The Winds They Blow – and blow and blow . . .

Wow, what a night! From the news reports of various parts of the country, we got off very easy. It was VERY windy here (blew over a portable basketball hoop which was held down by cinderblocks in our yard), several downed ‘trees in the road’ were reported, our street lights were out (but we had power – YAY!). We got a call at around 3:16 a.m. from our oldest son – he was on his way home, stopped at a stop light and a drunk hit him going about 40 MPH, which pushed his car a good 20 feet into an intersection. THANK HEAVENS there were no on-coming cars! His car is totaled, the other guy was taken by ambulance on a back board. My husband went over to sit with son and then drive him home. Called him today – his neck & back are sore (they took him into an ambulance and checked him out on the scene – he was  mostly shook up and freezing – it was in the 20’s last night with that horrible wind). He’s going to call his insurance company today to get the paperwork started and get a loaner car. Even though it was a weird night, I’m very grateful we didn’t have tornados like other parts of the country.

Again, my computer is ‘doing it’s THING’ and not posting the recipes correctly, but at least you can read them, right? Here are some more – I have LOTS saved, so this ‘only posting 4-5’ thing is not good, but at least I CAN post them! Enjoy!


Janet’s Pumpkin Nut Bread

2 1/2 C. sugar

2/3 C. vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 (16 0z) can pumpkin

2/3 C. water

3 1/3 C. flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 C. chopped nuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F

Grease bottoms (ONLY) of two

loaf pans. Mix sugar, eggs, pumpkin

& water in a large bowl; stir in

remaining ingredients. Pour into

pans. Bake 45-50 minutes or until

toothpick inserted in center comes out

clean.. Cool & remove from pans.

Makes 2 loaves.

(recipe: Janet


Monteray Artichoke Soup

2 C. sliced green onions

1/2 C. chopped onion

4 T. melted butter

4 T. flour

2 (14 1/2 oz) cans chicken


2 (14 oz) cans artichoke hearts,

undrained & chopped

1 small jar marinated artichoke

hearts, drained well.

1/2 tsp. white pepper

4 T. minced fresh parsley

sea salt to taste

Saute onions in butter in large

saucepan until tender. Add

flour & cook 1 minute; stirring

occasionally. Gradually stir in

chicken broth; cook until thickened,

stirring occasionally. Stir in artichoke

hearts with liquid, white pepper & salt.

Cook until thoroughly heated. Spoon

into serving bowls; sprinkle tops with

fresh parsley. Serves 6

(recipe: Kathie


Ranch Popcorn              

3-4 T. uncooked popcorn            

 1-2 tsp. dry ranch dressing mix            

1/4 C. butter            

Pop your favorite popcorn. While  popping,

add butter & dry ranch dressing mix to a small

pan &  heat until melted & butter mix  is hot.

Mix popcorn & ranch butter with your hands

in a bowl.        



Easy Pineapple Dessert

1 box yellow cake mix (2 layer)            

1 large can crushed pineapple, drained            

1 C. chopped pecans            

2 sticks margarine            

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.            

Grease bottom and sides of  9 x 13

baking dish. Spread  drained pineapple on

bottom,  then sprinkle with 1/2 pkg. dry cake

mix. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top. Top with            

remaining dry cake mix. Cut margarine into

slices & dot  top with it. Bake 1-2 hours, cool &

cut into squares.            

(recipe: Sandy-Marys RecipeExchange)            


Mini Corn Dog Muffins

2 T. brown sugar    

 2 eggs    

1 C. milk    

2 (8.5-oz.) boxes Jiffy cornbread mix    

5 hot dogs, chopped    

1 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 400 F.    

Place 3 mini muffin pans in oven

to heat.Beat together brown sugar,    

eggs and milk. Add cornbread mix and

stir until blended. Stir in chopped hot

dogs. Spray the hot mini muffin pans

with cooking spray,  and pour in batter.

Bake for 14-18 minutes. Remove from

oven and immediately top with shredded

cheese. Makes 36 mini muffins.    

(recipe: Linda N-1_Comfort_Foods)    


PMS Cookies     

(love the name!)   

 “A little bit of chocolate, a  little bit of salt,

a little peanut butter and then there’s the fluff!”    

1 box Ritz crackers    

1 jar peanut butter    

1 jar marshmallow cream    

 1 box chocolate bark    

Spread peanut butter, then marshmallow

cream on crackers then sandwich together.

Lay out a layer of waxed paper on counter.

Melt chocolate bark in microwave or double

boiler.  Dip sandwiched cookies into chocolate,

covering both sides.  Place cookies on waxed paper    

and allow to harden. (you can put the waxed paper

on a cookie sheet then put cookies on sheet in

freezer for 5 minutes to harden them faster).

Makes 68 cookies.    



Kielbasa Pasta Casserole

16 oz. dry ziti pasta

1 lb. polish sausage

3 (14.5 oz) cans Italian-style

stewed tomatoes

3 (8 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce

1 tsp. oregano, dried

1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs

8 oz. shredded Monterray Jack cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Cook pasta according to pkg.

directions; drain. In medium

skillet over medium-high heat,

cook sausage in oil until browned,

about 5 minutes. In large bowl, combine

ziti, sausage, stewed tomatoes, sauce,

oregano, parsley & pepper; mix well.

Pour into 9 x 13 baking dish; sprinkle

top with bread crumbs, then top with

cheese. Cover with foil, bake 30

minutes. Remove foil, bake 10-

15 minutes more or until golden

brown. Serves 8.



Spicy Honey Ham

1 ham

1/2 C. yellow mustard

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/4 C. honey

1/4 C. orange juice

1 tsp. ground cloves

Mix mustard, sugar, honey, orange

juice & ground cloves in bowl. Score

top of ham with knife; pour mixture

over ham & bake, basting ham

with mixture every half hour along

with ham juices, approximately

3 hours or until ham is fully


(recipe: Susan-Marys Recipe Exchange)


Washboard Cookies

1 C. brown sugar

1 C. white sugar

1 C. shortening

 2 eggs 1

 tsp. baking soda

1/4 C. boiling water

1 C. shredded coconut

1 tsp. vanilla

4 1/2 C. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Cream together sugars & shortening;

beat in eggs. Dissolve soda in boiling

water and add to mixture. Blend in coconut

& vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, baking

powder and blend in to mixture. Drop by

spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet;

flatten with fork. Bake 15 minutes.

(recipe: Susan-Marys Recipe Exchange)


Baked Shrimp with Feta Cheese

1 tsp. olive oil

3/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled

& deveined 3 garlic cloves,


cooking spray

1/2 C. dry white wine

3 C. diced plum tomatoes

(about 3/4 lb.) 3

/4 C. (3 oz) finely crumbled feta


4 C. hot cooked linguine

(about 8 oz, uncooked)

1/4 C. minced fresh parsley


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet

over medium-high heat.Add oregano

& next 4 ingredients (oregano through

garlic); saute 3 minutse. Spoon shrimp

mixture into 11 x 7 baking dish sprayed

with non-stick spray. Add wine to skillet;

cook over low heat until reduce to 1/4 C.

(about 3 minutes). Stir in tomatoes &

pour over shrimp mixture. Sprinkle with

cheese; bake 10 minutes. Serve over pasta,

sprinkle top with parsley. Serves 4.

(recipe: RDJ 02/28/12)


Cheesy One-Pot

Chicken Cacciatore

1 tsp. oil

1 lb. boneless, skinless

chicken breasts, chopped

2 1/2 C. water

2 zucchini, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 T. fresh oregano,


1 (14 oz) pkg. Kraft Deluxe

mac & cheese dinner

1 (14 1/2 oz) can stewed

tomatoes, undrained

Heat oil in Dutch oven or large

deep skillet on medium-high heat.

Add chicken; cook & stir 5 minutes

or until browned. Add water,

vegetables, oregano & dried

macaroni. Bring to a boil;

simmer on medium-low heat

12 minutes or until macaroni

is tender. Stir in cheese sauce

& tomatoes; cook until heated

through; stirring occasionally.

Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes)


That’s it for today – hope you & your family

are safe & sound, and that your home is

also ‘in one piece’.






The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

One CommentLeave a comment

  1. Have only one branch down from the wind the other day –nothing from last night and it is still blowing out there today. I found driving straight on I69 a chore this morning . I hope Chris is alright. It is bad when you get hit and then find the other person was DUI. Plus the hassle Of getting a loner, filing a claim, and all the other stuff that goes along with it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: