Woke up today to snow on the ground – not much, but it’s our first ‘sticking’ snow. This was the first time in quite awhile that all four of us had somewhere to go and, wouldn’t you know it – we all had to be out/gone by 10:30 a.m.?! Mad rush for the bathroom/shower, etc. but we all accomplished our assigned tasks. Youngest to work at pizza place, middle son to go to an all-day Super Smash Brothers (video game) tournament an hour away with his buddies, husband for a haircut and me to the other knit group. While driving it was raining a bit, temps. at 30 degrees F. Got to my destination (insert here leader of this group changed places starting this month) – no other knitters present. I texted/called/texted, etc – no response! Oh, goodie – so I knit by myself for half an hour. While I was packing up my ‘stuff’ my cell phone beeped I had a text: turns out leader is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on a CRUISE! “See you next Saturday instead!” Sigh – I had noticed she created another new web site; checked that last night and noted it does NOT have a calendar (I also added that in my text to her). On my drive home (new location is farther from my house) I decided to stop at Krogers and pick up a few things. Happily surprised that Kiwis were 6/$2.99 ! WOW! (middle son has taken a liking to them). Fresh raspberries $1.49 a 1/2 pint? (the little box); picked up a fully cooked ham for $14.00 – that will come in handy soon. Dinner tonight is going to be the last of the turkey in the form of Turkey Noodle Soup (I forgot I’m used to buying 20-21 lb. turkeys and this one was only 14 lb. so it didn’t go very far). Tomorrow is middle son’s 26th birthday so I have to bake a big batch of brownies for him (his favorite: 9 X 13″ pan of chocolate frosted brownies baked a little ‘under-done’ so they’re really gooey!).
pork or beef ribs
2 C. BBQ sauce + extra to brush
1 C. ketchup
3 T. apple cider vinegar*
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
dash hot sauce (if desired)
salt/pepper, to taste
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place ribs in single layer on a
baking sheet; salt & pepper,
to taste. Bake 15 minutes, turn
them over, bake 15 minutes more.
In medium bowl combine BBQ,
ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar.
Worcest. sauce & hot sauce; mix
well. Place browned ribs in crockpot.
Pour sauce over ribs & cook on High
4-6 hours or Low 8-10 hours. When
ribs are done, brush with remaining
BBQ sauce. Broil in oven until BBQ
sauce gets caramelized.
*or substitute white vinegar
Creamy Spinach Bake
1 T. butter, melted
1/2 C. chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (8 oz) pkg. ceam cheese,
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/well drained
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Melt butter in small skillet on
medium heat. Add onions & garlic;
cook & stir 5 minutes or until crisp-
tender. Beat cream cheese, sour cream,
eggs & pepper in large bowl with elec.
mixer until blended. Add onion mixture
& spinach; mix just until blended. Spoon
into a 9″ square pan sprayed with nonstick
spray; sprinkle top with nutmeg; cover with
foil & bake 45 minutes or until heated through &
lightly browned, uncovering after 30
minutes. Serves 8
(recipe: Kraft foods)
3 potatoes, scrubbed/cut into wedges
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place potato wedges in single layer
in 9 X 13 baking dish slightly
overlapping them. In small bowl
combine remaining ingredients.
Brush potatoes with half of oil
mixture & bake 40-45 minutes or
until fork-tender & light golden,
basting occasionally with remaining
oil mixture. Serves 4
Chicken Taco Dip
2 chicken breast halves
1 (14 oz) can corn, drained
1 (14 oz) can black beans,
1 (4 oz) can green chiles
1-2 C. salsa
2 T. taco seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
salt & pepper, to taste
tortilla chips, for serving
Place chicken, corn, beans, chiles,
salsa & taco seasoning in crockpot. Cover
& cook on Low 4-6 hours, until chicken
is cooked through & tender. Remove
chicken & shred using 2 forks; add back
to crockpot. Cut cream cheese into 8
pieces & stir into mixture. Let cream
cheese melt & stir again. Add salt & pepper
to taste & serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 15 servings
Crockpot Pizza Casserole
1 lb. ground Italian sausage,
1/2 lb. ground beef, browned/
1/2 large onion, chopped
8 oz box short pasta (rigatoni,
penne, or ziti) cooked – but
3 (14 oz, ea) jars pizza sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, chopped
8 oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni (dabbed
off of grease between paper towels
& microwaved a few seconds to
remove all grease)
16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
In large bowl combine everything
together (except mozz. cheese).
Spray insides of crockpot with non-
stick spray. Layer mixture alternately
with mozz. cheese, ending with a
cheese layer on top. Cover & cook
on Low 3 1/2 – 4 hours. (If cooked
longer, on High, it may burn).
Caramel Peach Muffins
4 T. butter
2/3 C. light brown sugar
3/4 C. cooked or canned, drained
1 3/4 C. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
4 T. shortening
3/4 C. milk
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Melt 4 T. butter in a saucepan &
cream together with brown sugar.
Divide mixture evenly into 12 well-
greased muffin pans. Cover with 2
medium thick slices peaches. Sift
flour, baking powder & salt together.
Cut in 4 T. shortening then add milk,
stirring only enough to moisten the
dry ingredients. Drop by spoonsful
on top of peach mixture in pan.
Bake 18-20 minutes. Turn out of
Makes 12 muffins
(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 t. chopped pimentos
2 green onions, chopped
wheat crackers for dipping
Mix cream cheese & mayonnaise
until blended; stir in Cheddar &
pimentos then top with chopped
onions. Serve with crackers
Makes 8 servings, 2 T. spread
& 8 crackers each
(recipe: Kraft foods)
No-Knead Pizza Dough
3 C. all-purpose or bread flour (more
1/4 tsp. instant yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. water
In large bowl, mix flour with yeast &
salt; add water & stir until blended
(dough will be very sticky). Cover bowl
with plastic wrap & let rest 12-24 hours
in warm spot, about 70 degrees F.
Place dough on lightly floured work
surface & lightly sprinkle top with flour.
Fold dough over on itself once or twice,
cover loosely with plastic wrap & let
rest 15 minutes. Divide dough into 4
pieces & shape each piece into a ball.
Generously sprinkle a clean cotton towel
with flour & cover dough balls with it. Let
dough rise for 2 hours. Stretch or toss
dough into desired shape, cover with
toppings & bake on top of a very hot
7-UP Pound Cake
3 sticks butter
3 C. granulated sugar
3 C. sifted cake flour
1/3 C. 7-UP (or any lemon/lime
2 t. lemon extract
Preheat oven 315 degrees F.
Grease & flour bundt pan.
Combine butter & sugar in elec.
mixer bowl; beat until light &
fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating well after each addition.
Slowly add flour to mixture, being
careful not to overvbeat at this point.
Add in 7-Up & lemon extract; mix until
just combined. Pour batter into prepared
pan; bake 1 hour 15 minutes.
Cool n pan on wire rack 10 minutes,
then remove from pan to plate.
Either lightly dust top of cake with
confectioners sugar or make a quick glaze:
Mix ingredients together until just
pourable; spoon over cake & wait
until it hardens to serve.
Potato Kielbasa Skillet
1 lb. red potatoes, cubed
3 T. water
3/4 lb. Polish kielbasa sausage
(or Polish sausage) cut into 1/4″
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 T. olive oil
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. cider vinegar
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 C. fresh baby spinach
5 bacon strips, cooked &
Place potatoes & water in
microwave-safe dish; cover &
microwave on High 4 minutes or
until tender; drain. In large skillet
saute kielbasa & onion in oil until
onion is tender. Add potatoes; saute
3-5 minutes longer or until kielbasa
& potatoes are lightly browned. Combine
brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme &
pepper; stir into skillet & bring to boil. Reduce
heat; simmer uncovered 2-3 minutes or
until heated through. Add spinach & bacon;
cook & stir until spinach is wilted. Makes
Because it’s been raining the snow is melting!
YAY! Forecast for the next few days is mostly
rain – that’s OK by me: you can walk & drive
in rain – not always so with snow.
Hope you are able to relax a little now that
the holidays are past. We still have our
Christmas decorations up but I’m not
worried – they’re ‘happy’ where they are
and so am I – for now. They will (eventually)
get put away – when I feel like it!