Another Rollercoaster Day! WHEW!


Where do I begin? First thing: drive youngest to work (done); then stop at Gordon Foods for chips & sour cream – what do I discover in the freezer section? Big boxes of Christmas Tree Frosted (with sprinkles) donuts – FIFTEEN for $1.00!!! Time for an Executive Decision – I bought 4 boxes – they will be snacks for next Wednesday’s special needs group! (Spoke with a friend who works there – he said they’ve been frozen, so they will still be fresh when defrosted – said the ‘corporates’ ship in big orders and expect the stores to sell that many (I mentioned I wondered WHY they had so many boxes of Christmas candy all marked down). Oh well – their loss, my gain! Next stop: KMart to see if they had any winter GLOVES for sale! (Meijer was all sold out!). Managed to find 1 nice, sturdy pair plus a hat and ear warmer – it never fails: when we have a big snow storm, the boys can NEVER find their gloves or hats! (another ‘their loss, my gain’ – got all the items at 50% off!). Came home-husband informed me youngest’s truck was ready to be picked up (if you read the previous blog, I wrote his truck wouldn’t stay ‘started’ – turns out it was his fuel pump.). Got the truck, dropped it off at his work, husband tracked down son (at work) and gave him the key. I suggested we stop and get air in my van’s tires (‘low tire’ light’s been on for about a week) – did that. Husband drove home and managed to get my van stuck in the driveway . . . again. (Night before youngest son, driving my van, took THREE tries, going around the block each time, to get a good enough approach to get UP the driveway and INTO my parking space WITHOUT getting stuck!). While husband was contemplating the stuck van, I mildly suggested we call the man a friend recommended who plows snow. AMAZINGLY – he agreed! YAY!!! Our drive was nasty enough, but our temperatures today were up to 34 degrees, enough to turn lots of the snow to MUSH – very slippery stuff! The man came right away and did a great job – now we can get in & out just fine! (for now – expecting maybe more snow OR RAIN in the next few days, followed by lower temperatures AGAIN – ah, Michigan winters, don’t ya just love ’em?) Like I said – crazy day! No sooner than we got in the house after the plowing than middle son called to say his (very light Honda car) was stuck on the side street – husband grabbed a shovel and got him free. I made a BIG vat of cocoa for them – complete with little marshmallows AND Reddi-Whip creme on top!

While they were enjoying their cocoa, I finally got the last of the Christmas decorations off the tree and the manger scene boxed up – maybe tomorrow I’ll muster the energy to lug it all back upstairs. (still have to dis-assemble the tree -sigh).

I tell ya – it’s the stuff that drives ya crazy that MUST also be the stuff that makes ya stronger – right? That BETTER be the case, cause we SURE have had some CRAZY stuff going on here lately!


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)

Apple-Stuffed Chicken Breast

2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 C. chopped apple*
2 T. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 T. Italian-style dried bread crumbs
1 T. butter or margarine
1/4 C. dry white wine**
1/4 C. water
1 T. water
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 T. chopped fresh parsley, garnish

Combine apple, cheese & bread crumbs; set
aside. Flatten chicken breasts between two
sheets of waxed paper to 1/4 inch thickness.
Divide apple mixture between chicken breasts
& roll up each breast – secure with toothpicks.
Melt butter or margarine in a 7 inch skillet
over medium heat. Brown stuffed chicken
breasts. Add wine & 1/4 C. water. Cover &
simmer 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no
longer pink. Transfer chicken to a serving
platter. Combine 1 T. water & cornstarch; stir
into juices in pan. Cook & stir until thickened.
Pour gravy over chicken & garnish with
parsley, if desired. Serves 4.

*Any kind of apple: Golden Delicious, Granny
Smith, Pippen, Rome, or Winesap

**if you do not wish to use wine, substitute
the same amount of water

(recipe: Pilgrims Pride)

Braised Pork Chops

1 tsp. rubbed sage
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
4 boneless or bone-in pork loin chops
(4 oz each)
1 T. butter or margarine
1 T. olive oil
3/4 C. dry white wine OR apple juice, divided
1 T. minced fresh parsley

Combine sage, rosemary, garlic, salt & pepper;
rub over both sides of pork chops. In large
nonstick skillet, brown chops on both sides in
butter & oil; remove & keep warm. Add 1/2
C. wine or juice to skillet; bring to a boil. Return
chops to pan; reduce heat, cover & simmer 8-10
minutes or until meat juices run clear, basting
occasionally. Remove chops to serving platter &
keep warm. Add remaining wine or juice to skillet.
Bring to boil, loosening any browned bits from pan.
Cook, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 1/2 C.
Pour over pork chops; sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 4


Crockpot Chunky Chicken Chili

1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 1/2 C. thick & chunky salsa
1 (15 oz) can no salt added tomato sauce
2 T. chili powder
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut
into bite-sized pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 C. frozen corn
1 C. Mexican-style finely shredded Four Cheese

Combine beans, salsa, tomato sauce & chili powder
in crockpot. To with chicken, onions & corn (DO
not stir). Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
4-5 hours; stir. Serve topped with cheese.
Makes 8 (1 Cup) servings.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Wanted to add more recipes, but for some reason my ‘spacing’ is all out of whack – huge gaps between lines – go figure! Oh well, know I have LOTS more  recipes for ya!

Hope you are all having a GOOD day; try to relax a little and enjoy your time – even a cup of cocoa helps on days like this!




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