And it’s WINTER, again, in my area!

Let it snow! clipart snowman

(not that I like snow – but ya just gotta ‘go with the flow’

What a difference a day makes, eh? Saturday it was 40 degrees, sunny & clear – ground clear, etc. Sunday it’s 18 degrees getting ready for church, about 3 inches of snow & ice on the ground – no fun. We drove VERY slowly to church (which was pretty vacant of attendees – but that’s to be expected). Choir was pretty ‘thin’ but we did OK; choir practice (4:45 p.m.) was VERY thin – 1 Alto, 2 tenors, 2 bases, 3 sopranos – but we did OK – learning new songs for Easter. I drove home (around 7:15 p.m.) VERY slowly as we’d been warned that there might be ‘black ice’ on the roads (I didn’t encounter any) but the side roads were still a bit slippery – Thank Heavens I made it home OK.

Today I got up to a brisk 10 degrees F. ; now the sun is shining (11:40 a.m.) and the roads are clear – that doesn’t mean I’m going OUT today – I’m staying in and knitting/reading, etc. The new blue baby blanket is coming along very nicely – SO HAPPY with the pattern! It’s one I kind of thought would be too difficult, but when broken down into segments, is quite doable! (Have about 12 inches done now – YAY!) Next I’m going to peruse the crochet border patterns to find ‘just the right one’ to go on the sides of this – we’ll see how that goes (I’m only a basic crocheter – BUT I have a great ‘library’ of crochet friends in my group on which to present my plight if I need to!)


No-Bake Eclair Cake
(overnight recipe)

1 (16 oz) box graham crackers
2 (3.4 oz,ea) pkgs. instant vanilla
pudding mix
3 1/2 C. whole milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Chocolate Frosting:
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 T. salted butter, melted
3 T. whole milk

Whisk pudding & milk in large bowl until
thickened, about 2 minutes; fold in Cool
Whip. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Line bottom of pan with
a single layer of graham crackers, breaking
into smaller pieces to fit the edges. Spread
half pudding mixture evenly over crackers.
Top with a second layer of crackers, followed
by second half of pudding. Top with third
layer of crackers. Whisk together cocoa
powder, powdered sugar, melted butter
& 3 T. milk to make chocolate frosting; spread
evenly over top layer of crackers. Refrigerate
overnight so that pudding sets up & crackers
soften, before serving.


Hash Brown Casserole
(funeral potatoes)

1 (2 lb) pkg. frozen hash brown
potatoes, thawed
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
1/2 C. finely chopped onions
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. crushed cornflakes cereal
1/4 C. melted butter (1/2 stick)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine hash browns,
butter, chic. soup, sour cream, onions,
cheese, salt/pepper – spread into
greased 9 X 13″ baking dish. In medium
bowl combine cornflakes & 1/4 C. butter;
sprinkle mixture over top of casserole.
Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes until
potatoes are cooked through & casserole
is hot. Serves 12


Spicy Chili Mac

2 C. elbow macaroni
1 lb. ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2-3 jalapeno peppers, seeded/
2 tsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1-2 T. hot pepper sauce
2-3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions. In large skillet sprayed
with nonstick spray, cook turkey,
onion & jalapenos until meat is
no longer pink. Add garlic, cook
1 minute longer; drain. Add beans,
tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper
sauce & seasonings. Drain pasta,
stir into turkey mixture. Cook on
medium-low heat 5 minutes until
heated through. Sprinkle top
with cheese; remove from heat,
cover &let stand until cheese
is melted. Serves 6


The Best Beef & Broccoli Stir-fry

3 T. cornstarch, divided
1/2 C. water, plus
2 T. water, divided
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. boneless round steak (OR)
1 lb. charcoal chuck steak, cut
into thin 3-inch strips
2 T. vegetable oil, divided
4 C. broccoli florets
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1/3 C. soy sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger

hot cooked rice

In a large bowl combine 2 T.
cornstarch, 2 T. water & garlic
powder – stir until smooth; add
beef & toss. In large skillet or wok,
heat over medium-high heat; stir-
fry beef in 1 T. oil until beef reaches
desired doneness; remove & keep
warm. Stir-fry broccoli & onion in
remaining oil 4-5 minutes; return
beef to pan. Combine soy sauce,
brown sugar, ginger & remaining
cornstarch & water; stir until
smooth & add to pan. Cook &
stir 2 minutes – serve over rice.
Serves 4


Lemon Crumb Squares

1 1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 stick (1/2 C.) butter, slightly
1 C. brown sugar (lightly
1 C. oats
1 (14 oz) can sweetened cond.
1/2 C. lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix butter & brown sugar until
well blended. Sift flour, salt &
baking powder together; add oats
& flour mixture to butter/sugar &
mix to combine. Press half of
mixture into bottom of an
8 X 11″ pan. Mix cond. milk, lemon
juice & lemon zest; spread on
bottom layer of crumb mixture.
Sprinkle with other half of crumb
mixture, leave loose – do not
press into lemon layer. Bake 20-25
minutes until golden brown. Allow
pan to set on counter 30 minutes
after baking. Cut into squares &
refrigerate 2 hours until cool.
Serve cold.

(recipe: Recipes-Galore)

Bacon-wrapped Sweet/Spicy
Chicken Bites
(grill or oven)

3 lb. chicken tenderloin (OR)
boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 lb. bacon
2 C. brown sugar
3 T. chili powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Dipping sauce options:
Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing

Grill Method:
Cut chicken into ping-pong ball
sized pieces. Mix dry ingredients &
place in a bowl (to dredge chicken in).
Cut bacon slices into 1/3’s. Roll
chicken in dry mixture & wrap with
bacon, securing with a toothpick. Roll
again in sugar mixture & grill about
25 minutes until chicken is cooked &
Oven Method:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place bites on a greased sheet pan
& cover with foil.*
Bake 30-35 minutes until bacon
is crisp.

*The sugar tends to smoke, so keep
foil over bites to reduce this.


Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 (8 oz) pkg. frozen sliced mushrooms
1 heaping Cup frozen crinkle-cut carrots
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 C. chicken broth

1 C. heavy cream
1 to 1 1/2 C. wild rice blend

Place all ingredients (except cream & rice)
in crockpot; stir to combine. Cover & cook
on High 3-4 hours (or Low 6-8 hours) until
chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken &
shred using 2 forks; return to crockpot.
Stir in cream & rice; cover & cook on High
1 to 1 1/2 hours longer until rice is tender.
Serves 4


Donut Muffins

1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. sugar
1/3 C. brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 2/3 C. flour
1 C. milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line muffin tin with paper liners &
grease cups with nonstick spray. In
mixing bowl, cream butter, vegetable
oil & sugars until smooth. Add eggs &
beat to combine. Stir in baking powder,
baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt &
vanilla. Alternate gradually stirring a little
flour & milk into butter mixture, making
sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Spoon batter evenly into pan, filling cups
nearly full. Bake 15-17 minutes until they’re
pale, golden brown & a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Remove from
oven & let cool until you can handle them.
Serve plain or top with a glaze or simple
cinnamon & sugar mixture.


Our gas prices are coming down a little:
regular is now at $1.83/9 , I noticed last
night that I’m very soon going to have
to fill up my tank (at 1/4 tank and here,
with cold weather, you really don’t want
to let it go much below that or you risk
the gas line freezing).

For those of you in cold temperatures,
STAY WARM! Remember to take breaks
& rest when you can – enjoy a little
something hot (coffee/tea/cocoa) and/or
something tasty – treat yourself every once
in awhile – YOU’RE WORTH IT!




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  1. You should also take it easy indoors or out.

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