What a Change!


Yesterday I was dancing because the weather was SO nice! It got up to 54 degrees & sunny! Today I woke up (before putting on my glasses) and was happy to see the sunshine coming through the window. Walked into the kitchen and saw some snow on the garage roof: “What the heck?” Looked at the thermometer and it said 30 degrees F! NOooooo, say it isn’t so! Reading our forecast for the rest of the week, this looks like it’s as good as it gets, not much higher temps than mid 30’s – sigh. I ‘was’ going to go grocery shopping but decided to just stay inside & home – maybe I’ll feel more ‘inspired’ tomorrow.

Went looking for more Super Bowl appetizers for you – wasn’t as many as I’d hoped (most you’ve seen before).


Mini Burrito Cups

1 (16 oz) can refried beans
3 T. taco seasoning mix, dry/
1/2 lb. hamburger
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel mild diced
tomatoes & green chilies, drained
6 T. water
4 (12 inch) flour tortillas
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 C. shredded lettuce

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 12 medium muffin cups
with nonstick spray. Combine
refried beans & 1 T. seasoning
mix in small bowl. Cook beef in
large skillet over medium-high
heat 3-5 minutes until no longer
pink; drain. Add remaining 2
T. seasoning mix, drained tomatoes
& water; mix & simmer 2-3 minutes.
Cut each tortilla into 3 rounds using
a 4 1/2 inch cookie cutter; cover
rounds with damp paper towel &
microwave 30 seconds until warm &
pliable. Carefully place rounds in
muffin cups; spoon refried bean
mixture evenly into each cup; top
with meat mixture. Bake 10-15
minutes until tortillas are crisp; sprinkle
with cheese & serve with lettuce.
Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed
Sweet Potatoes

3 large sweet potatoes (about
2 1/2 lb.)
1 (16 oz) pkg pulled pork in
BBQ sauce
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced tomatoes
& green chilies, drained
3 T. margarine
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. sour cream
2 T. thinly sliced green onions

Place potatoes in large microwave-
safe bowl; cover & microwave on
High 6 minutes; turn over & micro-
wave 5 minutes more until potatoes
are tender. Combine pulled pork &
drained tomatoes in medium bowl;
cover & microwave on High 2-3 minutes
until mixture is hot, stirring at end.
Carefully cut each potato in half
lengthwise & fluff with a fork. Top
each potato half evenly with margarine
& sprinkle with salt. Place about 1/3 C.
pork mixture on top of each potato
half & top evenly with sour cream &
green onions. Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat.com)

Pineapple Pudding Pie

1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
1 C. sour cream
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 graham cracker pie crust
Cool Whip, thawed

Place pineapple & juice in large
bowl; add sour cream & pudding
mix; blend well & pour into
pie crust. Refrigerate 2 hours
& serve with Cool Whip on top.

(recipe: naughykitchenblog)

Pizza ‘Calzone’ Bake

12 oz. Italian pork sausage, remove
casings, if present
1 C. frozen chopped onion
1 C. frozen chopped green pepper
1 (13.8 oz) pkg. refrigerated pizza
crust dough
1 1/2 C. pizza sauce, divided
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cook sausage, onions & peppers in
large skillet over medium-high heat
6-8 minutes until sausage is fully
cooked; drain. Spray a 15 X 10″
baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Unroll pizza dough onto sheet &
press into a 14 X 10″ rectanble.
Spread 1/2 C. pizza sauce length-
wise down center of dough to
within 1/2 inch of each short end.
Spoon meat mixture evenly on top
of sauce & sprinkle cheese evenly
over meat mixture. Pull up each
long edge over filling & pinch edges
together to seal. Pinch short ends
together to seal. Bake 15-18 minutes
until deep golden brown. Heat
remaining 1 C. sauce in covered
container in microwave on High
1 1/2 minutes until hot. Cut ‘calzone’
into 8 slices & serve with sauce
poured over slices. Serves 8

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
Easy Baked Honey BBQ Wings

4 lb. chicken wings, trimmed &
tips removed
2 T. vegetable oil
1 1/4 C. BBQ sauce
1/2 C. honey
1 T. cayenne pepper sauce

sliced green onions, garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet
with foil & place an oven-safe
wire rack on sheet; lightly spray
rack with nonstick spray. Place
wings in large bowl; toss with
vegetable oil; season with
salt/pepper & place on sprayed
rack in even layer. Bake 40-50
minutes, turning halfway through
baking time. Combine BBQ sauce,
honey & cayenne sauce in small
pot over medium heat. Stir &
simmer sauce until thickened,
about 10-15 minutes. Set 1/2 C.
sauce aside. Place cooked wings in
large bowl & pour remaining sauce
over; tossing to coat. Place wings
back on rack & broil (about 4 inches
from heating element) about 2
minutes. Remove from oven, turn
over & brush with remaining sauce.
Broil an additional 1-2 minutes until
sauce caramelizes. Garnish with
green onions, if desired & serve
with ranch dressing. Serves 8

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
7 Layer Dip

1 (30 oz) can refried beans
1 T. water
3 avocados
1 T. lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 C. sour cream (not fat free)
1/2 C. mayonnaise
2 T. taco seasoning mix
1 1/2 C. shredded cheese*
4 green onions, chopped
1-2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 (2.25 oz) can sliced black olives,

Mix beans & water together &
spread in a 8 X 8″ clear/round
dish or pan. Mash avocados with
lime juice, garlic powder & salt;
spread over beans. Mix sour cream,
mayo & taco seasoning mix & spread
over avocado layer. Spread cheese,
green onions, tomatoes & olives
on top. Cover & chill until ready to

*Poster used Pepper Jack &
Cheddar cheeses, shredded

(recipe: souschefs.blogspot.in)

Spiced Apple Upside Down Cake

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, divided
1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
4 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 tsp. apple pie spice, divided
2 apples, peeled/thinly sliced (like
Gala or Jonagold)
1 (2-layer) box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream

whipped cream, for
topping, if desired

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place 1 stick butter & brown sugar in
small saucepan; cook on medium heat
2 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Stir
in 2 tsp. vanilla & 1 tsp. apple pie spice.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
spray & pour mixture into pan. Place
apple slices in an even layer on bottom
of pan. Beat cake mix, eggs, sour cream,
remaining 1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, 2 tsp.
vanilla & 2 tsp. apple pie spice in large
bowl using elec. mixer on Low speed
30 seconds or until just moistened.
Beat on medium speed 2 minutes &
pour batter over apples. Bake 25-28
minutes until a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool in pan
on wire rack 10 minutes. Invert
onto a serving platter & spoon any
remaining sauce over apples. Serve
with whipped cream, if desired.

(recipe: Rhonda-Marys Recipe

Tex-Mex Wontons

1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 C. chopped onion
1/2 of a (15 oz) can refried beans
1/2 pkt. taco seasoning mix
4 dozen wonton skins *

oil for frying

Suggested Toppings:
sour cream
In large skillet cook ground beef &
onion until meat is brown; drain. Stir
in taco seasoning & beans; mix well.
Place one wonton skin on work surface
with one point towards you (like a kite).
Spoon 1 tsp. meat mixture into center.
Fold bottom point over filling & tuck
point under filling. Fold corners over,
forming an envelope shape. Roll up
toward remaining corner. Moisten
point with a little water so it sticks &
press to seal. Repeat with rest of
wontons & filling. Heat oil in large,
deep skillet until hot; fry a few
wontons at a time, about 1 minute
per side. Drain on paper towels &
serve with sour cream, salsa or
guacamole. Makes 48

*you can find wonton wrappers in
the fresh vegetable section at
grocery stores – usually refrigerated)

(recipe: tadaskookykitchen.com)

Pull-Apart Strawberry Monkey Bread

2 (16.3 oz, ea) tubes refrigerated
homestyle biscuits
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 c. sliced fresh strawberries PLUS
5 whole, cut in half (for garnish)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
spray. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces &
place in large bowl. In small bowl combine
sugar & cinnamon; sprinkle over biscuits &
toss gently until evenly coated. Add sliced
strawberries & vanilla to biscuits & toss
gently. Evenly place biscuit mixture into
prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes until
golden brown & dough is cooked in center.
Cool 10-15 minutes in pan then invert
onto serving platter. Cool completely.
When ready to serve, place a dollop of
Cool Whip on top & garnish with
strawberry halves. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)


I was happy today to be able to locate the
person in charge of the miscarriage blankets;
took a few switches (via phone) to locate
the ONE nurse who handles it. She was
very nice and will be calling me back a
little later with three different sizes for
the blankets. I started one last night, it’s
a soft yellow, about 12 inches wide – will
knit it until it’s about 16″ long, then crochet
a white border around it. Still working on
the baby hats (I try for 25 each, newborn &
premies) before delivering them; so far I
have 10 premie & 9 newborn, so gotta get
crackin’ (so to speak)! My good friend (the
leader of my special needs group) did NOT
bring the yarn last night for the 2 hats for
her granddaughters, so I’ve got another
‘free’ week to knit whatever I want! Started
the dark brown crocheted border on the
Federal Blue baby blanket for my friend
who’s due in April – that’s got a bit more
work before it’s done.

Hope you’re having a great day!




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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Brrr, stay warm!

  2. Yep I said just wait a bit and you will see snow. Ah Michigan land that I love!

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