Cha-Ching! and other things . . .

Today found me driving to Kohl’s for the end-of-winter savings event and I made great use of it. A few weeks ago I managed to snap my 18 K gold 24 inch chain which I always wear  (put it over a turtle neck, then when I took it off, forgot it was there and – snap!). I’ve been searching for two weeks for a nice, plain gold 24 inch chain and thought I’d give Kohl’s a try; yes, they had them (buy 1-get 1 half off). I chatted with the sales lady and said that I really didn’t need the ‘ get 1 half off’, so she said she’d give me the chain for 1/2 off (YES!). Continued shopping – I had a $35 gift card plus $4.19 left over on another gift card PLUS a 20% off all purchases ‘just for today’s date’. I found a really nice black sweater (normally $75!), it was in the marked downs, and a pair of earrings (ones I’d almost bought last time I went there – decided today’s the day to buy them). When the sales lady got done ringing up all the purchases and using all the gift cards/extra coupon – she said: “That will be $60 put on your Kohl’s charge card.” Now, I’m usually the person who waits until they get home to check things over, but this Kohl’s is a good 1/2 hour drive and what she said just didn’t make sense, so I spoke up. Turns out – after much checking – she forgot to give me the necklace at 1/2 off, the sweater was not only on mark down but also on their ‘early bird special’ (I guess their computers weren’t registering all the items for the early bird thing’) AND the earrings were also early bird – grand total when we got all done ‘adjusting numbers’: I saved $127.85 (only charged $23.85!). Proceeded to KMart (needed a new ironing board cover) – sort of did the same thing there: I had seen a nice, warm grey hoodie at Kohl’s ON SALE for $49, marked down to $21 (for youngest son) but said to myself: “He’s SO fussy – if he doesn’t like it I’ll have to drive all the way back here -forget it”. Turns out KMart had the very same one – on sale PLUS a “Take 50% off any Fall/Winter wear” – got the hoodie for $7.99!!! Also picked up two nice women’s tops (normally $18.99) for $5 each! CHA-CHING! To quote a ’60’s expression: Feelin’ Groovy!”

Last night was my special need’s group’s Gym Night – we did something different: one of our Mom’s works at a senior citizen’s drop in group and she brought all the equipment for us to play Bingo – the kids LOVED it! We had small prizes for the winners and enough extra prizes so that everyone got at least one prize. With tons of sloppy joes, chips and cookies – it was a great evening (plus I ended up bringing home extra sloppy joe fixin’s so that I don’t have to make dinner tonight!).

When I got up this morning it was (and had been) snowing; it looked rather light but turns out it was packing snow. We have about 2 inches of heavy snow on the ground and it keeps coming down, lightly. The roads are all clear, so driving was not a problem (another YAY!).

Down to 4 more all red knit squares to complete John’s afghan ‘top & bottom’ border, then it’s sew them in and crochet a border around the whole afghan then I’m DONE!!!

On another ‘strange’ note- it seems my yahoo email account got hacked and lots of my friends have (and still are) receiving rather horrible emails supposedly sent from me. Not a fun thing; husband looked it over and thought he had cleared it all. This morning when I turned on my computer and got my emails there were at least 25 ‘failure notices’ from more emails that were NOT sent – thank heavens! I’m thinking of closing down that email account and starting over – who needs their reputations ruined over something like that!? (I’m grateful my friends KNOW that I would not be sending emails about multi-sex/gay/bisexual/ or money scheme things!) Just when you think life is getting a little easier – sigh.

Recipes, you say? Well, have lots of those to offer:

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Delicious Chicken Casserole

1 C. cooked rice
2 C. diced cooked chicken, turkey
or ham
1 C. cream of chicken soup
1 C. diced celery
1 C. corn flakes
3/4 C. mayonnaise
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 T. grated onion
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients except
corn flakes. Place in 2 quart
casserole dish; sprinkle top
with corn flakes & bake 1 hour,
or until heated through.
(recipe: Peg, Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Texas-Flavored Pork Chops

3/4 C. seasoned bread crumbs
3 T. chili powder
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 egg
1/4 C. milk
6 bone-in pork rib chops

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a shallow bowl, combine
bread crumbs, chili powder &
seasoned salt. In another shallow
bowl, combine egg & milk. Dip
chops in egg mixture, then coat
with crumbs. Transfer chops to
a 15″ x 10″ baking pan that
has been sprayed with nonstick
spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or
until meat thermometer reads
160º  Serves 6.
(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Apple Almond Coffee Cake

1 C. sugar
1 C. flour
1/4 C. butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
2 apples, peeled, cored & quartered
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine sugar, flour, butter, baking
soda, almond extract & egg. Mix
until blended. Pat dough evenly into
bottom of a greased 9 X 13 pan. Thinly
slice apple quarters. Arrange apple slices
overlapping, in lengthwise rows on top
of cake batter. Sprinkle top with cinnamon
and a little sugar. Bake 25 minutes.

Topping:
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1 egg
1/2 C. sliced almonds

Melt butter, remove from heat & add
sugar. Stir quickly to dissolve sugar. Stir
in egg; spoon mixture  over hot apple
cake
. Sprinkle with almonds. Continue
baking for an additional 25 minutes until
edges begin to pull away from sides of pan.
Cut into squares & serve hot or at
room temperature.
(recipe: “Heavenly Delights” cookbook,
First Baptist Church of Bruce)
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Chili Con Queso Dip

1 (14 1/2 oz) can no-salt added
tomatoes
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes and
green chilies (RoTel)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,cubed
6 oz. Velveeta, cubed
1 tsp. chili powder
2 T. minced fresh cilantro,(optional)
Baked tortilla chip scoops

Pour both cans tomatoes into a
colander over a small bowl; drain,
reserving 1/3 C. liquid. Discard
remaining liquid or save for another
use. In large skillet, saute onion in oil
until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute
longer. Stir in cream cheese until
melted. Add tomatoes, Velveeta,
chili powder & reserved liquid. Cook &
stir over low heat until cheese is
melted. Stir in cilantro if using).
Keep warm; serve with tortilla
chips. Makes 3 Cups.
(recipe: kaitsmimi RDJ 01/06/12)
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Best Spinach Dip

1 (9-11 oz) pkg. frozen spinach
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 C. plain yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt

Cook spinach according to
package directions; drain
thoroughly. Place all ingredients
in blender and process until
smooth. Chill several hours
before serving with vegetables or
chips.
For a milder dip:
Mix in a little cottage cheese
before serving.
Makes 1 2/3 cup
(recipe: lovetocook-
Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Spiced Barbecue Chicken

1 (3 lb) broiler chicken, cut up
& skin removed
1 C. plain yogurt
1/2 C. buttermilk
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp.  coriander or
cumin seed
1/4 tsp. pepper
lime wedges (optional garnish)

Rinse chicken & pat dry. Mix
yogurt, buttermilk, garlic &
spices in a large pan. Add
chicken pieces & turn to coat.
Cover and let marinate 8-
24 hours in refrigerator.
To Grill:
Grill 5-6 inches above
medium hot coals 20-30
minutes on each side,
basting every 10  minutes.
To Broil:
Broil about 5 inches from
heat source 15-20 minutes
per side, basting every
10  minutes.
(recipe: lovetocook-
Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Cheesy Mini-Quiches

12 slices bacon, crisp cooked &
chopped
6 large eggs, beaten
1/4 C. whole milk
1 1/2 C. refrigerated shredded
hash brown potatoes
1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. (6 oz) shredded
Mexican cheese blend with
jalapeno peppers

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly spray 12 standard (2 1/2″)
muffin cups with nonstick spray. Place
equal amounts bacon into prepared
muffin cups. Beat eggs & milk in
medium bowl; add potatoes, parsly
and salt; mix well. Spoon mixture
evenly into muffin cups. Bake
15 minutes or until knife inserted
into centers comes out almost
clean. Sprinkle tops with cheese;
let stand 3 minutes or until
cheese melts. (Egg mixture will
continue cooking while standing.
Standing also allows for easier
removal from pan.)
To remove from pan, gently run
knife around outer edges and
lift out with a fork.
Makes 12
(recipe: Lynda – justapinch.com)
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Country Pork with Mushrooms
(crockpot)

2 lb country-style ribs, boneless
1 can cream of mushrooms soup
4 oz sliced mushrooms
1/4 tps salt
1 env. mushroom gravy mix
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp sweet paprika
2 T. cold water blended with
1 heaping T. flour

Combine boneless ribs, soup, mushrooms,
salt, pepper, gravy, and paprika in crockpot.
Cover and cook on LOW setting for 7 to 9 hours.
Stir flour mixture into broth and cook on
HIGH heat setting an additional 15 minutes,
or until thickened.
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I am VERY grateful to the Lord for my health lately; a

few days ago I called a lady I’d met during radiation

treatments – she’s a very lively older lady (I’m guessing

mid-70’s) with an equally lively husband. They had

emphasized me calling them to go out to lunch when

I’d finished my radiation (she was done about a week

earlier than me). I had kind of put off calling, at first

because I was just too tired, and then lately because

our family life’s been kind of crazy. When I called I

was almost sure I’d gotten the wrong number – you

just NEVER KNOW how fortunate you are – she had

gone back for her results and it turns out she has

more treatments – there’s cancer in her other side

now. It just floored me – what do you say? I told her

we’ll surely keep in touch; I was so shocked I didn’t

even write down exactly what she has to go through

next or when. A week or so ago I had to go for a

follow-up mammogram on the ‘fixed side’ and the

results came back yesterday that I’m clear of cancer

on that side – YAY! (I don’t go back for another

mammogram on the  other side until August). You

just NEVER KNOW how truly blessed you are until

you hear other people’s stories. There is always

someone worse off than you; I’m so very grateful

that the Lord has given me extra time/life – and

with that said, I will once again remind you:

Ladies – get your mammograms! It saved my

life! Also, remember to CHERISH your days/

friends/time here – find something EVERY day

to be grateful for, remembering that there are

others who would gladly trade you places (even

if you’re sick or depressed or needing money).

I know I might sound like I’m pounding a

big drum, but you get the idea – life is too short

to waste worrying/fretting/being angry/or

not forgiving someone – make the best of

EVERY day!

Big hugs;

Pammie

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thanks for the recipes ~ now I know what’s for dinner and dessert!

  2. Indeed there always is some one not as fortunate as ourselves and we must be thank full that we can carry on!


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