Well, I finally ‘braved it’!

michigan - snow

Last night was my special needs group’s “Music/Birthday” night – since I play piano for them, I kinda ‘had’ to go. Here, it had snowed for 3 days, on & off, and my car was buried in a good (almost) foot of snow. I started brushing it off only to discover there was a layer of ICE underneath, all over the windshield! UGH! I did my best scraping, then drove off about 2 blocks & pulled into a drugstore parking lot to clear my back window – couldn’t see out of it at all! Drove 35 all the way, got there on time, then used the church parking lot to re-clear the huge amounts of snow on the hood that hadn’t blown off while driving. During our meeting it snowed AGAIN! UGH! By the time I finally got home for the evening I was a basket case! Roads were slippery, just SUPER glad to be home! Oh, and I failed to mention the temperature last night driving home was 14 degrees F. Got up this morning to a ‘balmy’ 12 degrees with wind chill of -3 degrees F. Looking at the weather report for the rest of this week it’s a bit grim: snow on & off, temps close to zero – ah, the ‘fun’. I still need to go to the grocery store so I’ll probably brave it a little later on – you know: the ‘essentials’ – bread, milk (& pop for my husband). We won’t starve but just need to make sure we’re ‘covered’ for the rest of the expected snow.

Craft-wise I’m sort of ‘drifting’ – made a few more baby hats for the hospital and am working on crocheting a border on the second (miscarriage) baby blanket – this one is 20 X 20″ & a soft blue. Not sure, yet, if I’ll continue doing this particular project – it’s for a very good cause but I find it tends to really make me sad (I’m a very emotional-type person) – so we’ll see.


Cranberry Orange Roll Casserole

3/4 C. chopped walnuts
2/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. melted butter
1/2 C. Greek plain yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 (12 oz, ea) tubes Pillsbury Orange
rolls, quartered
1/4 C. cranberries

Combine all ingredients (except orange
rolls) in large bowl. Toss quartered
rolls into mixture (reserve icing packets)
Spray crockpot with nonstick spray &
pour mixture in. Cover & cook on Low
2 1/2 – 3  hours until sides are golden
brown & rolls are set. Drizzle icing
packets on top & serve. Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

Crockpot Red Gravy Pot Roast

1/4 C. plus 1 tsp. flour
1/2 C. water
2-4 lb. beef rump roast
salt/pepper, to taste
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 (7 oz) bottle ketchup

mashed potatoes – for serving
under pot roast

In a small bowl stir together
flour & water to make a roux
(a paste) . Place roast in crockpot
& spread paste all over roast-
generously salt & pepper roast.
Place onions on top, then cover
with entire bottle of ketchup. Add
water to crockpot until it comes
halfway up the roast. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours. Remove
roast & place on serving platter;
let rest 5 minutes then slice.
Serve over cooked mashed
potatoes & top with gravy.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

4 large carrots, cut into chunks
1 head cauliflower, cut into chunks
4 C. chicken broth
4 C. water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. milk
Parmesan cheese – garnish

In large soup pot combine all
ingredients except milk & cheese.
Bring to boil over High heat;
reduce heat to Low & simmer
45 minutes until vegetables are
very tender. In batches, place
soup in blender & puree until
smooth. Carefully pour back
into pot; stir in milk & simmer
an additional 5 minutes until
hot. Spoon into bowls & top
with Parmesan cheese.
Makes 10 cups.

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Parsley Red Potatoes
(serves 2)

2 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 C. small red potatoes,
1 1/2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
dash crushed red pepper flakes

Heat oil in medium skillet over
medium heat. Add garlic; cook
1 minute, stirring frequently. Add
potatoes & cook 18 minutes until
tender, stirring frequently. Stir in
parsley, salt & pepper.

(recipe: myrecipes.com)

Sweet & Sour Baked Chicken Wings

12 chicken wings (winglets &
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
2 T. molasses
1/4 C. soy sauce
3 T. teriyaki sauce
3 T. brown sugar
1 T. honey
1 T. ketchup
2 T. barbecue sauce
1 1/2 tsp. corn starch
3/4 C. water

chopped green onions
sesame seeds

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil &
place a rack on it – spray rack
with nonstick spray. Wash wings,
pat dry & season both sides with
salt/pepper – place on rack. Bake
25 minutes. Flip wings & cook
another 20 minutes*.

Prepare sauce-mix together all
ingredients in large bowl

Toss wings in sauce; garnish with
chopped green onions & sesame
seeds (if desired). Serve hot.
Serves 2-3

NOTE: Baking wings on a rack
helps cook them evenly. If you
don’t have a rack, bake them on
the baking sheet lined with foil
& spray foil with nonstick spray.
*Cooking time does not change
for more wings.

(recipe: unicornsinthekitchen.com)

Chocolate Pudding Dump Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 3/4 C. milk
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips (semi-sweet)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Mix dry pudding with
milk; stir in chocolate cake mix (dry)
batter will be very thick; spread into
prepared pan & sprinkle chocolate
chips on top. Bake 25-30 minutes until
edges start pulling away from pan.

(recipe: makinitmobetta.com)

Spicy Sausage Alfredo Bake

1 (16 oz) pkg. elbow macaroni or
3 T. butter
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. flour
1 C. chicken broth
2 C. Half & Half
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
2 C. mozzarella cheese, divided
1-2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 (12 oz) pkg fully-cooked smoked

Lightly grease a 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Cook pasta according to pkg. directions
to al dente; drain. Melt butter in large
skillet over medium heat; add garlic &
cook 1-2 minutes – stir in flour. Whisk
in chicken broth until smooth then stir
in Half & Half. Add salt/pepper, cayenne
& red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes
until thickened. Stir in Parm. cheese & 1
C. mozzarella until cheeses have melted.
Slice sausage into 1/4 inch pieces & add
to sauce along with chopped parsley &
cooked pasta; stir & season with additional
salt/pepper, if needed. Preheat broiler;
pour mixture into prepared dish. Top with
remaining mozzarella cheese & broil 2-3
minutes until cheese is bubbly & golden.
Serves 8

(recipe: yummly.com)

Pan Burritos

2 (1 1/2 oz, ea) pkgs. enchilada sauce
3 C. water
1 (12 oz) can tomato paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. pepper
salt, to taste
2 lb. ground beef
9 (9 inch) flour tortillas
4 C. (16 oz) shredded Cheddar or
Mexican blend cheese
1 (16 oz) can refried beans, warmed

Optional Toppers:
taco sauce, sour cream, chili peppers,
chopped onion and/or guacamole,

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In saucepan, combine first 6
ingredients, simmer 15-20 minutes.
In a skillet, brown beef; drain. Stir in
1/3 sauce; spread 1/3 on bottom of
a greased 9 X 13″ baking dish. Place
3 tortillas over sauce, tearing to fit
bottom of pan. Spoon half of meat
mixture over tortillas, sprinkle with
1 1/2 C. cheese. Add 3 more tortillas;
spread refried beans over top & top
with remaining meat. Sprinkle with
1 1/2 C. cheese. Layer remaining
tortillas; top with remaining sauce &
sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake,
uncovered, 35-40 minutes. Let stand
10 minutes before cutting. Serve with
optional toppers. Serves 8-10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Lemon-lovers Bundt Cake

1 box lemon cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. lemon instant pudding
3/4 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. water
4 eggs

zest of 1 lemon
1/3 C. lemon juice
2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Grease & flour 12-Cup Bundt pan.
In large bowl whisk cake mix & pudding
mix together. Add oil, water & eggs. Using
an elec. mixer, beat at Low speed 2 minutes.
Scrape bowl & beat 4 minutes on medium
speed; pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted
near center comes out clean. Cool in pan
10 minutes then invert onto serving plate.
Glaze: In medium bowl combine lemon zest,
lemon juice, powdered sugar & melted
butter until well mixed. Allow glaze to thicken
slightly before pouring over top of cake.
Serves 12-18

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes)


Hope your week is going well –
stay warm (if you’re in a cold area), treat
yourself to something you like (even if
it’s only putting on some music that
soothes you!) and remember to smile
a little (makes people wonder what
you’re up to!).




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  1. I can see why you would be sad working on those particle blankets. But if that is the case then work for the living.

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