Thursday the Plumbers Cometh! FINALLY!

We are now sporting a new ‘bone colored’ toilet in our bathroom AND the tub spout no longer leaks – YAY! It’s been a good FOUR weeks waiting for them – it appears the toilet was ‘special order’ (what? anything but white takes THAT long???) We’re not talking your ‘fancy’ color here – just an off white/or almond or something that goes with our UGLY peach-colored tile walls (circa 1940’s). Well, we now have a lovely commode BUT it has an oval bowl, which will make finding replacement toilet seats ‘interesting’ – sigh. Hopefully it will be cost-efficient, as it takes much less water than the original. Husband is happy – he took that off of his ‘list’ of things he wants done; I’m just glad we’re not hearing the ‘drip-drip-drip’ of the tub – that got old. (Long story on that one – no, it wasn’t just a ‘unscrew the handles & replace the washers – it appears the metals fused together – they had to CUT off the hardware & replace it). Our house is old – 1941-and something about the electrical wiring/plumbing and low-voltage currant causing the caste iron pipes to fuse – confusing.

Anyway-here are your recipes for the day!


After Easter Layered Salad

1 (10 oz) bag mixed salad greens
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
8 mini dill pickles, chopped
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 C. cubed ham
1 small red onions, chopped
3/4 C. Kraft peppercorn Ranch

Place greens in bottom of large
salad bowl. Layer tomatoes, pickles,
eggs, ham & onion over greens in bowl.
Spread dressing evenly over top
of salad. Refrigerate 1 hour or until
ready to serve.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Bacon & Chicken Pasta

4 chicken breasts
6 slices turkey bacon, cooked until
crisp (or regular bacon)
1 C. Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 packet Ranch dressing mix
1 tsp. minced garlic

Mix together yogurt, chicken soup,
ranch dressing mix & garlic. Pour
over chicken & crumbled bacon in
crockpot. Cook on High 3-4 hours
or Low 6-8 hours. Shred chicken
& place back in cooker. Serve
with pasta, rice or cold with
a salad.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe

Pat’s Slowcooker Pizza

1 1/2 lb. ground beef 
1 onion, chopped 
1 bell pepper, chopped 
1 (16 oz) jar spaghetti sauce 
1 bag egg noodles or penne pasta 
4 oz. pepperoni or Canadian bacon 
1 small jar mushrooms, drained 
1 (8 oz) pkg. mozzarella cheese, 
1 (8 oz) pkg. Cheddar cheese, 

Brown grown beef, onion & pepper. 
Add spaghetti sauce & pizza 
sauce; simmer. Cook noodles. 
Layer in large slow cooker: 
meat mixture, noodles, cheeses, 
pepperoni & mushrooms until 
full, ending with cheese on 
top. Cook on low until cheese 
melts, approximately 30 minutes. 
(recipe: Linda N-Slowcooker 
Creamy Dumpling Delight 
4-5 large chicken breasts,  
1 stick real butter 
1 1/2 C. self-rising flour 
1 1/2 C. milk 
1/2 C. sour cream 
3 C. chicken broth 
1 can cream of celery soup 
1/2 tsp. rosemary or thyme 
4 T. butter 
salt & pepper, to taste 

Preheat oven 375 degrees F. 
Place chicken, 4 T. butter, 
salt & pepper in large pot. 
Cover with water, 2 inches  
over chicken. Cover & bring 
to boil over high heat. Reduce 
heat to simmer; boil chicken 
until tender, 30-45 minutes. 
When chicken is done, remove 
from broth, let cool. When cool, 
shred chicken into pieces. 
Melt 1 stick butter; pour into 
3 quart baking dish. Spread 
chicken on top of butter. In 
separate bowl, whisk flour & 
milk together, carefully 
pour evenly over top of chicken, 
scraping bowl. In same bowl, 
whisk 2 C. chicken broth,  
soup, sour cream & rosemary 
(or thyme). Carefully pour 
mixture over chicken & flour 
mixture. Bake 30-40 minutes 
or until golden brown. Let 
cool 15 minutes, then pour 
remaining 1 C. chicken broth 
evenly over top.Serves 8-10 
Cabbage Ground Beef Skillet 
1 lb. ground beef 
1/2 C. chopped onion 
1/2 C. chopped green bell 
1/2 head cabbage, coarsely 
chopped, about 3/4 - 1 lb. 
1 c. long-grain rice, uncooked 
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste 
2 C. water 
1 tsp. salt (or to taste) 
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 
1/2 tsp. thyme 
1 bay leaf 

Brown ground beef in skillet, 
stirring to break up, about  
5 minutes. Add onion, green 
pepper, cabbage & rice. Cook, 
stirring 2 minutes. Stir in  
tomato sauce, tomato paste, 
water & seasonings. Heat to 
boiling; reduce heat to simmer. 
Cover & simmer, 20-25 minutes 
stirring occasionally, until 
rice is tender. Add more  
water as needed. Serves 4 
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe 
Bacon & Cheddar Whipped Potatoes

4 strips bacon, cooked, drained &
1 1/4 C. mild Cheddar, grated
4 large potatoes, peeled & cut
2 T. butter
1/2 C. (or more) milk
salt & pepper, to taste

Cook potatoes in water until soft;
drain. Place in mixer bowl; add
butter & cheese while potatoes
are still hot. Add a little milk,
start mixer on Low. Increase
speed and add milk as needed
until potatoes are light &
fluffy. Add bacon & blend in.
Check seasonings. Serves 4.
(recipe: RDG 04/06/12)
Ben's Bars

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 C. oil
8 oz. cream cheese,
1/3 C. sugar
1 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large mixing bowl, mix
cake mix, oil & 1 egg, by 
hand until mixture is 
crumbly. Reserve 1 Cup
for topping. Pat remaining
crumb mixture into ungreased
9 x 13 pan. Bake 15 minutes.
Cool slightly.
In small bowl, beat cream
cheese, sugar & egg until
fluffy. spread over baked
layer. Sprinkle with chocolate
chips & reserved crumb mixture.
Bake 15 minutes more.

(suggestion by person posting:
"I made this the other day, it 
was good but very sweet. Next
time I will leave out the sugar")
(recipe: DDJ 04/06/12)
It's a beautiful Spring-like day out 
there - sunny & breezy 40 degrees; I
'should' go take a walk - we'll see.
Grandson-watching later, I have to 
pick him up at his school (oh joy);
not one of my more favored tasks
(too much jostling with all the other
cars & buses & kids!). Ah well, such
is the lot of the grandparent, right?
Enjoy your day;
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  1. Glad your water works now works!

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