Cashew Crunch Cookies

These are some of my favorite cookies. Chuck and I happen to love cashew nuts so on the rare occasion when we can stop eating them I make these cookies. 

Pot Roast Cooked In The Instant Pot

Family story aka Family Tradition:
I know, I know what people now call 'Comfort Foods' were always just plain cooking for us. We country folks were brought up on hearty filling meals. One meal of the day was especially hearty that one was called 'Dinner' what people now call lunch. Supper was a lighter meal and served at night.

My grandma said it was because our family most of them were farmers.  They would come into the house in the middle of the day when it was too hot to work outside.  They would eat a big meal and take a nap. Later in the afternoon they would go back and work hard then come in to eat a light supper. They would then wash up go to bed early because they had worked hard and were tired.

Early the next morning they were up for a hearty breakfast of biscuits, homemade fresh butter, bacon, and sausage. They had a smokehouse full of hams, bacon, sausage meats of all kinds. They grew their own pigs and cows and made their own meats.  I remember grandma's pretty hands making and molding fresh cream butter.  She made and sold it locally. She said, "Dolly Goodson, that's my grandpa, expects to have hot biscuits at every meal. He puts his feet under that table three times a day!"  That was so funny!

They then were off to work like a dog all day. You know what they were pretty self-sufficient and if you ask me that was pretty good!  I wish we could all say that.

Day after day they worked so hard. I decided after the summers helping them do farm chores even putting in tobacco that farming wasn't for me. I do know that now that love has gone into gardening for me no matter where I've lived.

We were always served these types of meals daily and on Sunday you'd better believe they'd go all out with the extras. You see Saturdays were spent cleaning like crazy and cooking desserts to be served on Sundays!  Busy times they were indeed. I just added a little Family Tradition here.

Instant Pot, do you own one?  I have one, but it sits in the closet most of the time. I drag it out from time to time. Frankly, I've not truly learned to master any of my recipes in it until one day back in February. I decided to make my old-time pressure cooker roast recipe. So much has happened recently until I'd forgotten about posting this recipe, but will do so today.

Cooking a roast in the Instant Pot Recipe...

More Mask Information Prevention is the Key

Chuck in his policeman mask 

I sure am wishing for the pandemic to be over, as I'm sure you are.  How happy will we be to return to normal, maybe even a better normal? We've all thought and talked about this thing until we're sick of it!  It's a good thing to know what facts can be known, to practice safety, to protect all from becoming infected.  A friend on Facebook shared one of the most informative articles about wearing masks. You can and should read it.  


Little King Trash Mouth looking in at the chickens in the pen

Hi all!  I sure hope you're doing well, considering the circumstances we're all living through.  I thought it would be good to share a simple walk around the yard. The animals are active and happy, plants are growing, birds are singing and fluttering around happily.  

I almost forgot the animal photoshoot star of the day is Trash Mouth!  Trash Mouth the Tomcat is entertaining, to say the least.  One of our newest backyard animals.

He is Catie's cat. Martha, her MIL rescued this cat from her workplace. Its mother pushed it aside would have nothing to do with it, so he always ate from the trash (hence his name). Sad, he was orphaned at a very young age. Martha took him home and gave him to Catie and Doug.

We are the proud cat grandparents. Catie informs me his true name is Little King Trashmouth! (I see why!) He is gorgeous, feisty, and thinks he is the king of cats. He very well may be with his disposition.

Every time I go out to call him I'm reminded of the lady calling her pup Fuzz Head in the movie Haven of Bliss.  Cat talk today....

Catie's Pork Dumpling "Pot Stickers" Recipe

You may remember Catie, she has been with me on the blog before. She even made a video making French Onion Soup then.  You can check that post out here just in case you missed it.

Today she is sharing her Pork Dumpling Recipe. They are very good.

I must warn you the girl is a comedian!

Face Masks Let's Sew Crafters !

Face Masks do we wear or not?  That is the current question and now the CDC recommends the wearing of masks in public. You can read more about it here and CDC Face Coverings here

We sewers are making face masks. It seems to be a needed thing and why not use some of the fabric we always seem to have on hand anyway. Today sharing a few patterns and videos found online.
Let's get to sewing!



Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.