Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm Sorry

I"m sorry all my lovely visitors.. I just noticed that my Babel fish translator was missing... it is now back up and everyone can enjoy my posts... I think the loss happened when my blog crashed. I am sure I will continue to find things that are missing here on the blog.. if you notice something missing that you enjoyed please comment here. I will see if I can find the item and replace it ;)

Have a great weekend.. and enjoy what ever you plan on doing....

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer fun is upon us ;)

 It's time for all those summer pic nics, outings and holiday fun... I have decided it would be great to share some fun stuff I have been seeing on the web to make your life easier during your outdoor activities. I know these ideas will make your holidays/outings so much fun...

Summer is picnic season, and with it come potlucks and covered dishes.  Instead of using foil or plastic wrap to cover your salad bowl, why not use an eco-friendly reusable fabric cover?  Allyson Hill shares a tutorial on her blog showing how to make this Eco Travel Lid.  Get the how-to.  (The tutorial is available from the side bar of her blog.)
Article obtained from Craft

Do you get thirsty on those long hikes that you make with your family and friends.. to the ballgame, Disneyland, Picnics... here is the perfect item for you a water bottle holder....
Get your tutorial at Pink Chalk Studio.

This next item... I love it.. I have used them often and also have made them and given them away as gifts. Almost all the guys in my family own one or two.. I even made a couple of them to give to my walking Postal carrier that comes to my station... He wears them each summer when the weather is around 100 degrees.. this article just reminded me.. I should probably make him a couple of new ones... I am sure the others are starting to get a bit worn.... You can find the tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets.... These are easy peasy to make!!

Here is another great way to go green Make your own Back pack from one of your favorite, but not quite worn out T-shirts. I have made a few of these and everyone loved them.. You can use your children's tees to make the back packs just the right size for them.. and adult tee's for you :) Find a great tutorial HERE.

One could always use a summer hat for shading your faces.. no one wants a sun burned nose ;) You will find a cute summer hat here at How-To.

Now that I have done all this research and posting and pasting.. its time for me to take a nap... I have provided you the perfect pattern for your napping needs... Click over to Life Style Lounge and make your own hammock.

See you after nap time... Pitty Pat where are you???? Lets go take a little snoozy wooosie ;)

Monday, June 13, 2011


I know everyone is going to be shocked my recipe this time is not Chocolate... Contrary to popular belief I do like other things besides Chocolate. One would not know this from all the Chocolate Recipes that I post here at APP's. I thought, I would show you an awesome idea along with a super simple dessert to serve to your loving family. My mind is running wild with all the super easy things that could be baked in these sweet little jars. Raise your hands how many of you like Peach Crisp/Cobbler... (this would be very easy to make too) Peach Crisp happens to be one of my favorite sweets. I use to make them all the time when there was family living at home. Now that I am round and voluptuous..... I try to stay away from a lot of desserts.
I do love looking at a good dessert ;) 
Aren't these pretty?

 The following Recipe was obtained from My Baking Addiction 

Simple Cherry Crisp in Jars
yield | 4 servings
  • 3 cups canned or fresh cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Evenly divide cherry pie filling between 4 individual oven-safe ramekins or jars.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine, flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and butter and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Evenly distribute the crumble topping on top of each individual servings.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or at room temperature. Make these cherry crisps extra special by topping each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You can purchase these sweet little jars HERE.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling


5 to 6 cups fresh pitted cherries, about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds ( I used Bing)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon almond extract


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine cherries, water, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Stir in almond extract. Cool slightly before using as a topping.


-If using sour cherries, you will need to adjust the amount of sugar. I’d recommend starting about ¾ cup and working your way up if more sweetness is needed.
-Refrigerate leftover fresh cherry pie filling in a sealed container for up to 2 days.
-I have not tried freezing this cherry pie filling, but if you do, please let me know.
-Recipe adapted from

My Baking Addiction

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Not Forgotten.... I honor this man!!

Rusty Smith
I've changed my profile pic to that of my father, Richard D. Smith, in honor of Father's Day this month. My Father's plane was shot down in Vietnam, in 1965. His name is the first listed on the Vietnam War Memorial, in Wichita KS (he was the first casualty from Kansas). He was listed as "missing in action" until 1994, when his remains were returned to the USA and he was laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetery.
The above message was posted on my friend Rusty's FB page.
Your saying to your self why is she writing this post? I am not writing this to toot my own horn but to honor a man I never knew. For years the name RICHARD D. SMITH was a name on a Red MIA Bracelet that I wore. I was very proud and honored to have received this name, it was the name of a stranger. I wore the name of Richard D. Smith everyday, to work and out to play.. I never took it off until the day that Richard D. Smith was laid to rest at Resthaven Cemetary in the year of 1994. It was a strange turn of events that made me realize that the band I was wearing was a Father to a man that I work with. 
A few of us still honored those that served their country in the Viet Nam war, by wearing MIA bracelets. One day at work a co-worker said to me... Hey your wearing Rusty's dad's name. I was sort of shocked I worked with Rusty for years and wore that band everyday to work and didn't realize that I was honoring his father. I knew Rusty's father was missing in action from others, that I worked with. Shortly thereafter I saw Rusty ..and I had a chance to ask him if the name that was drawn for me was his father. He confirmed that the name on the band was his dad. This knowledge made this small little RED band mean more in a special way to me. No matter how worn or how bent scratched or damaged that it got, this little band would be with me and on my person for the rest of my life or until Richard came home. 
Richard did come home......... I was at last able to return that arm band to Rusty and his family after wearing it so long to honor his father. I have to tell you the kindness and big heart that my friend Rusty has.. he asked me do you want to keep my dads band because you wore it so many years... I was so deeply moved that Rusty had wanted me to have this little symbol of honor. I told him no.... the tradition was to return it to the family upon the soldiers return.. This my readers is where this little Red Band is with Rusty and his family... I hope one day it is handed down to Rusty's son, so history and the love of one serviceman can live on and on. 
May you now rest in PEACE Richard D. Smith. 
A hero to me in such a long and sad war!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

It's Hot!!!

All over the United States its getting hot.. but it's getting much hotter at AuntPittyPat's house since the Air conditioner is broken. I was looking for a yummy salad I could make for dinner and I came across this one!! 

Doesn't this look just like something you would want to eat on one on those very hot summer days? Looks all crispy and cool to me.. run over HERE to see the recipe on how to make this Delicious Salad.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Work was a Riot!!

Do you ever have those days when everything that is said has a funny undertone?? I have no idea why the ladies in the office were punch drunk yesterday! Maybe it was because it has been hot and very busy!!
All I know is we laughed and laughed yesterday and it was fun at work for the first time in months!
Here is one thing that was said.. I know this is not politically correct but please take it with a grain of salt. When you work where I work we all have this morbid sense of humor... I am sure it has popped out on the blog once in a while.... anyway here goes.
A man walked into our Police Station to report there was a couch sitting the middle of the road. I told him ok I will report it to the dispatcher. He walks out. I get on the speaker telephone and start telling the dispatcher about the complaint. She asks the following questions....I quote "What color is it?" I reply Blue.. Which lane of traffic? What direction of travel? ..... then she asks " Anyone injured?" Ok now here is where my smart azz friend in the back ground says .. "I don't know we didn't ask how many are sitting on it." Oh my goodness everyone started cracking up... because my personal image was an old broken down Red Neck truck with a couch in the back with a bunch of people sitting on it. Just like the Beverly Hillbillies My brain image was.... The driver stomped on the gas to pass and the couch flew out the back tail gate... now ladies that is what flashed in my brain.. Sorry can't help it.. I have watched too many movies!!!! I laughed and laughed until I though I would pee my pants..
I am sorry if this offended any of my readers... I could not help myself in posting this.. I am still laughing about the stupid questions the dispatcher has to ask....  but it is required.. as a matter of routine.. for every ones needs.