Gettin’ colder…Brrrrrrr!


Over the weekend our temperatures dropped – woke up to 20 degrees F. and about 1 inch of snow; the roads are clear, so that’s good. Supposed to go to the drug store today but I’ll make up my mind later (when it, hopefully, warms up a bit). (amendment: it’s now 17 degrees F. with wind chill – making it feel like 9 degrees F. BRRRRrrrr!

Saturday was the new grandson-to-be-born’s baby shower – they got lots of nice gifts. Here’s a photo of the soon-to-be new parents:


She’s due in 5 weeks or less (she said that the baby ‘dropped’ the night before the shower, so it could be less!) They are both thrilled and it shows.


Reese’s PBJ Cupcakes

1 1/3 C. flour
2/3 C. finely crushed graham crackers
1 T. baking powder
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/3 C. shortening
1 1/3 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. milk
24 bite-sized chocolate covered
peanut butter cups, unwrapped
raspberry or strawberry jam

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 24 muffin cups with paper
liners. In medium bowl mix flour,
crushed graham crackers & baking
powder. In large bowl beat peanut
butter & shortening using elec.
mixer on Medium speed – mix well.
Add sugar until well mixed then add
eggs & vanilla. Alternate flour mixture
& milk, beating on Low speed after
each addition. Spoon 1 rounded
tablespoon of batter into bottom of
each muffin cup liner. Add 1 whole
peanut butter cup to each liner. Spoon
remaining batter into cups. Bake about
18 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into centers comes out clean (cupcakes
may have a slight indentation).
Cool on cooling rack & top with jam.
Makes 24


Easy Creamy Cauliflower Soup

1/2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 head cauliflower, diced
1 (32 oz) can vegetable broth
1 tsp. salt

grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
sliced green onions, garnish

In heavy pot or Dutch oven heat
oil over medium heat; add onion &
garlic, cook until softened, 5 minutes.
Add cut up cauliflower & broth; bring
to boil & cover. Simmer 15-20 minutes
until cauliflower is softened. Carefully
pour contents into blender; add salt &
blend until smooth. Serve in bowls with
Parmesan cheese & sliced green onions
on top. Serves about 8


Crockpot Creamy Italian
Pork Chops

6 pork chops
1 envelope dry Italian salad dressing
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 dashes paprika

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place pork chops
in bottom & cover with onions, In
small bowl mix Italian salad dressing
mix & soup together & pour over
chops & onions. Sprinkle with a
couple pinches of paprika. Cover
& cook on Low 6 hours. Serves 6


Cheesy Broccoli Rice with Ham

1 T. olive oil
1 C. long-grain white rice
2 1/4 C. chicken broth
2 small heads broccoli,
chopped into small pieces
2 T. butter
3 C. cooked, diced ham, hot
(warm in microwave a few minutes)
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper, to taste
splash of milk, as needed

Heat oil in medium saucepan over
medium heat. Add rice; stir to coat.
Toast the rice, stirring often, just until
it starts to turn golden. Pour in broth,
bring to boil; turn heat to Low & cover.
Cook, covered, 10 minutes. After 10
minutes add broccoli to rice & continue
cooking 5-10 minutes until most of liquid
has been absorbed.(Broccoli will cook
5-10 minutes & steam for 5). If you like
it more tender, add to pot of cooking
rice sooner. Remove from heat; add
butter, ham, cheese & garlic powder.
Stir until well incorporated. Cover &
let stand 5 minutes. Stir again & adjust
seasoning, if needed. Add a splash of
milk if you would like to thin out
texture a little bit. Serves 4


French Onion Chicken Noodle

4 C. cooked chicken, diced
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 (16 oz) jar French Onion dip
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced tomatoes
& chilies, drained (Optional)
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (12 oz) pkg. egg noodles
1 1/2 C. French Fried onions,

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Cook egg noodles
accordg. to pkg. directions; drain.
In large bowl combine chicken,
soup, dip, Ro*Tel & cheese. Gently
fold in cooked egg noodles & pour
into prepared pan. Top with crushed
French fried onions & bake 25-30
minutes until heated through.
Serves 8


Crockpot Pot Roast & Veggies

1/2 C. A1 original sauce
1/2 C. cold water
1 (.9 oz) pkt. onion-mushroom soup
1 (2 1/2 lb) boneless beef chuck
1 lb. red new potatoes
1 (16 oz) pkg. baby carrots
1 onion, thinly sliced

Mix first 3 ingredients until blended.
Place meat in crockpot; top with
vegetables & sauce. Cover & cook
on Low 8-9 hours (or High 6-7)
Serves 8


Seven Layers of Heaven Dessert

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 C. sweetened flaked coconut
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1 C. peanut butter chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk (not evap. milk)
1 C. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Pour melted butter evenly over
bottom of 8″ square baking dish.
Spread graham crumbs evenly
over butter. Layer with coconut, then
choc. chips, peanut butt. chips. Drizzle
sweeten’d cond. milk over top &
sprinkle with walnuts. Bake 30-40
minutes until lightly browned. Cool
then cut into bars. Serves 16



So far, this week is looking OK – nothing
‘special’ (yet) – Knit Night Tues., Spec’l
needs group Weds – that’s it! (Of course,
we know that could change . . . )

Enjoy your day – stay warm (if you need
to) and take a little time to relax!



PS: Gas prices are down to $2.16/9 – WOW!


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  1. What a great picture of the mom & dad to be.
    I’m with you on the cold!!
    Stay warm and stay calm! love yah

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