Enjoying it while I can!!!


Right now the house is VERY quiet – and I’m LOVIN’ IT!!! My husband decided to go visit some friends of his (he hasn’t seen them in a few years – great idea!), youngest is at work for another hour, middle son is either working or at his new apartment and I’m here ALL BY MY LONESOME! Got some housecleaning done (that’s hard to do with guys constantly around), straightened up the house, and even baked a dessert! Will include the recipe (think I might already have posted it, but it’s the first time I’ve made it): 2 ingredient pineapple dessert bars. Haven’t tasted them yet but they smell really good!  (just tasted them – forget the recipe – they’re kind of rubbery, not much flavor, that’s NOT a keeper)

For who knows what reason, yesterday I was feeling equally productive; got lots of things done I’d put off, like finishing all the laundry, ironing about 12 of my tops & 3 prs. of slacks (I put off ironing as much as I can, even with air conditioning). Managed to glue together a little dragon statue that belongs to middle son (it got broken during his move back home) – it looks great now. He also has a very large dragon statue (same thing happened to it, but I thought he didn’t have the pieces – turns out they’re at his previous apartment with his friend, somewhere. I told him to get them and I’ll do my best). Oh, also made a pair of green earrings – been putting that one off for months! I needed at least one pair of green earrings, have several outfits in shades of green, but nothing to go with them (usually end up wearing either gold or tiny pearl studs). Made salmon patties, baked potatoes & tossed salad for dinner – husband is feeling better after his oral surgery and was able to eat the patties & potatoes – that’s good!

Made a bunch of phone calls today attempting to get appointments set up, like with the scrap metal company we’re hoping will buy youngest son’s now wrecked car (they’re not open until Monday). Out of 4 phone calls, only one place was open – guess lots of places are taking the LONG holiday weekend.

How are your gas prices doing? Ours were down to $3.33/9, think it was Tuesday, and I was thinking I’d wait one more day . . . dumb idea; now they’re up to $3.59/9. I DO have a coupon for 30 cents off per gallon at Speedway, so am going to use that one tomorrow, as I’m down to a quarter tank. With the coupon, that will take it down to a price I’m more willing to pay!

Knitting: Almost done with scarf – tried it on myself today and it fits me just fine BUT the person I’m making it for is a larger/taller lady, so I’m going to go with my initial idea of knitting another half-skein just to be sure. I’m not sure if this is the longest-running knit project I’ve ever done, but if it isn’t, it sure is a good contender! I’ve been working on this for over a month now (sorry for complaining).  Will show you a photo as soon as it’s done – promise!


Chocolate Cream Cheese Pudding Dessert



1/2 C. finely chopped pecans

1 C. flour

3/4 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. butter, softened

dash salt


Cream Cheese Layer:

12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 pkgs), softened

1 1/2 C. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

dash salt

1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed


Pudding layer:

1 (6 oz) box chocolate instant pudding mix

3 C. cold milk


Cream layer:

3-4 C. Cool Whip, thawed


Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Place 1 C. flour, 3/4 C. brown sugar, 1/2 C.

softened butter & chopped in medium-sized

mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender or fork,

mix ingredients together. (there should still

be clumps of butter throughout the mix-it

should look like coarse crumbs). Spray a

9 X 13 baking pan with nonstick spray then

sprinkle mixture in, pressing gently down

with fingers. Bake 10 minutes or until

crust is golden brown. Remove from oven &

let cool 5 minutes. While it is still warm,

using a spatula break the crust into pieces

then press back down with spatula & let

cool completely. In medium bowl, place

pudding mix & 3 C. cold milk; beat with

elec. mixer until thick. In another medium-

sized bowl, place cream cheese, powdered

sugar, vanilla & dash of salt; beat using elec.

mixer, until well combined & smooth. Add

1 1/2 C. thawed Cool Whip to mixture & beat

until well combined. Carefully spoon cream

cheese layer onto cooled crust. Using a knife,

gently spread over crust. Cover cream cheese

layer with pudding, spreading to make even.

Place 4 C. thawed Cool Whip on top of

pudding layer & smooth out. Cover pan with

plastic wrap & let chill at least 1 hour.

Makes 15 servings.


NOTE: I have had this dessert and it is absolutely

‘to die for’ good!


(recipe: Jamiecooksitup!)



3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 ct)

60 pepperoni slices (2 per biscuit)

Block of cheese (Colby/Monterey Jack or Chedder)

1 beaten egg

Parmesan Cheese

Italian Seasoning

Garlic Powder

1 jar pizza sauce

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

Slice cheese into approx. 28 squares. Flatten each

biscuit;stack pepperoni & cheese on top in center

of each biscuit. Gather edges of biscuit & twist to

securel. Line rolls in greased 9×13 pan Brush with

beaten egg. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, Italian

seasoning and garlic powder. Bake 18 to 20 mins.

Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.
(recipe: Facebook)

Crockpot Citrus Chicken


2 very ripe lemons

1 orange

2 T. soy sauce

1/4 C. cornstarch

2 chicken bouillon cubes

3 C. water

2 T. curry powder

1 pinch salt

1/4 C. sugar

1 egg, well-beaten

1 lb. chicken tenderloins (frozen)

3 carrots, shredded



1 head cabbage, shredded & pan fried

with butter

cooked rice or noodles

Squeeze juice out of lemons & orange

into crockpot (removing any seeds). Add egg,

soy sauce, curry powder, bouillon cubes, sugar,

salt & cornstarch into water. Add chicken. Shred

carrots directly into crockpot. Cook on High

3 hours. Serve over suggested fried cabbage &

rice or noodles. Serves 4-6


(recipe: Theresa – justapinch.com)


Spinach & Dill Spread/Dip

1 (6 oz) bag Fresh Baby Spinach
8 oz cream cheese

4 oz  Feta, crumbled

2 Cloves Garlic, mined

3 Green Onions, chopped

1 T.Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 T. Fresh Dill (more if you like)

1 T. Fresh Lemon Juice

In sauce pan, heat olive oil on medium
heat, add garlic, green onion and spinach.
Cook, stirring spinach continuously for
approximately 5minutes until done.
Remove from pan, drain any excess liquid.
Chop spinach and place in large mixing bowl.
Add remaining ingredients; mix until blended well. Place in fridge and allow to chill for a few hours
Enjoy with your favorite crackers, breads, bagels and veggies!




2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/2 onion – chopped
1 (12 oz) bag frozen broccoli – defrosted
3/4 C. panko breadcrumbs
1/2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese
1/3 C. Parmesan cheese
2 eggs – beaten

Preheat oven 400 degrees F..
Lightly grease a baking sheet lined with
aluminum foil. Heat  oil in a small pan over
medium heat, add in the garlic and onions.
Season with salt/pepper to taste. Saute until
onions are garlic are tender, set aside to cool.
Add broccoli to a kitchen towel. Wrap towel around
broccoli and squeeze out the extra moisture. Pour
the drained broccoli into a large bowl, add
onion and garlic and mix gently. To the same bowl,
add the panko, cheeses, eggs, and salt/pepper to taste.
Mix together & form into patties, place on prepared

baking sheet.Bake  15 minutes. Flip and bake for

another 15 minutes or
until browned and crispy.

(recipe: Facebook)

Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad

2 C. cooked corn, fresh or frozen
1 avocado, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 C. finely diced red onion

2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. grated lime zest
1 T. fresh lime juice
1/4 C. chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Combine corn, avocado, tomatoes &
onion in large glass bowl. Mix together
dressing ingredients in another
bowl; pour dressing over salad &
gently toss to mix. Serves 4-6

(recipe: Paula Dean-Food Network)

Chicken Wings in Peanut Sauce

24 disjointed chicken wings, tips discarded
garlic salt
onion salt
freshly ground black pepper

Peanut Sauce:

1/4 C. peach preserves
1/4 C. whipping cream
1/4 C. peanut butter
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Preheat broiler. Sprinkle wings with garlic &
onion salts & pepper. Place on rack; broil
4-6 inches from heat until crisp & brown. Serve
hot or at room temperature.
Sauce: Combine all ingredients in food
processor; process and serve at room temp.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Buttermilk Biscuits
Trisha Yearwood

4 T. vegetable shortening (Crisco)
2 C. self-rising flour
3/4 C. buttermilk, well-shaken

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Lightly grease baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Using pastry blender or 2 table knives, cut shortening
into flour until it resembles coarse meal. Use a fork to
stir in buttermilk to make a soft dough or until dough
comes together & leaves sides of bowl. Continue
stirring with fork until all flour is worked into the
dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work
surface; knead 3-4 times until smooth & manageable.
Using your hands or floured rolling pin, flatten dough
to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch floured
biscuit cutter. Reroll dough for more biscuits, if
necessary. Place biscuit rounds on the baking sheet
1 inch apart for crisp biscuits or almost touching
for softer biscuits. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until
lightly browned. Makes 12 servings.

(recipe: BH & G magazine, July, 2013

Well, it’s almost time for me to drive over & pick up youngest son from his work – yep, “Taxi Driver Mom” has now resumed.

Hope you’re enjoying your holiday/week-end!




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  1. Just remember like the old saying –A woman’s work is never done–that goes for a mother too. Have a great week!

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