Wordless Wednesday – Cats n Critters

My crafting progress has been really slow. I guess that I have spent too much time reading, and not enough time crafting. I do however have a lot of projects that I plan to work on this week so hopefully I will have some pictures to show next week. Instead of a Work in Progress post I decided to share some pictures of my cats and some pictures of my parents cats. As well as a picture of a cute raccoon that wandered onto my parents property. *the last 4 photo’s were taken by my parents

First Peek at “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography”

Missy's Crafty Mess:

I can not wait for this book to come out!!!

Originally posted on The Pioneer Girl Project:

­9522-1.1.inddPioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography contains over one hundred images, eight maps, and hundreds of annotations that use primary source documents to enhance Wilder’s words. Earlier this year we announced that Pioneer Girl was in design, and we now have page proofs of the book—one step closer to publication!

Page proofs, or first pages, are the pages of the book laid out by a professional typesetter. For me, they mark a visible change from manuscript to book. The pages I am sharing with you will give you a good idea of what the final book will look like. However, they are from an uncorrected proof and the text and final layout may be different.

At the beginning of the project, we decided to stay true to Wilder’s document, so you 9522-1.1.inddmay notice misspelled words or incorrect grammar in Pioneer Girl. Don’t be too hard on Wilder—this was…

View original 68 more words

Gramp’s Kitchen – Pan Fried Walleye


Pan Fried Walleye

Seasonal salt
Eggs beaten
Veg oil
Potato Buds

Rinse Walleye in water – Dip in Flour, then eggs, then potato buds. Fry in oil until golden brown. Season generously with season salt serve with tartar sauce or cocktail sauce.

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

♥ Missy

Gramp’s Kitchen – Cream Cheese Potato Soup


Cream Cheese Potato Soup

6 cups of water
2 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese – chunked
1 – 32 oz bag of frozen cubed hash browns – thawed
1 ½ – 2 Cup cooked ham cubed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
7 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
½ cup onion – finely chopped
1 teaspoon dill weed

In a soup kettle, combine water & bouillon. Add cream cheese; cook and stir till cheese is melted. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer uncovered for 18 – 20 minutes. Can also be made in a crock pot.

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

♥ Missy

Flashback Friday – Baby Kimono’s

IMG_0782_medium2 A Cousin and Dear Friend found out she was expecting in 2011. I made these precious baby kimono’s with matching hats for her. I made one for each gender not knowing what she was going to have. I ended up giving her the girly sweater first and the boyish sweater a few years later. I love this pattern. I have made it at least 5 different times that I can think of. If you would like to make one too here is the pattern.  Here is the hat pattern too.

Gramp’s Kitchen – Harvest Supper Meatballs

Harvest Supper Meatballs

2 lbs ground beef
2 eggs beaten
¼ cup minced onion
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ½ tsp salt

6 oz beef broth
1 ½ cans cream chicken soup
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon all spice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon sage
¾ cup milk

2 ½ cups milk

Mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl, store overnight in a fridge to blend flavors, and for easier handling.

Roll in balls using a small ice cream scoop. Place in 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Mix sauce together and pour over meatballs. Bake an additional 30 minutes

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

♥ Missy

WIP Wednesday


It’s that time of year again. Time to start making Christmas ornaments for all of the kiddos in the family. After making two of them. I decided to start making all if the little pieces at once. I have the heads done and now I am working on the scarves.

It’s also that time of year for colds & fall allergies. I’ve been down with both for almost 2 weeks. This head cold wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the splitting headaches and the fever & chills. I’ve spent a lot of time in bed and I’ve also spent a lot of time with my nose in a book. Five books to be exact.

Once Again We Grieve

Once again my family grieves the loss of another family member. My Step Grandfather passed away last night. Tonight as I sit and type my mind is full of memories. My Step Grandparents are awesome. When my Mom remarried when I was 3 years old the entire family took me in and treated me as their own even though they didn’t have too. I remember hanging out at their farm with my bonus Grandpa as a kid, eating doughnuts and watching Little House On The Prairie. I remember tractor rides and chasing cats with my cousins.  I remember fishing for bull heads and playing in hay lofts.

The older I get the more I realize that things will never be the same again. There are so many pieces of my childhood that have pasted on and like any puzzle you can’t make new pieces to fit in the old holes. Nothing ever fits back into the shape as it once was.