I’m turning into a troll!


Yesterday was another SNOW DUMP – it kept snowing lightly all day; by close to the time I was supposed to go to Knit Night the roads were not looking good. I got ready early, went out to clear off the snow on my car (about 2-3 inches) when I discovered there was a thick layer of ICE under all that snow – lovely . . . Took me a lot longer than I thought just getting all that cleared. I got in the car, watched the VERY slow moving traffic in front of my house and decided “This is NOT worth it! It’s still coming down and supposed to continue for at least another hour or more – I can knit AT HOME!” Went in the house and tried calling a few ladies but by that time they were probably on their way, so sent out emails on messages on Facebook. Turns out two brave ladies showed up (one sent me an email today); the manager came over to thank them for showing up (she’s my friend) – they both said the driving wasn’t ‘that bad’. I’m just glad I didn’t attempt it – NOT WORTH IT! Today the roads are clear – there’s about the same amount of snow on my car NOW as there was last night, so you can understand – we got a big dump! In my emails this morning is one from the leader of my special needs group – she’s calling it off because the local schools are closed and hence, probably the church so it’s another ‘stay in the house’ night. I’m turning into a TROLL! (I did, however, get one pair of baby booties knit for my friend who’s due in April – the one I knit the blue & brown afghan for. Still want to maybe make a hat and another pair of booties.) Just looked at the weather for today & this week: we ‘were’ supposed to get between 6-9 inches yesterday and another 2 today – don’t see the 2 for today now (we caught a break!). It’s 17 degrees F. with a wind chill making it feel like 2 degrees . . . lovely.


Sugar Marble Cookies

1 C. shortening
1 C. sugar
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 oz. square baking chocolate,

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In medium bowl blend shortening
& sugar; add extracts & egg – blend
until fluffy. In another bowl sift
dry ingredients & add to shortening
mixture. Drizzle chocolate over dough,
a little at a time & cut it in with a knife.
DO NOT STIR. Form dough into 1 inch
balls & place on ungreased baking sheets.
Flatten balls slightly with bottom of a
drinking glass dipped in granulated sugar.
Bake 8-10 minutes until edges are golden.
Makes about 3 dozen.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)

Crockpot Maine Corn Chowder

1 (32 oz) can chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can creamed corn
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
4 C. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled/diced
1/2 C. white onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded/diced
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 C. Half & Half or heavy cream
6 slices cooked/sliced bacon
salt, to tste

Add all ingredients except bacon/half & Half/
salt to 4 qt. crockpot. Cover & cook on Low
8 hours. When cooking time is done, stir in
Half & Half & cooked bacon. Add salt, to taste
& serve. Serves 5

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)

Chili Cornbread Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans,
1 (8.5 oz) pkg. corn muffin mix
2 C. Mexican cheese blend, grated/
1/3 C. milk
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds/ribs removed,
finely chopped
1 egg
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium-high
heat brown beef, onion & jalapeno
until beef is cooked through & veggies
are softened; drain & return to heat.
Season with salt/pepper then stir in
cumin, chili powder, garlic powder,
tomatoes, enchilada sauce & kidney
beans. Cook 7-10 minutes until
mixture has reduced slightly then
transfer to a baking dish. Sprinkle
1 1/2 C. Mexican cheese over top. In
large bowl prepare corn muffin mix
according to pkg. directions (stir in
egg & 1/3 C. milk) until smooth. Stir
in remaining cheese & pour evenly
over beef & veggies. Bake 20-22
minutes or until toothpick inserted in
center of cornbread comes out
mostly clean. Serve hot. Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

Crockpot Butternut Squash

2 lb. butternut squash, peeled/
cut into cubes
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
ground black pepper, to taste
brown sugar (optional)

Place squash in crockpot; sprinkle
salt, olive oil & pepper over squash;
stir to evenly distribute. Cover &
cook on High 3 hours or Low 5-6
hours. Remove lid, stir & serve.
(can serve with a little brown sugar
sprinkled over). Serves 6

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)

Crockpot Cheesy Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 can Cheddar soup
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 c. finely diced onion
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place cauliflower in
crockpot. In medium saucepan combine
remaining ingredients; heat over
medium heat, stirring constantly,
until cheese is melted; pour sauce
over cauliflower. Cover & cook on
Low 3- 3 1/2 hours, depending on
how tender you want the cauliflower.
Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

Bang-Bang Chicken

1/2 C. vegetable oil
1 C. buttermilk*
3/4 C. flour
1/2 C. cornstarch
1 large egg
1 T. hot sauce
kosher salt, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts,
cut into 1 inch chunks
1 C. Panko** bread crumbs

1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. sweet chili sauce
1 T. honey
2 tsp. hot sauce

To Prepare Sauce:
Whisk ingredients together in small

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. In large bowl whisk buttermilk,
flour, cornstarch, egg, hot sauce, salt/pepper.
Working one-at-a-time, dip chicken into
buttermilk mixture, then into Panko,
pressing to coat. In batches, cook chicken
in skillet until evenly golden & crispy,
about 2-3 minutes. Transfer cooked pieces
to a paper-towel lined plate. Serve
immediately, drizzled with sauce.
Serves 4

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Using a 2-cup measuring cup, pour
1 T. lemon juice (OR) vinegar in cup;
fill cup to 1 C. with milk. Stir & let
set 5 minutes – now you have

**Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb
& can be found in the Asian section of
most grocery stores (or by the flour)

(recipe: damndelicious.net)

Mom’s Applesauce Muffins

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 C. applesauce
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 C. flour
1 C. raisins

Crumb Topping:
1/2 C. butter
3/4 C. flour
3/4 C. quick-cooking oats (uncooked)
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine all muffin ingredients in large
bowl, stir until moistened. Fill
lightly greased muffin cups 3/4th
full. Combine all Crumb Topping
ingredients in another bowl &
sprinkle tops of muffins with
topping. Bake 25-30 minutes.
Makes 12-16 muffins

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)


Well, now that I’ve had a chance to spend a
few minutes with you I need to get started
with calling all 90+ special needs people to
tell them we’re canceling tonight’s group;
that usually takes me about 1 1/2 hours,
after which I’m ready for a nap!

Stay warm & safe – IF you can, get out some!
(I know I want to!!!) Going a little ‘batty’
cooped up inside!




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  1. Oh, how I would love to see some snow down here in Georgia! You’re welcome to send some our way! πŸ˜‰ I’m afraid we’re already set for Spring (high of 60 yesterday and a high of 54 today!), and I hadn’t really gotten enough of winter quite yet! πŸ˜› Oh well. Maybe we’ll get a late Spring snow like we do, sometimes: otherwise, I’ll just have to wait and hope for next year! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipes. I think I’ll try some this week!

    • Believe me – I’d LOVE to send ALL our snow to you if I could! So strange, our weather – tons of snow last week/warm up & NO snow on ground, a few days later TONS more snow! UGH! At least I didn’t see the ‘predicted’ 2 inches of snow for today on TODAY’S weather report (it was there, yesterday). When I read the 17 degrees out with a wind chill making it feel like 2 degrees, believe me I DON’T want to go out in it (BUT husband & I are going out for Thai food in half hour . . . hey, a girl’s gotta eat, right?) Enjoy your Spring weather! (In Michigan you NEVER know when that’s coming!)

      • Enjoy your Thai cuisine! πŸ˜‰

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