and here’s OCTOBER!


Our weather has definitely taken a dive to colder temperatures (in the mid – 60’s), kind of gloomy & rainy. I went shopping today so I didn’t let the weather stop me. I’ve been needing new jeans for quite some time now – mine fit . . . sorta, but they’re too big. I happened to check the tag, thinking they were the too big size Womens 18’s – turns out they’re the Womens 16’s. After some trying on, brought home 2 pairs of 16 PETITES (NOT WOMENS – YAY!) For those of you not schooled on LARGER ladies sizes, Women’s are the Plus or FULL Sized, then there are the regular sizes. Petite just means you need shorter legs. I tried on a 16 Average – there was a good foot of material past my ankles – in fact, if I’d have walked in them I would actually have walked ON them, they were that long! I also found three of my FAVORITE blouse! YAY! (I was shopping at KMart, in case you wondered) – I have a red and a magenta blouse that I absolutely love – they fit perfectly (they have some sort of fiber in them that makes them hug your torso, making this shirt/blouse look just right. Today I sort of hemmed & hawed about buying them but then could hear my husband saying: “If you LIKE them, GET THEM!” in my ear, so I did! Now I also have a black, a sort of electric blue and an eggplant (Aubergine, for those of you who speak French). Happy, Happy! OH, since I was in a SHOPPING mood, also bought a new purse! Looked over lots of them and then found this one – not exactly ecstatic on it BUT it will do the job AND it was HALF-OFF! $16.00!!! (AND it also came with a small umbrella & a little small purse, to boot! Umbrella will go in car, small purse will hold all the little stuff that tends to roll around in your purse (chapstick, eye drops, nail file, breath fresheners, etc.) I’d say it was a REALLY GOOD shopping day!


Trying to ‘thin out’ some of the summer recipes

Zucchini Cupcakes

3 large eggs
1 1/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. canola oil
1/2 C. orange juice
1 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 C. shredded zucchini

1 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. butter, cubed
1/4 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 to 2 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat first 5 ingredients together.
Combine dry ingredients & gradually
add to egg mixture; blend well. Stir
in zucchini. Place paper cup liners
in muffin pans (or spray with nonstick
spray). Fill cups two-thirds full with
batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean, about
20-25 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes
before moving to wire rack.
Combine brown sugar, butter & milk in
large saucepan; bring to boil over
medium heat. Cook & stir until thickened,
1-2 minutes. Remove from heat & stir in
vanilla. Cool to lukewarm.
Gradually beat in powdered sugar until
frosting reaches spreading consistency.
Frost cupcakes. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.


Crockpot Spicy Chicken Stew

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp. jarred minced garlic
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can white navy beans,
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans,
2 tsp. cajun seasoning blend*
1 tsp. hot sauce
2 C. chicken broth

Add all ingredients to crockpot; cover
& cook on Low 6-8 hours or High 3-4
hours. Serves 4

* cajun seasoning blend contains;
salt, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper,
onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano,
thyme & red pepper flakes


Summer Veggie Salad

3/4 C. white vinegar
1/2 C. vegetable or olive oil
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 (15 oz) can small green peas, drained
1 (14.5 oz) can French-style green beans,
2 (11 oz, ea) cans sweet or shoepeg
corn, drained
1 C. diced celery
1 C. diced bell pepper
1 C. diced onion
1 (2 oz) jar diced pimentos, drained

Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, salt/pepper
in small saucepan; bring just to boil over
medium-high heat. Stir constantly until
sugar dissolves. Remove from heat &
allow to cool. Combine remaining
ingredients in large bowl & pour cooled
vinegar mixture over all, stirring to coat.
Cover & chill 8 hours until thoroughly
chilled. Serve using slotted spoon.


Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

1 lb. macaroni pasta
3 T. apple cider vinegar
1 C. shredded carrots
1 C. purple onion, chopped
2 C. mayonnaise
1 (20 oz) can sliced pineapple in
juice, chopped
1/2 C. pineapple juice, (from can)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 C. chopped, cooked ham
3/4 C. chopped parsley (optional)

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & pour back into
pot. Sprinkle macaroni with apple
cider vinegar, then add carrots &
onion – toss. Allow to cool 1 hour.
In large serving bowl mix mayo,
pineapple juice, salt & pepper – add
macaroni, ham, pineapple & parsley,
if using. Toss until well coated –
refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves


Chicken Crepes with Mushroom Sauce

1 1/3 C. milk
2 T. vegetable oil
1 1/3 C. flour
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. salt

Chicken Filling:
2 (8 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream
2 1/2 C. cooked/chopped chicken breast

Mushroom Sauce:
2 T. melted butter
1 small onion, chopped
diced green bell pepper – optional

1 chicken bouillon cube
2 T. hot water
1 can sliced mushrooms

1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Mix crepe recipe ingredients together in
large bowl. Pour 3 T. batter into a hot
skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. Roll
batter around to form a circle; cook
until lightly browned & turn out onto a
plate – repeat with rest of batter.

Combine soup & sour cream – divide
mixture in half. Combine one half with
chicken & reserve rest. Line cooked crepes
with filling; roll up & place in a pan like
Mix sauce ingredients together, dissolving
bouillon cube in 2 T. HOT water then
stirring into sauce; stir mushrooms into
mixture. Pour sauce over top of crepes.
Cover pan with foil & bake 15 minutes.
Remove foil, sprinkle top with grated cheese
& return to oven 10 minutes to allow cheese
to melt. Serves 8


  “Whoopie Pie” Cake

1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 C.),
room temp
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C. milk, room temp

2 sticks unsalted butter (1 C.),
room temp
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff (it’s
a jar of spreadable marshmallow)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T. milk or heavy cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line bottom of two 9″ round cake
pans with parchment paper; spray
lightly with nonstick spray. Cream
butter & sugars together for cake until
light & fluffy. Add egg & vanilla, beat
until well mixed. Sift flour, cocoa, baking
soda & salt in a separate bowl. Add half
of flour mixture & half milk to butter
mixture & mix just until incorporated.
Repeat with remaining flour mixture &
milk. Divide batter evenly between prepared
pans & bake 25-30 minutes until center
springs back when touched & a wooden
toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & cool completely
in pans on wire rack. Prepare filling while
cakes are cooling.
Whip butter & powdered sugar until completely
incorporated and no lumps remain. Add Marsh-
mallow Fluff; whip until incorporated. Add
vanilla, salt & milk – whip until light & fluffy,
2-3 minutes. Remove cooled cakes from pans
& remove parchment. Place first cake upside
down on a cake plate. Place all filling in center
of bottom layer & spread evenly towards edges
using a spatula or butter knife. Place cake top
carefully (right side up) on filling, pressing
gently to position. Slice & serve.


So far, lately, things around here have been rather quiet/
slow. Saturday I went to another Mom-2-Mom sale with
the expectant Mom’s Mother – we had a good time together –
she bought a changing table for a really good price. I bought
one of those little flannel squares with the ribbon tabs all
around it (not sure what they call them, but they’re like a
soft sensitivity thing) – cost me a dollar – big expense, right?
We have two more Mom-2-Mom sales coming up in the
next few weeks – I’m still looking for a small high chair &
walker. Saw 2 walkers pretty close to what I want but I’m
not paying $35 for it USED, when I can get a new one for
that price! We’ve still got time; she goes to the doctor
in 2 weeks and will probably find out then what sex it
is – I’m still hoping for a girl! It’s fun going to those sales
BUT if you don’t know the sex, buying any clothing just
doesn’t work. The other grandmother bought 8 ‘onesies’,
which were kind of gender-neutral (but they were 3-6
months size). I tried to tell her that if this baby is BIG
when it’s born, those will only work for about 1-2
weeks . . . sigh. (That’s why I’m holding off).

Hope you are having a great week so far;
stay warm (if you’re in a chilly place), relax a
bit & take a little time to stop & ‘smell the roses’
(OR, if you’re here, smell other people burning
their leaves! . . . which is against our local
ordinances, by the way)



PS: My dear friend Mary (Momma) is going to be
reading the books that the movie I went to see
last Thursday is based on: “Mrs. Perragrin’s
Home for Peculiar Children.” She emailed me
asking what I thought of the movie. I LIKE
Tim Burton creations and have seen probably
3; this movie was NOT like those – much darker,
kind of scary theme (I would NOT recommend
young kids going to it – it’s rated PG13). There
were a few parts where I even covered my eyes,
just too weird/gorey/yucky. The plot was interesting
but I didn’t care for the movie, itself EVEN THOUGH
Samuel L. Jackson (who played the BIG bad guy) and
Dame Judith Dench, one of my favorite actresses –
she only had a very tiny part) were in it.


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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. hicken crepes, yummy! going into faves!

  2. Watch the same movie just yesterday! U’r right, very spooky, creepy at times, suspenseful & intriguing enough to watch to the end. Huge fan of Eva Green, who played Ms Peregrine. 🙂

  3. I’ll start the books once Cindy’s party is dome.

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