Mighty Chilly out there!


Had to go for a routine check-up to my doctor’s today – was really surprised that such a sunny, clear day would produce temps. of 7 degrees F with wind chill of -12 (no WONDER I was freezing!) You really learn just how efficient your car’s heater is in temps like these (mine is not too great, usually takes about 5 minutes before you feel anything).

Nothing much new around here, still working on the baby afghan (am about half done now). It’s a very nice looking pattern but rather tedious (but then – I knew that).


Reese’s No-Bake Peanut
Butter Bars

1 C. butter, melted
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 3/4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (11 oz) bag milk chocolate chips

Combine all ingredients except
chocolate chips in medium bowl. Stir
until mixture is smooth & creamy. Pour
mixture into a 9″ X 13″ pan. Melt chocolate
chips in microwave (50% power) 1-2
minutes; stir & pour over peanut butter
mixture in pan. Spread melted chocolate
with spatula to make even. Refrigerate
1 hour to set. Cut when cooled.

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)
Ham & Pineapple Pasta Bake

16 oz. penne pasta (uncooked)
4 oz. black forest ham, diced
2 C. pineapple tidbits
8 oz. shredded Mexican-blend cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F
Spray 9″ X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Cook pasta accordg.
to pkg. directions; drain & place in
large bowl. Add half of pasta to
prepared baking dish; sprinkle half
of ham & pineapple over pasta; cover
with half cheese. Pour remaining
pasta into baking dish; sprinkle with
remaining ham & pineapple; top with
remaining cheese. Bake 20 minutes
until completely heated through &
cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)

Bacon & Tomato Quesadillas

8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Mexican-blend
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes & chipotle
8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/2 C. chopped fresh basil
2 T. vegetable oil
sour cream

Layer on half of each tortilla: 1/4 C. cheese,
2 T. diced tomatoes, 1 T. bacon & 1 T. basil.
Fold each tortilla in halve to form a half circle.
Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle
with oil. Cook each quesadilla, over medium-
high heat 1 1/2 minutes on each side until
cheese is melted & tortilla is lightly browned.
Cut quesadillas into 4 wedges & serve with
sour cream. Serves 8

(recipe: redgoldtomatoes.com)

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

2 C. sugar
4 T. cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 C. milk
1 C. peanut butter
1 T. vanilla
3 C. oatmeal

waxed paper

In a heavy saucepan, bring to a boil:
sugar, cocoa, butter & milk. Boil 1
minute then add peanut butter, vanilla
& oatmeal; mix well. Drop mixture by
teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow
to cool & harden.

(recipe: Facebook)

Creamy Chicken & Rice Soup

1 (2 lb) rotisserie chicken
5 T. unsalted butter
1 C. diced carrots
1 C. diced onion
1 C. diced celery
1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. flour
1 quart chicken stock/broth
1 C. frozen green peas
1 C. heavy cream
salt, as needed
(rice – see note)
If you want, you could cook your
own rice & add to soup

Remove meat from chicken; dice
into bite-sized pieces (equivalent
to about 3 C. diced, cooked chicken)
In medium pot over medium-high heat,
melt butter. Add carrots, onion, celery,
parsley, pepper, thyme & garlic powder;
stir & cook 5 minutes. Lower heat to
medium; add flour. Stir & cook 3 more
minutes. Add chicken stock/broth &
stir with wooden spoon until combined.
Add cooked chicken; stir & reduce
temperature to Low.

(NOTE: Poster uses Success brand Rice;
2 bags Jasmine flavored.
At this point in
the recipe she advises:

Bring a medium pan of water to a boil & place
2 bags rice into water; follow directions on
box. When rice is almost done, heat soup
back up & add peas & cream; stir. Taste &
only add salt if needed. Once rice is done,
follow rice box directions to remove & drain;
add rice to soup – stir & serve. Serves 6-8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)

Melt in your Mouth Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 C. Parmesan cheese
2 C. Greek-style plain yogurt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with
nonstick spray; place chicken
in pan. Mix together rest of
ingredients & spread over
chicken breasts. Bake 1 hour.

(recipe: Facebook-Courtney Luper)

Steak & Black Bean Chili

2 lb. boneless beef cut into
1-inch cubes
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 large onion, chopped
2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans,
drained & rinsed
2 (14.5 oz ea) cans chili-style chopped
1 tsp. sugar
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
salt & pepper, to taste

Toppings (optional):
sour cream
shredded Cheddar cheese

Place beef cubes in crockpot; turn on
Low. Sprinkle chili powder, garlic powder
& cumin over meat. Add onion & green
pepper; add black beans, tomatoes &
sugar to crockpot. Cover & cook 8-10
hours (on Low). Uncover; stir in tomato
paste, season with salt & pepper.
Garnish with sour cream & shredded
Cheddar cheese. Serves 6

(recipe: food.com)

Hope you’re able to stay nice & warm during
these cold winter days; we DO know that Spring
is on the way – that’s a relief, eh? (Bad part is:
we who live in the great state of Michigan also
know that there will be more snow in our future
BEFORE we see Spring! All part of the ‘enchant-
ment’ of living in the Great Lakes State!).

I’ve started the next ‘three story’ volume of
Sue Grafton‘s Alphabet murder/mystery
series (she writes from A to Z, “A is for Alibi”,
B/Burglar etc.) – I’ve just stared “G is for Gumshoe”.
I like the way she writes so reading goes quickly;
it’s also nice to know I have a lot of alphabet still
to come!

Got to watch (what I think is the first of the new
series) “Suits” last night. I must admit – after
watching I went to our OnDemand to preview
the other episodes just to see if I had missed
something – for some reason, it didn’t all ‘mesh’
together – I felt like I was watching the show for
the first time; couldn’t quite figure out what was
going on! Weird! I like that show – it’s a little ‘raw’,
I like the development of the characters. For actual
character development, I must admit my loyalty
to “Downton Abbey” on PBS – this is now Season 5
and they really keep things moving! This is one of
those programs where, if you haven’t watched it
before, you might have a bit of trouble figuring out
all the backgrounds, sub-plots, characters, etc. They
do an excellent job of moving the story line along –
I really look forward to each new episode.

Guess I’d better wrap this one up – time to go get
all cozy with my book!

Enjoy your day –




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  1. Love the snowman! 😉

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