Sleepy Saturday – (yawn)

For a change around here it’s quiet AND there’s really nothing ‘scheduled’ to do today-YAY! (Of course, that doesn’t pre-suppose that I haven’t already done a bunch of things, either – grin). Managed to remember to write out and mail several house bills that aren’t on the ‘pay on line’ program, knit 24 rows on the blue scarf (that’s about all I can handle on that pattern at a time – it’s too ‘fussy’ – needs constant attention to details), knit another inch or more on the second chemo cap, cleaned up the kitchen sink dishes, loaded the dishwasher, started a load of clothes, updated the blog recipe list – think that’s about all for now. It’s one of those days that looks like it’s warm outside, even the sounds you hear make you think that: someone close mowing their lawn – BUT – those sites & sounds are deceiving – it’s only 40 degrees! I’m wearing a sweater & slippers – just a bit chilly! Yesterday I managed to sit outside and knit for around an hour – the thermometer said it was almost 79 degrees (but I didn’t believe that); it was cloudy and getting more windy by the minute – looking like rain. A little later we did get rain, just not a big storm as they were predicting.  I think dinner is going to be pork steaks & baked potatoes (& some sort of vegetable). Lately my boys are so busy they’re rarely here for dinner, which makes ‘cooking’ dinner difficult when it’s only for 2 people (Yes, I know quite a few people cook for only 2 but I’m not quite ‘there’ yet – we’re still FOUR, but it varies per day!).


Pepperoni Squares

2 eggs
2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 C. flour
6 oz. pepperoni, chopped 4 oz. grated Swiss cheese
1 1/2 C. grated sharp
Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together
with a fork. Place in a
9 x 13 baking pan. Bake,
uncovered, 30 minutes. Cut
into squares & serve warm.

(recipe: Joann-RDJ 4/20/12)

Almost Lasagna
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef,
chicken, sausage or tofu
1 (26 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 lb Ricotta cheese (or cottage
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 C. diced zucchini, or match-
stick carrots, etc.
salt & pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown meat; drain well. Stir
together eggs, ricotta, grated
Parmesan, salt & pepper. Mix
cooked meat, macaroni, sauce &
veggies; add ricotta mixture-
blend well. Spray 9 x 13 
baking dish with nonstick
spray. Spread half of
macaroni mixture evenly
over bottom of pan. Top 
with a cup of mozzarella
then sprinkle with Parmesan.
Add remaining macaroni
mixture; top with 
remaining cheeses, cover
with foil. Bake 20 minutes,
uncover, bake another 10-
20 minutes or until cheese
on top is lightly browned &
Serves 6

(recipe: Lisa -
Strawberry Charlotte
1 jelly roll (homemade or
1 (3 oz) pkg. strawberry
Jello mix
1 C. hot water
1 C. miniature marshmallows
10 oz. frozen strawberries
(fresh, for garnish, if you 
have them)
1/4 C. lemon juice
2 egg whites
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. heavy whipping cream,
1 C. pecans, coarsely 

Cut jelly roll into 1/2 inch
slices. Arrange slices over 
bottom & around sides of an
oiled 2 1/2 quart mixing
bowl. Dissolve Jello in hot
water; add marshmallows &
partially defrosted straw-
berries, stirring until
marshmallows dissolve. Add
lemon juice & chill until
partially congealed; beat
until fluffy. Beat egg whites
until soft peaks form; gradually
beat in sugar. Fol into Jello
mixture; blend in whipped
cream & nuts. Pile mixture
lightly into jelly roll-
lined bowl. Chill until
firm. Unmold, garnish &
serve. Feeds 8-10

(recipe: Kathleen)


Bacon-wrapped Stuffing Balls
2/3 C. finely chopped onions
2 T. butter
1 box stuffing mix
1/4 C. finely chopped celery
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 large egg, beaten
12 slices (or more) bacon

In small skillet, saute onion
& celery in butter until tender.
In large bowl, combine stuffing
mix & remaining seasonings; toss
to mix evenly. Add onion mixture
and egg; toss lightly to coat
bread mixture. Roll mixture into
1 1/4 inch balls. Wrap a bacon
slice around each ball & secure
with a toothpick. Repeat with
remaining ingredients. In 
large skillet, cook bacon
roll-ups on all sides over
medium heat for 18 minutes 
or until bacon is crisp and a
meat thermometer inserted
into stuffing reads at least
160 degrees F. Drain on 
paper towels. Makes 12 or

These can also be made ahead,
cooked, cooled then frozen.

Easy Jello Tiramisu
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla
instant pudding
2 C. cold milk
3/4 C. Cool Whip, thawed
8 soft ladyfingers
1 square Bakers Semi-
sweet chocolate, finely

Beat pudding mix & milk
in medium bowl with whisk
2 minutes; stir in Cool
Whip. Place 1 ladyfinger
in each of 4 dessert dishes,
cover with half each of 
pudding mixture and grated
chocolate. Repeat layers.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Serves 4.

(recipe: kraftfoods)
Mushroom "Bruschetta: Chicken Skillet
1 .b mixed fresh mushrooms, coarsely
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 C. balsamic dressing
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
4 small boneless skinless chicken
breast halves
1/2 C. shredded Italian Three
cheese blend cheese (Kraft)
1 T. coarsely chopped fresh chives

Cook mushrooms & onions in large
nonstick skillet on medium-high
heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add dressing, garlic & thyme; cook
5-7 minutes or until mushrooms are
tender, stirring frequently. Transfer
to bowl, cover to keep warm. Add
chicken to skillet; cook 5 minutes
on each side or until done. Top
chicken with mushrooms & cheese; 
cover. Cook 2-4 minutes or until
cheese is melted; sprinkle top
with chives. Serves 4

(recipe: Kraftfoods)
Orange Blossom Balls
1 (12 oz) box vanilla wafers,
1 (6 oz) can orange juice
concentrate, thawed, undiluted
1 C. confectioners sugar
1 C. finely chopped nuts
1 pkg. flaked, sweetened

Crush vanilla wafers very fine;
mix with sugar. Add undiluted
juice & nuts; mix well. Shape
into small balls; roll in 
coconut. Store in airtight
container in refrigerator.


Hope you are able to have a nice,
relaxing day today, as well. Take
a little time to enjoy doing 
somethine YOU like (even if it's only 
sitting down and putting your feet
up for a few minutes - RELAX!
Close your eyes and breathe
deeply - enjoy that few minutes
of calm!)


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  1. We had calm and quiet also. Sometimesthat what you need the most of!

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