Wonderful, Quiet Wednesday!

Hello, All!

So far, it’s a very quiet day in my household – the boys are off, either to school or work, husband is on his computer and I’m on  mine: recipe for nice & quiet!  Last night’s Knit/Crochet group was fun; one of our members is a nurse and will be taking a 1-week missionary trip to Nicaragua in 2 weeks. She had asked the group for donations of crochet hooks & baby yarn; she’s going to try to teach mothers how to crochet baby hats. I guess they don’t have baby warmers in their hospitals and some of the women don’t go to hospitals to deliver babies, so she came up with the idea that baby hats would help hold in their body heat. With such short notice (overnight) the group was still able to gift her with about 10 hooks and lots of yarn, so her project is off to a great start! I sent out an email to about 8-10 of our members who haven’t been to a meeting in months, telling them that we miss their lovely smiles and would hope they would join us soon: 5 people showed up due to the email – I was thrilled! It’s always nice to re-connect with old friends; one lady said she’d gotten out of the habit of coming and when she read the email it was just the ‘boost’ to encourage her to return – she’s glad ‘she’s back’ and so are we!

Our weather is still in the beginning stages of Fall (and I’m glad – if you’re a frequent reader, you KNOW I don’t like Winter!). It’s been in the mid 40’s & 50’s during the day, sunny & windy with lots of leaves departing their trees to decorate the yards.

Tonight is “Music/Birthday” night for my special needs group – October is the largest birthday celebration for us – 10 of our students will be celebrating their October birthdays tonight, which means we will have a very large group in the room. We’re lately averaging about 29=32 people (not counting their caregivers) so I’m guessing we’ll exceed that amount tonight. Everyone loves Music/Birthday night – we sing Christian songs (some with either deaf signing or more active motions to the songs), then a brief prayer request time, then it’s arrange the birthday people around a table on which is a huge (Costco) sheet cake. Sing “Happy Birthday, Dear Friends” then cut the cake – everyone gets cake & (diet) pop, while the birthday people open cards or presents. A VERY fast-paced night – I love it, but usually come home thoroughly exhausted. (I’m the piano – player/ prayer request writer/cake cutter & server person).

Lots of great fall/football get-together/party recipes for ya – soups, crockpot stuff, desserts; here ya go!


Egg-Chilada Skillet


8 eggs

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1 T. margarine or butter

2 C. tortilla chips, crushed

1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce

1 (2 1/2 oz) can sliced pitted

ripe olives, drained

1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack

cheese (2 oz)

1/2 C. sour cream

1 green onion, sliced

In bowl, beat eggs & garlic powder.

In a 10-inch skillet melt margarine

over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture.

Cook, without stirring until mixture

begins to set on the bottom & around

the edges. Using a large spoon or spatula,

lift & fold partially cooked eggs so

uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue

cooking over medium heat 2-3 minutes, or

until eggs are cooked through but are still

glossy & moist. Add tortilla chips,

enchilada sauce & olive. Stir gently to

combine. Sprinkle with cheese; cover &

cook over low heat about 5 minutes or

until heated through. Serve immediately

with a dollop of sour cream & sprinkling

of green onion, if desired. Makes 4-5


(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe



Skillet Parmesan Zucchini

1 small red pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 small zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 C. spaghetti sauce
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook & stir peppers & onions in
large nonstick skillet sprayed
with nonstick spray on medium

heat 5 minutes. Add zucchini; cook

& stir 2 minutes. Stir in spaghetti
sauce; cover. Cook 8 minutes or
until vegetables are crisp-tender,
stirring occasionally. Sprinkle
with cheeses, cook, covered
1 minutes or until mozzarella
is melted. Serves 4

(recipe: Kraftfoods)

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 C. sliced onion
1/4 C. chopped jalapeno peppers
1 (15 oz) can Manwich sloppy joe
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Kaiser rolls
Spray inside of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place chicken, onion, jalapeno &
Manwich in cooker. Cover & cook on
Low 8 hours or until chicken is tender.
Transfer chicken to cutting board; shred.
Return chicken to crockpot; sprinkle with

salt, stir. Reduce heat to warm – serve on
rolls. Serves 8

(recipe: Conagra)

Glazed Sugar Snap Peas

2 T. margarine
1/4 C. finely diced onion
1 tsp. finely minced garlic
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen sugar snap
3 T. water
2 T. packed brown sugar
1 T. spicy brown mustard
1/8 tsp. salt

Melt margarine in large skillet over

medium-high heat. Add onion & garlic;
cook 2-3 minutes or until tender,
stirring occasionally. Add all remaining
ingredients to skillet; reduce heat to
medium & cook 5 minutes or until
mixture is hot & peas are tender.
Serves 4 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: readyseteat)

Chicken Mushroom Packets
(grill or oven)

3 whole (or split) chicken breasts
salt & pepper, to taste 3 potatoes, cut

into 1/2 in. slices
4 carrots, cut 1/2 in slices
1/2 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
6 T. butter
6 T. cream of chicken soup

Place each breast on large piece of heavy

duty alum. foil. Sprinkle with
salt & pepper. Divide potatoes, carrots
& mushrooms equally among foil
packets. Salt & pepper vegetables in
each packet; dot each bundle with
1 T. butter, put 2 T. cream of chic. soup
on each bundle; seal foil tightly. Grill
on medium low fire 1 hour. Unwrap
bundles, place on serving plates.
Serves 4-6

May be cooked in 350 degree F. oven
1 hour.

(recipe: Peg – Marys Recipe Exchange)

Hershey’s One-Bowl Syrup Cake

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter or marg, softened
1 C. sugar
4 eggs
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 C. (1 16 oz can) Hershey’s syrup

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 X 13 baking pan. Beat butter,
sugar & eggs until thoroughly blended
in large bowl. Add flour & baking
soda, blending well. Add syrup,
mix thoroughly. Spread batter in
prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes
or until a wooden toothpick inserted
into center, comes out clean. Cool
completely in pan. Frost or garnish
as desired. Makes 8-10 servings.

(recipe: Hershey website)

Double-Orange Party Punch

2 half-gallon cartons orange sherbet

64 oz. fresh orange juice (cartons)

1 (2 liter) fruit punch soda,chilled

1 (2 liter) ginger ale, chilled

Orange candy slices, for garnish

1-2 days ahead, scoop sherbet into

medium-small scoops onto cookie sheets

& freeze. Once frozen, can place in

resealable freezer bags for easier

storage. On day of serving: pour

orange juice & fruit punch into

large punch bowl. Add frozen sherbet

scoops. Pour ginger ale over all,

being careful of foaming that forms.

Makes 48 servings.

(recipe: DDJ 09/28/12)


Flank Steak Roll-ups

1 pkg flank steaks

1 large potato, grated

2 carrots, grated

1 stick butter

1 can mushroom soup &

1/2 soup-can milk

1 can celery soup &

1/2 soup can milk**

cooked rice or noodles

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.

If steaks are rather large

pieces, cut them in half.

Season with your usual

seasoning & dredge in flour.

Mix grated potatoes & carrots

together; spread over steak

pieces. (here you could add

cut up peppers, onions, mush-

rooms or whatever you’d like).

Roll steaks up & either fasten

with toothpicks or tie with

kitchen string. Place in baking

dish, cut up butter & dot steaks.

Cover & bake 1 hour. Open soups &

mix with milk. Remove dish from

oven, drizzle soup mixture into

melted butter & over steaks. Stir

slightly, return to oven uncovered.

Bake 15-30 minutes until soup is hot

& has begun to thicken.

To serve: remove string and/or

toothpicks – steaks will hold their

shape. Serve over rice or cooked


NOTE: 1 can celery soup & 1/2

soup-can milk are optional-use

if you need to stretch the gravy.

(recipe: RDJ -09/28/12)


Cheesy Crescent Breakfast Cups

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls

3 eggs

2 T. cream or half & half, or milk

5 strips cooked & crumbled bacon

1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

cooking spray

2 T. melted butter

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Spray mini muffin tins with non-

stick spray. Open rolls. Shape

each roll in muffin tin to cover

bottom & sides. In small dish,

mix melted butter with garlic

powder; lightly brush cups

with mixture. In small bowl,

beat egs with cream (or milk),

salt & pepper, cheese; sprinkle

bacon on bottom of each cup,

spoon egg mixture into each cup

(about 1 T. each cup). Bake

10-12 minutes.

(recipe: Laura-justapinch.com)


Spicy Pear Cake

(overnight recipe)

4 chopped pears

3 C. white sugar

1 C. oil

2 eggs

3 C. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. baking soda

1 C. chopped nuts

1 C. coconut

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix pears & sugar, refrigerate



Preheat oven 350 degrees

Add oil & eggs; stir well.

Add dryingredients; mix well

then fold in nuts, coconut &

vanilla. Spray a 9 x 13

pan with nonstick spray;

pour in batter & bake

1 hour 10 minutes.

NOTE: poster said this cake

does NOT need a frosting or


(recipe: Leah-justapinch.com)


Finally got my energy back yesterday and tackled the rest of the wild ‘vines’ that were tangled around my little bush – me and my newly-purchased bush trimmer-thingie (small, hand-held rose bush trimmer/cutter- works great for what I need). I feel like I’ve ‘accomplished’ something by getting that cleared out – it was really bugging me seeing it out my dining room window – now it’s nice, bright sunlight coming in not those pesky ‘grape viney’ things waving in the breeze, taunting me (yes, I took it personal – I got those little buggars!) . . . but I digress . . . (grin).

Hope you have a GREAT day – enjoy SOMETHING today, experience something new (even something small like a new flavor of tea – something!)

Life’s short – eat dessert first!

Big Hugs;



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  1. Hey Lady Jane is there anything you don’t do at the Music/birthday party celebrations? It sounds like a full time job!!!!

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