A Good Day All Around!


Yesterday was my yearly eye exam – I’ve been a little apprehensive about it, knowing I have cataracts in both eyes and it had been suggested that I have the operation to remove them (suggestion for 2 years now). Yes, I still have them but they haven’t gotten any worse AND (the best news) there is no sign of diabetes in either eye – YAY! Just for fun (and to celebrate) husband & I stopped at Checkers/Rally’s to get hamburgers & fries (a few posts ago I mentioned that they’re building one in our area) – great lunch (in fact I was so stuffed I didn’t eat dinner last night); made spaghetti & garlic bread for the guys (enough for several meals). Last night was our Knit/Crochet night and we had another new lady join the group – always nice to meet new people who enjoy the same crafts; we also planned the next Knit/Crochet MOVIE night (food theme: Stuffed Baked Potatoes) for November.


Quick Peanut Butter/Choc. Mousse Cups

1 1/2 C. thawed Cool Whip
1/4 C. creamy peanut butter
3 T. miniature semi-sweet chocolate
chips, divided
1 (1.9 oz) pkg. frozen mini phyllo shells,

In medium bowl mix Cool Whip with
peanut butter; whisk just until blended;
stir in 2 T. choc. chips. Spoon into
resealable plastic bag – cut small piece
off of one bottom corner of bag – use
this to pipe mixture into shells.
Sprinkle tops with remaining chips.
Serves 5

(recipe: Kraft recipes)


Hawaiian Chicken/Rice Casserole

2 C. uncooked rice
1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk*
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained & cut into smaller pieces
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts, drained/
3 C. cooked chicken, diced or shredded
6 green onions, thinly sliced
3/4 C. sliced almonds
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar Cheese,
2 C. chow mein noodles

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
spray. Cook rice accordg. to pkg directions,
substituting 1 C. coconut milk for 1 C. water.
Combine cooked rice & remaining ingredients,
including rest of coconut milk (except chow
mein noodles & half of shredded cheese) in
prepared dish. Bake 30 minutes; remove
from oven – sprinkle top with remaining
cheese & chow mein noodles; return to oven
an additional 8-10  minutes until cheese melts.
Serve immediately. Serves 12

*you can find coconut milk in the alcohol/
wine aisle – by the drink mixes

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
Baked Sour Cream Chicken

4 skinless chicken breasts
1 T. olive oil
3/4 C. bacon, chopped roughly
1 1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. garlic, minced
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 C. frozen peas

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat a skillet; add oil, bacon &
garlic; cook 2 minutes before adding
chicken breasts. Brown breasts until
golden on both sides (do not cook
through). Pour bacon & chicken into
a baking dish. Mix sour cream & soup;
pour over top of chicken. Bake 40
minutes. Add peas 10 minutes before
end of cooking time; serve immediately.
Serves 4
(recipe: allfood.recipes)

Cheesy Zucchini Rice


1 C. INSTANT white rice*
1 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. water
2 C. shredded zucchini
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt

In medium saucepan bring chicken
broth, water & rice to rapid boil.
Cover & remove from heat – let
stand 5-10 minutes until rice is
cooked through. Stir in zucchini,
garlic powder & salt; cover & let
set until cheese is melted &
ingredients are warmed through,
about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork
before serving. Serves 4

*Poster used Minute Rice but I
would guess you could also use
regular rice (cooked) then add
the rest of the ingredients & finish
following recipe.

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)

Cinnamon Frosted Zucchini Bars

1 1/4 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 C. grated zucchini

2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cream butter & sugars; add eggs
& vanilla. Mix in flour, cinnamon
& baking powder – blend in
zucchini. Pour mixture into a
greased jelly roll pan. Bake 25-30
minutes & cool.
Prepare frosting; add more milk,
if necessary, to get the right
consistency – spread over cooled
bars. Makes 20 bars.

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com

Cheesy Spinach Bundles

 1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/well-drained
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. (Kraft) Chive & Onion cream
cheese spread
1 egg, separated
1 (8 oz) can refrigerated crescent
dinner rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Mix first 4 ingredients & egg yolk
until well blended. Separate
crescent rolls into 8 triangles; cut
each one diagonally in half. Spoon
1 T. spinach mixture in center of
each triangle; bring corners to
center over filling, overlapping
ends & pinch ends together to
seal. Place on baking sheets.
Beat egg white lightly & brush
on top of bundles.
Bake 12-15 minutes until golden
brown. Makes 16 bundles

(recipe: Kraft recipes)


Jalapeno Jelly/Cream Cheese Spread

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
2/3 C. jalapeno jelly (red or green)

Crackers for dipping

Open cream cheese & place on a plate.
Spread jelly evenly over top. Serve with
a knife for spreading – serve with crackers.

(recipe: food.com)

Creamy Hash Brown Potatoes

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-Monterey
Jack cheese
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) carton spreadable chive &
onion cream cheese

Place potatoes in lightly greased 4 qt
crockpot. In large bowl combine soup,
cheese, sour cream, pepper/salt – pour
over potatoes & mix well. Cover & cook
on Low 3 1/2 – 4 hours until potatoes
are tender. Stir in cream cheese spread.
Serves 12-14

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Our weather is holding at Fall – sunny,
breezy & in the 50’s – last night it was
really chilly; got out of knitting to 51
degrees & light rain (ugh). I know the
change in weather is coming, I just hate
to admit it!

Hope you’re having a great day;



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  1. That sounds like a great lunch. I feel a little watering in my mouth!

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