A “Wintry Mix” is what they they’re calling it…


Right now it’s around 32 degrees F., very gloomy & dark with a rain/snow mix hitting the windows – lovely, right? Looking at our weather report for this week it’s filled with reports like this…oh, joy. I’m ‘hoping’ to go to the library and pick up some of the books I put on hold (I know they have 3 now – don’t remember how many, exactly, I put on ‘Hold’).


Yesterday my grandson was with us for the day (school Spring break) so we DID things together! This was the first puzzle we put together – not bad, 100 pieces but then the NEXT one (same amount of pieces) was a killer! I didn’t photo that one – Mom & baby giraffe – doesn’t sound bad but with all the various spots/furs/ground grasses, we both said we were done doing puzzles! We also cut out a ‘glow in the dark’ plastic cricket ‘puzzle’ that I found in our old homeschool closet – there were two puzzles, have no idea where I got them. With the lack of attention after the giraffe puzzle, that’s all we did – just punch/cut it out – maybe we’ll put it together this Friday when he’s back to visit. I love his enthusiasm (he’s now 9 1/2) but after eight hours I’m pretty ‘pooped’! I guess that’s why most Mom’s have their kids when they’re YOUNG – right? Still, I’m happy to be a part of his life, even if I’m 67 1/2 – keeps me ‘young’, I guess.


Cinnamon Nut Bars

1/2 C. whole wheat flour
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 C. canola oil
1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 C. honey
1 C. chopped walnuts

1 C. powdered sugar
2 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T. water
2 T. honey

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine flours,
sugar, cinnamon, baking powder &
baking soda. In another bowl combine
egg, oil, applesauce & honey. Stir wet
ingredients into dry just until
moistened; fold in walnuts. Spread
batter into 9 X 13″ baking dish sprayed
with nonstick spray. Bake 15-20 minutes
until a toothpick inserted near center
comes out clean. Combine icing
ingredients & spread over warm bars.
Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Makes 2 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Homemade Hamburger Helper

2 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 pinches red pepper flakes (or more,
if you like more spice)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1-2 frozen pkgs. spinach, (or
1-2 C. fresh, chopped fine)
3 1/2 C. milk
3 1/2 C. beef broth
5 C. dry macaroni noodles
3 C. tomato sauce
3 c. shredded cheese (your choice)

In a large skillet add beef, onion,
peppers, pepper flakes, garlic,
salt, Italian seasoning & spinach.
Cook over medium-high heat until
beef is browned. Add milk, broth,
macaroni & tomato sauce – bring to
a boil. Reduce heat to medium &
cook 12-15 minutes, stirring often.
Stir in 1 C. cheese & sprinkle remaining
cheese on top. Cover & let stand 5
minutes before serving.  Serves 4-5

(recipe: thereciperebel.com)

Italian Turkey Soup

1 1/2 lb. ground turkey breast
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2-3 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 C. sliced carrots
1 1/2 C. sliced celery
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
not drained
3 C. beef broth
4 T. tomato paste
1 T. fresh basil chopped (or
1 tsp. dry)
1 T. fresh oregano chopped
(or 1 tsp. dry)
1 T. fresh thyme, chopped
(or 1 tsp. dry)
1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes
1/4 C. fresh parsley, slightly

Heat 2 T. oil in large skillet; add
ground turkey, salt/pepper, onion
& garlic; saute until turkey browns –
transfer to large soup pot. In same
skillet add about 1/2 T. olive then
add carrots & celery – saute until
just slightly tender then add to
soup pot. Add 1/2 T. oil to skillet
& pour in tomatoes to deglaze;
add beef broth, tomato paste &
all herbs (except parsley) – bring
to a boil. Transfer to soup pot; stir
well & simmer on Low 30-40 minutes.
Add parsley last 5-10  minutes of
cooking time.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-Facebook)

Crockpot Green Beans & Bacon

12 oz. bacon, chopped
29 oz. canned green beans, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/4 C. brown sugar, light or dark

In a saucepan heat bacon & onion just
until bacon is cooked – do not brown.
Dump green beans into crockpot; add
bacon & onion & drippings. Add brown
sugar & maple syrup – stir well. Cover
& cook on Low 8 hours. Serves 10

Note: you can substitute fresh green
beans or frozen for the canned.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

Creamy Ranch Crockpot Chicken

6 chicken breasts
2 (8 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
1/2 C. sour cream (more, if you like)
1 pkg. Ranch salad dressing mix
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Cooked rice or potatoes

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot;
sprinkle chicken with salt/pepper. Mix
soup & sour cream together & pour
over chicken. Sprinkle dry pkt. Ranch
dressing mix over top; cover & cook on
Low 6 hours. Serve over cooked rice
or potatoes


Blueberry Angel Dessert

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 prepared Angel Food Cake
(8-10 oz), cut into 1 inch cubes
2 (21 oz, ea) cans blueberry pie

In large bowl beat cream cheese &
powdered sugar until smooth; fold
in Cool Whip & cake cubes. Spread
evenly into ungreased 9 X 13″ baking
dish; top with pie filling. Refrigerate,
covered, at least 2 hours before
serving. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Parmesan Asparagus Spears

2 (12 oz, ea) pkgs. asparagus, ends
1 lemon, halved
3/4 C. flour
2 eggs, whisked with 1 T. water
1 C. panko bread crumbs
3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
canola or vegetable oil for shallow
pinch of paprika

Lemony Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli (for
dipping) – recipe below

In a large bowl place ice cubes & water.
Place a medium-large pot of water over
high heat, add a good amount of salt;
squeeze in lemon & stir to combine –
bring to boil. Add asparagus & blanch
30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from
water & plunge into ice water bath to
shock asparagus & stop from further
cooking – drain & pat dry using paper
towels. Mix panko crumbs & Parmesan
together & place in a shallow pie plate.
Place flour in a shallow bowl.
Whisk eggs & place in another shallow
dish. Dip asparagus spears into flour to
coat, then into eggs then into panko/
Parm. mixture to coat. Place on large
platter – repeat until all are coated. Heat
enough oil in large skillet to generously
cover bottom (enough for shallow frying).
Once heated, begin adding batches of
coated spears & fry, turning once, until
golden brown & crisp. Drain on wire racks
& repeat; sprinkle with a bit of paprika
to finish. Serves 4. Serve with Aioli:
Lemony Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli:

3/4 C. mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch black pepper
1 T. heaping minced sun-dried tomatoes

Add all aioli ingredients in a bowl; whisk
until smooth & well blended. Serve
immediately or keep in a covered container
in fridge until ready to serve.

(recipe: thecozyapron.com)

Crockpot Crustless Pizza

2 lb. ground beef
garlic salt
dried minced onion, to taste
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce
2 C. shredded pizza-blend cheese

your favorite pizza toppings

Brown ground beef & seasonings in
a skillet on stove over medium-high
heat; drain. Place beef & mozz. cheese
in a bowl & mix together. Spray crockpot
with nonstick spray. Evenly spread meat/
cheese mixture in bottom of crockpot.
Pour pizza sauce over top & spread
evenly. Top with pizza-blend cheese &
toppings of your choice. Cover & cook
on Low around 4 hours. Serves 10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)


Not much going on here at the moment, I
did get the mint baby blanket started (with
the same “Plume” pattern as the baby shower
blanket). It’s a relatively easy pattern, 3 rows
are pretty easy, only one row you really have
to pay attention (it has a lot of knit 4 together
patches) but I really like the final product. 

This one will be going to the Detroit Veterans
Baby Shower in September.


Hope you are staying well (I’m doing great
now, thank you!). Tonight is my special needs
group – wonder how many will venture out
with the goofy weather. . .

Stay warm & healthy – maybe read a good book,
take a quick nap, have a nice ‘cuppa’ something
warm (cocoa, coffee, tea, soup?) or have a wee
bite ‘o something sweet?  Take a little time for
YOURSELF and ENJOY your day!




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  1. Happy you are almost back to your old self. Well not old as in age but old as in capabilities.

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