Sometimes it seems that we JUST went through Friday and here’s another one – that ever happen to you? Update on delivery of new dishwasher: it was SUPPOSED to come tomorrow but then they called and said they didn’t have on in stock in the area and now it’s going to be Dec. 14th (great – another 2 weeks waiting). Adjusted myself to that little tidbit only to get an automated phone call announcing they’re delivering tomorrow between 1 – 4 p.m. – husband called them…recording was wrong; someone forgot to delete the first delivery date – it’s STILL Dec. 14th…rats! Off I went to clear the sink of dirty dishes (was saving them to test the new washer). Sink full of dirty CHILI dishes (made that for dinner last night – the guys PIGGED out – barely enough for dinner tonight!) After that I got ‘inspired’ to make another apple crisp (like the one I took for Thanksgiving then no one in OUR house got any! I left it at oldest son’s house & he said he’d bring the leftovers the next day or so . . . 4 days later we got back a nice, clean pan with NO apple crisp! Not speaking bad of him, he did deliver some turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, sweet potatoes & stuffing and a half pumpkin cheesecake . . . but I was SO looking forward to a little apple crisp! Sigh).
Yesterday took youngest son for his Christmas present: good, sturdy winter boots with hard toes – we went to Meijer and split up: me to grocery & him to return bottles & try on boots. By the time we met back up he had picked out a pair ($50) – I told him I’d spring for more expensive ones, but he was happy with those (remember this was to replace my original idea of a new leather jacket). I asked if there was anything else he might ‘need’ – he said maybe jeans, so we got 1 pair (he only wanted 1); still pressing, he finally said: “Well I really could use a pair of long johns.” No problem! We looked around and couldn’t find any and by now both of us were too tired of shopping to go all the way to the back corner of the store to check if Sporting Goods had them – I told him I could quickly order them on Amazon, so he was Ok with that. LOVE AMAZON! I finally joined Amazon Prime and have almost all the shopping done – AND it’s all either on the way or already here! I placed the order when we got home – got a message today it’s being shipped! THAT’S FAST! While doing the grocery shopping ( bought two 3lb each bags of Granny Smith & Jonathan apples for the crisp. We already had a large bowl of Granny Smiths on the dining room table and I kind of wondered why they guys weren’t eating them – I tried one last night: YUCK! Super sour and hard – I know they’re baking apples but I’ve also eaten them (raw) – these were NOT for eating raw! You guessed it – they went in the crisp along with almost all the other apples. There’s a HUGE pan of crisp baking in the oven as I type – think the guys will be happy with chili & apple crisp! (Oh – for those of you who asked for my recipes: I really don’t have an exact recipe for either the chili OR the crisp – just kinda throw things in a pot.)
Cranberry Orange Shortbread
(dough needs to chill before
baking – 4 hours or overnight)
1 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. chopped dried cranberries
1 T. orange zest
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
Beat butter at medium speed using
elec. mixer until creamy; gradually add
powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
Stir in chopped cranberries, orange zest,
vanilla & almond extracts until blended.
Stir together flour, baking powder & salt;
gradually add flour mixture to butter
mixture, beating at Low speed until
blended. Shape dough into two (7 inch)
logs; wrap each in waxed paper & chill
4 hours or freeze in zip-lock bags up
to 1 month.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
If frozen let logs stay at room temp.
10 minutes. Cut each log into 24 slices.
Place slices 1 inch apart on lightly
greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12
minutes until edges are golden. Remove
from baking sheets & place on wire
racks to cool completely, about 20
minutes. Store in airtight containers.
Makes 4 dozen
Gorgonzola/Cranberry Cheese Ball
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. (4 oz) crumbled gorgonzola cheese
1 C. dried cranberries
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 T. finely chopped celery
2 T. finely chopped green pepper
2 T. finely chopped red pepper
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
3/4 C. chopped pecans
assorted crackers, for dipping
In small bowl combine cheeses; stir
in cranberries, vegetables & pepper
sauce. Shape mixture into a ball &
wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate
1 hour or until firm. Roll cheese ball
in chopped pecans & serve with
crackers. Makes 2 Cups.
Zesty Marinated Shrimp
1/2 C. canola oil
1/2 C. lime juice
1/2 C. thinly sliced red onion
12 lemon slices
1 T. minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 lb. medium shrimp, cooked/
In large bowl combine first 8
ingredients; stir in shrimp. Cover
& refrigerate 4 hours, stirring
occasionally. Drain before
serving. Makes about 2 dozen.
Hearty Ham Pie
2 (10 3/4 oz, ea) cans Cheddar
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. sour cream
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 C. cubed, cooked ham
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen broccoli
1 (13.8 oz) pkg. refrigerated pizza
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl combine
soup, milk, sour cream, onion powder
& pepper; mix well. Stir in ham &
broccoli; mix well & spoon into
baking dish. Unroll pizza crust & cut
crosswise into eleven 1-inch strips.
Place 5 strips horizontally over top
of ham (you’re making a lattice
crust), leaving a space between
each strip. Place remaining 6 strips
vertically over top, forming a criss-
cross pattern. Bake 30-35 minutes
until crust is golden & casserole is
heated through. Serve immediately
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. Chive & Onion cream cheese,
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (1 oz) pkg. Italian salad dressing mix (dry)
1 (12 oz) pkg. cooked Angel Hair pasta or
Place all ingredients (except chicken & pasta) in
a mixer & mix on Low 2 minutes. Place
chicken in crockpot & spread ingredients
mixture over chicken. Cover & cook on
Low 4-6 hours. Serve over cooked pasta.
Crunchy Asian Salad
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. seasoned rice vinegar
1 T. olive oil
1 T. creamy peanut butter
3 C. coleslaw mix
1 (14 oz) can bean sprouts,
1 C. frozen shelled edamame
(green soybeans), thawed
1/2 C. chopped red bell pepper
6 T. chow mein noodles (optional)
Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar,
oil & peanut butter in large bowl.
Add coleslaw mix, bean sprouts,
edamame & bell pepper; toss to
combine. Sprinkle with chow mein
noodles & serve immediately.
Creamed Garden Potatoes & Peas
2 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
3 C. fresh or frozen peas
1 C. water
2 T. chopped onion
2 T. butter
3 T. plus 1 tsp. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
Place potatoes in large saucepan; cover
with water & bring to boil. Reduce heat,
cover & simmer 8-12 minutes until tender;
drain. Place peas & water in small saucepan;
bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer
3-5 minutes until tender; drain. In large
saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender.
Stir in flour, salt & pepper until blended.
Gradually add milk & Half & Half; bring to
a boil; cook & stir 2 minutes until thickened.
Stir in potatoes & peas; heat through.
Punch Bowl Cake
How to make:
Prepare & bake 2 layers yellow cake
2 (21 oz, ea) cans cherry pie filling
2 boxes instant vanilla pudding mix –
prepared with milk
large tub Cool Whip or whipping cream
chopped nuts, if desired
Crumble 1 layer cake in bottom of punch
bowl; add 1 can pie filling, 1 box prepared
pudding & 1/2 tub Cool Whip.
Crumble second cake layer on top,
add second pie filling and top with
second box pudding & smooth
rest of Cool Whip on top.
Refrigerate overnight and garnish top with
chopped nuts, if desired.
NOTE: poster said she did not have a
large enough bowl to make entire
recipe so she only prepared HALF
of the recipe in a smaller bowl.
(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)
Have you ever noticed how men & women
think/see things differently? Today while
getting the oven ready to put the crisp in
I had turned on the oven, moved the rack
to the lower section then noticed that I
probably should change out the foil under
the element so I went to grab the foil and
the top side of my index finger just quickly
brushed the element – you guessed it:
instant burn (not bad, but hurts a bit).
Did the usual: rinsed under cold water
immediately then put on triple anti-
biotic ointment & and bandaid while
mentioning to husband that I was a bit
surprised at how quickly the element got
super hot. His response: “What do you
expect? It’s a resistance element!” (I
would NEVER have come up with that
answer! Oh well –
Our weather is hovering at low 40’s,
overcast but no ‘s-n-o-w’ – YAY! While
hand washing the dishes I was watching
out our window at the squirrels & birds.
I had dumped a few bags of bird feed on
our picnic table and one squirrel in
particular (really REALLY pudgy one)
spent the entire time with his face
buried in the seed – no WONDER he’s
that size! There were a total of 5
male bluejays (I would have thought
they, being males, wouldn’t stick
together, but they did!); several
cardinals and THREE red headed
male woodpeckers! I’ve never seen
either bluejays OR male wood-
peckers stick together before! At one
point two of the woodpeckers flew
up into the air facing each other,
sort of like a ‘bird stand-off’, so
to speak – neat to watch! At least
they animal/bird antics kept me
amused while going through the
pile ‘o dishes!
Hope you have an enjoyable day!