23 June 2014

Looking for a pattern

I spend a lot of time looking for patterns that I want to make or have yarn for. I just found out that there is a wedding in the future and I want to make some things and get some things finished, to give to the happy couple. I hope that they have a long and happy life together. I am also looking for something to make one of my daughter's who is getting older. She is needing a purse and kids use so many different things. I know that she would like anything made with the crocodile stitch. So forgive for all the links for things that I am going to make, but I will post some pictures, soon.

The Crochet Crowd Patterns good place to find the crocodile stitch.
Rainbow Dragon Bag from ABC Knitting Patterns
Rio Scarf very pretty
Princess Crocodile Stitch Afghan for babies
How To Crochet the Crocodile Stitch
Crocodile Stitch Crochet Afghan
Mermaid Purse
Crocodile Clutch Purse
Crocodile Stitch Christmas Tree
Police Line Scarf
Alaskan Winter Afghan
Jewels of the Desert
Blueberry Lemonade Afghan
Crocodile Stitch Flower
Flower Dish Cloth
Crochet Pansy Flower
2 Hour Tote

Also, if you are looking for something that is associated with a state, please go to: 50 States Knitting and Crochet Patterns, these are links to places. I found these patterns all over and I did not write the pattern, but I saved. There is one item that is not knitting or crochet, but I wanted to make it as a gift.

17 June 2014

Time to empty the FB files again.

It is almost the middle of the month and my FB page is getting full again. Time to move the items to here so again they are easy to find.

Free Books for Kindle:
Book Basset great blog showing free books in many different genres.
Frugal Free Gal she has many different things, but I enjoy searching books.
Free Booksy  good place to look for books.
OHFB Another good place to look for free books.
Kindle Nation Daily many books are for pay, but some are free. Worth daily look.

Oreo Truffle Brownies
Outback Steakhouse Copycat Recipe for Alice Springs Chicken can omit mushrooms.
Grandma's Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Pancakes (without Buttermilk) girls liked this one.
Pancakes (with Buttermilk) girls liked this one also. On this it tasted better when I added about 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp nutmeg.
Cookie In A Cup
Sherbert Cream Cake
Old Fashioned Custard Pie
Graham Cracker Eclair Cake


I love this cookie recipe! it is chewy in the middle and buttery crust around the edges. 

2 1/2 sticks Butter (salted) Softened
1 cup White Sugar
2 cup's Brown Sugar, Packed
3 whole Large Eggs(Organic)(Room Temp)
1 1/2 TBS Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cup's All-purpose Flour(For allergies use gluten free)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Kosher Salt
2 cup's Oats ( Quick Oats)
2 cup's M & M's Candies
1 cup Pecans or Walnuts, or both( Chopped fine)
1 cup each Chocolate Chips (milk and Semi-sweet)
2 cups Rice cereal

Beat your eggs,butter,sugar,vanilla
Mix your dry ingredients(flour,salt,baking powder,baking soda) in a separate bowl then add to the wet mixture.
Mix just until combined.
Then add all the other goodies. Do not over mix.
Scoop out with an Ice cream scooper onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper , spray with cooking spray.
Bake in a pre-heated 350 oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful not to over bake.
These are so good. Moist in the middle with a buttery crust around the outside.
Hope you will enjoy them with your kids! 

from my Cousin Sandra Hofacre who has Countrified Woman's Kitchens

Moogly Stashbuster Links
Moogly Links for Self Striping Yarn
Dragon Slayer Sweater for Dog
Moogly Blog Tutorial for Bag Bottoms
Green Crafting Scrap Projects 14 Links
24 Unique Crochet Stitches including crocodile stitch.
8 Easy Crochet Patterns
38 Ways to Use Up Yarn Scraps
17 DIY Accessories
Water Bottle Sling
Moogly Cute and Cuddly Free Crochet Links Teddy Bears
Moogly Links for Baby Sandals
Crocodile Stitch Purse
Crocodile Clutch Purse
Sampler Afghan
Sun Catcher Dish Cloth
Country Star Afghan
Apple Basket Crochet Afghan
Crochet Windsock
Crocodile Stitch Flower
Rainbow Dragon Backpack
Painted Desert Afghan
Moogly Links for Gardeners

14 Resources for Studying the U. S. States
Unlocking a Car with Brain Power Very cool experiment
Mystery of Dark Side of the Moon
Piano Lessons OnLine
Luckeyfrog's Reading Response Notes Journaling
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost
Reading Workshop
What is Blood Made From
10 Free Math Links Summer Math
Ms. Fultz's Science Corner

Piano Guys Lord of the Rings
Piano Guys Bring Him Home they dedicate this to our soldiers
Piano Guys What Makes You Beautiful
Piano Guys Beethoven's Five Secrets
Piano Guys Let It Go
Celtic Thunder I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow

50 States Book List
7 Ways Book Can Change Your Life

Bug Prevention:
Keeping away Ticks when Hiking

Thyroid Boot Camp - I am marking this here, so I can take with me to my next dr appointment.

06 June 2014

D-Day 70 years later

Today, was a momentous day 70 years ago. The Allies attacked Germany in France. They attacked from the sea and the sky. What a momentous day! Thank you to all the men who participated and helped to turn the German tide and protect us all from Fascism. My favorite story from today was about a man who is 89 years old and escaped from his nursing home and showed up in France at the D-Day festivities. So wonderful.

I also want to tell about the recipe I posted a few days ago. It is a picture recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge. Yes, it was easy. Yes, it set up well. Yes, it turned out well. But it was so very sweet! I know that we may end up making it again as my daughter really liked it, but I think I really need to find my recipe for peanut butter fudge that uses marshmallow fluff. It wasn't that sweet. But my girls liked it and there wasn't any left.

I read a blog post about a woman who sets a goal of reading 52 books a year. I agree with her, yes, I do enjoy reading. I never thought it would become a very hard activity. I read everything my kids read. So I just finished reading a book called "High Time for Heroes." It is a good story, and a quick read, but I just wanted to finish reading "Operation Cowboy," a book about men in WWII who saved the Lipizzaner Stallions from the Russian troops. I am enjoying the story and I don't have much more to read, but I still need to read their books. I have to read many of the Rick Riordan books as the girls have read most of them by this time. They love his books. I am glad that they enjoy reading and I love that they are reading such large books without complaints. I have to read another book when my daughter finishes reading it (it is a book about sci-fi, not my favorite genre). I guess, it would be interesting to put down 52 books I really want to read, but I am doing an alphabet challenge, on my own. I am trying to read books with a number in them. I am also trying to read some more military books. I put a goal of 100 books to read in a year for Good Reads, I start at a 100 books for the year, but I usually change it to higher number when I reach that goal. Goals are good things. I don't write a list of books that I want to read and then work from there, as this changes depending on the reading my children participate in. I have also been collecting other books that I want to read. For instance, I have the books that linked to a state. That should be really interesting. I noted that I have about 4 books left on the alphabet challenge. The letter I, X, Y, Z. I think I will read, from my Kindle, the following books: "Zoned for Murder," "You Called 911 for What?," "The Xibalba Murders," and finally, "I Shall Not Want: A Psalm 23 Mystery #2."

I did find the books on another list I was interested in, but reading one and then reading synopsis on the others, just don't want to read them. I didn't really like the one I read and feel that the others are just more of the same. 

Here is a link to the other books that I want to read: USA Reading and 23 Books to read in High School. I will be starting on those after I finish some other books, first. 

01 June 2014

Senior Citizen Discount

Dunkin Donuts gives free coffee to people over 55 .
If you're paying for a cup every day, you might want to start getting it for FREE.

YOU must ASK for your discount !

Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili's: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny's: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin' Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein's Bagels: 10% off baker's dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker's: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee's: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver's: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald's: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney's: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak 'n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy's: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me ... if I ever see one again.

Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk's: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl's: 15% off (60+)Modell's Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

Albertson's: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry's Supermarket: free Fry's VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe's Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays - Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria - NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler's Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy - NYC 20% off all "Happy Endings" (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley's Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

NOW, go out there and claim your discounts - - and remember -- YOU must ASK for discount ---- no ask, no discount.

More on the Reading Front

A - At Knit's End
B- Ben and Me with another daughter.
B - Boone: The Ordinary by Lauren Brandenburg
C - Crocheted Prayer Shawl
D - Don Quixote daughter read for school
E - Easy Knitted Socks
F - Flash and Bones
G - George Washington and the Secret Six
H - Henry Huggins another book for reading for school.
I - Illegally Iced by Jessica Beck. I am really enjoying her books.
J - The Journey Through Time
K - Knit Your Socks on Straight
L - Little Boy Lost (The Librarian, #1)
M - Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill daughter for fun read
N - New Prayer Shawl Companion, The 35 Knitted Patterns to Embrace, Inspire, & Celebrate Life
O - Oddball Knitting
P - The Prayer Shawl
Q - Qi
R - Rush Revere and the First Patriots
S - Shawls, Wraps, & Ponchos
T - Thea Stilton and the Prince's Emerald
U - Ugh...You Again!
V - Vogue Knitting, The Ultimate Sock Book
W - War Shots
Y- You Called 911 for What?  Completed 6/27/2014
200 Crochet Blocks
One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve with Science
The Seven Day Prayer Warrior Experience
War Shots 
George Washington and the Secret Six.
Operation Cowboy (finished on 6/11/2014)

I did find 4 of the books on the other list that put on another page and I read one of them. It just was not something I enjoyed very much. I am far from naive, but the book is not something I would read or would get me to read more. It also would be something I didn't want my girls to read in high school. If they want to read it in college that is up to them. The other descriptions on the other books made me feel they were just more of the same. 

End of May, Beginning of June 2014

Hard to believe that it has been a month. My FB page is overflowing with things I have been saving and recipes that my youngest wants to make with me. If I copy a recipe over to here and there is not a link or notification of who it is from, it means I do not know who it is from. I will gladly post a link and/or give proper credit to the person who made up this recipe. But this is the best way I know to save the recipe, so that I can find it at a later date.

Crochet/Knitting Patterns:
Crochet Purse I think this would be perfect for Hannah
Cabled Golf Hat for Men Thinking would be good for Bill
Toilet Tissue Cover supposed to be for men, but change colors and could be for women
Crochet "straw" sun hat thinking for me and the girls, using cotton yarn so that it is cooler
Link for 10 Extraordinary Afghans
Block 11 for Moogly Afghan Crochet Along I so need to start working on this. Summer is around the corner and I should have some more time for knitting and crocheting.
Links for Mandala Crochet Patterns Moogly's Blog
Parlor Cat Crochet Pattern
Color Explosion Links for 40 free patterns
Moogly's Crochet Links for Nautical Themes
Moogly Pattern Links
Crochet Cat Cave
Video Tutorial  for Crochet
Barbie Dresses Fandango
Barbie Shell Stitch Dress
Barbie Princess Dress
Barbie Coat and Hat Pattern
Barbie Fashion Doll Gown
Crochet Bird Pattern
Moogly 10 Free Crochet Blocks Afghan Squares
Father's Day Links from Moogly
Moogly Links to Crochet Unicorns some of these are very cute.
Moogly Free Links to Baby Toys
Moogly Links for Teacher Gifts
Lotus Blooms Dishcloth

Meatball Sub on a Stick
Deep Dish Cookie  Healthy snack
Fried Mozzarella Pepperoni Egg Roll
Funnel Cake Recipe
Brown Sugar Carmel Pound Cake
Key Lime Cloud Squares
No Bake Peanut Butter Oreo Dessert
French Toast Bake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Trisha Yearwood Recipes
Pioneer Woman Recipes
Cauliflower Soup Recipe
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Chocolate Lava Cakes
Chicken Fried Steak
Mac N 4 Cheese Recipe
Egg Noodles
Fruit Infused Waters
Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Ever Made with girls and was really good.

Free Books:
Free Kindle E-Books

Home Schooling Links:
Science in the Kitchen
Poem that is Difficult in English Language
Single Drop of Sea Water Under Magnification
38 Maps Not Taught at School
Best American History Movies
French Algae Lamps - Light and Fresh Air
Multiply Numbers by Drawing Lines

Not Sure Who to Credit, but my youngest wants to make this so bad. This way I can locate it faster. If someone knows who to credit please leave a comment and I will gladly credit. I will also post a review after we make it (hopefully this week).