Saturday, September 26, 2009


OK, I have to share this most wonderful secret that I have had for eight years with my Grandchildren that every Grandparent, Aunt or relative of children will LOVE.
When my first two Grandchildren got old enough to spend the night at my home. I put this very pillowcase on my guestroom bed where I would sleep with the little one that spent the night. It is glow in the dark. ALL year long not just Halloween time, this pillowcase sits on that bed.
Then when it is bedtime and teeth are brushed I always say "I am brushing my teeth and don't go into the bedroom yet as I get the halloween pillowcase." Then like clockwork, they rush to the bedroom giggling and hurry into bed and onto the pillowcase and when I go in, I make a big deal about them stealing my pillowcase and I turn out the light so we can see the glowing things. It has worked on four of my Grandchildren for years and soon the last two will be old enough to sleep here and I know it will work also. No trying to get them to bed...simply a fun pillowcase. I am in the midst of making new pillowcases out of new fabric to replace this pillowcase that is getting rather worn and old. :0) I giggle just thinking about a new replacement for the old one. What fun!
Tonight Mel and Kathy and I went out to dinner and then to Julie and Julia. They had seen it and I hadn't. I was always a fan of Julia Childs. I thought I would share my friend Suzanne's most wonderful recipe with you for a delicious recipe sure to please you and your most picky guests. Get ready for the compliments, it is DELICIOUS.
Suzanne's DELICIOUS Veal Burgundy
16 small white onions, peeled (About one pound) I buy them all ready in the frozen food section
3 1/2 lbs of veal stew meat
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Herbs of Provence or Fines Herbes
2 teaspoons of Maggi Seasoning
2 teaspoons of Kitchen Bouquet
2 cups of Burgundy or other dry red wine
2 cups small whole mushrooms
I put the wine in the slow cooker then the meat cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
Then the rest I had to the top of the meat and cook on high for about 5 hours.
Add about 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with a little water at the end to thicken.
Just before you serve you can also add 1/4 cup of brandy
She serves this with mashed potatoes, peas and rolls.
Bon appetite!


Rebecka said...

Great story about your pillowcase. I love the fabric, it's really fun!

Anonymous said...

Your pillowcase trick is great. I think you should make one pillowcase to put away for each of your grandchildren so they can have fun when they have little ones.
I make pillowcases for my granddaughters all of the time. I wrap their presents in a new pillowcase. Each girl now has a box of special pillowcases to choose from.

Anonymous said...

Mary Lou, Are you going to be at the Houston Quilt Festival in October?

Barb said...

What a great idea! Making going to bed fun... You are so inspiring.

bevy a in pomona said...

Great pilloecase story! I love your blog & web site &'s very happy & colorful and makes me smile. One of these years I will take your class in Asilomar!