Oh, what a night!


I had written, earlier, that we were having some strange weather but last night beat them all. It started early in the morning with about 2 1/2 inches of snow all over; slowly during the day it began to melt (that was good). Later the winds picked up and it began to rain – not so good. Around 6:30 p.m. we lost power for around 20 minutes; husband called the power company and checked – restoral in a few minutes (good). About 1 1/2 hours later no power – again! So glad we have, on hand, flashlights, candles and kerosene lamps. We were warm & safe, power returned a little over an hour later. Woke up this morning to NO WIND – finally! Looking at our weather forecast for Thursday -” A chance of rain, snow, freezing rain, and sleet before 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of snow after 4pm. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 31 by 5pm. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.” Sounds like another ‘lovely’ day/night!


Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

4 eggs
2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. oil
1/2 C. butter, room temp.*
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 C. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 C. peeled/grated Granny Smith
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 T. brown sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour bundt pan. Sift
flour, baking powder,1 tsp cinnamon
& salt together in small bowl. In large
bowl beat eggs, butter, oil, vanilla &
gran. sugar until creamy & smooth.
Stir in flour mixture until well combined.
Stir in apples gently until combined. In
separate small bowl stir 4 tsp. cinnamon
& 4 T. brown sugar. Pour half cake batter
into pan; sprinkle half brown sugar/
cinnamon mixture evenly over batter
then swirl through with a knife. Repeat
with remaining batter & brown sugar
mixture. Bake 50-60 minutes – top will
be golden brown & sides will pull apart
from pan. Allow to cool completely before
turning out onto a plate. Slice & serve.

*be sure butter is at room temp. before
whipping it

**Need to use Granny Smith apples in
this recipe; other apples may be too sweet
& ruin the texture

(recipe: reciperoost.com)

Crockpot Mongolian Beef

1 1/2 lb. flank steak
1/4 C. cornstarch
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. minced ginger
3/4 C. soy sauce
3/4 C. water
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 C. grated carrots
1/2 tsp. crushed red chili peppers*
1/2 onion, sliced
1 small bell pepper, seeded/sliced
sliced green onions – garnish

Cooked rice

Cut steak into thin (1/4 inch) slices,
cutting across the grain; place strips
in ziplock bag & add corn starch –
shake to coat meat evenly. Add oil,
garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, brown
sugar, carrots & chili pepper to crockpot;
stir to combine. Add coated steak strips
& stir until coated in sauce. Cook on
High 3 hours (Low 4-5 hours) until
cooked through & tender.
Serves 4-6

*chili peppers to taste & more
for garnish, if desired

NOTE: Poster said she adds onion &
bell pepper the last hour of cooking
so they aren’t mushy

(recipe: caramelpotatoes.com)

Spicy Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

4-5 C. red potatoes cut into wedges
3 T. olive or canola oil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. of your favorite Cajun spice
4 T. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place potatoes in a ziplock bag along
with rest of ingredients – shake bag
to fully coat potatoes. Spray a sheet
pan with nonstick spray & spread potatoes
out. Bake 30 minutes, turn potatoes over &
bake 15-20 minutes more. Top with extra
shredded Parmesan cheese & serve hot.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
Potato, Ham & Cheese Soup

3 C. peeled/cubed yellow potatoes
3 T. butter
1 small sweet onion, chopped
3 T. flour
3 C. milk
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. diced, cooked ham
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Boil potatoes in a stock pot until
desired tenderness; drain off water,
reserving 1 C. for later use.
Melt butter in small pan – saute
onion. Add onion, butter & flour to
stock pot; stir to mix over Low heat.
Keep stirring until you get thickness
desired then remove from heat. Mix
in potatoes, milk, 1 C. liquid, cheese &
ham to stock pot – simmer over medium
heat 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally,
until it thickens.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)

Crockpot Yellow Chicken Curry

1 medium yellow onion, finely
diced (or 2 T. dried onion flakes)
1 lb. yellow potatoes (about 3-4
medium), cubed (leave skins on,
if desired)
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (13.5 oz) can full fat coconut milk*
2 T. brown sugar
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. ground coriander seed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1 line, juiced (optional)
cilantro – for garnish (optional)
Cooked rice for 4-6
In 4-6 qt crockpot place onions,
potatoes & chicken. In bowl stir
coconut milk, brown sugar, garlic,
ginger, turmeric, curry powder,
coriander seed, salt & red pepper;
whisk until combined & pour
mixture over contents in crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours
(some cookers might only take 3
hours). Test potatoes for
tenderness. Gently stir; stir in
lime juice, if using. Add more
turmeric, curry powder or salt,
if desired. Serve with cilantro,
over rice, if desired. Serves 4-6

* you can usually find coconut
milk in the aisle of the grocery
store that sells alcohol/drink

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)

Bacon, Mac & Cheese Bites

12 slices cooked bacon
1 box mac & cheese
1/4 C. milk
3 T. butter
1 C. finely shredded Cheddar
1/4 C. Italian Panko breadcrumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a greased muffin pan with
slices of cooked bacon. In large
pot bring water to boil & cook
macaroni 8-10 minutes (stir to
make sure it doesn’t stick) – drain
water. Add milk, butter, cheese
packet & shredded cheese, stir
until combined. Divide mac &
cheese between cups in muffin
pan & sprinkle tops with bread
crumbs. Bake 15 minutes.
Makes 12

(recipe: thegunnysack.com)

Crockpot Sweet & Tangy Baked Beans

1 (28 oz) can pork & beans
1 (15 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 (14 oz) bottle ketchup
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. soy sauce

Pour all ingredients into crockpot;
stir until completely combined.
Cover & cook on Low 3-5 hours.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

Jam Cobbler Bars

1 C. (2 sticks) melted butter
2 C. quick or old fashioned oats
2 C. flour
1 C. brown sugar
1 (16-18 oz) jar jam or preserves

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray (make sure you
spray sides well). Mix oatmeal,
flour, brown sugar & melted
butter; press half of mixture
into greased pan. Spread/pour
jam on top & smooth out.
Crumble remaining oatmeal
mixture on top. Bake 30 minutes
until jam starts bubbling through
the crumbles & crumbles start
browning. Allow to cool then
serve. They will be crumbly &

(recipe: annbronkema/wordpress.com)

Made a small batch of bean soup yesterday;
I thought it was amusing: husband had 2 large
bowls and then said: “I thought you made a
BIG batch!” – sigh. I told him that it would just
be the two of eating it (both boys aren’t real
fans of bean soup) and this would be enough
to finish off the ham & bone from a few days
earlier – oh well . . .Not sure exactly what’s for
dinner tonight – got some pork cubes steaks
out of the freezer for tomorrow. Will probably
pair them with some kind of rice and veggie –
not sure just yet. Was REALLY glad the soup
had fully cooked JUST before the power
failure or it would have been sandwiches for
dinner (not a bad alternative, just not what
I had planned).

So – how is life treating you these days? Are
you catching up on sleep, little jobs you put
off doing during the holidays, updating a
brand new calendar (or, maybe just buying
one?) – so far this year has come in rather
slowly for us (which is a GOOD thing!). Both
boys announced, at different times, that they
are planning on moving out by the end of
this month. THAT is certainly different! We
have not been a ‘just parents’ household
for over 33 1/2 years! Middle son wants to
move back in with a good friend he lived
with about 2 years ago, about 15 minutes
away. Youngest wants to move in with
friends that live just around the corner
(this will be his first venture ‘out’) – I’m
planning on my ‘usual Mom thing’: buying
them both the ‘staples’ like: shampoo,
bath soap, deodorant, razors, toothpaste,
some food essentials – hey, they’re GUYS!
They sort of need a jump start! (at least,
from my MOM perspective they do!) We’ll
see how this all works out – I understand
their need for independence. With the
new grandbaby coming fairly soon (in
the next month or so) having the one
bedroom clear will allow for a little more
freedom for where to put the baby. Our
house is small so there is very little extra
space – this would give me room to put
up a Pack ‘n Play (portacrib) and maybe
not have to take it down the minute the
baby left (as was the original plan) – we’ll

Have a GREAT day! (and stay warm);




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  1. There leaving again huh!

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