AFTER the BIG Snow . . .

000_0009Our back yard – note the height of the snow on top of the birdfeeder on the left – even the icicles (one top left) are opaque due to the really cold temperatures!


Our driveway TODAY!

Just found out our area got 13.5 inces of snow yesterday!

We, as a family, set out to shovel out the driveway – BIG job! I was astonished at just how DEEP the snow was! Yes, it was light & fluffy, but STILL – there’s a TON of snow out there! We ended up sort of clearing the driveway enough to get my husband’s Jeep out – it’s the only vehicle that could tackle that much snow – my van still looks like the above photo – we’ll get that at another time. You can see in the above photo that there ARE some vehicles moving up &  down our road (remember, I live on a MAIN Michigan road – speed: 45 MPH – even then, they were moving pretty slow.) If you compare it to yesterday’s photo (below) you’ll see there was NO traffic due to the snow.


Yesterday (Sunday)

Still not sure exactly how much snow we got, but I know they had predicted 6-12 inches and I’d guess we were pretty close to at least 10.

Husband asked me to take a photo of him wearing his ‘special’ scarf that was crocheted for him MANY years ago by our dear friend: Mary/Momma (on her blog)


He had just come in from shoveling – this scarf has been lovingly brought out EVERY year to be worn for shoveling – he wanted me to tell Mary THANK YOU, AGAIN! (See – you never know just how much a gift you give will be cherished!)


Cinnamon Roll Cake


3 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. butter, melted

Cinnamon Filling:
1 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. flour
1 T. cinnamon


2 C. powdered sugar
5 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large mixing bowl, place 3 C. flour,
1/4 tsp. salt, 1 C. sugar, 4 tsp. baking
powder, 2 eggs & 2 tsp. vanlila.
Pour in 1 1/2 C. milk; mix well. Add
1/2 C. melted butter; mix until
just combined. Spray 9 X 13 baking
pan with nonstick spray; spread
batter out evenly in pan.
To make filling:
In asmall bowl, combine 1 C.
softened butter, 1 C. brown sugar,
2 T. flour & 1 T. cinnamon. Mix well
and drop by spoonfuls onto cake
batter. Use a butter knife to drag
filling through cake batter making
a marble effect. Bake 35-40
minutes or until a knife inserted into
center comes out clean.
In small mixing bowl whisk together 2 C.
powdered sugar, 5 t. milk & 1 tsp. vanilla.
Pour glaze over warm cinnamon cake.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Makes 12 generous slices.

Easy Beef Stroganoff


2 lb. beef stew meat
1 (4 oz) can mushrooms
1 (.87 oz) pkg. brown gravy mix
1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (1.25 oz) pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. corn starch
1 T. cold water
1 T. butter
2 T. sour cream
hot, cooked buttered egg noodles

Add meat to crockpot; drain mushrooms &
add to meat. In small mixing bowl, add brown
gravy mix, cream of mushroom soup & onion
soup mix. Add 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce; whisk
together to combine; pour over meat & mushrooms.
Cover & cook on Low 7 hours or High 4 hours.
When cooked: combine cornstarch & cold water in
small bowl. Pour mixture into crockpot; stir well,
making sure everything is combined. Cover with
lid; cook another 20 minutes or until sauce has
thickened. Add 1 T. butter & 2 T. sour cream; stir
to combine. Serve over cooked noodles. Serves 7

(recipe: jamiecooksitup!)

Spanish Chicken & Rice

2 T. flour
1 tsp. salt, divided
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 bone-in chicken breast halves
1 T. butter or margarine
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped green pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 (2.5 oz) jar sliced pimentos, drained
1/2 C. uncooked rice
1 1/4 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/8 tsp. chili powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, 1/2 tsp. salt & pepper in large,
resealable plastic bag. Add chicken & shake
until well coated. In skillet, brown chicken in
butter over medium heat. Remove chicken; set
aside & keep warm. In pan drippings, saute onion,
green pepper & garlic until tender. Add pimentos &
rice; reduce heat & cook 2 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Stir in broth, turmeric, chili powder &
remaining salt. Bring to boil. Pour into an ungreased
2 qt baking dish; top with chicken. Cover & bake
45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear & rice
is tender Serves 2

(recipe: Pilgrims Pride)

Creamy Chipotle Black Bean Chicken
for a meal OR a dip
2 chicken breasts, frozen or thawed
3 C. chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can Mexican stewed tomatoes, diced
or whole (if whole, cut up into small pieces)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. chipotle peppers & adobo sauce,
flour tortillas or corn chips

Place chicken breasts in large skillet; pour
Mex. stewed tomatoes over chicken. Pour
chicken broth into pan; over High heat, bring
to rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium-high;
cover with lid at an angle so that some of the
steam can escape. Cook until chicken is no
longer pink and cooked through; about 15-20
minutes, depending on thickness of chicken.
Remove chicken to plate; let set 5 minutes. Keep
juices in pan cooking at a simmer. Chop chicken
into small pieces & return to skillet. Add black
beans, corn & green chilies to skillet. Add cream
cheese, paprika & chipotle peppers & adobo sauce
to skillet; stir to mix & so that cream cheese can melt.
Continue to simmer on medium-high heat 10 minutes
to allow to heat through and sauce to thicken up a bit.
Stir occasionally. When ready, place heaping of
chicken filling in center of large flour tortilla and fold up
sides (OR) serve with tortilla chips as a dip. Makes 7


Chicken Pot Pie Soup

1/4 C. flour
2 C. water
4 C. milk
1 large celery stalk, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
8 oz. sliced baby portabella mushrooms
2 chicken boullion cubes
fresh ground pepper
pinch of thyme
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen mixed veg: (peas,
carrots, green beans, corn)
2 potatoes, peeled & cubed small
1 (16 oz) cooked chicken breast, diced

Mix 1/2 C. cold water with flour in medium
bowl; whisk until well blended; set aside. Pour
remaining water & milk into large pot; slowly
bring to boil. Add celery, onion, mushrooms,
bouillon, thyme, fresh pepper, frozen vegs;
return to boil. Partially cover & simmer on Low
until vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes.
Remove lid, add potatoes-cook until soft,
about 5 minutes. Add chicken; slowly whisk
in flour/water mixture, stirring as you add. Cook
another 2-3 minutes, until soup thickens, adjust
salt & pepper to taste. Makes 6 servings


Cherry Chocolate Cake

1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1/3 C. flour
1 1/2 C. water
1/2 C. oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can cherry pie filling
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chocolate chips
1 C. sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place cake mix, pudding mix & flour
in large bowl; stir to mix. Add eggs,
water, oil & almond; beat on Low
1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl, beat
on Medium speed 3-4 minutes until
batter is glossy & smooth. Spray
9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray; pour
batter in pan; spread around to even
the top. Bake 35-40 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Immediately after removing from
oven, poke holes all over cake using the
handle of a wooden spoon. Drizzle
sweetened cond. milk over top of cake,
making sure all holes are filled. Let cake
come to room temperature. While cake
cools, toast almonds in medium skillet
over medium heat, stirring frequently until
golden brown; set aside. Once cake cools,
spread pie filling on top then top with Cool
Whip. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips &
almonds. Cover & chill 1 hour before
serving. Makes 12 large servings.


Checking today's weather, right now it's 3 degrees F. with wind chills of -25 degrees F. (no wonder it was rough shoveling!). 30% chance of more snow (sure hope that doesn't pan out!). Hope you are all comfy, warm and in good health! I'm definitely NOT planning on going out OR shoveling any more today! I'm pretty worn out, and I didn't do that much. I mentioned to my husband the conversation we had LAST winter about saying we'd hire a snow plow company THIS winter, we're getting too old to be shoveling - well, you see where THAT went! (our direct neighbor said a friend a few streets over hired someone to just plow her out - with a very short driveway and they charged her $50 . . . not cool). Our driveway is very short, also - we'll see where this goes - sure don't want a repeat of today's shoveling if I can help it! Neighbor even offered to lend us her snow blower; husband ended up driving her to a job interview at Meijer (where youngest works - about 4 min away from here) because she couldn't get her garage door open because of all the mounded up snow. (HOPEFULLY husband will take her up on her offer and USE her snow blower! He can be stubborn when he wants to be . . . sigh).

Anyway, dear friends, take care - remember to watch yourself out there; if you start to feel dizzy/weak/racing heart while shoveling - GO INSIDE AND REST! YOU are MUCH more valuable than any snow you could move - trust me!!!




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5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. what a fab photo! Is summer here in Sydney so I just love looking at all these photos of snow & ice from cooler climes.

    • Glad YOU like them – if I could, I’d MAIL you all our snow! I’m getting pretty tired of know that it has to be shoveled! What’s YOUR temperatures there in Sydney?

      • I can’t tell you how wide-eyed my kids would be if the postie brought snow! Is cold today [20C-ish] but last week we had temps of abt 38C. Bleurg]

      • We’re finally digging out of all this snow – we ended up with 14.5 inches in TWO DAYS! Right now we’re in a ‘deep freeze’-temps below zero (kind of unusual for this time of year here in Michigan). I don’t mind winter, but when it’s really cold with lots of snow, it’s NOT my favorite time of year! Thanks for commenting! (I checked out YOUR blog – you sure can write DESSERT recipes!!! Keep them coming!)

  2. Tell Earl he is more than welcome. I feel kinda good that he does like it.

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