Out & About and Back Home SAFE!


After staying home a good three days due to the last snowfall, it was MORE than time to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! Our weather is typical Michigan for winter: it’s 13 degrees F. with a bit of wind (really stings your cheeks if you’re out in it too long, OR makes your fingertips sting). Mary (Momma) my friend asked, after seeing the last photo I posted of our recent snowfall-is there ICE under that snow? (she has lots where she lives). At the time I thought: “No!” – that was, until I attempted to go fill the bird feeder and had to CRUNCH my way through the snow-covered ice field! Ice on my car windshield required a good scraping, but eventually I was out and on my way. First stop: Sears – they always have tons of sales on clothing after Christmas and this time was no different. I was on the hunt for a few all black, basic men’s size Small polo shirts (for middle son who needs them for work). Typical – same as last time I did this several years ago – only could find ONE. (well -0ne is better than none, right?). Good thing? Original cost: $29.99 – got it for $11.99! On to the Women’s section (tons of Clearance racks – yay). Well, it appears Sears sense of ‘style’ and mine don’t exactly match. Found one ‘church’ blouse – black & white, long sleeves with slight ruffle at the buttons. Regular price: $40.00 – I got it for $14.99 – yay! A few more places rounded out my shopping trip and now I’m back home safe & sound! Our driveway really wasn’t that bad – I did my ‘usual’ and gunned it up the hill with enough forward motion to allow me to do a really quick shift into reverse and plunk that puppy in my regular parking spot!

Oh! Bonus – when I went to our local grocery store they handed me a small bunch of flowers! This happened once before when I was there – not exactly sure as to the “Why” but hey- FREE FLOWERS! The guy in front of me, when handed said bunch said: “My wife don’t like no flowers.” (I was next and I’m not adverse to taking a free gift!) Now, I will say – these are a tad bit ‘sorry’ looking; it’s several bunches of pink/white fresia and a couple bunches of tiny yellow daisies but they will brighten up my kitchen for a few days and that’s all that counts!


Garlic Honey Chicken

1 1/2 – 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 C. soy sauce
2/3 C. ketchup
1/4 C. honey

Add all ingredients to crockpot. Cook
3-4 hours on High or 5-6 on Low.
(sauce can be doubled if you like
extra sauce)
Serves 4-5

(recipe: savingyourdinero.com)

Cinnamon Roll Cake

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

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

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients (except butter). Slowly
stir in melted butter & pour into greased
9 X 13 pan.
Mix all ingredients together until well
combined. Drop evenly over batter &
swirl with a knife.

Bake cake 28-32 minutes.
2 C. powdered sugar
5 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

While cake is still warm, mix together glaze
and drizzle over cake.

(recipe: Peg – Marys Recipe Exchange)

Quick Baked Ravioli

1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 C. water
2 (1 lb, each) pkgs. frozen ravioli (meat or cheese)
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Italian 5 cheese cheese (Kraft)
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix spaghetti sauce, tomatoes & water; spoon 1 C.
into 9 X 13 baking dish. Layer half of frozen ravioli,
& 1 C. shredded cheese over sauce. Top with
remaining ravioli & sauce. Sprinkle top with remaining
shredded cheese; cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes
or until heated through; uncovering after 30 minutes.
Sprinkle top with Parmesan and let stand 10 minutes
before serving. Serves. 8

Extra Special:: Add 1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen, chopped spinach,
thawed & drained, between ravioli layers.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Lasagna Soup

1 lb. ground sausage or ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. thyme
1 T. brown sugar
4 C. chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced stewed tomatoes
2 (8 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
7 lasagna noodles, broken up in large chunks
1 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1-2 C. Mozzarella cheese, grated

In large soup pot place ground sausage,
onion, chopped bell pepper, & garlic. Cook
over medium-high heat until sausage is
browned & onions are translucent. Add
thyme, brown sugar, stewed tomatoes,
tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, salt &
chicken broth. Bring to a boil over
medium-high heat; reduce heat & let
simmer 20 minutes. Add lasagna
noodles to pot; simmer until tender,
about 10 minutes. Add Parmesan
cheese to pot, stir & allow time for
cheese to melt. Remove pot from
stove, ladle into bowl & sprinkle
tops with Mozzarella cheese.
Serves 8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup!)

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole


1 (6 oz) pkg. long grain & wild rice mix
1 stalk celery, chopped (1/2 C.)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 C.)
2 T. butter
1 (10.5 – 10 3/4 oz) can chicken with white &
wild rice soup OR cream of chicken soup
1/2 C. sour cream
1/3 C. chicken broth
2 T. snipped fresh basil or 1/2 tsp. dried, crushed
2 C. shredded, cooked chicken or turkey
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Prepare rice mix accordg to pkg. directions. In large
skillet, cook onion & celery in hot butter over
medium heat until tender. Stir in soup, sour cream,
chicken broth & basil. Stir in cooked rice & chicken.
Transfer mixture to ungreased 2 quart baking dish.
Sprinkle top with cheese & bake, uncovered,
35 minutes or until heated through. Serves 4

(recipe: Peg- Marys Recipe Exchange)

Turtle Ooey Gooey Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1 large egg
1 stick margarine, softened
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 C. powdered sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. chopped pecans
caramel ice cream topping

Blend cake mix, 1 egg & stick of melted
margarine in a bowl to form a thick
dough. Place dough in a 9 X 13 pan;
press evenly onto borrom, set aside.

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese
until free of lumps, then add room temp.
butter; cream together. Add eggs & vanilla,
then powdered sugar, one cup at a time.
Pour mixture over base; spread evenly.
Sprinkle top with pecans. Place on center
rack of oven. Bake 35-40 minutes or until
top is lightly golden brown.

Set cake pan on cooling rack 30 minutes.
Drizzle top of cake generously with caramel
sauce. Serve cake warm or cold. Serves 15-20.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

(recipe: Wendy-justapinch.com)

Austrian Apple Muffins

3 eggs
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. oil
2 C. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
4-6 apples, peeled & cut up
1/2 C. chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat eggs 1 minute. Add sugar,
vanilla & oil, then add all
remaining ingredients. Fold in apples &
nuts; place in paper-lined muffin tins.
Bake 30-35 minutes.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)
After re-reading my last blog entry, I discovered I’d made a small counting error: I have already made & sent 280 baby hats, so next delivery of my usual 50 hats will put me over 300. Just got a small shipment in the mail today of 4 small skeins of baby yarn; I don’t know about you, but just being able to knit with a new color/pattern/style of yarn makes me invigorated and ready to knit lots more! I usually don’t order from Herrschner’s, but they had a sale so I bought said baby yarn – first one up for knitting is a mint green with flecks of pink, blue, yellow and other colors – ought to make some cute baby hats, for sure! (Now, mind you – it’s not like I don’t ALREADY have lots of yarn – baby yarn wise: a very large garbage bag full, plus 3 large TUBS of regular yarns saved from when I was knitting all those afghans. Sometimes ya just need a little ‘pick me up’ and a new color does the trick for me. In said garbage bag are lots of skeins of almost the same yarn: either white or white with little flecks of pink/blue/green – that gets a bit old after awhile. (Now I’m really sounding spoiled – eh?). After I’m off here, I’m off to spend time with the new mint green yarn!

Read a good book yesterday (one I bought from a used book sale): “Danger in the Shadows” by Dee Henderson. It’s a good suspense novel – has me looking into her writings with the library, to see if there are more I can check out. Every once in awhile I really enjoy just having the time to sit down and read; finished the book in one day if that tells you anything about how good it was. (I’m a fast reader).

Hoping your weather is cooperating and you’re able to get out and about; stay warm & safe!




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  1. Now I df\o have to say wow—300! Yes I know about having to read once in a while. Glad you enjoyed your outing–we need that too. Oh my Pear/Apple butter came out great but I ended up with four jars canned ( after we sampled it). Set it aside for now.

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