Words of Wisdom: ALWAYS read the BOX!!!

Hello, Friends!

I come to you today from EXPERIENCE – that means I learned the HARD WAY: ALWAYS, ALWAYS read the box! What does that mean? Well, let’s just say – I am now sporting the end result of my lack of the above wisdom! Friday I was rather rushed in my shopping; I knew I needed a box of hair coloring and had 2 coupons (one was $1.00 off, and the other $2.00 off – different companies). I chose to ‘go with the bigger one’ – this would be Garnier (the cream rinse that comes with this product leaves your hair very soft & shiny). I quickly checked over the Light Auburn and the Medium Auburn and chose to go with Medium, since I had never used their product before. For most this would be a good choice BUT I didn’t follow the above stated advice – I just grabbed & ran. Did my hair later that evening – thought that once I mixed the coloring with the cream goop (whatever that’s called) that the liquid color was a bit ODD looking – it looked like tomato soup that had been watered down with milk – a very light creamy red (usually when I do this step it’s a rather dark brown mixture, with any other product). Let’s just say I should have stopped right there . . . but, of course (you can see this coming, can’t you!) I didn’t. Put the tomato soup goop on my hair, waited the time and rinsed it out. Got out of the shower and, to put it mildly, I’m now a screaming DARK RED! Can’t really put my finger on the exact color except to say I HATE IT! It’s not a natural color – it’s dark and very reddy – not exactly copper, not exactly maroon, but very much NOT NATURAL! Saturday found us going to our Sunday School class picnic and, of course, I had to wear this monstrosity.  There were several comments like: “WOW! That’s Coca Cola RED!” “Looks sort of CHERRY RED!” – much teasing. I came home from the picnic and tried washing it out – three washings (2 with Head & Shoulders -figured that was a more caustic shampoo and it might sort of ‘scrub’ it off – no way). It’s now a very tiny bit lighter, but not really. Church today – comment like: “Oh, I see you went DARKER!” (a BLIND MAN could see me coming!) Oh well – live & learn, eh?  Yes, I did consider trying using another hair coloring over this one, but really didn’t want to totally FRY my hair, so I guess I’ll just have to wait a few weeks. You’ve heard blonds have more fun – let’s see what SCREAMING REDHEADS have! (By the end of this, I’m sure one thing I’ll have is: ATTITUDE!)

The picnic was a huge success – lots of food (TONS of food!): steaks, chicken (both on the grill – very moist & tender), corn on the cob (a friend who lives in Lake Orion got it at a farm near him – around here the corn is very small and very pricey), tons of salads (I brought Michigan Red Potato Salad and a Peach Cobbler  – will add the recipe for the cobbler below), lots of desserts. It was great food & company, lots of lawn games (I watched) like Ladderball, horseshoes, bean bag toss, and several others. At the end of the evening they even brought out some fireworks and sparklers! Oh, and homemade ice cream, too. We were tired, stuffed with good food and very tired from all the fresh air – great time!

OH! Great news! Youngest son got the job at Meijers! He had to go for three separate interviews and now we wait for his background check to clear (about 5 days for that) then he will start with orientation. He’ll be working General Merchandise, 3 p.m.-11 p.m., 30 hour weeks at $7.40 an hour – not bad! (When he interviewed at Burger King they were going to start him at below minimum wage – they were offering $6-something an hour). Once he starts back to school he will be one very busy young man – his school runs 7:35 a.m. – 1:55 p.m.; it’s a VERY good thing that his school is really close (about 8 minutes away) and his new work is about 4 minutes away from our house (on a good day and no traffic – remember we live on a major highway – traffic gets pretty bad near our house from about 4:30 – 6:30 every day).  Oh, and did I mention I’ll be the one driving him to these happenings? Guess who’ll be getting up VERY early every day!? Sigh . . .

Friday I went for my first mammogram on both sides since the breast cancer diagnosis. From what I could see/tell on the films – it all looked clear; I’ll have to wait for an actual phone call this coming week to be sure. IF it is ‘all clear’ it will be my first all-clear year since diagnosis! Last mammogram (which actually was ‘the cancer diagnosis’) was August 8, 2011.  Although I tend to tire easily, I’m just praising the Lord and rejoicing that I’m feeling like my ‘old’ self and am able to do things again (maybe not as fully involved when it comes to physical activities, but for the most part, I’m doing great!). There are three of us at church who are all sort of ‘in the same boat’ – our choir director’s wife got her diagnosis about 1 1/2 years before me  (she’s still on the cancer drug I’m on), a very close friend who got her diagnosis about 5 months before me (she’s on a different drug) and then there’s me. We were all chatting about this yesterday and saying that we’re all so grateful to be doing as well as we are AND that we have each other to share with. There is that bond from going through the same thing together (maybe not all at the same time) but we each know what it’s like and can lift the others up when needed.

Am working on knitting chemo cap #80 now; picked up some new yarn at our new JoAnn Fabrics GRAND OPENING this past weekend. (I found out just how far I can push myself with the tiredness while trying to ‘look & see’ everything in their new store on Friday). Their new store is great – they have some things I’ve not seen at the other two stores around us (my favorite store which was about 5 minutes away just closed – so they could open the new one which is about 20-25 min. away).  Got a skein of really soft, really pretty magenta yarn for chemo caps and a package of what they call Yarn Sleeves: they’re a sort of plastic mesh sleeve you put around a skein of yarn that starts sort of falling apart (some yarns do that when you use up about half the skein; they sort of just become this mess of strings! The yarn sleeve keeps it all in one bundle, sort of like the paper band did when it was new). Total spent, using 50% off 1 item: $5.51 – not bad. I was ‘tempted’ by several really pretty yarns but resisted, knowing that I keep getting their 40% off coupons in the mail and I can wait a week before needing to buy another pretty skein (or longer, depending on my frugalness . . . hehehe). Looked at lots in their jewelry making department – they have a lot of new glass beads – saw a few things that made me think: “Hmmm – what could I make using those? By the time I got to sit down in my car I’d thoroughly tired myself out and was more than glad to drive home to rest!

Recipes! Lots more for ya, starting with my Peach Cobbler. This was a recipe I might have already posted- I sort of tweaked it a bit. The people at the picnic were commenting they really liked it, so I guess I did good.


Peach Cobbler

2 large cans peaches, in heavy syrup

1 box yellow or white cake mix

3/4 stick margarine, melted

about 1-2 T. cinnamon

1-2 tsp. nutmeg

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan. Mix peaches and

about 1/3 of the cake mix together; stir in

cinnamon & nutmeg. Pour mixture into

pan, sprinkle remaining dry cake mix over

peaches, then pour melted butter over

dry cake mix. Bake 45 minutes.


Frozen S’More Pops

4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
2/3 C. canned sweetened condensed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 C. cold milk
1 (3.9 oz) pkg INSTANT chocolate
pudding mix
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. miniature marshmallows
9 graham crackers, broken in
half (18 squares)

Mix melted chocolate & condensed milk;
set aside. Beat cream cheese in large
bowl with elec. mixer until creamy.
Gradually beat in 1 1/4 C. milk; add dry
pudding mix; beat 2 minutes. Stir in
Cool Whip & marshmallows. Spread
bottoms of graham squares with
chocolate mixture. Place 9 squares,
chocolate-sides up, in 9 inch
square pan. Cover with pudding
mixture & remaining graham squares,
chocolate-sides down. Freeze 4 hours.*
Remove dessert from freezer 5
minutes before serving. Let stand
at room temperature to soften
slightly. Use serrated knife to cut
dessert into 18 bars, following
lines in top crackers. Insert wooden
pop sticks into ends of each frozen
bar just before serving. Serves 18

* Dessert can be stored in freezer
up to 24 hours before serving.

(recipe: Kraftfoods)

Creamy Layered BLT Dip

1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
1/2 tsp. onion powder
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped & divided
1 C. shredded lettuce
crackers, for dipping

Mix sour cream & onion powder; spread
onto bottom of 9-inch in plate. Sprinkle
bacon over sour cream mixture. Top
with cheese, 3/4 C. chopped tomatoes &
lettuce then sprinkle with remaining
tomatoes. Serve with crackers,

(recipe: Kraftfoods)

Zesty Chicken Barbecue


6 frozen,  boneless,skinless chicken breast
1 (12 oz) bottle BBQ sauce
1/2 C. Italian salad dressing
1/4 C. brown sugar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce

Place chicken in crockpot. In a
bowl, mix BBQ sauce, Italian salad
dressing, brown sugar & Worcestershire
sauce; pour over chicken. Cover &
cook 3-4 hours on High, or 6-8
hours on low.

(recipe: Mary Free- Marys Recipe



White Bean & Tomato Salad


1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans,

drained & rinsed

1 (14.5 oz) can (Hunts) diced tomatoes

with basil, garlic & oregano,


1 C. sliced celery

1/4 C. loosely packed chopped


1 T. balsamic vinegar

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Stir all ingredients together

in medium bowl. Serves 4 (3/4 C. ea)

(recipe: readyseteat)


Easy Monkey Bread



2 (1 lb., ea) pkgs refrigerated

pizza dough

1 T. cinnamon

1 C. sugar

8 T (1 stick) butter, melted

plus more to grease pan

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Grease Bundt pan with butter.

Tear off small bits of dough &

roll into 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls;

place on a plate.

Combine cinnamon & sugar in a

bowl; dip each ball into melted

butter, then into cinnamon sugar.

Place balls in buttered Bundt

pan. Drizzle any remaining butter

over top of balls; sprinkle top

with any remaining cinnamon sugar.

Bake about 40 minutes, until golden

brown. Remove from oven; let cool

5 minutes. Place a plate on top of

pan, carefully flip over. Tap

bottom of pan to release bread.

Bread is pulled apart with fingers

to serve. Serves 8.

(recipe: RDJ 06/26/12)


Crescent Breakfast Cups


1 tube refrig’d crescent rolls

3 eggs

2 T. cream/half & half or milk

5 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

2 T. melted butter

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Spray a mini muffin tin with non-

stick spray. Open rolls; place

enough of the dough to fit in

cups and press up sides to form

each cup. In small dish, melt

butter with garlic powder. Lightly

brush inside crescent cups. In a

bowl, beat eggs with cream, salt &

pepper, cheese; sprinkle bacon

in bottom of each cup, then

spoon egg mixture in each (about

1 T. each). Bake 10-12 minutes.

(recipe: Lora-justapinch.com)


Deep-fried Onion Balls &

Cajun Ranch Sauce


1 (8 oz) container sour cream

1 small packet Hidden Valley

Ranch salad dressing

5 T. cajun seasoning, divided

4 1/2 T. red pepper, divided

2 C. self-rising flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 egg

1 C. milk (or more if needed)

2 bags onion boilers*, peeled

1 bottle canola oil (for frying)


* Onion Boilers: small onions,

like pearl onions


Preheat deep fryer to 400 degrees F.

In medium bowl, add sour cream, ranch

packet, 1 T. cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp.

red pepper; mix well & chill.

In medium bowl add flour, egg,  milk &

mix well. Add 4 T. cajun seasoning, salt

& pepper to batter; mix well. Coat each

onion boiler with batter; deep fry 1-2

minutes, drain on paper towels.Serve

with Cajun Ranch sauce.

(recipe: Kathy-justapinch.com)


Salmon Pattie Casserole


2/3 C. dry bread crumbs

2/3 C. milk

1 (16 oz) can salmon, flaked

1/4 C. mayonnaise

2 T. lemon juice

1/3 C. chopped onion

2 T. chopped parsley

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Soak bread crumbs in milk

about 10 minutes. Combine

remaining ingredients; add

soaked crumbs; mix well.

Grease a 10 x 6 x 1 1/2

inch baking dish; pack

mixed salmon into prepared

dish. Bake 30 minutes. Serve

with tartar sauce, if

desired. Serves 6

(recipe: mamaus-RDJ


Bite-Sized Tomato Appetizers

30 cherry tomatoes (about 1 1/4 pints)
1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled &
cut up
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp. garlic salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp. black pepper or, to taste
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 T. onion, grated or finely diced

Cut a thin slice off top & bottom
of each tomato. Using a small melon baller, carefully scoop out insides of
tomatoes. Turn them upside down on
a paper towel, let stand 30 minutes to
drain. OPTION: you can either add pulp
to filling mixture, or if there are too many
seeds, discard pulp.
Place avocado, cream cheese, garlic salt,
pepper & lemon juice in food processor.
Cover & pulse until smooth. Add grated
onion to mixture; stir to blend. Spoon
mixture into a piping bag with round tip
(OR a ziplock plastic bag, cut small corner
off bag AFTER spooning in filling). Place
tomatoes, open side up, on serving platter. Pipe filling into tomatoes. Serve immediately
or cover loosely & refrigerate up to 4 hours.

(recipe: Jeanne-justapinch.com)

Island Pineapple Chicken Breasts

4 green onions
3 T. butter 4 skinless chicken breast halves
flour seasoned w/ salt & pepper
1 (14 oz) can sliced pineapple
1 avocado
brown rice, cooked separately

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Chop onions using only 1 inch of
green tops. Saute in 1 T. butter
until glazed; transfer to crockpot.
Coat chicken breasts in seasoned
flour; saute until brown on both
sides; transfer to crockpot. Drain
pineapple; pour juice over
chicken. Cover & cook on Low
3-4 hours or High 1 1/2 – 2 hours
or until breasts are tender. Saute
pineapple slices in butter until
golden; place on heated
platter. Top each with a chicken
breasts. Slice avocado into 8
lengthwise strips & place 2
slices on each chicken breast.
Serve pan drippings over cooked
rice. Serves 4.

(recipe: slowcooker.com)

Hurry Up Brownies

2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together; pour

into a 8 x 8 baking pan. Bake 25-30
minutes or until browned. Cut into
squares while warm.

(recipe: mamamaus-DDJ -6/29/11


To wrap this one up, the words of my Mom

come to mind: “Don’t do as I do – do as I SAY!”

(just a quick reminder to follow the title of this


Enjoy your day!



ps: NO, I’m NOT going to feature a photo

of my Hair Disaster!

PPS: One thing I did learn: I’m going to stick with ONE COMPANY-ONE COLOR – not switching just because another company has a big coupon – one color/one company – all the time from now on (I hope)…


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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Sending prayers your way for good news on your results. Congratulations on your son’s new job!! A few times I’ve wondered about switching hair color brands….I’ve learned a lesson through your experience. Thanks for sharing.

    • HI! Thanks for writing – I love hearing from readers! I’ll post the results as soon as I get them – good or bad (I’m thinking, from what I saw on the films, both sides ‘looked’ clean/clear). I’ll tell ya – I sure did a ‘live & learn’ thing with the hair coloring – won’t be doing that again! Hugs; Pammie

  2. Well at least the hair didn’t turn out like Bozo’s! Cherry Coke eh! Might be attractive! I wishing son good luck on the new job! I must commend you on the knitting projects.. Just like Old Man River You Just Keep Rollin’ Along!

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