Nice and quiet – for now . . .


Any minute now my nice, quiet day will begin to be very noisy; our roofing company is due here today to put up the new gutters & siding – YAY! I don’t envy them working in the cold (33 degrees F.) or having to battle all the snow on the roof (we’ve had a good amount), but it will be nice to finally have our roof area finished! Now I’m wondering how many days it will take them to complete the job. I am VERY impressed with this company: HANSON’S, they keep us updated by phone on when their men will be out, about how long it will take them and their crews clean up the work area every day – very efficient!

So – how was your holiday? We had a very nice family time Christmas evening; just our boys and oldest son’s girlfriend & our grandson. I have been down with a viral ‘bug’ for a good 5 days – heavy coughing, sore throat, very little sleep, 103.3 fever one night – no fun, for sure. I kept thinking to myself (and praying): will I EVER have the energy to cook Christmas dinner? Husband was very helpful and we managed to get out a very nice dinner. I’m starting to feel a little better each day now; last night I actually slept through the entire night without waking up coughing! When I posted a small blurb on Facebook about being sick, another friend from high school wrote that she had the very same bug  – she ended up seeing the doctor who gave her some cough syrup, but even that didn’t help. (I tried cough syrup, cough drops, Chloraseptic throat spray – nothing helped for very long). Don’t know what it was but I’m glad it’s on the ‘going away’ part!

We have been very blessed – in our area LOTS of families were without power for days; headlines on today’s paper say 6,800 people are STILL without power! With our very cold temperatures and snow, I don’t even want to think how that would feel. We went through that many, many years ago when our area was hit with a very nasty ice storm. That was back when our oldest son was little; we had a kerosene heater and gas-log fireplace, so we roughed it. We were very fortunate, also, to have a gas water heater, so we had hot water for showers; let me tell you – showering in a freezing cold bathroom, stepping out into that – WooHoo! That will raise your eyebrows, for sure! Looking at the weather forecast for the next few days, looks like we’re in for some really cold temps Monday & Tuesday: 14 degrees & 13 degrees – and that’s the HIGHS! Ah, winter in Michigan – don’t ya just love it!?


Coffeecake Muffins

1 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 T. (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 C. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix together dry muffin ingredients, then
make a well in the center. Beat butter, sugar
& egg together well. Mix in milk & vanilla;
pour into well. Stir just to moisten. Spoon
part of batter into greased muffin tins 1/3 rd
full. Sprinkle topping mix over top, then top
with remaining batter, filling 2/3 rds full.
Bake 20-25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Irish Nachos

5 potatoes, sliced thick with skin on
5 slices bacon
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
4 pickled jalapenos, sliced (jar)
1/4 sweet onion, chopped
1 1/2 T. seasoned salt
3/4 C. corned beef, cooked & chopped
vegetable oil (for frying)

sour cream
sliced green onions
chopped tomatoes
additional jalapenos

Fry potato slices in oil until golden &
tender; drain on paper towels; sprinkle
with seasoned salt. Cook bacon until
crispy, remove & set aside. Add onion
to bacon drippings; cook until tranparent
& tender. Layer potatoes on bottom of
a 8″ or 10″ cast iron skillet; add corned
beef, crumbled bacon, onion, shredded
cheese & jalapenos, in that order. Place
under broiler 10-15 minutes or until
hot. Serves 4-6


Cheesy Pork Chop Casserole

4 potatoes, peeled & sliced
4 thick-cut boneless pork chops
1 (10.75 oz) can Cheddar Cheese soup
1 (10.5 oz) can French Onion soup
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Monterey Jack

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line bottom of a 9 X 13 pan with sliced
potatoes. Arrange pork chops on top. In
small bowl, stir together soups & pour
over chops. Cover pan with aluminum
foil & cook 1 hour or until internal
temperature of pork chops reaches 145
degrees F. Sprinkle chops with cheese,
then serve. Serves 4

(recipe: Mary Free – Marys Recipe

Slowcooker Peach Cobbler

4 C. fresh or frozen sliced peeled peaches
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1/2 C. sugar
1 C. milk
(ice cream or whipped cream)

Spray insides of 6 qt. crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl,
gently toss peaches & 1/4 C. sugar;
pour into crockpot. In medium bowl
gently beat Bisquick, 1/2 C. sugar &
milk with whisk until blended. Pour
over peaches. Cover & cook on Low
3 hours or until cobbler is set in
center. Serve with ice cream or whipped
cream. Makes 8 servings.
(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Chicken Dijon

6 whole chicken breasts, skinless/
boneless & halved
1/2 C. fine bread crumbs
salt & pepper, to taste
1/3 C. plain yogurt
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. dried thyme, crumbled
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease 1-2 large baking
sheets. Sprinkle chicken lightly with
salt & pepper. Stir together yogurt &
mustard in small bowl; spread
mixture on bottom sides of chicken.
Place on baking sheets, coated sides
down, leaving space between pieces.
Spread mixture over tops. Combine
bread crumbs, thyme, 1/2 tsp. salt &
1/4 tsp. pepper; sprinkle over chicken.
Bake 30-35 minutes until golden-brown &
no longer pink in centers.
(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Butter Tart Squares


1 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter (room temp, NOT melted)


2 T. butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1 C. raisins (optional)
1 C. chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine flour & sugar;
cut in butter until crumbly. Press
into 9 X i greased pan. Bake 15

In a separate bowl, mix butter &
eggs; blend in sugar, flour, baking
powder, vanilla & salt. Stir in
raisins & pecans, if using. Pour
this over baked base. Bake 20-25
minutes, or until top springs back
when touched lightly. Let cool on
wire rack before cutting into squares.
Makes 12-18 servings.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe

Well, that’s all that’s going on around here lately; hope you all had a very lovely Christmas holiday, with friends/family/loved ones. Enjoy this brief time between the activities of Christmas and the excitement of the upcoming New Year. Try to stay in good health if at all possible. Remember to take a little time for yourself; relax, maybe enjoy a little nap or a nice hot cup of something – cocoa, coffee, tea – and try to smile a little. It helps keep our face muscles in tone! (hehehe)




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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Ahhh that sounds good

  2. Had to catch up !!!

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