You are just the best.

What big hearts you all have. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, through the “upset and mad people”. From now on when I get one of those emails, I’m coming back to this post and re-reading your sweet comments. I know that will take care of any cranky feelings that the email might start to foster in me. (And just to clarify – I totally understand “disappointed” and “sad” – and do feel free to vent that to me any time. It’s the mad and nasty that I’d prefer to avoid.) 🙂

DSCF0861Yesterday was WH’s birthday! Yay! We celebrated with take-out on the back porch – and it was a beautiful night, so that was fun. I can’t say that he took the day off to do something fun, but dinner was nice. He has been so supportive of the endeavors that I have gotten us into over the years (and, as he likes to point out, most of them have been my “fault” – although I think he means that in the nicest of ways. I think.) I couldn’t do any of this without him and am so lucky to have him here. (Thanks, Honey!) He will love seeing himself in an apron. This is probably the only time I’ve ever seen him in an apron, and we’ve been married for 23 years! But it’s a cute picture of him and his mom, and she gets credit on his birthday, too. (Thanks, Mumbee!)

College Guy comes home tonight – woohoo! I think he’s mostly coming home to see Zoe, but I’m pretending that he wants to see us, too. I did promise him I would keep him out of the Loopy room and he could just relax and enjoy the weekend without any work. (I want him to come back, you know?) So we’ll have a great weekend.

Here’s a quick and easy “throw it in the crockpot and knit your afternoon away” recipe for you. The only drawback is that it smells way too good cooking away during the day, and your stomach will rumble with hunger. But that’s a small price to pay, I’m thinkin’.

DSC00692.JPGItalian Shredded Beef

3 lb. rump roast
2 pcks. Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
1 pck. brown gravy mix
1 cup water
BBQ sauce (optional)

Put 1 package Good Seasons mix, gravy mix, and water in crockpot. Add roast.

Cook on low for 8 hours or longer.

Remove meat from cooker and shred (I use 2 forks to pull the meat apart.) Return meat to cooker and add second package of Good Seasons, plus barbeque sauce, if desired. Cook another 1/2 hour. Serves 8-10. Great with Frito-Pea Salad!

Have a wonderful weekend – and thank you again for all of the Loopy love. We love you right back.

Sheri Iamtotallygrossedout-Zoejustcaughtandateaflyrightinfrontofme.FPS.


  1. Well, happy BD, WH. Thanks for all you do for us Loopy fans out here.

    Right how I’m in Philadelphia for 5 days for a conference. All the wonderful knitting time I got on the flights here! And just think, on Wednesday I’ll get more on the way back! And I can laze away in my hotel room in the evening doing lots of knitting.

    See you back in St. Lou!

  2. Hahaha! Don’t you love cats? We have crane flies galore here right now, and Miss Kitty loves to chase them. Icky! When doggy Tetley comes to the barn with me she goes for the horse ‘cookie’-and THAT is disgusting!

  3. Happy Birthday to Sheri’s WH and welcome home CG! Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for the great recipe…I definitely have to give that one a try! Way to go, Zoe! You are a good kitty for getting rid of the flies, but please take them elsewhere to eat them…Mom would really appreciate it!

  4. I wish my cats would eat flies. We have small ditches that run through the yards in town, and last fall I came upstairs to find half a trout in my bedroom that my cat had caught in the ditch and eaten half of and then left the head for me! Then there was the night about a month ago when my other cat came in making a muffled “MEOFFF” sound. When I turned on the light, there was a mouse that was still moving-ick!!!. I know they love me, but I wish my cats would just eat the food I give them, and not the area wildlife!

  5. Sheri-
    If Danny isn’t allowed in the Loopy room, how will he finish the list I left for him??
    Home to see Zoe….and I thought he was going to help…sigh..

  6. About Marsha’s cat friends: my dog friends share with me, like your cats do with you. A couple of years ago, the day before Thanksgiving, my little Lhasa friend brought me a bird, on my pillow, on the bed in the upstairs bedroom! I guess she thought she brought me our Thanksgiving turkey! Crazy little girl. I think you trout head might beat that, though. And, my Havanese friend has caught a couple of bunnies in his day. At least he left those outside. I agree–I wish they would leave the area wildlife alone!

  7. Happy Birthday WH, and many more to come!

    Just came across both your shop and your blog and I cannot WAIT until the next time I get paid, because a very large chunk of it will be spent here! I actually spent most of my afternoon on a rare day off (!!!) reading the entirety of the blog and I’m hooked!

    Hope you have a wonderful time with College Guy and his friends!

  8. I love your recipes! I can’t wait to try this one. And by the way, you should be proud of Zoe. You know that if any little yarn-threats every got into the house, be they 4-legged, 6-legged, or winged, they wouldn’t make it too far.

  9. I just have to tell you this story. Your just going to love it. I made the Italian Shredded Beef on Sunday. I thought a great dinner for watching football with fries. I told my hubby to take the roast out (by the way I use a chuck roast insead) of the crock pot and turn the oven on for the fries. As we we shredding the meat and getting fries together, I was telling my hub about how this recipe came from the internet. WIth that statement, he starts wolfing down the roast before I can get it back in the pot for the rest of the cooking time. I had to laugh because there have been a few too many internet recipe distaters in our house! He ended up loving the meal even though he had eatten a lot of the meat before we added the rest of the stuff. He said that the meat was perfect and was surprised at what was in it. Kudos because he’s a cook and the pickist eater I have ever encountered.

  10. I can almost taste how good this is. The picture brings to mind the crock pot beef my mom used to make- probably tastes nothing like it as she mostly just threw in a ton of veggies and a roast but it brings back memories.

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