with a little help from my friends!


Yesterday I loudly complained about having trouble with Windows 10 attempting to SELF-INSTALL on my computer – THANK YOU, READERS!  1EarthUnited (one of my readers) very graciously sent me the link on how to UN-install that mess BEFORE Windows 10 could permanently barge in on my computer – THANK YOU SO MUCH! I have a very ‘techy’ husband, so he immediately set forth to conquer this mess and he did – he’s SO happy about it he immediately attacked HIS computer to do the very same thing. Now, some of you might be very happy using Windows 10 but last year, when that app. first came out husband did the install on HIS computer – that ended up costing us almost $200 and a week with his computer at Best Buy’s Geek Squad before they could take it off – what a mess! We both decided that we would NEVER get that for my computer so you can understand my plight yesterday when that very app decided to ‘self install’! UGH! I don’t CARE if it’s a FREE install – SOooooooo glad 1EarthUnited sent me that link!

Been going through my numerous emails from various recipe sites and WOW did I glean a TON of great recipes! If you’re so inclined I would recommend: http://www.tasteofhome.com  or http://www.sixsistersstuff.com   or http://www.delish.com  – what a HUGE amount of great-sounding recipes!


Apple Cinnamon Sugar Cookie

1 C. butter, softened
2 C. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
5 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. peeled/diced apples
2 tsp. cinnamon

1 C. butter
2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 13 X 18″ baking sheet
with nonstick spray. In a large
bowl using an elec. mixer, combine
butter & sugar; mix on Medium
until creamy. Mix in eggs, one-at-
a-time, making sure to mix well
after each addition; mix in vanilla.
In small bowl combine flour, salt
& baking powder. Blend flour
mixture into butter mixture on
Low until completely incorporated;
stir in cinnamon & apples. Spread
mixture onto prepared sheet &
smooth out evenly. Bake 15-20
minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Let
cool completely before frosting.

Place butter in small saucepan
over medium heat & stir
constantly 8-10 minutes until
butter starts to turn golden brown.
Remove from heat; pour into a
bowl; cover & refrigerate 1 hour
until it begins to solidify. In a
mixer bowl beat butter until smooth.
Carefully add powdered sugar
alternately with milk, beginning &
ending with powdered sugar. When
frosting reaches a spreadable
consistency stir in vanilla. Spread
frosting over bars & cut.

(recipe: lemonsforlulu.com)

Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Dip

1 jalapeno (1/2 C., diced)
4 C. Mexican-style shredded cheese
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimentos
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
salt/pepper, to taste
garlic, minced, to taste

Stir all ingredients together in
a bowl & serve with crackers.

(recipe: pinterest.com)

Bacon/Potato Bake

8 C. peeled/thinly sliced
red potatoes
2 T. flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
2 T. butter, melted/divided
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. (6 oz) shredded
Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 C. dry bread crumbs
8 slices bacon, cooked/

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place potatoes in Dutch oven;
cover with water & bring to boil.
Reduce heat; cover & simmer
10 minutes. Drain, cool 10 minutes.
In small bowl combine flour, eggs,
sour cream, 1 T. butter & salt; spoon
over potatoes & toss to coat. Place
half mixture into a greased 9 X 13″
baking dish; top with half the cheese-
repeat layers. Toss bread crumbs with
remaining butter; sprinkle over top &
bake, uncovered, 1 hour until potatoes
are tender. Sprinkle top with bacon
& serve. Makes 12 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Crockpot Grnd. Turkey & Mushrooms

1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. white mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. homemade gravy mix (recipe below)
1/2 C. water
chopped green onions (optional)

Place ground turkey in crockpot, break
up pieces with a spoon. Add sliced
mushrooms, gravy mix & water; stir.
Cover & cook on Low 3-5 hours (or
High 2-3). Uncover, break up turkey
with a spoon; salt/pepper, if desired.
Serve over cooked rice, noodles, potatoes.
Garnish with sliced green onions, if
desired. Serves 4-6
cooked rice, noodles or potatoes
Homemade Gravy:
3 T. beef bouillon granules
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. flour

Place all gravy ingredients in a blender
or food processor – pulse about 10
times until all granules are the same
size. Store in an air tight container.

To Make Gravy:
Use 1/4 C. mix with 2 C. milk or water
in a saucepan; whisk over medium
heat until smooth & thickened.

NOTE: Poster added some variations
to the recipe:

Mix in 4 oz. cream cheese & 1/2 C.
sour cream after turkey is cooked
for more of a creamy, stroganoff-
type meal. Can also be made
using ground beef or chicken instead
of turkey

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)

Avocado Egg Salad
(serves 2)

4 hardboiled eggs, peeled/chopped
1 medium avocado, peeled/diced
4-5 T. diced red onion
4 celery stalks, diced
1 peeled/diced cucumber
1-2 T. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
salt/pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a
bowl, stirring well to combine.
You can mash some of the eggs/
avocado, if you like. Taste & adjust
mustard, vinegar, salt/pepper to
your liking. Serves 2

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)

Secret Ingredient Stuffed Shells

2 T. vegetable oil
1/2 C. diced onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. flour
2 C. milk
1/2 C. ricotta cheese
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (8 oz) pkg. large pasta shells
1 1/2 C. butternut squash, sliced
1 1/2 C. yellow squash (1 small),
sliced thin
1 1/2 C. zucchini (1 medium),
sliced thin
1 2-Cup pkg. shredded mozzarella

Cook pasta shells accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & cool. Heat oil in
12 inch saucepan over medium heat;
add onions, zucchini, yellow squash
& butternut squash & cook 10 minutes
until vegetables are fork tender. Add
garlic & red pepper flakes; cook 2-3
minutes more. Move vegetables to
a plate. Carefully stir ricotta into
warm vegetables, being careful not
to break the vegetables. Add butter
to pan & melt. Whisk in flour, salt/
pepper & nutmeg, cook 1 minute.
Whisk in milk & cook 2-3 minutes until
sauce begins to thicken.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray. Pour 1 C. sauce into bottom of
dish & spread around. Fill cooked shells
with squash/ricotta mixture, placing
each filled shell into dish. When all
shells are filled, pour cream sauce
over shells & top with mozzarella
cheese. Bake until heated through
& cheese is melted. Serve hot.
Serves 4

NOTE: Poster said she sometimes
adds 1 C. cooked, cubed chicken
to filling mixture

(recipe: callmepmc.com)

Blueberry Butter Cake

Bottom Layer:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 large egg
8 T. butter, melted

8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
8 T. butter, melted
15-20 oz. dried blueberries
2 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. In large
bowl combine cake mix, egg &
melted butter – mix well using
elec. mixer. Pat mixture into
bottom of prepared pan (Poster
said she sprayed her palms with
a little cooking spray & patted
the dough down that way.)

In large bowl beat cream cheese until
smooth. Add eggs, vanilla & melted
butter – beat again until blended. Stir
in dried blueberries & sugar; mix until
well blended. Spread filling over cake
batter & bake 40-50 minutes. Do not
overbake. Center should be a little
gooey. Serve at room temperature.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)


Today is one of those “stay home, get comfy in
your favorite jammies & read’ days. It’s 51 degrees
F. , gray & rainy – supposed to get up to 65 but I
have my doubts. Brings to mind the old saying:
“April showers bring May flowers”.

Today is my oldest son’s ‘debut’ as a Executive
Chef par excellence – his brand new restaurant/
bar at the brand new Hilton Hotel is opening
at 4 p.m. today. I’m sure he is more than beside
himself with anxiety (I haven’t spoken to him in
over a week – I don’t want to bother him as I
KNOW he’s got to be triple-thinking everything:
“Did I order enough . . . “, “Will we be able to
handle EVERYTHING?”, etc. I ran into his second
grade teacher last night and updated her on his
achievement – she said: “Mom & Dad will be there,
right?” and I told her “No” – this is more of a
business hotel – with lots of suites; he doesn’t
need the extra pressure with having US there,too.
Maybe, sometime down the line, we’ll check it
out but for now it’s HIS time to shine and he’s
more than earned it. (Can you tell I’m SUPER
Proud of him?)

Yesterday we got notice that my husband’s all-
time favorite cousin died at 78 of cancer. He was
a great person/family man/man of all things: if
he knew you needed help he’d be right there. He
owned his own heating & cooling company and I
can’t tell you how many times he came to our
house to help us out if the water heater or furnace
didn’t work (and you KNOW he didn’t charge us
regular prices, either – he’d just say we’d ‘work it
out’). I have great memories of him swimming with
my oldest son when son was probably about 4 –
he loved family and it showed. We were told he
didn’t want a funeral but there will be a wake this
Saturday at the local American Legion hall; I can
still hear his voice and laugh – he will be greatly

Hope you spend this day the way YOU would
LIKE to – whether it be inside, or out.





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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. My thoughts are with you during this time of loss.

  2. My deepest condolences for your loss.
    Glad the suggestion worked for you, I knew Windows 10 would be trouble once Microsoft announced it would be for FREE. Bill Gates didn’t become the richest man in the world for giving stuff away.
    Sure enough my instincts were proven correct when articles came out
    a month later, reporting that “Win 10” was actually spyware for the NSA, a private company in league with the gov’t?
    I’m sure they have a euphemism for this type of relationship these days, sounds like oh fascism to me. 😉

    If you agree to installing and using Win 10, then Microsoft Corp. states in it’s Terms of Service Agreement (EULA) that it has permission to spy on you, gather your info including your personal files, passwords, application usage, can even decide to report you to police!



    No thanks Bill!

    On a positive note, we’re all enjoying the weather very much in sunny NYC!

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