Nice Beginning


Today started out very nicely; husband asked if I’d like to take a ride with him to Best Buy then out to brunch at IHOP – “WHY, CERTAINLY!” I replied. I couldn’t exactly make up my mind on which breakfast to choose, so I ended up with their Belgian Berries & Cream waffle, eggs & sausages – YUMMY! I was a little worried when it came to the table that it would be VERY sweet, but it was perfect – the waffle had a few blueberries and a few strawberries on top, with a very creamy ‘creme’ and sort of a ‘base’ of the liquid from the (what were probably frozen) strawberries – no sugar!)


We came home and I’ve been perusing the ‘easy knit scarf’ patterns on Ravelry (my favorite free knit/crochet site); I know – as IF I need more patterns! Yes, I’ll admit it: I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to yarn & patterns (AND projects) – just can’t seem to slate my thirst for MORE! Right now I’m still working on the 3 colored men’s scarf and the raspberry women’s scarf for the homeless shelter (plus a chemo cap in the car for the cancer center) and, of course the various baby hats for the hospital (OH – and then there’s also the light gold shawl I’m SUPPOSED to be knitting for myself for Log Cabin days this summer – somehow THIS project keeps getting pushed to the side). I KNOW I already probably have too many projects going, it’s just that I keep thinking about the homeless people who will need scarves this winter AND then I find more really neat patterns (already have 2 more sets of yarn set aside for 2 more scarves) – I’m incurably HOOKED on knitting! (AND I’m not ashamed of it!!!) Oh well, guess it could be worse –


Layered Pizza Dip

1/2 C. cream cheese spread
1/4 C. Miracle Whip
1/4 C. sour cream
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
3 T. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 C. pizza sauce
16 slices pepperoni, cut into quarters
1/4 C. chopped green pepper

Mix cream cheese spread, Mir. Whip,
sour cream, 1/2 C. mozzarella & 2 T.
Parmesan until blended; spread onto
bottom of a microwaveable 9″ pie plate.
Cover with pizza sauce, remaining
cheeses, pepperoni & peppers. Microwave
on High 4-5 minutes or until dip is heated
through & mozzarella is melted.
Makes 16 (2 T. each) servings

NOTE: If you want to use an oven,
heat to 350 degrees F. Bake 15-20
minutes or until dip is heated through &
mozzarella is melted.

Serve with toasted baguette slices,
crackers or bread sticks

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

2 (48 oz) containers chicken broth
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach
2 (15 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes w/
basil, garlic & oregano (or diced
tomatoes and you add your own)
salt & pepper, to taste
2 (9 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen cheese
shredded mozzarella or Parmesan
cheese for garnish

Combine all ingredients except
tortellini in crockpot. Cook on High
2 hours. Prepare tortellini accordg.
to pkg. directions; add to soup. Garnish
bowls of soup with cheese. Serves 8

(Stovetop alternative:)

For stovetop: heat tomatoes, broth &
spinach in a pot to boil; add tortellini
directly to soup (no pre-boil) & cook
until tortellini is done.


Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu

1 (6 oz) box stuffing mix for chicken
6 small boneless skinless chicken
breasts (1 1/2 lb)
6 slices deli fresh smoked sliced ham
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 T. Dijon mustard
6 slices Swiss cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Prepare stuffing mix accordg. to pkg.
directions. Place chicken in 9 X 13 pan
sprayed with nonstick spray; cover with
ham slices. Mix soup & mustard; spoon
over chicken & top with prepared
stuffing. Bake 25 minutes or until
chicken is done (165 degrees F.) Top with
cheese; bake 5 minutes or until cheese is
melted. Serves 6

(recipe: Kraft food)
Tater Tot Bake
(Overnight – crockpot)

1 (30 oz) pkg. tater tots
6 oz. diced Canadian bacon
2 onions, chopped
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
12 eggs
1 C. milk
4 T. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

In greased 5 qt crockpot layer 1/3 rd of
tater tots, Can. bacon, onions & cheeses.
Repeat layers twice, ending with a layer
of cheeses. In large bowl, whisk remaining
ingredients & pour over ingredients in
crockpot. Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.
Serves 8


Butternut Squash Bake

3 butternut squash (approx 7 lb)
1 C. water
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 C. miniature marshmallows

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cut squash in half, remove seeds.
Place squash halves, cut sides down,
into a 15 X 10 X 1 inch pan. Add water&
bake 40 minutes until tender. Scoop
squash flesh into a medium-sized bowl;
mash well. Add cream cheese, sugar &
pepper; mix well. Spoon into a greased
3 qt. casserole dish. Heat oven broiler.
Top squash mixture with marshmallows;
broil 6 inches from heat, 1-2 minutes or
until golden brown. Serves 12 (about
2/3 C. each)

Can be made ahead: Prepare as above,
spoon into casserole dish but do not
cover with marshmallows. Refrigerate
up to 24 hours. When ready to serve,
bake, covered, 30 minutes or until
heated through. Top with marshmallows,
broil as directed.

NOTE: buy squash that are similar in size,
shape & weight to ensure even cooking.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Pumpkin Brownies

1 egg
1/4 C. instant potatoes
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. flour
3/4 C. canned pumpkin
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. chopped nuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Stir together in bowl cinnamon,
salt, flour & baking powder; set
aside. Melt butter & add to sugar,
egg & pumpkin. Add flour mix,
then add potato flakes & nuts;
blend well. Pour into greased
9″ square pan. Bake 40 minutes.

(recipe: Mary Free-Marys Recipe


How’s your weather lately? Today I was
pleasantly surprised: it’s cloudy, but NOT
raining – I can handle that! I am now
wearing my light Fall/Winter jacket –
it’s 56 F. out, but looking at the forecast
for tonight they’re 80% sure we’re going
to have showers (possible high of 60 degrees)
and low 45, so winter is a comin’).

I don’t have anything ‘extra’ planned for
this week (that I know of, anyway) so that’s
kind of nice – I predict much more knitting &
reading (still into the Elm Street Quilters
books; there’s probably about 6 more I
haven’t read, maybe more).

Gas prices are still staying at $3.26/9 which
I’m VERY happy about – both husband & I
topped off our tanks. I do a considerable
amount of driving each week, between
2 trips to church/40 miles  each Sunday,
going to special needs group, about 20 miles
and Knit group (that’s close – 7 minutes away).
Yes, I know – it would be much more if I worked,
but being retired, I still keep busy so having
low gas prices makes me really happy!

Enjoy your day – remember to take a little
time out for yourself: maybe grab a warm
beverage on your way home (some sort of
exotic coffee?), or a doughnut/taco/something
you usually don’t get. Take a little time to
ENJOY LIFE! I’d rather say, in the end, that I
had some FUN than regret never taking any
extra time to do something I like – wouldn’t




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  1. I agree with the comment on the end part. Boy that waffle sure looks good!!

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