Flowers and Flurries!


Today it’s around 39 degrees F., gray and on & off snow flurries! Outside I can see a few daffodils peaking out of the brown grass – poor flowers, hope they don’t freeze! Looking at the weather forecast for our area up to Wednesday it’s mostly snow flurries (one day High of 54) – sigh. Oh well, here in good old Michigan we KNOW the weather won’t level off until almost the end of this month (if we’re lucky!).

Just finished using my electric yarn winder to wind up one of the “1 pound” skeins of yarn (the mint green one) – will start casting on a baby afghan later today. Yes, the winder is faster, but it’s still really BORING! (I know – complain, complain…).


Apple Dump Cake

1 box yellow cake mix (and
ingredients to make cake)
2 (21 oz, ea) cans apple pie filling
1 stick butter
1/2 C. water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Spoon pie filling
into bottom of pan. Mix cake
mix & ingredients to prepare in
a bowl; pour batter over apples
in pan. Melt butter & water in
a saucepan & pour on top of
cake batter. Bake 70 minutes.


Chicken Chilaquiles

(fried stuffed tortillas with

chile verde sauce)

1/2 C. oil
10 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2 inch
(optional: salt, to taste)
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 C. cooked chicken, shredded
1 (28 oz) can mild chile verde sauce,

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
until hot. Cook tortilla strips, a few at
a time, just until crispy-drain on paper
towels & sprinkle with salt, if using. Mix
cheeses in a bowl. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. Layer half of
tortilla strips in pan, top with chicken,
1 C. sauce & 1 C. cheese mixture – press
layers gently down into pan. Repeat
layering with remaining ingredients in
order listed above. Bake, uncovered,
30 minutes until cheese is melted &
golden. Serves 6-8


One-Pan Salmon & Garlic Parmesan

1 1/2 lb. salmon, skin on*
2 1/2 T. olive oil, divided
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 T. fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced/divided
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced (optional)
1 1/2 – 2 lb. asparagus (medium or thin
spears) ends trimmed
1/2 C. finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a rimmed 17 X 12 inch baking dish
with parchment paper; place salmon in
middle of pan. In small bowl whisk 1 1/2
T. oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 cloves
garlic, Dijon, onion powder – brush evenly
over top of salmon then sprinkle with 1/2
tsp. salt & pepper (add more pepper, if
desired). Top fish with lemon slices.
Toss asparagus with remaining 1 T. oil,
remaining 2 cloves garlic & season with
salt/pepper then arrange spears around
salmon on both sides. Bake 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, toss asparagus then
sprinkle asparagus with Parmesan. Return
to oven & bake until salmon has cooked
through, about 5-10 minutes longer. Cut
salmon into portions & serve warm.
Serves 4

*If fillet is wide, cut into 2-4 portions &
place near upper portion of baking dish,
then place asparagus on lower portion
of dish.


Crockpot Cabbage/Sausage Soup

1 1/2 lb. smoked Polish sausage links,
halved lengthwise & cut into bite-sized
4 C. chicken broth
4 C. chopped cabbage
2 C. potatoes, peeled/cubed
1-2 onions, chopped
1 carrot, peeled/shredded
2 T. caraway seed, crushed
salt/pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients in crockpot & mix
gently until well combined. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours. Serves 8


Baked French Toast Casserole
(overnight recipe)

1 stick butter
1 1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
6 eggs
1 1/2 C. milk
12 slices white bread

Melt butter & mix with brown sugar &
cinnamon. Spread half of mixture on
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish. Place
6 slices bread over sugar & spread
remainder of brown sugar mixture
over bread; top with remaining 6
slices bread. Beat eggs & milk &
pour over bread in dish. Cover &
refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake 40 minutes.


Crockpot Teriyaki Beef

1/3 C. teriyaki marinade
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple,
1 1/2 lb. boneless beef chuck

cooked egg noodles

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Pour marinade &
pineapple into crockpot; place
beef on top . Cover & cook 2 1/2 –
3 1/2 hours. Serve over noodles.
Serves 4


Revel Bars

1 1/2 C. steel-rolled old fashioned oats
1 1/2 C. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 C. flour
2/3 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter,
1/2 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8 or 9 X 9″ baking dish
with parchment paper & lightly spray
with nonstick spray. Combine flour,
oats, baking soda & salt in small bowl.
In large bowl cream 6 T. butter & sugar
until fluffy. Beat in egg & vanilla then
slowly beat in dry ingredients. Using a
double boiler OR microwave, melt
sweet/cond. milk, choc. chips &
remaining butter – stir until completely
melted & smooth. Spread 2/3 of dough
mixture & pack into baking dish. Top
with melted choc. & gently tap dish
against a hard surface so that it spreads
out & evenly coats the dough. Spoon
remaining cookie mixture over top &
bake 25-30 minutes until top is golden
brown. Remove from oven & cool
completely before cutting into squares.



Finishing up reading another of the series of
books by Preston & Child: “White Fire”. I enjoy
their style of writing although, sometimes, it
can get a little ‘off the beaten path’. This one
inserts Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson and a
lost manuscript – a little strange, but intriguing.
One more chapter to go – then back to the
library to see if there are any more of theirs
I’ve missed.

Since it’s Saturday it’s sort of become a
finishing up things that didn’t get done
earlier in the week like unloading &
re-loading the dishwasher, putting
away all the serving dishes & fancy
silverware from Easter. Hopefully
today is the LAST of the Easter dinner
foods! One of my sons decided to
make good use of some of the ham
by making a ham & cheese salad!

Enjoy your weekend and (hopefully)
you don’t have an SNOW in your future!



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  1. Snow it fell it melted,it fell again, it melted, it fell again and stayed on bushes, trees , and the ground. Sure wish it would get this show overwith!

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