Lots of Errands – Lots done!


Our weather is STILL cold (around 11 today, but no winds!); I had quite a few errands that I just kept putting off. Was ‘going’ to do them yesterday and then we got snow overnight and I just didn’t feel like using the broom to clear off my car, struggling down the driveway (and knowing that when returning I might NOT make it up our hill if it wasn’t shoveled) – so I stayed home. Husband happily went out & shoveled out the bottom of the drive with the help of middle son (Yes, the one who was sick) – they got it cleared in record time. Today was: (1) to a company to get my signature notarized (2) to the bank (3) Walgreen’s (4) Library (5) the Township to pay Winter taxes and finally to (6) Krogers for a few groceries. Glad I got it all done early so that now I can just relax a bit. Homemade chili is cooking on the stove; laundry’s caught up & folded, various things to mail were taken care of. When I went to the other knit group Saturday I picked up two rather large skeins of yarn: a brown & cream variegated and a cocoa-brown solid; made a man-sized loomed hat out of them, using the two together. Still lots of yarn left so I started on a scarf using a (new t0 me) pattern – easy, two-row pattern. Since I wasn’t exactly sure how much yarn would be needed I added a cream color: scarf now has about 12 inches of cream, then about the same in variegated. There’s quite a bit of the cocoa, so I’m going to try to use that up entirely for the main body of the scarf, then repeat the variegated & cream on the other end – I’m hoping it will be long enough to be a man’s scarf to go with the hat – we’ll see. (I’d forgotten why I usually don’t like loom knitting: makes my fingers & wrists sore – oh, well – gotta plug on, right?)

Our middle son is now working again! He had mentioned that he was going to go ‘work out’ at the gym with our oldest son, yesterday. What he/we didn’t expect was: (1) his dad would ask for help shoveling snow-FIRST (Remember: this kid has NOT done any exercise, except two short walks with me a few weeks ago, since he was in the hospital for almost 3 weeks). As he came in the door from shoveling he announced that he had to leave to go ‘work out’ with his brother (I cautioned him to not ‘over-do’ it). Later on he came racing in the house; apparently he & oldest son stopped by the restaurant they both used to work at & had lunch. Oldest (who used to be Exec. Chef there) had a ‘chat’ with current chef and asked if middle son might be able to come back to work as a dishwasher. (since he left the job ‘hanging’ by his medical emergency, he hadn’t contacted them about work). Apparently they both chose the PERFECT time/day to ask that question as the current dishwasher hadn’t shown up for work; Exec. Chef said he could work that day if he could change clothes & come back in. You can imagine the thoughts going through MY mind: Oh, Brother! And I was worried about him over-doing it with the snow & gym work out and now he’s going to do strenuous work for 8 hours??? As he put it to me: “Mom, what choice do I have if I want my old job back?” and so he went. He came home about 11 p.m. totally worn out but happy for the work he did. Apparently the restaurant has had EIGHT dishwashers since he was there and they ALL FAILED! He said the place was a mess when he got there so he had to do some cleaning up BEFORE he could actually start doing the dishes/pots & pans! They told him he will be ‘on – call’ for the rest of the week and they will assign him actual hours starting Monday! They didn’t call him in today, so I’m really glad he got a day to rest up after all that; he slept really good last night. So happy he’s finally getting his life back together! (He started prompting me today as to when we were going ‘mattress shopping’ – he will need one when he moves in with his brother; apparently they’ve been talking and it might be soon! (All depends on his getting a job – needs $$$ to pay rent, of course).


(this recipe is a bit vague on how ‘much’ you need to make the recipe, but

I think you can figure it out OK)

Oven-Baked Tacos

Soft taco shells
1 lb. ground beef, browned/
1 can refried beans
1 pkg. dry taco seasoning mix
half small can tomato sauce
shredded cheese of your choice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ dish with non-
stick spray. Mix browned meat,
refried beans, taco seasoning
& tomato sauce together. Stand
a soft taco up (so you can make
a taco out of it), fill middle with
mixture – repeat process until
dish is filled with ‘tacos’. Top
tacos with shredded cheese &
bake 10 minutes.

(recipe: facebook)

Vegetable Beef Soup

2 lb. ground beef
olive oil
6 Yukon Gold potatoes,
8 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bag frozen green beans
1 bag frozen corn
4 C. beef broth
1-2 C. wtaer
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves

Heat olive oil in large stock pot
over medium heat. Add ground
beef & brown; remove & set
aside. Add more oil to same pot;
add celery, onion, potatoes & carrots;
saute until onions are translucent.
Add gr. beef back to pot; pour in
beef stock, water, tomatoes, frozen
green beans, corn & bay leaves; bring
to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer & cover.
Let simmer 1 hour. Season with salt
& pepper.  Serves 6

(recipe: allfood.recipes)
No-Bake Peanut Butter/Oreo Dessert

20 oreos, divided
2 T. butter, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. peanut butter
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar, divided
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed,
15 miniature peanut butter cups,
1 C. cold milk
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant chocolate fugde
pudding mix

Crush 16 Oreos; toss with the butter &
press into ungreased 9″ square pan; set
aside. In large bowl, beat cream cheese,
peanut butter & 1 C. powdred sugar until
smooth. Fold in half of Cool Whip & spread
over crust; sprinkle top with peanut butter
cups. In another large bowl, beat milk,
pudding mix & remaining powdered sugar
on Low speed 2 minutes. Let stand 2
minutes until soft-set; fold in remaining
Cool Whip then spread over peanut butter
cups. Crush remaining Oreos & sprinkle
over top. Cover & chill at least 3 hours.
Serves 12-16


Easy Pierogi Casserole

9 lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 C. hot cooked mashed potatoes
1/2 C. (Kraft) Philadelphia
Chive & Onion cream cheese spread
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (3 oz) pkg. bacon bits, divided
2 C. shredded triple Cheddar cheese
(Kraft), divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook noodles accordg to pkg. directions,
omitting salt. Combine potatoes, cream
cheese spread, onions, 1/2 C. bacon &
1 C. Cheddar cheese. Place 3 noodles in
9 X 13 dish sprayed with nonstick spray.
Cover with 1/3 of potato mixture; repeat
layers twice. Top with remaining bacon &
cheddar; cover. Bake 33-35 minutes or until
heated through, uncovering for last 5
minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before
cutting to serve. Serves 12

(recipe: Kraft Foods)

Smothered Chicken w/Bacon & Onions

8 slices bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
2 onions, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced
1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 C. chicken broth
8 bone-in skinless chicken thighs
2 T. chopped garlic
3/4 C. sour cream
4 C. egg noodles, uncooked
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Cook & stir bacon in large skillet over
medium heat until crisp; remove bacon
from skillet; drain on paper towels. Drain
all but 2 T. drippings from skillet. Add onions
& garlic to skillet; cook 15-18 minutes or until onions
are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add
flour, pepper & half of bacon during the last
minute. Whisk in broth (mixture will be thick).
Add chicken to crockpot; cover with onion
mixture. Cook on Low 4-5 hours or High
2-3 hours. About 15 minutes before serving,
cook noodles as directed on pkg, omitting salt.
Drain noodles & place on platter. Transfer
chicken to platter, reserving onion mixture in
crockpot. Stir in sour cream. Top chicken with
onion mixture, parsley & remaining bacon.
Serves 8

(recipe: Kraft foods)

Avocado Chicken Salad

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 avocado
1/4 C. chopped onion
juice of 1/2 lime
2 T. cilantro, minced fine
salt & pepper, to taste

Cook chicken breasts until done; let
cool & shred. Mix all other ingredients
together with chicken and serve.
Good on toast, crackers, a few leaves
of lettuce.

(recipe: Facebook)

Chocolate Walnut Cake

8 eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 C. toasted ground walnuts
2 tsp. vanilla
6 T. flour
1/3 C. sifted cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 C. orange marmalade
1 tsp. confectioners sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lightly grease & flour 9″ springform pan,
tapping out any excess flour. Crack 2 eggs
in large bowl; separate 2 more eggs, placing
whites in a second large bowl & adding yolks
to the bowl with the whole eggs. Separate
remaining 4 eggs, adding whites to other whites
(reserve the 4 yolks for another use). You should
have 6 whites in 1 bowl, 2 whole eggs plus 2
yolks in the other bowl.
Beat egg whites with elec. mixer on high speed
until foamy. Add 1/3 C. granulated sugar & beta
until soft peaks form; set aside. Clean & dry
beaters. Add brown sugar & remaining 2/3 C.
granulated sugar to eggs & yolks; beat with
mixer on medium speed until thick & light
colored, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of
bowl; beat in toasted ground nuts & vanilla until
combined. Beat in flour, cocoa powder, salt &
cinnamon just until combined, scraping down
sides as needed. Fold in 1 C. beaten whites with
a rubber spatula until smooth, then fold in
remaining whites with very gentle arcs, just until
incorporated (some white streaks may still be
visible). Gently pour batter into prepared pan.
Place pan in oven, reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
Bake until set, puffed & spongy, but nonetheless
firm, 40-45 minutes. Transfer to wire rack; let
cool completely, about 2 hours. Cake will shrink
away from sides of pan as it cools. Remove pan
sides. Release cake from pan’s bottom using a
long, thin metal spatula & carefully transfer to
a serving plate. Slice cake, horizontally, into two
layers with long thin knife. Gently life off top,
spread marmalade (or jam) over bottom layer
& replace top. Do not press down. Sprinkle top
with confectioners sugar just before serving.
Serves 10

(recipe: Eating Well.com)

How are your Gas Prices lately? Today I passed
by my favorite (Clark) station; the other day
they had the cheapest gas on sale for $1.86/9
then later that day it went to $1.82/9 – today
I was thinking it might be that price or lower,
only to find it was: $1.89/9 ! Not cool! (Don’t
get me wrong, $1.89/9 beats $4 a gallon any
day, it’s just that the way the gas prices have
been dropping, I expected to see lower than
$1.82/9  – not a jump!

Well, since it’s still really COLD outside, I’m
going to go get cosy in my recliner, cover up
with a crocheted blanket my dear friend
Mary/Momma made me and work on that
brown/cream scarf more.

Enjoy your day and stay warm!!!




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  1. I spent the day reading and then into my upsy daisy chair for a few hour of TV. I have two appointments tomorrow then it is back home. It sounds ben is getting it together.

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