Thursday ALREADY!?!


(as if you didn’t already know that, right? just thought this was cute)

It’s been a bit of a whirl-wind week so far – hard to believe we’re already at Thursday! It’s been nice weather (a bit of rain); today is a bit cooler than earlier in the week: 69 degrees, BUT it’s sunny, so that always makes it nicer.

Tuesday husband & I drove to his cousin’s funeral visitation; glad we went – haven’t seen that side of the family in a good 4 years. I convinced husband it would be a good idea to stop and get Thai food for dinner, so I didn’t have to cook! (Score!)

Yesterday was Special Needs group and spent about 45 minutes in the parking lot afterwards attempting to help one of our ‘kids’ get her car started – lots of efforts by multiple people – we ended up surmising it’s the alternator. The Lord is always amazing – just happened that a young lady from that church came out to see what was going on and she was driving to Leonard where our ‘student/her Mom and sister in law’ were going! That’s a pretty long drive, so it was really advantageous she came to check it out!

Today was our Senior Center rummage sale (where I took all my deceased friends ‘goodies’) – I was a bit disappointed, as it was only about half as big as in years past – not as many ‘vendors’ in the crafts hall, either but I did get to meet a lovely lady who might come to our Knit/Crochet group! I was looking around for some of my friend’s ‘goodies and was only able to spot 2 things then it occurred to me: “I’ll bet the WORKERS bought her stuff BEFORE the actual sale today!” Makes sense to me! I ended up coming home with only two things: a ‘in perfect condition’ Trimline phone and a box of Luaua decorations! Now, you ask, just WHY would I want those? There is a wonderful lady at the church where we meet for Special Needs and she has taken us on as one of her ‘projects’. The lady is amazing; she & her husband are rather wealthy (that’s not why I mentioned her) BUT they are also VERY famous as fund-raisers for various groups (he has a radio program in the area). She decided last year she wanted to hold a Luau for our group; I ran into her last night and she’s planning for early in September. When I spotted this box of ‘goodies’ Luaua-themed they just called to me: “Hey, Pammie! BUY US!!!” I’m not sure if she will be able to use any of the ‘stuff’ but there’s all kinds of banners, posters, wall hangings, etc. with that theme so I figured, for $5, why not!?  The telephone I called my husband about before buying – he said: “It’s always good to have another ‘landline’ phone, just in case” so for $1.00 I bought it. It’s in great shape!

Tomorrow I have an early lunch with two friends; a quick stop at Michael’s craft store (which is right in the same shopping center as my lunch) then Grandson 4 p.m. – around 6. Saturday is the baby shower I knit all the ‘stuff’ for – gonna be a BUSY few days!

Gas prices dropped a tiny bit, from $3.94/9 to $3.89/9 – had to fill up today – still not happy it’s not lower, but what can you do?


5 Ingredient Lemon Berry Trifle

1 (14 oz) Angel Food cake, premade
1 1/2 lb. strawberries, sliced
1 (24 oz) pkg. blueberries
6 (6 oz) containers lemon yogurt*
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Cut angel food cake up into 1 inch
cubes; layer half of the cubes in a
large (clear glass) bowl. Top with
1/3 of the strawberries, 1/3 blue-
berries, scoop 3 containers of yogurt
over berries and smooth evenly over
berries. Add half of Cool Whip tub,
smooth out and repeat layers:
cake/1/3 berries/3 containers yogurt.
Top with remaining Cool Whip, smooth
out and layer rest of berries on top.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to
24 hours. Serves 12

*Jamie suggests using Yoplait light
lemon cream pie flavor yogurt


Summer Zucchini Salad

4 small zucchini, sliced
(about 4 C.)
1/2 C. sliced red onion
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan
1 T. cooking oil
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Toss all ingredients together
in medium bowl. Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat!)

Oozy Bread

1 pkg. bacon, chopped
1 (8 oz) jar maple syrup
1 stick butter
1 (8 biscuit) pkg. home-style
buttermilk biscuits

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Using a medium skillet over medium-
high heat, cook bacon until crisp,
about 8-10 minutes. Using a small
saucepan over medium heat, add
syrup & butter (DO NOT bring to a
boil). Cook until butter is melted,
turn off heat & set aside. Butter or
spray a 3″ X 9″ loaf pan. Pour a
couple T. maple/butter sauce in
bottom of pan. Layer 3 of the biscuits
in bottom of pan. Tear up one of the
biscuits to fill in any open spaces.
Sprinkle half of the reserved bacon
on top of biscuits in pan; top with
about 1/2C. of butter/syrup sauce.
Place remaining biscuits on top;
sprinkle rest of bacon & drizzle
with remaining maple/sauce.
Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove &
immediately turn out onto a
serving dish.

(recipe: Dorie-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Toasted Onion Mashed Potatoes

5 medium (about 10 C.) potatoes, cut
into eighths
2 tsp. salt
2 T. butter
3 C. coarsley chopped onions
2 T. cold butter
1/2 C. warm milk
3/4 C. sour cream

Place potatoes in 4 1/2 qt. saucepan or
Dutch oven; cover with cold water &
add salt. Bring to boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium; boil potatoes
until fork tender (15-18 minutes); drain.
Melt 2 T. butter until sizzling in 10″ nonstick
skillet; add onions. Cook over medium heat
stirring occasionally, until onions are brown
8-10 minutes; set aside. Place cooked hot
potatoes in large mixer bowl. Mash slightly
with fork. Beat at medium speed, adding
cold butter, 1 T. at a time, until mixed
(30-60 seconds). Continue beating,
gradually adding browned onions & all
remaining ingredients until well mixed
(1-2 minutes). Add salt & pepper to taste.
DO NOT OVERBEAT. Serve immediately.
Serves 12

(recipe: Land ‘O Lakes)

Poor Man Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
garlic, to taste
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 (8 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
8 oz. egg n
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook & drain ground beef; mix with
garlic, salt, sugar & tomato sauce. Cover
& simmer 15 minutes. Cook & drain egg
noodles. Mix sour cream & cream cheese
in small bowl. Layer, in a greased casserole
dish: in this order twice:
noodles, sour cream mixture, meat. Sprinkle
cheese on top & bake 20 minutes.


Dilled Pot Roast

3 lb. beef pot roast, trimmed of fat
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. dried dill weed – divided
1/4 C. water
1 T. vinegar
3 T. flour
1/2 C. water
1 C. sour cream

Sprinkle both sides of meat with salt,
pepper & 1 tsp. dill; place in crockpot.
Add water & vinegar; cover & cook on
Low 7-9 hours or until tender. Remove
meat from pot; turn on High. Dissolve
flour in water; stir into meat droppings.
Stir in 1 additional tsp. dill. Cook on High
5 minutes. Stir in sour cream; cook on
High another 5 minutes. Slice meat &
serve with sour cream sauce over top.
Serves 6

(recipe: Cheryl-Slowcooker Digest)

Chicken Enchilada Dip

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
grilled and shredded
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. mayonnaise
1 (8 oz.) pkg. shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 (4 oz) can diced green chili peppers
1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine shredded chicken,
cream cheese, mayonnaise, shredded cheese,
green chile peppers and jalapeno pepper.
Transfer the chicken mixture to a medium baking dish.
Bake uncovered 30 minutes, or until the edges are
golden brown.

(recipe: Facebook)

Crockpot Mac & Cheese

Dumping in DRY macaroni noodles!

2 C. milk
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 C. shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
2 C. uncooked elbow macaroni

Spray pot of crockpot, or if using liner bag,
spray the bag well with nonstick spray.
Whisk milk, evaporated milk, egg, salt &
pepper together in bowl; pour milk mixture
into crockpot. Add cheese & uncooked
macaroni; stir gently to mix. Turn crockpot
on Low, cook 3-4 hours until custard is set
& macaroni is tender. (Do not cook more
than 4 hours, or sides will be dried out).
Serve at once.

(recipe: Facebook)

Mexican Pork Chops

1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
4 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 in. thick/
4 oz. each)
1 T. cooking oil
1 1/4 C. salsa
1 tsp. baking cocoa
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 T. minced fresh cilantro
1 green onion, chopped

Combine cumin & chili powder; rub over
both sides of chops. In large skillet, brown
chops in oil on both sides over medium
heat. In small bowl, combine salsa, cocoa &
cinnamon. Pour mixture over chops & bring
to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,
3-4 minutes on each side or until a

thermometer reads 145 degrees F., stirring
sauce occasionally. Let stand 5 minutes before
serving.Sprinkle with cilantro & green onion.
Serves 4

(recipe: Taste of Home, Feb/Mar, 2007)

Oreo Balls

1 package Oreo Cookies
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
1 pack Cooking Chocolate
(Hershey’s Semi sweet chocolate chips
work the best)

Place Oreos in a bag/blender & smash/blend
until it is the consistency of dirt. Mix softened
cream cheese into smashed oreos; roll mixture
into balls. Melt chocolate in microwave.
Cover balls in chocolate then leave to set in fridge.

(recipe: Facebook)

That’s about ‘it’ for now – still looking for a nice,
relatively easy knit pattern for another baby
blanket (for Detroit Vet’s shower in September).
Still playing around with cotton yarn and knitting
a few dishcloths for Log Cabin Days, to benefit
the Waterford Historical Society. Log Cabin Days
is coming up quickly – end of June! This summer
is FLYING by!

Enjoy your day – remember to REST a BIT,
SMILE a bit and do something you enjoy!




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  1. You are a busy little bee my friend. You make my head spin anyway!

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