One More ‘to do’ Thing off the list


No particular reason for above picture – I just like it!

Today was ‘go for another doctor check up’ Day; funny thing – I had made this appointment 4 months ago. Husband had bronchitis about a month or so ago & had scheduled a check up – turns out we BOTH had the same day a half hour apart! When we got there they took us both at the same time, same room – fine with us! Since it was routine check up visit, we got out of there MUCH earlier than anticipated (he brought his book, I brought enough knitting for about 3 hours) – total time: 1 hour 20 minutes and that included drawing blood and 2 flu shots! Since we hadn’t eaten breakfast, we ‘treated’ ourselves to Thai food (with enough leftovers for dinner for both of us!) Win – Win!!! I’m down about 4 pounds, so I’m happy; have been trying to cut down a little knowing the holidays are fast approaching.


Here are the Spa cloths; they’re all about 14 inches wide by 20 inches long. Along with these (each person gets 2) will be a large bottle of oatmeal/almond bath wash, a bar of oatmeal soap a pair of soft, fuzzy slipper-socks and a big bar of good chocolate. (and maybe something else, too, if I’m so inclined). Am thinking of making up a set for my oldest son’s girlfriend, also, for Christmas – since I haven’t met her yet, I’ll wait until I get a kind of ‘sense’ of what colors she might like. They are quick to knit (1 1/2 hours, each) so I’ve still got time.  After finishing them I decided to go back to knitting on the 2 baby blankets. Shock of shocks – BOTH of them had mistakes! The white one (more fancy of the two) I think I’ll be able to continue on, sort of ‘fudging’ the one mistake area, the other one required ripping out a good 8 rows. I’m STILL not exactly sure where to begin again, as that pattern doesn’t have any ‘easy’ (just knit or just purl) rows and TWO of the rows are exactly the same, with another row in between. This is definitely going to take some time to figure out – not looking forward to that!


Fall Salad

5 oz. fresh spinach (1/2 a 10 oz. bag)
3/4 C. chopped celery
3/4 C. dried cranberries
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges
1 large Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/3 C. pecans
(optional: feta cheese)

4 T. olive or vegetable oil
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. white wine vinegar
2-4 T. granulated sugar
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. onion powder
1 T. poppy seeds

Mix all salad ingredients together in
large bowl. In separate bowl mix all
dressing ingredients together & serve.

(recipe: Facebook)

Apple Fritter Cake

1 heaping C. sliced apples (cored/
quartered then sliced)
1/3 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
small pinch nutmeg
2 T. cornstarch
2 tsp. water

1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 C. butter
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. plain Greek Yogurt or sour

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

Prepare filling:
Combine apples, sugar, water,
cinnamon & cornstarch in small
saucepan; cook on Low 5-7
minutes, stirring constantly until
sauce is thickened & apples are a
bit soft. In small bowl mix brown
sugar & cinnamon until well combined.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour 9 X 13″ pan. Cream butter
& sugar until light & fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add applesauce & vanilla, mix until combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after
each one. Sift dry ingredients together; add
to batter in 3 parts, alternating with yogurt
in 2 parts, beginning & ending with dry
ingredients – beat until just combined.

Spoon half of batter into prepared pan; spoon
cooled apple mixture over batter carefully &
spread evenly as possible. Sprinkle 2/3 rds
of brown sugar/cinnamon over apples &
cover with rest of batter. Sprinkle rest of
brown sugar/cinnamon over top. Bake
45-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean.

While cake is baking; prepare glaze. In bowl
mix powdered sugar, vanilla &  milk until
glaze is desired consistency. When cake comes
out of oven, immediately, but carefully,
pour over hot cake. Try to pour as evenly as
possible. (You might have to pick up the
cake & tilt it to spread the glaze evenly. Let
cake set for a while for glaze to set before


Honey/Blue Cheese Toast

10 slices chewy bread (small
rounds or toast points)
2/3 C. blue cheese
2/3 C. honey

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place bread on a rimmed baking
sheet in a single layer. In center
of each piece of bread sprinkle
a pinch (about 1 T.) of blue
cheese. Drizzle honey over top
(about 1 T.). Place in oven until
cheese has melted & bread
has toasted slightly on bottom.
Serve warm. Makes 10


French Onion Chops

3-4 pork chops
1 (10 3/4 oz) can French onion soup
1/4 C. water
1 tsp. dried parsley

egg noodles

Place chops in crockpot; mix soup with
water & pour over chops. Sprinkle tops
with parsley, cover & cook on Low 8
hours or High 4 hours.
Right before serving, cook egg noodles
accordg. to directions on pkg. Serve
chops over egg noodles. Serves 3-4


Horseradish-Bacon Dip

1 1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. cooked, crumbled bacon
2 T. (Kraft) Horseradish sauce
2 T. chopped fresh chives

thin wheat crackers, for dipping

Blend cheese, sour cream, bacon &
horseradish sauce in blender until
smooth. Transfer to a bowl & stir in
chives. Refrigerate 1 hour before
serving. Makes 1 1/2 C. dip or
12 servings/ 2 T. dip each.


Healthy Chocolate Mousse

1 can full-fat coconut milk (or coconut cream)
1/4 C. + 1 T. cocoa powder or cacao powder
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
sweetener (Stevia or powdered sugar for thickest

Open coconut milk and it it’s not already super-
thick, leave can uncovered in fridge overnight (or
transfer to a bowl). Try not to shake can too much
before opening; it should get very VERY thick. (if
it doesn’t, you have a bad can that won’t work for
this recipe.)* Once thick, transfer only creamy part
to a bowl, leaving watery part out. Whip in cocoa,
vanilla & sweetner with a fork or elec. mixer. Stored,
uncovered, in fridge it will get even thicker.

*Poster recommends Thai Kitchen Organic.

NOTE: shake can when you’re at the store; if you can
hear the liquidy contents swishing around, it’s probably
too thin to work for this recipe. If you want a no fail
buy coconut cream (at Trader Joes or an Asian

(mixture will make a small amount: recipe was
originally called Chocolate Shots)


Crockpot Potato Corn Chowder

5 potatoes, peeled/cut into small
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled/diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen corn (or
2 C. fresh off the cob)
4 T. unsalted butter
3 C. chicken broth
2 C. whole milk (add at end)
1 T. salt
1 tsp. pepper
salt/pepper – to taste

Place all veggies in crockpot;
add chicken broth, salt/pepper &
butter. Cover & cook on Low 8
hours. Add milk at end; stir &
let warm 15 minutes.


2 Minute Hawaiian Pie

1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
2 small boxes instant coconut pudding
8 oz sour cream
1 deep-dish graham cracker pie crust
1 (8 oz) can pineapple slices
8 maraschino cherries (or more, if
1/2 C. sweetened, flaked coconut
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/

In large bowl combine crushed
pineapple & it’s juices, dry pudding
mixes & sour cream; mix until well
combined. Fold in 1/2 tub Cool Whip &
pour into pie crust. Top pie with
remaining Cool Whip. Drain pineapple
slices & arrange on top of pie. Sprinkle
flaked coconut on top of pineapple,
if using. Place cherries in centers of
pineapple rings. Refrigerate several
hours before serving.

*or Vanilla, if desired

(recipe: Facebook)

Our weather is still ‘holding’ – I wore a
summer blouse & capri’s to the doctors
and wasn’t cool at all! Gas prices are
still holding at $2.39/9 – not too terribly
bad, but would be nice if they went a
little lower . . . . just sayin’

Enjoy your day!



PS: Tuesday night I happened to be up
a bit late (1 a.m.) and caught an episode
of CSI: NY (I don’t usually watch that show)
but this one was REALLY one to look up.
The episode was called: “Death House” and
it kept me on the edge of my seat for the
entire 1 hour! VERY cleverly done, GREAT
set dressings – great plot twists. It concerned
a 911 call saying “I’m dying! I’m dying!” and
gave an address. When the police looked up
the address, it was a very old (1930’s) hotel
PENTHOUSE which had been shut up for 30
years! If you get a chance to look it up – do
so – it was really well done!


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  1. I love the CB picture also. That you both saw the doctor at the same time was a big plus! Take care and I’ll see you soon.

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