Here Comes the Snow!

Woo-eee, it’s certainly WINTER around here today! Looked out the window and saw that we had a bit of snowfall last night – no big deal, thinking “I’m not going anywhere today until around 3:30 p.m., so I’m good” – WRONG! Sent two text messages to youngest son (in school) to remind him to turn in a form, then thought it funny he didn’t respond. Also noticed his two heavy winter coats were still on the chair, but sometimes he just decides to not wear outer garments – who knows why, (he’s too tall & large for me to argue with about it).  A few minutes later I was about to turn around in the living room and almost walked into his chest – hearing: “Were you guys NOT going to wake me up for school, or what?” (he sleeps upstairs, so we never noticed he ‘wasn’t’ at school – except for the above mentioned items). Guess who decided to get dressed & drive him? Me, of course.  By the time we got on our way it was snowing to beat the band – fine, sometimes a little heavier, but definitely SLIPPERY! People were driving 28 MPH in a 40 MPH zone, just to avoid slipping off the road. Dropped him off, stopped at the bank (the teller asked me WHY was I out in this weather?), then to the grocery store & drug store (might as well get the things done I needed, even with the snow). By the time I came out of the grocery store it had stopped snowing! YAY! (All the while I was in the grocery store I kept thinking: “Shop FASTER! It’s coming down in buckets!”) I’m home now, groceries unloaded and put away, a load of laundry in the washer and I’m here with you. Next time I have to go outside will be the above mentioned 3:30 to pick up son from school, then around 4-something we get our grandson for the evening.

I’ve been tossing around various ideas for dinner – a few nights ago I was going to make Enchiladas, but the guys decided they didn’t really want that. Then came my idea for Lasagna – nope on that one, too. (Let’s just say – I decided that if they really didn’t want me to cook – I wouldn’t!) Two days later I’ve decided to make a pot of the White Bean Chicken Chili (recipe is in another of my blogs). It’s not my recipe and, to me, it’s more like soup than chili (my chili you can stand a wooden spoon up in and it won’t fall – it’s that thick). Really easy recipe: white Northern or navy beans, can of black beans, some cooked chicken, some salsa, big can of chicken broth – you’re done. I buy the medium heat salsa for a kick, the already cooked Fajita strips from Gordon Foods (I guess Costco or Sam’s  Club carry them, too). I like the ease of putting it together and the flavor of it, altogether – real comfort food!

Let’s see – I’m down to 4 more knit (red) squares on John’s afghan, then just sewing it together and crocheting a border. I’m glad it’s getting towards the ‘finish line’ for this one; think next I’ll start knitting some dishcloths for the Historical Society for their summer Log Cabin Days event. The president of that group had a great idea to package the dishcloths in those clear plastic tubs/boxes you get little tomatoes in (or strawberries) – they look really cute, so I’m saving up the boxes (so far I have 2 – I’m not a really BIG cotton knitter, don’t really like the feel of knitting with it, but I’ve accumulated about 6-7 skeins/balls, so it’s time to get them out of here!)

Ah, food – here are some really yummy-sounding recipes (I was looking on-line last night and drooling – too late at night to start cooking but I was surely tempted!)

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Easy Taco Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (16 oz) jar picante sauce,
medium spice
3/4 C. water
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
1 pkg taco seasoning mix
12-18 hard taco shells, broken up
2 C. (8 0z) mexican cheese blend or
shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 (8 0z) container sour cream

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook beef & onions until beef is
no longer pink;drain fat. Stir in
picante sauce & water, green chilies
& seasoning mix. Cook over low heat
5 minutes. In a 9 x 13 baking dish,
layer half broken taco shells on
bottom of dish. Cover with half meat
mixture, sprinkle with 1 C. cheese.
Repeat. Bake 25 minutes or until hot
& bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes then
top with green onions, chopped
tomatoes & sour cream. Add more broken
taco shells on top & serve.
Serves 6-8
(recipe: Donna-justapinch.com)
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Mexican Corn Dip

2 cans mexicorn, drained
12 oz. shredded mild Cheddar
cheese
1 C. mayonnaise (Hellman’s)
1 C. sour cream
1 can green chilies (small
can, chopped)
1 can whole jalapeno peppers
(small can, seeded & chopped)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
(tortilla chips – for dipping)

In large bowl, combine mayonnaise
& sour cream. Add rest of ingredients
except cheese, until well blended.
Fold in cheese until blended well.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and
refrigerate for approximately 2
hours before serving with tortilla
chips.
(recipe: Michelle-justapinch.com)
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Turkey Rice Roasted Garlic Soup
(stove top OR crockpot)

2 C. cooked turkey, chopped
5 C. water
1 C. rice
1 1/2 C. carrots (canned or
fresh, cut up)
1 can green beans
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp. black pepper
10 cloves roasted garlic**
salt to taste
2 tsp. dried basil

Place all ingredients in
large pot & cook until
rice is done; about 1
hour on stove top or
4 hours in crockpot.

NOTE** Roasting Garlic
10 cloves garlic
2 tsp. oil
dash Italian seasoning

Mix all above ingredients
until coated. Bake in small
oven-safe dish 30 minutes
or until garlic is soft.

Comment: Ten cloves of garlic
might sound like a bit much,
but when you roast it, the
flavor really mellows.
(recipe: Kathryn-
justapinch.com)
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Yummy Bars

2 large tubes Pillsbury
Crescents
2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, soften cream
cheese. Add 1 C. sugar and
vanilla extract; mix well.
Open 1 tube crescents and
unroll (do NOT tear apart).
Place in bottom of a 9 x
13 baking pan. Spread softened
cream cheese mixture over
crescents. Place the other
roll of crescents on top
of cream cheese. Melt
butter & pour over crescents.
Mix 3/4 C. sugar and cinnamon
together; sprinkle on top and
bake 30 minutes. Let cool,
then cut into bars.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Turkey Stuffed Pasta Shells

12-16 uncooked dried jumbo pasta
shells
1 T. butter or margarine
1/3 C. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh garlic
1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage
1/2 lb. ground turkey
1/8 tsp. dried basil leaves
1/8 tsp. dried oregano leaves
2 C. (8 0z) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 C. spaghetti sauce w/mushrooms

Cook shells according to pkg directions;
drain & set aside. Melt butter in 10
inch skillet; add onion & garlic-cook
over medium heat until tender (3-4
minutes). Add turkey & sausage; continue
cooking until meat is browned (8-12
minutes) drain. Add basil, oregano &
1 C. cheese. Spread 3/4 C. spaghetti
sauce on bottom of ungreased 9 x 13
baking dish. Stuff cooked shells with
meat mixture; place meat-side down
in prepared pan. Pour remaining sauce
over shells; sprinkle with remaining
cheese. Cover with foil and bake
20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Remove foil; sprinkle with remaining
1 C. cheese; continue baking,
uncovered, until cheese is melted
(4-6 minutes.) Serves 6.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Hashbrowns

1 (2 pound) bag frozen hash browns, thawed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 T. margarine, melted
1 lb. sour cream
8 oz Cheddar or Colby cheese, shredded
1 can cream of chicken soup
Cornflakes, crushed
4 T. margarine, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, make single layers
of the following: Potatoes, onions, 6 T. melted
margarine, sour cream, Cheddar cheese & soup.
Sprinkle top with cornflakes. Drizzle 4 T.
margarine over top. Bake1 hour or until bubbly
and piping hot.
(recipe: Joan 1_Comfort_Foods)
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Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

1 1/4 C. flour
1 C. sugar (divided)
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. buttermilk
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1/4 C. butter, melted & cooled
2 eggs, divided
1 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract (divided)
1/3 C. chocolate chips
2 pkgs(3 oz, ea) cream cheese,room
temp.
1/4 C. slivered almonds

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Grease 12 muffin cups. In large bowl,
stir together flour, 3/4 C. sugar, cocoa
powder, baking soda & salt. In another
bowl, stir together buttermilk, oil,
melted butter, 1 egg (beaten) & 1 tsp.
vanilla. Make a well in the center of the
dry ingredients; add buttermilk
mixture and stir just to combine. Stir
in chocolate chips; spoon batter into
muffin cups.

In medium bowl, make topping:
Combine cream cheese, remaining
1/4 C. sugar, remaining egg (beaten) and
remaining 1/8 tsp. vanilla. Stir in
almonds. Spoon mixture over
chocolate batter in muffin cups.
Swirl slightly with knife.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until
toothpick inserted in center of
muffin comes out clean. Remove
from oven and cool 5 minutes,
then serve immediately. Makes
12 muffins.
recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Spinach Eggs with Bacon

1 slice bacon, cut into pieces
1/4 C. chopped onion
2 C. fresh spinach, chopped
3 eggs, whipped
2 T. Parmesan cheese

Cook bacon in a skillet until
soft. Add onions & cook until
onions are translucent. Rinse
spinach & add to skillet. Toss
until wilted. Pour in eggs;
stir until cooked. Sprinkle top
with Parmesan cheese. Serves 2.
(recipe: Cookincrazyme-RDJ
01/06/12)
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I almost forgot to mention – our knit group met at Panera Bread again this past Tuesday and this time, they were giving out samples of their breakfast quiches – Spinach & Ham or Spinach & Artichoke. I tried the Spin. & Artichoke one and it was totally YUMMY! Cheesy, creamy – nice flaky bottom crust – in fact, it was SO GOOD that I told the manager I wanted one to buy right then. The girl demoing them said: “We don’t sell them in the evening, these were just leftover and the manager said to use them as samples”. Sometimes it pays to be friendly with the manager – he heard me, said: “Just a minute” went in the back, returned and said: “I have 2 left – which one do you want – ham or artichoke?” I told the girl to charge me for it, as I’m sure she was thinking ‘free sample’, so I happily bought it ($3.69) and VERY HAPPILY ate it! If there had been more of that kind, I think I just might have been super temped to go buy another one – they were THAT good! They told me they only sell them until 10 a.m.; since I’m usually NOT at Panera during the day, that sort of didn’t help but I sure have developed a craving for them! Just sayin’ – they were WONDERFUL! (good thing I don’t work there-I’d weigh a whole lot more!)

Well, friends, that’s what’s happening around here – I’m guessing we got about 1 1/2 inches of snow this morning (I can hear the snow plows out clearing the roads right now). For Michigan at this time of year, that’s nothing unusual – the trick is to NOT have to go out in a snow (storm) – stay home, nice & warm, sipping something creamy (like cocoa) and reading a good book!

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. Wow afghan almost done, shopping out of the way in a snow storm and you found a new taste treat! Little girl you’ve had a busy day and it was early yet.


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