Happy Monday!


Another bright, sunny day out there – it’s only 9:16 a.m. but looks like it’s going to be a very nice SUMMERY day! Predicted high 76 – now tomorrow and into the next few days we’re supposed to get thunderstorms; guess that means I’d better get any errands done today, right? Need to stop at Family Video and rent the movie:”Mom’s Night Out” for the Knit/Movie night tomorrow (never saw it but it sounded like a good ‘chick flick’ for us).

Went to a nice after evening church graduation party for a friends daughter who just got her M.D. – she’s got at least 3 more years college to go (she just got accepted at HARVARD, no less!) – she’s going to be a Criminal Pathologist! She’s always been a very smart young lady who conquered any goal she set out for: Black Belt in Karate, top honors in Med school, etc. so I was super happy to go to her party. Lots of great food – really cute decorating theme: the tables each had one of her medical/college books on it with a chemistry beaker with flowers in it! She had two ‘life sized’ plastic skeletons arranged, standing up, at the head of the food table – one had a paper plate in it’s hand and the other had a sign saying: “Don’t forget to grab a plate!” Fun evening!

I chatted with our choir director last night at practice and asked him, if it would be possible, could we sing (my favorite) “The King of Love My Shepherd is” NEXT Sunday? Our choir will be taking the next few months off for the Summer and we only have 2 more songs to sing. I will be gone the last Sunday for Log Cabin Days and REALLY wanted to be able to sing that song. We’ve been practicing it for almost 3 months now (for some reason the guys sections seem to have trouble with the timing in several sections) – it’s not an easy song, but the words are SO powerful and the musical arrangement is really beautiful (it’s almost like Psalm 23 set to music – almost, but not quite). I was SO happy when the choir director said: “I think we can do that!” YAY! Little requests – happy results! (below is a link to a ‘version’ of the song – not exactly the version we’re singing but close)



LOTS of great recipes for Father’s Day – thought I’d start early so you can maybe find some you like!


Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 T. butter
6 peanut butter cups, coarsely
chopped (or more, if you like more)*

Butter bottom of an 8″ X 8″ pan
& line with parchment paper.
Place milk, butter & chips in a
glass bowl & microwave 1 minute
at 70% power. Stir until smooth, adding
15 seconds at a time more microwaving
if not smooth. Add frozen peanut butter
cups & immediately pour into pan. Freeze
10 minutes then refrigerate several hours.
Cut into squares & serve.

*NOTE: freeze peanut butter cups prior
to making the fudge so they don’t just
melt (cups will not be melted into fudge)

(recipe: hugsandcookiesxoxo.com)

Dad’s Greek Salad

4 large tomatoes, seeded/coarsely
2 1/2 C. (about 6) thinly sliced English
1 small red onion, halved/thinly sliced
1/4 C. olive oil
3 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dried oregano, (optional)
3/4 C. pitted Greek olives
3/4 C. (3 oz) crumbed Feta cheese

Place tomatoes, cucumbers & onion
in large bowl. In small bowl whisk oil,
vinegar, salt/pepper and oregano until
blended; drizzle over salad & toss to
coat. Top with olives & cheese. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
BBQ Picnic Chicken GRILL

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. butter
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. chili sauce
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. celery seed
1 T. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 1/2 –
4 lb. each), quartered

In large saucepan saute garlic in
butter until tender; add next 8
ingredients. Bring to boil, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat.
Grill chicken, covered, over medium
heat 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Baste with sauce & grill 15 minutes
longer or until a meat thermometer
reads 170 degrees F., basting &
turning several times. Makes 8 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Dad’s Baked Beans

3 (15.5 oz, ea) cans great
northern beans, rinsed/drained
5 hot dogs, sliced
1 1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
2 T. molasses
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In ungreased 2 qt. baking dish
combine all ingredients. Cover &
bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours until heated
through. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Big Daddy’s BBQ Ribs

3/4 brown sugar, packed
2 T. mesquite seasoning
4 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 T. dried minced onion
1 T. seasoned salt
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. cumin
1 T. pepper
1 tsp. salt
8 lb. pork spareribs, cut into
serving sized pieces
3 1/2 C. BBQ sauce

In small bowl combine first 10
ingredients; rub over ribs, cover
with foil, refrigerate overnight

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place ribs, bone side down on a
rack in shallow roasting pan. Cover
& bake 1 hour; drain. Brush some
of BBQ sauce over ribs. Bake,
uncovered, 30-45 minutes until
tender, basting occasionally with
sauce. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Crockpot Beef Short Ribs

1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 1/2 lb. boneless beef short ribs
1/4 C. butter
1 C. chopped onion
1 C. beef broth
3/4 C. red wine vinegar
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. chili sauce
2 T. catsup
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. minced garlic
1 tsp. chili powder

Place flour, salt/pepper in a ziplock
bag – add ribs & shake to coat. Brown
ribs in butter in large skillet then place
in crockpot. In same skillet combine
remaining ingredients – bring to boil,
stirring, then pour over ribs. Cover &
cook on Low 9 hours. Serves 6

(recipe: food.com)
Jalapeno Cheese Corn Muffins

1 C. + 2 T. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 C. buttermilk*
1/2 C. oil
2 eggs
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
2-3 small jalapenos

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine flour,
cornmeal, sugar, baking soda &
salt – stir with a fork. In large 2-cup
measuring cup pour buttermilk, oil
& eggs – whisk until well combined.
Pour wet ingredients into dry & stir
a few times using a wooden spoon
(do not overmix) – 2-3 times. Chop
jalapenos (remove seeds). Add
cheese & jalapenos to muffin batter;
stir just until there are no more streaks
of flour. Line muffin tin with paper liners &
spray liners with nonstick spray. Bake
12-15 minutes until tops spring back
when lightly tapped. Remove from
oven & allow to set 5 minutes, then

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

3 Cheese Pasta Bake

1 (16 oz) pkg. ziti pasta
2 (10 oz, ea) jars alfredo sauce
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped
1 C. Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Prepare pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & pour back into pot.
In large bowl combine alfredo sauce &
sour cream; add cooked pasta & toss to
coat. Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & spoon half of pasta
into prepared dish. In separate bowl
stir together ricotta cheese, eggs, Parm.
cheese & most of parsley. Spread mixture
evenly over pasta & spoon remaining
pasta on top. Sprinkle top with Mozz.
cheese & a little chopped parsley.
Bake 25-30 minutes. Serves 6-8

(recipe: lilluna.com)
Not Fried Ice Cream Cake
(overnight recipe)

1 1/2 C. cornflake crumbs
1/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 (1.5 quart, ea) containers butter
pecan ice cream, softened/divided

Optional Toppings:
caramel or chocolate sauce
whipped cream
maraschino cherries

In small bowl combine cornflake crumbs,
sugar, melted butter & cinnamon; press
into lightly greased 9 inch spring form pan.
Spoon half of softened ice cream over crust
& level the top. Sprinkle with remaining
crumb mixture. Cover & freeze 1-2 hours
until firm. Top with remaining carton of
ice cream; cover & freeze at least 6 hours
or overnight.

Let cake stand at room temp. 5 minutes before
removing the sides of the pan. Serve with
optional toppings, if desired. Serves 12

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)


Hope you have a great day ahead!





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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. That is a beautiful song. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It is indeed lovely I can see why you want to perform it. Have a great day too. Also Happy Birthday in case the card arrives late!

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