Thursday Happenings

Well, yesterday I taught my 5 yr old grandson how to play double twelve DOMINOES! I should start by saying that I saw a “Cars” (movie) set of children’s dominoes at the local drug store and bought it for him; we tried playing – it was too simple, too boring sooooooooo – Grandma brought out the ‘big kids set’! As you can see, he loved it; in fact, he beat me by ONE domino! (I thought I took the ‘winning’ photo, but guess not – this was about 3/4ths through the game. His dad told me that his kindergarten teacher has already had to bring out all the first grade work, as he’s finished all he’s supposed to learn in kindergarten! (He’s very much like his dad was at that age – 5 going on 45). I can see many exciting games of dominoes in our future.

Today found me going to Kohl’s with my husband. At Christmas he was disappointed at not being able to find anything he thought I would like clothing-wise, so I suggested we wait until after the holidays and then go shopping. Since he’s mostly been a home-body since his retirement last January, it wore him out a bit but we found two nice tops for me. I also dragged him to the local Salvation Army store (it’s about 20 min. away and I rarely go there). Our oldest son loves that store so we gave it a try. I like shopping for clothing, but I’m not much for having to go through racks & racks of clothing which is sorted by COLOR, then gradiently by size. I gave up after about a half-rack of all blue sweaters & blouses. Yes, they probably have good bargains, but I just didn’t have the fortitude to endure that kind of amusement – instead we tried out the new Sonic drive through eatery. My husband ordered us both double cheeseburgers & fries – turns out they make a VERY BIG double cheeseburger (I saved half for my breakfast tomorrow!); ditto on the fries. I’m attempting to start to lose a bit of weight gained from the holidays and am doing OK – slowly – had gotten up to around 184 and am now down to 178 – without exercise. I kind of mentioned to my husband (seeing that he was a bit undone with all the walking) if we might (once again – suggested before the holidays, too) attempt to join Planet Fitness? I got a kind of non-plused  response – we’ll see where this goes. (I’m, again, thinking ahead to the very near future when the doctors will put me on ‘the pill’- (Arimidex); it’s a extrogen preventative – I’ll be on it for 5 years and some of the side effects are a return to MENOPAUSE symptoms – mood swings, hot flashes, sort of a foggy mind, all those wonderful things you really don’t want – OH! AND WEIGHT GAIN! (now do you see where I’m going with the ‘trying to keep my weight down’ idea? We’ll see – it seems my husband was very informative about the cut off date for the ‘sale’ at Planet Fitness – until January 14th (I think) they have a special where it’s $10.00 to join and $10 a month, per person. I’m only interested in using the treadmill, so we’ll see . . .

Now that I’m feeling better, things are slowly getting done around here. I discovered the other day that our front door ‘sign’ needed painting and the window in the front door needed washing. (We don’t use our front door and it has a sign which reads: “Please use other door” and a small arrow.) Got all that done today after we got home and ate our huge lunch. Started another chemo cap, worked on a few ‘Grandma’s Favorite’pattern knit squares for John’s afghan and now I’m here with you. Makes me feel good to know that I’m slowly getting my energy back and getting other little projects finished which would have been just ignored a month ago. (Still have the Christmas stuff to put away – that’s on the docket for tomorrow – oh, goody . . . ).

Recipes, you say? Well, I have some of those, too!


Spinach-stuffed Pork Roast

1/4 C. chopped fresh mushrooms
1/4 C. chopped onion
1 T. vegetable oil
1 can chopped spinach, drained
1 C. soft bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. rubbed sage
4 lb. boneless loin pork
roast, tied

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
In a skillet, saute mushrooms & onion
in oil until tender. Stir in spinach, bread
crumbs , salt & pepper, garlic powder and
sage. Untie pork roast and separate the
loins. Spread stuffing mixture over one
loin to within 1 inch of the edges. Top
with the remaining loin; retie securely
with heavy string. Place in an ungreased
shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered,
2 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer
reads 160-170 degrees F. Let stand for
15 minutes before slicing.
Asiago Hash Browns

1 (30 oz) pkg frozen hash
browns, thawed
1 1/2 C. grated Asiago cheese
1 med. onion, chopped
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
8 fl. oz. heavy cream
1/2 C. butter, melted
paprika to taste
salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium casserole dish, mix
hash browns, Asiago cheese, onion,
sour cream, heavy cream & butter.
Bake 1 hour, until hash browns are
fully cooked and top is lightly browned.
Season w paprika, salt & pepper
Serves 8
Savory Skillet Lasagna

6 oz. dry corkscrew pasta, uncooked
3/4 lb. Italian pork sausage links,
casings removed
2 (14.5 oz) cans Hunt’s diced
tomatoes w/basil,garlic & oregano,
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta according to pkg. directions;
omitting salt. Cook sausage in large
nonstick skillet over medium-high
heat until crumbled & no longer
pink, stirring occasionally; drain. Add
undrained tomatoes & tomato paste;
mix well. Reduce heat to low; simmer
5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer sausage mixture to a medium
bowl; set aside. Drain pasta. Place
half of pasta in same skillet; top
with half each of sausage mixture &
cheese. Repeat all layers. Cover skillet;
place over medium heat; cook 5 minutes
or until all layers are hot & cheese
melts. Remove from heat & let stand
1 minute before serving.
Makes 6 (1 C.) servings.
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

5 1/2 C. prepared mashed potatoes
1/4 C. milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
12 bacon strips, cooked & crumbled
2 T. minced roasted garlic
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place first 7 ingredients in large
bowl. Beat with elec. mixer on medium
high until fairly smooth & creamy. Spoon
mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13
pan. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese &
bacon. Cover & bake 30 minutes
or until heated through.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Easy Stuffing-Egg Bake

1 tsp. oil
2 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
6 eggs
1 C. milk
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1 (6 oz) pkg. Stove Top stuffing
mix for chicken
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 green onion, sliced
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat oil in medium skillet on medium-
high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 4 minutes
or until tender, stirring occasionally. Beat
eggs, milk & mayonnaise in large bowl
with whisk until well blended; stir in
stuffing mix. Spoon into greased 9 inch
square baking dish; top with mushrooms,
tomatoes & onions. Bake 35 minutes.
Sprinkle top with cheese, bake 15 minutes
longer or until center is set and cheese
is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before
Chocolate Raspberry Heaven

12 oz cream cheese
1/3 C. sugar
1 C. chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. raspberries

1 C. melted margarine
2 eggs
2 C. sugar
1 C. milk
1 C. water
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. flour
3/4 C. cocoa
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375F.
Grease a bundt or tube pan.
Cream cream cheese with sugar
and vanilla. Mix in chocolate
chips and set aside. Stir
together the flour, cocoa,
baking powder and salt.
Beat eggs, gradually beating in
sugar until mixture is thick and pale
yellow. Beat in melted margarine,
milk, water and vanilla. Gradually
beat in flour mixture. Spread half
batter into pan. Drop spoons of
cream cheese filling evenly over
batter. Sprinkle raspberries over top.
Cover with remaining batter.
Bake about 1 1/4 hours.
(recipe: Sue – DDJ 09/30/11)
Spicy Creamy Corn Chowder

1/4 C. sugar
4 C. fresh corn kernels (or undrained
  whole kernel)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 C. shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/2 C. milk
1 C. chicken broth
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/2C. diced onions
1 T. minced garlic
2 slices bacon, 1 inch pieces,
precooked: add bacon & drippings
2 T. ground black pepper

Place sugar, corn, cream cheese,
Mexican cheese, milk, chicken broth, celery
garlic,bacon & pepper in crockpot. Cook
on High 1 hour, then reduce to low and
cook an additional 2 1/2 hours.
(recipe: Lou-RDJ 10/07/11)
Tortilla Chili

2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 (1.25 oz) pkgs. chili seasoning mix
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, do NOT drain
2 (15.25 oz) cans Mexican-style
corn, drained
2 C. water
2 C. broken tortilla chips
shredded Cheddar Cheese
sour cream

Heat a lightly oiled large skillet
over medium high heat; add chicken.
Cook & stir about 5 minutes until
lightly browned. Stir in remaining
ingredients except tortilla chips,
bring to boil. Reduce heat to low.
Cover & simmer 15 minutes, stirring
Mix in tortilla chips & serve
with shredded Cheddar cheese &
sour cream, if desired.
Serves 10
(recipe: KStabby 1_Comfort_
Foods digest)

Today has been a gorgeous day out – sunshine and FIFTY-TWO degrees!We wore Spring jackets to go shopping! Our middle son noticed, a few days ago, one of our two rabbits are still in the backyard! We have a lot of wild blackberry bushes growing and it seems he’s made his home amoung them. (Of course, we’re not sure if it’s a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ but I can identify it’s the one with the injured left back leg – I noticed him during the summer.) We had two rabbits which kind of hung around together and one had the bad back leg. He can still hop pretty good, but sort of drags that leg if he’s hopping slow. Middle son decided that it’s going to be his ‘project’ to help this rabbit get through the winter by leaving carrots out for the rabbit; we’ll see. Hope he doesn’t mind refrigerated carrots – but then, what do you get if you toss carrots outside when the normal temperatures for this time of year are in the 30’s?

Anyway, hope you’re having a nice day and remember to enjoy yourself doing something you like, whether it be reading a good book, drinking your favorite beverage (hot cocoa, tea, coffee, etc), having a quick nap, putting your feet up, etc.




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  1. Doesn’t it feel really good when you have the time and the energy to fix minor things (like your front door sign and glass) that just doesn’t normally get done? I like you still have a bit of the holiday to store away but am making progress on the process. What a thoughtful son to help the bunny !

    The grandson is like my Dakota and I can say from experience the best is yet to come if the people responsible for his learning can keep up with him.

    Where do all these smart children come from anyway. Definitely from our children but maybe we had a little bit to do with huh!

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