Wow, what CRAZY Weather!


After the totally crazy weather yesterday (about 1 1/2 inches of snow in the morning) – it warmed up and we had RAIN! I had pretty well decided I wasn’t going to choir practice & evening church when I looked outside and saw that the driveway and roads were totally clear! Went to church, all was fine – still lightly raining. Got out of church and it was coming down BUCKETS! Made a quick decision to stop at the Krogers near church to get a small plant & some things for 2 friends who are both in the same hospital (saved me going today – farther drive if I went today). Coming home was a trip with how hard it was raining (the poor plant I got was a a little squashed in the bag as I was trying my hardest to be as quick as possible getting the stuff in the car before getting totally soaked (didn’t bring an umbrella – silly me!). Wake up today to almost 60 degrees and sunny – is that WEIRD or what? According to the forecast we’re supposed to get to almost 70 by Sunday – WOW!

Just got back from visiting my two friends at the hospital – it’s not a hospital I’m very familiar with (Crittenton in Rochester) and it’s HUGE! (My middle son was there briefly last year, but in Emergency and ICU so that was easy to find). Both ladies were on different floors and I found myself asking very nice/helpful hospital people how to find the rooms and then to find my way back OUT of the hospital, as I’d parked at the front of the hospital instead of using their parking garage. (Hey, I get lost in a paper bag so I really needed help!). Both ladies are doing a bit better today than last I spoke to them, one might be going home Weds. One is in her 80’s with pneumonia – she’s feeling a bit better today (YAY!) and the other is having heart problems and cellulitis – they’re working on getting it all under control (that poor friend has been in & out of the hospital for almost 2 months now, not getting to be at home for more than 5 days in all that time!). I took the pneumonia friend a small plant and a word search book & an adult coloring book, colored pencils & sharpener – both ladies were getting bored with being in there so hopefully those items will help alleviate some of the boredom.


 Strawberry Cobbler Bars

1 C. butter, softened
1 3/4 C. granulated sugar
4 eggs, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 can strawberry pie filling

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. milk or cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray. In large bowl cream butter &
sugar; add eggs, one at a time, beating
well after each addition, stir in vanilla
In small bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt; add to creamed
mixture. Spread 3 C. of dough into
baking pan & spread evenly. Spread
pie filling evenly over crust. Drop
remaining batter by teaspoon over
the top. Bake 30-35 minutes until a
wooden toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean; cool on rack.
Mix ingredients for glaze & drizzle
over bars. Cut & serve; store
leftovers in air tight container.
Makes 18-24 bars


Crockpot Western Beef Casserole

1 1/2 – 2 lb. lean ground beef, browned
16 oz canned kidney beans, drained/rinsed
16 oz. canned whole kernel corn, drained
1 (10.75 oz) can canned tomato soup
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 whole onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground chili powder
1/4 C. milk or water

Combine all ingredients in crockpot; mix
well. Cover & cook on Low 4 hours, or
High 1-2 hours. Serves 4-6


Smothered Chicken

1 large bag spinach leaves
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. red onion, minced
2 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste

8 oz. pkg. fresh mushrooms,
1/2 stick butter
2 T. olive oil
1/2 C. white wine
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt/pepper, to taste

4-5 boneless chicken breasts
8-10 slices mozzarella cheese,
cut into 1/8″ slices
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
1 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Sprinkle garlic powder, seasoned salt &
pepper on both sides of chicken. Place
in a greased 9 X 13″ pan & bake 16
Over medium-high heat, melt 2 T. olive
oil in a skillet; add onions & saute 2-3
minutes. Add spinach & garlic (spinach
will shrink). When cooked through, stir
in cream cheese & parm. cheese. Continue
cooking & stirring until cream cheese has
melted; remove from heat.
Melt butter & 2 T. olive oil in a skillet;
place in sliced mushrooms & cook until
browned all over. (Do not season with
salt until they are browned). Deglaze
pan with wine; add in garlic & season
with salt/pepper. Cook until most of wine
is cooked out. Turn over chicken pieces;
divide spinach & mushrooms over top
of each piece of chicken. Lay 2 slices cheese
over each piece & cook 12-14 minutes
longer until cheese is browned & chicken
is done. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipes galore-Facebook)

Crispy Fried Meatloaf

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
1 c. milk
1 C. dried bread crumbs
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. prepared mustard
1/3 C. ketchup

1/2 C. flour
1 egg
1 C. panko or bread crumbs
salt/pepper, to taste
1-2 C. canola or peanut oil,
for frying

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine beef, egg,
onion, milk & bread crumbs; season
with salt/pepper & place in lightly
greased 5 X 9″ loaf pan or form into
a loaf & place in lightly greased 9 X 13″
baking dish. In small bowl combine
brown sugar, mustard & ketchup; mix
well & pour over meatloaf. Bake 1 hour.
Let cool & refrigerate 2 or more hours.

To fry:
Place 3 shallow pie plates in a row on
counter. Place flour in one, scramble egg
in second & panko/bread crumbs in third,
tossed with salt/pepper. Cut meatloaf into
slices. Dredge a slice of meatloaf in flour,
then into egg. Place slice in crumbs & make
sure you cover every part of slice with
crumbs; repeat with rest of meatloaf. When
all are coated, refrigerate an additional
10-15 minutes to let bread crumbs set.
Heat oil in heavy sided pan over medium-
high heat until it vigorously bubbles. Using
a slotted spoon, carefully slip meatloaf
slices into oil; fry until golden brown on
both sides, about 1 minute per side, using
spatula to carefully turn slices. Transfer
to a paper towel-covered plate, sprinkle
lightly with salt/pepper & let set briefly
to drain excess oil. Serve hot.


Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 C. water
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 (7 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown beef in skillet; drain; stir in
spaghetti sauce & water. Mix ricotta,
1 1/2 C. mozz. cheese, 2 T. Parm. cheese,
egg & parsley. Spoon 1 C. meat sauce in
crockpot; top with layers of half noodles
(broken to fit) & cheese mixture. Cover
with 2 C. meat sauce & top with
remaining noodles (broken to fit), cheese
mixture & meat sauce. Cover & cook on
Low 4-6 hours until liquid is absorbed.
Sprinkle with remaining cheeses & let
stand, covered, 10 minutes until cheese
melts. Serves 8

(recipe: Kraftrecipes)

Caramel Apple Crisp

3 C. old fashioned oats
2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. cold butter, cubed
8 C. thinly sliced/peeled tart apples
1 (14 oz) pkg. caramels, unwrapped &
1 C. apple cider, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl mix oats, flour, brown
sugar & cinnamon; cut in butter
until crumbly. Press half of mixture
into greased 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Layer half of each of the following:
apples, caramels & remaining oat
mixture. Repeat layers then drizzle
1/2 C. cider over top. Bake, uncovered,
30 minutes. Drizzle top with remaining
cider & bake 15-20 minutes longer until
apples are tender. Serves 12



I’m hearing a Cardinal chirping outside – it’s
SO nice to hear some of the sounds of Spring!
Pretty soon we should start seeing some flowers
popping up (so far I only have one very beaten
down daffodil outside).

Hope you’re enjoying your day!




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  1. It is getting here my friend. I’m holding my breath knowing that we will soon be coatless and enjoying the warmth of the sunshiny days.

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