I Survived the Night! Whew!


Western-style Gym Night with my

Special Needs Group!

Those in the picture are most of the people who helped out last night; it was a good turnout – I’m guessing about 80 people came. We had at least 3 new group homes and 3-4 students with their parents. The food was great: sloppy joes, green beans, chips, cookies/cupcakes/cake – too much! The lady who planned this whole thing planned for 150 people – needless to say there was TONS of leftover food (I have NO idea what she did with it all – that was HER ‘baby’). To introduce you to our regular (Board Members) group who are in charge of Friends Group:

Back row, standing: me (in hideous shirt – will talk about that later); blond lady peaking out Jackie;  next to her peaking out Cheryl; standing with cowboy had: Lois (our leader) and the big, tall guy is Pastor Dave. Those sitting in front of us were helpers for the night. Great turn-out; to put it mildly I’M EXHAUSTED TODAY! The event was from 6 – 9 p.m. (about an hour too long, in my opinion). We ate first then everyone went to the gym to dance & chat; I just had fun walking around talking to the new people and watching our kids dance – they had a ball! (My hideous shirt: given to me by a good friend a good 12+ years ago – it’s 2 sizes too big. On the front (in glaring/gaudy glitter) are 2 huge cowboy boots, 2 horseshoes and at the bottom (in glitter, of course) some barbed wire. It’s been in the back of my closet ever since she ‘gifted’ me with it – I AM NOT a glitter/cowboy type person! She also gave me a light blue top (not quite as gaudy) in glitter, etc. with a big carousel horse on it (I wore that in 2000 for my oldest son’s graduation party – haven’t worn it since). The shirt fit with the theme (think I was the most glittery/gaudy person there!).


Crockpot Honey Pork & Apples

1 (3-4 lb. pork tenderloin
2 large Granny Smith apples, sliced
1/2 C. honey
2 T. cinnamon

Slice slits in tenderloin; place 1-2
apple slices per slit. Place 3/4 of
remaining slices in bottom of
crockpot. Drizzle 1/2 the honey over
slices; place pork roast over apples-
sprinkle cinnamon over everything.
Place remaining slices on top &
drizzle with remaining honey. Cover
& cook on Low 8 hours. Remove loin
from crockpot & slice; serve with
apples on top. Serves 6

(recipe: stockpilingmoms.com)

Pumpkin Bars w/Cream Cheese

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
2 eggs
2 C. flour
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. oil
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 9″ pan with parchment
paper & spray lightly with nonstick
spray. In large bowl whisk flour, sugar,
ginger, baking soda, baking powder,
salt, cloves & cinnamon – create a
well in center of dry ingredients.
In bowl of stand mixer combine eggs,
vanilla, oil & pumpkin, beating at
Medium speed until light & fluffy;
stir gently, just to combine – pour
into prepraed pan & bake 30-35
minutes until toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Place
on wire rack, cool completely.

Combine cream cheese & butter in
medium bowl using elec. mixer, until
smooth. Add sugar; mix on Low speed
until combined. Stir in vanilla – mix
again. (you may need a little milk to
make it spreadable if your butter wasn’t
soft enough). Spread frosting evenly
on top of cake; cut into bars.

(recipe: sugarapron.com)

Oven-Baked Chicken Risotto

2 C. chicken broth
2 C. cooked chicken, cubed
1 C. uncooked arborio rice
1/2 C. dry white wine
1/2 C. fresh or frozen peas (thawed)
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 C. cooked/cubed pancetta (or
crumbled bacon)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1 T. unsalted butter
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large Dutch oven or oven-proof
pot, heat butter & oil over medium-
high heat; saute onion until softened
6-7 minutes. Season with salt/pepper,
add garlic & cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in
arborio rice & cook 2 more minutes
until toasted but not burned. Mix in
white wine & cook until almost
evaporated; pour in chicken stock &
bring to boil. Place pot in oven &
bake 20-25 minutes until liquid is
mostly evaporated. Stir in chicken,
peas, pancetta (or bacon) & Parm.
cheese; mix together. Taste & adjust
seasoning, if needed. Serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

Crockpot Creamy Hash Browns

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen cubed hash
brown potatoes
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of potato
soup, undiluted
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Colby-Jack
1 C. sour cream
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) carton spreadable chive &
onion cream cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray; place potatoes inside. In large
bowl combine soup, cheese, sour cream,
pepper/salt – pour over potatoes & mix
well. Cover & cook on Low 3 1/2 – 4 hours or
until potatoes are tender. Stir in cream
cheese. Serves 12-14

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Spicy Chicken Lasagna Roll-ups

1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
3 C. shredded, cooked chicken
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
12 rinsed cooked lasagna noodles

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Mix first 3 ingredients; combine
1/2 C. with chicken, 1 C. mozz.
cheese, Parmesan cheese & eggs;
spread 1/4 C. onto each noodle &
roll up. Pour 1/2 C. of remaining
sauce into bottom of 9 X 13″
baking pan. Top with lasagna rolls,
seam-sides down. Cover with
remaining sauce & mozzarella. Bake
25 minutes until heated through.
Serves 6

(recipe: kraft recipes)

Grilled Chicken/Summer Veggie Skillet

1 T. oil
1 red pepper, coarsely chopped
1 yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C. instant white rice, uncooked
1 1/4 C. water
1/4 C. barbecue sauce
4 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 C. (Kraft) finely shredded Italian
5-cheese blend
2 green onions, sliced

Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high
heat. Add peppers, cook 7 minutes stirring
occasionally. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute.
Add rice, water & barbecue sauce, stir &
bring to boil. Top with chicken, tomatoes &
cheese. Cover & simmer on medium-low
heat 10 minutes until rice is tender & cheese
is melted. Top with onions before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: kraft recipes)

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

4 C. marshmallows
3 T. butter
1/8 C. pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 C. rice krispie cereal
pinch of salt

Line a brownie pan with waxed
paper or nonstick spray.
Melt butter & marshmallows in
nonstick pan over low/medium heat.
When melted, turn off heat & add
pumpkin, salt, vanilla & pumpkin pie
spice. Stir in rice cereal & press in
prepared pan. Let set 15-20 minutes.

NOTE: they might be a little more
gooey than regular rice krispy treats
due to the pumpkin.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)


I have but one goal today: REST! Am
going to put a frozen pork roast in
the crockpot with a can of cranberry
sauce – that, plus some sort of potatoes/
pasta, will be dinner tonight.

Am working on 2 knit baby blankets-
one is all white, the other multi-baby
colors yarn. Both are about 1/4th
done at this time.

Finished reading 2 good books by
Catherine Coulter: “The Lost Key”
and “Power Play”. This is one of the
authors I really like: she deals in
murder/mystery as worked out by
the FBI (and, occasionally Scotland

Our weather is slowly going towards
typical “Fall” – low 50’s, cloudy/gloomy
& chilly/windy. Not looking forward
to winter, but guess we’ll just have to
‘like’ Fall while it’s here (at least it’s
not SNOW!)

Have a great weekend!




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  1. Hey don’t knock the shirt because it was very appropriate and you were very brave to wear it. Rest today and remember what a great time you had!

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