‘Nother Cold one!


This one says zero – we woke up to -8 F.  today!

Got up today, knowing we’d be going to church and not really ‘thinking’ about what the outside temperatures would be UNTIL I peeked out and saw that our outdoor thermometer read -8 F. -that’s COLD! When we got in the car, the car temp. read -10 and stayed that way until we got to church where it read -12 (our church is located kind of in the country). It was nice to see that quite a few brave souls made it out, even WITH the cold. The real test will be later when I have to go back (choir practice 4:30 p.m., then evening church) and get out around 7:45 p.m.; somehow I KNOW it’s going to be really cold in my car (and no automatic starter to help things along). Oh well, I’m a born & raised Michigan Girl – I can handle this! (Thanks to those of you who commented on my last post about YOUR temperatures – even though it’s cold here, I can be happy it’s not COLDER, like one of you wrote!) There’s always a blessing if we just but LOOK for it, right?


Butter Cake Bars

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 stick (1/2 C.) melted butter
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 lb. bag (about 3 3/4 C.)
powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line an 8″ X 8″ baking pan with
parchment paper. In a bowl mix
cake mix, melted butter & 1 egg
until a soft dough forms; press
into bottom of prepared dish.
In a stand mixer combine cream
cheese, 2 eggs, sugar & vanilla
until smooth; spread over cake mix
layer. Bake 45 minutes or until
edges are golden brown & center
has set to a soft consistency. Cool
completely before slicing into bars.
Dust top with powdered sugar, if

(recipe: allfood.recipes)

Bacon-Cheeseburger Meatloaf

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 egg
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 C. Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1 T. pepper
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled

1/2 C. ketchup
1 T. mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with
parchment paper; set aside. In large bowl,
place meats, egg, Worc. sauce, bread crumbs,
salt/pepper, garlic & onion powders. Using
your hands, gently combine all ingredients until
they are all combined. If mixture feels too dry,
add a little beef stock or broth, as needed. Place
half of mixture on prepared pan; shape into a
long loaf. Place crumbled bacon & shredded
cheese over top; place remaining meat over
top & gently pinch together with bottom half to
make one loaf, shaping as you go. In small bowl
combine all glaze ingredients until combined;
using a spatula, spread glaze over top of loaf.
Cook 1 hour or until desired doneness is reached.
Let meatloaf stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Serves 10

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)

Bell Pepper Quiche

12 eggs
1 1/2 C. cottage cheese
1/2 C. milk
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 banana pepper, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/4 C. chopped basil
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. melted butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder

Cook bell pepper, banana pepper, basil &
onion in medium skillet at medium heat
7 minutes. Beat together eggs, cottage
cheese, milk, both cheeses, flour, butter,
salt & baking powder 3 minutes in a mixing
bowl. Add pepper mixture to bowl with egg
mixture; stir together & pour into greased
crockpot. Cook quiche on Low 4 hours. Let
cool 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 3-4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

The Very Best Salisbury Steak

1 (10.5 oz) can Campbell’s French
Onion soup
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. dry breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
1 T. flour
1/4 C. ketchup
1-3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, to
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 C. water

In large bowl mix 1/3 C. condensed
soup, ground beef, bread crumbs,
egg, salt & black pepper; shape into
6 oval patties. In large skillet over
medium-high heat, brown both sides
of patties; drain fat. In small bowl blend
flour, & remaining soup until smooth.
Mix in ketchup, water, Worc. sauce &
dry mustard; pour over meat in skillet.
Cover & cook 20 minutes, stirring

(recipe: facebook)

Irish Ham & Potato Pie

6 large eggs
1/2 C. green onions chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 C. cooked, diced potatoes
1 1/2 C. (6 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1 C. diced cooked ham
1/2 C. finely chopped green bell
1/2 C. Half & Half

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Generously butter a 9″ pie plate.
Whisk eggs, onions, salt & pepper
together in large bowl. Add potatoes,
cheese, ham, bell pepper, Half & Half,
stir to blend. Pour mixture into prepared
pie dish. Bake 1 hour 20 minutes until
tested done when a knife inserted into
center comes out clean. Cut into wedges
to serve. Serves 4-6

(recipe: Rhonda-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Favorite Coffee Squares

1 C. raisins
2 C. water
1/2 C. shortening
1 large egg
1 C. sugar
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 C. powdered sugar
2 T. milk (approx)
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place water & raisins in a
saucepan & boil until only
1 C. liquid remains. In a bowl,
add shortening, then pour in
hot liquid from raisins; set
aside to let cool. Beat eggs &
sugar together; stir in cooled
shortening mixture. Mix in
dry ingredients & fold in raisins.
Grease a 10 X 15 edged cookie
sheet; spread dough into pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes. Mix
together glaze ingredients & frost
bars with glaze while bars are
still warm. Cut into squares.
Makes approx. 24 bars

(recipe: Heidi – justapinch.com)

Hope you have a GREAT day – stay warm!



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  1. It is negative 30 below here in Up North Michigan. Hope you stay warm…

  2. Was wondering where you were if you had those kind of temps! (Our choir driector said he’s heading for Houghton tomorrow and he was wondering what the weather would be like there ). I’m in Waterford, which is residential, but it sure is cold! STAY WARM, yourself! You need that advice more than me! PS: Thanks for reading my blog! AND, thanks for commenting – I rarely get comments!

  3. I saw our favorite gentleman last week and he does look like he is on the mend. I looked through the recipes but what looked good meant I had to go out to the store. Ain’t gonna get made right now baby!!!!

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