Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Good evening boys and girls. I am so sorry this blog is so very late. My computer completely stopped working and I had no access to the net… until now! Somehow, I got the cable line to reach into my DH’s PC in the bedroom and so that is where you find me now. I took MY PC over to my dad to see if HE could figure out WTF is going on! I came home and began trying to get the internet line onto DH’s PC so that I could do my daily entries until my on computer was feeling better. It took awhile but I finally got it!

THEN… when I came back, guess what I found? I little TINY kitten that can’t be more than 8 weeks old… and I am for certain is not weaned! It was by my door beaten and half dead, I swear! I think the lawn man may have caught it with the weedeater when he was doing the back yard, etc. or some other bigger cat or animal attacked it or IDK but all I know is I wasn’t gonna leave it outside to die! I can’t! Luckily, the other day I picked up a carton of kitten milk when I got rabbit supplies at Petsmart. I didn’t know WHY I got it, and it was the only one, but something in my gut said to get it… and now I’m glad I did! This kitten is smaller than the bunny!

OK since it’s so late, I am gonna get right to the good stuff today… I am still on the kick about crafting for guys, cause they’re just so dang hard to gift AND I have so many in my family to give to LOL! Well, I don’t know about yours, but the guys in my family are real American red-blooded men who get out and get dirty. TOOLS are a big thing with them… they work on and fix EVERYTHING! SO, I thought that this tool wrap in some really cool materials, like camos, skulls, John Deere, etc. would be something they would really like and use a lot! Maybe it’s a good gift idea for that special man you need a special gift for too!

Craft Idea of the Day: Tool Wrap


Duck cloth, dark color — 1 to 1-1/2 yards per roll-up. This is just a ball-park figure; your roll-up might be significantly different than mine.
Upholstery Thread, dark color
1″ nylon strapping, a 20″ piece — Hold the raw ends in front of a candle flame to heat seal them from ravelling.
1″ inch buckle
1″ strap adjuster
Fray Check


The directions are very detailed and include lots of pictures for great step-by-step instructions, so just go to the site and get this great craft there! I hope you enjoy it!

Ok kids, its time for another installment of Dollar Store Dining! WOOHOO! I am having so much fun with this, you can’t even imagine! I hope you are having just as much fun! Today is main course midweek day LOL! I am gonna bring you a couple of main course meals that are sure to please your palate AND your pocket book! BTW, if you want to pick up a copy of The 99 Cent Only Stores Cookbook by Christiane Jory, check your local book stores or go to Barnes & Noble online and buy it there for $11.10… there are tons of recipes in this great little paperback book! For instance, the main course section contains 30 meals alone (Including one for smoked mussels MOM!) LOL! Today I will bring you 2 of the ones that jump out to me and say “Pick Me… Pick Me!” LOL so I hope you like them and… as always… Eat & Enjoy!

Mexican Chicken (sounds like a Mexican Lasagna if ya ask me… sounds good! YUMMMMM!)

Makes: about 6 servings
Cost: about $12.99

A layer of jalapeno slices and/or hot salsa will let you spice this up to your own taste. This can be prepared quickly, and if you freeze your cheese, all the ingredients can be kept in stock.


1 cup Spice Box dried chopped onions (use fresh onions when available)
2 to 3 tablespoons Dutch Farms Wisconsin margarine
1 (10.5 oz.) can Baron cream of mushroom soup
1 (10.5 oz.) can Baron cream of chicken soup
1 (28 oz.) can Sun Roma sliced tomatoes
3 cups Crider cooked chicken
16 Guerrero corn tortillas, quartered
3 cupsCheese Pleasers grated cheese, jack or cheddar


1. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Soak Dried onions in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain.

3. Saute onions in margarine until golden.

4. In a large bowl, mix soups, tomatoes, and chicken. Mix in onions.

5. Line a baking dish with quartered tortillas, then chicken mixture, then cheese. Repeat layers, finishing off with the cheese. Bake for 35 minutes.

(***HELPFUL HINT***) If you use commercial products to clean your oven, be sure to cover the thermostat wire with newspaper or foil. Harsh cleaners throw off your cooking temperatures. Be sure to remove your covering after cleaning and before turning the oven on.)

Corned Beef Casserole

Makes: 4 servings
Costs: about $2.99

This, like most meat casseroles, can be doubled easily. It is hearty and makes great leftovers. At about 75 cents per serving, it is a tasty way to get through a financially trying week. (This dish can be prepared the night before and refrigerated before baking. Bring to room temperature before placing in oven.)


1 tablespoon Spice Box dried chopped onions (use fresh onions when available)
1 cup Allegra macaroni
1 (12oz.) can Clasico Corned Beef
1 (15oz.) can Libby’s cream-style corn
¼ cup Spice Box dried chives


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Soak Dried onions in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain.

3. Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain.

4. In a mixing bowl, break up corned beef; add onions, corn, and chives.

5. Mix in macaroni and place in a medium-sized greased casserole dish. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

(***HELPFUL HINT***) Pasta added to water before it starts to boil can become mushy. The heat of boiling water seals the outside of the pasta, preventing it from sticking together as well.

Alright kids, its just about time for me to get off here and try to give this new kitten a feeding. This is insane… why are all these little animals calling/finding me all of the sudden?? Oh well… save a life as my mother says! I will see you all tomorrow for more crazy updates! Until then… HUGS!

1 comment:

  1. Oh that poor kitty! Do you think you can save it? Sorry to hear of your computer troubles. But glad to see you here. I was worrying about you!