WoooEeeee, What a Goofy Day (so far)!!!

I’m sure you’ve had days like this, too – left the house to go pick up some books at the library and then stop at the drug store. Just as I’m getting in my car a very nice looking brown & white spotted Spaniel dog, dragging a very long leather leash came flying across my neighbor’s front yard, down my driveway and straight across our road! Let me say  here – I live on a MAJOR  Michigan HIGHWAY – speed limit 45 MPH! This dog managed to cross safely, run down the sidewalk, stop to decide whether to go into the park across the street, then hightail it down that sidewalk! I never saw anyone running or calling after that dog – sure hope they find him, he SURE CAN RUN!!!  Proceeding on my way, it seemed that no matter WHERE I went there was either (a) a car, (b) a person (c) an old person or (d) an old person on a bicycle who wanted to cut either in front or behind me while I was attempting to drive! CRAZY!!! Found myself thinking: “Just wrap me up in cotton batton and GET ME HOME SAFELY!!!”  Anyway, I’m home safe now – whew!

It’s an absolutely GORGEOUS day out there today! Sunny, slight breeze and, . . . wait for it . . . SEVENTY ONE degrees F.!!! WOW! (now, that causes me to wonder: “Is THIS the Indian Summer I’ve been waiting for?”) We’ll see. Last night I was awakened at around 3 a.m. by a HUGE, VERY LONG thunder clap followed by a ton of rain. Was really thinking: tomorrow’s going to be cold, gray and rainy – not so! YAY! Driving by our gas station earlier I was amazed by the price: $3.59!!! (I have 3/4 tank but was tempted to fill it up, just because of that price!) VERY neat!!!

Now I’m wondering: should I post SUMMER or FALL/WINTER recipes? Oh well, guess I’d better stick to the ‘season’ of this year instead of my ‘flight of fancy’ weather, eh? Here ya go:


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)
Gooey Chicken Burritos

3 large chicken breasts
1 (12 oz) jar salsa (red or green)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Ro*tel tomatoes
1 C. grated cheese (your choice)
1 onion, chopped
sliced black olives (optional)
2 t. tapioca
flour tortillas
shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream

Cut chicken into strips. Combine salsa,
chic. soup, Ro*tel tomatoes, 1 C.
grated cheese, onion, black olives &
tapioca in crockpot. Cook on High
3-4 hours. Spoon onto warmed
tortillas, top with shredded Cheddar
cheese – microwave to melt cheese,
if desired. Serve with salsa & sour
cream, for toppings, if desired.

(recipe: Rhonda G – Mary’s Recipe

Easy Skillet Lasagna

8 oz. dry bow tie pasta, uncooked

3/4 lb. Italian pork sausage

2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced

tomatoes with basil,garlic &

oregano, undrained

1 (6 oz) can tomato paste

2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta accordg to pkg

directions, omitting salt.

Cook sausage in large non-stick

skillet over medium-high heat

7 minutes or until crumbled &

no longer pink, stirring

occasionally; drain. Add undrained

tomatoes & tomato paste; mix well.

Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer

5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta, stir into tomato

mixture. Stir in 1 C. cheese,

sprinkle remaining 1 C. cheese

over top. Cover & cook 5

minutes or until cheese melts.

Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat)


Quick Apple Dumplings

1 1/2 C. sugar

2 C. water

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg, divided

1/4 C. butter or margarine

2/3 C. sugar

2 (15 oz, ea) pkgs refrigerated


8 medium Braeburn* apples, peeled &


3 T. butter or marg., cut up

vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Bring 1 1/2 C. sugar, 2 C. water,

1/4 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

to a boil in saucepan over medium-

high heat, stirring constantly;

reduce heat & simmer, stirring

occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove

from heat, stir in 1/4 C. butter;

set syrup aside.

Cut piecrusts in half & roll into

8 inch circles. Place 1 apple in

center of each circle. Sprinkle

each evenly with sugar mixture;

dot evenly with 3 T. butter.

Fold dough over apples, pinching

to seal. Place in a lightly

greased 9 X 13 baking dish;

drizzle with syrup.

Bake 40-45 minutes. Serve with

vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

*Golden Delicious or Granny

Smith apples can substitute

(recipe: DDJ – 10/02/12)


Grilled Chicken/Apple Salad

2 T. margarine

1 large Granny Smith apple*, peeled/

cored & thinly sliced

1 large onion, sliced

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast

halves, grilled or broiled

4 C. mixed salad greens

1/4 c. balsamic vinaigrette dressing

1/2 C. toasted chopped walnuts or pecans

Melt margarine in 12 inch skillet over

medium-high heat; cook apple & onion,

stirring occasionally 4 minutes or until

tender. Reduce heat to medium, cook,

uncovered, stirring occasionally, 20

minutes or until apple & onion are

golden brown. Slice chicken & keep

warm. Spoon warm apple mixture over

greens, then top with chicken. Drizzle

with dressing & garnish with nuts.

Serves 2

* or other tart apple


Unfried Chicken Skewers

6 T. margarine, melted & divided
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts, cut into strips
1/2 C. flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. seasoned Panko bread crumbs
1/2 C. barbecue sauce
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parch-
ment paper, then evenly brush with
2 T. melted margarine. Thread
chicken on 8 skewers*; dip into
flour to coat. Dip into beaten
egg then bread crumbs to coat.
Arrange on prepared baking sheets.
Brush chicken skewers with remaining
1/4 C. melted margarine. Bake until
chicken is thoroughly cooked, about
8-10 minutes. Serve with barbecue
sauce. Makes 18 skewers.

*if using wooden skewers, soak them
in water at least 30 minutes prior
to use.
Butternut Squash Soup

2 medium butternut squash

8 T. butter

2 leeks

2-3 (10 oz, ea) cans chicken broth

1/4 C. maple syrup

salt, to taste

1/4 C. or more heavy cream

Prick skin of squash/ roast in a pan

with small amount of water until well-

cooked, just before skin begins to

burn. Allow to cool slightly, slice

in half & remove seeds. Scoop out flesh

& reserve in a bowl.

Dice white ends only of 2 leeks; cook gently

in 8 T. butter. When leeks are soft, add

enough flour to make a paste (roux). Gradually

stir in chicken broth, stirring constantly. When

consistency of cream is reached, stir in squash.

Soup will be thick. Add more broth if necessary.

Process in manageable batches in a blender, using

‘puree’ setting. Return to pan & heat. Stir in

maple syrup; test for salt. Just before serving,

stir in heavy cream.

(recipe: RDJ 10/05/12)


Pumpkin Spice Cake


1 box Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Spice Cake

2 large eggs

1 C. water

1 C. canned pumpkin

1 C. chopped nuts

1 tub Duncan Hines vanilla frosting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Grease & flour 10 inch Bundt pan. Combine

cake mix, eggs, water & pumpkin in large

bowl. Beat at medium speed with elec. mixer

2 minutes; stir in nuts & pour into pan.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted

into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 25

minutes. Invert onto serving plate; cool

completely before frosting. Makes 12-16


(recipe: MomsMenu.com)


Tonight is my special needs group – the good thing is: we have our missionary coming! She’s absolutely excellent with the ‘kids’ – teaches them songs, Bible verses, tells stories and plays various “Boys vs Girls” games – they love it & her!  For Lois & I (the teacher of the group & me) it’s an ‘easy’ evening (usually) – we try to have a Business Meeting (in another classroom) while she runs the class.  Right now we’ll be discussing ideas for the Thanksgiving food basket and the Christmas Family Gathering (big Christmas dinner/party for the kids, their families & caregivers). It’s hard to believe Christmas is getting closer, but we’re now working, weekly, on the song our kids will be singing for the big party (we do this each year). This song is rather complicated and I’m kinda glad I won’t by playing the piano for it (we’ll be using a CD). Since our kids are special needs, then really develop ‘habits’ quickly – ie: once they begin learning the words & music to their song, they REALLY don’t do well if we suddenly switch to me playing piano for it instead of them hearing the music on the CD for their cues.

Not much else going on – still working on baby hats – up to 18 new ones – they knit up fast. It takes me about 45 minutes for a premie hat and maybe 1 hr 15 minutes for a regular-sized baby hat. Oh! Almost forgot to mention – I won something! (yes, I’m one of those “I NEVER win anything” people) but this time I won a very nice set of “Denise Circular Knitting Needles” – value $60. A friend of mine from the knit group has a friend who’s about to begin treatment for a rare form of breast cancer and my friend decided to do an ‘on-line’ auction for her. I was truly amazed that I won the bid! Glad to do it for a good cause; I understand that her friend will have to stop working immediately because of her treatment and they have young children, so that will put a big burden on their family, financially. (I was so blessed to have insurance that covered my treatments). My friend is also knitting her little heart out, offering various hats, scarves, etc. for a donation for her friend.

Not exactly sure where the rest of this post went, but I’ll close for now and attempt to get it published before more goofy stuff happens!

ENJOY your day!




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  1. I missed the 70 degrees was tied up with something else –sure hope there is a repeat on it!

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