Quiet Day – So far . . .

It has been a lovely, quiet morning – there’s a chill in the air (65 degrees F. at 10: 30 a.m.) but the sun is shining nicely and I can hear a cardinal in our yard – LOVE the sounds of summer. Our weather here has been so dry (before the rain of last week) that perhaps sometime NEXT week my husband might mow the lawn. That would be the first time in probably 2 MONTHS!

Not much going on yet – organizing next Tuesday’s Knit/Crochet MOVIE NIGHT! The food theme is Salads and, so far, we have two Quinoa salads (love that stuff!) an ambrosia, deviled eggs and my red potato salad – think I’ll make a Peach Cobbler, too, since we don’t have any desserts. We haven’t decided on a movie but I’m bringing my ‘chick flicks’:  “A Walk in the Clouds” (Keanu Reeves – great plot, definately a chick movie, but worth watching – it’s an oldie 1995) and “Chocolate” (Johnnie Depp). One of the ladies is going to try to rent “The Secret Life of Bees” (Queen Latifa – LOVE HER!)  – she said it’s a great movie but “Bring lots of Kleenex”!  When we do Movie Night, several of us bring movies we like and let those attending vote on which one we’ll watch that night. Sometimes the movie watched is one we all discussed at Knit Night, but this past Tuesday’s Knit Night was too hectic (22 people) to be able to have a good discussion around the table (PLUS the table was too long for those at one end to hear what was being discussed at the other end!).  Food-wise, I signed up for Sunday School snacks this Sunday, so it looks like I might be going to the grocery store today – still haven’t decided what to make/bring! We have about 45-50 people in our class on any given Sunday – lots of couples; some really like to eat, others just eat a little so I try to bring a small variety to please the group.

Recipes! More for your viewing pleasure:


Avocado, Orange & Spinach Salad

with Zesty Tomatoes


1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced

tomatoes & Green chilies,


2 T. honey

1 T. seasoned rice vinegar

1 (9 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves

1 orange, peeled & chopped

1 medium ripe avocado, pitted

peeled & chopped

Combine drained tomatoes, honey,

vinegar in small bowl; mix well.

Toss spinach with tomato mixture,

orange & avocado in large bowl.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4

(recipe: readyseteat)


Easy Apple Butterscotch Muffins


3 C. self-rising flour*

1/4 C. sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 C. milk

1/3 C. vegetable oil

6 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips

1 C. apples, peeled & diced

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

In large bowl, combine flour &

sugar. In separate bowl,combine

remaining ingredients. Add, all

at once, remaining ingredients

to flour mixture, stirring only

until flour is moistened. Fill

greased muffin tin cups 2/3 rd

full. Bake 20-25 minutes or

until golden brown.

*To make 1 Cup Self-Rising Flour:


Measure 1 C. all-purpose flour in

a measuring cup – level cup. Remove

2 tsp. of flour from cup; pour flour

into a bowl. Add to bowl 1 1/2 tsp.

baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt and

mix together.

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)


Thai Slaw


5 C. shredded napa cabbage

1 red pepper, cut into thin


1 carrot, shredded

1/2 C. cashewsm coarsley chopped

1/2 C. thinly sliced red onions

3 T. chopped fresh cilantro

1/3 C. Miracle Whip dressing

1 T. fresh lime juice

Combine first 6 ingredients in

large bowl. Mix Miracle Whip &

lime juice; add to cabbage

mixture; toss to coat.

Serves 8.

NOTE: Can also add cooked, cleaned

shrimp, shredded cooked chicken or

pork, or tofu cubes to salad

This salad can be made ahead.

Combine cabbage, vegetables & cilantro.

Mix Miracle Whip & lime juice.

Refrigerate both separately up to 24

hours. Add Miracle Whip mixture &

nuts to cabbage mixture just before

serving; mix lightly.

(recipe: Kraft foods)


Teriyaki Beef & Peppers


1 T. cooking oil

1 lb. boneless beef top

sirloin steak, thinly sliced

1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen bell

pepper & onion strips

1 (13.75 oz) jar La Choy

Teriyaki Stir Fry sauce-


1 (8 oz) can sliced water

chestnuts, drained

2 1/2 C. hot cooked Asian

wheat noodles or linguine

Heat oil in wok or large

skillet over high heat. Add

beef, cook & stir 5 minutes or

until browned. Remove from

wok/skillet; set aside.

Add peppers, cook 5 minutes or

until crisp-tender. Add cooked

beef, stir-fry sauce & water

chestnuts. Heat 1-2 minutes or

until hot. Serve with noodles.

Serves 5

NOTE: Can be served with

toasted sesame seeds

sprinkled over top. Can also

replace the beef with cooked

shrimp or chicken. Also you

can add bean sprouts or

Chow Mein noodles.

(recipe: readyseteat)


Amish Breakfast Casserole


1 lb. sliced bacon, diced

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

6 eggs, lightly beaten

4 C. frozen shredded hash brown

potatoes, thawed

2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar


1 1/2 C. (12 oz) cottage cheese

1 1/4 C. shredded Swiss cheese


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

In large skillet, cook bacon &

onion until bacon is crisp; drain.

In large bowl, combine remaining

ingredients, stir in bacon mixture.

Transfer to greased 9 x 13 baking

dish. Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes

or until a knife inserted in

center comes out clean. Let stand

10 minutes before cutting. Makes

12 servings.

(recipe: Taste of Home)


Chicken w/Balsamic Tomatoes


8 oz. dry multigrain penne

pasta, uncooked

2 T. cooking oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken


1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 C. sliced onion

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

with basil, garlic & oregano,


1/2 C. balsamic vinegar

Cook pasta according to pkg.

directions, ommitting salt.

Heat oil in medium skillet

over medium-high heat. Sprinkle

chicken with garlic salt & pepper;

cook 5-7 minutes or until browned,

turning once. Remove from skillet,

set aside. Add onion to skillet, cook

1-2 minutes over medium heat until

crisp-tender. Add undrained tomatoes

& vinegar, bring to a simmer. Return

chicken to skillet, cook 10-12 minutes

more or until chicken is no longer pink

in center. Serve chicken & sauce with

pasta. If desired, slice each chicken

breast before place on pasta.

Serves 4

(recipe: readyseteat)


Spicy Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups

1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
3 C. shredded cooked chicken
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese,
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten 12 rinsed, cooked lasagna noodles

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Mix first 3 ingredients; combine
1/2 C. with chicken, 1 C. mozzarella,
Parmesan & eggs. Spread 1/4 C. onto
each noodle; roll up. Pour 1/2 C.
remaining sauce into 9 x 13 baking dish;
top with lasagna rolls, seam-sides
down. Cover with remaining sauce &
mozzarella. Bake 25 minutes or until
heated through. Serves 6

(recipe: Kraft Foods)

Strawberry-Pretzel Ice Box Pie

2 C. finely crushed pretzel sticks
3/4 C. melted butter
1/4 C. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 C. sliced fresh strawberries
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
4 0z. pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 T. plus 1 tsp. strawberry DRY Jell-O
1/2 of a 3 oz pkg)
2 C. whipping cream, divided
1/3 C. granulated sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Stir together first 3 ingredients; firmly
press on bottom & up sides of a lightly
greased 10 inch pie plate. Bake 10-12
minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
from oven to wire rack; cool completely
(about 30 minutes). Process strawberries
in food processor until finely chopped,
stopping to scrape down sides when
needed. Beat condensed milk & next
2 ingredients at medium speed with
elec. mixer until smooth. Add strawberries;
beat at low speed just until blended. Transfer
to large bowl. Beat 3/4 C. whipping cream at
High speed until soft peaks form; gently
fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture.
Spoon into prepared crust. Cover & freeze
8-12 hours or until firm. Beat remaining
1 1/4 C. whipping cream at high speed
until foamy; gradually add granulated
sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
Spread over pie. Freeze 1 hour or until
whipped cream is firm.

(recipe: Tamara- 1_Comfort_Foods_digest)

Confetti Bean Salad

1 C. sugar
3/4 C. cider vinegar
1/2 C. vegetable oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 can green beans
1 can yellow wax beans
1 can kidney beans (rinsed & drained)
1 can black beans (rinsed & drained)
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can great northern beans
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 large red bell pepper, chopped

Combine sugar, vinegar, oil, salt &
pepper in large bowl; mix well. Drain
all beans, rinse in cold water, drain

and add to bowl. Add onions & peppers;
mix well. Marinate in refrigerator
for 24 hours for best flavor.
Serves 18.

NOTE: You can use any canned bean
you prefer: cannelini, great northern,

pinto, red beans, small white cranberry
beans, etc.

(recipe Deanna – justapinch.com)

Cheesy Zucchini Rice

2 C. chicken or vegetable broth
1 C. long-grain white rice
2 T. butter
1 medium zucchini, grated on
large holes of grater
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
salt & pepper, to taste

Bring broth to boil in medium
saucepan. Stir in rice; cover & reduce
heat to low. Cook about 20 minutes
or until most of liquid has been
absorbed. Remove from heat, add
butter & zucchini, cover. Allow to
stand 5 minutes, then stir. Stir in
cheese, season with salt & pepper.

(recipe-Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Easy Turtle Brownies

1 (14 oz) bag caramels, unwrapped
2/3 C. evaporated milk, divided
1 (18.25 oz) German chocolate cake mix,
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
6 oz or 1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 C. chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt caramels & 1/2 C. milk together
until smooth; set aside. In mixing
bowl, combine cake mix, butter &
1/2 C. milk with elec. mixer until
blended well. In a greased 9 X 13 pan,
pour half of batter. Bake 6-7 minutes.
Remove from oven, drizzle caramel
over top & sprinkle with chocolate
chips & nuts. Pour remaining batter
over top; return to oven & bake
20-25 minutes.

(recipe: DDJ-07/06/12)

Today I’m going to try to finish sewing together the last baby afghan – got a good start on it last night but then one of our son’s friends came over and the living room turned into GAME CENTRAL, complete with all the ‘lovely’ sounds of killing monsters, machine gun sounds, yelling/groans, etc. – all ‘the usual’ when guys/boys/kids are playing video games together – definitely NOT condusive to nice, relaxing sewing – so I bailed and watched tv in the back room. No big deal – it will get done.

Hope you have a great day – remember to smile, laugh and RELAX – we only have ONE life to live – make it a GOOD ONE!



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  1. I agree about the one life!

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