All “Growed UP”!


My youngest is finally 21!

At first he didn’t want a picture of him with his birthday cake then, after we cut the first piece, he decided to take a ‘selfie’ – oh well, better than nothing! It’s a Dairy Queen Extreme Chocolate ice cream cake – that’s what he wanted. Every other year he wanted their Reece’s Peanut Butter cake – I can honestly say I like the peanut butter one better – this is TOO MUCH chocolate for me! VERY RICH, but then chocolate is not my favorite ice cream flavor (but it’s not MY birthday, so what does it matter, right?) His birthday present ‘grew’ quite a bit- we ended up paying for his car to be fixed – now he’s a happy camper out on the road again doing his pizza deliveries. I asked if he was thinking of doing an ‘inside pizza’ job instead of all the wear & tear on his car and he said: “For now, it pays the bills.” He told me that the store he’s at gets lots of deliveries and the customers pay well in tips, so I guess, for now that’s what works.

Middle son has now worked 2 weeks for the garbage truck company – not every day was he ‘on a truck’ but said that it’s “OK”. One of his friends asked to get together after work and son said: “No Dude – I’ve got to get a shower – I smell like Sh__; quite literally like sh – – and dead things, you don’t want to hang out with me right now.” I told him that when he moves back home there’s NO WAY I’m doing his laundry if that’s the case. He said he will come home & go straight downstairs to put his clothes in the washer – good! Our oldest, when he was working in kitchens as a dishwasher had those exact orders – leave your shoes on the porch and ditch the clothes in the washer! Dishwashing left a particular (GROSS) smell like very old/rotten steak fat & vinegar – a very nasty smell which lingered on his shoes – yuck!

Today grandson is coming over (any time now) – looks like our schedule for him has changed for the next 3 weeks or so:: Fridays ALL DAY then drive him to football practice; Tuesdays pick him up at summer camp & drive him to football practice.  The one good thing – usually when he gets here on Fridays he plops on the couch and takes a 2-3 hour nap!


Blueberry Crumb Bars

1 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
3 C. flour
1 C. butter
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Fruit Filling:
4 C. blueberries
1/2 C. sugar
3 tsp. cornstarch

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
spray. Cream butter, sugar & egg
together; add dry ‘dough’ ingredients
together;  mix well. Place half of
dough in bottom of prepared pan.
Mix fruit filling ingredients together
gently & pour over crust in pan. Place
rest of crumble dough on top &
bake 45 minutes.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby – Facebook)

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

1 medium spaghetti squash
3 T. butter
1 small yellow onion, very thinly
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
salt/pepper, to taste
3/4 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cut squash in half lengthwise &
remove seeds. Place in a covered
dish with 1/4 inch water & micro-
wave 10-12 minutes. In medium-
sized skillet over medium heat add
butter, onions, red pepper flakes,
garlic salt, salt/pepper & cook until
onions are brown in color. Using a
fork, scrape the insides of the squash
out & transfer to a small bowl.  Mix
squash & onions, etc. sour cream &
half of cheese together –  mix well.
Transfer to a buttered baking dish
& top with remaining cheese. Bake
20-25 minutes. Place pan under
broiler until cheese turns golden
on top. Serves 6

(recipe: Courtney Luper, Facebook)

Old Fashioned Tuna Mac Salad

1/2 lb. elbow macaroni (or shell)
1 C. mayonnaise
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
Cajun & Old Bay seasoning,
to taste
1 – 2 (5 oz, ea) cans tuna in oil,
1/2 C. frozen peas, thawed

Prepare macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & place in bowl.
Immediately add mayonnaise &
toss until well coated. Mix in egg,
celery & seasonings. Add tuna &
peas & gently fold, add additional
mayonnaise if needed. Serve
immediately – recipe can be
doubled or tripled. Serves 4-6

Additional Add-ins:
-chopped sweet onion, purple, or
-chopped sweet or dill pickles or
-black or green olives, chopped
-sweet bell pepper, chopped
-pimentos, chopped
-shredded carrots
-shredded cheese
-1-2 T. creamy salad dressing
-juice from 1-2 wedges lemon
-splash of pickle juice or cider
-chopped fresh parsley, dill and/or

Note: May substitute chicken
for tuna and use Miracle Whip
in place of mayonnaise, if you prefer


Magic Glazed Chicken

6 oz. orange juice frozen, thawed
3 chicken breasts, split
1/2 tsp. marjoram
1 dash ground nutmeg
1 dash garlic powder
1/4 C. water
2 T. cornstarch

Combine thawed OJ in bowl with
spices. Split chicken breasts to make
6 servings. Dip chicken in OJ mixture
to coat completely; place in crockpot.
Pour remaining OJ mixture over chicken;
cover & cook on Low 7-9 hours or High
4 hours. When chicken is done, remove
to serving platter. Pour sauce that
remains into a saucepan. Mix cornstarch &
water & stir into juice in pan. Cook over
medium heat, stirring constantly, until
thick & bubbly. Serve sauce over chicken.
Serves 6


Cheesy Italian Pasta Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. pasta, cooked
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 T. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Using large skillet, brown meat &
season with garlic powder, paprika,
salt/pepper. Raise heat to medium-
high & add sauce; cook until sauce
just starts to bubble, but not boil.
Add cream cheese; stir until
thoroughly combined. Add past to
skillet & stir to coat. Place mixture
in a greased casserole dish & top
with shredded mozzarella & Parmesan
cheeses. Bake 20-25 minutes until
cheeses are melted & sauce is

Refrigerator Cucumber Pickles

3 cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
3 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. white vinegar
3 T. celery seed
1 1/2 tsp. salt

In 9 X 13″ baking dish combine
cucumbers, onion & bell pepper. In
medium saucepan over medium-high
heat, bring remaining ingredients to
a boil, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture
over vegetables and allow to cool
completely. Cover & chill overnight
before serving. Makes 8 cups


Luscious Lemon Delight

1 C. flour
1/2 C. ground (or very finly chopped)
1/4 C. butter, melted

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
2 small pkgs. instant lemon pudding
1 T. lemon juice
3 C. milk
1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. finely chopped pecans (for topping)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, chopped nuts & melted
butter until well blended; press mixture
into bottom of 9 X 13 pan. Bake 15
minutes; cool completely.
Using elec. mixer, mix cream cheese &
powdered sugar until smooth & creamy.
Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip; spread over crust.
(If crust pulls apart – work slowly, don’t
panic. You might have to use your
fingers to spread cream cheese layer
as best you can.) Whisk together pudding
mixes & milk; add lemon juice & stir to
thicken. Spread pudding over cream cheese
layer. Spread remaining Cool Whip over
pudding & sprinkle top with chopped nuts.
Refrigerate 4 hours.


Looks like we’re not getting any rain for
the next 3-4 days; 80’s & sunny which is
good for this time of year.

Just got the word from the lady at
Detroit Veteran’s Hospital – she will
be joining us for our next Knit/Crochet
night to pick up all the knit/crocheted
items (August 18th). Sending out the
note to the group made me almost
feel like I’m rushing them; I had just
sent out a ‘reminder’ message 2 days
ago letting them know that the pick
up would probably be around the end
of the month. Oh well, I can’t control
that so hopefully they will be ready.
I got a message from one of the ladies
who sounded a bit rushed/confused
but ended by saying she’ll be ready
on the 18th so we’ll see. (This particular
lady knit some FABULOUS things last
year: something like 6 baby hat/booties
sets and 3 baby ‘sacks’ with matching
hats – these were not your average
items: these were EXPERT KNITTER
items – the baby hat/booties sets each
had little pea pods on the hats &
matching booties. There was a pumpkin
set, watermelon set, peas (of course),
etc. Looking forward to seeing what
wonderful creations she comes up with
this time!

9 Det Vets Baby Shower 2014

Her baby ‘sacks’

5 Det Vets Baby Shower 2014


Hats & booties sets


Hope you have a great day today!




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  1. First a big happy Birthday to the son. This lady you wrote about does makes some fine looking baby out fits. Enjoy your summer days my friend.

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