Thoughts on a Thursday

Hello, Everyone!

Boy, what a difference a day makes (I hear you: “24 little hours” etc., part of a song). Yesterday was an Almost Totally Spring day – in the 60’s, sun shining, birds singing, etc. – where today it’s a rainy, grey, chilly 41 degree day – perfect day to stay inside, curled up in a nice warm blanket with a good book and something warm to drink (like coffee or cocoa). Had to venture out for a few minutes to drive youngest to school (with MME testing this week, school doesn’t start until noon!). In my brief 10 minute drive I saw FOUR robins! Yep, guess they’re back from down South and Spring is officially here! Today is one of those ‘lots of little things to do’ days – finished the laundry yesterday, today it’s a bit of mending holes in husband’s church socks, patching a torn knee in middle son’s jeans, comping up a flyer for my special needs group, updating info on that group’s mailing list and a few other things. Been working on chemo caps (as usual) – this time I’m finishing up the second hat knit using the very soft Debra Norville sock yarn (think I mentioned it in a previous post). I saw this yarn about a month ago and just couldn’t keep my eyes off of the very vivid shades of purple – very nice blend of colors. I’ve never used sock yarn before to knit (it’s very thin) but this knit up into a very nice hat; I brought the first one to knit night last week and one of my members sat there ‘petting’ it and said: “I could just sit here and do this all night – it’s SO SOFT!” Really glad she noticed – that makes it the perfect yarn for ladies with tender scalps from the chemo!

On the health front-been noticing my weight going up and not really having a good reason for it -sigh. It’s now about 2 weeks before I will probably be starting ‘the meds’ to keep away my cancer for 5 years and you know the side effects, I’ve mentioned them a billion times before: first one on the list is WEIGHT GAIN! Looks like I’ll be out walking the streets of my neighborhood really soon to attempt to stall that as much as possible – sigh. Exercise & I are really not good friends.

No particular thoughts on ‘what’s for dinner’ tonight – with my grandson coming, better get that in my head soon – he’s a bit picky about eating. Thinking about Potatoes O’Brian (frozen hash browns with red & green peppers/onions/hamburger, topped with melted extra sharp Cheddar cheese) – I know he likes that – we’ll see. On to the recipes!


Easy Pineapple Dessert

1 box yellow cake mix (2 layer)

1 large can crushed pineapple,


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 Recipe Exchange)


Lumpy Pan Pizza

1 (16.3 oz) tube refrigerated
flaky biscuits
1 (8 oz) can pizza sauce
2 C. finely shredded
mozzarella cheese
16 slices (1 1/2 inches
in diameter) pepperoni

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Separate biscuit dough into
8 biscuits. Cut each biscuit
into 8 pieces; place in medium
bowl. Add pizza sauce and 1 cup
cheese; toss to coat. Spread
mixture in ungreased 9 inch square
(2 quart) glass baking dish.
Top with pepperoni and remaining
1 cup cheese. Bake 22 to 28 minutes or
until golden brown and bubbly.
(recipe: Sandy-Mary's Recipe Exchange)

Pasta Carbonara

1 lb. cooked spaghetti

1/2 lb. bacon, cooked &


4 eggs

1/4 C. butter

1 C. Parmesan cheese

1/4 C. whipping cream

1 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 C. chopped parsley

pepper, to taste


Let eggs, butter, cheese & whipping

cream come to room temperature

for 2 hours. While spaghetti is

cooking, mix eggs with whipping

cream until thoroughly mixed.

Place large oven-proof dish in

warm oven until hot. Drain

spaghetti; remove dish from

oven, place spaghetti and butter

into it; mix. Pour egg/cream

mixture into spaghetti; stir until

well coated. Add remaining

ingredients, stir and serve.

(recipe: lovestocook-Marys Recipe



 Greek Spinach Pie

1 1/2 lb. fresh spinach

4 t. olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

1/2 C. fresh dill, finely chopped

1/2 C. fresh, parsley, finely


1 tsp. salt

1/3 C. milk

8 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled

4 large eggs, beaten

1/2 lb. butter, melted

16 sheets Filo pastry

Wash spinach well; roughly chop.

Place spinach in a pot & cook until

wilted (do not add any water to pot);

drain & set aside. In a large skillet,

heat olive oil over medium heat; add

onions & cook until clear. Add cooked

spinach, dill, parsley & salt; cook

uncovered about 10 minutes or

until most of liquid in skillet has

evaporated, stirring occasionally.

Transfer to a bowl. When cool,

mix in milk, feta & eggs; set aside.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Using a

pasty brush, coat bottom & sides of a

10 x 14 baking dish with melted butter.

Line dish with a sheet of filo dough,

then brush entire sheet with melted

butter. While working with filo dough

sheets, cover unused sheets with a

slightly damp towel to prevent them

from drying out. Repeat this process

until you have used a total of 8 sheets

of filo dough. Spread spinach mixture

over filo dough in dish; cover with

remaining 8 layers of filo dough

following same procedure as before

with buttering each layer. Brush top

layer of filo with butter & bake 30

minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven & let cool 15

minutes before cutting.

(recipe: Julie-Marys Recipe Exchange)


Warm Toasted S’Mores Bars

1 pouch (1lb,1.5 oz) Betty Crocker

sugar cookie mix

1 C. graham cracker crumbs

1 C. butter or margarine, melted

3 C. milk chocolate chips ( 18 oz)

4 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows


Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

In large bowl, mix cookie mix & graham

cracker crumbs. Stir in melted butter

until soft dough forms. Press dough

into ungreased 9 x 13 pan; bake 18-20

minutes or until set. Immediately

sprinkle chocolate chips over crust.

Let stand 3-5 minutes or until

chocolate begins to melt. Spread

melted chips evenly over crust.

Set oven control to BROIL; sprinkle

marshmallows over melted chocolate;

broil with top of pan 5 -6 inches from

heat 20-30 seconds or until

marshmallows are toasted. (WATCH closely;

marshmallows tend to brown quickly). Cool

10 minutes, cut into bars. Serve warm.

 Makes 24 bars. (

recipe: kaitsmimi-DDJ 02/17/12)


Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium bell pepper, chopped

1 C. finely diced onion

1 (29 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

1 (14 oz) can chicken broth

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

1/4 tsp. dried sage

2 C. cooked rice


In large pot brown ground beef; drain fat

& add onions & peppers. Cook until onions

are translucent but not brown. Add tomatoes,

tomato sauce, broth, thyme & sage; stir.

Cover & simmer 30-40 minutes until peppers

are tender. Add cooked rice; stir to heat,

serve. Serves 6.



Mashed Potato Souffle

2 C. homemade mashed potatoes

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 T. flour 2 large eggs

1 T. onion powder

garlic powder, to taste

pinch salt & pepper, to taste

1/2 can. french fried onions

Preheat  oven 350 degrees F.

Prepare 2 C. mashed potatoes; in large bowl

beat potatoes, cream cheese & eggs. Add dry 

ingredients; mix. Place in casserole dish and bake,            

uncovered, 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with fried onions

and continue baking another 15 minutes. Serves 4.



Crowd-Pleasing Chicken & Rice

2 C. chicken, cooked & cut up

2 C. rice, cooked & hot

1 C. celery, chopped

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 T. onion, chopped

1 T. lemon juice concentrate

3/4 C. mayonnaise

salt & pepper, to taste

1/4 C. slivered almonds, toasted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients except slivered almonds;            

mix well. Place in casserole dish; toast almonds &            

sprinkle on top. Bake 45 minutes. Serves 6.



Chocolate, Banana  & White Chocolate Muffins

1/2 C. butter, softened    

3/4 C. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

3 very ripe bananas, mashed    

2 C. flour

1/4 T. plus 2 T. cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 C. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray. In

large bowl, cream butter & sugar until creamy.

Add eggs, bananas & vanilla; beat until well    

combined. In separate bowl, combine flour,

baking soda & salt; mix well. Add flour mixture

to banana mixture; stir until just combined.

Add 3/4 C. white choc. chips, gently mix into batter.    

Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups. Top muffins

with the 1/4 C. remaining white chocolate chips,

pushing into tops gently. Bake 2-25 minutes or

until a toothpick inserted into centers comes out    

clean. Let muffins cool on rack.

(recipe: Peg, Marys Recipe Exchange)


Skillet Chicken & Vegetables Parmesan

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 C. zesty Italian dressing

4 small boneless,  skinless chicken

breast halves (1 lb)

1 tsp. dried basil, divided      

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen mixed vegetables      

(carrots/broccoli/ beans/peppers) thawed

2 T. grated Parmesan  cheese

Cook garlic in dressing in large skillet over

medium heat 1  minute. Add chicken, 3/4 tsp.

basil & pepper; cook 4-5 minutes  on each

side or until chicken is done. Add vegetables

& remaining basil; cook 2-3 minutes or until

heated through; stirring occasionally. Sprinkle

top with cheese. NOTE: To quickly thaw the f

rozen vegetables, put them in a colander & run

warm tap water over them until just thawed.

(recipe: Kraftfoods)    


Yesterday, totally by accident, my husband happened to switch the TV to Detroit Public TV and we were caught watching a ‘new to us’ group/individual – the man’s group’s name is:  Joe Bonamassa – REALLY GOOD on blues & rock music! We were both feeling like we’d been instantly transported back to the 60’s & 70’s with his guitar playing, singing, his drummer and back-up guitarist – they were excellent! Husband checked him out on YouTube and said there’s lots of videos there, if you might want to check them out. It’s always nice to find something new to enjoy!

Speaking of enjoying – have a FABULOUS day!




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  1. What! Out walking the streets of your neighborhood!! I would suggest some place where you are not known Lady Jane! Come to think of it I guess you aren’t too old to attract yet! ( of course I’m kidding–not about the old stuff but the street stuff).

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