and it’s Friday – again


It’s a gray & gloomy/wet day. Yesterday I went to our local KMart which they are closing in 3 months; got some really good deals. Total spent: $97.00 – total saved $60.00! It was a very ‘random’ shop; I stopped at each department and tried to do a thorough look around – the items in my cart were varied: bedroom slippers, winter scarf & gloves, a bath mat & shower curtain liner, etc. but all-in-all I was happy with my purchases. The other good things? I got a $2.00 off per gallon coupon for our local Speedway gas station AND more bonus points which can be used at other KMart or Sears (on line). Husband is stopping by there today to get a watch and, with his purchase, more bonus points. Am thinking of getting a new crockpot (which is ALSO on sale on their KMart site – BONUS!).


Sugar-Dusted Apple Bundt Cake

2 C. sugar plus 2 T. divided
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 C. orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (21 oz) can apple fruit pie
filling & topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour 10-inch Bundt pan.
In small bowl mix 2 T. sugar &
cinnamon; sprinkle bottom &
sides of Bundt pan with mixture.
In large bowl combine flour, salt,
baking powder & remaining
sugar. Stir in oil, eggs, orange juice
& vanilla; mix well. Add fruit
filling & stir. Pour batter evenly
into prepared pan.
Bake, uncovered, 1 hour; let
cool 15 minutes. Invert cake
onto serving plate & cool.
Drizzle top with Citrus Glaze
(recipe below) Serves 12

Citrus Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1 T. orange juice (extra
orange juice, if needed)

In medium bowl beat all
glaze ingredients until smooth.
Add extra orange juice, if
needed – by the teaspoon-
until desired consistency.

(recipe: The Oakland Press
“Family Features”, Dec., 4, 2016)

Loaded Nachos

1 ‘party sized’ bag tortilla chips
1 lb. ground beef
2 T. taco seasoning
1/3 – 1/2 C. water
1 C. refried beans
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
2 C. shredded cheese: mixture of
Cheddar & Monterey Jack
2 (2.25 oz, ea) cans sliced black
olives, drained
1 C. whole kernel corn – frozen &
thawed or fresh

3 green onions, chopped
jalapeno peppers/ seeded & chopped
mixed yellow/orange/red mini peppers,
sliced into rounds
2 C. chunky salsa or pico de gallo,
drained of excess liquid
1 avocado, cut into chunks

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Brown ground beef; drain. Add
taco seasoning & water; bring to
boil & cook 2 minutes. Line a
large baking sheet with parchment
paper. Place a layer of chips on sheet;
layer taco meat, refried beans, black
beans, cheese, olives & corn – repeat
layer & top with chopped green onions,
jalapenos & mixed pepper slices. Bake
10 minutes until cheese melts. Top
with any other suggested garnishes &
serve warm. Serves 6-8

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

3/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 C. milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
(about 1 C.)
4 oz. sliced pepperoni and/or
sausage, cut into small pieces
(about 1 C.)
1/2 C. pizza sauce, warmed (for

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 24-cup mini muffin pan
with nonstick spray. In large bowl
whisk flour & baking powder.
Whisk in milk & egg; stir in
cheese & pepperoni/sausage.
Let stand 10 minutes.
Stir batter & pour into prepared
pans. Bake 20-25 minutes until
puffed & golden brown. Serve
with pizza sauce, for dipping.

Crispy Fried Jalapeno Slices

4 C. vegetable shortening or
vegetable oil (for frying)
1 1/2 C. flour, divided
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 eggs
1 C. beer
1 (16 oz) jar sliced jalapeno
peppers, drained (about 2 C.)

your favorite dipping sauce,
for serving

In deep fryer or cast iron Dutch
oven, heat shortening to 365
degrees F. In medium bowl combine
1 C. flour, salt/pepper, chili powder,
garlic powder, eggs & beer – mix
until combined. Place remaining
1/2 C. flour in a ziplock gallon bag.
Dry drained jalapenos on paper
towels & add to bag – seal bag &
shake to coat jalapenos. Place floured
jalapenos in batter in bowl & stir
gently to coat. Discard any remaining
flour at bottom of bag. Lift battered
jalapenos using a fork & gently drop
(being careful of back splash of hot
oil) into preheated oil. Cook until
golden brown & crispy, about 2-4
minutes. Remove to paper towel
lined plate. Serve with your favorite
dipping sauces. Serves 3-4


Corn & Chicken Bake

6 boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves (about 1 1/2 lb. total)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (6 oz) pkg. cornbread stuffing mix
1 (8 3/4 oz) can whole kernel corn,
1 C. boiling water
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of celery
1/3 C. milk
1 T. chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Place chicken
breast halves in single layer
in dish; season with garlic powder,
salt/pepper. In large bowl combine
stuffing mix, corn, water & melted
butter – mix well & spoon over
chicken. In same bowl combine soup,
milk & parsley; mix well. Pour over
stuffing then cover with foil. Bake
35 minutes; uncover & bake 8-10
minutes longer until no pink remains
in chicken & stuffing is golden.
Serves 6

*You can substitute cream of mushroom


Crockpot Homestyle Pork Chops

1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
6-8 boneless pork chops
2 T. oil
1 (10.5 oz) can chicken broth

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Mix flour, mustard,
salt & garlic powder in flat pan (like
a pie pan). Lightly coat chops in flour
mixture (reserve remaining flour
mixture). In large skillet add oil
& brown chops over medium-high
heat. Mix broth with remaining flour
mixture & pour into crockpot. Place
browned chops in crockpot, cover &
cook on High 2 1/2 hours.
Serves 6


Easy Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

1 lb. baby portobello mushrooms,
2 T. olive oil
2 (6 oz, ea) pkgs. long grain & wild
rice mix (Like Rice a Roni or Uncle Bens)
1 (32 oz) carton beef broth
2 C. heavy whipping cream

In Dutch oven saute mushrooms in
oil until tender. Add rice, contents
of seasoning  packets, broth &
water – bring to boil. Reduce heat,
cover & simmer 25 minutes. Add
cream & heat through. Serves 8
(2 quarts)


Unstuffed Pepper Soup

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
3 large green peppers, seeded/
1 large onion, chopped
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans beef broth
2 (10 3/4 oz ea) cans tomato
soup, undiluted
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes,
1 (4 oz) can mushroom stems &
pieces, drained
1 1/2 C. cooked rice

In Dutch oven or large saucepan
cook beef, green peppers & onion
over medium heat until meat is
no longer pink; drain. Stir in broth,
soup, tomatoes & mushrooms –
bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover
& simmer at least 30 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Add rice &
heat through. Makes 10 servings


Chocolate Magic Custard Cake

4 eggs, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. flour
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 C. milk, lukewarm
1 T. powdered sugar (for dusting)

Preheat oven 320 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking dish with nonstick
spray & line with parchment paper.
Separate egg yolks & whites; beat
whites in a bowl until stiff. Whisk
egg yolks, vanilla & sugar until creamy.
Add melted butter & mix half a minute.
Add flour & unsweetened cocoa; mix
using a spatula until well incorporated.
Pour in milk gradually & continue beating.
Add egg whites, one third at a time &
gently stir with a spatula. Do not over mix
just stir a few times. Pour this liquidy batter
into pan & bake 60 minutes. Let cool & when
it comes to room temperature, refrigerate
1 hour. Slice into pieces & dust with powdered
sugar just before serving. Keep leftovers
refrigerated. Serves 6



Today is also Inauguration Day – a day where many
people who SHOULD be joined together in unity
this year – are not. It’s sad when politics can totally
separate friends & family. I’m hoping that this total
day’s events go smoothly with no trouble. Every time
we get a new president SOME are happy, SOME are
not – but in spite of the differences, we all need to
support those who are in office over us. I try my
best NOT to get into politics and religion here on
my blog and in my personal life – everyone is
entitled to their opinion. May this day and the
next four years go smoothly with both sides/
parties working together to unite our country.




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  1. Looks like you hit the jackpot on savings this time.

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