Nothin’ Special . . .

it’s just a beautiful Spring day and I have lots more yummy-sounding recipes to share with you!


Just got home from a small grocery shopping trip; one of those “just need a few things” trips. As I was pushing my cart out to the parking lot I sort of stumbled upon something on the ground – round bright red objects . . . cherry tomatoes. Instant thought: “Oh, NO! Hope those aren’t mine!” (sure enough . . . they were; bag had tipped sideways, box of tomatoes cascaded onto the parking lot in a lovely red non-descript pattern.) Give it up, it wasn’t the store’s fault, it wasn’t yours. You can either go buy another box or just forget it . . . I did the latter. Life happens, sometimes ya just gotta roll with the punches – know what I mean?


Easy Cinnamon Brown Sugar Coffee Cake


1 box yellow cake mix (with pudding in the mix)
3 eggs
1 C. water
1/3 C. butter


3/4 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. pecans, chopped
1/4 C. chopped nuts (as desired


1 C. powdered sugar
dash maple extract
water, as needed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray. Combine cake
ingredients as directed on box and pour into prepared
pan. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle 1/2 of topping
& swirl into cake. Sprinkle rest of of topping on top of cake.
Bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Let cake cool. Mix together ‘Drizzle’
ingredients, adding enough water to make a loose
consistency for drizzling, then drizzle on top of cake.

TIP: It is important to swirl 1/2 of the topping really
well throughout the cake – it gives it a true coffee cake


Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg, beaten
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. dry bread crumbs
1 T. finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper
4 slices fully cooked bacon

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients (except bacon) together. Shape
into meatloaf in 9 X 5 inch loaf pan; top with bacon.
Bake 45 minutes or until done (160 degrees F.) Let
stand 5 minutes before removing from pan & slicing
to serve.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

2 T. minced garlic
3 T. olive oil
1 large head cauliflower, separated into florets
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
salt & black pepper, to taste
1 T. chopped fresh parsley (garnish)

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Grease large casserole dish. Place olive oil &
garlic in large resealable bag. Add cauliflower &
shake to mix. Pour into prepared casserole dish;
season with salt & pepper. Bake 25 minutes,
stirring halfway through. Top with Parmesan
cheese & parsley; broil 3-5 minutes until golden

(recipe: Mary Free-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Skillet Fettuccini Chicken & Tomato Dinner

16 oz. fettuccini noodles, uncooked
2 large chicken breast halves, skinless/boneless,
1 medium onion, chopped (large dice)
4 zucchini
4 yellow zucchini
2 (15.5 oz ea) cans diced tomatoes/with
Italian seasonings
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 T. garlic, minced
1 tsp. cooking oil
1/4 C. water
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Prepare fettuccini accordg to pkg. directions,
cooking until al dente; drain & set aside.
Cook chicken on medium-high heat in nonstick
skillet until done; set aside to cool then dice into
pieces. Slice both zucchini into 1/4 in. medallions
(may have to cut some in half on larger end). Using
same skillet on medium heat, saute onion in oil.
When almost translucent, add zucchini & water. Add
chicken, garlic & dried Italian seasonings. Cook until
squash are desired tenderness. Add both cans
tomatoes; continue cooking until heated through. Add
cooked fettuccini; toss to blend. Sprinkle top with
grated Parmesan cheese before serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: Denise –

Creamy Lemon Oatmeal Bars



1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 C. lemon juice

zest of 2 lemons

1/2 C. sour cream



1 1/2 C. flour

1 C. rolled oats

1/2 C. butter, softened

1/2 C. brown sugar, packed

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 – 3/4 C. shredded coconut, toasted


Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Spray a 9 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In medium

bowl, mix together filling ingredients, stirring until thickened

and no lumps. In separate bowl, mix together crust ingredients

until crumble. Press half of crust mixture into baking dish. Spread

filling mixture evenly over crust. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture

on top. Bake 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool &

cut into bars. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers. Serves 8+



Oven-roasted Sausage, Potatoes & Peppers

1 lb sausage links (your choice)

4-5 large potatoes

1 small jar banana peppers

1-2 bell peppers, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

3 T. olive oil

salt & pepper

(optional: 2 tsp. dried rosemary, 3 T. creole seasonings)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.

Spray a large baking pan with nonstick spray (do not use

a flat baking sheet). Slice sausages into thin rounds, about

1/5″ thick. Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks. Slice onion &

pepper into strips. Place all ingredients in prepared pan &

drizzle oil over top. Use your hands to toss it all together in

the oil, making sure everything is coated in oil. Add salt,

pepper & spices (if using). Top with sliced banana peppers.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)


Puddin’ Place Eggs

(individual baked egg casseroles)

4 eggs

1 C. heavy cream

4 slices bacon, cooked & cut into pieces

4 slices mozzarella cheese, cut into



salt & pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Lightly butter ramekins. Put bacon in a

circle around inside edge; add cheese

to top of bacon. Gently add egg to center

without breaking yolks; gently spoon about

1/4 C. cream over each. Salt & pepper lightly;

add/or sprinkle with paprika. Bake 10 minutes.

Centers should shake but not be liquid.

Serves 4



Still working on the knit baby blanket, about half done now. Went to JoAnn Fabrics the other day to return a big skein of yarn I’d purchased (originally with the idea that it would be the bumpy-rows yarn – multi-colored blues & white BOUCLE). I had forgotten just how much I really DON’T like knitting with boucle (it’s a thin, sort of wavy yarn – if you look at it, it sort of has a zig-zag pattern – it easily shreds or comes apart, making finding your stitches VERY difficult). I wandered the yarn aisles trying to decide on another baby blanket yarn . . . no dice, I went home empty-handed. That’s OK – there’s always another day and perhaps, another inspiration. I did run into two lovely ladies I know from church, so the trip wasn’t wasted – we had a nice chat! Over the weekend I went to several large flea market/garage sales – only ended up buying several paper back books (25 cents, ea – can’t beat those prices!). I do LOVE garage sales, even if I don’t buy anything – it’s the adventure of the HUNT!

Hope you’re having an enjoyable day – remember to rest a bit, do something you like doing and ENJOY YOURSELF! Life’s short – eat dessert first!




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