Another Goofy Day . . . sigh


not his car, but you get the idea – his was nose-first onto a big hump

Was awakened this morning rather early by husband who learned that middle son got home rather late from work – after getting his car stuck in a ditch and walking home. Fortunately, it was only on the next street over, so car was OK – son was OK. After some conversation with said son, he doesn’t have any more ‘tows’ on his car insurance, so ended up having to call a towing service ($75) to get it out of the snow bank – sigh. Husband helped him through all that (plus, thought he lost his phone – it was under his car seat). To top all that off, husband & I had a 10 a.m. dentist’s appointment, leaving exactly ONE HOUR for husband/son to get all that straightened out (they did – we made it to the dentist exactly on time, and it’s 25 minutes away!).

This same son is currently going through some real ‘stuff’ with his new cell phone – he decided to go with Virgin Mobile (bad choice – they don’t have any ‘places’ you can go to if you have problems; it’s all done on-line). He bought the phone at considerable cost, then when he called to have it activated the person he spoke to did ‘most’ of the activation, then informed him they were closing for the night, he’d have to call back in the morning. He did, spending 1/2 hour EACH with 2 different (almost non-English-speaking people) only to be told that he would have to call ANOTHER level to get it straightened out. Apparently Person #1 put the codes in, which would NOT allow anyone else to enter/check/etc. anything BECAUSE he didn’t finish the transaction! STUPID – right? After spending an equal amount of time with the THIRD LEVEL person, he was again informed they CAN’T DO ANYTHING, just send back the phone and we’ll issue another one! UGH! I find it interesting that now days you not only have to research the kind of phone you want, but also the kind of SERVICE their company will be giving you (or lack thereof!). I told him, after he got shot down with call person #2 that I would just tell them to take a flying leap and I’d go with another company – he told me: “Mom, I would BUT I’ve already paid for the phone! I can’t . . . NOW!” Crazy business…

My husband finds it amusing that almost everywhere we go (if I have my knitting/crochet) people stop and talk/ask questions about it. I gave out another of my knit group business cards to a lady in the dentist’s waiting room who just learned how to knit and couldn’t seem to wrap her brain around how I could knit something square and have it turn into a baby hat. As it happened, she was still there when we were leaving so I had the receptionist take the finished hat in for her to see – you just never know how people are going to react; I could hear my dentist saying: “She knit that JUST NOW?” (Yep, about 1/2 hour’s work).


Mini Apple Pies

1 pkg. crescent roll creations
1 apple pie filling
5 T. flour
2 T. sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs butter

Preheat oven to 350.
Roll out dough; use rolling
pin to flatten & enlarge dough.
Use pizza cutter to cut dough into
squares. Place dough in 8″ X 8″ pan.
Place one scoop of apple pie filling
in center of each square. In a separate
bowl combine flour & sugar, then cut in butter
until crumbly; sprinkle on top of each square.
Pull corners to the middle & add another dash
of the crumble. (You can use half the mixture or
add a lot depending on how much topping you like)
Bake 15 -17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove
from pan immediately.
Serve with ice cream or eat them COLD

(recipe: Pampered chef via Facebook)

Crockpot* Beef Burgundy

1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 lb. cubed beef stew meat
1 1/2 C. fresh baby carrots, halved crosswise
1 (10 oz) pkg. fresh pearl onions, peeled
1 (8 oz) pkg. small fresh whole mushrooms
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
1 (10.5 oz) can condensed beef consomme
1 1/2 C. water
fresh oregano, if desired

Combine flour, salt, pepper & beef in large
bowl; mix well & pour into crockpot. Add all
remaining ingredients; mix well. Cover &
cook on Low 10-12 hours or until carrots &
beef are tender. Serve over rice or noodles,
garnish with oregano, if desired. Serves 6

*Can also be made on stove using 3 1/2-4
qt. soup/stew tureen. If cooked on stovetop,
cook 3-5 hours.


Herb & Cheese Stuffed Roast Chicken

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 T. fresh rosemary leaves
4 cloves garlic, minced & divided
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 whole roasting chicken (3 1/2 lb.)
1 lemon, halved
1/4 C. olive oil, divided
2 large baking potatoes, (1 1/2 lb) peeled & cut
into chunks
2 sweet potatoes (1 1/2 lb) peeled & cut into

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Mix cream cheese, rosemary & half of garlic &
pepper. Starting a neck of chicken, use the handle
of a wooden spoon or fingers to carefully separate
skin from meat of the breast, thighs & legs, being
careful not to tear the skin. Spoon cream cheese
mixture under the skin; use fingers to spread
mixture out to thighs & legs. Place lemon halves into
cavity of chicken. Place chicken in shallow pan &
brush with 2 T. oil. Toss potatoes with remaining oil
& garlic in separate pan. Bake chicken & potatoes 1 1/4
to 1 1/2 hours or until chicken is done, stirring
potatoes every 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to large
serving dish, reserving juices in pan. Let chicken
stand 10 minutes. Spoon potatoes around chicken. Skim
fat from reserved juices; discard fat. Spoon juices
over chicken & potatoes. Serves 6

(recipe: Kraft Foods)

Easy Dinner Hash

1 T. vegetable oil
8 oz. bulk Italian sausage
1 potato, peeled & diced
1/4 onion, chopped
1 C. frozen mixed vegetables
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat. Stir in sausage; cook until
crumbly & slightly pink, about 5
minutes. Stir in potato & onion;
continue cooking until potatoes are
tender & have slightly browned,
10-15 minutes. Once potatoes are
tender, stir in mixed vegetables
until hot. Season with salt & pepper.
Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese before

(recipe: Mary Free-Marys Recipe
California Tortilla Pizza

2 tsp. cooking oil
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
2 (6 inch) flour tortillas
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Heat oil in small skillet over medium heat;
cook & stir onion & green pepper until tender,
about 5 minutes. Place tortillas on an ungreased
baking sheet. Top with onion mixture, oregano,
garlic powder, tomato & cheese. Bake 8-10
minutes, until cheese is melted. Cut into four
wedges, each ‘pizza’. Makes 2 6″ pizzas

(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Cheese-topped Grilled Tomatoes

4 plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise in half
1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 T. chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, and/
or parsley
Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Place tomatoes, cut sides up, in 8 inch square foil
pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle
 tops with dressing; top with cheeses. Place pan
on grill grate. Grill 10-12 minutes or until mozzarella
is melted & tomatoes are heated through. Sprinkle
tops with herbs & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

1 C. butter, melted
2 C. sugar
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. red food coloring (gel coloring)*
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Layer:

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
*NOTE on coloring: if using regular
liquid coloring (instead of gel) you
might have to use up to 1 T. to get
red color – which might affect the taste
of the brownies.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Brownie Layer:
Place melted butter, 2 C. sugar, 1/3 C.
cocoa into stand mixer or large bowl. Mix
until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add
eggs, one at a time, mixing in between.
Add vanilla; mix in. Add flour & salt in a
small bowl, mix with fork, then add to
batter; mix until combined. Add gel coloring;
mix until red. Add choc. chips; mix until
combined. Line a 9 X 13 pan with waxed
paper/parchment paper or foil – spray with
nonstick spray. Spread batter evenly in pan.

Cream Cheese Layer:

Place softened cream cheese in mixer bowl;
beat until smooth. Add sugar, egg & vanilla;
mix until well combined. Drop cream cheese
mixture on brownie layer – smooth, using a
knife to swirl through both layers, creating a
marble effect. Bake 45-55 minutes or until a
toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Let cool on wire rack.

(recipe: Jamiecooksitup!)
Last night was our first night back in three weeks for my special needs group; the weather WAS cold (18 degrees F) and the wind chills were probably pretty low, but we still had 22 kids attend, so that wasn’t too bad. It was also Music/Birthday night but none of the three people who’s birthdays were in February came, so we just all ate frosted cupcakes and enjoyed them! It was really good to be back together – you could really see the kids missed being with each other. I love my group; one of our girls said, when we were talking about how good it was to be back: “Yep, it’s a miracle!” (she’s a riot – that’s almost her standard answer for everything).

Not much else new today – planning on Salmon Patties for dinner with baked potatoes & salad; it’s easy and a change from our meals lately (mostly having soups/stews). Am hoping (barring any other unforeseen situations/tragedy, etc.) to just knit more baby hats, work a little more on the crocheted baby afghan (I’m to the ‘increase length part’ now – with this pattern if you don’t do this part, you end up with a square) and reading. Nice, relaxing afternoon – I HOPE!

Our weather is FINALLY warming up! It’s 29 degrees F. and you can see the icicles melting! It’s supposed to gradually get warmer – today it’s a high of 29, mostly cloudy. (well, just looked up the forecast – I was wrong: it’s going to be HIGH’S of 18 for the next few days . . . guess I’d better ENJOY this HEAT WAVE of 29 degrees, right? Crazy…

Enjoy your day!




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  1. We had salmon patties last night–good change from the regular dinners. I know how the diagonal square is going but I’ll want to see it when you are done. Take care!

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