In out of the cold


Finally braved it and went to the drug store & grocery; you know you’re ‘out of it’ when you mention to the grocery cashier that it seems very busy today. She replies: “It’s the nineteenth!” I look at her with a vacant stare and she finishes with: “the day everyone gets their food stamps!” Ooooh,  THAT’S why! (reminder to self: don’t go grocery shopping on the 19th!)

It’s still really cold out-car temp. said 17 degrees F. but I’m pretty sure the wind chill is much lower (just checked: it’s 8 below). Tonight is my Knit/Crochet night – I’m pretty much guessing there won’t be very many ladies out tonight – we’ll see.

Have a close friend that just had knee replacement surgery yesterday so I’m going to make beef stew for she & her husband (who’s in a wheelchair) – I’m guessing she won’t be cooking for awhile yet. They are both diabetic so I found some raspberry juice bars for their dessert – better than cake (well, no really, but it’s a good substitute, anyway).


Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

1 box yellow cake mix
2 1/2 C. quick-cooking oats
3/4 C. butter, melted
1 can cherry pie filling

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Mix cake mix &
oats in large bowl; add melted
butter & stir until crumbly.
Press half of the crumbs onto
bottom of prepared dish.
Carefully spread pie filling over
crust; spread remaining crumbs
over filling & press down
gently. Bake 18-23 minutes until
very lightly golden brown. Eat
warm or cool & cut into bars.
Makes 24 bars


Cornbread Chicken Cowboy

4 C. baked, crumbled cornbread*
1/4 C. diced green bell pepper
1/2 C. diced onion
1/4 C. diced celery
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 C. cooked, diced chicken
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 C. chicken broth

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 qt. baking dish with nonstick
spray. In large bowl combine cornbread,
bell pepper, onion, celery & cheese; place
half mixture into prepared dish. Spread
chicken in an even layer over mixture.
Whisk soup & broth until completely
combined & pour over chicken. Spread
remaining cornbread over chicken &
gently press down to form top crust.
Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes until hot
& bubbly & golden on top. Serves 4-6


3-Ingredient Pork Chops & Gravy

1 box Stove Top pork stuffing mix
1 (19 oz) can apple pie filling
4 large thin pork chops

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Prepare stuffing mix accordg. to pkg.
Spray an 8 X 11″ baking dish with
nonstick spray; spread pie filling in
bottom of pan. Salt/pepper the
pork chops & lay on pie filling;
top with stuffing mix. Cover with
foil & bake 40 minutes. Remove
foil last 10  minutes of baking.
Serves 4


Easy Shrimp Scampi

3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 C. butter, cubed
1/4 C. olive oil
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
1/4 C. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. dry bread crumbs
1/4 C. minced fresh parsley

hot, cooked angel hair pasta
for 4

In 10 inch oven-proof skillet saute
garlic in butter & oil until fragrant.
Add shrimp, lemon juice, pepper &
oregano; cook & stir until shrimp
turn pink. Sprinkle with cheese,
bread crumbs & parsley. Place
skillet under broiler 6 inches from
heat for 2-3 minutes until topping
is golden brown. Serve with cooked
pasta. Serves 4


Apple Pie Egg Rolls

3 C. peeled/diced apples –
about 3 apples
4 T. sugar
4 T. flour
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon juice

12 egg roll wrappers*
oil- for frying
powdered sugar – for

Combine all filling ingredients in
large bowl; mix well. Place 2 heaping
tablespoons of filling in center of
each wrapper; fold in sides & roll
wrapper tightly. (use a dab of water
on the tip of your finger & swipe
inner edge of wrapper then seal
tightly). It is important to make sure
the sides of the wrapper are tucked
in, holding the ingredients – if they
leak it can cause splattering.

Preheat oil in a pan to 350 degrees F.
Fry each roll about 4-5 minutes until
browned & crispy. Place cooked rolls
on a paper-towel lined plate. Sprinkle
tops of rolls with powdered sugar.
Serves 4

*you can find egg roll wrappers in the
fresh fruit section of most groceries.

(recipe: heavenlyscnetsrecipes.blogspot.

Minestrone Soup

4 T. margarine
3/4 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped carrots
1 (19 oz) can cennellini beans
1/2 C. shredded cabbage
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 T. tomato paste
1 1/2 C. cubed potatoes
1 quart chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. elbow macaroni
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in heavy pot over medium
heat; add onion, celery & carrots – saute
a few minutes. Add beans, cabbage,
tomatoes, tomato paste, potatoes, broth,
garlic, parsley & salt to pot. Bring to boil,
cover & reduce heat. Simmer 1 hour until
vegetables are barely tender. Add pasta;
simmer 30  minutes more. Check seasoning
& serve hot with grated cheese on top.



Crockpot Ham & Ranch Potatoes

2 lb. red skin potatoes, peeled/
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 oz. pkg. Ranch salad dressing
mix (dry)
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of potato
1 (16 oz) pkg. cooked diced ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place potatoes in
bottom. Mix cream cheese, dry
dressing mix & soup really well &
pour over potatoes. Cover & cook
on Low 6 1/2 hours. Add ham &
stir; sprinkle cheese on top, adjust
seasoning (salt/pepper) if needed.
Cover & cook until cheese melts,
about 15-30 minutes. Serves 6


Do Nothing Cake

2 C. sugar
2 C. flour
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz) can crushed pineapple,

1/2 C. butter
1 C. sugar
3/4 C. evaporated milk
1 C. flake coconut
1 C. chopped nuts
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place first 6 cake ingredients in a
bowl & mix until blended then
pour into greased 9 X 13″ pan.
Bake 35-40 minutes.

Mix butter, sugar & evap. milk &
pour into saucepan. Cook over
medium heat until a little thickened,
about 5 minutes to come to a boil.
Remove from heat & add remaining
ingredients; stir well & pour over
hot cake. Serves 16



Hope you are somewhere warm & cozy;
when I finish here I’m going back to my
knitting – nothin’ much else new!



PS: Forgot to post this photo I
received yesterday (when the
temps were REALLY low & wind
chill WAY below zero); it’s my
oldest son & grandson with
their friend visiting from Kansas
City, MO!

J'lo, Kaden & Kris Jan.,2016

Left to right:

Friend, our grandson (9) & our oldest son

To be honest, when I saw the
photo on Facebook I almost
skipped over it until I read the
caption the friend wrote under
the photo about visiting with
his friend & young son! I texted
my son to say I was glad they
were all so bundled up!


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  1. What a brave trio you have there mom

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