luckily didn't delete it (even though she indicates that she was going to probably get rid of the blog in her last post)

 So...I thought before I lose it again, I should place it here on my blog where I will always be able to find it.

Lazy Day Macaroni Salad

  • 1 pound box Elbow Mac (or your choice of macaroni shape - I also like cavatappi)
  • 1 whole Small Onion Chopped
  • 2 stalks Of Celery, Chopped
  • 4 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • Paprika, Salt  & Pepper to taste
  • Approx. 1/8 cup sugar  (again, to taste)
  • 1 cup Marzetti's Original Cole Slaw Dressing (or more to taste)
  • 2 whole Hard-boiled Eggs, Sliced (as edible decoration on top, optional)
Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the box.

While it cooks, chop your onions, celery, and eggs.

When pasta is cooked, drain. While it is still warm add the cole slaw dressing, onions, celery, chopped eggs, and add sugar, paprika, salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well, adding more dressing if you desire
Place salad in your serving bowl. Smooth out the top and place the sliced eggs on top. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

W.I.P. Wednesday - Tale of Two Shawls

On April 1st, Malabrigo started a knit-a-long (KAL) for the Temperance Shawl.  Since I am currently knitting prayer shawls for church members, I thought this would be a great KAL to join.

However,  I hadn't finished my current WIP - Sideways Shawl and I really, really wanted to finish it first.  It is a rather large shawl and you only increase every 4th row and then once you start decreasing, you only decrease one stitch every 4th row and trust me, there is a lot of decreasing to do - I have to get from 92 stitches down to 6.  That is 86 decrease stitches or 344 rows !!  Mercy!!

Anyway...progress has been made

Since I was felt I was falling further behind on the Malabrigo KAL, my sister suggested I just set the Sideways Shawl aside and go ahead and start the Temperance Shawl, so I decided to take her advise.

The Temperance Shawl is done in sections and I finished Section 1 - at least it is a start. It is challenging for me to work with this yarn (sock yarn) because it is a fine weight (1) and I have been used to working with worsted weight yarn (4) so it is a big difference.

Here is my yarn selection for the Temperance shawl - oh so pretty is the progress after completing Section 1


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

W.I.P. Wednesday

 I am happy because I have been wanting this for years, but  no one at church seemed interested at the time.  I don't really have the time to be the "leader" of the group so I never pushed for it, but we finally have a small prayer shawl ministry at our church.

They've mostly talked about knitted prayer shawls and as I have said many times, I am not the fastest knitter but I am getting faster than I was so that is something.  I am sure we can crochet some shawls too.

I am currently knitting a prayer shawl and it is called "Sideways Shawl" - I happened to have seen the pattern in a book at Michael's and I really liked the ruffled edge so decided to make it my first prayer shawl.  I am about 35% - 40% done.  It is a pretty easy pattern to memorize, but I  just don't have a lot of free time and when I do have some free time, I am often too tired to knit. is my progress so far.  I am using Caron Cakes in the color "Vanilla Bean".  

At the moment, I am feeling pretty motivated to finish it because a Malabrigo Knit-a-Long (KAL) starts on April 1st and it is is for a ...... SHAWL - perfect - so I can be part of a KAL and complete another prayer shawl at the same time! 

Since the KAL starts April 1st - I have to finish the current shawl first.  I just won't allow myself to start another project until the current one is done.  

So....wish me luck in completing this within the next couple of weeks.

Monday, February 8, 2021

My Busy Weekend

 I had a busy weekend this weekend but a good kind of busy.

Saturday, I woke up early to try to finish a gift for a friend's birthday.  I didn't finish it (almost but not quite)

Then we went to Cheesecake Factory for my friend's birthday lunch.  I haven't been there in years!!  They did very well with social distancing.  My sister and I have recommitted to a healthier lifestyle and I am proud to report that we both got something off the "skinnylicious" menu and we passed on the cheesecake (not an easy thing to do at the Cheesecake Factory"

This next photo - I took quickly in the bathroom (which is why it is blurry) - I just thought it was funny- the ladies hygiene dispenser looked like a face to me complete with a tear drop 😀

After lunch, it started raining & sleeting a bit, but my sister and I drove over to locate "Meals on Wheels" since she has an interview with them this week (fingers crossed).  Since we were near a Walmart, we went in there to pick up some items I need to make a dinner on Sunday.  

My sis then ordered a coffee from a nearby Starbucks using her app and we had trouble locating the actual shop, but fortunetly, finally did and made it home safely.

That evening, I watched Dead Poets Society and finished my friend's gift - a Rubix Cube Tissue Holder, like Sheldon has on Big Bang Theory.


Sunday morning started with on-line church.  Then I went to the grocery store because the day before, I couldn't find a Tres Leche Cake (I wanted to get a small cake to go with the meal I was making for my church friend).

Luckily Publix had a cake, then I came home and started working on a Mystery Game Day Crochet Along


Marly Bird does one every Super Bowl Sunday - it started at 8 am and it was almost 1 pm by the time I got around to starting so I already felt very far behind.  Then a friend called me and we talked for almost and hour and by then it was time to start making the dinner to take to my other friend.

So...I didn't get very far and after seeing everyone's finished projects (a small bag), I don't think I will make it.  It just isn't my style.  I might make the knitted version, I seemed to like it a little better.  We shall see.

So...about 3:30ish, I started making my friend's dinner....Chicken Enchiladas (using THIS recipe), Mexican Rice, Black Beans and (store bought) Tres Leche Cake and Mango Lemonade.

I then got in the car and drove to midtown to deliver my friend's dinner.  I had a little trouble finding the placed because her address is on a certain road but her house and driveway is actually on a different road (corner lot) - it was a little confusing but I located it and she happily met me at the door with some beautiful flowers from her award winning garden. (Literally, she has won AWARDS for her garden)


 I told her that I was supposed to give her flowers not the other way around!! They are beautiful and fragrant a totally made my day!

By the time I got home, it was time for the game, a friend called me and then I called my mom and made some Rotel Cups and settled down to watch the game about 7:15 pm.

WHEW !!  A busy, busy but good kind of busy weekend.  

I need another couple of days off to recover from the weekend !


Friday, January 29, 2021

Blog Recipes - Pasta Pet Peeve

I was browsing Pinterest the other day (looking for Valentine Craft Ideas) and noticed this recipe for Instant Pot Baked Ziti.  I immediately was a bit annoyed because look at the picture of the baked "ZITI"

Do you notice something unusual about the baked "ZITI" - that is right ladies and gentlemen, it is NOT ZITI - it is CAVATAPPI.  The blog writer, even said that she uses cavatappi in this baked ziti recipe.  

So why doesn't she call it Baked Cavatappi ?  Well, for that matter, it is made in the Instant Pot, so it isn't even baked, really.  

This is ZITI


It reminds me of how often I see Macaroni & Cheese using the wrong pasta.  This happens a lot on blogs but even in restaurants....a local BBQ place I go to has great "Macaroni & Cheese" - only they don't use macaroni - they use Penne.  So it isn't Mac & Cheese, it is technically Penne & Cheese.

Here is a recipe I found on Pinterest for Macaroni & Cheese



Do you see the problem?  There is NO MACARONI in this picture at all - again we have CAVATAPPI

So is Cavatappi and Ziti the same or is Cavatappi and Macaroni the same?

Here is Macaroni


 So for the record...this is SHELLS and Cheese (not Macaroni & Cheese as the blogger calls it.)

The blogger put this as the ingredient for her "Mac & Cheese"

1 pound elbow macaroni (such as shells or cavatappi)

 No, no, no !!  Not "SUCH AS" - if she said "OR" instead of "SUCH AS" it wouldn't bug me as much... I don't care that you use shells or cavatappi but neither one of those is elbow macaroni.  

Now I know in the scheme of life, this is no big deal and honestly, I don't care WHAT kind of pasta someone chooses in a recipe, but it is just a pet peeve that they call pastas by their wrong names in recipes. 

How can a recipe be called "Baked Ziti" when there is no ziti in it?  How can a recipe be called "Penne with Peas", when there is no Penne it it?  How can a recipe be called "Spaghetti & Meatballs" when it is made with Bowtie pasta ?

Oh well...just had to get that off my chest.  😂

Friday, January 1, 2021

Project Life 2020 - Final Week

 We didn't technically have 53 weeks in 2020 but...the last week, which is kind of like week 1 for 2021, had a partial week in 2020 so....I am just calling it the "final week"

Here are my final weekly layouts for 2020

I have been doing for many years but this is the first year that I posted each week on my blog.

I will continue with my photo a day in 2021 but not sure I will keep posting here.  

If you want me to continue....leave me a comment.  

Happy New Year...may 2021 be a good year for us all !