Thoughts on a Thursday

lady in recliner

It’s been kinda slow around here these past few days – don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! Managed to finish all four lap robes and will take them to the cancer center in September.



Started knitting a gray men’s scarf (for the homeless shelters) – about half done with that. Our weather has definitely been ‘typical’ AUGUST weather – mid 90’s, clear & VERY HOT. Yesterday it was about 94 and ‘sweltering’ – around 4 p.m. we had a quick thunderstorm – that was a surprise but it took the temps. down to 74 which was nice.


Glazed Lemon Zucchini Bread

2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 C. canola oil
1 1/3 C. sugar
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 C. buttermilk*
zest of 1 lemon
1 C. grated zucchini

1 C. powdered sugar
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix flour, salt & baking powder in
medium bowl. In large bowl beat eggs.
Add oil & sugar to eggs until well
blended. Add lemon juice, buttermilk,
lemon zest to mixture & blend all
together. Fold in zucchini unil well mixed.
Add dry  mixture to wet mixture; blend
together until well combined. Pour into
greased 9″ X 5″ ** loaf pan. Bake 40-45
minutes. While still warm, make glaze
& spoon over bread. Let glaze set up
before cutting. Makes 1 loaf.

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
in a 1 Cup measuring cup. Pour
in milk to reach 1/2 C.; stir &
let set 5 minutes – you now have

NOTE: Poster suggested using a
cheese grated to grate zucchini. Make
sure to dry the zucchini after grating
so it is not super watery.

**If using glass 9″ X 5″ loaf pan, bake 15-
25 minutes longer. Can also be made in
smaller loaf pans – divide batter into 4
& place in greased 6 X 2 X 1/2″ pans;
bake 35-40 minutes. Can also be made
into muffins – bake 25-30 minutes; makes
about 15-16 muffins.


Steakhouse Potato Salad

3 lb. small red potatoes (about 12)
cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced

Place potatoes in 2 qt. microwaveable
dish; add water & cover with lid,
Microwave on High 12-15 minutes or
just until potatoes are tender; drain &
place in large bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour
until completely cooled. Mix dressings
until blended; add to potatoes with
remaining ingredients – mix lightly.
Makes 14 (1/2 each) servings

(recipe: kraft recipes)

Bacon & Grilled Onion Macaroni

3 C. macaroni, uncooked
olive oil
6 green onions, trimmed
4 slices bacon cut into 1/2 ”
2 T. flour
2 C. milk
1 (8 oz) pkg. (Kraft) shredded 3-
cheese with a touch of Philadelphia,

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cook pasta in large saucepan accordg
to pkg. directions, omitting salt. Spray
grill pan with nonstick spray & heat
on medium heat. Add onions, drizzle
with oil & cook 4-5 minutes until lightly
charred, turning after 3 minutes; chop.
Cook & stir bacon in medium saucepan
until crisp; remove from pan using slotted
spoon. Drain on paper towels. Add flour to
drippings remaining in pan; cook & stir
1 minute. Gradually stir in milk & cook
3-5 minutes until thickened, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat & add
1 1/2 C. shredded cheese, onions & half
the bacon; mix well. Drain pasta; return
to pan. Add cheese sauce & mix well.
Spoon into a greased 1 1/2 qt. casserole
dish & top with remaining shredded
cheese & bacon. Bake 20 minutes until
heated through. Serves 6

(recipe: Kraft recipes)

Avocado Deviled Eggs

8 eggs
2 medium avocados, mashed
1 T. cilantro, chopped
2 T. lime juice
2 T. chopped onion
salt/pepper, to taste
paprika (for topping)

Boil 8 eggs & let cool, then peel.
Cut boiled eggs in half lengthwise,
place yolks in a bowl & add all
other ingredients (except paprika).
Mix together & spoon into egg
white halves. Sprinkle a little
paprika on top.

Note; You can use the leftover filling
for a dip.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)

Baked Sticky Honey Chicken

one 3-lb chicken, cut into
10 pieces
kosher salt & fresh cracked black
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
1/2 stick butter, melted
juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil & spray with nonstick spray.
Sprinkle chicken on both sides with
salt/pepper. Combine honey, mustard,
melted butter & lemon juice in large
bowl. Toss chicken in mixture & place,
skin side up, on baking sheet. Sprinkle
with more salt/pepper. Bake until chicken
is fully cooked, about 40 minutes.

NOTE: poster used all chicken legs &
said they needed to be cooked an
additional 15 minutes.

(recipe: Courtney Luper-facebook)

Easy Orange Refrigerator Pie

2/3 C. boiling water
1 (3 oz) pkg. orange Jell-O gelatin
ice cubes
1/2 C. cold water
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 tsp. orange zest, finely chopped
1 ready-to-use (6 oz)graham cracker
pie crust

Add boiling water to Jell-O in large
bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely
dissolved. Add enough ice to cold
water to measure 1 Cup; add to
Jello & stir until slightly thickened.
Remove any unmelted ice; whisk
in Cool Whip until blended.
Refrigerate bowl 15-20 minutes
until mixture is thick enough to
mound. Stir in zest & spoon into
crust. Refrigerate 4 hours until firm.
Serves 8


Copycat Crackerbarrel
Country-style Cheesy Hash

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen hash brown
potatoes, thawed
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. onion, chopped
8 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 X 13″ baking dish; place
hash browns in dish & sprinkle with
salt/pepper. In a bowl mix soup, sour
cream, melted butter & onion; spread
over potatoes & stir gently. Sprinkle top
with Cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered,
45-55 minutes until bubbly & golden.

(recipe: The Gooseberry Patch)

Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
6 eggs
1 T. milk
1 C. precooked & crumbled sausage
1 c. shredded cheese (your choice)
salt/pepper, to taste

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Spread crescent rolls across
bottom of crockpot & press seams
together to form a crust. (Make sure you
press them up the sides just a little –
maybe 1/2 inch). Whisk eggs, milk, salt/
pepper & pour over rolls. Sprinkle top
with cooked sausage & top with cheese.
Cook on High 2-3 hours.



Gas prices are now at an all-time low: $2.59/9!
I went shopping at KMart the other day and got
one of their ‘coupons’ good for 30 cents off per
gallon of gas at Speedway – going to cash that
in later today (almost on empty). I LOVE when
those coupons AND the gas prices work together!

Hope you have a great day!




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