Time is FLYING By!!!


With 1-hour each way trips to the hospital to visit middle son and all the other ‘regular’ holiday stuff – I feel like I’m on a marathon run! Visited son yesterday – he’s improving greatly each day, much to the amazement of the doctors & nurses (of course, you know – I owe it all to the Lord!). He’s got Jell-O now and clear soups; it’s funny – it takes THREE doctors to agree on an upgrade in his foods/intakes – IF they agree, next it’s milkshakes & Ensure – but we’ll wait & see.

Last night was my special needs group’s Christmas Gathering; there were not as many people attending as the lady doing the organizing expected (200) – I’d say maybe 90? (let’s just say there was food leftover!). It was a great night, I got to see some people who rarely come, some caregivers, too – a great night. After the hospital visit, about 45 minutes to ‘rest’ in between, and then the party, I was pretty exhausted when I got home.

Today was go get middle son’s belongings at his apartment and bring them home (until he’s well and can move in with his older brother). What I thought would be a quick thing took about 2 + hours, as the room was a total mess (he’s 25 and not a ‘neat freak’, for sure!). All his ‘stuff’ (except his big TV) are packed in my van for now; his older brother & a friend are going to pick up the tv later tonight (it’s a 2 person job plus it’s up a flight of stairs). I have FOUR 39 gallon garbage bags of his clothes – am going to run them all through the washer, a little at a time, since I’m not exactly sure what’s clean and not.

Today I also tagged “Turkey Day” as I had a 21 lb. turkey in the freezer that was about to expire (and, no we didn’t want turkey for Christmas), so it’s now happily roasting in my oven. I can always cut it up & freeze most of it, or give some to oldest son. Turkey is such a great sandwich food!

Speaking of food – I have lots of recipes for you; am trying to sort through some of the holiday ones, but (I’m sure you understand) I’m behind. (Last night I felt really goofy when I realized that I totally forgot our 4 teen helpers – I usually buy them something little, so I promised them that when we re-convene, I’ll accommodate them with gifts. Just a little overwhelmed at the moment.)


Spicy Sausage Dip

1 lb. Italian sausage
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 (10 oz, ea) cans Ro*Tel original
diced tomatoes & green chiles

Tortilla chips

In a skillet cook sausage until browned
& cooked through; drain. Combine
sausage, sour cream, cream cheese &
Ro*tel in crockpot. Cook on Low
3-4 hours, stirring several times during
cooking process. Serve with chips.

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)

Crunchy Fudge

1/4 C. butter
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 C. light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 C. Rice Krispies cereal

In saucepan combine butter, choc.
chips, corn syrup & vanilla; cook over
very low heat, stirring occasionally
until smooth. Remove from heat.
Mix in powdered sugar; add in Rice
Krispies; stir & press into greased
square pan. Refrigerate until set then
cut into squares. Serves 12

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)

3-Cheese Corn Casserole

2 eggs, beaten
1 (15 oz) can cream-style corn
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen whole kernel
1 (8 1/2 oz) box corn muffin mix
1/2 C. sour cream
1/8 tsp. cayenne
1 (8 oz) pkg. (Kraft) Three Cheese
with a touch of Philadelphia, shredded
cheese, divided
4 green onions, sliced
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

Heat oven 375 degrees F.
Combine first 6 ingredients in medium
bowl; stir in 1/2 C. cheese then pour into
a 2  qt. casserole dish sprayed with nonstick
spray. Bake 40 minutes. Combine remaining
cheese, onions & bacon. Top casserole
with cheese mixture; bake 15 minutes until
lightly browned. Serves 12, 1/2 C. each.

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Baked Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

10 (3/4 oz) slices American cheese,
chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T. jarred jalapeno peppers, finely
2 C. frozen cranberries
2 T. sugar

Baguette slices, toasted, for serving

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine cheese, cream cheese &
jalapenos in a bowl; mix well. Place
cranberries & sugar in another bowl;
toss to coat. Gently stir cranberries
into cheese mixture. Spread mixture
into 1 qt. casserole dish. Bake 30-35
minutes or until bubbly around edges.
Serve with baguette slices, if desired.
Makes 40 servings

(recipe: landolakes.com)

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

2 cans apple pie filling
1/4 C. caramel sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1 C. melted butter
1/2 C. chopped pecans (optional)
1 C. heavy whipping cream
4 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13 pan with nonstick
spray. Add pie filling, caramel sauce,
lemon juice & cinnamon to pan; stir
then sprinkle top with dry cake mix.
Cover that with melted butter.
Bake 35-40 minutes and cool on a
wire rack.
Spiced Whipped Cream:
Chill a large mixing bowl. Add heavy
cream & whisk until it holds soft peaks.
Whisk in powdered sugar, vanilla &
cinnamon. Serve dump cake with
spiced whipped cream, a drizzle of
extra caramel sauce & a few pecans

(recipe: allfood.recipes)
Crockpot Apple/Bacon
Pork Roast

3-4 lb. pork roast
2 large apples, sliced
6 slices bacon, half cooked
1/3 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. apple juice
1 T. Dijon mustard or
grainy mustard
dash cinnamon

Slice pork loin into 1″
slices, about 3/4 of the way
through (roast will still be
connected at bottom). Place
roast in crockpot; place apple
slices in the slits. Lay bacon
slices over top of roast &
sprinkle with brown sugar.
Cover & cook 3-4 hours on
High or 6-8 hours on Low.
Slice & serve with glaze.
Serves 6-8

Blend all glaze ingredients in a
saucepan over medium heat.
Cook, stirring until mixture
comes to a boil. Remove from
heat & set aside.


Banana Pudding Squares

35 vanilla wafers, finely crushed
(about 1 1/4 C.)
1/4 C. margarine, melted
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed,
3 bananas, sliced
2 (1 oz, ea) pkgs. vanilla instant
pudding mix
3 C. cold milk
1/2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate,

Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
aluminum foil, with ends of foil
extending over sides of dish. Use
foil ‘handles’ to remove chilled
dessert from dish before cutting
to serve.

Mix wafer crumbs & margarine; press
into bottom of 9 X 13″ pan. Refrigerate
until ready to use. Beat cream cheese &
sugar in medium bowl with whisk until
blended. Stir in 1 1/2 C. Cool Whip;
spread over crust & top with sliced
bananas. Beat pudding mixes & milk
with whisk 2 minutes; spread over bananas &
top with remaining Cool Whip & chocolate.
Refrigerate 3 hours before serving.
Serves 24

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Charleston Cheese Dip

1/2 C. mayonnaise
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp. Cajun seasoning*
1 green onion, sliced
2 T. chopped pickles jalapeno
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
1 C. shredded Monterey Jack or
Swiss cheese
1 T. butter, melted
1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. cooked, crumbled bacon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl, combine
mayonnaise, cream cheese &
Cajun seasoning until well
blended. Reserve a pinch of
green onion for garnish. Add
jalapeno, remaining green onion,
& cheeses; blend together. Transfer
mixture to a buttered glass pie
plate or small oblong shallow
baking dish. Toss Panko crumbs into
melted butter with a fork & sprinkle
over top of dip. Bake 20 minutes or
until heated through & top is golden
brown. Remove & sprinkle crumbled
bacon on top; garnish with reserved
green onion. Serve immediately with
crackers, chips or vegetables.
Serves 4-6

*Cajun seasoning: like “Slap Ya Mama”

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)

Grandma’s Wilted Lettuce Salad
Serves 10-12

12 C. (8 oz) romaine lettuce
11 slices hickory smoked bacon,
2 1/2 T. diced onion

1/2 C. heavy whipping cream,
plus 2 T.
1/4 C. sugar plus 1 T.
1/4 C. apple cider vinegar plus
1 T.

Place salad ingredients into very
large bowl*. In another bowl add
dressing ingredients; stir to blend
well. Pour dressing, a little at a
time, over salad & stir gently to
combine. Mix dressing completely
into salad, and serve immediately.

*Poster uses a 13 C. Tupperware

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)

No-Bake Peanut Butter
Cheerio Bars

1 C. white sugar
1 1/4 C. light corn syrup
1 C. peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. peanuts
6 C. peanut butter Cheerios

In medium saucepan mix white sugar &
light corn syrup; bring to boil. Add
peanut butter & vanilla; mix until
smooth. Place peanut butter Cheerios &
peanuts in large mixing bowl. Pour peanut
butter mixture over Cheerios & peanuts;
stir until combined. Spread Cheerio mixture
in 9 X 13 greased pan. Let cool then cut
into bars.

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)

Crockpot Barbecued Ham
QUICK recipe!

2 1/2 lb. shaved ham*
1 (12 oz) bottle chili sauce
1/2 C. barbecue sauce
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard
16 hamburger buns

Combine chili sauce, barbecue
sauce, brown sugar & dry mustard
in medium sized crockpot; mix well.
Add ham & gently stir until combined.
Heat until bubbly, then reduce heat
to ‘warm’ until ready to serve. Serve
on hamburger buns.

*Poster notes: she usually buys a
small whole ham and asks the butcher
to shave it for her in the deli – it’s
cheaper that way

(recipe: southyourmouth.com)
I’m hoping you’re all up to date
on what you’re planning/baking/
organizing, etc. I’m really ‘hoping’
to be able to finish my shopping
tomorrow, but there’s also another
possible ‘planned’ thing I might have
to attend, first. Still have to bake the
three Christmas breads for my
neighbors; hoping to get that done
tomorrow, also.

Hang in there – even if it’s NOT ALL
DONE – Christmas will come, anyway –
and THAT’S ALL RIGHT! Cherish
those you love, let them know that –
life is all about those moments.



I’ve also been able to do a lot of knitting
baby hats in the trips back & forth to the
hospital; at least I’m getting ‘up to date’
on something! Our weather has been

holding nicely – in the 30’s but no
snow on the ground! YAY! Makes
for much easier walking/driving,
especially on expressways.


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  1. It is great that the weather is cooperating with your hospital trips. I guess it is a bit confusing with so much going on at one time. But you will get through it.

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