Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

I Like Thursday #267

Happy Thursday, friends!  Thanks for visiting on "I Like Thursday" hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Time to share the good parts of our week!

We had a quiet Christmas Day, with just my mom over for dinner, and a Zoom get together with extended family.  I discovered that you can make cheesy potatoes (so yummy with our spiral sliced ham) in the crockpot!  Here's the recipe I used.

Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

Of course I forgot to take a picture, so this a screenshot from the website I linked above.  


There's been lots of reading time this week, and I've been enjoying a couple new books from favorite authors.

Magic, imaginary worlds, dragons, and of course, a love story.
All the good stuff!  

And the latest Michael Connelly book that includes Harry Bosch and his young detective friend, Renee Ballard.

Now that I've watched the Bosch series on Amazon Prime, 
I'm picturing Harry as played by Titus Welliver!

We finished up Bosch a few nights ago, so have switched to "The Mandalorian," on Disney+.  It's fun to be back in the Star Wars universe!  And Baby Yoda - so fun!

I finished up the quilting on my rainbow Scrappy Trips quilt, so tonight (Wednesday) I'll be starting on the binding!  Yay!

And speaking of rainbows, Mike and I were walking at the mall today when I spied this.  It was part of the local school district's art show.  I thought this was really neat!

Here's a close-up - these are colored craft sticks organized by grade level Kdg - 5th.  The kids drew their own symbols on the craft sticks.

Have a happy and safe New Year!


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love the craft piece you saw at the mall made of the craft sticks and sent that photo on to my daughter she is always looking for craft projects for the kids. My husband and I keep saying we need to get Disney+ - worth it I presume?

piecefulwendy said...

Cheese and potatoes, what's not to like? Yum! I made bowl cozies with Baby Yoda fabric for stocking stuffers this Christmas. My two thought they were pretty fun. We enjoyed the Mandalorian series, too.

Libby in TN said...

I learned to make cheesy potatoes from Alex's Aunt Marie so in our family they are "Aunt Marie's Potatoes" but made the old fashioned way, in the oven. I need to try your recipe. Love that craft project.

Sandy Panagos said...

Those craft sticks are the cutest!

Quilter Kathy said...

Thanks for the recipe link... that looks delicious!
So exciting that you are binding the scrappy trips... it will always remind you of 2021~

grammajudyb said...

Thanks for sharing your”recipe “. I’ve made “Funeral Potatoes “ in the past, but the crockpot option is a great help when the oven is already busy! I thought the craft sticks were a quilt! I’ll bet that is what caught your eye too! Fantastic! We like The Mandalorian too and are looking forward to the The Book of Boba Fett next story! I live with Star Wars fans. said...

I love making cheesy potatoes. My daughter makes it in the crock pot, but it always comes out soupy. Perhaps she needs a different recipe. What a neat project with the craft sticks. Love The Mandalorian, I have actually been watching some TV lately. I binge watched Carnival Row, watched Thor Rangorak, and have been enjoying Spiderman lately, took the boys to see the new one at the theater the other day.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Diann! Oh, cheesy potatoes in the crockpot sound yummy. I will definitely check out that recipe as we make that dish OFTEN. Our niece, Andrea, is a fan of it and uses her crockpot often - a marriage made in heaven, I think! Thanks for sharing it. What a lovely art project - I love how they laid out the craft sticks. Happy New Year to you and Mike and your Mom, too. How wonderful to have her join you for Christmas. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

PaintedThread said...

Mmm...those cheesy potatoes look good! Dragons and magic... hmm.. I may have to put that on my reading list. That's festive backing on that quilt you're binding. :-) and those craft sticks look really cool.

Deb A said...

Cheesy potatoes sound yummy.... I'll have to give it a try as I know 3 of 4 will try it in my house. Love the art at the mall - that would make a great quilt. Congrats on the binding stage. Hope you are well away from all those fires and are safe.

Michele McLaughlin said...

Those cheesy potatoes look awesome!! I love that craft the kids made, so pretty and would make a great quilt pattern too! Have a safe and happy New Year!!!

MissPat said...

I'll definitely check out that crockpot cheesy potatoes recipe the next time I need a potluck dish. Probably not practical now that I'm cooking for one. That craft stick artwork could easily be translated to a string quilt. Would even work as an RSC project. Hmmm. I hope the wildfires are to close and that the smoke is not affecting you too much. Happy New Year.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Great recipe and I bought a ham for the New Year and I checked...I have the ingredients.
I also love that craft stick artwork; it is exactly what Robbie would enjoy doing. Thanks for sharing.
And a big Happy New Year to you and Mike!!

Susie H said...

My neighbor used to make Cheesy Taters a long time ago. Thanks for the crock pot recipe. I'll bet that WAS really delicious with the spiral ham. I'll have to make this next year with our ham. I think the whole family will love it!