Addendum to Truck troubles

Got the call back from the repair place and the truck IS fixable! YAY! Thank you, Lord! Husband is also having them do a few other ‘fix ups’ on it – that will be middle son’s Christmas present. SO GLAD it’s repairable! (he’s also VERY glad). After we told him the good news he said that now he’s going to start saving up for snow tires – good idea; we live in Michigan – land of ice & snow for winter.

A great friend of mine (Momma/Mary – on my blog list) sent me photos of my husband & I at the Michigan Bell Telephone Co. All Operators luncheon Saturday – while she was taking the photo I said: “Don’t you want a photo of us posing? You just took me talking!” She just laughed and kept on going; I guess it’s fitting, since my job consisted of ALL TALKING!

pam red lobster

(my other friend, Paula, on the left, was eating at the time)

Earl red lobster

My husband & another friend, Barb)


Since I didn’t post any recipes earlier today, I’ll add a few here (I KNOW you all need MORE recipes, right? . . . grin)


Slow-Cooked or Oven
Bacon Cheese Potatoes

1/4 lb. bacon, diced
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 lb. Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
salt & pepper
green onions, chopped (optional)

For oven method:
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray.
Layer half of potatoes, bacon, onions &
cheese. Season to taste & dot with butter;
repeat layers. Cover with foil & bake 1 hour.

For Crockpot method:
Line crockpot with aluminum foil, leaving
enough to cover the potatoes when finished.
Layer half each of bacon, onions, potatoes &
cheese. Season to taste, dot with butter. Repeat
layers, dot with butter. Cover with remaining
foil. Place lid on crockpot; cook on Low 10-12

(recipe: Facebook)

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake
(a layered sandwich – baked)

NOTE: I’ll tell you what: the photo of these on Facebook was enough to make me want to dive through the screen at grab/eat them! They looked really yummy! Looks like a great party offering.

1 (8 oz) pkg. refrigerated crescent
1 lb. pkg. smoked turkey lunch meat
8 slices cooked bacon
8 slices Swiss cheese
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
4 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Unroll crescent dough; separate into
2 squares. Place one square in bottom of
greased 8″ pan; press dough to fit pan.
Layer with half turkey, bacon, cheese &
tomatoes. Pour half of beaten eggs over
top; repeat layers. Top with remaining
dough square. Pour remaining eggs over
top & bake 20 minutes, covered with foil.
Remove foil & bake another 20-25 minutes.
Let sit at room temp. 15-20 minutes before

(recipe: Facebook)

Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ cinnamon-
cream cheese frosting

1 (2 layer) pkg. spice cake mix
1 C. sour cream
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1/4 C. oil
3 eggs
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz) pkg. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat first 5 ingredients with elec. mixer
until blended. Spoon into 24 paper-lined
muffin cups. Bake 20-22 minutes or until
toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from
pans & cool completely. Beat cream cheese,
butter & vanilla in large bowl with elec. mixer
until blended. Gradually beat in sugar; blend
in cinnamon & spread over cupcakes. Makes
24 cupcakes. Store cupcakes in refrigerator

(recipe: Kraft Foods)

Southwest Cornbread Layered Salad

1 (1 oz) pkg. ranch dressing mix
1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. sour cream
1 (8 oz) pkg. cornbread mix, PREPARED
2 (15 oz, ea) cans whole kernel corn, drained
2 (15 oz, ea) cans red kidney beans, rinsed/drained
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
1 (8 oz) pkg. Cheddar cheese, shredded
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Prepare 8″ pan of cornbread accordg to pkg.
directions. When cooked & cooled, cut into
large cubes & toast in 375 degree oven for
10 minutes; remove from oven & cool. Set
aside & prepared dressing using first 3
ingredients. Using 1/2 of cornbread, break into
smaller chunks & place in large glass serving dish.
(preferably a trifle dish, if you have one) Begin layering half of ingredients (except cheese, bacon & dressing) in order & repeat, beginning again with remaining corn bread. Spread top layer with dressing & top with cheese & bacon. Garnish with green onion tops, chopped.
Refrigerate until serving time.

(recipe: Facebook)

Zesty Beef & Vegetable Soup

1 lb ground beef
1/2 c chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 c pre-shredded coleslaw mix
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen whole kernel corn
1 (9 oz) pkg frozen cut green beans
4 c hot-style vegetable juice
1 (14 1/2 oz) can Italian-style stewed
tomatoes (do not drain)
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/4 tsp pepper

In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion
& garlic till meat is brown and onion is tender.
Drain off fat. In a 3 1/2, 4 or 5 quart crockpot
combine meat mixture, coleslaw mix, frozen corn, frozen beans, vegetable juice, undrained tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, basil and pepper.  Cover; cook on low heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high heat setting for 4-5 hours. Makes 6 servings.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Bunch of asparagus, trimmed
1 stick butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 T. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Divide asparagus into bundles of
3-4 spears. Wrap each bundle in
1 slice bacon. In a saucepan, melt
butter, brown sugar, soy sauce,
garlic salt & black pepper; bring
to a boil. Place bundles in a 9 X
13 baking pan.Pour boiled mixture
over bundles & bake until bacon
looks done.

Note: You could also place them on
the grill.

(recipe: Facebook)

Easy Maple Squares

3 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 C. cooking oil
3/4 C. chocolate chips
1 C. maple syrup
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix ingredients in order given.
Pour into greased 9 X 13 baking
pan. Bake 30 minutes – do not

(recipe: Rhonda G-Mary’s Recipe Exchange)

I had our grandson today for five hours – we had a great time doing various activities; stopped at Gordon Food Service (where middle son used to work) – it’s a great food/paper supplies store for restaurants AND the individual families. While in line he spotted Caramel Apples rolled in nuts – I bought them (of course). Turns out he tells me it’s the first time he’s ever had one! (he’s 7!) I’m happily chowing down on mine (I like to cut them up with a sharp knife – makes eating them easier); he announces they’re OK but he just wanted to eat the nuts off of it! (sigh . . . kids!).

Hope you’re having a great day – stay warm, maybe have a cup of something hot (coffee/tea/cocoa?), relax a bit – put your feet up, maybe stop for a wee nap – in other words: ENJOY YOURSELF! (that’s an order!)




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  1. Good news on the truck. I do have my coffee, am relaxing now, and am ready to hit the tick as the old folks say!!!!!

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