Donna Lynn's Blog

I'm a 34 yr old, happily married woman with the 2 most wonderful doggies in the world! I live in Florida and love all types of crafting! Right now my fave thing to do with my hands is crochet!!!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

My new toy!

For Valentine's Day, Doug got me an MP3 player! I was so excited! This is my first MP3 player and even though it was a little hard to figure out how to upload/delete songs, now that I know how it works, it's pretty neat! I'm most excited about listening to podcasts from my fave News/Talk Shows which I can't listen to anymore due to my new job.

The only complaint I have is that the player came "pre-loaded" with about a dozen songs. I HATE HATE HATE each one of these songs and have tried everything I can think of to erase them but cannot seem to do it! It is taking away space that I could use for songs I do like! I also like to use the "shuffle" feature and if I use this these songs also get mixed in which is frustrating! Any tech-savies here who have an idea on how to get rid of these songs???

If you know of any good podcasts, please let me know!!! I'm having a blast listening to them all!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

A few FO's

The first pic I wantd to post is of the beautiful socks my swap partner made me in January! Aren't they cool? They fit my monster feet like a glove as well!!!!

As most of you know, I've been working on stitching together sqaures to give to the victims of the recent tornadoes down here in Florida. Here are the ghans I have completed thus far:

This last one was made completely by indiliu (from crochetville). She sent me the entire afghan! It's made with 2 strands of yarn and feels very soft and cozy. Whoever gets this one will love it, I'm sure!

I will have at least another 2 ghans before being finished but I hope I'll get enough squares for at least another 2 or 3 ghans. If you're thinking about donating some 12 inch squares, please leave a comment for me and I'll get in touch with you!

Thanks again to all who have donated so far!!!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Easy Chicken Casserole

I have gotten into the bad habit lately of just making hamburger helper and boxed meals for dinner. Working the hours I do, it's very hard to cook nice dinners for my hubby. However after learning how quick and easy casseroles can be, I'm pledging to make at least 2 a week for him.

This recipe came from a co-worker of mine. She makes some of the most amazing food and the other day I told her what I had on hand and asked what I could make with it. She came up with the basic idea and I dressed it up a bit. Hubby absolutely loved it!

Easy Chicken Casserole (serves 2-4 depending on how big your portions are)
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 can french style green beans
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. milk
onion flakes (or diced fresh onions if you have them)
garlic salt to taste
chicken & poultry seasoning
small amount sour cream
shredded monterey jack cheese

In a casserole dish place drained can of beans, then cream of chicken soup, milk and onion; stir well. Place chicken breast on top of mixture and sprinkle with chicken seasoning and garlic salt. Bake uncovered in a 450 degree oven for 40 mins or until chicken is done. After plating food, place a dollop of sour cream on top of chicken and sprinkle with cheese.


Sunday, February 11, 2007


Ever been to this restaurant before? If not, it's a buffet style place and a little pricey. When they first opened here a couple of years ago it was incredible. The food was fantastic and worth every penny. Then we noticed slowly but surely it getting worse and worse. We had an especially bad meal a few months ago and complained to the management about it. They gave us a couple of free coupons so we used them this weekend. Sad to say it'll be the last time we ever go there.

Not only was the food just plain awful but they weren't doing anything about the zillions of children pushing adults out of the way in line. There must have been a reunion or something but there were tons of kids with this group of people (many of them small children) who literally pushed us out of the way to get the food. Many used their hands and were just plain rude. Aside from the kids most of the food was old and cold. It's a shame when a good place turns bad. They used to have some of the best food around and now it's just a way overpriced buffet.

There's one reason why places like McDonald's and Burger King are still in business and thriving. Because (for the most part) they serve the same quality food at each location and don't just start serving old, nasty food because they can.

There's my rant for the evening! It wasn't too bad, was it?

Monday, February 05, 2007

Donations needed for Florida Tornado Victims

After the devistation of the tornadoes last week here in the corner of the world where I live, I wanted to do something. The Villages are only about 10 miles away from where I live and Lake County is just a bit farther. These storms literally passed right over us and hit many other people. So far 20 people are known to have lost their lives and the devistation in these areas are horrible.

There's not a lot that can be done but rebuild. One of the things I think about in times like this are that these people lost everything. Photographs, family heirlooms and everything else you and I take for granted will always be there.

I am organizing a charity blitz of sorts and have asked those on the message boards I frequent as well as here on my blog to help. I would like to give these people as many comfortghans as are possible. I am collecting 12 inch squares which I will stitch together and hand deliver myself. 12 - 12 inch squares will make ONE comfortghan. In just a few hours time yesterday I was able to stitch 5 squares myself so I know this can be done. Fancy patterns and specialty yarn are NOT necessary! Grab ANY worsted weight yarn in any color(s) and get started on some squares! If you knit, send those to me as well! If you would rather donate an entire afghan, that's fine too. Anything you can send will help. I am hoping that the people who receive these gifts will find some healing out of this tragedy.

If you'd like to help out, please post a comment here with however I can get in touch with you. If you give me your e-mail address in the comment I will not publish it so that others won't have access to it. I am thinking the end of February for a time frame. Right now they really aren't letting people into the area so I'm thinking if I have everything by the end of the month maybe by then I'll be able to have a clear idea where to drop these items off. THANKS A BUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 04, 2007

My first big sewing project!!!

This first picture is of my Tweety claiming her spot on top of all the fabric!

This is my Aunt and Uncle while we were in the middle of working on my bag...

This shows the finished bag and I took it next to Fozzy to show you how big it is! It's only half way filled and very heavy already! We really didn't realize it would be this big! We made 3 pockets in the front where I'm keeping my hooks, tape measure, scissors and other notions.

And this one is just of the bag by itself...

This last one is of the inside of the bag. We made a nice, big pocket for crochet magazines and such as well as a little cell phone holder...

I went to Jo-Anns and got some clearance fabric. I think maybe next weekend I'll try my hand at another sewing project. If you have any links for very simple sewing projects, I'd love to see 'em!!!!