Just Couldn’t Resist . . .

posting more great-sounding recipes! I must say, if I were a cook/baker this year (which I’m not due to the cancer-recovery thing) I would be sore-pressed to choose which recipes to make! There are lots of really tasty sounding desserts, appetizers and some yummy entrees as well. You look them over and see for yourself!


Beef & Cheese Stuffed French Bread

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
1 can nacho cheese soup
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 loaf firm French bread

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown ground beef; drain. Cut off
just top of French bread & pull
out inside of loaf, making a shell.
While ground beef is still warm,
stir in taco seasoning, cheese soup
and bread crumbs (from insides of
French bread). Pour this mixture
into loaf shell and spread evenly.
Cover loaf with Cheddar cheese and
place top of loaf back on bread.
Wrap in foil, bake 20 minutes.
Take out; slice for individual
(recipe: Sandy-Mary's Recipe Exchange)
Speedy Orange Chicken & Rice

1/2 C. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip,
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 1/2 C. orange juice
2 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 C. Minute Rice, uncooked
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 C. mandarin orange segments,
drained (as much as you like)
1/2 C. pineapple chunks, drained
(as much as you like)

Heat 2 T. mayonnaise in skillet on
medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook
stirring, 5 minutes or until no longer
pink; drain. Reduce heat to medium.
Mix remaining mayonnaise, orange
juice, and sugar, stirring to
combine. Add to skillet; add
rice & green pepper, bring to
a boil. Remove from heat; add
orange segments & pineapple as
desired. Let stand, covered,
5 minutes.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Pumpkin-Pear Gingersnap Trifle

1 (1 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding
1 1/2 C. cold milk
1/2 C. canned pumpkin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed, divided
30 ginger snaps, coarsely crushed
(about 2 Cups)
1 (15.25 oz) can pear slices in
juice, well drained

Beat pudding mix & milk in medium
bowl with whisk 2 minutes. Stir in
pumpkin, spices & 1 C. Cool Whip.
Layer 1/3 of gingersnap crumbs
and half each pears and pudding
mixture in large serving bowl.
Repeat layers. Top with remaining
crumbs & Cool Whip. Refrigerate
1 hour. Serves 12, 1/2 C. each.
(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
Red Pepper Hummus Dip

1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained
1 C. sauteed red peppers
1/4 C. tahini (sesame paste)
2 T. fresh lemon juice
3-4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. ground cumin
salt & ground black pepper
2 T. finely chopped fresh parsley

Rinse & drain chickpeas. Place
drained chickpeas in blender;
add red peppers, tahini, lemon
juice, garlic & cumin. Process
until smooth. Season, to taste,
with salt & black pepper. Pour
into serving bowl & top with
Serve with toasted pita triangles,
or crackers.
Makes about 4-6 servings
(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
Cranberry Crunch Bark 
1 pkg. vanilla bark or 1 lb. White
Melting Chocolate
3/4 C. almonds, coarsely chopped or
3/4 C. sweetened dried cranberries
2 C. Rice Krispy cereal

Melt white chocolate in microwave
being careful not to burn it. Add
most of cranberries, most of almonds,
and all of the cereal. Stir into
melted chocolate, then pour onto
a large piece of waxed paper.
Immediately sprinkle with
remaining nuts & cranberries, press
lightly into bark. Let stand
overnight or insert into freezer
for approx. 10 minutes. Break
apart into bite sized pieces.

(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Teriyaki-Glazed Bacon w/Water Chestnuts 

1 (2.1 oz) pkg. fully cooked bacon
1 (8 oz) can whole water chestnuts,
1/3 C. green pepper strips
2 T. teriyaki baste & glaze sauce

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Wrap bacon around water chestnuts &
pepper strips; secure with wooden
toothpicks. Place in shallow baking
dish; brush with glaze. Bake
10-12 minutes or until heated
through. Makes 8 servings.
(recipe: Kraftrecipes.com)
Baked German Potato Salad 

What makes this German potato salad
so different is that it's sweet
instead of tangy.

12 medium red potatoes (about 3 lb)
8 bacon strips
2 medium onions, chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup water, divided
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup sweet pickle juice
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon celery seed
4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a saucepan, cook potatoes until
just tender; drain. Peel and slice
into an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish;
set aside. In a skillet, cook bacon
until crisp; drain, reserving 2 T.
drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside.
Saute onions in drippings until tender.
Stir in the brown sugar, 1/2 cup water,
vinegar, pickle juice, parsley, salt &
celery seed. Simmer, uncovered,
5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour
& remaining water until smooth; stir into
onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and
stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Pour over potatoes. Add bacon; gently stir
to coat. Bake, uncovered,30 minutes or
until heated through.Yield: 8-10 servings.
(recipe: tigger - Recipes du Jour 7/1/11
Chicken & Broccoli Skillet

4 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
2 C. broccoli florets
1/4 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped green pepper
1 can stewed tomatoes, Italian-
style, sliced
1 small can mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. oregano
3 T. better, divided
1 minced garlic clove
Italian seasonings, to taste
parsley flakes
1 can Cheddar cheese soup
undiluted (optional)

Melt 1 1/2 T. butter in large skillet.
Add broccoli, onion, pepper, oregano,
garlic & Italian seasonings. Cook &
stir 3-4 minutes or until vegetables
are crisp-tender. Add tomatoes,
mushrooms & soup. Cover & cook
1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Set aside vegetable mixture; keep
warm. Add remaining butter to
another skillet. Rinse chicken
pieces; pat dry, add to skillet.
Sprinkle with parsley; cook over
medium heat about 10 minutes
or until chicken is tender, no longer
pink inside & golden brown, turning
twice. Serve chicken pieces with
vegetable mixture spooned over top.
Serves 4.
(recipe: Just a Pinch.com)
Chocolate Crackled Cookies 

1 1/4 C. firmly packed light
brown sugar
1 C. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
2 C. flour
6 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2/3 C. miniature semi-sweet
chocolate chips
1/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. powdered sugar
(granulated sugar for rolling)

Beat brown sugar, shortening &
vanilla in large bowl with elec.
mixer on medium until well-
blended. Add eggs; beat until
fluffy. Stir together flour, cocoa,
salt & baking soda. Gradually add
to shortening mixture, beating at
medium speed until just blended.
Stir in chocolate chips. Cover
and chill 3 hours.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch
balls. Roll in granulated sugar,
then in powdered sugar to coat
completely. Place 2 inches
apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes
on sheets, remove to wire rack
to cool completely.
Makes 3 dozen.
(recipe: crisco.com)
Watergate Salad

1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple in juice;
1 (3.4 0z) pkg Jello Pistachio flavored
instant pudding
1 C. miniature marshmallows
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip (thawed)

Combine first 4 ingredients in large
bowl; stir in Cool Whip. Refrigerate
1 hour. Serves 8
Spinach & Bacon Pasta Toss

1 (16 oz.) pkg wide egg noodles
3/4 C. Italian dressing
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
(about 1 pint)
1 (6 oz) pkg. fresh baby spinach
leaves (4 Cups)
1 C. Mozzarella cheese, divided
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked,
drained & crumbled

Cook noodles according to pkg.
directions. Heat dressing in large
skillet on medium heat. Add chicken;
cook & stir 5-7 minutes or until
cooked through. Add tomatoes;
cook 1 min., stirring occasionally.
Drain noodles, reserving 1/2 C. cooking
water. Add noodles and reserved
water to chicken mixture in skillet.
Remove from heat; add spinach,
1/2 C. cheese & bacon, mix lightly.
Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 C.
Serves 8, 1 1/2 C. each
(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
Merry Cherry Dessert

1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling,
1 1/2 C. boiling water
1 (6 oz) pkg. cherry Jello
1 1/2 C. cold water
4 C. angel food cake, cut into
2 (3.4 oz ea) vanilla instant
pudding mix
3 C. cold milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed, divided

Reserve 1/3 C. cherry pie filling
for garnish; set aside. Add boiling
water to Jello in large bowl; stir
at least 2 minutes until completely
dissolved. Stir in cold water &
remaining pie filling. Refrigerate 45
minutes or until slightly thickened.
Place cake cubes in 3 quart serving
bowl; cover with Jello mixture.
Refrigerate 45 minutes or until Jello
layer is set but not firm. Beat
pudding mixes & milk in large bowl
with whisk 2 minutes. Stir in 2 C.
Cool Whip; spoon over Jello layer in
bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours or until
firm. Top with remaining Cool Whip and
reserved cherry pie filling.
Makes 18 servings, 2/3 C. each.
(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
Things around here are going OK - I'm up to date
on the Christmas gifts for my special needs people,
other than that I'm still 'out in the cold' (it
might be a 'money' Christmas, as the boys are all
(or mostly) grown now and I have NO CLUE as to what
kinds of 'clothes' they want (one even suggested I
take the youngest son shopping with me so he could
pick out clothes for his older brother). That might
work EXCEPT youngest son is well-known for 'borrowing'
his older brothers clothes and not returning them (sigh).
For my Knit/Crochet group I've decided to make it easy
on me - in years past I've knit or made small gifts
for each of them; this year I've decided to take
advantage of Panera Bread (the place we meet every 2
weeks). They have a lovely bakery and this year are
offering 'order ahead' items. I'm going to order ahead
4 dozen mini-chocolate chip cookies, borrowing their
platters, spreading the cookies on the platters and
ringing them with wrapped chocolate candies. That way,
everyone can choose what they want to eat and I don't
have to over-stress myself at the last minute. (and also
I'm patronizing Panera; we're VERY grateful for their
support of our group and their friendly service.)
Stopped at our local 'dollar store' today and picked up
some nice gift bags (love their deals - very nice products
at very nice prices! Family Dollar, just in case
you might want to check them out!) Tomorrow is my LAST
radiation treatment - YAY! Yesterday the cancer treatment
center I go to offered a free 2 hour beauty-make over
seminar and I went. I'm normally NOT one
for attending these types of things (or, for
that matter, stopping at a nice up-scale store
that has a cosmetics counter and taking advantage
of their make-overs) - just NOT my style. Why, you
ask, did I go to this one? Well, I guess you could
say I was reeled in by their gentle persuading AND
they also said that we would each get a make up kit
valued at $150.oo!!! I had a great time; they had a
freshly made salsa & healthy crackers for snacks
(along with mini red velvet cupcakes, which I
didn't eat - trying to be somewhat good!). The
lady giving the seminar was also a cancer survivor
and there were four other ladies attending. It made
me sad to think of all the ladies that come in and
out of that building in a day and how very few
actually took advantage of their nice offer. I met
our other cancer 'ladies'; of all of them I am truly
blessed to be Stage 1 (the others were all Stage
3), and the only one to not have chemo-Praise the
Lord for that!) Three out of four had lost their
hair; the nice thing was-the American Cancer
Society also offers one free wig to each
person going through chemo - they had lots of
lovely wigs there and one of the ladies tried
on about 5; she took our 'group approval' of
a shoulder-length dark auburn wig and said
she had a wedding to attend next week - the
wig will look lovely on her (it really
did NOT look like a wig!) This event gave
me the opportunity to see what 'might'
have been my lot and how truly blessed
I am. Each of us DID get a very nice
bag with lots of free make up all donated
by name-brand companies. I've been doing
my own make up for many years and have
become rather set in my ways, but I was
pleasantly surprised-I now have a new
eyebrow pencil color and new liquid
lipstick & gloss! (oh, and blush, too!)
The kit was overflowing with 'neat' stuff:
a very nice makeup bag complete with 5
very nice brushes, a net 'scrubbie',
skin cleanser & moisturizer, of course
liquid make up/eye brown pencil,
eye shadow (I gave mine away - I don't wear
LAVENDER!), blush, some 'beads' that you
brush on which gives your skin a sort of
'glow' (neat!). There was also a container
of SPF 15 skin block (I need at least a 65,
so I gave that away, too), 2 bottles liquid
eyeliner (YAY! that's something I DO use!).
By the time the meeting ended we all looked
much younger and felt 'pampered'- very nice!
I came home and my youngest said: "You look
more 'bright' - your face looks sort of
glowing!" I thought that was nice because
he didn't even know where I'd been!

Tonight is youngest son's Christmas choir
concert; I've gone before but this time my
husband gets to attend, too. It's ALL choirs
and ALL bands/orchestras - lots of
kids, lots of parents & little kids.

That's what's happening around here
today. Hope you're starting to get
into the Christmas Spirit.



ps: It's clear, overcast and 42 degrees
F. with just a dusting of snow on the
ground - YAY! I even 'braved it' and
got my van washed today (had too much
mud splatter from driving down our
dirt road going to & from church).

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  1. The makeover is an awesome thing for you ladies to have happen and does demonstrate the thoughtfulness of an organization devoted to not only curing but enhancing a person’s new way of life.

    I hope you are almost ready for the holiday.

  2. Nice to have a little time and gift for yourself.
    Yay Panera!

    I gave away a bunch of crocheted mini-stockings to my Needlework Group, along with the Activity Center Receptionist, Director, and Program Coordinator. Was looking around for the Custodian too 🙂
    Stockings crocheted today (when there were No Jobs Available on SubFinder) are going to a friend for her home daycare youngsters. Otherwise, my days are moving along same as ever. I don’t usually put up house decorations until school is out, with our last day being 20 Dec. The little tree on the table, Manger Scene is just about it.
    Still trying to think up a nice gift for Man or Woman about $15 for Husband’s office party happening Saturday.

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