Got the test results . . .


Oldest son is SUPER happy (He really wanted a boy) – I’m happy as long as the baby is healthy. Now that we know – it will be time for me to pick a pattern & yarn color(s) for an afghan (and probably hat(s), booties, etc. She’s not due until beginning of March, so we have ‘some’ time.

Last night was Knit/Crochet night and we were nicely ‘packed’ into our area at Panera – all 22 of us! The group is growing and it’s nice to meet new people and connect them with others in the group that share their particular craft (being it Knitting or Crochet). I’m almost done with the yellow baby blanket and, after thinking about it, it’s too ‘girly’ for a boy, so am setting that one aside for now.


Sinfully Good Pudding Cake

1 C. flour
1/2 C. butter or margarine
1 C. chopped nuts (and a little
more for topping)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed –
reserve some for topping
2 (3 oz, ea) boxes instant chocolate
pudding mix
3 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, butter/marg & nuts
until it roughly forms a ball. Press
into bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish
& bake 20 minutes – let cool
Combine cream cheese, powdered
sugar & Cool Whip (reserving some)
blend well & spread over crust. Mix
pudding with milk & pour over cream
cheese layer. Top pudding layer with
Cool Whip & chill. Sprinkle some
chopped nuts on top before serving.


Cream of Broccoli & Kielbasa Cheese

1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen broccoli florets
or chopped broccoli*
4 medium potatoes, cut in chunks
(don’t peel)
2 C. chicken stock/broth
1 small onion, chopped
3 T. butter
2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried
1 C. Half & Half cream
14-16 oz. fully cooked kielbasa, cut
into 1/4″ slices
1 C. whole milk
1/2 – 1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Thickening (if desired):
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. water

Melt butter in a Dutch oven or VERY
large (6 C) saucepan; add onion &
cook until translucent. Add thyme,
stock, potatoes & broccoli – heat to
boiling. Cover & reduce heat to Low.
Cook 20  minutes until broccoli &
potatoes are tender. Add kielbasa &
heat through.
Thickening, if desired:
Mix flour & water until there are no
lumps; stir into soup – mixture will
be very thick. Gradually add milk &
Half & Half, stirring to incorporate
well with no lumps (if you thickened
the soup). If soup is too thick, add
a little milk. Add salt/pepper, to taste.
Stir in cheese until it melts. Serves 4-6


Fall Harvest Salad

1 tsp. canola oil
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen or refrigerated
butternut squash cubes
1 (5 oz) pkg. mixed salad greens
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/4 C. toasted pecans
2 T. dried cranberries

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In medium bowl combine oil,
cinnamon & salt, mix well. Add
squash & toss until evenly coated-
place on a baking sheet & bake
30 minutes until squash is tender
& begins to brown. Place remaining
ingredients in a bowl; add squash &
toss well. Serves 4


This salad dressing goes very well with


Creamy Pumpkin Salad Dressing

1/3 C. pure pumpkin
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
2 T. maple syrup
1 T. canola oil
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

In medium bowl whisk all
ingredients together until
smooth & well combined. Chill
until ready to use. Makes about
3/4 C.


Crockpot Cream Cheese/Caramel Dip
(use small 2.5 qt crockpot)

8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 (11 oz) bag caramels, unwrapped
1/4 C. powdered sugar

sliced apples

Place cubed cream cheese & unwrapped
caramels in crockpot. Cover & cook on
High 30 minutes to an hour. After
10-15 minutes, check to see if cream
cheese & caramels have started melting.
Once they start melting, stir frequently
until well blended. Stir in powdered sugar
until well mixed. Serve with apple slices.
Serves 6-8


Baked Zucchini Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
crushed soda crackers
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut up zucchini into chunks &
steam them. Spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray &
place steamed zucchini in dish.
Brown ground beef & onion; drain
& add soups – stir & spread over
zucchini. Top mixture with crushed
crackers & grated cheese. Bake
20-25 minutes,  to melt cheese &
heat through. Serves 8


Pecan Cheesecake Bars

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted
2 eggs
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 box powdered sugar, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix together cake mix, melted
butter & 1 egg until it forms into
a dough. Press dough into bottom
of a 9 X 13″ baking dish. Using an
elec. mixer, combine cream cheese
& remaining egg until smooth – slowly,
in batches, mix in 3/4 of box of
powdered sugar. Pour cream cheese
mixture over cake dough evenly until
completely covered. Sprinkle pecans
& powdered sugar on top. Bake
25-30 minutes. Let cool before



Our weather is now ‘officially’ FALL-
LIKE – day time temps. in the 60’s,
a bit chilly but still sunny – the leaves
will soon be falling. You can see
pumpkins out at stores, almost
everywhere.  Our gas prices jumped
up at bit lately from $2.19/9 to
$2.29/9 – not too bad (but then,
I’m innately frugal so ANY jump
is not well received by me – hehehe.

Dinner, here, is still BLT’s; need to
go grocery shopping pretty soon.
Lately I’m not feeling very cooking/
creative – I know I have ingredients
in the freezer/fridge for several
different choices, just can’t seem to
be able to nail one – ever have that
feeling? You KNOW you will be
needing to make dinner soon and
still have NO idea just WHAT to make!
I have ingredients for homemade
pizza, Polish sausage & Pierogies,
Meat & Potato Pie, Black Bean/Chicken
soup – nothing appeals right now (so
glad I still have BLT materials!). I guess
part of my hesitation in cooking is the
fact that one of my senior lady friends
at church just had knee replacement
surgery and needs ‘brought in’ meals.
I know she’s very against anything
spicy and there are certain foods she
can’t eat – makes for some difficulties
in trying to be a good friend AND also
cook food for the family. They put out
an email earlier this week from church
requesting people to bring her foods –
I know that 3 people did, so far.
(Haven’t chatted with her today – maybe
more are signed up).

Going to close here, go get some
breakfast and give her a call.

Have a GREAT day!




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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Congrats on healthy baby! So nice that u’r helping a friend with meals, I’m sure she’s delighted.

  2. A boy great. You don’t have all the frilly, fluffy dresses to go through when you shop. I know you are excited and will be searching madly for every thing you will need to welcome the arrival.

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