Goin’ Out the Door! YES!


Things are moving – going out the door – YES! Got rid of the older 22″ color TV (didn’t really think that would go) to a very nice lady who manages a small hotel near here. She says she tries to pick up older TV’s (because they’re heavy, for one) because some of the people who stay at her place walk off with the TVS! She mentioned they take sheets, towels, TVs and other things which got me to thinking: “What size sheets do you use?” (double bed) – YES! Also gave her 5 sets of sheets in good condition (was trying to figure out how I would list them on Freecycle – each set is different and I don’t think Freecycle has a ‘insert photo’ tab. She said they do work for Child Protective Services and get in families with young children – another YES! I had some younger boys toys – those went with her, too. I asked for her business card and said if I run across anything else I think they might be able to use, I’ll call her; we both came away happy for the meeting!

The childrens games are going, as well. There’s a lady coming a 2 p.m. to pick up about 6 – still have more, just kind of waiting a bit so that the same people don’t get them all. Moving the sheets, games & TV made a BIG dent in the ‘stuff’; finally attacked the top shelf & last few boxes left in the closet and was mildly amused: one big box had nothing but my husband’s VERY old baseball uniforms (from back before we were married – circa 1976)! Another one was his Mother’s stuff – her purse, some business things – think (for now) I’m just going to put them in a smaller box & shove them back up in the top of the closet – don’t feel like dealing with that right now (she’s been gone a good 15 years). The GOOD THING is: I’m making a dent! So happy to be able to give this stuff away – what doesn’t go will go to Purple Heart (they call me monthly; it will be good to say “Yes, you can come for a pick up!”).


Strawberry Brownies

1 box strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 C. canola oil
white chocolate chips (optional)

1 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9″ square baking dish
with parchment paper, leaving
a 2″ overhang on both sides. In
large bowl or mixer, beat eggs &
canola oil into cake mix until no
lumps remain. (If using chocolate
chips, fold them in now) Pour
batter into baking dish; smooth
top. Bake 15-17 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
comes out mostly clean. Remove
brownies from oven & let cool 5
minutes before removing parch-
ment paper from baking dish &
transferring to a wire rack. In a
medium bowl whisk milk & vanilla
into powdered sugar until smooth.
For a thicker glaze, use less milk or
for a thinner glaze, more milk.
Drizzle glaze over slightly cooled
brownies & let stand before
cutting into squares. Makes 1
dozen squares.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

Summer Party Salad

1/3 C. olive oil
4 T. lime juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. finely chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 (15 oz) can chick peas,
1 (15 oz) can black beans,
1 1/2 C. cherry tomatoes, cut
into quarters
1 C. frozen corn, thawed
1 c. finely chopped English
1/2 C. thinly sliced scallion

In medium bowl whisk olive oil,
lime juice, garlic, cilantro, salt/
pepper & set aside. In large bowl
combine remaining ingredients;
pour dressing over salad & toss to
combine. Refrigerate 1 hour until
ready to serve. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com)

Beyond Easy Swiss Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
5-6 slices Swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 C. milk
1 box chicken stuffing mix
1 stick butter, melted

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray; place chicken in
bottom of crockpot. Cover with
Swiss cheese. In a bowl, combine
soup & milk; pour evenly over
chicken & cheese. In larger bowl
mix melted butter into dry stuffing
mix until well combined; spread
over chicken/cheese. Cover & cook
on Low 6 hours or High 3 hours.
Serves 4

*If you have a crockpot where the
crock is removable, place in oven
under broiler a few minutes or
until stuffing on top is a bit crispy.

(recipe: the homeheart.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 medium zucchini
(2-3 C. grated)
7 T. cocoa powder
2 T. butter, softened
3 eggs
2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. applesauce
1 T. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze:
3/4 C. semisweet chocolate chips
3 T. butter
1 T. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grate zucchini & place on paper
towels to absorb extra moisture.
Combine sugar, eggs, applesauce,
zucchini, butter & vanilla in large
bowl. Combine chocolate chips with
a few T. flour to keep them from
sinking to bottom of pan while cake
is baking. Stir in flour, baking soda,
salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder &
chocolate chips; stir until all
ingredients are thoroughly combined.
Pour batter into well greased Bundt
pan. Bake 60-70 minutes until a
wooden toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Let cake cool 10
minutes before inverting onto a plate.
Combine butter, chocolate chips &
corn syrup in microwaveable dish.
(poster used Pyrex glass measuring cup)
Heat in microwave 30 second intervals
at 50% power, stirring in between, until
melted. Pour over cake & serve.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)

Cannoli Dip

1 (32 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1/3 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 1/2 – 2 tsp. vanilla

mini chocolate chips
chopped pistachios
fresh orange zest
graham crackers, vanilla
wafers, fresh fruit – for dipping

Combine first 4 ingredients in large
bowl; top with mini choc. chips,
chopped pistachios and orange
zest. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with dippers of your choice

(recipe: hostthetoast.com)

Chicken & Spinach Manicotti

1 pkg. manicotti tubes
9 oz. fresh spinach
1 T. olive oil
1/2 rotisserie chicken (meat
removed from bones & shredded)
1 egg
18 oz. ricotta cheese
3/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 1/4 C. Italian cheese (shredded
Italian blend – or mozzarella, divided)
alfredo sauce (recipe follows)
fresh chopped parsley – garnish

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
al dente; drain. In small saucepan cook
spinach in 1 T. olive oil until wilted; remove
to cutting board & roughly chop. In large bowl
mix ricotta cheese, shredded chicken, spinach,
Parmesan cheese & egg; spoon mixture into
a piping bag (or large ziplock bag with corner
cut off – hole needs to be large enough for
filling to pass through). Ladle alfredo sauce
over bottom of 9 X 13″ pan. Squeeze filling
into manicotti & arrange in pan, side by side.
Ladle additional sauce over top; sprinkle
with remaining 1/2 C. cheese. Bake 20
minutes; cool slightly & sprinkle top with
chopped parsley.

Alfredo Sauce:

8 T. butter
4 T. cream cheese
1 1/2 C. Half & Half
2 tsp. garlic powder
fresh ground black pepper
2 C. freshly grated Parmesan

In saucepan over medium heat melt
butter, cream cheese, Half & Half &
cream. Whisk in garlic powder &
Parmesan; season with small amount
of black pepper. Simmer, stirring often,
until sauce has thickened to a creamy

(recipe: gogogourmet.com)

Shrimp/Tortellini Pasta Toss

1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated cheese
1 C. frozen peas
3 T. olive oil, divided
1 lb. uncooked shrimp (31-40 per lb)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. pepper

Cook tortellini accordg to pkg directions,
add peas during last 5 minutes of
cooking. In large nonstick skillet, heat
2 T. oil over medium-high heat. Add
shrimp; cook & stir 2 minutes. Add
garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer until
shrimp turn pink. Drain tortellini
mixture; add to skillet. Stir in salt,
thyme, pepper & remaining oil ; toss
to coat. Makes 4 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Creamy Cranberry Salad
Overnight recipe

3 C. fresh or frozen cranberries
(thawed) chopped
1 (20 oz) can unsweetened
crushed pineapple, drained
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 medium apple, chopped
2/3 C. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/4 C. chopped walnuts

In large bowl mix first 6 ingredients
until blended. Refrigerate, covered,
overnight. In large bowl beat cream
until stiff peaks form. Just before
serving, fold cream & walnuts into
cranberry mixture. Serves 16 (1/2
cup each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

The weather today is very nice – sunny & 76;
last night I got to thinking about grandson
visiting tomorrow morning. There are still lots
of blackberries on the vines so I went out
(liberally doused with bug spray) and picked
another 2 quarts! The berries are smaller and
there might be about one more picking before
they’re all dried up but I know my grandson
LOVES eating them, so I thought I’d have some
on hand for him as a treat.

Tonight is my special needs group’s Birthday/
Music night which usually finds me SUPER-
BUSY! We start off by singing their favorite
Christian/Bible songs (they have about 14
they like) – I play piano for that. Then we
do prayer requests; next it’s time for the
‘Birthday People’ to sit at a table and we
all sing Happy Birthday to them. They each
get a large cupcake & glass of diet pop –
then the rest of the room has theirs; then
it’s time to say good bye & clean up the
room & go home. It’s a very fast-paced
hour & 15 minutes and I love it.

Hope you’re having a good day today-
remember to rest when you need to,
drink lots of liquids in this hot weather
(something I keep having to remind
myself of) and do something FUN!






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  1. Wow it looks like the clean out is going very well and what a plus to find the lady who can use a lot of the stuff!

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