It’s that time again!


Today was another bi-lateral (both sides) Mammogram; from what I could tell – it looks CLEAN! I have ONE MORE YEAR to go and it will be 5 years since diagnosis & surgery (5 years is the BIG GOAL for breast cancer survivors). The reason I’m posting this? As a REMINDER TO YOU: GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS REGULARLY – THEY CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE! No, I agree – it’s not fun (in my case it’s painful on the side that had the surgeries BUT IT’S NECESSARY! A little pain and it’s done and the alternative is MUCH WORSE! (I’ll step off my soapbox now . . . )

After my trip to get the above taken care of, I used the time to drop off the last batch of 50 baby hats to our local hospital (I’m a little ‘overdue’ in that part – was ‘going’ to do it about a month ago, just never got around to it.) Thinking over my knitting projects, for awhile I was considering perhaps dropping one of them – (1) Knit baby hats for local hospital (2) scarves for 4 homeless shelters (3) New project: baby afghans for Crisis Pregnancy center and then thought: I’m not on any SCHEDULE for any of them – each place receiving my items is glad to get them WHENEVER I deliver them so guess I’ll just keep knitting (keep hearing the song from “Finding Nemo” . . . Just keep swimming, just keep swimming (or, on my part: Just keep Knitting, Just keep Knitting!) hehehe


Apple Dessert Pizza

1 pizza crust
1 can pie filling*
1/2 C. quick oats
1/2 C. dark brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/2 stick margarine (1/4 C)
1 T. cinnamon

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

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place pizza crust on a baking sheet.
Open pie filling & dice it up a bit
while still in can; spread over pizza
crust. In small bowl mix flour, oats,
brown sugar & cinnamon. Cut margarine
into slices & cut into flour mixture using
a pastry cutter or two knives until
crumbly; sprinkle over pie filling. Bake
25 minutes until lightly brown. Top with

Place glaze ingredients in small bowl,
stir until smooth. (If needed, add a little
more milk if mixture is too thick). Drizzle
over top of pizza using a spoon.

*If you want to use fresh apples:
Peel & chop 2-3 C. of apples. Saute in
2 T. butter until tender; add a few
Tablespooons sugar if you like but keep
them a bit tart because the topping adds
a lot of sweetness. Continue with recipe.


Spinach-stuffed Chicken Breasts

1 (10 oz) pkg. fresh spinach leaves
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. shredded Pepperjack cheese
4 cloves garlic, minced
20 fresh mushrooms
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
halves pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
pinch ground black pepper
8 slices bacon

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place spinach in large glass bowl & heat
in microwave 3 minutes, stirring every
minute until wilted. Stir in sour cream,
Pepperjack cheese & garlic. Lay chicken
breasts on clean surface & spoon some
of spinach mixture onto each one. Roll
up to enclose spinach then wrap each
breast with 2 slices bacon; secure with
toothpicks & arrange in shallow baking
dish. Add fresh mushrooms to top &
bake, uncovered, 35 minutes, then
increase oven heat to 500 degrees F
(OR use oven broiler to cook an
additional 5-10 minutes to brown the
bacon. Serves 4


Fiesta Pork Chops

6-8 pork chops
1 (15 oz) can chili beans with
chili sauce
1 1/2 C. salsa
1 C. whole kernel corn
green chilies, to taste
3-4 C. rice, cooked

Layer all ingredients (except rice)
in crockpot. Cover & cook on Low
5 hours or High 2 1/2 hours. Serve
over rice. Serves 6


Cinnamon Pie Crust

(use for apple or pumpkin pies)

2 C. flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 C. unsalted butter (1 1/2
sticks) or cold shortening, cut
into pieces
3-5 T. ice water

Mix flour, cinnamon & salt in large
bowl; cut in shortening with pastry
blender or 2 knives until mixture
resembles pea-sized crumbs. Add ice
water, a tablespoon at a time, tossing
dough with fork after each addition. Add
enough cold water so that dough comes
together. Gather dough into a ball; flatten
into a disk & wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate
10 minutes.
Roll dough on lightly floured surface from
center to edges into a 14 inch circle, about
1/8 inch thick. For easier rolling without
additional flour, place dough between 2
sheets waxed paper before rolling. Carefully
place pie crust on rolling pin & transfer to a
9 inch deep dish pie plate. If using waxed
paper, carefully peel back 1 sheet of paper &
flip crust into pie plate. Carefully peel off
remaining paper. Gently press crust onto
bottom & up sides of pan; trim crust so that
it extends 1/2 inch beyond edge of pan.
(reserve any remaining dough to make
pie crust decorations, if desired). Fold under
excess crust; flute the edges or press with
tines of a fork.

Double Crust:
Double ingredients; form dough into 2 discs,
one slightly larger than the other; use
larger disc to form bottom crust.

(recipe: Rhonda-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Summer Zucchini Salad

4 small zucchini, sliced (about 4 C.)
1/2 C. sliced red onion
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Toss all ingredients together in
medium bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Serves 6


Creamy Chicken Chipotle Pasta

1 T. cooking oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts,
cut into thin strips
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1/4 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 C. egg noodles, uncooked*
1 T. finely chopped canned chipotle
peppers in adobo sauce
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat; add chicken & onions. Cook
& stir 5-7 minutes until chicken is done.
Add broth, mushrooms, Wors. sauce &
noodles. Stir & bring to boil. Cover &
simmer on medium-low heat 10-12
minutes until noodles are tender & only
a small amount of liquid remains. Stir
in peppers; cook, uncovered, 2 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Remove from heat,
stir in sour cream. Serves 6 (1 1/4 C. ea)

*can substitute 2 C. uncooked instant
white rice for noodles. Follow directions,
cook 5 minutes, stir in peppers, cook 2
minutes, stirring occasionally, finish

(recipe: kraft recipes)


Lemon Yogurt Dip
(serve with fresh cut-up

2 C. vanilla yogurt
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp. lemonade drink mix

Mix all ingredients together until
blended. Makes 16 servings,
2 T. each


Chewy Chocolate Cookies of Wonder

1/2 C. butter-flavored shortening
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. milk
1 3/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

Marshmallow filling:
12 large marshmallows,
cut in half

Chocolate Frosting:
1 C. butter
4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 C. milk
4 C. powdered sugar
dash salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl place 1/2 C. shortening &
1 C. sugar; beat until well combined –
2 minutes. Add 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla &
1/4 C. milk; mix until smooth. In
separate smaller bowl combine 1 3/4 C.
flour, 1/2 tsp. salat, 1/2 tsp. baking soda,
& 1/2 C. cocoa powder; Add dry
ingredients to creamed mixture & mix
just until combined. Spray a large
cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Use
an ice cream scoop to scoop dough into
1 1/2 inch balls & place on sheet. Bake
8 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven & press
one marshmallow ‘half’ in center of
each cookie – bake 2 minutes longer.
Remove from oven & allow to rest on
sheet about 3 minutes, then transfer
to cooling rack to cool completely.
Place 1 C. butter, 4 T. cocoa & 1/3 C.
milk in medium saucepan; bring to
boil over medium-high heat, stirring
continually. Place 4 C. powdered sugar
in large mixing bowl & pour hot
chocolate mixture over top; beat to
combine. As the frosting cools it will
set up more; frost tops of cookies.
Makes 24 cookies

NOTE: If you want, you can crush some
peppermint candies & sprinkle on top
of cookies.

(recipe: – her name
for this recipe is: Chocolate-Frosted
Marshmallow-stuffed Chewy Chocolate


Our weather today is a bit unpredictable:
82, hot/muggy but sunny! Looking at our
local weather report, looks like we’re in for
some thunderstorms later on and into
tomorrow, also. The GOOD part? I don’t
have Knit Night nor my special needs
group this week so I’m free to STAY HOME!
Still plugging away at the newest baby
blanket – I actually LIKE this pattern-
2 rows are just straight KNIT, one row
PURL and one pattern row – not a
hard one to follow! YAY!

Hope you have a good day today –
for those of you with school-age
children – ENJOY some YOU TIME!




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  1. Boy I wish I could get the itch to pick up a crochet hook again!

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