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You win some …

You lose some. So go my projects lately.


Win! I have updated all three of my blogs and given two of them complete makeovers. That is real progress. I am continuing to go through old posts on both this and the LeapingFromTheBox blog, cleaning, recategorizing and adding tags.


Win! I’m on row 19 of the Round Ripple Baby Afghan I am crocheting for Kat’s friend. I am hoping it will quit rolling on the ends as it gets bigger.

Round Ripple Baby Blanket in progress


Definitely not a win. It was nice and clean, organized, about ten days ago. But as you can see, I get started on one project and ignore other areas. I will definitely have to spend some time finding my desktop tomorrow, as it’s pay day and I know there are some bills hidden under that pile, along with items to send to Miss Munchkin.

Messy desk


Another no win. I am way behind in keeping that up to date, so far behind that I won’t even give specifics here. Let’s just say we’re looking at some major time come next January and tax time if I don’t get busy on getting Quicken caught up!


A win. I printed off a couple of calendars on October 1 and taped them to the refrigerator. One is a reminder for Bill and I to walk in the evenings. The other is a reminder for me to do some sort of daily exercising. My calendar has every day marked off so far this month. The calendar for walking, well, that has three days out of five crossed off. Not perfect, but definitely progress.

Bobotie and Green Bean Salad

In my Unschooling Cooking post at Leaping From The Box blog, I mentioned that David has been cooking the suppertime meal for the last couple of months. He has been doing an excellent job, although he liked making Japanese fried rice so much that Kat began to tire of it and hunted up some new recipes for him to try. Wednesday night we tried two South African recipes, Green Bean Salad and Bobotie (Beef Pie). They were very good; definitely keepers! Give them a try with your family!

Green Bean Salad

• 2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
• ½ cup oil
• 4 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon pepper
• 1 cup sweet white onions, thinly sliced
• ¼ cup sliced stuffed green olives

Cook the beans in a large pot of boiling water until tender. Drain well.

In a large bowl, combine the oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Add the onions, green olives, and hot beans and toss until coated. Serve immediately.

Fresh beans are wonderful. Possibly frozen beans would work as well. And we didn’t use the onions, as most in the family do not care for raw onions, even the sweet kind.

And leftovers cold aren’t too bad either!

Bobotie (Beef Pie)

• 2 ounces of butter
• 1 cup onions, thinly sliced
• 1 apple, peeled, diced
• 2 pounds chopped cooked beef (or ground beef)
• 2 bread slices soaked in milk
• 2 tablespoons curry powder
• ½ cup raisins
• 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 egg
• ½ teaspoon turmeric
• 6 bay leaves
• 1 egg
• ½ cup whole milk

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes, then add the apple dices and cook for another minute. Add the chopped beef and combine. Squeeze out the excess milk from the bread slices, then tear up and add to the pot. Add the curry powder, raisings, almonds, lemon juice, egg and turmeric, and stir well.

Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13” baking dish. Place bay leaves vertically in the casserole. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes, then remove from the oven. Mix together the egg and milk, then pour it over the Bobotie. Bake for 15 more minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving.

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