Feelin’ GREAT!


Went to my Radiologist today for a check up – he informed me it’s now been over TWO YEARS since my treatments and I’m doing great! Last mammogram (last week) came back clear – now I only have to go once a year for them! YAY!

Our weather, of course, is still VERY COLD! The temps driving there this morning were 3 degrees F, no  telling what the wind chill was – made my cheeks sting! I noticed people really seemed to be driving super slow – hey, people – it’s only COLD! I was also very happy to discover that the huge pile of snow completely covering my van was only light, fluffy stuff that could be cleared using a broom! I was so glad it was easy to clean that I played with the shovel, clearing a path to all our vehicles – little ‘trails’ so that each driver didn’t have to get lots of snow in their boots or on their pant legs! (that’s when I really noticed now much the wind made my cheeks sting!).

While out & about I also noticed our gas prices are staying the same: $3.39/9 a gallon for the cheap stuff.  Since it’s been so cold, I haven’t been driving much, hence my tank is still at half full – yay!  (I’m wondering if we’re going to be cancelling my special needs group this Weds; the reports say it’s going to be -10 during the day and -13 at night. (according to the report on my screen, it’s supposed to be -13 right now out there! Guess it’s a good thing I didn’t know that while I was outside, eh?) My dear husband was so great – he offered to drive me to the doctor’s appointment – he has a Jeep with 4-wheel drive, so he can get through just about anything. (I was glad to oblige him as I really didn’t want to have to wait until my van’s heater warmed up – it takes a LOT longer than his Jeep!).

Oldest son just stopped over to take husband out for a belated birthday lunch – I thought that was sweet. Husband (being ever the curmudgeon) really wasn’t interested, but went along anyway. I’m just glad they get to spend some time together; oldest has his own house (and our 7 yr old grandson) so his free time is not as much as I’m guessing he would like (plus he works two jobs!). I’m just glad to see him when he stops over!

Food-wise around here we’re still working on leftovers: leftover homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade chili. It’s funny – the guys really love the chili (this time I really wasn’t interested in either the soup or the chili – not sure why). This is another ‘everybody home’ day, so I’m hoping the leftovers will cover them for dinner (then I can cook something ELSE tomorrow!) It’s funny – now that I don’t have everyone home, sitting down to dinner TOGETHER (like in the past) I find myself focusing more on what to make for dinner. Next up on my menu agenda is either: Pierogies & sausages or Salmon Patties (neither meal offering the youngest will eat – oh well . . . there’s always peanut butter sandwiches, right?).


Perfect Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

1 stick (1/2 C.) unsalted butter
1 1/2 C. sugar, divided
2 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 C. milk
1 T. vanilla
1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches in juice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Butter 9 X 13 baking dish (or two 8 X 8
baking dishes); set aside. Place butter in
medium microwave-save mixing bowl; heat
until melted. Add 1 C. sugar, flour, baking
powder, salt – whisk to combine. Add milk &
vanilla; whisk until combined. Pour batter
into prepared dish(s). Spoon peaches over
top of batter, placing them evenly around
pan. Reserve juice from can. Add 1/2 C. sugar,
cinnamon & nutmeg to juices; whisk to
combine; pour over peaches. Bake 55-50
minutes until golden brown. Serves 12

(recipe: theslowroastedItalian.com)

Chicken & Doritos Casserole

1 regular bag Doritos, crushed
1 rotisserie chicken, deboned & shredded
1 C. sour cream
1 C. milk
1 C. shredded cheese (Taco/Mexican or
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 packet taco seasoning mix

1 C. shredded cheese, for topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl mix all ingredients (except
Doritos). Place 1/3 Doritos (about 2 C.)
in bottom of greased 9 X 13 baking dish.
Top with half of chicken mixture. Pour
another 1/3 Doritos on top, followed by
remaining chicken mixture; top with
remaining Doritos. Bake 30 minutes;
remove from oven, top with cheese &
place back in oven 5 more minutes until
cheese melts. Remove from oven & allow
to rest 10 minutes before serving.

(recipe: rossveback.com)

Black Bean Salsa

1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 (11 oz) can white shoepeg corn, drained &
1 tomato, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped fine
1 onion (or 1 bunch green onions), chopped
2 tsp. ground cumin
juice from 2 limes
1-2 bunches fresh cilantro, chopped
salt (optional)

tortilla chips of your choice, for serving

Mix all ingredients together; serve with
tortilla chips of your choice. Makes 12 servings.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Party Meatballs

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/3 C. finely chopped onion
1/3 C. dry bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 (10 3/4 oz) can Campbell’s Golden
Mushroom soup
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. water
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
chopped fresh parsley

Mix beef, onion, bread crumbs & egg in
a large bowl. Shape mixture into 60
(1 inch) meatballs. Place meatballs in
15 X 10 baking pan. Heat broiler. Broil
meatballs 4 inches from heat 5 minutes
or until well browned, turning balls
over halfway through cooking. Stir soup,
sour cream, water & Worcestershire in a
12inch skillet. Add meatballs & cook over
Low heat 10 minutes or until meatballs
are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle top with parsley.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Tzatziki Dip (creamy cucumber dip)

2/3 C. cucumber, peeld & finely diced
1 C. plain yogurt, stirred until smooth
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 T. chopped mint
1 1/2 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

toasted pita chips
fresh vegetables for serving

Mix all ingredients in food processor until
smooth. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serve with toasted pita
chips & fresh vegetables.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Radish Hot & Sour Soup

5 C. chicken stock
1/4 C. rice vinegar
2 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. ground (dried) ginger
1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
6 oz. sliced radishes, about 1 1/2 C.
1 1/2 C. spinach leaves, shredded
2/3 C. thinly sliced green onions

In large saucepan over medium heat,
bring stock to boil; stir in vinegar, sugar,
cayenne & ginger. Add shrimp & cook
until shrimp turn pink & curl, about
3-4 minutes. Turn off heat, stir in
radishes, spinach & green onions.
Cover & let stand 2-3 minutes before

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Amish Apple Bread

1 C. oil
3 eggs
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. diced apples
3 C. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 C. chopped nuts (optional)
(sugar for sprinkling)

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Combine & set aside: oil, eggs, sugar &
vanilla. Sift flour, cinnamon, soda & salt.
Add dry ingredients to oil mixture
gradually. Add apples & nuts. Bake in
2 regular loaf pans or 3 foil loaf pans
1 1/2 hours. Cool 10 minutes in pans.
Sprinkle tops with sugar

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)
Seriously Simple Beef Stew
(stovetop OR crockpot)

1 boneless beef chuck eye roast (2 lb)
cut into 1 inch chunks
2 C. water
3/4 C. barbecue sauce
1 1/2 lb. baking potatoes (about 3),
cut into 1 inch chunks
6 carrots, peeled, cut into 1 inch
thick slices
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 C. A1 Thick & Hearty steak sauce

Bring meat, water & BBQ sauce to boil in
Dutch oven or large deep skillet; cover.
Simmer on medium-low heat 1 hour. Add
vegetables; stir. Cook, covered, 1 hour or
until meat & vegetables are tender,
stirring occasionally. Stir in steak sauce; cook
2 minutes. Serves 8


Place all ingredients except steak sauce in
crockpot; cover. Cook on Low 8 hours, or
High 4 hours. Stir in steak sauce; cook
2 minutes more.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Peanut Butter Chip/Jelly Bars

1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
3/4 Tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
1 egg, beaten
3/4 – 1 C. grape jelly (depending upon
desired sweetness)
1 2/3 C. peanut butter chips, divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Grease a 9 inch square baking pan. Stir
together flour, sugar & baking powder in
large bowl. Using 2 knives, cut in butter until
mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Add egg; blend
well. Place half of mixture in greased pan, pressing
to form crust; set aside other half of mixture. Spread
jelly over crust. Sprinkle 1 C. peanut butter chips
over the jelly. Stir together other half of mixture with
rest of peanut butter chips, then sprinkle over top.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until light brown. Cool
completely on wire rack. Cut into squares. Makes
about 16 dessert sized bars.

(recipe: Moms2moms.com)


My husband always teases me at how easily I ‘pick up’ people – it seems that I’m either ‘picking up’,as in suddenly end up engaged in a long conversation with, either:  (a) old people or (b) those interested in knitting or crochet. Today the regular nurse wasn’t ‘in’ at my Radiologists so I got to meet a new assistant – she noticed I was bundling up my crocheting (the Diagonal Box stitch baby afghan) before coming into the exam room. After some conversation, looks like there will be another new person joining my Knit group! Small world, eh? When I told her we meet at Panera Bread she was very happy – seems she lives very near there! Always nice to meet new people! (and ‘pick them up’, so to speak!).

The crocheted baby blanket is coming along nicely – already went through one partial ball of yarn and am now starting on the next; I’m thinking I’ll probably have to buy one more skein/ball to finish this into a good sized blanket. I’d forgotten how much fun this pattern is and how EASY! (sure beats the last crocheted baby blanket I did “Bubblegum” – what a boring pattern!). I’ll try to remember to photo this one when it’s done; am thinking of putting a small crocheted border around it, just to add a little something extra – we’ll see.

Sure hope you are SAFE/WARM/IN GOOD HEALTH and able to enjoy the day. It was very bright out (and still is) VERY SUNNY – almost blinding if you caught the glare off the snow & ice (guess I shouldn’t complain – it could be grey & gloomy with snow/ice/or sleet). Yes, Yes – what was that I just wrote to you the other day? Count your BLESSINGS? I hear you!!!

Have a GREAT DAY!!!




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  1. Glad to hear the blanket is coming along well. We have sunshine here also and have climbed to almost 20 degrees. That was indeed very good news on the boobies!!!!

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