Home Again, Home Again – Jiggety Jog


Today was my ‘running errands’ day – what with 8 locations to stop at, I’m pretty tired but happy to get it all done! It’s been awhile since I went grocery shopping and we were running a bit low on ‘non-edible’ items like paper towels, garbage bags, Kleenex, etc. so I decided to combine that with a trip to the dollar store, library, 2 drug stores, the bank, mailbox, Tim Horton’s for coffee (last stop – treat for husband & I when I got home). When I got in the car the temperature was 11 F. and I thought: “ELEVEN? That’s COLD” and then it changed to 9 degrees F. and stayed there! Yes, it’s cold – makes your cheeks hurt if you’re out just walking from the car to the buildings, but I can still DRIVE in cold – not so much for the ‘S’ word (snow). I guess we’re supposed to stay in this really low temps. through until Thursday when it’s supposed to get up to (seasonally regular) 30 degrees – but I’ll believe that when I see it!

Gas prices have slowly crept up this week, from $3.39/9 to $3.44/9 – not a lot, but every little bit counts.

Grocery shopping thoughts: I went to Kroger today and was looking over their meats (I don’t usually buy meat there – (in my humble opinion) their prices are too high. Looking at whole chickens (and not BIG ones, either) for $6.00+, very SMALL roasts for $35.00!!!, 2 medium-sized pork  cube steaks for $6+ (I’m thinking: If I were to buy those, I’d need at least 6 to feed the four of us – too much! Twenty-four dollars for ONE MEAL? NO!) Yes, I’m (to choose a nice word) : FRUGAL! My husband attributes it to my Scots heritage – I think it has more to do with growing up rather poor; either way, I do know how to squeeze a penny and make it scream! Had fun using coupons plus Kroger on-line in-store coupons to save $14+, at the dollar store I had coupons and a (in the mail) $3.00 coupon for their store if you spent over $15 – just buying pop for my husband and bird feed was enough to pass that point! Stopping at WalGreen’s also saved me $$$ – I believe I’ve mentioned this one before, but checking Drug Stores for FOOD DEALS is a good idea. I got Aquafina bottled water (24 bottles – husband ONLY drinks this kind) for $3.99 (usually $5-6 a case), Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds cereal for $1.99 (usually $3.+) and a gallon of 2% milk for $2.29 – not bad!  While grocery shopping I kept thinking: WHAT am I going to make for dinner? then I spotted a nice, big turkey breast marked down, so bought that along with 2 turkey thighs. They are happily cooking in the crockpot along with cut up russet potatoes; I poured some zesty Italian salad dressing over the turkey, added salt/pepper/garlic powder and let ‘er cook. Husband & I both like stuffing with turkey, so I bought a box of that for us (the boys will have the potatoes) and a salad will round out the meal.


Greek Salad Layered Dip

1 seedless cucumber
kosher salt
2 C. Greek yogurt
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. + 2 T. chopped fresh mint
freshly ground black pepper
2 small vine-ripe or plum tomatoes, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 C. pitted black olives, coarsely chopped

warm pita bread or corn chips, for serving

Grate cucumber on large holes of box grater
into a bowl. Toss with 1/4 tsp. salt & pour
into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl; let
stand 10 minutes. Using your hands, work
with a bit of cucumber at a time, squeeze the
excess liquid out of the cucumber; place cucumber
in large bowl. Add yogurt, feta, garlic, 1/4 C. chopped
mint, 1/4 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp. pepper to bowl with
cucumber. Stir to combine; add more salt & pepper
if desired. Transfer to a shallow serving bowl. Toss
tomatoes, red onion, olives & remaining 2 T. mint
together in medium bowl. Sprinkle mixture over
cucumber mixture. Makes 4 Cups

(recipe: Food Network)

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)

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 C. butter or margarine
1/2 C. packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 C. peanut butter
2  1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Place butter, brown sugar, vanilla,
peanut butter & confectioners sugar
in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave
on high, 40 seconds – stir. Continue to
microwave & stir until all ingredients
form a ball of dough that leaves the
sides of the bowl. Pat this mixture
into a 9 X 13 pan. Pour chocolate
chips into another microwave-safe
bowl; microwave at 30 second intervals,
stirring after each, until completely
melted. Spoon over top of dough in
pan; spread evenly. Allow to cool
completely at room temperature until
chocolate hardens again or place in
fridge for faster hardening. Cut into
squares & serve.

(recipe: Facebook)

Cheddar, Jalapeno & Bacon Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. beer
6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved/
seeded & thinly sliced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat cream cheese & garlic powder
in medium bowl with elec. mixer
until blended. Gradually beat in beer.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread on
bottom of 1 1/2 qt. casserole or 9 inch
pie plate. Bake 15-20 minutes or until
heated through. Makes 16 (2 T ea) servings.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pork

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks in juice
1 lb. pork tenderloin, cubed
3 carrots, sliced
1 small green bell pepper, large chop
1 small red bell pepper, large chop
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. unsweetened pineapple juice
1/3 C. soy sauce
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. cornstarch

cooked rice

Spray crockpot with nonstick spray. Drain
pineapple, reserving juice & fruit separately.
Place meat in bottom of pot; sprinkle with
carrots, bell peppers & garlic. Mix pineapple
juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger & vinegar;
pour over meat in crockpot. Cook on High 3-5
hours or on Low 5-7 hours. Turn heat to High,
add pineapple chunks. Mix cornstarch & water;
add to pork mixture & stir well. Cook 20-30
minutes longer until thickened. Serve over cooked
rice. Serves 2-4

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Baked Potato Soup

2 russet potatoes, washed & dried
1 small head cauliflower, stem removed &
cut into florets
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
1 1/2 C. milk
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 C. light sour cream
10 T. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
6 T. chopped chives, divided
3 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Pierce potatoes with fork, microwave on
High 5 minutes, turn over & microwave
another 3-5 minutes, until tender.* Cool,
peel potatoes. Steam cauliflower in water
in large, covered pot until tender. Drain &
return to pot. Over medium heat, add
chicken broth, milk, potatoes; bring to
boil. (using an immersion blender to
puree to smooth). Add sour cream,
half of chives, salt & pepper; cook on
low another 5-10 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Remove from heat.
Top each serving with 2 T. cheese,
remaining chives &

*If you wish, you can bake the
potatoes in a 400 degrees F.
oven 1 hour or until tender;
cool & peel.

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)

Crushed Cracker Pork

1 lb. pork tenderloin
1 egg, beaten
1 T. steak sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. cheese crackers, finely crushed
2 T. vegetable oil, divided

Combine egg, steak sauce & garlic
powder in shallow dish. Place crushed
crackers in another shallow dish. Cut
tenderloin crosswise into 1/2 in. thick
slices. Pound or flatten slices to 1/4″
thickness. Dip each slice first into egg’
mixture, then cracker crumbs, turning
to coat. Heat 1 T. oil in large nonstick
skillet over medium heat until hot. Add
half of pork slices & cook 4-5 minutes per
side or until browned. Repeat with remaining
oil & pork slices. Serves 4

(recipe: porkbeinspired.com)

Crockpot Apple Crisp

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 C. sugar, divided
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
10 Granny Smith apples (3 lb) , peeled &
1 C. fresh or frozen cranberries
6 T. butter, melted & divided
12 Nilla Wafer cookies, coarsely chopped
1/4 C. sliced almonds

whipped cream or thawed Cool Whip

Mix dry pudding mix, 1/4 C. sugar & cinnamon.
Toss fruit with 1/4 C. batter in large bowl. Add
pudding mixture; mix lightly; spoon into crockpot.
Cover with lid & cook on Low 4-6 hours or High
2-3 hours. Combine chopped Wafers, nuts, remaining
butter & sugar in shallow microwaveable dish. Micro-
wave on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 1 1/2 – 2 minutes
or until golden brown, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool
Sprinkle top with nut mixture just before serving.
Serves 12, about 1/2 C. each
Good topped with whipped cream or Cool Whip

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Oh, almost forgot! My son got another A- on the second Art Design project! YAY! (Teacher said he would have gotten a solid A if we hadn’t watered down the paints, OR chose brighter colors – she said the colors at the bottom of the board were supposed to “POP” . . . sign).  Got a look at the next assignment – it’s a doozy, 2 weeks for this one: something about designing 2 patterns for snowboards, sort of like the t-shirt thing but with more mixing various color choices (go figure, it gave me a headache just looking at it!).

In case you’re wondering just ‘why’ I would involve myself so much in this project – son is working on a grant; IF he passes both classes he gets the grant money. He wants to use that money to pay us for a loan from awhile ago, plus buy a laptop. I’m not doing it for ‘me’ or the $$$, but I know how much this all means to HIM, therefore I’ll do what I can to help him through. As I’ve mentioned, this is NOT an easy art class (especially when you think he went into it thinking it was a BEGINNING DRAWING class – it’s definitely NOT!). Oh well, we all learn something new, almost every day – right? I’m just kind of pretending I’m back in college! (I thought it was cute: he asked me about my degrees from college and then said: “I thought a degree in Arts meant you were into ART!” . . . . no, dear – it means I had a TON of Sciences/History of Art & Music, classes – nothing to do with drawing/painting (as in: I’m doing the painting/drawing).

Hope you have a great day/evening – stay warm (or cool, depending on where you are), and remember to RELAX a little and enjoy at least a tiny part of your day!





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  1. A good grade on the project. The next one must be a doozy if it has a two week deadline. The shopping trip sounded like more fun then you are supposed to have shopping but hey what ever makes you smile!

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