Whew! It’s a HOT one out there today!


Went out a little earlier to do a few errands and was surprised at the temperature: 87 ! Bright sun (NO BREEZE), a little cloudy – not the kind of day you want to spend in your car (but it WAS one of those days where I seemed to get stuck at red lights or just when the light turns green you hear a siren and here comes two fire trucks – you guessed it – gotta wait for the next green – sigh). One of my quick trips was to the hardware store to get a key cut – no problem. Finish my errands, get back home & hand husband the little bag with key and say: “Here’s your key!” He opens the bag and says: “Where?” No key! Have NO idea where it went; call store & they check – no key . . . drive back and get another one cut (free) – in the hot car – sigh. I decide that THIS TIME I deserve a little something for me, so I stopped at Tim Horton’s and got a Iced Cappuccino with caramel drizzle – now THAT cooled me off!

Dinner is in the crockpot: BBQ’d ribs; mac & cheese & cole slaw go with. Am going to try the Strawberry dessert I posted a few days ago (substituting blueberry pie filling) – was ‘going’ to make it the other day only to discover I didn’t have 8 oz. of cream cheese – sigh.

You know how, sometimes, life kicks ya in the boo-tay? Well, that’s me today. Our knit group is working out well on Facebook except that one of my members kind of took it on herself to ‘help’ me out by posting the Knit/Movie night on FB – I didn’t WANT it posted on a (PUBLIC) Facebook – friend who hosts the event has a basement that only holds about 15, plus her parking leaves a bit to be desired. UGH! Yes, I’m moderator of the group but because SHE posted the event, only SHE can erase it! Frustration! One good thing: she didn’t post the address/date/time – whew! I had a (new to the group, so far only on Facebook – has never come to a group meeting at Panera Bread) person get a bit ‘touchy’ with me about it – still sorting that one out. Double UGH! Yep, I deserved the iced cappoccino today!


 Peaches ‘n Cream Dessert
(overnight recipe)

1 (16 oz) pkg. pecan shortbread
cookies, crushed
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar
1 (3 oz) pkg. peach Jell-O
2 T. cornstarch
1 (12 oz) can lemon-lime soda
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) Tub Cool Whip, thawed
6 C. fresh or frozen sliced peeled
peaches, thawed
1/3 C. unsweetened pineapple juice

In small bowl combine cookie crumbs &
butter; press onto bottom of ungreased
9 X 13 pan. In small saucepan, combine
sugar, Jell-O & cornstarch; stir in soda
until smooth – bring to boil & cook,
stirring, 5-7 minutes until slightly
thickened. Cool to room temp, stirring
In large bowl beat cream cheese & powdered
sugar until smooth; beat in Cool Whip until
blended & spread over crust. Combine
peaches & pineapple juice; arrange over
cream cheese layer. Pour Jell-O mixture over
top, cover & refrigerate overnight.
Makes 15 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

1 onion, chopped
1 lb. ground beef, cooked &
6 medium potatoes, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans,
rinsed & drained
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 C. finely shredded Cheddar

Mix all ingredients (except cheese)
in 6 qt. crockpot; stir well. Cover &
cook on High 4 hours or Low 8 hours.
Uncover & sprinkle cheese over top;
cover & cook an additional 1 hour.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

Meatball Sub Casserole

2 tubes Pillsbury refrigerated
crusty French loaf bread
1 (32 oz) bag frozen fully cooked
Italian meatballs, thawed
1 jar marinara sauce
2 T. garlic spread, divided
2 C. shredded mozzrella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick spray.
Remove bread loaf from tube & use a
sharp knife; slice down the middle
lengthwise (without cutting all the
way through). Open up bread & lay
flat on prepared pan. Press out to the
edges using your fingers-just get it to
the edges as best you can; if it doesn’t
stay or holes break apart in center, that’s
OK. Bake 20-25 minutes until bread begins
to slightly brown. Slice thawed meatballs
in half & place in large pot along with
marinara sauce; stir to cover meatballs with
sauce. Cover & heat over medium heat,
stirring occasionally 20 minutes while bread
is baking. Remove pan from oven; spread
1 T. garlic spread over top of bread. Spoon
meatballs & sauce over top of bread making
sure meatballs lie as flat as possible (even
into parts of pan that might not have bread
on it.) Evenly sprinkle with mozzarella
On greased flat cookie sheet lay the second
bread roll using the same process as the
first: slice roll down the center, etc to form
a 9 X 13 rectangle. (holes are OK). Carefully
take bread rectangle & lay over top of
cheese layer; using fingers, try to spread
to edges as best you can. Place pan back
in oven & bake 20-25 minutes until bread
begins to brown on top. Remove from oven
& spread remaining garlic spread over top.
Slice into 18 slices.

(recipe: two-in-the-kitchen.com)

5 Ingredient Spinach/Parmesan Pasta

8 oz. uncooked pasta
3 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
5-6 C. packed fresh baby spinach
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions,
cooking until al dente. Drain, reserving
1/2 C. of pasta water; set pasta aside.
Using same pot, melt butter over medium
heat; add garlic & cook 2-3 minutes. Add
pasta & spinach, gently tossing & cook
until spinach leaves are wilted. If pasta
starts to dry out, add some of reserved
pasta water (usually about 1/3 C.). Stir
in 1/4 C. Parm. cheese; toss until combined.
Season with salt/pepper, to taste.
Pour pasta into a large bowl, garnish with
additional Parmesan cheese & serve
immediately. Serves 4


Avocado Crab Dip

2 avocados, mashed
2 (6 oz, ea) cans crab meat
2-3 T. Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
seasoning blend

Combine all ingredients in small
bowl; mix well. Taste – if you like
it extra spicy, add a bit more
seasoning. Cover & refrigerate
30 minutes; serve immediately.


Quinoa Biscuits with 2 Cheeses

3 eggs
2 C. cooked, cooled quinoa
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. minced green onions
2 tsp. minced thyme
2 T. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl whisk eggs until light. Stir
in remaining 8 ingredients until
combined. Shape 2 T. portions of
mixture into balls. Arrange on
greased baking sheet & bake
18 minutes or until done. Serve
warm. Makes 9 servings.

(recipe: Russie-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Peanut Butter/Pretzel/
Choc. Chip Bars
(no bake)

1/4 C. unsalted butter
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. quick oats
1/2 C. crispy rice cereal
3/4 C. chopped pretzels
1/4 C. mini chocolate chips

Cut out a 8″ X 8″ square of parchment
paper; place in bottom of 8″ X 8″ baking
pan. In large saucepan, add butter, brown
sugar, honey & peanut butter; heat over
medium-low heat, stirring occasionally,
until mixture starts to bubble. Cook 2
minutes while stirring; remove from
heat & stir in vanilla. Stir in oats, rice
cereal & pretzels; stir until well coated.
Pour into prepared pan, pressing mixture
evenly. Sprinkle mini choc. chips over top
& gently press into bars using your hands.
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before
cutting. Makes 8-10 bars
NOTE: bars should be refrigerated; they
will keep up to one week.

(recipe: twopeasandtheirpod.com)


I noticed today that gas prices have jumped more
probably in anticipation of the holiday weekend;
our local Clark (which I think is about the lowest)
was at $2.65/9 for regular (a week ago it was
$2.46/9). Oh well – not much choice there, eh?

I’m still plugging away at the yellow crocheted
baby blanket; I’m guessing another few days
and it will be done (then will have to do the
white crocheted border). Like other people,
I have sites I like to peruse; some people like
looking at shoes/purses or gardening stuff –
I like looking at knitting or crochet sites for
more easy/free patterns (as if I don’t have
enough already, right?) Ran into a few sites
yesterday that had some (new to me) sort
of easy stitch patterns – right now I’m sort
of trying to figure out exactly what stitch
to use for the NEXT baby blanket. I have
3 colors of yarn available: white, lavender
and a darker purple. Not sure if I want to
try a new crochet pattern (practiced the
shell pattern in crochet this morning),
or if I want to do something with knitting.
Ah, the ‘fun’! There is a new (to me) Face
book group called Pure Michigan Knitters –
I’m really enjoying getting to see posts
& conversations about my favorite
craft! The ladies are very friendly
and helpful, so that makes even the
very new knitter feel welcome.

Discovered yesterday via the Sunday
newspaper that the Alphabet murder/
mystery series I’ve been reading by
Sue Grafton is NOT complete! I thought
I’d just cruise through A to Z  (I’m on
“V is for Vengeance” right now) and
according to the article she’s still
writing Xlooks like I’ll be waiting
awhile for the next one, eh? Darn.

I’ll let ya go now and get back to
either perusing craft sites or
working on finishing the baby
afghan. OH! Forgot to tell you –
after the Yarn Swap the other
night there was still a pretty
big bag of miscellaneous yarns/
a few knit/crochet booklets and
some needles & hooks. I called
the Senior Center near me and
she told me to bring them in.
Turns out they have a big box in
their foyer for donations; the
donations go to the local
Children’s Village (for troubled
children) – they use the donations
to teach the kids to knit & crochet!
So happy to be ‘playing it forward’!

Enjoy your day!




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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Stay cool!

  2. The donation to Children’s village sounds like a good thing. Be sure to take a picture of the yellow afghan when you are done.

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