Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week 46, 11-06-2016

Thoughts and Quotes: I received these from Friend Katie and feel they are very appropriate just before our presidential election.

If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
~Jay Leno~

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers~

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
~Ronald Reagan~

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, 1952~

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan~ 

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~

There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Congressmen.
~Will Rogers

We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.
~Kin Hubbard~

Theme Dinners: And the theme was Halloween. My standard Halloween dinner is Five Hour Beef Stew, Perfection Salad, Rolls, and for dessert, Gingerbread, topped with fried apples, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce.

This year I had Five Hour Beef Stew, Tossed Salad (some guests don't like Perfection Salad), Sister Shubert Rolls, and Sweets from the prior day's tea with caramel sundaes.

This is the ghost I bought at Goodwill for $2

As everyone likes something different in salad, we made our own


2 lbs stew meat (For best results, use chuck steak or tri-tip)
1 bunch carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
2 onions, rough chopped
1 envelope onion soup mix
3 Tbs tapioca
1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
2 tsps sugar
Salt and pepper
Potato chunks (optional)
1 cup each frozen corn and peas

Preheat oven to 250°.

Mix all ingredients and put in oven-safe pot and cover.  Bake five hours. DON’T PEEK!

Note: You can use canned corn and peas by draining and adding them when you remove the stew from the oven. It will be hot enough to heat them.

Note: If you use a very heavy Dutch oven, the stew might not completely cook in five hours.

Note: You can double the recipe, but it makes a lot. I use my turkey roaster.

Friend Audell introduced me to Sister Shubert rolls. They're in the frozen foods section. The regular size package has ten rolls and you can heat just what you need. It takes 5-10 minutes.

Thrifting: Last week I promised to show the balance of my shopping. Here you go.

Tile trivet - $1

About the size of a dish for one stick of butter - 50 cents

Divided glass dish - $1

Small bunny about the size of a real mouse - 50 cents

Napkins - 50 cents each

Reversible placemats - $1 each

Teas: Using the food from Sunday's tea, I took photos for the first Autumn tea for my book.

I used the food from Sunday - Recipes on Week 45 post.

Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches

Carrot Tea Sandwiches

Ginger Krakles

Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls

And I added Apple Scones, Butter and Apple Jelly

(Based on a recipe from

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 tsps baking powder
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, frozen and grated
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1-3/4 cups packed finely chopped apple

Preheat oven to 400°.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and add butter. Mix it with your hands or a pastry cutter until combined.

In second bowl, mix whipping cream, egg, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and stir gently until moistened.

Slowly add apple and gently mix into dough.

Move dough to baking sheet and form into an 8” circle. Cut into eight wedges, using floured knife to avoid sticking.

Bake 22-25 minutes until golden.

Note: Scones may be sprinkled with sugar before baking, if desired.

For this tea, I made two circles so the scones would be smaller.

Tips: I found this formula for removing dry skin from you feet on Pinterest. I tried it, and it does help. If you try it, I would suggest used a Listerine other than the original. The smell, when combined with vinegar, is rather odd. AND, if you can bear it, my old tried and true method is better. Slather your feet with Vaseline, put on white socks, and leave them on overnight. I find wearing socks to bed very unpleasant, but the result is amazing.

Here's the formula: 1/4 cup Listerine, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup warm water. Soak feet 10-15 minutes and then rub with a cloth. I used the rough side of a towel.

Time for Others: I've started my Thanksgiving cards, but a small start.

Togs: I can only wear the first outfit one day a year. I paid $1 for the scarf at Dollar Tree - love that store.
Day 134

Day 135

Day 136

Day 137

Day 138

Day 139 (Same pants as 138)

Day 140

This time I had help choosing

right down to the jewelry







  1. Patsy, what a lovely and delightful post! Where do I start? I absolutely love your thrift finds! And your stew looks scrumptious...I love slow cooked meals! All the food, presentations and decorations and clothes in your photos look fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I'm really behind on my teas, so hope to have more food next week.

      Love your videos and inspiration.

  2. Great looking Halloween table settings! Wishing you a good week!

    1. Glad you liked it. It was rather rushed since I had just finished having a tea.

      Now to start thinking about Thanksgiving. It's difficult to come up with a new table each year on holidays. We sometimes go out to eat and then come back and play games and have a light supper. No table to worry about. I don't know what we'll do this year since our Brother Sonny is no longer with us. Might be a sad day.

  3. Love the stew recipe will definitely be giving that one a go. Your Halloween table setting was a real delight. I loved seeing your afternoon tea set up, one of my favourite things to do.

    1. And my offer from last week still stands. Love to have you.

  4. Finally catching up and checking in my dear sweet Patsy! I LOVE your tables. Both perfection! The Halloween one is so fun and I love how you did the centerpiece look in the middle. And your menu sounds so yummy! I need to copy that stew one.

    And your tea table is so pretty and full of Fall beauty! Love it!

    All of your food and you goodies look so good! And your Thanksgiving cards are off to a great start - I LOVE Them!

    Wishing you blessings in the week ahead. xoxo

    1. One of these days, I'm going to figure out how to set up a tab to search recipes. I use Word files to store my recipes and I try to always put a photo. When I post them, you can just copy and paste, including the photo.

      Always so nice to hear from you with your sweet complitments.

  5. Patsy, you understand to celebrate. Would like to come to a visit and taste all the delicious things.
    But what is with your cat? I cannot correctly see this red spot over the eye - is she injured?
    From your finds most I like the tile.
    Enjoy your time :-)

    1. You're welcome to come visit anytime. I'd love to have you.

      Pepper is a he and yes, he was injured. He was a feral kitty, living in my neighbor's backyard. On July 2, she found him in her flowers injured. He had very serious cuts on his right front leg and over each eye. The vet says the injuries are mechinical, not from an animal. He thinks he probably got up in the motor of car and not knowing he was there, the driver got in the car and started it.

      He was in the hospital until July 30, and since his injuries hadn't completely healed, I couldn't turn him out when he was released. It's been a constant battle to get him to leave his wound over his left eye alone. The wounds on his leg were the most serious, but they're healed now. They were well when he was released, because they could keep them bandaged. Now the hair is growing back, even though the vet was concerned that it might not. We haven't figured out how to get him to leave his eye wound alone because it can't be bandaged. We tried a collar, but that didn't work (see Week 45). Someone suggested just leaving him alone, which I am doing now, not even medicating them. Time will tell.

    2. Finally I found my old comment about the cat.
      It is always difficult, cat shows no insight and free-living animals are not to keep under control.
      At Christmas 2014 someone brought a razorblade under the fence and my cat was slit open. It began a horror time of 3 months, until finally everything was healed. But I could not hold him in home, he ran away and hid after the operation. For many days he was disappeared, in cold weather, his half-fur had to be shaved off by the vet ... What I had begged for him! Since then, never again I can celebrate Christmas....

      I hope Mr. Pepper has passed everything by now. How good, that you bought him to the vet!

    3. I took Pepper to another vet and had a different collar put on him. He hates it and I hate it. He gets his wet food all over the house. During the day, I feed him his wet food with a plastic spoon like he's a baby.

      I'm so pleased with his progress, and he might get the collar off next week. We'll do a new photo then.

  6. Some of those election quotes seem to be even more relevant after the results came out!

    1. Actually, I'm pretty excited about the results. Having worked in the private sector all my working years, I've always been a Republican. I understand that people who have worked in government or union jobs feel differently. I look forward to seeing what a successful businessman will do to get us out of the doldrums and on our way toward paying down the national debt. Time will tell.