Quiet Day – No Complaints! (re-posting 5/17 – shows it was not published)

Here it is, almost 12:30 in the afternoon and the house is q-u-i-e-t! Husband is ‘watching the insides of his eyelids’ in the other room, middle son is off to work, youngest is hanging out with friends = nice & quiet, just the way I like it! So far today I’ve read about 3 chapters in another murder/mystery book, knit about 8 rows on another chemo cap, did my daily devotions – that’s about it (AND, I got up at 7:45 a.m.) – pretty lazy day, eh? No real plans for the day, have some organizing to do with my knit group paperwork, that’s about ‘it’.


Strawberry Cake w/Cream Cheese


1 box plain white cake mix

1 pkg. strawberry Jello

1 C. mashed strawberries with juice

1 C. vegetable oil

1/2 C. milk

4 large eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients in large

bowl; beat on low speed 1 minute.

Strawberries should be well-

blended. Divide batter among 3

9-inch cake pans. Bake 28-30

minutes, until lightly browned.

Remove from oven, allow to cool

in pans on racks 10 minutes.

Remove from pans & cool, on racks

30 minutes


1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,


1 stick butter, softened

3 1/2 C. powdered sugar

3/4 C. mashed strawberries,


Combine cream cheese & butter;

mix on low speed 1 minute. Add

sugar & fruit; blend on low until

sugar is incorporated. Frost

layers, top & sides of cooled cake.

(recipe: Linda N-Marys Recipe



French Apple-Raisin Breakfast
Sandwiches (French Toast

2 large eggs
1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 slices raisin bread
1/2 C. apple pie filling
1 T. butter
(powdered sugar - optional)

In a large baking dish, whisk
eggs, milk & cinnamon; set aside.
Make 2 sandwiches with the bread
and apple pie filling. Place
sandwiches into egg mixture;
let soak until egg mixture is 
completely absorbed into bread,
turning sandwiches once.(takes
about 3 minutes.) On a griddle
over medium-high heat, melt 1
T. butter. Cook sandwiches on 
griddle until brown & heated
through, about 4 minutes per
side. Cut each sandwich in half.
Transfer to plates, serve with
additional butter and top with
powdered sugar, if desired.
Serves 2-4.

(recipe: Estelle-justapinch.com)
Cheesy Chicken & Potatoes

1 large green pepper, chopped
1 lb. red potatoes (about 3)
very thinly sliced
1 tsp. paprika
8 small bone-in chicken thighs,
skin removed
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of 
chicken soup
1/4 lb. (4 oz) Velveeta
cheese, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
1 T. worcestershire sauce
1/4 C. chopped parsley

Spray crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Place peppers in
crock; top with potatoes. Sprinkle
paprika over chicken. Place 4 thighs
in cooker, cover with soup & 
remaining thighs; cover. Cook on
Low 6-8 hours or High 3-4 hours.
Use slotted spoon to transfer
chicken & vegs to platter; cover
to keep warm. Set crock on High;
add Velveeta & Wors. sauce to 
reserved liquid in crockpot;
stir. Cover with lid; cook 5 
minutes. Stir until Velveeta
is completely melted & sauce
is well blended. Spoon sauce
over chicken & vegetables;
top with parsley.
Serves 4.
(recipe: Kraft foods)
Bean Dip

1 (15 oz) can chili with beans
2 (8 oz,ea) pkgs cream cheese,
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 lb. bacon, cooked, drained &
4 whole green onions, chopped
tortilla chips, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 Degrees F.
Mix together chili, cream cheese,
Cheddar cheese, bacon & chopped
onions in a large bowl. Spread
mixture onto a glass pie plate;
bake 20 minutes or until hot
& bubbly. Serve with chips.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe
Wet Burritos

2 lb. ground beef
2 T. minced garlic
1/2 onion, diced
salt & pepper, to taste
10 or 12 inch flour tortillas
1 can chili NO beans
1 can enchilada sauce
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can refried beans

Brown ground beef with garlic;
drain & season with salt & pepper.
Add onion & cook over medium heat
until onion is tender. Add refried
beans; mix well and heat through.
Keep warm.
Combine chili & enchilada sauce in
saucepan; mix & heat over medium
heat. Heat tortillas in microwave
10 seconds. Spoon large amount of
meat onto bottom third of tortilla.
Sprinkle with a little cheese & roll
edge over meat, folding in sides.
Continue to roll; place on a plate,
seam-side down. Spoon sauce over top 
& top with lots of cheese. Place in
microwave 1-  1 1/2 minutes until 
cheese melts. Serve with tortilla
chips, diced onion, sour cream,
shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes,
salsa, etc.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe 
Citrus Salad w/Bacon &
Red Onion

4 C. packed mixed salad greens
4 C. packed baby spinach leaves
1 large navel orange, thinly 
sliced & halved*
1/3 C. dried cranberries
1/3 C. thin red onion rings
3 slices bacon, cooked & 
1/3 C. light balsamic vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients except
dressing; add dressing before
serving; toss to coat.
Serves 6
* Can substitute 1 (11 oz)
can mandarin oranges, drained
for navel orange
(recipe: Kraft foods)
Zesty Chicken Tortilla Bake

1/2 C. Miracle Whip dressing
1/2 C. flour
3 C. milk
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless
chicken breasts, cooked & cut
into bite-sized pieces
1/2 C. thick & chunky salsa
1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley
16 (6 in.) flour tortillas

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Whisk dressing & flour in medium
saucepan until well blended.
Gradually stir in milk; bring to 
boil on medium heat, stirring
constantly. Cook & stir until
thickened. Add 1 C. cheese; 
cook until melted, stirring
constantly. Reserve 1 C. sauce.
Stir chicken, salsa & parsley
into remaining sauce; spoon
1/3 C. down center of each 
tortilla & roll up. Place
8 roll-ups, seam-side down,
in each of two 9 x 13 pans
sprayed with nonstick cooking
spray. Top with reserved sauce
& remaining cheese. Bake
25 minutes or until heated
through. Serves 8
(Kraft foods)

Our weather has been grey & wet, but
that's OK - we need the rain to help
all the flowers & trees grow! Hope
you have a GREAT day - relax a little, 
it IS Saturday!


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