To begin this ‘tale of woe’ I should preface – my husband likes to go to bed VERY LATE! We’re talking 3 a.m. – ? ; last night (for whatever reason – might have been the cup of coffee I drank around 11 p.m.), I also stayed up late. I gave up and tried going to sleep around 3 (3: 30 clock chime heard, 4 a.m. – must have fallen asleep around 4 something). I’m awakened at ??? time by husband who informs me we have NO WATER! (He usually fills the two containers for the humidifier just before he goes to bed, so I’m guessing that’s how he discovered this predicament). I hear him on the phone to the Water Department asking questions (the water treatment plant is just across the road from our house) – I fell back asleep. Next thing I hear husband telling me we need to move a bunch of ‘stuff’ in the basement, there’s a man coming to check it out – mid-sentence he corrects himself with: “Oh, he’s here!” Our basement is NO MAN’S LAND – there’s stuff there from 25-30 years ago stacked up. Our house is pretty old – who ever designed it put the water shut off valve in a tiny little ‘under the front steps’ cubbyhole – we don’t go in there, in fact it was totally barricaded with ‘stuff’ – husband had quite the time getting TO that, let alone moving it all out of the way to get into that little ‘room’. Probably 10 or so minutes later I hear husband saying: “The pipes are frozen under the steps.” Oh- JOY! (I’m wondering, in my sleep-induced coma, just what he wants ME to do about it! I fall back to sleep.) In the realm of our OLD house, not only did they build that silly little room, they put a HOLE (about 4 inches across) in the top step of the front steps – I have no idea why. Over the years we’ve always just put a large planter over it (it’s sort of to the side of the middle of the steps). Apparently, when the roofers were here, they moved the planter, allowing all that lovely FROZEN cold air/snow/water to go right down onto the water pipe & shut off valve! Husband ended up putting up some sort of styrofoam plug for the hole and using a hair dryer to heat up the pipes so that the water flowed again. Yes, we now have water! It’s 11:30 a.m. and husband is sleeping – I’m not going to be the one to make any noise and wake him up – he’s had a really ROUGH late night, for sure! (I was going to begin baking cookies, but that would make too much noise).  Ya know- sometimes life just doesn’t give you a break! THANK HEAVENS it wasn’t BURST water pipes! I just have to remember, there’s ALWAYS room to give the Lord thanks for even the little things – for, in the end, they’re ALL little things!

I suppose I should add that last night it was REALLY cold – I drove to special needs group in 11 degrees – really chilly. Came home in 9 degrees and I’m sure it just got colder-no more snow, but really frigid. It’s sunny out now and 16 degrees; glad I don’t (that I know of) have anywhere to go/drive today. Oh – wait! I DO have to walk the 3 Christmas breads over to the neighbors (I procrastinated yesterday and they’re sitting on the dining room table ‘glaring’ at me: “Hey! YOU! Take us to our new owners!” (Don’t know about you, but if I don’t do something when I know I should, inanimate objects begin talking/reminding me! (Yep, I’m certifiably nuts! Just ask my friends!)


Spiced Applesauce Bread

1  1/2 C. applesauce
1 stick or 1/2 C. or 8 T. butter or margarine,
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 C. buttermilk (could use regular milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. craisins (dried cranberries) -could use raisins
and can add more if wanted
1/2 –  1 C. chopped nuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and brown sugar.  Add eggs,
buttermilk, vanilla and applesauce; mix with mixer.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon,
nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt in a bowl. Mix well with
wire whisk and add to liquid ingredients mixing together
with mixer. Fold in craisins and nuts with a spoon.  Pour
batter into a 9 x 5 bread pan that has been sprayed with
cooking spray.  (I sprinkle a little brown sugar and a few nuts
on top just to give it a little crunch). Bake 55-60 minutes
checking for doneness as ovens vary. Let cool about 10 minutes
before removing from pan.  Makes 1 loaf.
NOTE: You can also make this recipe into smaller loaves – remember
smaller loaves cook about 10 minutes less than the big ones.

(recipe: Facebook)

Raspberry Whip Cake

1 angel food cake, cut into 1″
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. sour cream
1 C. powdered sugar
1 pint red raspberries, well
drained (fresh or frozen)

In medium bowl mix Cool Whip, sour
cream & powdered sugar. Carefully
fold in raspberries; set aside. Place all
angel food cake pieces in bottom of
9 X 13 pan; pour raspberry mixture
over cake & spread evenly over cake.
Cover & refrigerate 1 hour.

(recipe: Facebook)

Reuben Crescent Bake

2 tubes (8 oz ea) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 lb. sliced Swiss cheese
1-1/4 lb. sliced deli corned beef
1 (14 oz)
can sauerkraut, rinsed & well drained
2/3 C. Thousand Island salad dressing
1 egg white, lightly beaten
3 tsp. caraway seeds

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Unroll one tube of crescent dough into one
long rectangle; seal seams and perforations.
Press onto the bottom of a greased 9X13 baking
dish. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Layer with half  cheese and all corned beef.
Combine sauerkraut and salad dressing; spread
over beef. Top with remaining cheese. On a
lightly floured surface, press or roll second
tube of crescent dough into a 13-in. x 9-in.
rectangle, sealing seams and perforations.
Place over cheese. Brush with egg white;
sprinkle with caraway seeds. Bake for 12-16
minutes or until heated through and crust is
golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before
cutting. Yield: 8 servings. Source
(recipe:  Taste of Home)

Jell-O Cookies!
(made using dry jello!)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. butter, softened
1 C. granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1 (3 oz) pkg. jello (your choice of
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 T. powdered sugar
Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl
using elec. mixer, until blended.
Mix flour, dry jello & baking soda;
gradually add cream cheese mixture,
mixing well after each addition.
Refrigerate 30 minutes

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Roll dough into 60 (1 inch)
balls; place 2 inches apart,
on greased cookie sheets. Bake
9-11 minutes or until edges are
lightly browned. Cool on sheets
2 minutes, remove to wire racks
to cool. Sprinkle with powdered
sugar just before serving.

Makes 30 cookies

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Stuffed Alfredo Chicken

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
8 oz. ground milk Italian pork sausage
1 ( 1.25 oz) envelope Alfredo sauce mix
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach,
thawed & drained
1/2 C. Ricotta cheese
2 plum tomatoes, diced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place chicken between 2 sheets heavy-duty
plastic wrap & flatten to 1/4 inch thickness
using a meat mallet or rolling pin; set aside.
Cook sausage in large skillet over medium-
high heat 10 minutes or until it crumbles &
is no longer pink; drain & set aside.
Prepare Alfredo sauce accordg to pkg.
directions; set aside. Combine shredded
Mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses. Stir together
sausage, spinach, Ricotta & 1/2 C. Mozzarella/
Parm. cheese mixture. Spoon mixture evenly
down center of each chicken breast; roll up &
secure with wooden toothpicks. Place, seam-
side down, in lightly greased 2 qt. baking dish.
Pour prepared Alfredo sauce over chicken &
sprinkle evenly with remaining cheese mixture.
Bake 50 minutes – 1 hour or until chicken is
done. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut chicken rolls
into slices; serve with sauce then sprinkle
tops with diced tomatoes before serving.
Serves 4.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Crisp Cucumber Salsa

2 C. finely chopped, seeded & peeled cucumber 
1/2 C. finely chopped seeded tomato
1/4 C. chopped red onion
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & chopped
4 1/2 tsp. minced fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 C. sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
(baked tortilla chip scoops)
In small bowl, combine first 7 ingredients. In
another bowl, combine sour cream, lemon & 
lime juices, cumin & seasoned salt; pour over
cucumber mixture; toss gently to coat. Serve
immediately with chips. Makes 2 1/2 C.

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Savory Bacon Cheddar Cheese Scones
(overnight recipe)

3 slices bacon, diced, cooked & drained
1/2 C. grated Cheddar cheese
1 T. chopped fresh chives
1 stick salted butter
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
2 C. flour
1/4 C. milk

In food processor, process butter,
(cut in pieces) salt, sugar, baking
powder & flour. Pulse until mixture
is coarsley combined. In mixing
bowl, place bacon, cheese, chives &
flour mixture. Combine well & add
milk a little at a time until mixture
is stiff. Knead a few times & form
into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap &
refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake,
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Roll out scone mixture into a round
cylinder shape, about 1/2 inch
thick. Place on greased baking
sheet. Cut round into wedges. Pull
each wedge back so that there is
a 1/2 inch space between wedges.
Brush scones with melted butter &
bake 20 minutes. Remove from
oven & baste with additional melted
butter. Serves 6


Bubble Pizza – 3 Ingredients

3 cans refrigerated biscuits
1 (16 oz) jar spaghetti or pizza sauce
8 oz. shredded cheese (your choice)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut biscuits into quarters. Toss
biscuits into sauce & pour into
9 X 13 baking dish. Bake 20
minutes. Check for doneness by
inserting a knife into biscuit to be
sure center is cooked. Add cheese&
return to oven until cheese melts.

(recipe: Mary Free-Marys Recipe
Cabbage Roll Casserole

1 large head cabbage
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 C. cooked, instant or Minute rice

2 (26 oz, ea) jars tomato sauce
salt & pepper
onion & garlic powders

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Chop cabbage into bite-sized chunks. In large
frying pan or Dutch oven, add enough butter to
cover bottom and a little extra. Fry cabbage
until tender, but not mushy. When done, place
in large bowl; set aside. Using same frying
pan, cook ground beef; drain grease. In a sauce-
pan, cook the rice. Mix meat & rice together,
adding salt, pepper, onion & garlic powders,
to taste. Add some of the tomato sauce to
moisten the mixture. Cover bottom of a 9 X 13
baking dish with about 1/4 of tomato sauce, then
layer cabbage, meat and rice mixxture, sauce,
repeat until pan is full. Bake 45 min – 1 hour.
Serves 6

(recipe: Peg – Marys Recipe Exchange)

Honey-Roasted Red Potatoes

1 lb. red potatoes, quartered
2 T. diced onion
2 T. butter, melted
1 T. honey (or more, as desired)
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lightly coat an 11 X 7 inch baking dish
with nonstick spray. Place potatoes in a
single layer in prepared dish & top
with onion. In small bowl, combine
melted butter, honey, mustard, salt &
pepper; drizzle over potatoes & onion.
Bake 35 minutes or until tender, stirring
halfway through cooking time.


Sunday Chicken Supper

4 medium carrots, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery rib, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 C. fresh green beans (2 inch pieces)
5 small red potatoes, quartered
1 (3 lb) broiler/fryer chicken, cut up
4 bacon strips, cooked & crumbled
1 1/2 C. hot water
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1 pinch pepper

In a 5 qt. crockpot, layer first 7 ingredients in
order listed. In a bowl, combine remaining
ingredients; pour over items in crockpot.
Do NOT stir. Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours
or until vegetables are tender & chicken juices
run clear. Remove chicken & vegetables.
Thicken juices for gravy, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: Pilgrims Pride)

Well, there ya have it – life in the FAST lane at our house! I guess the guys REALLY liked the chili – it’s all gone! (I was hoping for at least one more meal of it, but looks like now I have to figure out something for tonight.) I know there’s chicken breasts, pork roasts, fish, beef cube steaks, and more in the freezer – I might cook the cube steaks in beef mushroom gravy and have baked potatoes and some veggy – we’ll see.

Hope you are staying warm, enjoying the many ‘fun’ things about this season: the Christmas decorations, the music, the little ‘extras’ that make up the many days before we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Enjoy your day!




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