I DID it!


Saturday I started FINALLY feeling like ‘me’ – so I ventured it and ended up singing in the Easter Program – YAY! Our choir director is such a sweet person – just before we went to sing one of the 3 songs for the program he looked at me and silently mouthed “are you OK?” I nodded and off we went! Tired, but really happy to finally be back ‘where I belong’. We had a quiet day and today will be our family Easter dinner.

Did a quick trip to the drug store & grocery store (wanted to get a few more packages of Peeps – AND they’re 50% off, so that was nice!). It’s nice to know that now that I’m (hopefully) finally over that viral infection, I can enjoy the cooking/eating/family time tonight.


Easy Fudge Brownie Pie

1 box brownie mix (makes an 8 x 8 pan)
and ingredients to prepare
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1 C. marshmallows (any size)
1 tub chocolate frosting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease a 8 X 8″ baking pan
with nonstick spray.
Prepare brownie mix as per box.
Add nuts to mixture & bake as
directed on box. When ready to
remove from oven, add marsh-
mallows to top & bake 3 more
minutes until marshmallows are
golden brown – remove from oven.
In microwave, heat chocolate frosting
in a glass bowl approx. 30 seconds –
to make it more liquid. Pour frosting
over brownies (do not use ALL-just
a little*) to cover. Cool & serve

*poster said they used about 1/4th
of can

(recipe: allfood.recipes)

Cheesy Ham Chowder

10 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
1 C. diced carrots
3 T. flour
3 C. milk
1 1/2 C. water
2 1/2 C. pe
eled/cubed potatoes
1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel
corn, drained
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
pepper, to taste
3 C. (12 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
2 C. cubed, fully cooked ham

In Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp-remove to paper towel-
lined plate. Saute onion & carrots until
tender in bacon drippings. Stir in flour
until blended. Gradually add milk &
water; bring to boil. Cook & stir 2
minutes until thickened. Add potatoes,
corn, bouillon & pepper; reduce heat
to simmer. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes
until potatoes are tender. Add cheese &
ham; heat until cheese is melted then
stir in bacon. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Crockpot Ham/Green Beans &


2 lb. fresh green beans, cut into pieces
2 lb. ham, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 baking potatoes, diced
1 large onion, diced
salt/pepper, to taste
3 C. water

Place all ingredients in crockpot.
Cook on Low 6 hours.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-Facebook)

Breakfast Roll-ups

1 (8 count) tube crescent rolls
5 eggs
4 strips bacon
16 tator tots
Cheddar cheese, shredded
salsa, as garnish

Heat oven to temperature on crescent
roll tube.
Cook bacon & tator tots; scramble eggs.
Crumble bacon & place these 3 ingredients
aside. Remove rolls from tube; press rolls
onto a cookie sheet & flatten. Place 1 1/2
T. egg on large end of roll. Break 2 tator
tots in half & place over egg; sprinkle with
bacon crumbles & cheese. Bring corners
of large end over filling & roll up, pinching
dough together so ingredients are covered –
repeat with other rolls. Bake rolls according
to crescent roll package & serve with salsa
on the side.

(recipe: cupcakediariesblog.com)

Cheesy Bacon-Asparagus Dip

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed/roughly chopped
1 T. olive oil
kosher salt/fresh ground black pepper
4 slices cooked bacon
2 oz. cream cheese, softened (1/4 of 8 oz. block)
1 C. shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. chopped chives
fresh ground black pepper

Hollowed out bread bowl (if desired)*

Heat broiler.
Toss asparagus with olive oil & season
with salt/pepper – place on a baking sheet
& broil until tender & slightly charred,
5-7 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees

Transfer asparagus to a large bowl; add chopped
bacon, cream cheese, Cheddar, Gruyere & chives;
season with pepper & stir until combined. Transfer
dip to a *hollowed out bread bowl or baking dish.
Bake until cheese is bubbly & dip is warmed
through, 15-20 minutes. Serve with bread, crackers
or fresh veggies. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)

Chicken Tortilla Bake

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with
green chilies, undrained OR
1 C. salsa
12 small corn tortillas, cut into
thin, bite-sized strips
3 C. cooked, cubed chicken
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In bowl combine soup, milk &
undrained tomatoes (or salsa).
Sprinkle 1/3 of tortilla strips on
bottom of ungreased rectangular
baking dish. Layer half of chicken
over strips; spoon half of soup
mixture evenly on top – repeat
layers. Sprinkle with remaining
tortilla strips & top with shredded
cheese. Bake, covered, 40 minutes
until bubbly. Uncover & bake 5
minutes longer until cheese is

(recipe: thirtyhandmadedays.com)

Nutty Lemon Cake

1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 (18.25 oz) pkg. lemon cake mix;
with ingredients to prepare
1 (7 oz) jar macadamia nuts, coarsely
1 (15 3/4 oz) can lemon pie filling/divided
1 C. (1/2 pint) heavy cream
2 T. sugar

Stir lemon peel into cake batter & pour
batter into 2 (9″ round) layer pans.
Sprinkle each layer with 1/4 C. nuts &
bake accordg. to pkg. directions. When
cooled completely, place one layer
upside-down on a serving plate.
Reserve 1/2 C. lemon pie filling & place
remaining pie filling in medium bowl;
add 1/2 C. chopped nuts & spread over
cake layer. Top with second layer & spoon
reserved lemon pie filling in center of
top layer; chill.
In medium bowl using elec. mixer on
medium speed, beat cream 4-5 minutes
until stiff peaks form. Beat in sugar until
well combined then frost sides of cake &
around the filling on top of cake. Sprinkle
with remaining chopped nuts & chill at
least 2 hours. Serve or cover loosely &
keep chilled until ready to serve.
Serves 12

*We recommend chopping Macadamia
nuts using a chef’s knife; the pieces, then,
are big enough

(recipe: mrfood.com)

Hope you all had a great time with family &
friends for Easter. Our weather, yesterday,
was PERFECT – sunny with a light breeze.
Today, however, it’s grey & gloomy, around
40 degrees – the lack of sunshine doesn’t
help me get in the mood to clean house &
cook! I’m definitely one of those people
who are affected by weather – give me
SUNSHINE any day!

Have a great day;




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  1. Glad you got to sing and that you are on the mend. I need “up” people like you to help me keep going.

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