Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Hope everyone is having a great summer so far. I have heard that some parts of the country have been very hot so hopefully all of you are surviving the heat. 

Summer is only half over so there is still time to have those picnics and BBQ's and what is one of the all time favorite foods for those? Yep....potato salad. This is my own recipe that I have been making for years. I don't know where I got it, but my family loves it. I thought I would share it with you today. :)

Now I am one who does a dollop of this and a pinch of that so you will have use these ingredients to suit your preferences.  

Here it is......


6 potatoes (red or russet...your choice)
4 hard boiled eggs
Appx 2/3 cups of bottle Italian salad dressing (I use Kraft)
Appx 2 large spoonful of dill pickle relish
Appx 3 large spoonful of Miracle Whip


Boil and cook the potatoes until done. Cool to touch.

Peel the potatoes and cut into hunks.

Put potatoes in bowl and add the Italian salad and stir to coat the potatoes. Refrigerate for 2 hours. After the potatoes have been refrigerated hard boil 4 eggs, peel and add to potatoes. Add relish and Miracle Whip and mix well with the potatoes and eggs.

Sprinkle top with paprika and walla................you have a great salad for your picnic or BBQ. 

My family always likes this potato salad and I usually have some left over for the next day's lunch. :)

Have a great picnic!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Drinks On The Patio

 The backyard patio is relaxation perfection for lazy summer days shared with good friends or the solitude of a good book.  Make that outdoor space a little greener with the newest creations from these Etsy up-cycle artists.
Wine barrels turned lounge chairs make an eclectic focal point for backyard lounging.  This set made by RenderedUseful2 invites guests to linger in stylish comfort.
Create a table top succulent garden with planters from  Rehabulous. Browse this Etsy shop to find new innovations in up-cycled bottles. Hostess gifts and house-warming heaven fills this artist's inventory!
Upgrade patio lighting with this handsome pendant lamp crafted by pic76. Perfect for the patio and the man cave!
From up-cycled glass tumblers to wine barrel furniture to glass jewelry, bottlehood is a one stop patio shopping destination! 

Keep summer sentiments fresh with a  MarvelousMessages t-shirt.  Made from recycled materials, these tees have the feel of organic cotton with stay-cool wicking properties.  This Etsy shop is brand new so swing in and see what's on trend!
For more fabulous up-cycled patio decor search recycled patio on Etsy.
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Blog Party - Christmas In July

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Witches Stitches - Summer Salsa

This time of year I seem to be flooded with zucchini and yellow squash. I don’t grow it in my garden, but people give it to me. I m a vegetarian and people give me all kinds of goodies from their garden. I am not complaining…produce is expensive and free is always good. The thing is, what to do with it all. Here is a great way to use it all up, make something that is high in fiber, protein and just down right good. Did I mention low in calories? Yes that too. I make super chunky summer salsa. You can make as much of this as you want and freeze it in smaller portions for whenever you want it.

There are no measurements, you use as much of whatever you want. Here is what I do, you can change it to fit your likes.

Chop 1 onion and 2 peppers into small pieces and cube the zucchini and squash into 1” cubes.

 In batches in a large frying pan sauté, (in a touch of olive oil) 1 large white onion 2 large red, green or yellow peppers, (I use whatever someone has given me). To that I add as much squash and zucchini as will fit in the pan. When it is fully cooked, I put it into a large soup pot. Then I do another batch of the same.

When the second batch is done and in the soup pot I add the following:

2 small cans of tomato paste

2 cans of white kidney beans

3 cups water

1 packet of taco seasoning

Stir it all together set your stove to the simmer setting and cover your pot. Let it simmer for about an hour, stirring it every 20 minutes.

This makes a very chunky salsa that is like a meal. It can be eaten with crackers or corn chips. It can be put over rice or noodles. It is so good.

You can add any other veggies you may want to add. My MIL gave me small bag filled with green beans so I cooked them and added them to the pot.

**Hint** - It is always better the next day!