RESTING! JUST resting!


Had a fun (but busy) weekend; Saturday husband & I attended an annual fund raiser for a friend’s son – great food and got to see some of the people we both used to work with at good old Michigan Bell Telephone Company! Sunday was HECTIC! Went to Sunday School, quickly left/came home/changed clothes & went to grandson’s last football game (45 min. away). It was a COLD one out there (46 degrees F) and they lost: 27 to 0, but at least we were THERE and got to see son & grandson! Came home, took a very brief nap (didn’t sleep well the night before), changed clothes & went to choir practice & evening service. Husband had a great idea that afternoon: we stopped for Jet’s (square deep dish) pizza so there was enough for lunch/dinner AND a little for ‘brunch’ today! YAY! Let’s just say I REALLY slept in today – husband came (at 8:30) to ask if I was OK – you’re REALLY sleeping LATE! (My thoughts? “YEP – why didn’t you just leave me sleep some  more?” but I got up). Have NO plans for the day other than making dinner and probably knitting some so finally caught up on the 87 emails & one entire day of Facebook – whew! That took some TIME! We were VERY lucky over the weekend as other places near us got some S-N-O-W (not a lot, just a dusting) – SO GLAD we DIDN’T!! That stuff comes soon enough – just not ready for it YET!


Pumpkin Oatmeal Choc.

Chip Cookies

1 C. butter
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. instant/quick cooking oats
1 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven
Place butter, brown sugar & gran sugar
in mixer or large mixing bowl. Beat until
light & fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg &
mix to combine. Add pumpkin puree &
vanilla; mix to combine. In another
medium-sized bowl combine flour, baking
soda, cinnamon & salt; toss with fork. Add
oats to dry ingredients mix & then add to
creamed ingredients in mixer. Add both
choc. chips & mix on Low speed until all
is incorporated. Spray cookie sheet with
nonstick spray. Using two spoons (or small
scoop) place round balls of dough on sheet.
Bake 12-15 minutes. Makes 48 cookies


Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes & green
chilies, undrained
2 carrots, cut diagonally into slices
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans chicken broth
4 C. tortilla chips
3/4 C. Mexican-style shredded

Place chicken in crockpot; add all other
ingredients (except tortilla chips & cheese).
Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours (or High
2-3 hours). Using a slotted spoon, remove
chicken, cool slightly then shred & return
to pot & stir. Crush tortilla chips. To serve:
place some chips in bottom of bowl, ladle
soup on top & sprinkle with cheese.
Serves 8 (1 C. each)

(recipe: Kraft recipes)

Creamy Corn Salad

1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn,
1 medium tomato, seeded/diced
2 T. chopped green onions
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. dried basil (optional)

Mix all ingredients in small bowl;
season with basil or other herbs;
salt/pepper to taste. Cover &
refrigerate until ready to serve.

(recipe: Mary Free-Mary’s Recipe

Zucchini Bundt Cake w/Orange Glaze

1-2 zucchini (need 3 C. grated)
2 1/2 C. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 large eggs, room temp.
1 1/4 C. sugar
12 T. butter, melted/cooled slightly
1 T. orange zest
2 T. fresh orange juice

Orange Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. orange zest
3 T. fresh orange juice

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Squeeze grated zucchini in a kitchen
towel to remove excess water – measure
out 3 C. Grease & flour a 6 C. Bundt pan.
Whisk flour, baking powder & cinnamon.
Stir eggs & sugar together; gradually mix
in melted butter, zucchini, orange zest &
juice. Stir mixture into flour mixture until
just combined – pour into prepared pan.
Bake 55-65 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean. Let
cake cool on wire rack 10-15 minutes before
inverting cake pan & turning cake onto a
wire rack – cool an additional 30 minutes
before glazing.
Whisk glaze ingredients together & drizzle
over slightly cooled cake. If glaze is too
thick, add more orange juice – if it’s too
thin, whisk in more powdered sugar.


Lemon Dill Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. small potatoes
3 T. butter, melted
2 tsp. snipped fresh dill
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Place potatoes in a large pot of
water; bring to boil. Reduce heat
& cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes
until tender. Drain & return to
pan. Mix remaining ingredients
& drizzle over potatoes – toss to
coat. Serves 4


Cheesy Garlic/Butter Noodles

2 1/4 C. shell pasta
2/3 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. butter, melted
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. minced fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. pepper

Cook noodles accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain. Add remaining
ingredients & mix until cheese
is melted. Serves 4


Crockpot Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

2 chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 sweet potatoes, peeled/cubed
1 can chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. minced onion

Place all ingredients in crockpot; cover
& cook on Low 8 hours. Serves 4-6


Pumpkin Spice Muffins

2 C. Bisquick
1/2 C. canned pumpkin (not
pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 C. raisins

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-
sized muffin tins (or place paper liners).
Stir all ingredients (except raisins) just
until moistened; stir in raisins & fill
muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake 10
minutes until golden brown. Immediately
remove from pan. Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: Carol-“Betty Crocker”)


Our weather is supposed to warm up a
little in the next few days – up to a High
of 67 on Wednesday, then showers &
colder temps.

Gas prices have dropped again (YAY!)
to $2.29/9 – I did see some CASH ONLY
prices at around $2.18/9 – that’s

Hope you’re staying warm & cosy –
just finished another book by
Catherine Coulter: “The Cove” and
beginning the next “The Maze” (this
one is a 2-books in one). I like her
writings – murder/mystery.

Enjoy your day!



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  1. Ain’t it great when you get 2 meals out of something. Kinda feels like your cheating!!

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