Find me if you can!


Well we got the ‘official’ call – nephew is coming; good news is: it’s not the original 9 days, now it’s from Thurs. evening to Sunday morning (that’s better, right?) His Mom said he really wants to come home so she’s going to surprise him and drive up to the college & pick him up; he’ll be home from Saturday to the following Thurs. when we come into the show. I’ve started the ‘clean the house’ program; yesterday I attacked the room he’ll be sleeping in, ordered new window shades (they really needed it) and freed up a few drawers for him. Today was the ‘attack under the baby grand piano’ thing. What, you ask? Let’s just say our house is VERY small and there is virtually no extra room to store anything (that applies mostly because husband will NOT get rid of ANYTHING! We’re talking old magazines, books, etc. to the point where I had to find a solution for this mess – AH! Under the piano! Well, let’s just say there are boxes there that I’d totally forgot about – old toys my middle son used to play with: Gundam/Dragon Ball Z/Micromachines/cars & trucks/army guys & their trucks, jeeps, etc. – TONS of STUFF! There was one box that was chock-full of nothing but teeny-tiny toys: tiny army men, micromachines, all sorts of ‘equipment’ for army guys (guns, machine guns, plastic barbed wire, tiny grenades, etc.). Let’s just say there are now BAGS of various items, sorted by lot: ARMY, micromachines, cars & trucks, Jurasic Park, etc. Yes, I’m fully aware I could probably make some $$$ if we sold some of them – for now they’re going into new storage containers and probably upstairs (IF I can find some room there!) UGH! I’ve spent a good 2-3 hours just cleaning & going through all that – there’s still a good 2-3 boxes of magazines! UGH! (yes, I could just shove them back under there but the boxes they were in have long-since broken, so it’s find new boxes, re-pack, etc. . . . . CALGON TAKE ME AWAY! (My husband, of course, thinks I’m nuts – why bother with all that? It’s been driving me nuts for years, this is just an excuse to do something about it!)


Saucy Fish

1/4 C. mayonnaise
4 tsp. dijon mustard
4 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. (Kraft) horseradish sauce*
4 tilapia fillets (1 lb) (or sole or other
white fish)

Heat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients except fish, until
blended. Spray 9 X 13″ pan with non-
stick spray & place fish in pan. Spread
mayo mixture over fish & bake
15-20 minutes until fish flakes easily
with fork. Serves 4

*you can find this in the condiments
aisle, by the mayonnaise/Miracle
Whip – it comes in a small bottle

(recipe: Kraftfoods)

Zucchini Stuffing

1 small onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
3 T. butter
1 C. flour
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/2 C. canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/3 C. milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
4 C. day-old cubed bread
3 medium zucchini, chopped
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
In small skillet saute onion &
celery in butter until tender; set
aside. In large bowl, combine flour,
sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon
& poultry seasoning. In small bowl
whisk pumpkin, eggs, milk & butter;
stir into dry ingredients just until
moistened. Fold in bread cubes,
zucchini, cheese & onion mixture.
Transfer to a greased 9 X 13 dish.
Cover & bake 30 minutes. Uncover
& bake 10-15 minutes longer until
lightly browned. Makes 12 (3/4 C.
each) servings.


Heirloom Country Chicken Casserole

2.5 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, cubed (do
not peel) boiled & mashed
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (2.8 oz) can french fried onions
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coarse ground pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients & spread into
bottom of a 9 X 13 baking dish.

(Second layer)
1 1/2 – 2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts poached & shredded
1 (26 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (16 oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables,
1 C. sour cream
2 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine all ingredients except Ched. cheese;
spread over potato mixture. Sprinkle Ched.
cheese over top. Bake 45 minutes until cheese
is melted & bubbly. Serves 10-12


Baked Goulash

1 1/2 – 2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
1 T. chopped garlic
1 (28 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 C. water
1 C. (4 oz) shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 2 1/2 qt. casserole with non-
stick spray. In large skillet brown
ground beef, mushrooms, onion &
chopped garlic over medium-high
heat 6-8 minutes until no pink
remains in beef, stirring frequently.
Drain excess liquid then add remaining
ingredients except cheese; mix well.
Place mixture in prepared dish; cover
with foil & bake 25 minutes. Remove
from oven, top with mozzarella cheese.
Return to oven, uncovered, 15-20 minutes
until heated through & cheese has
melted. Serves 4

NOTE: You can also make ahead &
freeze this dish in individual portions
and microwave later.


One-Pot Bacon Chipotle Mac & Cheese

4 slices bacon
4 C. elbow macaroni
5 C. milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 – 1 tsp. pureed chipotle peppers in
adobo sauce
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Chop bacon & fry in large pot over
medium-high heat until crisp; drain fat.
To pot add macaroni, milk & salt; bring
to a simmer over medium heat (be careful
not to scorch the milk). Cook, stirring
frequently, until pasta is al dente, about
10-15 minutes. Stir in desired amount of
chipotle & cheese. Serves 5-6


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls for 6

12 large cabbage leaves
1 lb. ground meat (pork/beef/
lamb/turkey – your choice)
1/2 C. cooked rice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1/4 C. water

Wash cabbage leaves. Boil 4 C.
water; turn off heat & soak
cabbage leaves 5 minutes.
Remove, drain & cool. Combine
remaining ingredients except
for tomato paste & water. Place
2 T. meat/rice mixture on each
leaf & roll up firmly, tucking in
ends as you roll. Place in
crockpot with overlap side down,
stacking them on each other if
necessary. Combine tomato
paste & water; pour over rolls.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.


Banana Zucchini Bread

4 eggs
2 C. sugar
1 C. canola oil
2 bananas, mashed
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 C. shredded zucchini

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease two 4″ X 8″ loaf pans;
set aside. In large bowl, mix
all ingredients together. Divide
batter evenly between pans.
Bake 60 minutes or until bread
tests done.


Cheesy Ranch Orzo

1 C. orzo, uncooked (it’s
a type of rice)
2 C. chicken broth
1 T. ranch dressing mix
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Pour orzo into bottom of crockpot;
pour broth over top. Sprinkle with
ranch dressing mix. Cover & cook
on Low 2 hours. When orzo is
cooked through & there isn’t any
liquid left, stir in Cheddar cheese,
gently. Serve immediately for
best results. Makes 4 servings

*For extra flavor, add in bacon bits
or a can of green chilies


Dutch Apple Pancakes

3 eggs
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. milk
2 T. (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 (20 oz) can sliced apples in water,
confectioners sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray two 9″ cake pans with nonstick
spray. In medium bowl mix eggs, flour &
milk using elec. mixer; beat until smooth.
Add 2 T. melted butter & salt; beat well.
Pour mixture into prepared pans, smoothing.
Bake 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350
degrees; bake an additional 5-7 minutes
until puffy & golden. In a medium skillet
melt remaining 1 T. butter over medium heat.
Stir in remaining ingredients (except conf.
sugar); heat 3-5 minutes until apples are
heated through. Remove pancakes to serving
platter then spoon half of the apple mixture
over each pancake; dust generously with
confectioners sugar & serve immediately.
Serves 4


Peach Dump Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
2 (15 oz, ea) cans sliced peaches*
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. butter, frozen

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cover bottom of a 9″ X 13″ pan
with a light dusting of the dry cake
mix. Pour undrained peaches on top
of dry cake mix then sprinkle the
rest of the cake mix over the top of
the peaches, evenly. Sprinkle a little
cinnamon on top of cake mix. Using
a cheese grater, grate frozen butter
evenly over dry cake mix. Bake 45

*You can substitute any canned fruits
or apple pie filling – any kind of canned
fruit that has syrup with it.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)

Our weather is gorgeous (if you don’t go
outside!) – the sun is shining brightly.
Just looked at the National Weather
Service for our area:  18 degrees F,
wind chill 6 degrees F. – not too bad,
no big winds; still glad I really don’t
have to go out, though! Looks like
tonight we have a 60% chance of
snow, less than an inch (no biggie).

Have a GREAT day!



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  1. A couple of interesting dishes in the post that I might try. Please take that cleanup job slowly we don’t need any injuries or illness as a result.

    • Oh, Lady 0 you know me TOO WELL! I really over-extended yesterday (under the piano) – that kind of taught me a lesson: All things in DUE time! REST in between jobs! Kinda takin’ it slow today, have one kinda ‘small’ cleaning to do – and, if it all doesn’t get done: OH WELL!!! Hugs!

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